Course Outline

Week 1: Why Raise Beef Cattle?

Webinar on Nov 4, 2020
  • Introductions and course overview
  • The opportunities and benefits for raising beef cattle
  • Are beef cattle the right fit for you?
  • Key concepts for profitability
  • Considerations for building a successful beef operation


Week 2: Getting Started

Webinar on Nov 11, 2020
  • Common breeds & terminology
  • Selecting the right biotype for your model
  • Tips for finding the right animals to start or expand your herd
  • Educational resources and sources of assistance


Week 3: Production Models

Webinar on Nov 18, 2020
  • Common production models: cow-calf, stocker, finisher, etc.
  • Evaluating financial performance
  • Buying, backgrounding, breeding and weaning
  • Evaluating animal performance


Week 4: Marketing Models & Pricing

Webinar on Nov 25, 2020

Guest speaker: Matt LeRoux

  • Meat processing terminology and regulations
  • Identifying your target customer
  • Developing marketing objectives
  • Selecting your marketing channels
  • Setting prices


Week 5: Beef Cattle Nutrition

Webinar on Dec 2, 2020

Guest speaker: Betsy Hicks

  • Forage quality
  • Nutritional needs of different cattle types
  • Minerals and supplements
  • Keeping production records


Week 6: Cattle Behavior & Care

Webinar on Dec 11, 2020

Guest speaker: Betsy Hicks

  • Animal behavior
  • Safe and efficient handling
  • Vaccinations, first aid, and vet care
  • Pests, parasites and diseases
  • Infrastructure: shelter, handling systems, fencing & water
  • Grazing basics
  • Winter feeding
  • Course wrap-up