Feed costs represent the largest single cost item in most beef operations. In many economic analyses, feed costs represent more than 50 percent of the variation in profit or loss differences between herds.
Many beef producers utilize by-product feeds on a routine basis, while numerous others utilize them only sporadically, such as during drought conditions when available forage is limited.
See the By-Product Feeds Quick Reference Guide for further information.
For a more in-depth discussion on by-product feeds, read the publication By-Product Feeds for Alabama Beef Cattle, ANR-1237