Animal Science Department


Date of this Version

January 2008


Published in 2008 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. Copyright © 2007 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.
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An economic comparison of calf-fed and long-yearling production was conducted to determine the impact of increasing corn price on steer profitability. Corn prices of $2.50, $3.50, and $4.50/bu were used. With increasing corn price, feeder prices were assumed to decrease which decreased initial cost more for yearlings than calf-feds. Profitability of yearlings versus calf-feds increased $4-6 for each $1/bu increase in corn price.