Cost of Production

Feed Beets™ are a viable solution to rising feed costs. When production costs and profitability are evaluated, feed beets offer a great nutritional and low cost feeding option.

The initial investment with Feed Beets is similar to corn. Factoring in feed efficiency and dry matter into costs, the output quickly makes the initial investment sound.

The charts below display costs of growing Feed Beets within each region of the US. Keep in mind the following benefits and cost comparisons when feeding Feed Beets:

  • Supplementing with Feed Beets can increase the nutritional value of other forages, such as silage, dry hay, almond hulls, grass hay and others.
  • Feed Beets can be substituted for other sugar sources in the ration, such as molasses. 

Feed Beets Components Analysis

Livestock producers today are growing and feeding beets for the following reasons:

  • Ability to reduce overall feed costs
  • Add an excellent rotational crop
  • Ability to offer very high NDFd values with low ADF and NDF
  • Add slow release sugars encapsulated in the pectin and hemicellulose fiber
  • Provide high TDN and net energy values
  • Add an excellent feedstuff that will even improve low quality forages
  • Add a feed source with multiple feeding options exist
  • Capitalize on modern harvest and processing equipment
  • Add a highly palatable feed source that livestock like
  • Feed Beets can be substituted for other sugar sources in the ration, such as molasses.

Beets are easy to grow. They are eco-friendly as they scavenge the soil profile for deep nitrates, salts, and other nutrients.

While beets are water efficient, they can also tolerate excess moisture.

Estimated Cost of Production Based on Climate

Feed Beets Feed Analysis

Components Average Fed Average Dry Matter
% Dry matter 0.00 22.24
% Moisture 0.00 77.76
% Neutral Detergent Fiber - NDF 2.55 11.45
% Acid Detergent Fiber - NDF1.65 7.26
% Lignin0.35 1.72
Lignin % NDF7.9211.31
% Crude Protein1.195.99
% Crude Fat0.100.42
% Starch0.110.51
% Sugar16.3869.04
% Ash1.466.14
% Calcium 0.030.14
% Phosphorus0.030.15
% Magnesium0.040.20
% Potassium0.331.51
% Sodium0.050.25
% Sulfur0.010.06
% Chloride0.040.21
PPM Copper1.686.33
PPM Iron364.281362.33
PPM Manganese8.8133.00
PPM Zinc4.5217.00
% TDN17.7377.95
% NFC16.9374.36
NEL, Mcal/LB0.200.81
NEM, Mcal/LB0.180.79
NEG, Mcal/LB0.160.65
NDFd as % of NDF-24 HR41.80
NDFd as % of NDF-30 HR65.93
NDFd as % of NDF-48 HR88.30


Including Feed Beets in your feed ration maximizes livestock productivity:

  • High in NDFd and low in NDF which creates high feed efficiency
  • Efficient rumination via slow-released sugars that are tied into the fiber
  • Highly palatable to all livestock types

Values shown are derived as an average of feed analysis done at four separate labs – Rock River, Dairyland, Stearns DHIA and Cumberland Valley.