# How much space do feedlot cattle need?

## How much space do feedlot cattle need?

Shade structures should provide a minimum of 32 sq ft of space per head. Larger animals may require 40–60 sq ft per head.

## How many square feet is a feedlot head?

Bunks orientated in the north-south direction with east-west sloping lots are preferred. Generally, 200 to 500 square feet per head is adequate pen space, depending on geographical location, animal size, and topography. (300 square feet per head is average). Number of cattle in a pen varies from 60 to 150 head.

How many acres do you need for a feedlot?

Approximately 1 acre of land is required per 100 head of cattle for pen space, alleys and feed roads and 1/4 to 1 acre of land per 100 head of cattle is required for the waste control facility, depending on the type of system.

How much does it cost to build a feedlot?

The total cost excluding pole buildings for the 1,000 cattle feedlot would be \$141,131.86, and with pole buildings \$245,715.56. The total cost ex- cluding pole buildings for the 10,000 cattle feedlot would be \$870,390.36, and with pole buildings \$1,911,649.80.

### How long do cattle stay in a feedlot?

Cattle normally remain in a feedlot for about three to four months or until they reach a weight at or above 1,200 pounds. When they reach this weight they are then transported to the packing plant to be slaughtered and distributed.

### What is an indoor feedlot?

An indoor confined feedlot (ICF) is defined as a feedlot housing system in which cattle are housed in an enclosed, under-roof facility (Fig. 1). These feedlots are most commonly ventilated naturally through open sides and ridge vents. Flooring can range from slatted concrete floors to solid concrete or dirt floors.

Is there money in feeding cattle?

Fed cattle can make money, even as high input costs continue to plague cattle-feeding profitability. With high feeder cattle and ration costs putting fed-cattle breakevens in the \$1.25/lb.

What is a Monoslope barn?

Monoslope beef barns provide shelter for cattle from weather extremes (cold or heat), and their open side walls offer ample ventilation. Keeping cattle under shelter decreases animal stress and improves their overall health and comfort.

#### Are feedlots profitable?

Feedlots have suffered a lot over much of the last few years, and they’re finally profitable. The price relationship between feeder cattle and fed cattle has lined up, and grain costs are low.

How much do feedlots charge to feed cattle?

Typical current rates are about \$2.00 per mile to a custom feedlot. Shipment of cattle 300 miles with a 50,000-lb. load will add about \$1.20/cwt. to the cost of the cattle.

At what age does a steer or heifer go to a feedlot?

18 to 22 months
Cattle (heifers or steers in feedlots) typically remain on a feedlot from 90 to 180 days before being sent to a processing facility at 18 to 22 months of age. At which point the cattle will have reached ‘market weight’ and weigh approximately 1200 to 1400 lbs (545 to 637 kg).