Oklahoma is the nation’s second-leading producer of beef cows, boasts the second-largest calf crop and ranks as the fourth-leading producer of total cattle and calves. Oklahoma beef production is a significant contributor to the state economy, providing more than $3.7 billion annually. OSU beef programs provide research-based information and materials to help producers manage operational risk and promote animal well-being.
Beef Extension is the hub for OSU Extension programs that provide answers and easy-to-use tools focusing on animal management, drought resources, meat science, receiving and feedlot protocols, breeds of cattle and much more. Think of it as one-stop shopping, where with just a click you can access informative newsletters, ranch management calculators, educational youth programs, OSU beef cattle research reports and ongoing projects at OSU beef facilities.
Introduced in 2004, the OSU Master Cattleman Program uses a multidisciplinary approach – drawing on the expertise of faculty and staff in many different fields – to equip participants with vital information on all aspects of beef production, business planning, risk management and marketing. The program includes an educational curriculum based on OSU’s internationally recognized Oklahoma Beef Cattle Manual and a producer-certification process. OSU Extension field staff help plan and organize ongoing Master Cattleman offerings.
Oklahoma Beef Quality Network
OQBN is a network of beef producers, educators, veterinarians and industry professionals committed to increasing producers' access to value-added marketing opportunities and improving the quality of cattle produced in Oklahoma by enhancing awareness of and communication between all segments of the beef industry. OQBN is a joint project of OSU Extension and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.