Are animals kept indoors force fed to grow quickly?

No. This is not the reason why a farmer or rancher would choose to raise animals indoors. Indoor housing is beneficial to protecting animals from weather, bacteria and predators. It also helps to ensure that animals are receiving a proper, nutritious and balanced diet.

It is not true that cattle in feedyards, where beef cattle are finished on a diet of grass, grains and other feedstuffs, are force fed. Feedyards do not force cattle to eat. Feedyard cattle have ample space to roam and the ability to eat from the feed bunk at their own pace and leisure.

Many indoor facilities have surveillance equipment that not only allows farmers and ranchers to keep watch on their animals, but also ensures they are adhering to humane feeding practices.

To read more about feedyards visit:

http://factsaboutbeef.com/2012/07/11/cattle-feedlots-force-feed-cattle-corn-false-cattle-eat-grasses-grains-and-other-forages/#more-40

USFRA Point of View

Animal safety, health and comfort are top priorities for farmers and ranchers. They care deeply about their animals and take pride in how they provide for them. There are many different types of housing, diet and overall management practices when it comes to raising animals for food. USFRA supports... Read more