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The objective of this report was to compare economics of calf- and yearling- finishing systems. Yearling steers were wintered at 1.54 lb/day (fast) or 0.42 lb/day (slow) then grazed over the summer followed by finishing. Calf-fed steers were purchased in the fall and finished. Profit was based on 1992 to 1999 average price levels. Steers on the fast treatment profited $21.00/head compared to -$20.66/head for slow and -$23.18/head for calf feds. Calf-feeding was also compared to only the finishing phase of yearling systems. Steers on the fast system profited $29.78/head compared to $17.83 for slow and -$23.18 for calf feds.