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Beef Production Management and Decisions

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Pub. Date:
9/15/2006
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Prentice Hall
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Summary

"Beef production and management decisions, Fifth Edition, is the most comprehensive beef cattle management text on the market. This text provides a unique perspective on the total industry while incorporating a systems view of management decisions and their impact on both productivity and profitability. The new edition increases the reader's understanding of market and consumer signals and discusses how the industry can best respond to the changing needs of both domestic and international consumers. This edition focuses on the challenges and barriers to profitability in each industry segment, while describing the infrastructure, demographic, and policy changes that confront beef cattle managers."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
An Overview of the U.S. Beef Industry
1(29)
General Overview
2(3)
Contribution to the U.S. Economy
5(1)
Beef Industry Segments
5(15)
Beef Industry Organizations
20(5)
Beef Industry Issues
25(1)
Animal Rights Issues
26(3)
Management Systems Highlights
29(1)
Selected References
29(1)
Retail Beef Products and Consumers
30(40)
Retail Beef Products
30(3)
Beef Consumption and Expenditures
33(5)
Beef Palatability and Consumer Preferences
38(12)
Six Primary Beef Consumer Preferences
50(15)
By-Products
65(1)
Management Systems Highlights
66(1)
Selected References
67(3)
Management Systems: Integrated and Holistic Resource Management
70(34)
Resources and Principles
70(2)
The Human Resource
72(14)
The Financial Resource
86(4)
Land and Feed Resources
90(1)
The Cattle Resource
90(3)
The Equipment Resource
93(1)
The Market Resource
94(1)
Management Systems
94(7)
Management Systems Highlights
101(1)
Selected References
101(3)
Management Decisions for Seedstock Breeders
104(30)
Breeding Program Goals and Objectives
104(2)
Production Records
106(1)
Financial Records
107(3)
Bull Selection
110(14)
Selecting Replacement Heifers
124(1)
Selecting Cows
124(5)
Marketing Decisions
129(3)
Management Systems Highlights
132(1)
Selected References
133(1)
Commercial Cow-Calf Management Decisions
134(47)
Creating the Vision
135(1)
Profit-Oriented Management Decisions (Financial Resource)
135(3)
Factors Affecting Pounds of Calf Weaned
138(2)
Managing Percent Calf Crop
140(3)
Managing Weaning Weights
143(6)
Managing Annual Cow Costs and Returns
149(13)
Matching Cows to Their Economical Environment
162(6)
Weaning Management
168(2)
Marketing Decisions
170(2)
Establishing a Commercial Cow-Calf Operation
172(5)
Management Systems Highlights
177(1)
Selected References
177(4)
Yearling-Stocker Management Decisions
181(19)
Computing Breakeven Prices
184(1)
The Budgeting Process
185(1)
Management Considerations
186(11)
Management Systems Highlights
197(2)
Selected References
199(1)
Feedlot Management Decisions
200(25)
History of the Fed Cattle Industry
200(3)
Managing a Feedlot Operation
203(16)
Management Priorities
219(4)
Management Systems Highlights
223(1)
Selected References
224(1)
Concentration, Integration, and Alliances in the Beef Industry
225(20)
Concentration and Integration
226(8)
Forces Driving Structural Change
234(1)
Alliances/Business Relationships
235(6)
Source Verification, Traceback, and Identification Systems
241(1)
Management Systems Highlights
242(1)
Selected References
243(2)
The Marketing System
245(55)
Market Classes and Grades
245(13)
Marketing Cows and Bulls
258(2)
Market Channels
260(7)
Grid Pricing
267(3)
