Alabama’s beef producers have a new tool available thanks to a collaborative effort between the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. The “Alabama Beef Cattle Pocket Guide” covers a wide range of topics crucial to successful management.

Diego Gimenez, an Extension animal scientist who was the coordinating author, says the new guide will be a valuable new tool.

“Beef cattle are a critical element of the state’s economy,” says Gimenez. “We think this comprehensive publication will put important information right at growers’ fingertips.”

Topics covered in the guide include a management calendar, forages, genetics, health, reproduction, carcasses and cuts, and contact information of experts available to help Alabama producers.

Gimenez notes the publication was made possible by funding from the Alabama Beef Checkoff program.

Billy Powell, executive vice-president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, says the pocket guide packs a lot of information.

"This booklet answers many of the questions producers have. It will be an excellent guide to help them manage their herds to their fullest potential," Powell says.

Gimenez adds that the publication will be a resource for young people active in Alabama 4-H and FFA youth livestock programs as well.

Copies of the free publication are available through county Extension offices or the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.