Project ID

DSP2012-02

Abstract

The study compared growth results for Angus cattle raised under feedlot conditions and under a grass-finishing regimen. Outcomes used to answer this question included growth and carcass characteristics, behavior and animal welfare parameters for weaned cattle that were raised using grain feeding or pasture management systems.

Key Question

Can cattle fed forages produce USDA Quality Grade Choice beef as readily as grain-fed animals?

Findings

Eleven of 12 feedlot cattle and six of 10 grass-finished cattle were ultimately graded Choice by an experienced USDA Quality grader at the same commercial packing plant where the feedlot cattle were harvested. This project demonstrated that it is possible to produce high-value beef on forage alone by combining young cattle with high-marbling potential and plentiful forage supplies.

Principal Investigator(s)

Peter Lammers

Co-Investigator(s)

Suzanne Millman

Year of Grant Completion

2014

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