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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.


  • Cheesy Hamburger Skillet

    This dish will keep everyone in the family satisfied, with minimal clean up.

  • Emergency Response to Accident Involving Livestock virtual training

    This virtual training provides participants with the information needed to effectively and efficiently respond to an accident where animals are involved.

  • Beef Quality Assurance

    Programs in this area help ensure that food reaching consumers is of utmost quality. Producers and processors learn how their practices affect the final products, and learn tools and techniques to improve overall quality and safety of beef products.

  • Cattle Feeding Short Course

    Cattle Feeding Short Course is an educational opportunity for producers of beef products, to become aware of nutritional and management practices for improving cattle feeding operations.

  • MCA & MSU Bull Evaluation

    MCA & MSU Bull Evaluation is a bull appraisal program and facility that affiliates with Michigan State University. This educational opportunity provides a lot of value and information to producers.

  • Beef Cattle Ultrasound Program

    MSU Extension has invested in ultrasound scanning technology in central Michigan. Breeders can scan yearling bulls and heifers for carcass traits and have this information included in National Cattle Evaluation ultrasound EPDs.

  • Bull Breeding Soundness Exam Clinics

    MSU Extension are organizing the regional Bull Breeding Soundness Exam Clinics. This educational opportunity will provide more explanation to the future of your herd, and what may need to be done to make your future as successful as possible.

  • Mar 11

    Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) - March 11

    March 11, 2020 6:00PM – 7:00PM Monroe County Fairgrounds 3775 S. Custer Rd. Monroe, MI 48161

    YQCA is an annual education and certification program focused on food safety, animal well-being and character awareness for youth ages 8 to 18.

  • Apr 9

    Advanced Grazing School - 2020

    April 9, 2020 – April 10, 2020 Bay Mills Community College -Waishkey Bay Farm 10135 W Mills Road, Brimley, MI 49715

    This advanced grazing workshop is for those people who have multiple years of grazing experience, use some system of “rotational grazing."

  • 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.

  • Animal Based Enterprises

    Published on January 11, 2016

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 - Adam Shedd

    Published on October 19, 2020

    Adam Shedd talks about making a grazing plan for your farm.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.