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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Food for Thought: Good Cattle Producers

I was catching up on some reading for my cow/calf class on this rainy Sunday and ran across a statement that I thought was worthy of taking note:

A good beef cattle producer takes time to admire and evaluate mistakes. Successful producers focus their time and energy on sustainable and profitable beef production. In addition, they use their knowledge of beef cattle breeding principles combined with reliable selection methods to identify animals appropriate for their production system. They maintain detailed financial and performance records, and they regularly docutment the performance of their program.

 This was found in the Beef Cattle Breeding chapter of the Beef Cattle Manual from Oklahoma State University. This book contains 41 chapters of what I would call straight-to-the-point, no-nonsense information for beef cattle producers. A team of over 40 professors and industry professionals have worked to put together the information found in this manual with one thing in mind: "to enhance the profitability of beef operations and the quality of life beef cattle producers by equipping them with vital information on all aspects of beef production, business planning, risk management, and marketing."

I highly recommend the OSU Beef Cattle Manual to any cattle producers, industry professionals, or just anyone interested in learning about beef cattle production. It's by far the best $17 I have spent on a book so far.

Find more information on the OSU Master Cattleman Program and how to get your copy of the Beef Cattle Manual by clicking here (image included with post copied from attached website).

Let me know if you have any similar publications or any feedback if you already have you copy.