Beef Production and Management
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 asynchronous, self-paced course, you’ll use a combination of readings, videos, and handouts to learn about the basics of beef cattle production. Readings will be your primary source of information. The course begins with looking at production facilities and how to design a handling system that meets your needs. Videos will teach you how to select the breed of cattle that is best suited for your goals and operation, how to meet the nutritional needs of your cattle, and how to 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. Videos will teach you about pricing practices, identifying a market, and direct beef marketing.
You will be able to print handouts about beef cattle body condition scoring, breeds and reproduction planning, and grazing management. You will be provided with worksheets that you can use to create your own operational records and budgets, make cattle feeding decisions, and estimate beef side retail values. Knowledge check questions throughout the course will help you review what you learn, and each section also provides you the opportunity to reflect on how to incorporate what you've learned into your beef operation.
- Anyone who is just getting started in the beef business
- Producers who want to improve their beef operation
- 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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2 hours, 30 minutes
Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD
Richard S. Adams, Thomas R. McCarty, Lawrence J. Hutchinson