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The objective of this program is to enhance the profitability of beef operations and the quality of life of beef cattle producers by equipping them with vital information on all aspects of beef production, business planning, risk management and marketing. The Master Cattleman program includes an educational curriculum based on the Oklahoma Beef Cattle Manual and a producer certification process.


Master Cattleman Curriculum

Please note that 4 hrs are required for each subject area.
To be certified as a “Master Cattleman,” producers must complete a minimum of 28 hours of instruction from the Master Cattleman curriculum plus a final evaluation. The core curriculum consists of 4 hours from each of the following areas:

  • Business planning and management
  • Marketing and risk management
  • Nutrition and management
  • Quality assurance and animal health
  • Natural resources
  • Genetics and reproduction (stocker-only producers may opt out of this section and choose additional hours from other areas)

Additional hours of elective topics are required to meet credit requirements. Electives are additional hours from any chapters for 28 hours total instruction or completion of a project not previously undertaken, such as forage or soil testing, breeding soundness examination, financial plan developed with the assistance of Extension IFMAPS personnel, host a demonstration, etc. Selected chapters are considered core to the curriculum.


For more information, visit the Master Cattleman website.

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