Beef Cattle Production Systems.pdf
This textbook provides an integrated view of beef cattle production with a systems-based approach, discussing the interrelationships of a broad range of aspects with the overall goal of optimizing cattle production. This book provides the background to allow cattle producers to match their production environments with genetic, management and marketing opportunities for sustainable beef production globally. The resulting considerations can then be tailored to address specific regional challenges and opportunities worldwide. Considerations and examples for extreme situations are provided, such as very small herds, very large herds, communal-group situations and minimal artificial input systems.
Andy D. Herring, Texas A&M University, USA
1 Introduction to Beef Cattle Production Systems 2 History and Domestication 3 Breeding and Genetics 4 Nutrition 5 Grazing and Pasture Management 6 Live Animal Evaluation 7 Growth and Development 8 Reproduction 9 Health 10 Behavior, Temperament, Handling and Welfare 11 Carcass and Meat 12 Financial and Economic Aspects 13 Supply Chain and Integrated Production Systems 14 Global Comparisons of Cattle and Beef