OSU Extension Service provides up-to-date information on beef cattle in Oregon and throughout the country, and facilitates the communication among producers, industry personnel, and OSU – Extension faculty.
RancHER was a webinar series hosted in December 2021. It was organized by Juliana Ranches and sponsored by the Oregon State University Women's Giving Circle. RancHER aims to bring information to beef cattle producers by highlighting the work of talented women in this field.
Drought (a period of limited or no water during the growing season) reduces forage production for grazing and haymaking. Prolonged drought forces livestock and hay producers to need special strategies. This document provides information about maintaining healthy perennial pastures and hayfields, reducing livestock loss due to diet, and how to improve recovery of pastures after the drought ends.
Steve Fransen, Justen Smith, and Sarah Smith |
Apr 2022 |
We encourage cow-calf producers to evaluate their individual operation(s) and use these suggested management guidelines to determine a system that works best for their ranch, environment, and facilities. This article covers general cattle management issues related to the production year including suggested herd health programs.
Different classes of animals have different requirements for energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals. The specific amounts needed depend on the animal’s stage of production and the level of performance desired by the livestock manager. This table has nutrient requirements for growing and finishing cattle.
Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle (1984) |
Aug 2019 |
The amount of beef from a carcass is termed "yield" and is the pounds of closely trimmed retail cuts you get. Of course you want to get a large percentage of meat from your animal. This website contains the legal definitions that can help you understand what goes into this measurement.
Oregon livestock producers selling retail cuts of meat by the package to consumers are required to have livestock slaughtered and processed at a USDA-inspected facility. However, some producers choose to sell live animals. The ...
The cost and supply of food is concerning to many these days. Disruptions in the cattle, sheep, and swine markets, particularly in the slaughter-packer sector, have indeed threatened the availability of meat and put pressure on prices at the supermarket and at the livestock producer level. This has caused us to rethink the way we produce and process food. Some are considering backyard slaughter of livestock. Many important steps need to be taken prior to and after the actual slaughter of any meat animal. These are necessary for safety and meat quality.
Cattle require protein for vital body and productive functions. Without it, their growth, milk production and overall health are impaired. Here's a look at the basic concepts of protein nutrition for cattle.
Bruno I. Cappellozza |
Sep 2019 |
Photo: Univ. of CA Cooperative Extension (Cropped from original)
Inadequate water intake by beef cattle can limit growth and production, which can translate to narrower profit margins for producers. That's why it's important to understand water nutrition and quality for beef cattle.
A comprehensive workbook covering many aspects of beef cattle nutrition. Includes worksheets for users to apply the concepts to their own operations. Chapter titles are: 1. Animal Nutrient Requirements 2. Forage Value 3. Evaluating Feeds 4. Minerals and Vitamins 5. Ration Balancing 6. Supplements and Supplementation Strategies 7. Body Condition 8. Heifer Nutrition and Development
In this video, Dr. Arispe and Morgan (Select Sires) discussed several aspects of EDP values for bull selection and different traits that producers should consider when selecting bulls. Other resources from presentation: Slides Breed EPD averages for and $Values
For beef cattle, temperament defines their fear-related responses to human handling. Recent studies demonstrate that cattle temperament has a wide of effects, from their ability to reproduce to the quality of meat.
Reinaldo Cooke |
Oct 2018 |
Photo: OSU Beef Cattle Sciences program (Cropped from original)
The OSU Across-Breed EPD calculator is a Microsoft Office Excel® Macro-Enabled Worksheet. It has been formatted to run most efficiently in Excel 2016. However, an alternative version that will function using older Excel versions is available. In order for all of the features to work, macros must be enabled. The OSU Across-Breed EPD calculator can be downloaded here or contact your local OSU Extension Office. Data for the program will change yearly according to the most recent USMARC AB-EPD data. Therefore, the software program will change yearly as well. New versions will be made available through this website.
David Bohnert, Barbi Riggs |
Oct 2018 |
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Q: I'm in the process of buying some grassfed beef through an Oregon coast farmer on Craigslist. The beef was recently processed and is ready to pick up, however we won't be getting any liver as the cows had liver flukes. ...