Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Beef cattle, Supplementary feeds, Feed grains

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WHEAT quotas, poor wool prices and the availability of cheap grain on the farm have stimulated interest in grain finishing of cattle for out-of-season beef production. For many years, Animals turned off in the autumn-winter period have brought better prices than those sold in summer, at the end of the pasture flush.

Feeding grain supplements to cattle on dry pasture or stubble requires less capital than feedlotting and saves the cost of handling and processing roughage.

This article gives the essentials for grain supplementation of dry pasture or stubble but warns that grain finishing is unlikely to be profitable outside the period from Christmas to August.

While the principles of feedlotting generally hold good for stubble and pasture supplementation, this article outlines the main differences between the two systems.