Beef

Production

Beef Production for Small Farms - Beef production is a large and important segment of American agriculture and one of the largest industries in the world. For people who own land but work full-time off the farm, a beef enterprise can be the least labor-intensive way to utilize their land. A cattle enterprise can use family or surplus labor. Calving, weaning, vaccinations, castration, and weighing can be planned for times when labor is available.

Animal Welfare: Understanding and Addressing Issues Related to the Well-being of Livestock - The goals of Oregon livestock producers are parallel to those of the American Dream—to enjoy an occupation of raising livestock, provide for their families, be independent, and avoid unwarranted criticism and interference. For Oregon livestock producers to stay in business and remain on the ranch, they must be efficient, responsible producers.

Rotational Grazing: Livestock Systems Guide - Rotational grazing is periodically moving livestock to fresh paddocks, to allow pastures to regrow. Rotational grazing requires skillful decisions and close monitoring of their consequences. Modern electric fencing and innovative water-delivery devices are important tools. Feed costs decline and animal health improves when animals harvest their own feed in a well-managed rotational grazing system. Included are lists of resources for further research

Breeds, Reproduction & Calving

Choosing and Managing Young Bulls - Over time, bulls provide 90% of the genetic change in most beef herds. A producer should carefully plan the selection and subsequent management of young bulls. Purchasing young bull calves has become an economic reality in the beef industry.

Beef Cow-Calf Management Guide - This management calendar provides guidelines for health, nutrition, and reproductive management procedures for the cow-calf producer. It begins with a brief discussion of production goals and general factors related to reproduction, nutrition, and health. It then prsents specific recommendations, organized into a yearly production cycle.

Weaning Management for Calves - The main objective of a weaning program is to get the calves separated from their mothers and on their own as simply and efficiently as possible.

Oklahoma State Information on Cattle Breeds - This site is intended as an educational and informational resource on breeds of livestock throughout the world.

Calving School Handbook - Focus on the calving process, the mechanisms associated with this event, information and management options of calving difficulties.

Nutrition

Beef Cattle Nutrition Workbook - An interactive workbook to be used in conjunction with Oregon State University Extension Service Winter Nutrition Programs for beef producers.

Evaluating Grain for Livestock Feed - Producers need to develop "a good eye" for grain quality. Our purposes here are to define those grain characteristics that you can visually evaluate and to discuss their importance in determining the feed value of a grain.

Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Ruminants on Pasture - Provides managers with tools and references to consider biological and climatological variables and make decisions that ensure the ecological and economic viability of a grass-based ruminant livestock operation.

Feeding For Rebreeding - Good nutritional status is one of the most important factors in successful reproduction. In this article I will review the nutritional demands, the nutrient requirements, and the nutrient content of common feeds for mature cows and first-calf heifers after calving and into the breeding season.

Health

Calf Scours: Causes and Treatment - Calf scours causes more financial losses to cow-calf producers than any other health problem in their herds. Calf scours is not a single disease; it is a clinical sign associated with several diseases characterized by diarrhea. This publication discusses causes and treatments.

Dehorn calves with paste - It's a good idea to dehorn cattle that live in confined arease to prevent injuries to humans and other animals. Of the various dehorning methods, dehorning with paste is easy, effective, and economical as well as low-stress to the animal.

Prevention of Calf Scours - Ensuring that calves receive adequate high-quality colostrum containing antibodies within two to four hours of birth is key to preventing scours. There are a number of factors that influence the quantity and quality of colostrum the calf receives from the dam.

Scours in Beef Calves: Causes and Treatments - Scours is the common name for diarrhea in calves. Diarrhea commonly affects newborn calves, because of their liquid milk diet, the higher water content in their bodies, and their susceptibility to certain age-specific infectious diseases of the intestinal tract.

Other Beef Resources

Beef Cattle Resources - Beef cattle resources from the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science.