Costs of reducing grain feeding of beef cattle
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Costs of reducing grain feeding of beef cattle by Ray F Brokken

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Published by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economics, Statistics, and Cooperatives Service, [Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., distributor] in [Washington, D.C.] .
Written in English


  • Beef cattle -- United States -- Feeding and feeds,
  • Grain as feed

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StatementRay F. Brokken, Carl W. O"Connor, Thomas L. Nordblom
SeriesAgricultural economic report -- no. 459
ContributionsO"Connor, Carl W, Nordblom, Thomas L, United States. Dept. of Agriculture. Economics, Statistics, and Cooperatives Service
The Physical Object
Paginationiv, 27 p. ;
Number of Pages27
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14837127M

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Costs of Reducing Grain Feeding of Beef Cattle Ray F. Brokken Carl W. O'Connor Thomas L. Nordblomi INTRODUCTION Growing and finishing beef with grain in feedlots, as has been conimonly practiced, was the cheapest way to produce beef in all but a few of the past 30 years. This. Feed no more than 15 percent of diet dry matter as dry distiller grains. Use rumen-degradable true protein sources (soybean meal, canola, etc.) over urea (no more than percent of diet dry matter). Distillers grains are a good source of energy and protein for beef cow, replacement heifer or calf diets that need supplementing. But distillers. Historic and Current Forage & Feed Grain Prices Considering there are o operations reporting beef cattle across Alberta and This initial economic assessment of feeding and grazing system costs within the cow/calf sector File Size: KB. A Nutrition Journal study found that grass-fed beef had more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and a lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, a profile which is believed to help prevent chronic diseases including heart disease and some cancers.. Still, it's important to note that while grass-fed beef may have more omega-3s than conventional, the total amount is tiny when compared.

Levels of supplementary feeding of grain can range from % to % of liveweight as grain per day. Beyond that level of grain, cattle perform better if confined and fed the grain as the major component of a feedlot rations. In lotfeeding, cattle can consume around 2% of their liveweight each day as grain. On average, it costs about $ a year to maintain a cow. Of these annual costs, approximately two-thirds ($) is cost of feed. If you feed hay valued at $60/ton for five months during the winter, this cost is approximately $ (or $/cow/day). Reducing winter feed costs provides the greatest opportunity to improve profits for beef producers. These data show small grains will usually be a lower cost of protein as compared to corn, but, for most classes of beef cattle, protein will be a small or non- limiting nutrient. The most limiting nutrient will be energy, so the feeder should focus on the equivalent value of small grains as a source of energy and compare prices based on this. The grain will significantly expedite weight gain, but will also increase costs. To determine if it is economical to finish out a beef animal calculate the total cost of feed given to it during this time and compare it to the expected weight gain and market price. Some farmers choose to only feed the cattle pasture as a way of keeping costs down.

in comparison to grain-fed beef fat that appears white. Forage-finished cattle are usually finished at a lighter weight (approximately 1, pounds) than grain-finished cattle (approximately 1, to 1, pounds) and, as a result, are often leaner when delivered for slaughter compared to grain-finished cattle. Leaner beef is generally scored File Size: KB. Reducing feed cost of gain in the feedlot High moisture may reduce feed efficiency of small grains that quickly ferment. and R.A. Britton. Effects of additional limestone of various types on feedlot performance of beef cattle fed high corn diets differing in processing method and potassium level. J. Anim. Sci. Strategies to reduce the cost of grass fed beef production For example, to qualify as grass-fed beef, the beef does not have to be sourced from calves born in the summer during the growing season - it makes absolutely NO difference to the beef quality at what time of the year the calves are born. When feed costs are lower, cattle producers may put feeder animals in the feedlot at a lower weight in order to gain more weight from grain-based feed rations. Feeder animals typically enter the feedlot weighing to pounds and are slaughtered at 1, to 1, pounds.