Tips on Finishing Grass-Fed Beef in the Upper Midwest


MP3 download of workshop audio from MOSES 2020. PowerPoint slides from the presentation may be available for download here.

Workshop Session: Saturday II

If you’ve struggled to get cattle to gain weight and finish with good fat/meat marbling ratio, you are not alone. Learn about simple, low-cost management changes you can implement to offset the weather challenges that make it difficult to finish grass-fed cattle in the Upper Midwest. We’ll cover how to make quality winter hay, critical body temperature, use of flex-pastures, and grazing of stockpiled forage.

Rod Ofte has a 400-acre rotational grazing operation in Wisconsin, where he grass finishes about 100 head a year to sell direct to consumers and through the Wisconsin Grass-Fed Beef Cooperative, which he manages.