Office of Research

Improving Cattle Diets

In the late 1990s, Dan Faulkner published findings that showed that feeding high starch diets to young beef calves results in dramatically increased economic efficiency and meat quality. U of I’s beef feeding strategies have increased carcass quality to the point that Certified Angus Beef now recommends this feeding method in their Recommended Procedures Manual.

Early weaning and use of higher marbling bulls has taken the percentage of CAB-qualified beef produced from 20 percent up to 60 percent in herds that use this technology today. In Illinois alone, Faulkner conservatively estimates that this results in a half million dollars in increased income for beef producers.