yearling steers, pot-load, anatomy, marketing management
One load (n = 72; initial BW = 745 ± 54.5) of grass-raised Angus-cross yearling steers was purchased from a sale barn in north central South Dakota. The steers were sorted into load lots by sale barn personnel from a larger group of 1200. Upon arrival, steers were used in the 4-day Feedlot Shortcourse before being weighed and appraised for visual differences. Cattle were divided (randomly) into 8 groups of 9 head each. One steer was randomly selected from each of the eight groups to make a 9th group of steers comprised of each classification. The steers were fed until they reached an average visual ribfat depth of 0.40 in. The data would show that even though cattle came from one owner, variation does exist for feedlot and carcass characteristics. This variation can affect marketing endpoints, and if not managed properly, can cause a decrease in profitability.
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Bruns, Kelly W.; Pritchard, Robbi H.; and Holt, Simone, "Comparative Anatomy of a Presorted Pot-load of Yearling Steers" (2005). South Dakota Beef Report, 2005. 7.