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Beef: Best Management Practices for Cow-Calf Production

Beef: Best Management Practices for Cow-Calf Production provides producers with insight and education into the latest reproductive technology, low-stress livestock handling, health programs, DNA testing, genomic-enhanced DNA testing with traditional breeding programs, feeding strategies and beef cow nutrition and the role of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) in the cow-calf industry. This handbook will assist producers with best management practices to help bring from pasture to plate the best quality beef products for consumers, products that are affordable, and the safest and most wholesome in the world.

Authors

South Dakota State University Faculty and SDSU Extension Specialists

Dr. Russ Daly, Associate Professor and SDSU Extension Veterinarian

Dr. Matthew A. Diersen, Professor and SDSU Extension Risk/Business Management Specialist

Dr. Lisa Elliott, Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Commodity Marketing Specialist

Dr. Ken Olson, Professor and SDSU Extension Beef Specialist

Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Smart, Professor and SDSU Extension Rangeland Management Specialist

Dr. Julie Walker, Professor and SDSU Extension Beef Specialist

Dr. Michael G. Gonda, Associate Professor, Animal Genetics

Dr. Rosie Nold, Assistant Department Head and Associate Professor, Meat Science

Dr. Keith Underwood, Associate Professor, Meat Science

Dr. Michael Smith, Professor, Reproductive Physiology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Cody L. Wright, Professor, Ruminant Nutrition

Dr. Derek W. Brake, Assistant Professor, Ruminant Nutrition (former)

Dr. Roger N. Gates, Professor and SDSU Extension Rangeland Management Specialist (retired)

Dr. B. Lynn Gordon, Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Agricultural Leadership Specialist (former)

Dr. Elaine E. Grings, Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Cow-Calf Management Specialist (retired)

Dr. George Perry, Professor and SDSU Extension Beef Reproductive Management Specialist (former)

SDSU Extension Field Specialists and Research Staff

Pete Bauman, Natural Resources and Wildlife Field Specialist

Heidi Carroll, Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist & Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator

Jack B. Davis, Crops Business Management Field Specialist

Heather Gessner, Livestock Business Management Field Specialist

Adele Harty, Cow/Calf Field Specialist

Warren Rusche, Beef Feedlot Management Associate

Robin Salverson, Cow-Calf Field Specialist

Karla Hernandez, Forages Extension Field Specialist (former)

Janna Kincheloe, Research Associate II (former)

Jim Krantz, Cow-Calf Field Specialist (retired)

Shannon Sand, Livestock Business Management Field Specialist (former)

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