As the cattle and feed markets continue to fluctuate and find new price points, producers yearn for the ability to grasp as much control of their cattle feeding operation as possible. Feeding cattle under roof gives producers some of that control. The ability to control the effects of Mother Nature on a cattle operation can increase cattle comfort, manure composition, as well as the producer’s bottom line.
When cattle are fed outside on open dirt or grass lots, several factors can leech profitability from the farming operation, including decreased feed efficiency, health problems due to extreme weather conditions, and the loss of a vital farm resource; manure.
The benefits to feeding under roof are numerous, but one of the most impressive the increase in feed efficiency. How much is that efficiency worth? Jeff Pastoor, who works in Beef Business Development for Quality Liquid Feeds, says that the increase in efficiency literally pays off. “When we feed cattle under roof (in barns) we know we improve feed efficiency, and we know it improves enough to help pay for the building.”
Feeding Cattle Under Roof will be presented at the Northwest Regional BeefMeet in Spencer on June 22 and the Northeast Regional BeefMeet in Independence on June 23. Register today to hear these educational sessions and more.