Chapter 8 Beef Cattle Production

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Origin of Beef Cattle
 Bos taurus –
common to
temperate regions
 Bos indicus –
descendants of the
Zebu cattle with
humps on their
necks
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Consumption – 65.8 pounds per person in the
US
Purebred
 Grade
 Crossbred
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Angus
Red Angus
Ankole Watusi
Charolais
Chianina
Gelbvich
Hereford
Longhorn
Polled Hereford
Limousin
Maine Anjou
Salers
Shorthorn
Simmental
South Devon
Brahman
Brangus
Santa Gertrudis
BeefMaster
Tarentaise
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Advantages:
 Consume roughages
 Low labor
 Low death losses
 Adapt to various size
operations
 Demand for meat
 Creates many jobs
 Hobbies and
interests
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Disadvantages:
 Risks to producers
 Poor feed converters
 Long gestation
period
 High capital needed
to start
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Cow-calf system –
calf to weaning
Backgrounding
system – feeder
operations
Finishing system –
slaughter
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Branding
Tags
Earmarks
Neckbands
Tattoos
Other –
microchips
Parasites
 Diseases
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Dehorning
Castration
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Selection
Animal Care
Halter Breaking
Grooming
Showing

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