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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.


  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Introduction to Crossbred Dairy Beef Production

    Published on February 1, 2021

    In session 1 of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Jerad Jaborek discusses crossbred dairy beef production. Raising purebred dairy steers for beef production results in some challenges compared with native beef cattle. Additionally, implementing a crossbreeding program on dairy farms where a terminal beef sire is bred to the dairy cows is becoming increasingly popular across the U.S as an option to increase the value of male dairy calves. Research implementing this crossbreeding strategy with Jersey cattle is presented. Along with sire selection considerations and management practices to help make crossbred dairy beef production a success.

  • "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.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day

    Published on October 20, 2020

    A group of top level presenters including MSU Extension experts demonstrate best practices and talk about considerations for effective grazing, with Baseline Farms in Dexter serving as the host site.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" May 5, 2020, Pastures and Cattle

    Published on May 19, 2020

    Take a look at pastures and the grass-finished Red Angus beef herd at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" May 20, 2020, Weaning follow-up

    Published on June 3, 2020

    Take a look at the grass-finished beef research herd at the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center 10 days or so following weaning.

  • Basics of Cow-Calf Production

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with beef cow-calf farming.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?", May 12, 2020, Weaning day

    Published on May 15, 2020

    Weaning Red Angus beef calves at the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, May 12 and 14, 2020

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - Nick Machinski

    Published on October 19, 2020

    Nick Machinski explains the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) and how your farm gets verified.

  • Basics of Grass Finished Beef

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with grass-finished beef.

  • Fencing and Watering Systems for Livestock Webinar

    Published on March 15, 2017

    Getting started with fencing and watering systems for livestock.

  • Breeding Soundness Exam Clinic

    Published on May 11, 2021

    What does it mean for a bull to have a breeding soundness exam, and why do it? Through this video, you can walk through the process and hear a veterinarian describe what he is doing and understand from cow-calf farmers why they get their bulls checked.

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Effect of Facility Design on Feedlot Cattle Performance

    Published on April 14, 2021

    In session five of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Jerad Jaborek discusses the effects of feedlot facility design on cattle feedlot performance. Dr. Jaborek shares some of the commonly feedlot designs and shares some research regarding slatted floors versus bedded pack flooring systems. The importance of ventilation (natural and mechanical) is discussed as a necessary means to keep cattle comfortable and healthy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Practical Applications of Precision Livestock Farming in Poultry

    Published on October 7, 2020

    Catholic University of Leeuwen (Belgium) assistant professor Tomas Norton discusses applications for precision livestock in poultry production.

  • 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.

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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.