Finishing Organic Beef: Grass or Grain?


MP3 download of workshop audio from MOSES 2018.

John Mesko and Rod Ofte
Friday Session I

The right answer is not as simple as most people think. Learn the pros and cons of each finishing system to find the right approach for your operation. We’ll cover costs of production, additional outcomes from farming decisions, and the keys to successfully finishing beef.

John Mesko is the executive director of MOSES. He has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s in farm management from Purdue University. He and his wife own a grass-fed beef operation in east central Minnesota.

Rod Ofte is a fourth-generation farmer with an organic grass-fed beef operation near Coon Valley, Wis. He leads Norse Group Consulting and active in the Wallace Center Pasture Project. He markets beef directly to consumers and via the Wisconsin Grass-fed Beef Cooperative.