Extended Grazing and Reduced Stored Feed

Extended Grazing and Reduced Stored Feed

Ed Ballard

University of Illinois

Feed costs represent the major cost in most livestock production systems. A recently completed analysis of 225 Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) Beef Cow Records on herds in Illinois and Iowa showed that feed cost was the overriding factor determining profitability, explaining over 57 percent of the herd-to-herd variation.

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