Changes in Gain During Feeding Period on a Live-Weight and Carcass-Weight Basis

June 18, 2014
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Feedlot closeouts were evaluated to determine how animal performance changes throughout the finishing period on a live- and carcass-weight basis. Some cattle feeders have the paradigm that when feed costs are high and profit margins are negative it is more profitable to market cattle early. This is often true when selling on a live-weight basis to protect investments. However, many producers sell on a carcass basis and the data suggest selling early may not be beneficial. Optimal profitability may be achieved by feeding steers longer when selling on a carcass basis because the transfer of gain to the carcass is improved throughout the finishing period. View this recorded webinar to see more of these data presented by Jim MacDonald. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Associate Professor - Ruminant Nutrition. Recorded at the UNL 2014 Feedlot Roundtable