Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook No. (LDPM-21801) 34 pp

April 2013

Alternative Beef Production Systems: Issues and Implications

U.S. beef markets are undergoing rapid change as alternative production systems evolve in response to consumer demands and compete with conventional grain-fed beef production. Beef produced through distinguishable systems has different marketable attributes that may attract price premiums.

Keywords: beef production, grass-fed, grass-finished, organic, conventional, alternative, market attributes, niche, cattle, resource use, environmental impacts

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