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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.


  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" August 13, 2020, Rotational Grazing

    Published on September 14, 2020

    Farm manager Paul Naasz describes the intensive management grazing system for the grass-finished beef herd at MSU's Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MIchigan.

  • 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 - John Cox

    Published on October 19, 2020

    John Cox of Baseline Farms introduces you to the host site of Virtual Grazing Field Day, Baseline Farms in Washtenaw County.

  • 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.

  • Exploring the Future of Precision Livestock Farming

    Published on October 7, 2020

    MSU associate professor Juan Steibel talks about the added value of data sets in precision livestock farming.

  • 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.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - Kable Thurlow

    Published on October 19, 2020

    MSU extension expert Kable Thurlow talks to Baseline Farms operator John Cox about best practices for grazing and what equipment makes it possible.

  • 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.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - Paul Gross

    Published on October 19, 2020

    MSU Extension expert Paul Gross talks about soil health and how it impacts your sustainability in grazing livestock.

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: Enterprise Budgets and Financial Analysis

    Published on April 4, 2021

    In session three of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Melissa McKendree teaches how to use the MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool and Dr. Corey Clark discusses financial analysis for feedlot operations. First, Dr. McKendree presents the different functions of the MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool. The MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool can offer information regarding the price and nutrient composition of your diets. The MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool has a yardage cost calculator and budget calculator to determine the income received from the cattle being raised. Additionally, the MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool allows breakeven analysis for purchasing or selling cattle and a sensitivity analysis section to adjust values in the budget spreadsheet. Dr. Corey Clark discusses the different components to conducting financial analysis for a feedlot operation. Dr. Clark also mentions programs, such as Telefarm, that producers can utilize to perform a financial analysis of their feedlot operation.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" September 2, 2020, Fall calving

    Published on September 9, 2020

    Farm manager Paul Naasz describes the fall calving program for the grass-finished beef herd at MSU's Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI.

  • Backyard Cattle Management

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Animal Agriculture Session: More people are interested in producing their own beef or supplying friends and family with beef. This presentation offers a nutritional perspective of raising beef cattle for freezer beef. In order to have cattle ready for your harvest appointment, this presentation will discuss different nutritional management strategies and their effects on growth and meat quality.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: On-farm Considerations

    Published on June 3, 2021

    In the third session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Jerad Jaborek (Michigan State University) and Garth Ruff (Ohio State University) share some on-farm considerations for beef on dairy cattle. Jerad begins by reviewing a on-farm survey about current beef on dairy practices on dairy farms in the Midwestern U.S. Jerad also explains how to interpret beef cattle expected progeny differences (EPD) when selecting a beef sire. Jerad discusses the importance of proper nutrition, including colostrum, calf starter, and the transition to a feedlot ration. Garth discusses some of the marketing options with beef on dairy calves and techniques or management practices that can be implemented to capture additional value.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" July 8, 2020, Taking mid-season weights on grass-finished beef herd

    Published on July 11, 2020

    Farm manager Paul Naasz and crew take mid-season weights to monitor rate of gain on the grass finished cattle at MSU's Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI.

  • Basics of Grazing

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with grazing.

  • Animal Based Enterprises

    Published on January 11, 2016

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

  • Angel Abuelo

    Assistant Professor of Cattle Health and Well-being & Dairy Extension Veterinarian
    abuelo@msu.edu

  • Annette O'Connor

    Chairperson of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Professor of Epidemiology