A feedlot is a managed property where livestock eat a balanced and nutritious diet to produce red meat of a consistent quality and quantity.
In Australia, nearly one-third of the cattle herd is destined for feedlots, after spending the majority of their lives in a pasture-based environment.
So why do feedlots exist?
Feedlots exist for two main reasons:
- To meet demand from customers who require a product which can be consistently supplied year-round (irrespective of seasons or droughts), of a particular quality and with a grainfed flavour.
- To feed livestock during Australia’s dry seasons when pastures don’t have enough nutrients to support animal growth and welfare.