TCFA Feedyard Technician Program



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. 

A student may participate only once in each of the two programs

Program Overview

Ag Science Teachers:

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Needing additional information? 

Robert Devin


Cattle Care & Handling
Check back in November for details

Panhandle Program




Overton Program




Kingsville Program



Training Videos

Safe Handling of
Farm Animals

Working Cattle Effectively

Basic Cattle Behavior and Handling

Working Cattle with a Bud Box & Hydraulic Chute

TCFA BQA Program



Sample Test Questions


Cattle Behavior


Interview Prep

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Machinery Operation, Repair & Maintenance
Deadline for application – September 15, 2023

Program Details


Complete Application


Training Videos

Lock out – Tag out Training

Fall Protection Training

Cat K Series Wheel Loader Operator Training

What not to do in a Wheel Loader/Heavy Equipment Operator

How to Operate a Tracked Skid Steer Loader/Basic Control Training

Sample Test Questions

Lock Out, Tag Out and PPE

Skid Loader Operation and Safety

Welding, Cutting and Bending

Wheel Loader Operation and Safety

Interview Prep

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Testing Guidelines