Beef finishing systems tend to be based around the age of the animals with rising 1-year olds (R1s) and rising 2-year olds (R2s) having slightly different demands for growth due to their developmental stage. This can be further defined by the primary growing seasons of spring to autumn and wintering.
Successful forage systems will aim to finish as many animals as possible before the second winter in the most cost-effective way.
There are two major influences on the ability of this system to be profitable and achieve finished weights before the second winter:
Short term pastures
Short term pasture