livestock feeding

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Chase Enix

17 November , 2014

Livestock Feeding: Grass Fed vs. Grain Fed

Grass Fed or Grain Fed , have you ever thought which one is better for your livestock? There are many different advantages and disadvantages to these approaches of feedings. Many people like lots of nutrients in their meat , depending on their preference and the way the cattle is raised.

The grass fed movement started when farmers or ranchers decided to move back to pasturing cattle because it decreased the reliance on feeding grains, it reduced the prices of feed, made it easier for managing requirements, and produced linear and higher quality meat. Grass fed means an animal has been fed grass most of its life. The term organic is also used in "grass Feeding". Organic can be misleading for determining how livestock is raised. It does not guarantee that there are any fertilizers or pesticides used in pastures.

There are some benefits to grass fed livestock. Many people that prefer grass fed beef believe that it maintains a lower percentage of saturated fat than grain fed. It also has a higher percentage of Omega-3 acids and vitamins A&E. It is also been brought up that grass fed beef taste different than grain fed beef. Leaner meets tend to become tough more easily because they have less saturated fat. The advantages and disadvantages vary in this topic. Grazing cattle requires more careful oversight of pastures and constant rotation of grazing to avoid over grazing which can lead to erosion when it comes to environmental factors. A farmer should dedicate one acre per animal, which leads to there not really being enough grass land for the livestock. When it comes to the time it takes to raise a steer , there is a big time spand between grass...