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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Genetics for Producing Profitable and Sustainable Grass-Fed Beef Dr. Scott M. BaraoExecutive DirectorThe Jorgensen Family FoundationHedgeapple Farm
The optimum use of your specific set of resources toward a profitable and sustainable level of production.
Total pounds of weaned calf per pound of female exposed?
Total pounds of calf weaned per pound of feed consumed?
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?
Priority of energy use by the cow
Source: Short et al. 1990
Grass Finishing Program
Carcass Performance Averages (2008-2009)
Averages (2008-2009 YTD)