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Information on managing beef calf and cow production, including weaning, antibiotic use and replacement heifer selection, calving and beef quality assurance. Tips on choosing the right bull and understanding beef carcass yields.

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Implants used in cattle increase feed efficiency. (Photo Credit: PA Beef Producers Working Group)
2017 Dairy Beef Wrap-up: Implant Demonstration - Articles Articles
Continuing information on optimizing Holstein steers for the beef market. This 2017 demonstration emphasized steroidal implants used to promote growth. More
Navigating Pathways to Success: The 2016 National Beef Quality Audit
Navigating Pathways to Success: The 2016 National Beef Quality Audit - Articles Articles
Data from the 2016 audit add tremendously to the core knowledge on guideposts and measurements to help determine quality conformance of the U.S. beef supply. More
Feedlot cattle will be emphasized in teh presentation, Photo Credit: Dr. Tara Felix, Penn State Extension
Beef Cattle Short Course - Workshops Workshops

Beef Cattle Short Course


State College, PA

Joins us and learn about the cattle meat production process from live cattle evaluations to meat quality. More
Replacement Heifer Selection Replacement Heifer Selection - Articles

Replacement Heifer Selection

John W. Comerford

A costly, but extremely important, feature of the cow-calf herd is the selection and development of replacement heifers. More
Calf fitted with a device to keep it from nursing it's dam.
Reducing Stress at Weaning - Articles Articles
Ensuring your calves are healthy, by reducing stress, will improve their performance in the feedlot and improve your relationship with your buyers. More
Photo by Brian Prechtel. USDA ARS
Are Our Cattle Too Good? - News News

Are Our Cattle Too Good?


Beef cattle producers are rightfully proud of producing a "good" product but sometimes go to extremes on weight endpoints to achieve this product. More
Beef Production and Management
Beef Production and Management - Online Courses Online Courses

Beef Production and Management


19 hours

This online course about raising beef cattle covers breeds, establishing facilities, nutrition and reproduction, and marketing and finances. More
Implant being placed in the ear of a calf.
Implants Used in Beef Cattle are Safe and Efficacious - Articles Articles
Beef from cattle that have had implants administered is safe for human consumption and contains far less estrogenic activity than many other foods. More
2016 LEC Dairy Beef Wrap-up
2016 LEC Dairy Beef Wrap-up - Articles Articles
This report summarizes the efforts of the PA Beef Producers Working Group in 2016. More
Analyzing Salt Content
Analyzing Salt Content - Videos Videos

Analyzing Salt Content

Jonathan A. Campbell, Ph.D.


In this video we will discuss a rapid measurement tool for how to analyze the salt content of various processed meat items. More
Understanding Beef Carcass Yields and Losses During Processing
Understanding Beef Carcass Yields and Losses During Processing - Articles Articles
Understanding the factors involved in estimating the amount of beef derived from the live animal will assist cattle producers who directly market their beef. More
Early Weaning Calves
Early Weaning Calves - Articles Articles

Early Weaning Calves

John W. Comerford

Early weaning calves will be an effective management tool for many breeders and will improve subsequent performance of the cow herd. More
RFID: How to Apply the Tag - Videos Videos

RFID: How to Apply the Tag

Greg Strait


This video explains tagging requirements for livestock and demonstrates how to apply the RFID tag properly. More
Basic Beef Production Guidelines
Basic Beef Production Guidelines - Articles Articles
Raising beef cattle can be a profitable enterprise. However, there are several management skills that each beef producer should have to be successful. More
Beef calf
Beef Cow-Calf Production - Articles Articles

Beef Cow-Calf Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., H. Louis Moore, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

The beef cow-calf business is well adapted to small-scale and part-time farmers who have land suitable for pasture and hay production. More
Healthy pastures are the first step to weed management.
Weed Management in Pastures - Articles Articles

Weed Management in Pastures

John W. Comerford, Nancy Glazier

The best approach to weed control is the integrated approach. Keeping pastures healthy is the first step. More