Organic and Grass-finished Beef Cattle Production

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By Lee Rinehart

Published: 2011

Updated: 2011



32 pages


Market demand is rapidly increasing for sustainably raised and organic beef products. Pasture-based or grass-based livestock production relies on biodiversity and ecological complexity to maintain production with the use of less costly inputs. Cattle producers recognize that grazing and pasture access can lower production costs, reduce animal stress, and boost the animal's immune system. This publication highlights the practices producers are using to provide customers with nutritious food from pasture- and rangeland-based farms and ranches. Resources are included for further reading.

Table of Contents

Consumer Perception and Demand
Organic Cattle Production
Grass-Fed and Grass-Finishing
Selecting Appropriate Animals
Cattle Nutrition
Health and Disease Management
Integrating Cattle into Cropping Systems
Stocker Cattle Production
Production Variables
Pastures and Grazing Management
Handling Cattle Successfully
Record-Keeping Systems
Slaughter and Meat Processing
Marketing Overview
Case Study: Forks Farm
Further Resources

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