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This management-systems oriented book is an excellent source of information for college students, beef producers, leaders in the beef industry, and anyone interested in beef cattle. It has three objectives: (1) to identify the primary biological principles that contribute to raising productive beef cattle; (2) to integrate these principles with the economic considerations involved in producing profitable, highly preferred consumer products; and (3) to enhance understanding and communication between all segments of the beef industry. The Third Edition strengthens its emphasis on management and management decisions based on sound biological and economic principles that meet specifications for beef production and improve profitability.
1. An Overview of the U.S. Beef Industry. 2. Retail Beef Products and Consumers. 3. Management Systems: Integrated and Holistic Resource Management. 4. Management Decisions for Seedstock Breeders. 5. Commercial Cow-Calf Management Decisions. 6. Yearling-Stocker Management Decisions. 7. Feedlot Management Decisions. 8. Concentration, Integration and Alliances in the Beef Industry. 9. Reproduction. 10. Genetics and Breeding. 11. Cattle Breeds. 12. Nutrition. 13. Managing Forage Resources. 14. Herd Health. 15. Growth, Development, and Beef Cattle Type. 16. Cattle Behavior, Facilities, and Equipment. 17. The Marketing System. 18. The Global Beef Industry. 19. Managing Information Resources. 20. The Beef Industry's Past and Future. Glossary. Appendix. Index.