retained ownership, feedlot performance, feedlot profitability
Three hundred seventy-four calves representing 44 cow-calf producers were consigned to a custom feedlot. Steer calves (254 head) consigned in October weighed 522 Ib initially, gained 2.91 1b per head daily, and averaged 1,100 Ib at slaughter after an average of 200 days on feed. Average cost of gain and profitability were $48.94 per cwt and -$12.03 per head, respectively. Steers consigned in January weighed 71 1 Ib initially, gained 3.07 Ib per head daily, and averaged 1,135 1b at slaughter after 141 days on feed. Average cost of gain and profitability were $43.59 per cwt and -$64.22 per head, respectively. Losses observed for 1994-95 were due to low carcass beef prices relative to the price of feeder cattle in fall of 1994 and January of 1995. As in previous years, average daily gain, days on feed, and quality grade appear related to differences in profit between cattle.
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Wagner, J. J.; Senn, L. A.; Feuz, D. M.; Boggs, D. L.; Zalesky, D.D.; and Krantz, J., "South Dakota Retained Ownership Demonstration" (1995). South Dakota Beef Report, 1995. 22.