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


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.

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Table of Contents

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
Chapter 2Retail Beef Products and Consumers31
Retail Beef Products31
Beef Consumption and Expenditures33
Beef Palatability and Consumer Preferences39
Six Primary Beef Consumer Preferences49
Management Systems Highlights62
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
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
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
Chapter 6Yearling-Stocker Management Decisions173
Computing Breakeven Prices176
The Budgeting Process177
Management Considerations179
Management Systems Highlights189
Chapter 7Feedlot Management Decisions192
History of the Fed Cattle Industry192
Types of Cattle Feeding Operations193
Managing a Feedlot Operation196
Management Priorities211
Management Systems Highlights215
Chapter 8Concentration, Integration, and Alliances in the Beef Industry218
Concentration and Integration219
Forces Driving Structural Change227
Alliances/Business Relationships228
Management Systems Highlights235
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
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
Chapter 11Reproduction316
Structure and Function of the Reproductive Organs316
Artificial Insemination330
Synchonization of Estrus336
Embryo Transfer340
Management Systems Highlights361
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
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
Chapter 14Nutrition437
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
Chapter 15Managing Forage Resources473
Grazed Forage Resources473
Plant Types and Their Distribution475
Grazing Management480
Major Grazing Regions of the United States495
Crop Residues512
Drought Management512
Market Cattle Production on Grazed Forage513
Health Problems Associated with Grazing Plants517
Management Systems Highlights522
Chapter 16Herd Health525
Establishing a Herd Health Program525
Stress and Health526
Diseases and Health Problems528
Cow-Calf Health Management Programs549
Management Systems Highlights559
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
Chapter 18Cattle Behavior, Facilities, and Equipment594
Cattle Transport607
Facilities and Equipment608
Management Systems Highlights620
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
Management Systems Highlights638
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
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

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