Natural Feeding of Beef Reduces Effects of Weather Stress

 

Trials are underway at the Carrington Research Extension Center to explore the differences in finishing cattle with conventional management vs. a more non-conventional approach where yeast and enzyme products replace ionophores and antibiotics.  This study is being conducted in response to producers who want to market a "natural" beef product to consumers and want to know how much difference, if any, it costs to raise cattle under this system.  Early indications suggest a small advantage in gains with conventional feeding but data from this and previous studies provide evidence that cattle stressed by weather stay on feed better when fed yeast and enzyme supplements.  Further data will be available after analysis and will be presented at Field Day, July 13.