BF 233: Beef Cattle Management

Learn to Raise Beef Profitably

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Getting Set up for Success with Cattle

Having a successful cattle business is about much more than just buying a few head and putting them in a field. If you want to turn a profit, you need to think carefully about your goals, marketing strategy, appropriate breeds, and many more details. Over the six weeks of this course you'll get a much clearer idea of what is involved, whether it's the right fit for you, and if it is, what steps you need to take to get started.

Target Audience

All levels - This course is primarily for those just getting started (or thinking of getting started) with a beef enterprise, but those already raising cattle and seeking to improve or expand their operation will find a lot of interest here too.


The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments here in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, live webinars will be woven into the online interface for 6 weeks each Fall to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.

Webinar Schedule

Recordings from Fall 2020 webinars are all posted for viewing in the course. The next live offering of this course will be Fall 2021.

Your Instructor

Brett Chedzoy and Mary Kate MacKenzie
Brett Chedzoy and Mary Kate MacKenzie

Brett Chedzoy is a forestry and agriculture educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County. He has long been a proponent and practitioner of silvopasture - the integration of grazing animals and trees. Brett and his family also own and operate Angus Glen Farms, LLC in Watkins Glen, NY – a 500-acre grazing operation raising grass-fed beef.

Mary Kate is a Farm Business Management Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension. She works with dairy and crop farms across South Central NY to improve record keeping systems, analyze farm financial performance, and plan for the future. She is passionate about helping farm families improve management skills in order to reach their business and personal goals. Together, she and her husband operate Sweet Grass Meats, a grass-fed cattle and sheep farm and retail meat business located in Naples, NY.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

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