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AGS 553 - Beef Production

Last Date of Approval: Fall 2016

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course allows students to learn modern beef production and management techniques in which they can take back to the farm or into the beef industry. Some of the topics include commercial cow-calf management, feedlot management, the global beef industry, reproduction, and nutrition. Learning these concepts will allow students to make educated production and financial decisions which are critical in being a successful operation. This class would be beneficial to those in any/all types of agricultural careers, particularly those in animal science careers and those entering the beef industry.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Survey of the Animal Industry

Mode(s) of Instruction: Traditional/Face-to-Face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
  • Students will compare the U.S. and Global beef industry.
  • Students will determine how to manage a cow calf, yearling, and feed lot operation.
  • Students will learn to formulate beef nutrition.
  • Students will be exposed to modern day beef management practices.


Course Objectives

  • An Overview of the U.S. Beef Industry
    • General Overview
    • Beef Industry Issues
  • Retail Beef Products and Consumers
    • Six primary beef consumer preferences
    • Retail beef products
  • Management Systems
    • Human resources
    • Financial resources
    • Land and feed resources
    • Equipment resources
  • Management Decisions for Seedstock
    • Breeding Program Goals and Objectives
    • Production Records
    • Bull, Cow, and Heifer selection
  • Commercial Cow-Calf Management Decisions
    • Managing percent calf crop
    • Managing weaning weights
    • Managing annual cow casts and returns
  • Yearling-Stocker Management Decisions
    • Computing breakeven prices
    • Management considerations
  • Feedlot Management Decisions
    • Managing a feedlot operation
    • Management priorities
  • Concentration, Integration, and Alliances in the Beef Industry
    • Forces Driving Structural Change
    • Source Verification, Trace back, and Identification Systems
  • The Marketing System
    • Market Classes and Grades
    • Market Channels
    • Grid Pricing
    • Value-Based Marketing
    • Marketing Issues
  • The Global Beef Industry
    • International Trade
    • Beef Suppliers
    • Buyers
    • NAFTA
  • Reproduction
    • Reproductive Organs
    • Breeding
    • AI
    • Pregnancy
    • Calving
    • Rebreeding
  • Genetics and Breeding
    • Genetic Principles
    • Improving Beef Cattle Through Breeding Methods
    • Selection Programs
  • Cattle Breeds
    • Breed evaluation for commercial producers
    • Breed evaluation for low cost production
  • Nutrition
    • Nutrients
    • Analysis of Feeds
    • The ruminant digestive system
  • Managing Forage Resources
    • Plant Types
    • Grazing Management
    • Hays - Crop Residues
    • Drought Management
  • Herd Health
    • Establishing a heard health program
    • Diseases and health problems
    • Parasites
  • Growth, Development, and Beef Cattle Type
    • Growth and Development
    • Parts of the beef animal
    • Carcass conformation
  • Cattle Behavior, Facilities, and Equipment
    • Behavior
    • Gathering cattle on pasture and training cattle
    • Cattle transport Facilities and equipment

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