6 Basic Segments of Beef Cattle Industry – All You Need To Know Before Raising Beef Cattle
The beef industry consists of various segments of production. The function of this diverse industry is to produce a live beef animal from which high quality beef is ultimately delivered to the consumer. Newcomers to the business should have some understanding of the structure of the beef industry. They need to understand what takes place in each step of the industry and how the various segments mesh together.
The beef cattle industry is composed of six basic segments:
(1) the purebred breeder,
(2) the commercial producer,
(3) stocker or backgrounding operations,
(4) the cattle feeder,
(5) the beef packer and
(6) the retailer.
The purebred breeder maintains seed stock to provide bulls and, occasionally, females for the commercial producer. The commercial producer provides feeder calves and yearlings