Beef

Beef cattle are cattle raised for meat production (as distinguished from dairy cattle, used for milk production). The meat of cattle is known as beef. When raised in a feedlot cattle are known as feeder cattle. Many such feeder cattle are born in cow-calf operations specifically designed to produce beef calves. While the principal use of beef cattle is meat production, other uses include leather, and products used in shampoo and cosmetics.

Low Stress environment

Stress impacts cattle in many ways and can in most cases can be prevented. For example if moving cattle from one location to another such as a field or carral to holding pen produces only frustration or fear of your safety or the cattle there is probably a stress factor involved.

Steps to incorporate low stress environments:

Step 1: Avoid being in a “rush”, when moving cattle. Cattle can easily become agitated if the handlers do not stay calm, “easy come, easy go”.

Step 2: Strategically place alley ways, gates, head shoots etc, in locations that allow cattle a comfortable movement.

Recommended Basic Livestock Handling

Cattle under stress can be aggressive, for your own safety and the safety of your livestock be sure and plan things out.

 Beef markets:

  • Grass Fed

*http://eatwild.com/

*http://www.americangrassfed.org/

  • Corn/Grain

Beef resources:

*Washington State University Extension Beef Resources

*University of Idaho Extension Beef Cattle Resources