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  • Beef

    MSU Extension serves the Michigan beef industry by engaging in research, education and outreach that enhances the quality of life for constituents throughout the state.


  • Feb 24

    Advanced Grazing School

    February 24, 2022 – February 25, 2022 February 24, 2022 from 10:00am to 5:30pm and February 25, 2022 from 8:00am to 1:00pm Bay Mills Community College - Waishkey Bay Farm 10135 W. MIlls Rd. Brimley, MI 49715

    This advanced grazing workshop is for those people who have multiple years of grazing experience, use some system of “rotational grazing”, and want to further enhance the outcomes of their grazing efforts.

  • Basics of Cow-Calf Production

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with beef cow-calf farming.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" May 20, 2020, Weaning follow-up

    Published on June 3, 2020

    Take a look at the grass-finished beef research herd at the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center 10 days or so following weaning.

  • Animal Based Enterprises

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with animal-based enterprises (U.P. specific).

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Effect of Facility Design on Feedlot Cattle Performance

    Published on April 14, 2021

    In session five of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Jerad Jaborek discusses the effects of feedlot facility design on cattle feedlot performance. Dr. Jaborek shares some of the commonly feedlot designs and shares some research regarding slatted floors versus bedded pack flooring systems. The importance of ventilation (natural and mechanical) is discussed as a necessary means to keep cattle comfortable and healthy.

  • Examining the opportunities of Precision Livestock Farming in Cattle Operations

    Published on October 7, 2020

    University of Wisconsin assistant professor Joao Dorea talks about using computer vision systems to improve animal management.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: Marketing Dairy Beef

    Published on May 30, 2021

    In the first session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Larry Rose (JBS Head of Cattle Procurement) and JT Loewe (JBS Cattle Procurement) have a conversation with the audience discussing marketing aspects of dairy beef. Both Larry and JT share their observations and experiences with crossbred dairy beef cattle at JBS and their future thoughts on the role for crossbred dairy cattle in the beef industry. Additionally, the new contract which Holstein and Holstein crossbred steers can be marketed on with JBS was discussed relative to the old Holstein contract.

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Does the High Price of Distillers Grain Work in your Feedlot Ration?

    Published on April 4, 2021

    In session four of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Jerad Jaborek discusses high grain prices, the impact on feedlot operations, and some alternatives to feeding high priced distillers grains. Dr. Jaborek reviews the current price of some commonly used grains, such as distillers, in feedlot rations. Protein digestion and the importance of balancing metabolizable protein of the feedlot ration is discussed. Urea is mentioned as an alternative feed source to supply the animal with adequate amounts of protein.

  • Introduction to Precision Livestock Farming

    Published on October 7, 2020

    MSU assistant professors Janice Siegford and Madonna Benjamin team up to introduce some of the topics ahead for MSU's Livestock Technology Virtual Field Day.

  • Basics of Grass Finished Beef

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with grass-finished beef.

  • Breeding Soundness Exam Clinic

    Published on May 11, 2021

    What does it mean for a bull to have a breeding soundness exam, and why do it? Through this video, you can walk through the process and hear a veterinarian describe what he is doing and understand from cow-calf farmers why they get their bulls checked.

  • Fencing and Watering Systems for Livestock Webinar

    Published on March 15, 2017

    Getting started with fencing and watering systems for livestock.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?", May 12, 2020, Weaning day

    Published on May 15, 2020

    Weaning Red Angus beef calves at the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, May 12 and 14, 2020

  • JBS Holstein Contract Comparison Tool Webinar

    Published on June 3, 2021

    Dr. Jerad Jaborek introduces the JBS Holstein Contract Comparison Tool and highlights the differences between the old and new contracts available for Holstein cattle feeders to market their finished Holstein steers with JBS. Jerad also discusses some of the implications of the basis and dressing percentage changes on cattle value, as well as the implications of the seasonality of the choice/select spread price.

  • Basic of Beef Feedlot Management

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting start with beed feedlot management.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - Jason Rowntree

    Published on October 19, 2020

    MSU assistant professor and beef expert Jason Rowntree dispels some of the myths around grazing and makes the arguments for its inclusion in a healthy ecosystem.

  • Emerging Approaches in Swine Precision Livestock Farming

    Published on October 7, 2020

    University of Nebraska professor Tami Brown-Brandl and MSU assistant professor Madonna Benjamin discuss precision livestock applications in swine production.

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Tips for Raising Dairy Beef Calves

    Published on February 1, 2021

    In session two of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Marianne Buza offers some tips for raising dairy beef calves. First, Marianne discusses the importance of colostrum consumption by the calf, colostrum use on Michigan diary farms, and how you can measure to check if the calf has received adequate colostrum. Sanitation practices were discussed to help ensure the prevention of disease between calves. Additionally, when to consider euthanasia was discussed, as well as using necropsy as an investigative means to combat future morbidity and mortality outbreaks.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - Adam Shedd

    Published on October 19, 2020

    Adam Shedd talks about making a grazing plan for your farm.

  • Basics of Grazing

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with grazing.