CSU, Chico

Beef Unit

Beef Unit

Beef Unit studentsThe CSU, Chico beef unit is used extensively in our academic curriculum and as an educational and business tool for industry cooperators. CSU, Chico’s student-run beef enterprise provides significant hands-on experience in animal science and beef cattle production. While the management team includes a staff technician and a faculty advisor, students are given primary responsibility for many of the day-to-day management decisions, and are actively involved in long term strategic planning.

The unit includes approximately 40 purebred Red Angus cows that calve in the fall and 40 purebred Angus cows that calve in the spring, a feeding facility for approximately 150 head, 100 acres of irrigated pasture located at the farm, as well as winter range located north of Chico. In addition, the beef unit relies on the USDA inspected meats lab located at the ATRC.

The beef program extensively utilizes artificial insemination and embryo transfer to speed the rate of genetic improvement. Students are exposed to the latest in cattle breeding, records utilization, pasture management, and new technology.

As a complement to the learning opportunities provided at the beef unit, many students are also actively involved in the Young Cattlemen’s Association. YCA takes bulls to sales, sponsors beef days and other educational events, and participates in statewide leadership programs. Visitors are always welcome at the beef unit, but to help ensure we maintain appropriate biosecurity, please be sure to check in at the farm office first.

Contacts:
Dr. Dave Daley - Faculty - 530-898-6343
Don Sinnott - Staff - 530-898-6025

Resources:
Grassfed Beef Information
California Cattlemen's Association
National Cattlemen's Beef Association
ABS Global
American Angus Association
Beef Today
Select Sires