The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 22, 2012

Website helps beef producers

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — There is a website for everything these days. So it is no surprise there is a comprehensive one-stop online shop for all things beef related, including extensive drought specific information and resources.

The website, www.beef, is a collaborative effort between the animal science and agricultural economics departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Okla-homa State University.

The site targets producers and others in the beef industry.

“Overall, we like to provide as much research based information as we can,” said Damona Doye, OSU Co-operative Extension farm management specialist.

The site offers plenty of guidance, advice and insight — and most of it is free.

In addition to fact sheets related to the care and management of cow/calf and stocker cattle, the site includes links to beef related initiatives such as the OSU Master Cattleman program, as well as other materials such as research reports, academic opportunities and a listing of OSU beef facilities.

Beyond in-depth material on a wide range of topics, site touts a number of free downloadable calculators, spreadsheets and tools that can be customized to a producer’s unique circumstances. For instance, RANCHCALC is an overall farm/operation tool, while the OSU Cow-culator is a software program designed to help producers make informed decisions about cow nutrition.

Users also can tap into resources like the Cow Re-purchase Decision tool, Bull Investment Cost Analysis and CowGame, a beef herd genetic simulation program.

One of the few for-charge tools on the site is the OSU Enterprise Budget software, which is designed to help estimate production costs and returns based on management practices and current and expected economic conditions.