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Producer inspecting an inventory of farm-raised, frozen beef in a freezer.

Raising Freezer Beef: Meeting Customer Expectations

A variety of factors may lead consumers to purchase beef directly from a producer. When purchasing freezer beef, most consumers expect an eating experience that would be as good or better than buying beef from retail.

Left: Black cow with the appropriate amount of fat cover, or finish for market. Right: Red steer that needs more time on feed.

Raising Freezer Beef: When Is the Animal Finished?

Many producers have had their own beef processed for years, and some may have been selling animals to their neighbors on occasion. It's another matter entirely when the objective is satisfying customer expectations, especially if finishing cattle hasn't been a normal part of your operation.

Several red angus cattle feeding at a feed bunk.

Raising Freezer Beef: Management Considerations

A trend that has become more prominent in recent years is for ranchers to finish a few animals and sell beef direct to the consumer. Proper feeding and management is key to capturing extra value and in meeting customer expectations.

Black angus cattle eating a corn feed ration from a small feeding bunk.

Raising Freezer Beef: How To Feed Grain-Finished Beef

A trend that has become more prominent in recent years is for ranchers to finish a few animals and sell beef directly to the consumer. This article will address a few options for hand-feeding a small group of cattle to finish.

Red angus cattle gathered in a feedlot in winter.

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Home to more than 1 million head of cattle, South Dakota’s producers can rely on SDSU Extension for research-based information, best management practices and resources to support healthy and profitable herds.

Two large grain bins next to a recently harvested field of soybeans.
Jun 18

2021 Ag Economic Dialogues: June

Join us for a free webinar on June 18 at 10 a.m. CT.

Two large grain bins next to a recently harvested field of soybeans.
May 21

2021 Ag Economic Dialogues: May

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Two large grain bins next to a recently harvested field of soybeans.
Apr 16

2021 Ag Economic Dialogues: April

Join us for a free webinar on April 16 at 10 a.m. CT.

Two large grain bins next to a recently harvested field of soybeans.
Mar 19

2021 Ag Economic Dialogues: March

Join us for a free webinar on March 19 at 10 a.m. CT.