Farm Facts About Raising Cattle
From calving and feeding to animal care, get the facts on raising cattle in Illinois.
Most grain-finished beef cattle spend about four to six months in a feedlot, or feed yard, until just before harvest. At the feedlot, cattle are grouped into pens that provide space for socializing and exercise. They receive feed rations that are balanced by an animal nutritionist and monitored very closely by farmers and veterinarians to ensure they stay healthy. Feedlots are efficient and provide consistent, wholesome and affordable beef using fewer resources. The time cattle spend in a feedlot is often called the “finishing” phase, and cattle spend most of their lives grazing on grass pasture.