- Backyard or large scale cattle fattening can be profitable by following the guides in the operation of the project.
- Preferred are of animals to raise is 2 to 3 years old. Older animals need shorter period of fattening than younger animals. Younger animals require longer feeding period.
- Steers grow faster, gain more weight and easier to manage than heifer.
- Improved like Brahman and Ongole or Nellore gain weight faster with less feeds than native animals.
- Cattle can be fattened on all roughage rations or on roughage-concentrate ration. Roughage-concentrate ration is a combination of forage crops and concentrates such as rice bran, copra meal, bone meal and salt.
- Rice straw, corn cobs, sugarcane tops, ipil-ipil leaves and other grasses are used as feeds for cattle.
- Proper housing is important for the success of cattle fattening operation. It protects the animals against adverse effect of weather.
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Backyard cattle fattening or on a large scale production can be profitably undertaken. This project has become popular because of the following advantages: 1. It augments the farmer's income; 2. It requires less space for the housing; 3. It allows the use of cheap and plentiful farm by-products such as corn stovers, rice straw, copra meal, rice bran, and sugar tops which ordinarily go to waste; 4. It helps meet the high demand for high-protein foods in the Filipino diet.
Guides in the Operation of Cattle Production
A. Selection of Fattening Cattle
To ensure a profitable income from fattening cattle, here are several factors to be considered.
- Age. Younger animals require longer feeding period while older animals take shorter for fattening. Feeds are utilized for maintenance, growth and fattening. two to three year-old animals are preferred for cattle fattening. older feeder stock need less time in feeding and will eat a wider variety of roughage than the young stock.
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