Title

Feedlot Performance and Profitability of Cattle Fed Either a Mixed Ration or Allowed to Select Their Diet

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

University of Wyoming, Agricultural Experiment Station, Field Days Bulletin

Volume

2014

Issue

4th Annual

Publication Date

6-2014

First Page

71

Last Page

72

Abstract

Total mixed rations (TMRs) are often fed to finish cattle prior to slaughter. TMRs are nutritionally balanced for the needs of the “average” animal, but up to half the animals in a group may differ in nutritional needs compared with the “average”. Thus, feeding TMRs may negatively affect productivity of some individuals.

Ruminants fed a choice of feeds can select a diet to meet their unique nutritional needs. Giving ruminants a choice of feeds may increase gains, improve feed efficiency, and reduce stress compared to feeding TMRs

Offering animals feed choices may also enable producers to finish their own cattle without the cost of a nutritionist or mixing feed. If feed prices are low relative to cattle prices, finishing their animals may improve profits.