Beef Production and Management Decisions / Edition 4

Beef Production and Management Decisions / Edition 4

by Thomas G. Field, Thomas G. Field, Robert W. Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0130888796

ISBN-13: 9780130888792

Pub. Date: 03/29/2002

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Based on the most recent scientific, demographic and financial data available, "Beef Production and Management Decisions, Fifth Edition" examines the biological, ecological, financial, and marketing issues impacting the beef industry today. Harnessing the authors' industry and academic experience, the book explores the demographics, structure, challenges and segments

Overview

Based on the most recent scientific, demographic and financial data available, "Beef Production and Management Decisions, Fifth Edition" examines the biological, ecological, financial, and marketing issues impacting the beef industry today. Harnessing the authors' industry and academic experience, the book explores the demographics, structure, challenges and segments of the industry from a balanced point of view. A must for any professional library, this paperback edition includes concepts of beef quality assurance and devotes chapters to the management of information, the traditions of the business and the future of the industry. Systems philosophy that looks at the biological, ecological, financial and marketing issues impacting the industry. Discusses each segment of the production and processing chain from a management/decision-making perspective. Identifies the significant biological and economic principles that contribute to the profitable and sustainable production of beef cattle. Written by a leading researcher and consultant in the field. This book provides a well of resource and reference material intended for the industry professionals and affiliated professional managers with a detailed evaluation of the demographics, structure, challenges, and segments of the beef industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130888792
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
03/29/2002
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
747
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
Chapter 1An Overview of the U.S. Beef Industry1
General Overview2
Contribution to the U.S. Economy5
Beef Industry Segments6
Beef Industry Organizations21
Beef Industry Issues25
Managing a Mature Beef Industry29
References29
Chapter 2Retail Beef Products and Consumers31
Retail Beef Products31
Beef Consumption and Expenditures33
Beef Palatability and Consumer Preferences39
Six Primary Beef Consumer Preferences49
By-Products61
Management Systems Highlights62
References64
Chapter 3Management Systems: Integrated and Holistic Resource Management66
Resources and Principles66
The Human Resource68
The Financial Resource82
Land and Feed Resources86
The Cattle Resource86
The Equipment Resource89
The Market Resource90
Management Systems91
Management Systems Highlights98
References99
Chapter 4Management Decisions for Seedstock Breeders101
Breeding Program Goals and Objectives101
Production Records103
Financial Records106
Bull Selection106
Selecting Replacement Heifers120
Selecting Cows122
Marketing Decisions124
Management Systems Highlights127
References128
Chapter 5Commercial Cow-Calf Management Decisions129
Creating the Vision130
Profit-Oriented Management Decisions (Financial Resource)130
Factors Affecting Pounds of Calf Weaned133
Managing Percent Calf Crop135
Managing Weaning Weights138
Managing Annual Cow Costs and Returns144
Matching Cows to Their Economical Environment157
Marketing Decisions164
Establishing a Commercial Cow-Calf Operation166
Management Systems Highlights169
References170
Chapter 6Yearling-Stocker Management Decisions173
Computing Breakeven Prices176
The Budgeting Process177
Management Considerations179
Management Systems Highlights189
References191
Chapter 7Feedlot Management Decisions192
History of the Fed Cattle Industry192
Types of Cattle Feeding Operations193
Managing a Feedlot Operation196
Management Priorities211
Management Systems Highlights215
References216
Chapter 8Concentration, Integration, and Alliances in the Beef Industry218
Concentration and Integration219
Forces Driving Structural Change227
Alliances/Business Relationships228
Management Systems Highlights235
References236
Chapter 9The Marketing System238
Market Classes and Grades238
Market Channels250
Major Factors Affecting Cattle Prices262
Assessing Marketing Costs270
Keeping Current on Beef Prices270
Forecasting Beef Prices and Managing Price Risks271
The Futures Market272
Value-Based Marketing277
Advertising and Promoting Retail Beef283
Management Systems Highlights284
References284
Chapter 10The Global Beef Industry286
Numbers, Production, Consumption, and Prices286
International Trade289
Beef Suppliers293
NAFTA Partners299
Beef Buyers304
Role of Beef in World Diet309
Management Systems Highlights314
References314
Chapter 11Reproduction316
Structure and Function of the Reproductive Organs316
Breeding325
Artificial Insemination330
Synchonization of Estrus336
Embryo Transfer340
Cloning344
Pregnancy345
Calving348
Rebreeding357
Management Systems Highlights361
References361
Chapter 12Genetics and Breeding363
Genetics Principles363
Gene Mapping369
Mating Strategies369
Traits and Their Measurement376
Improving Beef Cattle through Breeding Methods385
Selection Programs392
National Sire Evaluation394
Marker-Assisted Selection396
Management Systems Highlights398
References398
Chapter 13Cattle Breeds400
What Is a Breed?401
Breed Evaluation for Commercial Procedures410
Breed Evaluation for Low Cost Production430
Breed Evaluations to Improve Consumer Market Share431
Integrated Production Systems433
Management Systems Highlights434
References435
Chapter 14Nutrition437
Nutrients437
Proximate Analysis of Feeds439
The Rumnant Digestive System441
Digestibility of Feeds442
Energy Evaluations of Feeds443
Feeds: Classification and Composition443
Management for High Nutrient Content of Feeds448
Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle453
Ration Formulation454
Cow-Calf Nutrition462
Yearling-Stocker Cattle Nutrition469
Feeding Feedlot Cattle469
Management Systems Highlights471
References471
Chapter 15Managing Forage Resources473
Grazed Forage Resources473
Plant Types and Their Distribution475
Grazing Management480
Major Grazing Regions of the United States495
Hays510
Crop Residues512
Drought Management512
Market Cattle Production on Grazed Forage513
Health Problems Associated with Grazing Plants517
Management Systems Highlights522
References522
Chapter 16Herd Health525
Establishing a Herd Health Program525
Stress and Health526
Diseases and Health Problems528
Parasites542
Cow-Calf Health Management Programs549
Management Systems Highlights559
References559
Chapter 17Growth, Development, and Beef Cattle Type561
Growth and Development561
Beef Type569
Parts of the Beef Animal573
Carcass Conformation573
Conformation of Slaughter Cattle575
Conformation of Feeder Cattle578
Conformation of Breeding Cattle581
The Livestock Show589
Management Systems Highlights591
References592
Chapter 18Cattle Behavior, Facilities, and Equipment594
Behavior594
Cattle Transport607
Facilities and Equipment608
Management Systems Highlights620
References620
Chapter 19Managing Information Resources622
Sources of Information on Beef Cattle625
The Electronic Media631
Information for Management Systems632
Beef Industry Overview632
Consumer/Beef Products633
Human Resources633
Financial/Economic Resources634
Forage Resources634
Cattle Resources635
Marketing636
International636
Management Systems Highlights638
References638
Chapter 20The Beef Industry's Past and Future639
Scientific and Historical Evidence of Early Cattle639
Historical Landmarks in the American Cattle Industry642
The Influence of Cattle on Human Culture661
The Future of the Beef Industry665
Management Systems Highlights670
References670
Glossary672
Appendix698
The Metric System699
Volumes and Weights of Stacked and Baled Hay700
Round Grain Bin Volumes703
Measuring Irrigation Water Flow703
Land Description for Legal Purposes705
Major Organizations Within or Affecting the Beef Industry707
Index729

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