The Economic Impact of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle

Beef cattle feeding in pasture.A well-run, profitable business is usually more efficient than its competitors. In the case of the beef cattle industry, competition can come from two sources: other producers who sell similar classes of cattle, and other protein-producing species, such as pork and poultry. Measuring efficiency across the entire integrated beef system can be difficult due to the differing classes of cattle, breed differences, and ways in which the biological systems interact. There are a multitude of measures of efficiency in beef production, with feed efficiency being one of the most economic. This 3-page fact sheet is a major revision that covers feed to gain ratio and residual feed intake in beef cattle. Written by Travis D. Maddock, Darren D. Henry, and G. Cliff Lamb, and published by the UF Department of Animal Sciences. Original publication date: May 2009. Revised October 2015.

AN233 Managing Beef Cow Efficiency

AN233, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Travis D. Maddock and G. Cliff Lamb, discusses three key points for managing beef cow efficiency — cow weight, milking potential, and body condition score.
Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Animal Sciences, February 2010.

AN124 Guideline for Using Alternative Feedstuffs for Livestock

Revised! AN124, a 5-page fact sheet by Robert Myer and Travis Maddock, provides a list of considerations for producers who are currently using or plan to use alternative feedstuffs in their livestock operations. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Animal Sciences, December 2009.