When correctly balanced, with protein, mineral and vitamins and fibre, improved performance is guaranteed from beet. There is a variation in dry matters between the different varieties of beet.
The higher the dry matter content of the beet, the greater the energy levels and the greater the response from the animals. Beef finishing cattle can be fed anything up to 25kg/head/day of beet once a good source of long fibre is provided in the diet.
When feeding these rates, the beet should be introduced gradually. The need for expensive concentrate for youngstock can be greatly reduced when beet is fed. A 300-400kg growing animal should receive 10kg of beet.