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CV of Tim O'Byrne, Litigation Consultant livestock, North America

Areas of Expertise

  • Standard operating procedures and best management practices of North American beef production operations.
  • Beef industry production programs - Beef Quality Assurance (US), Quality Starts Here (Canada).
  • Livestock transportation.
  • Cattle handling and safety.
  • Horse handling and safety.
  • Livestock enclosures, fencing and handling systems.

    Tim O'Byrne is an accomplished Beef Quality Assurance-certified cattleman, writer, editor, publisher and livestock industry consultant. When he and his wife Christine started Calico Beef Consulting in 1994, Tim applied his practical background to meet the challenges of today's evolving livestock industry. They have focused much of their consulting work on humane livestock handling and transportation issues. Since 2003, Tim has served as a litigation consultant in his area of expertise. Qualified references upon request.

    Beef Production Background

    Between 1977 and 2003, Tim has worked for the following progressive beef production operations:
    • Alta Genetics
    • Cross Bar Ranch
    • Van Raay Farms
    British Columbia
    • Nicola Ranch
    • Quilchena Ranch
    • Douglas Lake Ranch
    • Gang Ranch
    • T Lazy S Ranch
    • JD Ranch
    • Gamble Ranch

    He has also held the following middle management positions:

    • 1986 - Division Foreman 11,000 head Douglas Lake Cattle Company, British Columbia
    • 1989 - Cattle Manager (cowboss) 5,000 head Gang Ranch, British Columbia
    • 1992 - Homelot Foreman 85,000 head Van Raay Farms, Picture Butte, Alberta

    Tim O'Byrne has written three books on the working ranch cowboy and has been published in several industry magazines. He has been Publisher/Editor of Working Ranch magazine, an industry publication with a target circulation of over 55,000 beef cattle ranchers across America, since its inception in 2006.

    Educational Materials developed / co-developed by Tim O'Byrne

    • Tester and contributor to the development of comprehensive beef cattle production modules for the Green Certificate Program administered by Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.
    • Cattle handling and safety courses - extension level, Lethbridge Community College and Fairview College (Alberta).
    • Contributor to the U.S. beef industry's Master Cattle Transporter Guide (National Beef Quality Assurance Guide for Cattle Transporters).
    • Program Manager, Lead Developer - Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) Certified Training Program; a comprehensive nationally accepted multi-species training course (cattle, hogs, horses, sheep, and poultry).
    • Developer of Cattle Trucking Protocol Handbook for the American Meat Institute.
    • Developer of Animal Transportation Guidebook for Cargill Taylor Beef, Milwaukee, WI, and Taylor Excel Foods Solutions Company, Wyalusing, PA.
    • Co-Developer, Hog Handling and Hauling Course for Alberta Pork and Alberta Farm Animal Care Association.
    • Developer of Cattle Handling Training Course for Canadian Cattlemen's Association Quality Starts Here, Alberta Farm Animal Care Association and Alberta Agriculture.
    • Developer of Cattle Handling Safety Training Course for Hitch Enterprises, Guymon, OK.
    • Developer of Improve Your Penchecking Skills Training Module for Intervet Schering-Plough.
    • Developer of Feedlot Animal Care Protocol for Canadian Cattlemen's Association Quality Starts Here.
    • Developer of Humane Handling of Beef Cattle; standards for the care of unfit animals for Alberta Beef Producers and Alberta Farm Animal Care Association.
    • Developer of Guide to the Humane Care, Handling and Transportation of Sheep for Alberta Sheep and Wool Commission and Alberta Farm Animal Care Association.
    • Co-author - Alberta Feedlot Management Guide (Alberta Cattle Feeders Association).
    • Co-author - An Education and Training Programme for Livestock Transporters in Canada, 2007 issue of Veterinaria Italiana By Karen S. Schwartzkopf-Genswein(1), with Derek B. Haley(2), Susan Church(3), Jennifer Woods(4) & Tim O'Byrne(5).


    • Publisher and Editor of Working Ranch magazine
    • Over 200 technical and human interest articles in trade and consumer publications including Western Horseman magazine, Working Ranch magazine, Canadian Cattleman magazine, Drovers magazine, The Cattleman magazine.
    • Legendary Ranches, Western Horseman books, 2009. ISBN-10: 0911647805
    • Cowboys and Buckaroos, Trade Secrets of a North American Icon, Western Horseman books, 2005. ISBN-10: 0911647678
    • Cowboys and Dog Tales, Caitlin Press, 1997. ISBN 10: 0920576656

    Reports and Strategy Sessions

    • Cattle Trucker Strategy Session for National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Beef Board, 2008.
    • 2004 Preliminary Report: Cattle Transportation in the United States for National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
    • Establishing Reasonable Loading Density Guidelines for the Transportation of Beef Cattle (2004) for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

    Feedyard Design

    • Cor Van Raay Westlot - 25,000 head capacity.
    • Lost Lake Feeders - 25,000 head capacity.
    • Turin Feeders - 10,000 head capacity.


    • Beef Quality Assurance animal handling (ACT-2014-NV-22731P551), transportation (ACT-2014-NV-22731P247).
    • Class A Commercial Driver's License since 1987; tanker and doubles/triples endorsement. Experience hauling cattle, horses, feed commodities, heavy equipment.


    • 2002 - Award of Distinction for Innovation and Communication from Alberta Farm Animal Care Association.
    • 2005 - Third Place, equine-related books for Cowboys and Buckaroos from American Horse Publications Annual Awards.
    • 2007 - Second Place, Regular Column, and Level Two Master Writer awards from the American Agricultural Editor's Association.
    • 2012 - First Place, In-depth Reporting, Single Article (The Howling) from Livestock Publications Council.

Contact Information

Calico Beef Consulting
PO Box 91284
Henderson, Nevada 89009
Tel: (702) 566-1456

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