On-Pasture Finishing Viable for Smaller Feeders
Research reports from Oklahoma and Illinois detail costs, returns.
Alan Newport - Beef Producer - Published: Apr 27, 2011
Researchers in Oklahoma and Illinois recently released cost-saving details of their experiments with feed-finishing calves in a pasture setting.
The experiments ran from the late 1990s until 2006, when corn was considerably cheaper. Then the savings could be $20 to $60 per head over confined feeding in a dry lot. Today the higher feed costs imply possibly twice that much savings.
All these experiments were conducted with the idea they serve smaller feeders who direct market to consumers.
A larger story on pasture-based finishing appears in the May issue of Beef Producer inside your local Farm Progress magazine. Check out the complete reports using the links below: