Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version



2019 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report


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A feedlot study utilizing 800 crossbred steers (initial BW = 727 ± 55 lb) compared 5 different terminal implant (Revalor-200) times (160, 120, 100, 80, or 40 d prior to harvest) for steers fed 180 days on performance and carcass characteristics. All steers were implanted with Revalor-IS as an initial implant at trial initiation. Carcass-adjusted final BW, ADG, and F:G responded quadratically, with cattle implanted 80 to 120 d prior to harvest being the greatest. However, there was less than a 2% difference in performance between 120 and 80 days on terminal implant. Hot carcass weight responded quadratically, with no difference in fat thickness, rib eye area, marbling score, or calculated yield grade. When solved for the first derivative, all variables were maximized at 87 to 104 days on terminal implant when steers are fed for 180-d.