The beef program at California State University, Fresno involves purebred herds, a feedlot, a stocker enterprise and a commercial cow-calf operation. The purebred herds and the feedlot are part of the agricultural laboratory on campus. The commercial cow-calf herd is maintained at the San Joaquin Experimental Range in the foothills north of Fresno. Students are involved in the day to day care, management, and marketing of all the animals. In addition, students are able to gain additional experience in student projects in the stocker and feedlot phases of the beef industry.