Call for Papers: Previous Management and Health Affect Finishing Performance of Beef Cattle

Applied Animal Science invites submissions until May 15, 2024, for a Special Issue of the journal dedicated to the understanding of previous management and health—from pre-weaning through transition—on subsequent finishing (feedlot or grazing) of beef cattle.

Open access publication fees for accepted articles will be waived for authors of this Special Issue—do not miss this opportunity to share your research!

The editors are especially interested in reviews, perspective and commentary articles, original research, as well as short communications and technical notes that address the following topics.

Pre-weaning management of the dam including

  • Maternal-fetal calf programming
  • Maternal nutritional status (nutrient and energy restrictions, excesses, toxicities, mineral and vitamin nutrition) on subsequent calf performance

Pre-weaning management of the calf including

  • Dietary management (supplementation, forage varieties, quality, toxicity)
  • Vaccination programs
  • Anthelmintic management
  • General health management (e.g., castration, de-horning)

Transition management of the calf including

  • Weaning programs
  • Disease risks and vaccinations
  • Pre-conditioning strategies
  • Shipping/transportation stress
  • Stocker grazing
  • Receiving rations and water
  • Welfare and behavior

Post-weaning management of the calf including

  • Dietary management practices for backgrounding such as rations, supplements, forage types, and stockpiling forages
  • Health management practices—such as pre-conditioning practices, vaccination management, use of growth-promoting implants, and anthelmintic management—on feedlot or grazing finishing systems and animal performance

Please notify the editors of your likely intention to submit by emailing our Associate Editor, Daniel Rivera, PhD, or Editor in Chief, David K. Beede, PhD with your name and the proposed preliminary title of your submission.


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Elsevier/Science Direct CiteScore: 2.6

The official Gold Open Access journal of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Applied Animal Science publishes scientific discoveries and applications for the animal sciences and animal production systems. The primary focus is on innovations and technologies that have fairly immediate—or emerging—application in domestic animal agriculture.

The journal offers a streamlined publishing process as well as an expert and rigorous bench of reviewers, and scientific and technical editors, all of whom work in partnership with authors to ensure each article is the best it can be. The high-impact articles reach thousands of your peers and practitioners in the field who can immediately use your findings and insights.


Authors can review our publishing categories and article types, along with detailed information on preparing and submitting a manuscript, in our call for submissions. For additional submission information, please see our brief author instructions, or submit your article now.

Submissions for this special issue are due May 15, 2024.


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To learn more about this special issue of our journal, contact our Associate Editor, Daniel Rivera, PhD, or Editor in Chief, David K. Beede, PhD.