H Calf is an educational program for Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ members dedicated to providing education, support and skills to aid in decision making related to beef cattle production for beef producers, weekend ranchers and anyone looking to learn something new.

H Calf Program Costs for 2023

  • Cost for June 4th Beef Cattle Boot Camp educational program is FREE
  • Enrollment Cost for H-Calf Program, including all 3 field trips is $150 per person. (Limited to 150 participants)
    *Must be 21 and a Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to participate in the program

Participant Benefits

  • Lectures by top agricultural experts
  • Access to the resources on the Membership portal including videos of the lectures as well as additional information on the topics covered
  • Beef Cattle Boot Camp – scheduled for Saturday June 4th
  • Tours will be available for 2023 Show Year
  • Webinars with agricultural experts in various fields (tentatively set for 6 webinars in the Fall)
  • Library of additional resources by topics
  • Network with fellow H Calf Participants

Becoming a Participant

For more information about participating please email

H Calf Program Schedule

June 25th – Field Trip to Gulf Coast Large Animal Clinic, Alvin, TX – 9 AM – 5 PM
Enhancing Veterinarian Relationship & Knape Beef Ranch to Table (Grass fed beef)

  • Beef Cattle Health Protocols
  • Best practices interacting with your local preferred veterinarian
  • Tour grass fed beef program of Knape Beef

July 9th – Field Trip to HeartBrand Beef, Flatonia, TX – 9 AM – 5 PM
Ranch to Table Beef
Purebred Akaushi Cow/calf operation

  • Great beef comes from superior genetics
  • Cattle operation overview
  • Beef production chain to restaurants and individuals

August 13th – H Calf Brisket U, Houston, TX (date subject to change) – 9 AM – 5 PM
Cooking brisket, ribs, and steak

  • Brisket history
  • Anatomy of a brisket
  • Beef grading and certified beef programs
  • Knife selection, slicing, & carving
  • Taste test brisket lunch
  • The science behind barbecue
  • Seasonings overview
  • Should I wrap or not wrap?


Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo®
NRG Center
3 NRG Park
Houston, Texas 77054

Phone: 832.667.1195