A look into the beef cycle & how beef is raised from pasture to plate.
What does it take to raise beef?
The beef cycle is a complex cycle full of many different that take it from pasture to plate. One of those phases is backgrounding. What is backgrounding? Backgrounding means we are the family who take care of the cattle between the rancher who raised the animal and the feedlot that will turn the animal into beef we eat. Cattle spend about 3-5 months on our ranch. During that time we develop, grow and care for them until they’re the right weight to enter the feedlot.
When it comes to backgrounding, the calves are trucked directly to us from the sale barn that the feedlot purchased them at. Depending on how far away that is calves can show up at any hour. We’ve had semis arrive at 2am before. But no matter the time or day, you unload then as you don’t want to let animals sit on the truck any longer than they have to.
What do you do when you background cattle?
The two most important things our family focuses on when backgrounding is animal health & nutrition. We feed our cattle a mixture of hay, wet distillers grain, corn silage & high moisture corn. To learn more about each feed item visit this post.
We also work hand in hand with a PhD nutritionist to help calculate the correct rations of each feed and utilize the software program Performance Beef. To learn more about performance beef and how it can save your ranch and farm time and money click here.
It takes many steps to get your beef from pasture to plate and backgrounding is just one step that our family is proud to play a role in.
HOW BEEF IS RAISED: backgrounding phase