Farmers should look at feed type, price and convenience.
Shopping for cattle feed may not be as newsworthy as Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but a little shopping can result in a feed-cost reduction and more dollars in a cattle producer's hand next spring.
That is why Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, says now is the best feed-shopping time for beef producers.
"The dry summer has shortened the forage supply and in all likelihood has altered the quality of hay and silage. Since the old standby, stockpiled fescue, is not as plentiful, more concentrated feeds either in bag, bulk or other forms will be relied on by area producers," says Cole.
By-product feeds, such as corn gluten feed, dried distillers grains with solubles, and soybean hulls, are becoming more popular and are available.