Major Factors Affecting Cattle Prices
270(11)
Assessing Marketing Costs
281(1)
Keeping Current on Beef Prices
281(2)
Forecasting Beef Prices and Managing Price Risks
283(1)
The Futures Market
284(4)
Value-Based Marketing
288(6)
Advertising and Promoting Retail Beef
294(2)
Marketing Issues
296(2)
Management Systems Highlights
298(1)
Selected References
298(2)
The Global Beef Industry
300(30)
Numbers, Production, Consumption, and Prices
300(2)
International Trade
302(5)
Beef Suppliers
307(7)
NAFTA Partners
314(5)
Buyers
319(9)
Management System Highlights
328(1)
Selected References
328(2)
Reproduction
330(49)
Structure and Function of the Reproductive Organs
330(9)
Breeding
339(5)
Artificial Insemination
344(6)
Synchronization of Estrous
350(6)
Embryo Transfer
356(3)
Cloning
359(1)
Pregnancy
360(3)
Calving
363(10)
Rebreeding
373(4)
Management Systems Highlights
377(1)
Selected References
377(2)
Genetics and Breeding
379(38)
Genetic Principles
379(5)
Gene Mapping
384(1)
Mating Strategies
385(7)
Traits and Their Measurement
392(8)
Improving Beef Cattle Through Breeding Methods
400(8)
Selection Programs
408(3)
National Sire Evaluation
411(2)
Marker-Assisted Selection
413(2)
Management Systems Highlights
415(1)
Selected References
415(2)
Cattle Breeds
417(39)
Breed Evaluation for Commercial Producers
420(24)
Breed Evaluation for Low Cost Production
444(7)
Breed Evaluations to Improve Consumer Market Share
451(1)
Integrated Production Systems
451(3)
Management Systems Highlights
454(1)
Selected References
454(2)
Nutrition
456(36)
Nutrients
456(2)
Proximate Analysis of Feeds
458(2)
The Ruminant Digestive System
460(1)
Digestibility of Feeds
461(1)
Energy Evaluations of Feeds
462(2)
Feeds: Classification and Composition
464(7)
Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle
471(1)
Ration Formulation
471(11)
Cow-Calf Nutrition
482(6)
Yearling-Stocker Cattle Nutrition
488(1)
Feeding Feedlot Cattle
489(1)
Management Systems Highlights
490(1)
Selected References
491(1)
Managing Forage Resources
492(52)
Grazed Forage Resources
492(4)
Plant Types and Their Distribution
496(3)
Grazing Management
499(14)
Major Grazing Regions of the United States
513(15)
Hays
528(3)
Crop Residues
531(1)
Drought Management
532(1)
Market Cattle Production on Grazed Forage
533(2)
Health Problems Associated with Grazing Plants
535(6)
Management Systems Highlights
541(1)
Selected References
541(3)
Herd Health
544(37)
Establishing a Herd Health Program
544(1)
Stress and Health
545(2)
Diseases and Health Problems
547(14)
Parasites
561(7)
Cow-Calf Health Management Programs
568(11)
Management Systems Highlights
579(1)
Selected References
579(2)
Growth, Development, and Beef Cattle Type
581(33)
Growth and Development
581(9)
Beef Type
590(1)
Parts of the Beef Animal
591(1)
Carcass Conformation
591(4)
Conformation of Slaughter Cattle
595(2)
Conformation of Feeder Cattle
597(3)
Conformation of Breeding Cattle
600(10)
The Livestock Show
610(1)
Management Systems Highlights
611(1)
Selected References
612(2)
Cattle Behavior, Facilities, and Equipment
614(27)
Behavior
614(9)
Gathering Cattle on Pasture and Training Cattle
623(1)
Cattle Transport
624(1)
Facilities and Equipment
625(11)
Auditing Animal Welfare
636(2)
Management Systems Highlights
638(1)
Selected References
639(2)
Appendix
641(32)
The Metric System
642(1)
Other Weights, Measures, and Sizes
642(1)
Volumes and Weights of Stacked and Baled Hay
642(4)
Round Grain Bin Volumes
646(1)
Measuring Irrigation Water Flow
646(2)
Land Description for Legal Purposes
648(1)
Major Organizations Within or Affecting the Beef Industry
648(22)
Record Systems and Software
670(3)
Glossary 673(26)
Index 699


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