The red meat industry directly employs 189,000 people and indirectly employs 245,000 in Australia alone.   It is estimated that there are over 28 million cattle in Australia alone and one billion in the world as a whole.

In America, the cattle industry represents 17% of the agricultural industry and employs over 819,000 people in America.

But we have also seen that currently, there are 470,000 unfilled job vacancies in Australia.  It is also estimated that there are –

  • Six jobs for every agricultural graduate at the moment
  • An unprecedented demand for agricultural graduates
  • Many unfilled agricultural job vacancies

Agriculture is a broad category, but in this Spotlight Series, we are going to look at another of our popular courses – Beef Cattle.

Beef cattle are very important.

They provide –

  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Labour
  • Leather

And hundreds of other products.


Why Study Beef Cattle?


Do we really need to answer this question?

  • There is a shortage of people currently available to fill all of the vacancies in agriculture.
  • If you want to improve your job and career prospects, consider taking a course in beef cattle
  • If you want to train for a new job or expand your existing knowledge

Studying beef cattle can have a number of benefits and applications, including:


  1. Economic importance: Beef cattle farming is a major industry worldwide and is a significant source of food and income. By studying beef cattle, farmers can learn how to raise healthy, productive animals that can provide a steady supply of meat to consumers.
  2. Animal welfare: Studying beef cattle can also help farmers ensure the welfare of their animals, by learning about proper feeding, housing, and health practices.
  3. Environmental impact: Raising beef cattle can have an impact on the environment, particularly in terms of land use and water consumption. Studying beef cattle can help farmers develop sustainable farming practices that reduce their impact on the environment.
  4. Genetic improvement: Through the study of beef cattle genetics, farmers can learn how to breed cattle that are more resistant to disease, produce higher quality meat, and have other desirable traits.
  5. Public health: Understanding how beef cattle are raised and managed can help ensure that the meat produced is safe and healthy for human consumption.

Overall, studying beef cattle is important for the sustainability of the beef industry, the welfare of the animals, and the health of consumers.


Cattle farming is not an easy job. It can be hard work. There are long and strenuous days. Cattle still require feeding and watering regardless of how the weather is. 


As well as caring for the cattle, farm managers may also be involved in other tasks, such as –

  • Employee supervision
  • Repair and maintenance of buildings and structures
  • Payroll and bookkeeping
  • Monitoring the health of the cattle
  • Buying and selling cattle

Our Beef Cattle Course

ACS offers an online course in Beef Cattle. It is a 100 hour course with ten lessons.  In each lesson, there is –

  • Self assessment test made up of multichoice questions
  • Tutor support – you can contact your tutor with any questions throughout the course
  • An assignment at the end of each lesson

 The course covers –

  • An introduction to beef cattle and breeds
  • Beef cattle production systems
  • Breeding
  • Viral and Bacterial Diseases in beef cattle
  • Parasitic Disease in beef cattle
  • Nutrition
  • Commercial herd management
  • Feed lot management
  • Stud herd management
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Marketing

Would you like to –

  • Train to work in an industry where there are many unfilled job vacancies currently
  • Enjoy the benefits of intensive agricultural training online or by distance learning
  • Improve your job and career prospects in agriculture

Then get in touch with us and find out more about our Online Beef Cattle course.


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