Beef Research

  • CRF Growing Cattle Research - 1980's
    CRF Growing Cattle Research - 1980's
  • CRF beef cattle feedlot research
    CRF beef cattle feedlot research
  • Tennessee Farmers Cooperative's LaVergne, TN Feed Mill
    Tennessee Farmers Cooperative's LaVergne, TN Feed Mill

The vision of the CRF members’ beef research program is to improve the feed efficiency and economics of beef production via research-based feeding programs. Since CRF’s first beef trial in 1960 the members have conducted 320 large scale trials to develop marketable products which increase feed sales and enhance the ability of beef producers to compete in the food arena.  CRF members apply our research to 900,000 metric tons of beef feeds each year.  Together, the CRF members have created a successful beef research program with many highlights such as:

  • Research programs to enhance rebreeding performance.
  • Rumen modifiers to limit pellet intake of brood cows.
  • Effect of DCAD levels on the intake of pelleted grain mixes for beef cows.
  • Evaluation of supplemented chromium for lactating beef cows.
  • Effect of essential oils on performance and meal frequency.
  • Influence of rumen modifiers on nutrient digestibility of forages.
  • Effect of early feedlot performance on subsequent performance.
  • Effect of DCAD levels on the intake of pelleted grain mixes by steers.
  • Influence of creep feeding on weight gains of calves and subsequent cow body condition.
  • Calf creep feeding and preconditioning programs and subsequent impact on feedlot performance.
  • Evaluated nutritional and management programs to reduce mortality and morbidity of newly arrived stressed calves.
  • A self-limiting pasture supplement program for stocker cattle.
    • Supports consistent gains as pasture maturity and availability changes.
    • Keeps cattle on target to reach the desired weight at shipping deadlines.
    • Prevents producers from hand feeding daily… saving time and labor expense.
  • Effect of various levels of Rumen Available Protein® on calves and feedlot cattle.
  • Feeding regimes to prevent stall-out on long fed Holstein steers.
  • Evaluation of supplemented chromium for feedlot cattle.
  • Complex supplements for growing and finishing cattle that support markedly better daily gain and feed efficiency than the conventional programs, resulting in more profit opportunity for the beef producer.

CRF utilizes universities and private research facilities in the beef research program. Facilities and research capabilities are evaluated by our Research Managers and the CRF Beef Research Team to determine whom will best assist CRF in meeting the research requirements for each specific project.

The CRF members have identified four specific areas of beef production & management that would be advantageous to conduct research in…..

  • Cow / Calf:  Develop programs to increase the pounds of beef weaned per exposed cow and reduce feed input costs.
  • Stocker/Backgrounder:  Improve feed efficiency and decrease morbidity & mortality.
  • Finishing:  Develop nutritional programs to promote protein deposition, improve feed efficiency, and optimize meat quality.
  • Dairy-beef and veal:  Develop products to bring economic returns to farmers and optimize meat quality for consumers.