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American Cowman
American Cowman is a web site created especially for family farms with up to 100 head of cattle. Their goal is to offer timely, practical production and management strategies that will add efficiency, value, and profitability to cattle herds with up to 100 head. The site features a production management “tip of the week,” industry news, new products and spotlights upcoming events, beef industry commentaries, and value added ideas for small family farms. Other special features include a library of informative articles on facilities, nutrition, animal health, pasture and range management and genetics. Profiles of real producers are also included. 
Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC)
The Beef Reproduction Task Force is a multi-state extension activity in cooperation with the North Central Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leaders Committee and the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. Objectives of Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle are to improve the understanding of the physiological processes of the estrous cycle, the procedures available to synchronize estrus and ovulation and the proper application of these systems and to improve the understanding of methods to assess male fertility and how it affects the success of AI programs.  
Beef Cattle Clearing House
A clearing house of beef cattle information through the eXtension portal, provided by experts from the Cooperative Extension System throughout the United States. 
Beef Cattle Reproductive Cycle, Estrous Synchronization Protocols
Learn more about the understanding and application of estrous synchronization protocols for beef cows and heifers. This is an audio recording. 
Beef Herd Management Calendar For late March Calving Cows
The beef production calendar is a management tool for producers to help them in scheduling practices pertaining to the cow herd over a 12 month period. The calendar is based on a late March calving beef herd. 
Beef Herd Management Calendar For late March Calving Cows
The beef production calendar is a management tool for producers to help them in scheduling practices pertaining to the cow herd over a 12 month period. The calendar is based on a late March calving beef herd. 
Beef Quality Assurance
Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production. The program raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry. Navigate through this website to learn more about Beef Quality Assurance. 
Cattle Behavior During Handling and Corral Design for Ranches
This PDF, from Temple Grandin, presents principles of cattle behavior, techniques for working cattle, and detailed information about corral design which includes detailed drawings of corals. 
Evaluating the Breeding Soundness of Beef Bulls
Evaluating breeding soundness of bulls is an often neglected management practice. This guide, from New Mexico State University, discusses how and when to evaluate breeding soundness. 
Expected Progeny Difference (EPD)Part ll, Growth Trait EPDs
This fact sheet from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension provides an explanation of Growth Trait Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs). 
Expected Progeny Difference: Part III, Maternal Trait EPDs
This fact sheet from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension provides an explanation of Maternal Trait Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs). 
Expected Progeny Difference: Part IV, Use of EPDs
This fact sheet from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension provides an explanation ofhow to use Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs). 
How Feeding-Site Mud and Temperature Affect Animal Performance
Livestock producers should make management decisions to minimize animal exposure to mud and provide protection from adverse weather to maximize animal performance.  
Management Software Tools
These software tools, from The Beef Cattle Institute, are in a variety of formats and include calculators for cow/calf producers, feed lots, marketing, and nutrition. 
Pre-Harvest Cattle Management Practices for Enhancing Beef Tenderness
Pre-harvest management of beef tenderness has become an important topic in today’s cattle industry due to the fact that tenderness is the primary determinant of eating satisfaction among beef consumers and because structural changes in the beef industry have resulted in greater vertical coordination of production, processing, and marketing activities, making it feasible to manage product attributes along the entire beef chain. 
Synchronizing Estrus In Beef Cattle
Synchronization of estrus (heat) involves manipulating the estrous cycle of beef females so they can be bred at approximately the same time. There are several protocols available for synchronizing estrus among beef females. Traditional protocols are designed to mimic or control the corpus luteum on the ovary. New protocols have been designed to control ovulation and/or the follicular waves that occur on the ovary during the 21-day estrous cycle. 

 

Associations and Organizations

Beef Improvement Federation (BIF)
The federation represents over 40 state and national beef cattle associations. It was formed as a means to standardize programs and methodology and to create greater awareness, acceptance and useage of beef cattle performance concepts. Selection based on objective measures has withstood the test of time and continues to undergo scrutiny by researchers, organizations and the ultimate judge, beef cattle producers. The site includes links to breed associations, pages with information regarding the upcoming convention and access to the proceedings of the organization's meetings from 1969 to date. The older proceedings are downloaded as a single file while the most current proceedings are available as separate downloads for individual papers.
BEEF.ORG - National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Beef.org is the homepage of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the site contains information on Cattle Industry Conventions and Meetings, NCBA government affairs efforts, cattle industry news, addresses and links to members of the Federation of State Beef Councils and other informaion. It also provides access to web sites funded by the Cattlemen's Beef Board and the Federation of State Beef Councils.
 
 
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