Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Beef Manual is a compendium of the latest research-based information for beef cattle producers, educators, veterinarians and others in the industry. The new edition contains 45 chapters addressing beef nutrition, breeding, herd health, forage, environment and economics. The new edition contains 45 chapters addressing beef nutrition, breeding, herd health, forage, environment and economics. Basic animal production topics—nutrition, breeding, genetics and herd health—are covered in depth. In addition, the manual includes information on economics, marketing and risk management, leasing arrangements, livestock insurance, forage production, grazing management, drought management, beef quality assurance, waste management and biosecurity. A chapter on fire plus additional chapters on beef cattle breeding, including one on genomics, are new to this volume. The manual can be ordered online at http://agecon.okstate.edu/cattleman/order.asp for $25 plus shipping.
Participants in the OSU Master Cattleman Program use the manual as their educational curriculum (agecon.okstate.edu/cattleman). Agricultural economists and animal science specialists collaborate to provide other programs such as the Oklahoma Beef Quality Network, providing value-added marketing opportunities. A website, beefextension.com, catalogs both fact sheets and spreadsheet tools such as RanchCalc and budgets. Benchmark data sources, livestock leasing publications and forthcoming journal articles on the feasibility of beginning a cow-calf operation and proven strategies to increase returns to cow-calf producers will also be highlighted.