Consumer interest in grass-fed beef is high,but adoption by farmers in the northern United States, including Iowa, has been limited. High-marbling genetics and intense pasture management are critical for successful grass-fed programs. It is hypothesized that grass-fed cattle will consistently produce high-value carcasses if excellent pasture management is combined with high-marbling genetics.
Honeyman, Mark; Beedle, Chris; Maxwell, Dallas; and Lammers, Pete
"Grazing Demonstrations in Western Iowa,"
Farm Progress Reports: Vol. 2015
, Article 163.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/farmprogressreports/vol2015/iss1/163