Course Outline

Week 1: Opportunities for Raising Beef Cattle – Nov 1

  • Introductions and course overview
  • Common production models
  • Sourcing cattle & bringing them home

 

Week 2: Cattle Health & Behavior – Nov 8

  • Animal behavior & stockmanship
  • Safe and efficient handling
  • Vaccinations, first aid, and vet care, resources
  • Common health issues

 

Week 3: Cattle Performance & Reproduction – Nov 15

  • Best management practices for weaning
  • Keeping production records
  • Evaluating animal performance
  • Culling & herd improvement strategies
  • Reproduction benchmarks
  • Artificial Insemination (AI) vs Natural Service
  • Pregnancy checking options

 

Week 4: Beef Cattle Nutrition – Nov 22

  • Nutritional needs of different cattle types
  • Minerals and supplements
  • Producing or procuring quality hay
  • Knowing what you're feeding
  • Visual evaluations of nutritional indicators

 

Week 5: Marketing Models and Pricing for Profitability & Success – Nov 29

Guest Presenter Matt LeRoux

  • Meat processing terminology and regulations
  • Identifying your target customer and marketing objectives
  • Selecting your marketing channels
  • Setting prices for profitability
  • Evaluating performance of business objectives

 

Week 6: Feeding Systems and Course Wrap Up – Dec 6

  • Efficient winter feeding
  • Stored feeds – hay procurement, testing, storing, feeding
  • Grazing basics
  • Course wrap-up

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