Beef Production and Management Decisions, 6th edition

  • Thomas G. Field


Current, authoritative, balanced coverage of the issues impacting the beef industry.

The hallmark text Beef Production and Management Decisions, 6/e, examines the most current and critical biological, ecological, financial, and marketing issues impacting the beef industry today. This updated edition includes concepts of beef quality assurance and devotes chapters to the management of information, the traditions of the business, and the future of the industry. Integrating a management systems viewpoint while drawing on the author’s industry and academic experience to explore the challenges of the industry, this text is a must for any professional library.

The new edition is expanded and features 85% new images and more than 60% new tables; the latest industry demographics across the supply chain in  the United States and with other major global players; a significant increase in management-oriented information in several areas; comprehensive, in-depth evaluation of the stocker sector; and increased online resource suggestions.

Table of contents

Chapter 1      An Overview of the U.S. Beef Industry

General Overview

Contribution to the U.S. Economy

Beef Industry Segments

Beef Industry Organizations

Beef Industry Issues

Animal Well-Being

Selected References


Chapter 2      Retail Beef Products and Consumers

Retail Beef Products

Beef Consumption and Expenditures

Beef Palatability and Consumer Preferences


Selected References


Chapter 3      Management Systems: Integrated and Holistic Resource Management

Resources and Principles

The Human Resource

The Financial Resource

Land and Feed Resources

The Cattle Resource

The Market Resource

Management Systems

Selected References


Chapter 4      Management Decisions for Seedstock Breeders

Breeding Program Goals and Objectives

Production Records

Sire Selection

Selecting Replacement Heifers

Selecting Cows

Marketing Decisions

Selected References


Chapter 5      Commercial Cow-Calf Management Decisions

Creating the Vision

Information Systems

Profit-Oriented Management Decisions

Factors Affecting Pounds of Calf Weaned

Managing Percent Calf Crop

Managing Weaning Weights

Managing Annual Cow Costs and Returns

Matching Cows to Their Economical Environment

Weaning Management

Marketing Decisions

Establishing a Commercial Cow-Calf Operation

Summary of Cow-Calf Operational Types and Management Practices

Selected References


Chapter 6      Stocker Management Decisions

Computing Breakeven Prices

The Budgeting Process

Management Considerations

Pasture Leases

Selected References


Chapter 7      Feedlot Management Decisions

Types of Cattle Feeding Operations

Non-Finishing Feeding

Managing a Feedlot Operation

Selected References


Chapter 8      The Beef Supply Chain



Value Creation

Source Verification, Traceback, and Identification Systems

Structural Changes in the Beef Industry

Supply Chain Coordination/Business Relationships

Selected References


Chapter 9      The Marketing System

Market Classes and Grades

Marketing Cows and Bulls

Market Channels

Grid Pricing

Major Factors Affecting Cattle Prices

Assessing Marketing Costs

Forecasting Beef Prices and Managing Price Risks

The Futures Market

Advertising and Promoting Retail Beef

Selected References


Chapter 10    The Global Beef Industry

Numbers, Production, Consumption, and Prices

International Trade

Beef Suppliers

NAFTA Partners


Trade Policy and Other Factors

Selected References


Chapter 11    Reproduction

Structure and Function of the Reproductive Organs


Artificial Insemination

Synchronization of Estrous

Embryo Transfer





Adaption of Reproductive Management Technologies

Selected References


Chapter 12    Genetics and Breeding

Genetic Principles

Mating Strategies

Traits and Their Measurement

Improving Beef Cattle Through Breeding Methods

Selection Programs

National Sire Evaluation

Genetic Testing and Marker-Assisted Selection

Selected References


Chapter 13    Cattle Breeds

Breed Variation

Breed Evaluation for Commercial Producers

Breed Evaluation for Low-Cost Production

Breed Evaluations to Improve Consumer Market Share

Integrated Production Systems

Selected References


Chapter 14    Nutrition


Proximate Analysis of Feeds

The Ruminant Digestive System

Digestibility of Feeds

Energy Evaluations of Feeds

Feeds: Classification and Composition

Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle

Ration Formulation

Pricing Feedstuffs

Cow-Calf Nutrition

Yearling-Stocker Cattle Nutrition

Feeding Feedlot Cattle

Selected References


Chapter 15    Managing Forage Resources

Grazed Forage Resources

Plant Types and Their Distribution

Grazing Management

Major Grazing Regions of the United States


Crop Residues

Drought Management

Market Cattle Production on Grazed Forage

Health Problems Associated with Grazing Plants

Selected References


Chapter 16    Herd Health

Diseases and Health Problems


Establishing a Herd Health Program

Stress and Health


Cow-Calf Health Management Programs

Selected References


Chapter 17    Growth, Development, and Beef Cattle Type

Growth and Development

Beef Type

Parts of the Beef Animal

Carcass Conformation

Conformation of Market Cattle

Conformation of Feeder Cattle

Conformation of Breeding Cattle

The Livestock Show

Selected References


Chapter 18    Cattle Behavior, Facilities, and Equipment


Gathering Cattle on Pasture and Training Cattle

Cattle Transport

Facilities and Equipment

Auditing Animal Well-Being

Selected References



The Metric System

Other Weights, Measures, and Sizes

Volumes and Weights of Stacked and Baled Hay

Round Grain Bin Volumes

Measuring Irrigation Water Flow

Land Description for Legal Purposes

Major Organizations Within or Affecting the Beef Industry



Additional Resources

Published by Pearson (January 1st 2017) - Copyright © 2018