A Cow-calf Producer’s Guide to Custom Feeding(AS1162, Reviewed August 2023)
This publication focuses on items a cow-calf operator should consider before choosing a feedlot to custom feed cattle. Custom feeding refers to the practice of sending calves, stockers or yearlings to a commercial feed yard for feeding to slaughter weights. Custom feeding is not without risks. It should be viewed as a potential means to add value to your calf crop and/or evaluate the genetic merit of your cow herd.
Every custom feedlot has specific advantages and disadvantages that you should consider before selecting a lot to feed your cattle. Feedlot location, facilities, services and management are a few of the factors you need to evaluate.