I doubt it. The muscles in the animals would not develope the way they should to create beef. Jan can comment about it more than I can, but the sole purpose of the Dairy cows is to produce milk.Could beef ever be raised this way?
Thanks.Parasites for fly control is popular because they can be "planted" around the barns where they don't get disturbed. Many use IGR in calf milk and feed. I don't think it is allowed for milking cattle. I have never read the label closely.
I don't know about beef being raised in such confinement in the young stages. There are more problems with breeding cows that are on concrete.... the cows are not as active, and they are more inclined to slip.... you could not keep a bull in there and expect him to be able to mount cows consistently. Many dairy cows will slip and "split" or just injure themselves when coming in heat and getting ridden by other cows. The muscles will not get developed as well when they are not getting the kind of exercise that cattle get out on pastures. I don't know how well they would do in confinement like that. Yes, dairy cows are fed for production of milk as the primary reason. There is a different temperament in many dairy cows than most beef cattle too. They are raised in a more "confinement" type attitude
Do you think beef production will stay pretty much the way it is now?
Agree. If anything, I thought many parts of the video looked more like a "small" dairy - less than 500 cows. Most farms bigger than that aren't going to be pouring milk out to calves by hand.The larger herds around here have basically all the things in this video except the large equipment for the field work. Many places here do not have the field sizes to allow such large areas to be cut and harvested by the size depicted. Many barns here have auto floor cleaners, and I have 2 farms that run down the alleys and push feed to the cows like shown. They may not do it with the speed that was shown here. I imagine the bigger dairies of 2-5-10,000 cows all have somewhat similar types. I do know that many of the bigger dairies have rotary parlors and that the cows like to get on and ride while being milked.
Yes. There are beef cows kept entirely in confinement, though that's still an extremely small portion of the industry.Could beef ever be raised this way?