Since 1983, the Oklahoma Beef Cattle Manual has been a key resource for beef cattle producers, extension professionals, veterinarians and many others in the beef cattle industry. The original Manual was a concise resource for information on beef cattle production and management, including nutrition, reproduction, animal health, genetics, and the design of cattle working facilities. In the new manual, each topic has either been updated or completely rewritten to reflect more recent research based information. Additionally, chapters dealing with demographics of the Oklahoma beef industry, economics, marketing and risk management, business planning and tax considerations, leasing arrangements, enterprise performance analysis, livestock insurance, forage production, grazing management, drought management, beef quality assurance, waste management and biosecurity have been added. The development of such a comprehensive resource for beef production in the state of Oklahoma was made possible by a team of faculty and staff in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Extension Area Specialists, Noble Foundation, USDA's Risk Management Agency and Agricultural Marketing Service.
A Master Cattleman Program was introduced in 2004.
The objective of this program is to enhance the
profitability of beef operations and the quality of life of beef cattle
producers by equipping them with vital information on all aspects of
beef production, business planning, risk management and marketing. The Master Cattleman program includes an educational
curriculum based on the Oklahoma Beef Cattle Manual and a producer certification process.
Check with your local OCES Extension Educator– Agriculture as to
availability of the educational program in your county or region of the
state. Local educators will plan and organize the Master Cattleman
educational series and select the specific curriculum offered. Producer
participation records and producer
certification records will be maintained at the county office.
The base cost for the program is $75 and this fee will be collected by
the county educator. Fees will pay for the instructional material, a producer certificate,
Master Cattleman farm gate sign, and a notebook embossed with the Master
Cattleman logo. Additional fees may be charged locally to cover costs of other materials supplied.