Beef Cattle Management

Program Contact:

Adam J. Conover
Program Coordinator
Department of Animal Science
474 Shaw Lane, Room 1250I
East Lansing, MI 48824
office 517-432-4302

The Beef Cattle Management Program is designed to allow students the opportunity to specialize within a one year intensified program.  It provides students greater knowledge and experience in the management of both cow/calf operations and feedlot segments.  Students interested in gaining additional information for the family farm or seeking employment in the industry will benefit from this short program.  The Program gives students the opportunity to take courses from faculty in the Department of Animal Science and work hands-on with one of the most notable purebred herds in the U.S. and the feedlot at MSU’s Beef Cattle Research Center.

A hands-on clerkship at the MSU Purebred Beef Cattle Center and MSU Beef Cattle Research Center is central to this Program.  Students are required to become involved in the day-to-day management of these two working units.  Students with all backgrounds in the beef cattle industry will benefit from the experience of learning how these facilities operate from knowledgeable managers.

For more information visit the Department of Animal Science.

You can download MSU_Inst_Beef_Cattle_final.pdf to learn more.

Requirements   for Beef Cattle Management


The student must   complete 35 credits from the following: CREDITS
1. All of the following courses:  
  ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 4
  ANS 122A Feedlot Clerkship 2
  ANS 122B Beef Cow Calf Clerkship 2
  ANS 203 Principles of Livestock Feeding 2
  ANS 205 Reproduction in Livestock 2
  ANS 222 Introductory Beef Cattle Management 3
  AT 45 Agricultural Communications 2
  AT 71 Technical Mathematics 2
  AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 6
2. Both of the following courses:  
  ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
  ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
3. Complete 7 credits of elective course work 7