Updated: March 9, 2022

Beef Herd Management

Health Management

Good production starts with a good health management program.  Below are resources related to herd health management.

Articles

  • Cattle feeding

    Managing Bloat in Pastured Cattle

  • Beef_Hero_Cattle grazing in a field

    Are Your Cattle Cool? Tips for Managing the Summer Heat

  • beef

    Body Condition Score is a Critical Management Tool for Cow-Calf Producers

Videos

Managing Heat Stress in Your Cattle
Length: 37:08
Presenter: Sarah Potts, Ph.D., Extension Specialist, Dairy and Beef
Description: In this webinar, University of Maryland Extension Specialist Dr. Sarah Potts discusses the impacts of heat stress on cattle, how to recognize it, and ways to reduce its effect on cattle.

Winter Management Strategies for Beef Cattle
Length: 18:00    |  Date: December December 2, 2021
Presenter: Racheal Slattery, Coordinator, University of Maryland Department of Animal and Avian Sciences
Description: In this webinar, Racheal Slattery in the University of Maryland Department of Animal and Avian Sciences discusses tips and strategies for keeping the beef healthy and productive throughout the winter.

Culling

It can be difficult to determine when an animal is no longer profitable on the farm.  Below are some resources to help producers with culling decisions.

Educational Article

Video

Webinar: Cull for the Future of Your Herd
Length: 16:56
Presenter: Racheal Slattery, ANSC's Beef and Dairy Extension Coordinator

Infographic (pdf)

Parasite Management

Both internal parasites and external parasites can become problematic for cattle producers.  Below are resources related to the management of parasites in cattle.

External Parasites (Flies, Ticks, Lice)

Educational Articles and Infographic

  • Asian Longhorn Tick

    Asian Longhorn Tick Information (pdf)

  • Beef Cattle Face Flies

    Controlling Flies and Ticks in Your Livestock

  • Flies on cattle

    Preparing for Fly Season

  • How to Check Your Cattle For Ticks Infographic

    How to Check Cattle for Ticks (infographic)

Internal Parasites (Roundworms, Tapeworms, Flukes)

Articles and Fact Sheets

Videos

To deworm or not to deworm?
Length: 41:00  Date: March 2022
Presenter: Dr. Sarah Potts, UMD Extension Specialist, Beef and Dairy
Description: During this video, we discuss the components of an intestinal parasite management program and provide recommendations for judicious deworming use in beef cattle herds.  Slides are available upon request.  Please contact Sarah Potts (sbpotts@umd.edu).

Does your deworming program need a tune-up?
Length: 46:56    Date: April, 2021
Presenter: Dr. Sarah Potts, UMD Extension Specialist, Beef and Dairy
Description: Best Practices for Deworming Cattle Management of intestinal parasites is an important component of any livestock operation. Choosing the right drug, selecting the right animals, and applying dewormer at the most opportune time is critical to maintaining an economical and effective deworming program. This recording provides an overview of current recommendations for deworming cattle and details on how to assess the efficacy of the deworming program. Slides are available upon request.  Please contact Sarah Potts (sbpotts@umd.edu).

Infographics