While feeding beet may sound foreign to many beef farmers, for finishers with sufficient scale or those in the east and southeast, a finishing diet is rarely complete without the inclusion of beet.

Fodder beet is a highly palatable, highly digestible feed and an excellent source of energy (60% to 65% sugar), making it an almost perfect finishing diet ingredient. On an energy basis, 5kg fresh weight of beet is equal to 1kg of rolled barley. However, the added benefit of beet is that its high palatability drives intakes in cattle which will help maximise liveweight gains.