Innovative producers are using GrowSafe Systems® to select for feed efficient animals which reduce methane emissions by up to 30 percent.1 Beef production accounts for only 3.3 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions.2
Genetically selecting for feed efficient animals by partnering with GrowSafe retains animals with optimal feed conversion ratios. Therefore, GHG emissions per unit of feed is lowered and reduces the carbon footprint of your operation.
Input costs such as feed are continuously on the rise and affect your bottom line. Progeny of GrowSafe-tested, low residual feed intake (RFI) cattle experience an improvement in feed conversion rates from 9-15 percent.1
You have many choices when determining a measure to select for feed efficient cattle. Only one measure isolates and focuses on feed efficiency – RFI.
Residual feed intake (RFI) is a measure of feed efficiency calculated as the difference between an animal’s actual feed intake and its expected feed intake, for a given level of production.4, 5
You can select for RFI without sacrificing your other selection goals because RFI is independent of growth, body size and other performance traits.4
Low RFI cattle are more efficient with forage consumption. Therefore, year-round stocking rates in pastures can be increased.5
Progeny of GrowSafe-tested, low RFI cattle will have the same body weight and carcass traits as their pedigree suggests, with a competitive edge – these calves will consume less feed to reach their genetic potential.6
Measuring feed intake with standardized protocols manages and improves the feed efficiency of your herd while optimizing the entire beef supply chain.
If we improved feed efficiency across the U.S. feedlot industry by 10 percent, feed costs would reduce by $1.2 billion.3
Feed efficient cattle in the feedyard can reduce the overall feed intake by up to 12 percent.1
The next calf crop – The 2020 Calf Crop – is pioneering the next generation of efficiency. Test your cattle for feed efficiency and include this independent trait in your selection criteria.