Think Twice on Feeding Cattle for Less Days

Think Twice on Feeding Cattle for Less Days

High feed costs in recent months have made it attractive to “grow” cattle to heavier weights and feed them fewer days than usual, but there are factors to consider, a Kansas State University animal scientist said.

“Americans and most export customers are accustomed to the taste and tenderness of ‘grain-fed’ beef,” said Michael Dikeman, meat scientist with K-State Research and Extension. “Over the years, cattle feeders have fed cattle high-grain diets to attain maximum performance and near-maximum marbling. We have created a consistent product that consumers like and have come to expect.”

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