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Beef Cattle Publications & Resources

Applying Adaptive Grazing Management > PDF
Grazing management requires flexibility to adapt to ever-changing climatic conditions, and changes in grazing management for public lands may be required because of endangered or threatened species. I . . . . . more details
 

BQA – Cattle Processing and Injection Site Management > PDF
Successful beef producers know that beef quality assurance requires keeping cattle healthy throughout their lives. Since cattle can get sick, preventing and treating disease means processing cattle to . . . . . more details
 

BQA – Components of Superior Cattle Handling Facilities > PDF
Well-designed and effectively run cattle-handling facilities help to decrease cattle injury, illness, and death; ensure high-quality beef; and improve consumer perceptions of the beef cattle industry. . . . . . more details
 

BQA – Feedstuff Guidelines > PDF
Beef producers must document the safety of their product by keeping accurate records of the feedstuffs they use in their operations, including records of pesticides being applied to feed crops. This . . . . . more details
 

BQA – Guidelines for Calving Management > PDF
Good calving management practices can increase animal health and beef product safety by reducing the need for antibiotics and other pharmaceutical treatments. This publication discusses numerous helpf . . . . . more details
 

BQA – Guidelines for Culling Beef Animals > PDF
Having a plan for identifying cull animals is key for maintaining a safe and healthy cow herd. This publication explains how to identify animals that should be removed from the herd, when to cull them . . . . . more details
 

BQA – Guidelines for Preconditioning and Weaning > PDF
Preconditioning calves involves a number of practices that prepare calves for the next production phase and includes acclimating calves to a new diet, vaccinating and weaning calves, and teaching them . . . . . more details
 

BQA – Proper Euthanasia for Cattle > PDF
Termination of an animal's life should be taken seriously and done in the most humane manner possible. This brief publication discusses making euthanasia decisions, methods of proper euthanasia, and w . . . . . more details
 

BQA – Record Keeping > PDF
Keeping accurate records on a consistent basis is important for maintaining beef quality assurance and a healthy herd, and to protect a beef operation from litigation regarding drug residue. This pu . . . . . more details
 

Business Management Guide for Grazers > PDF
Describes the management process for management-intensive grazing (MiG) as a series of three recurring operations—strategic, tactical, and operational. Provides sample enterprise budgets and informati . . . . . more details
 

Cattle Vaccine Handling and Management Guidelines > PDF
Recent research indicates vaccine efficacy is at risk due to improper handling and storage by retailers and livestock producers. Following these guidelines will help ensure effective disease immunity . . . . . more details
 

Country of Origin Labeling and Livestock Producers > PDF
Provides background information on the new Country of Origin Labeling Law, how it might affect sales of U.S. meat, and how producers can track and provide documentation regarding the country of origin . . . . . more details
 

Getting the Most Feed Nutrient for the Dollar > PDF
This publication describes a process livestock producers should use to determine the value of a feed that will provide energy or protein to balance a forage-based ration. Authors: Glenn She . . . . . more details
 

Handling Potato Waste for Beef Cattle Feeding > PDF
Feeding potato waste to beef cattle requires good feed management and certain precautions. This publication covers the storage and feeding of different forms of potato waste including filter cake an . . . . . more details
 

Idaho Private Rangeland Grazing -- Lease Arrangements > PDF
Although the USDA publishes lease rates for grazing on private rangelands in Idaho, little it known about the leasing details, services provided by landowners, or other critical factors that influence . . . . . more details
 

Judging Beef Cattle and Oral Reasons 101 > PDF
This publication will help youth and beginning cattle producers to understand the five basic criteria for selecting a beef animal. It will also help beginners in 4-H and FFA livestock judging to under . . . . . more details
 

Measuring Potato Dry Matter Content on the Farm > PDF
This publication describes three on-farm methods for measuring potato dry matter that provide similar results to commercial laboratory tests. Knowing the dry matter of cull potatoes is important to po . . . . . more details
 

Mineral Supplementation of Beef Cattle in the Pacific Northwest > PDF
This bulletin will help ranchers to assess the mineral needs of their beef cattle and to start thinking about where to invest money on mineral programs and where to save a few dollars without diminish . . . . . more details
 

Mitigating High-Phosphorus Soils > PDF
According to Idaho law, livestock operators must make sure their operations are not dumping excess phosphorus into the soil, which could then contaminate surface water or groundwater. This publicati . . . . . more details
 

Pasture and Grazing Management in the Northwest > PDF
The comprehensive resource for anyone who manages livestock on pastures in the Northwest, this 214- page book offers pasture managers information and tools to enable their pastures and their livestoc . . . . . more details
 
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Pregnancy Testing in Beef Cattle > PDF
Pregnancy testing in beef cattle is a tool to optimize heifer management and can identify candidates for culling or removal from the herd. Some methods of pregnancy detection can also provide addition . . . . . more details
 

Premiums and Discounts for Market Beef Cows and Bulls Sold at Auction > PDF
The results of the beef quality audits reported here will help beef producers to optimize the value of their market (cull) beef cows and bulls with the ultimate goal of improving the quality and consi . . . . . more details
 

Price Indices for Estimating Cattle Prices in the Pacific Northwest > PDF
This publication describes trends in cattle prices and explains the use of seasonal price indices to estimate future cattle prices. The indices allow producers to estimate prices for potential sale mo . . . . . more details
 

Role of Agricultural Processing in Idaho's Economy > PDF
Idaho food manufacturing accounts directly for 16,000 Idaho jobs (2% of the total), $8.5 billion in sales (7.3% of the total), and $1.2 billion of Idaho's gross state product (2% of GSP). T . . . . . more details
 


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