Assessing Health, Efficiency and Profitability of Growing and Finishing Beef x Dairy Cattle on a New York Feedlot/Farm

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2024: $24,176.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2026
Grant Recipient: Minturn Farms
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Jason Schenck
Minturn Farms


  • Animals: bovine
  • Animal Products: meat


  • Animal Production: feed formulation, feed management, feed rations, genetics

    Proposal summary:

    This project intends to study the
    efficiency and profitability of beef production from Beef x Dairy
    Cattle. To better understand how the breed compares to native
    beef cattle, we’ll study the health, growth, and effect of diets
    as well as compare differences between steers and heifers. This
    will be accomplished with the use of specialized feed software,
    and animal health monitoring technology to measure feed intake
    and rumination. We intend to learn what the most cost effective
    and efficient way to feed Beef x Dairy Cattle and will measure
    how they compare to native beef cattle in a typical feedlot
    system. The results of this project will be compiled and
    presented in a publication with the help of Cornell Cooperative
    Extension (CCE). We will also host a farm tour, speak on a
    producer panel, and be a guest on the CCE podcast.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The main objective of this
    project is to compare the feed efficiency of beef x dairy cattle
    (both steers and heifers) to native beef cattle. This project
    will help us understand the rumination / health indicators of
    beef x dairy cattle and how they compare to native beef cattle
    through the finishing phase. By gathering this information we can
    tailor diets to more efficiently feed and finish beef x dairy
    Cattle while maintaining the health of the cattle. We also intend
    to compare the costs for raising each type of cattle to finish,
    so the profitability of each can be understood.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.