Optimising weight gain and feed conversion rates
Beef cattle are strong, resistant animals that can convert otherwise unusable plants and plant by-products into high-quality meat. In reality, however, they’re fed high grain diets with high energy content to achieve fast growth and high meat quality, with improved feed conversion rates (FCR). Feeding high concentrate diets to beef cattle reduces the required quantity of feed per kg bodyweight gained.
Whatever feeding system is used by the feedlot, the most crucial factor is feed efficiency across all growing and finishing systems. Good feed efficiency is achieved by good adaptation from high fibre diets to high energy rations, and good rumen health.