DFFS Cattle Text

Resources found on this page were compiled with the help of Dr. Ronald P. Lemenager

Cattle is an ever-growing industry in the state of Indiana and there are over 800,000 cows and cattle in Indiana. Hosted here are a variety of resources, links, and organizations that can help you raise cattle!

Purdue Beef Center

The Purdue Beef Center has great information for cattle producers of all sizes. There is information on everything from breeding to weaning to health management. A lot of this information is available in easily accessible videos and podcast.


Learn what is meant by terms like “average daily gain” (ADG), “feed to gain ratio” (F:G), “calf crop”, “F1”, “polled”, “out-crossing” in this glossary of beef terms. 

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program

ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program is committed to providing high-value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extensions agents, educators, and others involved with agriculture.

Check out these books!

Cow-Calf Production in the US Corn Belt

Midwest Plan Service (MWPS-66)

This resource pulls all aspects of the beef cow-calf operation into a single resource. Valuable to both veteran cattle producers and those new to the industry. Click the link below to view this resource.

Handbook of Livestock Management Techniques

4th Edition by Richard Battaglia, published by Pearson

This book discusses a wide range of species and topics, showing step-by-step how to perform the skills and techniques essential for those in animal management.

Forage Field Guide, Third Edition

This field guide contains information on forage and livestock producers and the agricultural industries that serve them. Additionally, this resource provides nutrient management, pest management, and more. Click the link below to learn more.

Beef Resources

Balancing Rations

When determining what to feed you livestock, take a look at this publication for help on calculating the correct feed ration. This publication shows you how to calculate it by hand and by using a computer.

Beef Production for Small Farms

This resource by the Oregon State University Extension Service provides insight on production strategies, cow-calf breeding herd, growing and feeding operation, backgrounding, facilities, keeping cattle healthy and more!

Video Resources


The Process of Making Dry Hay

Making excellent quality hay is a process that requires proper use of the right harvest equipment at the right stage of forage growth. Doing this will minimize yield and quality losses so nutritional needs of livestock being fed can be met. This video presents information on proper use of equipment needed to make dry hay.


Timing of Hay Harvest

To make excellent quality hay, the forage needs to be cut at the right growth stage and packaged into a bale at the right moisture content without incidence of rain damage. Baling hay too wet can result in mold formation, reduced quality and the possibility of spontaneous combustion. When the hay is baled too dry, leaf loss occurs which results in less yield and quality.


Meat Processing Options for Small Farms

Purdue experts discuss what small farms need to consider about meat processing.

Organizational Resources

Indiana Beef Cattle Association


The Indiana Beef Cattle Association has information for both producers and consumers of beef. For producers, you can find out about area beef meetings while consumers can find great recipes and more about beef production.

Indiana Beef Evaluation Program


The Indiana Beef Evaluation Program allows producers a chance to have their bulls put on a test to determine their EPDs and quality characteristics before being sold in one of the two bi-annual sales (Spring and Fall).

Indiana State Board of Animal Health


Important animal health facts can be found at the Indiana Board of Animal Health website. Some of those facts can deal with obtaining a premise ID, animal feed recalls, and much more.