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TCFA Feedyard Technician Program

Cattle industry skill-building for high school juniors and seniors

Educational Experiences for Future Careers

The TCFA Feedyard Technician Program is a program led by Texas Cattle Feeders Association in cooperation with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and  West Texas A&M University that provides high school juniors and seniors the knowledge and skills needed to prepare them for a potential career in the fed cattle industry.

These educational experiences are made possible by enlisting the support of Agricultural Science Teachers in identifying these potential students. The program is designed to allow the teacher flexibility in utilizing existing class courses and learning experiences to obtain the program goals. 

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West Texas A&M University logo

The TCFA Feedyard Technician Program offers two distinct career paths: Cattle Care and Handling, and Machinery Operation, Repair, and Maintenance.

A student may choose to pursue one or both. Learn more in the Feedyard Technician Program overview PDF.

Machinery Operation, Repair & Maintenance
Registration is open. Deadline is August 30, 2024

Interview Prep: Machinery Operation, Repair & Maintenance
Training Videos: Machinery Operation, Repair & Maintenance
Lockout Tagout Procedures
Cat® K Series Large Wheel Loader Operator Training
How to Operate a Tracked Skid Steer Loader | CTL Basic Controls Training
Fall Protection Bacics | ABCD’s, Demonstration, PFAS, Fall Restraint vs. Fall Arrest, and more.
What Not to do in a Wheel Loader | Heavy Equipment Operator

Cattle Care & Handling
Mark your calendar for the 2025 dates

Panhandle Program: Cattle Care & Handling
Overton Program: Cattle Care & Handling
Kingsville Program: Cattle Care & Handling
Sample Test Questions: Cattle Care & Handling
Interview Prep: Cattle Care & Handling
Training Videos: Cattle Care & Handling
Cattle Handling in Pens and Individual Cattle
Working Cattle with a Bud Box and Hydraulic Chute
Cattle Handling with Feedyard Cattle
Sect 4 BQSAP Cattle Handling and Care

Program Updates for Ag Science Teachers

Teachers, use this sign-up form to receive timely updates from the TCA Feedyard Technician program.
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Additional Information?

Robert Devin

Program Coordinator – Agricultural Workforce and Community Development, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service