Best Answer

Fattening beef cattle depends on what diet you want them to fatten up on, their age, their breeding, average daily gain, rate of intake, and target weight you want to have them slaughtered. Grass-finished cattle take a month or so longer to fatten up than grain-finished cattle. But both types of finisher cattle should be on a high-energy, high-protein diet to gain weight quickly. For grassers this would be young, vegetative grasses that are almost at the stage of inflourescence but the long stems that haven't quite popped up yet. It will take about 6 months for the cattle to reach target weight. For grainers, a diet of 80 to 90% diet of grain is the common way (the feedlot way) to fatten cattle within a period of 3 to 4 months. However, if you wish you could finish your cattle on a 50-50 or 40-60 diet of grain and forage, respectively or vice versa, to get a stronger tasting, yet juicy steak.

British breeds fatten quicker than Continentals will. So starting British breed-type cattle when they are but 18 to 20 months of age on a high energy ration will get them to gain enough meat on them but not too much fat. Continentals genetically are built to be lean, so you could start them whenever you like, like right after they are weaned on a grain-based diet or a diet of 50% forage 50% grain to get them to gain weight. Continentals will finish at a heavier weight than British breeds will, so also bear that in mind when choosing which breeds to fatten up for your freezer. Crossbred calves that have British and Continental breeds in them can be started either way, but the British influence will have them still fatten quicker, so backgrounding them until they are 18 months old would be a wise decision.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2010-01-19 00:35:01
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: How do you fatten your beef cattle?
Write your answer...
Related questions

What are ranchers called that fatten young cattle?

Anything from beef producers, backgrounders, stockmen, to feedlot owners.

How is cattle fatten using harmonie?

They aren't. Harmonies don't make cattle fatter nor fatten them up.

What are good ways to fatten your beef cattle?

Hormones are used on cattle to ensure they fatten up, grow quickly, produce higher yields of milk and produce high financial gains. Hormones used to fatten beef cattle and their availability are synthetic and natural hormones that ensure cattle has a high turn over rate, i.e. they are quickly slaughtered and replaced with new fast growing/fattened cattle. Natural hormones include the hormones estradiol benzoate progesterone or testosterone. The availability of such implants can be found at your local farm and ranch store, or can be purchased from your local large animal veterinarian.

What kind of hormones are used to fatten beef cattle and their availability?

The hormones used to fatten beef cattle really depend on the company who makes them and the gender of the cattle you are wanting to use them on. Most people state that "growth hormones" are used to fatten beef cattle, but this really isn't the case. Here's a few of the common hormone implants used in fattening beef cattle and what they comprise of:Ralgro: contains ZeranolRevalor: contains Trenbolone acetate and EstradiolSynovex C and Snyovex S: Progesterone and Estradiol benzoateSynovex H: Testosterone propionate and Estradiol benzoateNote that none of these implants contain any form of growth hormone or rBGH.The availability of such implants can be found at your local farm and ranch store, or can be purchased from your local large animal veterinarian.See the related links below for more information.

What is the purpose of a beef cattle?

The purpose of beef cattle is to produce beef.

What are beef cattle considered as?

Cattle raised for beef.

What is cattle farming called?

If they are dairy cows, then its called dairy farming. If they are for beef, then its called "beef farming" or, with extensive operations, "ranching," especially in the USA and Canada. Cattle raised on an operation where the main purpose is to fatten them up in preparation for slaughter are raised on a feedlot; the name for the way cattle are fattened up in the feedlot is called "finishing" or "fattening."

What leguminous crops can fatten beef cattle?

Basically any crop that has a high protein value (almost all leguminous crops do) examples are beans, alfalfa, clover, and soy.

Are Brown Swiss cattle good for beef?

For the small-time producer, yes, but as a conventional beef animal, no definitely not. Brown Swiss are bred to be dairy cattle, or to produce milk, not to produce beef. However, that's not to say that they cannot be raised as beefers: Brown Swiss steers tend to fatten up and finish better than Jerseys, for one, and even Holsteins. But they're still dairy cattle regardless.

What is a beef cattle farm?

It is a farm where beef cattle are raised.

Are beef cattle female?

Beef cattle can be male or female.

Where is beef grown?

On cattle. Beef is the muscles of cattle, and is removed when the cattle are killed for meat.

What are beef cattle?

Cattle that are bred and raised primarily for beef production.

Is a limousin cow dairy or beef?

Limousin cattle are beef cattle.

Which steroids given to cattle to fatten up?

Oradexon. Hope that helps.

What are meat cattle?

Beef cattle.

Where do beef cows grow?

Beef cattle are raised up on a cattle ranch or farm.

What do cattle ranches raise?

They raise cattle or beef cattle

What type of cattle are saler cattle?

Salers are beef cattle.

Why do you neuter there male cows?

First let us get some terminology straight here. Male cattle are called Bulls and females are called Heifers (if have never calved a calf) or Cows if have calved a calf. Neutered Cattle are called Steers. Bulls are neutered if not of breeding quality and the Farmer wants to feed them out to fatten them and then slaughter for use as beef. This is where your beef comes from.

What do you get beef from?


What is the baby name for beef?

Veal is the meat of young cattle; beef is the meat of older cattle.

What to feed beef bull for fattening?

Grain is the most common feed you'd use to fatten up a beef bull for the freezer.

Is raising beef cattle an industry?

Yes the raising of beef cattle is part of the beef industry, in order to produce beef for meat purposes you must raise them first.

What has the author Kenneth A Wagnon written?

Kenneth A. Wagnon has written: 'Use of different classes of range land by cattle' -- subject(s): Feeding and feeds, Rangelands, Cattle 'Estrous behavior and stress effects on the estrous cycle of range beef heifers' -- subject(s): Beef cattle, Estrus, Reproduction 'Behavior of beef cows on a California range' -- subject(s): Beef cattle, Feeding and feeds, Grazing, Behavior 'Beef cattle production' 'Reproduction difficulties in range beef cattle' -- subject(s): Beef cattle, Reproduction