Online Herdsman Resource Links—A study guide for the Cattlemen’s Quiz  competition
The Herdsman Resource Links
are a collection of beef industry and cattle production related materials from which the Regional and National Classic Cattlemen’s Quiz questions will be developed. These study materials are targeted for the intermediate and senior age divisions. The 4-H Skills for Life Series, a great study tool to utilize for the junior age division Cattlemen’s Quiz, is available for purchase by contacting the ASA office at 406.587.4531.

Sample Quizzes:

2016 Cattleman's quizzes

2014 Cattleman's quizzes

2012 Cattleman's quizzes

Producer Oriented Educational Programs:

The Masters of Beef Advocacy—Earning Your MBA
The MBA program is a self-directed online training program designed to equip beef producers and industry allies with the information needed to be an everyday advocate for the beef industry. MBA candidates will be required to complete six courses in beef advocacy, including:
• Modern Beef Production – Sharing the many benefits of modern, efficient U.S. beef production
• Animal Care – Explaining our commitment to raising healthy animals
• Beef Safety – Communicating why producing safe food for consumers is a top priority
• Beef Nutrition – Explaining how great-tasting beef strengthens and sustains our bodies
• Environmental Stewardship – Sharing how we’re protecting the environment for future generations
• The Beef Checkoff – Communicating the value of your investment in growing demand for beef

Beef Quality Assurance
Here is a hands-on resource to help prepare you for the Cattlemen’s Quiz.  Check out the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification program and see when the upcoming BQA seminars are near you. Some states also offer online certification. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase – and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry. BQA programs have evolved to include best practices around good record keeping and protecting herd health, which can result in more profits for producers.

Cattlemen’s Learning Center
The Cattlemen's Learning Center is one of the most successful producer education programs.  The searchable library of topics will be of benefit to you in learning more about practices that can help improve your bottom-line, read how other producer's have benefited from these programs and much more.

General Resources:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Beef Learning Modules

The Beef Blog

eXtension Webinars from Beef Experts

Beef Today on Ag Web— Powered by Farm Journal

Beef Checkoff News Resources and Fact Sheets

Beef Magazine

Iowa Beef Center

Beef Issues Quarterly

Specific Topic Resources:

National Cattlemen's Beef Association Beef Quality Assurance – Video on guidelines for beef cattle production

Emergency Considerations for Beef Cattle

Cattle Corral Development to Reduce Cattle Stress

In depth look at cattle behavior, handling, and facilities with Colorado State’s Dr. Temple Grandin

Breeding & Genetics:

Sire Source 2016

Estrus Cycle Learning Module

Synchronizing Estrus and Ovulation in Cows

Pregnancy Diagnosis in the Beef Herd

Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology of a Bull

Evaluating Breeding Soundness in Bulls

Inheritance of Color and Polled Traits

Assisting a Cow at Calving Time

Pelvic Measurements and Calving Difficulty

Beef Cattle Vaccines

Foodborne Pathogen Control in the Feedlot

Cattle Diseases

Common Cattle Parasites

Nitrates in Livestock Feeding

Meat Science:
Beef Grading

Guide to Evaluation of Slaughter Cattle

Beef Cattle Nutrition Guide

Body Condition: The Beef Cow’s Energy Gauge

Body Condition, Nutrition, and Reproduction

Guidelines for Use of Distillers Bi-Products

Questions and Answers on Beef Nutrition

For regular/daily updates it is suggested that you follow these organizations on Facebook and/or Twitter:
• National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
• NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen
• Beef Quality Assurance
• High Plains Journal
• Drovers CattleNetwork