Contact Information

Craig Wood, Ph.D.
Assistant Extension Director

242 Scovell Hall 115 Huguelet Drive Lexington, KY 40546-0064

+1 (859) 608-1014



The Beef Center of Excellence is your source for all things Beef!

We strive to provide important, timely and relevant information to Beef producers in a collaborative one-stop environment.

Emerging & Contemporary Issues

BVD also known as "shipping fever" is one of the most common and costly disease in the beef cattle industry.

Respiratory disease treatment considerations in feed yards

Bovine Viral Diarrhea and Mucosal Disease Complex

Feedlot Design and Environmental Management for Backgrounding and Stocker Operations

Managing Mud, Manure, and Runoff: Kentucky Livestock BMP Demonstration and Training Project

Laws and Regulations that Apply to Your Agricultural Operation by Farm Activity

Could we have a statewide system to track on-farm calf vaccinations to increase value of Kentucky-produced cattle and reduce unnecessary after-sale re-vaccinations? 

Animal Identification

National Animal Identification System

Animal Identification and Traceability: Overview and Issues

Animal Identification & Tracing: An Overview

Fast food has long-term impact on beef in the U.S. Ever-changing consumer attitudes about beef production and consumption. Learn more.

Consumer Food Insights

Food Systems

Beef in a healthy, sustainable diet

Retail Dietitians: Engaging shoppers to drive beef sales

Ongoing discussion about a beef processing plant in KY/TN area- More regional packing plant options. The current capacity of existing packer is at maximum capacity and is not capable of meeting local demand.

USDA to Invest More Than $4 Billion to Strengthen Food System

Meat Processor Resources

Processor Inspection and Capacity

Tennessee Farms Expand Into Processing as Demand for Local Meat Soars

BEEFING UP PROCESSOR CAPACITY: How will USDA's $1 billion investment impact cattle producers?

Learn and discuss the shrinking land resources for beef cattle production.

U.S. beef market - statistics & facts

Land Use

Livestock and Landscapes

Land and Water Usage in Beef Production Systems

Everything from “Product of the US” to how synthetic protein is labeled and future of impacts of laboratory-produced meat products or vegetable-based products.

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)

Labeling and Label Approval

Labeling of Meat or Poultry Products Comprised of or Containing Cultured Animal Cells

Price discovery and reporting is a huge issue between cattle producers. How are cattle being sold and which is more profitable to producers?

U.S. Beef Supply Chain: Issues and Challenges

Fed Cattle Price Discovery Issues and Considerations

Cattle Markets, Price Discovery, and Emerging Issues

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Listen to the latest Beef Bits Podcast

In this episode host Jeff Lehmkuhler is joined by Dr. Jason Smith, Texas A&M Agri-Life, to chat about the plane of nutrition of beef cows and preparing for winter.

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Beef Bits

Listen to previous episodes containing general information on beef cattle production, research and other related information.

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Beef Minutes

Beef Minutes is a video series that will be posted weekly (on Thursdays) to our social media sites.  Each video 1-3 minutes long covering topics and/or tips, discussing an upcoming event or program, etc..

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Off the Hoof

Off the Hoof is a Kentucky beef newsletter published monthly by Dr. Les Anderson, a Beef Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal & Food Science at the University of Kentucky.

To read the most recent issue click on the image:

March 2022 Off the Hoof Newsletter

Past issues are available at Off the Hoof Editions.

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New app helps Kentucky cattle farms, makes way for the future of the industry. Dr. Les Anderson discusses how the X10D app can help cattle farmers.

Beef Cattle

The culling of beef cows was a major reason why the size of the beef herd decreased during 2021.

Off the hoof newsletter

OFF THE HOOF (March '22). Timely Information on Beef education opportunities both online and in-person, X10D mobile application and other related beef topics.

Contact Information

Craig Wood, Ph.D.
Assistant Extension Director

242 Scovell Hall 115 Huguelet Drive Lexington, KY 40546-0064

+1 (859) 608-1014