Beef Cattle Production


Beef Cattle Production

The beef industry is an important economic driver in Nebraska. Use of resources in the beef industry in a responsible and sustainable system is vital to the future of the industry. Information provided on these pages focuses on management considerations that are sustainable and timely and meet the needs of beef producers.

Educational Resources

Beef Basics Home Study

The Beef Basics program started in 1993 and was designed for beef producers, feed consultants and veterinarians wanting to learn more about beef production. Since then, more than 5,500 individuals from more than 40 states have used the Beef Basics courses to further their education.

Nebraska Ranch Practicum

The Nebraska Ranch Practicum is a three-season, hands-on educational program designed to give participants the skills and education needed in today's complex ranching industry. Participants benefit from cutting-edge research in range livestock production and marketing at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory, a nationally-recognized research and education facility.

Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance Program

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) concerns itself with practices throughout the production process, mainly dealing with animal health, food safety and product quality. No matter what the segment, from the cow-calf producer to the dinner plate, each step affects quality as well as the eating satisfaction of consumer. BQA works with veterinarians and extension educators to conduct trainings for feedlots, livestock auction markets, anybody who handles cattle frequently. We train people and keep them updated on latest animal health issues, products, and practices.



Check out these resources

Beef Production Calendar
Use the twelve-month calendar as a management tool to help in scheduling practices pertaining to the cow herd.

Profit Tips
Analyze inputs against value of production to help improve profit potential in the cow/calf, backgrounding, and feedlot enterprises.

Producer Questions
Read questions and answers from the UNL Beef Team or ask a question of the UNL Beef Team.