|The Road We Will Be Going Down Soon|
The more I have delved into "agvocating" for the beef industry the more I have spent my time thinking about what people want from beef producers. Apparently there are a growing number of people that want grass fed beef. The more I listen to these conversations it is for a variety of different reasons they want to eat grass fed beef. This year it is going to be a challenge for beef farmers to fill the orders of grass fed beef for some circles.
If you would like a calf that has been in a pasture eating nothing but grass for it's entire life, that may be impossible this year. The hay bales are going to start rolling, if they haven't already.
I know some people are alright with cows eating hay, because hay was grass before it was clipped, then dried and baled. After all when the cows are supplemented hay in a pasture setting they are still in their natural environments.
However corn is considered grass, as I was taught in Agriculture Education freshman year by my teacher. So, I am wondering is corn alright to feed, if it is fed in the pasture, so that cows were able to stay in a natural environment? If cows were to graze corn, would that be alright? What if corn was cut and hauled to cows, is that meet requirements for grass fed beef? If my facilities are better suited for cows to come into a barn to eat corn and then leave back to the pasture as they choose. Would that be ok?
Just needing some answers for some soon to be hungry cows!!