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.
We encourage cow-calf producers 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.
Cattle managers can decrease the amount of calving difficulty through bull selection, nutrition and exercise. Don’t wait until calving begins, follow this checklist and set up the supplies and support you will need.
The first step for proper bull management is to understand anatomy and physiology concepts of the bull’s reproductive system. With this basic knowledge, producers and field personnel will be able to better comprehend and employ the tools available for enhanced bull reproduction.
Creep-feeding and early weaning are two options a cow-calf manager has in dealing with young calves. Each practice has a specific purpose in a management scheme. However, they are sometimes used improperly and the expected goal is not achieved.
When the costs of gain in the finishing phase are high, heavier weight cattle are more attractive to feeders compared to lighter weight cattle. This publication discusses the pros and cons of keeping cattle on grass to gain more weight prior to entering the final growth phase before harvesting.
Testing Hay: This article explains the different ways of testing hay for livestock consumption. It includes information about analyses, labs and lab methods too.
Energy Nutrition for Cattle: Energy is the potential to perform work. In cattle, this “work” means the body functions required to keep the animal alive and also functions associated with production, such as growth, lactation, and...
Feeding beef cattle cull onions: Oregon is a domestic leader in storage onion production and Malheur and Morrow counties lead production within the state. Historically, onion producers have experienced difficulties disposing of cull...
OSU Across Breed EPD Calculator: 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...
How to Interpret Sire Summaries: Selecting a bull is one of the most important management decisions a beef producer makes. Since it is possible for a bull to sire 25 or more calves in each calf crop, the bull has much more influence...
Find out about upcoming OSU Beef Cattle Sciences Extension activities happening across Oregon. We have OSU Calving Schools, Artificial Insemination School, Cattlemen’s Workshops,OSU – Range Field Day, OSU – Beef Industry Tour, and more.
Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry. Oregon has a BQA team certified in Cow-calf, Feedyard, and Transportation divisions and have been qualified through the National BQA team and authorized to offer BQA training and certification to producers. The website has online and upcoming certification programs (see Events).
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
By David Bohnert, Shelby Filley, Gene Pirelli, Peter Schreder
The Drought Center helps people, organizations and institutions build resilience to drought though monitoring and planning, and we are the academic partner and web host of the U.S. Drought Monitor map. Our capabilities include climatology, social science and public engagement, and we work at all scales, from individual ranches to local, state and tribal government, and countries around the world.
Buying local meat can be a daunting task. Who do you buy from? Does it matter if the meat was ”pasture raised”? What does buying “half a cow” mean? We’re tackling these questions and more as we dive...
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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. I'm wondering if liver flukes affect the rest of the animal/meat quality and...