“Why do you feed your cattle corn?” Glad you asked! There are a lot of reasons we feed corn, and not just because we are the “cornhuskers!” (#GBR)
Our cattle spend the majority of their life kicking up their heels in green pastures, and they continue kicking up their heels when they reach adolescence and switch to eating a corn diet with free choice hay for dessert.
As an animal science major, I have taken many classes focusing on animal nutrition, animal care, and learning from the experts about why ranchers do what they do. In my animal nutrition class, we learned corns abundance of protein, energy, and how easy corn is to digest in the stomach systems of cattle. The way it affects the cattle’s body is to provide them with all their essential nutrients and more to help deposit fat inside of their muscles (also known as marbling). It makes tremendous beef through this process, and especially healthy cattle, which is what happens when you meet all nutritional requirements in a diet.
As for sustainability, corn is one of the best thing we can feed in Nebraska. With the abundance of the corn crop on our property, across the road, and all around us, it doesn’t require much more transportation to get it from the field to the feed bunk! We use what the land in our area provides for us. Plus, in the winter when grass isn’t available ( ❄️) we are able to use the corn that wasn’t picked up by the combine for the cattle to graze on.
I can go on all day about how great corn is for cattle and so fitting for our Nebraska Raised Beef! What questions do you have about corn-fed cattle vs. other feeding programs?
Looking for a unique gift to give this holiday season? Do you have out of town relatives? Is there a foodie on your list? Then think beef! Oak Barn Beef dry aged beef to be exact!
Is beef on your menu this week and currently frozen? If so, you might be wondering when exactly the best time is to start thawing your meat and what is the safest way. I’ve seen firsthand through the years that not everyone is aware of these techniques, so I want to help you prevent any problems when thawing your beef! I am going to share the easiest and safest ways to thaw your frozen beef cuts!
We are family owned and this type of farming has been in our family for over 5 generations now. We take pride in how we raise and produce cattle and take many steps to even make sure our beef is the best dry aged beef you’ll taste.
Over the last few years buying directly from farmers has become more popular and I think it’s due to a few of the reasons I wanted to share with you today! Here are the very many reasons you should buy directly from farmers.