Study Materials

Please utilize the following resources to prepare for the sales talk, herdsman quiz and public speaking questions.

 Beef Quality Assurance

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

eXtension Webinars from Beef Experts 

Beef Today on Ag WebPowered by Farm Journal

Beef Magazine

Iowa Beef Center

Beef Issues Quarterly

Animal Behavior

Emergency Considerations for Beef Cattle

Cattle Corral Development to Reduce Cattle Stress

Breeding & Genetics

Estrus Cycle Learning Module

Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology of a Bull

Evaluating Breeding Soundness in Bulls


Assisting a Cow at Calving Time

Pelvic Measurements and Calving Difficulty

Cattle Diseases

Meat Science

Beef Grading

Red Angus

Red Angus Association