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beef cattle management practices

seedstock producers
cow/calf producers who produce breeding stock for purebred or commercial operations
cow/calf opperations
generally use purebred breeding stock in crossbreeding programs to produce commercial offspring
feedlots
segment of the beef cattle industry; sole purpose is to feed and fatten cattle
beef packers
harvest finished cattle which are purchased from feedlots and other outlets
flight zone
cattle’s safety zone
nutrition
science which deals with food and its effects on health
rations
mixture of feedstuffs which provide a balanced diet containing high amounts of energy and protein needed for optimum growth of an animal
concentrates
feeds high in energy and low in fiber
roughages
feeds high in fiber
ruminants
animals with a four compartment stomach
EPD (expected progeny differences)
number estimate of breeding potential for characteristics such as gain, muscling and maternal and carcass traits
body condition score
number which describes the level of flesh or fat an animal possesses
estrus (standing heat)
regularly occurring state of sexual receptivity during which a female will accept a male; when ovulation takes place
gestation
period of pregnancy in animals; time from conception to birth
parturition
process of giving birth
dystocia
trouble giving birth
colostrum
filled with antibodies; paves the road for future health, immunity and survival of offspring
castration
removal of the testicles of a male animal
dorsal
back
carnial
head
ventral
stomach
caudal
tail
proximal
up from
distal
down from

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