Production and Market Development for Grass-fed beef in the Gulf Coast Region

Maria Bampasidou, Scaglia, Guillermo  |  10/17/2018 6:34:33 PM

Project Summary

The purposes of this project are to: (1) evaluate the interaction of forage systems and breed types on the year-round supply of high quality grass-fed beef and associated profitability on small and very small (SVS) farms and (2) evaluate strategic alliance and cooperative structures that allow grass-fed beef farmers to deliver sufficient volume of product most demanded by buyers to food retailers and restaurants.The USDA-AMS recognized the impact of grass-fed beef production by launching a website with monthly reports on prices and in creating a verification program allowing SVS producers to certify their animals using the grass-fed marketing claim standard (USDA-AMS, 2014). This project provides comprehensive information on grass-fed beef management practices, economics, marketing, and breed type effects. Diversification of dairy enterprises by increasing dairy beef production and the promotion of heritage beef breeds may improve the economic return and sustainability of small producers. On-farm evaluation of the productivity and economic performance of different breed types and cover crops for grazing will give this proposal the support for promoting these practices as well as the appropriate setting for demonstration of the viability of these practices to producers, agents and other stakeholders. Research on strategic alliances will provide the industry with information on how to organize such that grass-fed beef can be more efficiently marketed to consumers.

Project Objectives:

  • Evaluate the interaction between forage systems and traditional (Angus, Braford, Dexter) and non-traditional (Holstein and Pineywoods) breed types for grass-fed beef production and the use of cover crops under different management practices (rotationally grazed, stockpiled forages) at the farm level
  • Determine the types of strategic alliances currently being used in the grass-fed beef industry and evaluate their effectiveness in meeting their stated objectives
  • Determine the functions grass-fed beef producers prefer for strategic alliances
  • Determine the grass-fed beef attributes and structure of alliances most preferred by restaurants and retailers
  • Conduct outreach programs (pasture walks, field days, workshops)

Project Team

PI: Scaglia Guillermo, LSU AgCenter

Co-PD: Maria Bampasidou, LSU AgCenter

Co-PD: Gebrebul Sebhatu, Southern University Agricultural Center

Co-PD: Marshall Renita, Southern University Agricultural Center

Subawardees: Tyler Mark, University of Kentucky

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