Our office provides up-to-date, research-based information to clients about livestock production. We answer calls and office visitors and conduct field visits on issues facing local producers.
We run workshops for beef producers to increase their knowledge of production practices.
Information is posted each fall for the winter and spring beef schools.
These schools cover management topics including:
- Range monitoring
- Marketing beef cattle
- Reducing winter feed costs
- Designing a herd health program
- Buying bulls using EPD’s
- Passing down the family ranch
- Landowner conservation programs
- Developing mineral supplementation programs
- Calving schools
- Sage grouse
- Avoiding poisonous plants
- Reducing pocket gophers
- Ground squirrels and voles on your ranch
- Controlling noxious and obnoxious weeds
Beef Quality Assurance Training
The Idaho beef quality assurance (BQA) program is a voluntary education program created in 1987 by cattle producers for cattle producers. The BQA program has identified production practices producers can implement. Producers learn these daily practices to increase safety, wholesomeness and quality of beef.
The ultimate goal of BQA is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef products.
By participating and adopting BQA production practices, you strategically position your business for future opportunities. Committing to BQA is the right thing to do and can open doors to new marketing opportunities.
We occasionally host training. Please contact the UI Extension, Custer County office for more information.
Ag Week teaches people about the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives, and increases appreciation of the role agriculture plays in a strong economy.
Ag Week is celebrated during the third week of March. Check back after the new year for details on the next Ag Week.
Producers are encouraged to get their hay tested. We can help: visit our office to borrow a hay corer, and after you collect your sample, we will ship it to the lab for you.
We also offer consulting to explain the test results and help you formulate livestock feeding rations.
Cost per sample
- Basic NIR — $15.50
- Nitrate Testing — $9
The UI Extension Beef Cattle resource site lists more publications, related websites, DVDs and books for order.