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.