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Fitting the Cow Herd to the Environment

We can create a cow that is in tune with nature and turns a profit.

Barbi Riggs | Dec 2019 | Article

FAQ About Using Custom- Exempt Slaughter and Processing Facilities in Oregon

If livestock producers in Oregon wish to sell meat, they must have their livestock slaughtered and processed at a USDA-inspected facility. Some producers have chosen to sell live animals, which the customers, as the new owners, can then have processed at a “custom-exempt,” state licensed facility.

Lauren Gwin, Jim Postlewait | Nov 2019 | Article

Evaluating Temperament in Beef Cattle

Temperament defines the fear-related behavioral responses of cattle when exposed to human handling. As cattle temperament worsens, their response to human contact or any other handling procedures becomes more excitable. Besides personnel security and animal welfare, temperament has significant implications on cattle performance (see BEEF021 - Temperament and Performance of Beef Cattle). ...

Reinaldo Cooke | Nov 2019 | Article

Common beef breeds of Oregon

With the wide range of beef cattle breeds utilized in the United States, it can be difficult to choose the right breed for each operation. Additionally, the diverse climate, landscape and feed availability seen throughout Oregon further complicate this decision.

Dustin McGuire | Sep 2019 | Article

Body condition scoring: Monitoring the beef cows energy reserves

Monitoring body condition is a management tool for evaluating the nutritional status and energy reserves of beef cattle.

Cory T. Parsons | Nov 2009 | Article

Basics of reproductive function in bulls

Introduction The major objective of cow-calf operations is to produce one calf per cow every year. Therefore, adequate reproduction of the herd is imperative for efficiency and profitability of cow-calf systems. Basically, herd reproductive performance is determined by fertility of cows and bulls, and the capacity of bulls in identifying and servicing cows in heat. If one of these...

Reinaldo Cooke | Oct 2018 | Article

Basics of reproductive function in beef cows

Introduction The major objective of cow-calf operations is to produce one calf per cow every year. Therefore, reproductive performance of the cowherd highly determines the efficiency and profitability of cow- calf systems. Reproductive management of the herd involves many factors, such as development of replacement heifers, postpartum interval and rebreeding of cows, and also management ...

Reinaldo Cooke | Sep 2019 | Article

Alfalfa for Beef Cattle

Introduction Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is well known as an excellent source of protein and energy for beef cattle. One ton of alfalfa hay contains as much protein as 2/3 ton of soybean meal and as much digestible energy as 25 bushels of corn (Balliette and Torell, 1993). A beef cow needs high energy hay to regain body weight after calving, produce milk for her ...

Mylen Bohle, David Hannaway | Sep 2019 | Article

Balancing Diets for Beef Cattle

Introduction Cattle nutrition is a critical component of beef operations. Within the OSU – Beef Cattle Library, there are several articles demonstrating the importance of adequate nutrition for growth, reproduction, and immunity of beef cattle. More than 60% of annual production costs in beef operations can be associated with cattle feeding, including forage production and feed ...

David Bohnert, Reinaldo Cooke | Oct 2018 | Article

Basic nutrient requirements of beef cattle

Introduction Cattle require certain nutrients in specific amounts in order to grow, thrive, and reproduce. This fact sheet describes the nutrients, explains common terms used in feeds and feeding, and provides lists of nutrient requirements by animal type and productivity level. This makes it easier for livestock managers and nutritionists to balance rations that meet the nutrient ...

Shelby Filley | Oct 2018 | Article