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Conference Name Oklahoma Beef Cattle Manual and Master Cattleman Program

Damona Doye


The first edition of the Oklahoma Beef Cattle Manual was published in 1983. The manual, revised in 1992, had been a key resource for beef cattle producers, extension professionals, veterinarians and many others in the industry. A new Manual updates nutrition, reproduction, animal health, genetics, and other topics to reflect more recent research based information. Chapters dealing with economics, marketing and risk management, business planning and taxes, leasing arrangements, enterprise performance analysis, livestock insurance, forage production, grazing management, drought management, beef quality assurance, waste management and biosecurity have been added. Manual recipients are being asked to complete an assessment which will document baseline production and management practices.

A Master Cattleman educational program using the Manual as a reference is being launched to build producer competencies. The objective is to enhance the profitability of beef operations and the quality of life of beef cattle producers by equipping them with vital information. To be certified as a “Master Cattleman”, producers must complete a minimum of 28 hours of instruction from the curriculum and pass quizzes associated with the chapters. The core curriculum consists of 4 hours from business planning and management, marketing and risk management, nutrition and management, quality assurance and animal health, natural resources, genetics and reproduction. Additional hours of elective topics are required to meet credit requirements. Electives may include completion of a project not previously undertaken, such as forage or soil testing, breeding soundness examination, development of a financial plan or additional hours earned from elective chapters.

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