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Oklahoma State University

Integrated Beef Cattle Program

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Oklahoma has 1.6 million beef cows, yet in many areas lacks the veterinarians necessary to service the cattle operations, which reduces opportunities for rural prosperity and economic development. The shortage will likely increase as veterinarians retire and producer needs change. To counteract the problem, Oklahoma State University seeks to offer intervention strategies for rural sustainability by expanding veterinary skills and knowledge of herd health, food nutrition, forage management, reproductive management, and other common needs of beef producers.

We will achieve this objective through three specific aims:

  1. Develop, administer, and analyze data surveys in order to fully evaluate the shortage situation including geographic range of veterinarians.
  2. Develop a series of educational modules for veterinarians focused on Beef Cattle Herd Management.
  3. Connect veterinary students with participating rural veterinarians to help sustain rural veterinary practices.

The expanded services provided by the practitioners will allow beef cattle producers to become more productive while simultaneously enhancing animal health and wellbeing. These benefits will ensure greater food safety, public health, and increase opportunities for Oklahoma and the region’s economic development and prosperity. We anticipate practices will experience an improvement in their businesses. Additionally, we expect that more students will graduate entering rural practice by providing them the skills needed to effectively sustain a rural practice and by providing networking opportunities with current rural practitioners.

Read: OSU Veterinary College receives USDA Veterinary Services Grant

Apply to the 2023 Class

Module Schedule

Module 1: January 21-22, 2022 |Setting Yourself Up for Success – Assessing the Herd  (topic areas:  leadership & communication)

Module 2: April 8-9, 2022 | Principles of Practice – Managing the Herd (topic areas:  practice management)

Module 3: July 29-30, 2022 |Producing Results – Bovine Herd Management  (topic areas:  nutrition & BQA)

Module 4: October 14-15, 2022 | * Expanding Your Herd – Financial Stability & Bovine Reproduction (topic areas:  reproduction & profitability)

*Date changed from October 21-22 due to homecoming

Program Details

  • Modules are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Fridays in Stillwater and run through 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • For the inaugural year, the program is limited to (20) veterinarians and (20) veterinary students.
  • Class selection and notification will be completed in early December.
  • After selection, there is a $100 non-refundable registration fee required for veterinarians.  There is no charge for students.  It is not anticipated that there will be any additional fees.
  • Approximately 40 hours of CE will be offered during the course of this program.

For more information or to apply contact Dr. Rosslyn Biggs at (405) 744-8587 or rosslyn.biggs@okstate.edu

Integrated Beef Cattle Webinar

Funding for this project has been provided by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Veterinary Services Grant Program.