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
Registration now open. Application deadline for Panhandle and Overton, January 27, 2023.
Application deadline for Kingsville, February 24, 2023

Panhandle Program

Training Dates: April 3, 4, 5
Testing Dates: April 6,11, 12, 13

Application due January 27, 2023


Overton Program

Training Dates: April 18, 20
Testing Dates: April 19, 21

Application due January 27, 2023


Kingsville Program

Training Date: April 26
Testing Date: April 27

Application due February 24


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
Check back in May for 2023 Program Details

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

Equipment Operation
and Safety

Machinery Operation
Repair and Maintenance

Mill, Feed truck and
Safety Test Questions

Interview Prep

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Testing Guidelines