Genetics for Producing Profitable and Sustainable Grass-Fed Beef
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Genetics for Producing Profitable and Sustainable Grass-Fed Beef Dr. Scott M. Barao Executive Director The Jorgensen Family Foundation Hedgeapple Farm. The Jorgensen Family Foundation. Created in 1997 to conduct beef and forage research for the benefit of farmers in the Mid Atlantic region.

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The jorgensen family foundation

Genetics for Producing Profitable and Sustainable Grass-Fed Beef Dr. Scott M. BaraoExecutive DirectorThe Jorgensen Family FoundationHedgeapple Farm


The jorgensen family foundation

The Jorgensen FamilyFoundation

  • Created in 1997 to conduct beef and forage research for the benefit of farmers in the Mid Atlantic region.

  • Hedgeapple Farm is the centerpiece of the foundation and serves as a working model operation.

  • Hedgeapple Farm focuses on grass fed beef production and direct marketing.


Beef cow efficiency

Beef Cow “Efficiency”

The optimum use of your specific set of resources toward a profitable and sustainable level of production.


Beef cow efficiency1

Beef Cow “Efficiency”

Total pounds of weaned calf per pound of female exposed?

Total pounds of calf weaned per pound of feed consumed?


Issues to consider

Issues to Consider

  • Mature Cow Size

  • Milk Production

  • Reproductive Performance

  • Carcass Traits


It all comes down to energy

It All Comes Down to Energy

Can you provide sufficient calories, in a cost-effective manner, to support the machine you have selected and bred?

In a grass-based system the question becomes, do you have a year-round pasture/forage supply of sufficient quantity and quality to support the genetic potential of your cow herd and their offspring?


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Priority of energy use by the cow

Source: Short et al. 1990


Issues to consider1

Issues to Consider

  • Mature Cow Size

  • Milk Production

  • Reproductive Performance

  • Carcass Traits


Issues to consider2

Issues to Consider

  • Mature Cow Size

  • Milk Production

  • Reproductive Performance

  • Carcass Traits


Issues to consider3

Issues to Consider

  • Mature Cow Size

  • Milk Production

  • Reproductive Performance

  • Carcass Traits


Issues to consider4

Issues to Consider

  • Mature Cow Size

  • Milk Production

  • Reproductive Performance

  • Carcass Traits


Cattle operation

Cattle Operation

Grass Finishing Program

  • Approximately 150 head per year

  • Steers and Heifers

  • Additional calves purchased at weaning from cooperator herds

    • Use HAF bulls

    • Follow HAF production protocol


Grass finishing production

Grass Finishing Production

Growth

  • Phase 1 - Birth to Wean (8 months)

    • 2.0 lbs/day

  • Phase 2 - Wean to Yearling

    • 1.8 to 2.2 lbs/day

  • Phase 3 - Yearling to Slaughter (X=19M)

    • 1.5 to 2.0 lbs/day


Grass finishing production1

Grass Finishing Production

Carcass Performance Averages (2008-2009)

  • Slaughter Weight

    • 1070 lbs. (Range of 900 to 1200 lbs.)

  • Slaughter Age

    • 19 months (Range of 17 to 23 months)

  • Yield Grade

    • 2.2

  • Ribeye Size

    • 10.9 (typically 1 sq. in. of Ribeye per 100 lbs of live wt,)

  • Quality Grade

    • Steers: 71% Choice; 26% Select+

    • Heifers: 88% Choice; 12% Select+


Grass finishing economics

Grass Finishing Economics

Averages (2008-2009 YTD)

  • Live Wt. = 1070

  • Carcass Wt. = 642

  • Retail Wt. = 390

  • Farm Value = $1284.00 (@ $2/lb HCW)

  • Processing Cost = $418/head

  • Cost of Goods (retail) = $4.36/lb

  • Retail Value $2681.00

  • Retail Value/lb = $6.87

  • Margin = $2.51/lb or $979/carcass

  • Total System Value = $2262/head


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