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The similarities of grassfed beef and dairy

By Allen Williams, Ph.D. The grassfed beef sector has expanded rapidly over the past decade, ballooning from less than $40 million in domestic retail sales value in 2005 to $550 million in 2015. Annual sales growth of grassfed beef averaged 25-30% over the period. Interest in “100% grassfed” dairy is also taking off, with the […]

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Trees and pasture can grow together

Silvopasture important part of diversified Forks Farm grazing By Tracy Frisch Orangeville, Pennsylvania— For many graziers, the woodlot is a place where the livestock end up when they break through the fence. For others, it’s a poorly managed shade lounge for hot summer afternoons. For John Hopkins, trees represent a natural extension of his pasture […]

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Selecting cattle for finishing on grass

By Allen Williams, Ph.D. Over the past three months we have looked at the basics of seedstock genetic selection for producing the kind of cattle that are capable of meeting the demands of the grassfed beef market. This month we will concentrate on selecting for the stocker or feeder cattle that we are actually going […]

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The future of grassfed: Laying out the promise and challenges

By Dr. Allen Williams The U.S. grassfed market has grown significantly over the past 15 years. According to data compiled by the Wallace Center of the Winrock Foundation, retail sales of domestically produced grassfed beef were less than $5 million in 1998, with only about 100 beef producers actively involved in grassfed beef production. By […]

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Big frames, big grass-finished flavor

Baldwin Charolais beef doesn’t require fat to produce quality by Mike Hillerbrand Yanceyville, North Carolina — Most of the buzz in grass-finished beef circles today is about the benefits of small frame sizes, English genetics and marbling ability. This, it is said, is the sort of beef genetics required to produce profits straight from pasture. […]

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Grass-fed beef by the numbers

Even EPDs have their place in genetic selection By Jim Munsch Coon Valley, Wisconsin—I am often asked about the best breed for grass-based beef production. Most grass-fed experts say that a high proportion of English genetics is important. I lean that way myself — we have Angus. But I always tell people that the specific […]

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