Summary and Implications
Fed cattle closeouts from the years 2007-2009 were analyzed to measure the difference in performance of cattle fed in open lots compared to cattle fed in bedded confinement buildings. Cattle fed in bedded confinements had better feed conversions and heavier finish weights then cattle fed in open lots. Cattle fed in bedded confinements also tended to have better daily gains then cattle fed in open lots.
Iowa State University
Pastoor, Jeff and Loy, Daniel D.
"Fed Cattle Performance in Open Lots and Bedded Confinements,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 657, ASL R2581.
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