feedlot, yearling steers, protein levels, finishing diets
Sixty-four yearling crossbred steers (864 Ib) were utilized to study moderate versus high protein finishing diets. Diets were formulated to contain 11.25 or 12.25% crude protein on a dry matter basis. Differences observed for all performance and carcass traits were not significant. Steers on the 11.25 and 12.25% crude protein diets consumed 22.29 and 22.26 Ib dry matter per head daily, gained 2.83 and 2.90 Ib per head daily and required 7.91 and 7.69 Ib dry matter per pound of gain, respectively. Diets formulated to contain 11.25% crude protein appear adequate for finishing heavy yearlings.
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Wagner, J.J. and Hansen, R., "Moderate versus High Protein Diets for Finishing Yearling Steers" (1989). South Dakota Beef Report, 1989. 6.