Beef_Lab - ANS 151 - Introduction to Animal Science Beef...

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ANS 151 - Introduction to Animal Science Beef Management In this laboratory, you will be exposed to several of the things that normally take place on a commercial beef cattle operation. These include: a) observing behavior of cattle; b) administering medications to cattle (possibly); c) taking physical measurements on cattle; d) reading different forms of identification on cattle; and e) learning to identify common equipment and their uses (beef_equip.ppt); In addition, there is some supplemental information included as part of this laboratory handout that discusses various aspects of beef cattle management. Based on this information, you should: e) be able to identify the major anatomical parts of beef cattle (beef_anat.ppt); and f) be able to identify the following breeds of cattle – Angus, Brahman, Brangus, Chianini, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Polled Hereford, and Simmental (beef_breeds.ppt or www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/ ) Overview of Daily Activities on Beef Operations For most beef cattle operations, most animals in the herd are at the same stage of the production cycle at any given time. Notable exceptions to this are herds or operations that have both a fall and spring calving group. In these situations, the cows are divided into two separate groups – one that is bred to calve in the spring and the other that is bred to calve in the fall. Consequently, most of the daily activities on a beef cattle operation (in the southeastern U.S.) involve observation of cattle and feeding supplemental forage during the winter months or in draught situations during other seasons. Most producers in the southeastern U.S. segregate their cows based on their expected calving date. Cows that are within a couple of weeks of their due
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