Q&A Should you feed grain to beef cattle before slaughter?Is it best? How long before slaughter?
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
There are forage finished beef that do not receive grain. It usually take a longer period of time to finish these cattle (harvested at a specific weight or a specific backfat) as average daily gain is lower for forage finished diets. Forage finised diets will have yellow colored fat due to the carotene in foages. Most cattle in the United States are grain finished as there is an increase in efficiency of gain.