Resources For Beef Cattle
Internet Resources for Beef
Anyone looking for information on beef cattle farming and ranching in America, or
elsewhere, need look no further than their home computer or their local library.
Scattered across the World Wide Web is a host of resources—from how to books,
photos, charts and graphs, articles and more—designed to provide the latest information on the industry, including
news, trends and basic information.
By harnessing the power of the Internet, even the layman can garner a basic
understanding of the complexity of the cattle ranching industry, and can focus their search to match their
In just seconds and with the simple click of a mouse you can have millions of
pieces of information at your fingertips, to get a general knowledge about cattle or study the specific of
Anyone looking to enter into the ranching industry, be it a small, home-based
operation or a larger ranch, should take advantage of the multitude of resources at their disposal. Prior to
entering into any stage of the ranching process, you can become a quick study on the topic, and get a better handle
on how to manage your ranch, your cattle and your time.
The search engine Google ™, ( www.google.com ) , has become the Sherlock Holmes
of choice among Internet users looking to find information on a particular topic. It is quick, easy to use, and
does not contain the flashy, commercialized feel of most search engines. Instead, by entering the correct keywords,
Google takes you into the libraries, Internet sites and resource pages that line the information superhighway. For
cattle ranchers, this provides a great opportunity.
Simple key word searches are the best place to start. "Beef Cattle Ranching" will
yield a huge number of results, and you can then pick and choose sites based on the desired information. Google
also allows you to narrow down, so, if you would like information on mineral supplements, simply search "Mineral
Supplements Cattle Beef" or some variation, and you will soon have hundreds of pages to choose from that can give
you the most basic to the most advanced information. Google also allows you to locate specific product sites, so
you can make purchases directly from providers.
Extensions, list sites and more…
Agricultural Extensions and cooperatives are scattered across the United States
to provide educational resources, information and more to anyone within the agricultural industry. Born out of
agencies under the United States Department of Agriculture, the extension system is a vast network of universities
and programs and other institutions all with a common goal of furthering the advancement of a particular industry.
For cattle ranching, hundreds of programs exist, and it is most likely there is an extension in or near your
Why wait? Type in variations of "Beef Cattle Extension (name of your city/state/town)"
into Google and see what happens. Within seconds, you should have at least a listing of nearby extensions.
Extension Web sites are usually loaded with information on various topics, and contain detailed and specific
research reports and studies that can provide an intricate knowledge of the beef industry and specific topics.
Extensions and other Web sites provide access to a host of different information. One
site, www.beef-cattle.com is a fast growing site that provides a
complete service to any beef cattle need. Similar sites dot the Internet. To find a listing of some of these sites
and other beef resources, visit http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/library/cattbeef.html. This is just one of hundreds of
similar sites available, but does provide a somewhat comprehensive list of extensions, beef alliances, resources,
reports and publications, etc..
United States Department of Agriculture
Any rancher raising any type of livestock needs to visit www.usda.gov and visit
the "agriculture" section to learn about the government’s role in their operations and the numerous programs they
provide for funding, education and information. Here, you can also find a number of industry tips, reports,
statistics and studies. Learn about government programs, regulations and restrictions on cattle ranching. Also
learn about environmental issues within the industry, registrations programs and much more.
Remember, these are just a drop in the information bucket when it comes to the World
Wide Web. If you wanted, you could spend hours upon hours combing Web site after Web site and, at the same time,
get an in-depth understanding of the cattle industry, the ins and outs of ranching, and much, much more.
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