Course Outline

Week 1: Why Raise Beef Cattle? – Nov 2

  • Introductions and course overview
  • The opportunities and benefits for raising beef cattle
  • Are beef cattle the right fit for you? Personal considerations for success
  • Common production models

 

Week 2: Breeds, Buying & Behavior – Nov 9

  • Common breeds & terminology
  • Tips for finding the right animals to start or expand your herd
  • Sourcing cattle & bringing them home
  • Animal behavior & stockmanship

 

Week 3: Cattle Health & Performance – Nov 16

  • Safe and efficient handling
  • Vaccinations, first aid, and vet care, resources
  • Common health issues
  • Best management practices for weaning
  • Keeping production records
  • Evaluating animal performance
  • Culling & herd improvement strategies

 

Week 4: Beef Cattle Nutrition – Nov 23

Guest Presenter Kathy Soder

  • Nutritional needs of different cattle types
  • Minerals and supplements
  • Forage quality (Kathy Soder)
  • Managing forage quality and intake to meet management objectives (Kathy Soder)

 

Week 5: Marketing Models and Pricing for Profitability & Success – Nov 30

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 7

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

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