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The Cow/Calf Boot Camp is designed for both new and experienced cattle producers who are serious about increasing their level of management and their bottom line.
We have packed as much cow knowledge as possible into the three day agenda covering all aspects of cow-calf production. Come prepared to work hard, learn a lot, and make new friends.

Waiting List

The next OSU Cow/Calf Boot Camp is scheduled for the third week of April 2023 in Ada, OK. To be the first to know about the next camp sign up for the waiting list as when registration is opened we will email everyone on the waiting list.

Advanced Cow/Calf Camp

The first Advanced Cow Camp, an invitation-only event for graduates of the OSU Boot Camp program, was held in 2013. It offered more in-depth discussion and detailed study, focusing on best management practices and increased profitability.
If you are a Boot Camp graduate and would like to know more, contact Earl Ward.

About the Boot CampThe OSU Cow/Calf Boot Camp is held on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the third week of April each year. The days will begin at 8 am and will be over around 7 or 8 pm except for last day when it will end around 5 pm. Because of our awesome sponsors, all meals and snacks are provided each day. We ask that you dress in casual, comfortable clothes, and come with an eager to learn attitude. Below is a tentative agenda for what will be taught each day.

Day 1

  • Working Calves 101
  • Cow BCS, Dentation, & Blood Samples
  • Hay & Feed Testing and Options
  • Internal & External Parasite Control
  • Cattle Health & Vaccinations
  • Calving Season & Cow Efficiency
  • Culling Management
  • Livestock Marketing

Day 2

  • Calving Management
  • Reproduction
  • Forage Table Exercise
  • Nutrition Table Exercise
  • Cow/Calf Economics Table Exercise
  • Beef Fact vs. Fiction & OQBN

Day 3

  • Livestock Mortality Management
  • Fencing & Facilities
  • Selecting Replacements
  • Bull Selection
  • Pasture Tour-Weed and Brush Control
  • Cattle Working-Hands on

Other Resources

Animal Waste Management

Information on animal waste handling and utilizing manure for the greatest gains.

Beef Extension

Research-based answers and tools for beef cattle management.

Beef Quality Assurance Program

Guidelines for beef cattle production.

Livestock Economics

Easy access to Oklahoma and national livestock market information.

Master Cattleman Program

Vital information on all aspects of beef production, to enhance the profitability of beef operations.

Meat Goat Boot Camp

Three-day learning opportunity for both new and experienced meat goat producers.


Brian Freking

Ada Area Livestock Specialist

Marty New

South Central Research Station Area Livestock Specialist

Earl Ward

Northeast Area Livestock Specialist

Dana Zook

Enid Area Livestock Specialist

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