Beef Production and Management

This online course about raising beef cattle covers breeds, establishing facilities, nutrition and reproduction, and marketing and finances.
Beef Production and Management - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Length of Access: 365 days
Sections: 7
Length: 19 hours
Language: English
Note: This course is a new online version of Penn State Extension's Beef Home Study Course.




Raising beef cattle is an incredibly rewarding, yet also challenging enterprise. You have to provide the best care for your cattle, while making sound business decisions to ensure that your operation is profitable.

In this course, you’ll use a combination of readings, videos, and handouts to learn about the basics of beef cattle production. The course begins with looking at production facilities, and how to select the type of cattle that best meet your needs. You will learn how to meet the nutritional needs of your cattle, and manage pasture and forage. This course covers breeding and managing cattle through the reproductive cycle, as well as how to identify and correct cattle health problems. You’ll also learn effective ways to market your cattle and beef products, and how to handle the financial planning for beef cattle production.

Who is this for?
  • Anyone who is just getting started in the beef business
  • Producers who want to improve their beef operation
What will you learn?
  • Basics of beef production
  • Breed selection
  • Nutritional needs of beef cattle
  • Beef cattle reproduction management
  • Cattle health issues and management
  • Effective ways to market cattle
  • Financial planning


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