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Master Cattleman

The OSU Master Cattleman program is a comprehensive educational curriculum designed to enhance participants' proficiency in production and business management.

The program costs $75 and is offered to Oklahoma beef producers.  The fee is to cover the costs of the course materials.  Participants receive an Oklahoma Beef Cattle Manual, instructional material, a producer certificate, Master Cattleman farm gate sign, and a notebook with the Master Cattleman logo.

 

The objective of the Master Cattleman program is to enhance the profitability of beef operations and the quality of life of beef cattle producers.  Producers equipped with vital information on all aspects of beef production, business planning, risk management, and marketing can build and maintain sustainable businesses.


Wildfire Information

Inspect Cattle Involved in Wildfire for Injuries: Consult your Veterinarian to Identify problems. Analyzing injuries to cattle following a wildfire is important to minimize losses. Many cattle may appear to have made it through the fire with no visible physical damage; however, it is important to have them looked at by a veterinarian as soon as possible because there could be secondary problems that lead to infections and further problems. Health disorders such as burned eyes, feet, udders, sheaths and testicles, as well as smoke inhalation with lung inflammation and edema, are the most common problems.

 

Cattle that were not evacuated from the fire danger zone, even if only for a short time, could suffer injuries due to inhaling smoke. Smoke can move for miles, and cattle that are not near the flames or heat could suffer some injury. Contact with burning grass, weeds and brush causes immediate burns; however, inhalation of smoke causes immediate irritation to the lining of the respiratory system, including nasal passages, trachea and lungs. This can lead to inflammation, edema and emphysema, with the severity determined by the duration of inhaled smoke. The time it takes to cause damage might only be a few minutes with high quantities of smoke, but maybe hours in low quantities of smoke. In addition, the lining of the eyelids and eyeballs can be irritated and lead to secondary infections causing additional illness or even death. More information at the next links:

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