MEAT SUPPLY CHAINS
Meat Supply Chain tools and suggested readings.
Sheep Nutrient Requirements:
National Research Council Requirements for Sheep:
Nutrient Requirements for Sheep and Goats:
Nutritional Requirements for Pigs:
Comprehensive Guide to Feeding Pigs- Table 17 shows AA content of feeds:
Feed Composition Tables for Cattle, Sheep and Goats:
Breeds of Livestock- Oklahoma State University:
Animal Disease Information USDA APHIS:
Animal Disease Traceability:
Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University, Information on bovine diseases and biosecurity:
Colorado Secure Beef Supply Plan:
Colorado Dept of Ag: Animal Health Division:
Reportable Diseases in Colorado:
Animal Feeding and Nutrition, 11th Edition:
The Art and Science of Grazing: How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems by Sarah Flack. Chelsea Green Publishing. 2016.
Happy Pigs Taste Better: A Complete Guide to Organic and Humane Pasture-Based Pork Production by Alice Percy. Chelsea Green Publishing. 2019.
Selecting Cattle for Finishing on Grass by Dr. Allen Williams. Article in Graze, 3/1/2014.
Scaling Grassfed Beef by Dr. Allen Williams. Article in HMI, 4/13/2018
Live Ultrasound for Assessing Beef Carcass Quality videos by Dr. Allen Williams at the 2018 Grassfed Exchange Conference.
Determining Market Readiness of Beef Cattle (Cornell Cooperative Extension) video:
The Biggest Pitfalls to Producing Grassfed Lamb by Janet McNally. Article in Graze, 10/1/2015.
Livestock Transportation Best Practices video from Penn State Extension:
Importance of sending clean cattle to slaughter video from AHDB Beef & Lamb, UK:
Four short and easy-to-read fact sheets — free to download — cover:
Beef & Pork Whole Animal Buying Guide, Iowa State University. 2009
This full-color, coil-bound consumer-oriented guide explains buying pork and beef as whole animals (or portions thereof). Includes marketing terms and information on storage and handling, meat inspection and meat weight, and common retail pork and beef cuts. Sturdy, coated card stock meant for regular use. Also downloadable as a pdf.
Meat Weights & Pricing Terms, from Cornell University Meat Suite project
Butchering Beef: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering, by Adam Danforth. 2014. Storey Publishing.
Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering, by Adam Danforth. 2014. Storey Publishing.
Beef Carcass Evaluation video (Cornell Cooperative Extension)
Beef Retail Fabrication video (University of Kentucky)
Pork Retail Fabrication video (University Of Kentucky)
Resource Guide to Direct Marketing Livestock and Poultry. Cornell University Small Farms Program (in process of being updated, this version is from 2011).
Cornell Meat Price & Yield Calculator, a project of Cornell Cooperative Extension. This tool helps you set meat prices for each marketing channel in which you sell, to ensure you reach your PROFIT goals.
Websites/Sales Platforms for selling meat online (not an endorsement of either company, just options to look at)
Drovers Cattle Network
High Plains Journal