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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.


  • 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.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" May 5, 2020, Pastures and Cattle

    Published on May 19, 2020

    Take a look at pastures and the grass-finished Red Angus beef herd at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan

  • Basic of Beef Feedlot Management

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting start with beed feedlot management.

  • 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.

  • "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.

  • Basics of Cow-Calf Production

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with beef cow-calf farming.

  • 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.

  • "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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fencing and Watering Systems for Livestock Webinar

    Published on March 15, 2017

    Getting started with fencing and watering systems for livestock.

  • Basics of Grass Finished Beef

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with grass-finished beef.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - Nick Machinski

    Published on October 19, 2020

    Nick Machinski explains the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) and how your farm gets verified.

  • 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.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: Beef Genetics and Sire Selection

    Published on June 3, 2021

    In the second session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Chip Kemp (American Simmental Association and International Genetics Solutions) discusses some hurdles, facts and what-ifs regarding beef on dairy production. As Chip begins, he shares the past history leading up to the current situation we have with beef on dairy cattle production from a sire selection standpoint. Chip highlights traits that producers need to be selecting for when choosing a beef sire to successfully create a profitable crossbred dairy beef calf. Chip briefly discusses a few different marketing avenues, as well as other resources, such as the IGS feeder profit calculator.

  • Jerad Jaborek

    Beef Educator
    jaborekj@msu.edu
    715-451-2035

  • Frank Wardynski

    Ruminant Educator
    wardynsk@msu.edu
    906-884-4386

  • Kevin Gould

    Beef Educator
    gouldk@msu.edu
    616 527-5357

  • Daniel Buskirk, PhD

    Associate Professor / Beef Extension Specialist
    buskirk@msu.edu
    517-432-0400