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ANALYSIS OF PASTURE SYSTEMS TO MAXIMIZE THE PROFITABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF GRASS-FED BEEF PRODUCTION

  • BASU DEB BHANDARI (a1), JEFFREY GILLESPIE (a2), GUILLERMO SCAGLIA (a3), JIM WANG (a4) and MICHAEL SALASSI (a5)...

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Pasture systems for grass-fed beef production in the Gulf Coast region were evaluated for profitability and sustainability over the period 2009/2010 to 2011/2012. May-weaned steers were divided into groups and randomly placed into different pasture systems. Data on input usage, output quantities, and carbon emissions were recorded and analyzed. The least complex grazing system yielded higher profit than the most complex, but the most complex produced the lowest greenhouse gas impact. A trade-off was found between profitability and greenhouse gas impact among the systems.

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ANALYSIS OF PASTURE SYSTEMS TO MAXIMIZE THE PROFITABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF GRASS-FED BEEF PRODUCTION

  • BASU DEB BHANDARI (a1), JEFFREY GILLESPIE (a2), GUILLERMO SCAGLIA (a3), JIM WANG (a4) and MICHAEL SALASSI (a5)...

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