DAIRY SECTOR HAS BIG IMPACT ON BEEF SUPPLIES

     The dairy industry plays an integral role in the beef supply chain. According to University of Wisconsin-River Falls Ag Economics Professor Brenda Boetel, cull dairy cows have contributed between 7% and 8% of the beef supply the last few years, with dairy steers accounting for 14% of total beef production in 2015. Overall, beef production from the dairy sector has accounted for between 19% and 22% of total U.S. beef production in recent years.
     Beef from Holstein steers has improved with changes to the production model. Boetel said by placing calves on feed directly after weaning, Holstein steer carcasses are lighter and similar in size to their beef counterparts.
     Boetel said the predictability associated with finishing Holsteins allows for a larger percentage of the dairy cattle grading Prime as compared to traditional beef breeds. Depending on the year, between 30% and 35% of all Prime beef production in the U.S. comes from Holstein steers.

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