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One hundred steer calves were used to evaluate the effect of delaying initial implanting on feedlot and carcass characteristics. One-half the steers were implanted with Synovex S® after a 14 day acclimation period, the remainder were implanted 30 days after the 14 day acclimation period. All calves were re-implanted 112 days after the beginning of the study with Synovex Choice® and harvested 100 days later. Neither final weight (1269 lb) nor ADG (3.74 lb/day) were affected by implant regimen. Delayed implant steers had a higher percentage grading Choice (92 vs 68%). Delaying implanting resulted in a 24% increase in cattle grading Choice at harvest without compromising feedlot performance.