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One hundred sixty crossbred yearling steers were used in a completely randomized design to determine the response to a programmed gain finishing system in diets with and without wet corn gluten feed. Including a programmed gain phase in the finishing period reduced daily gain, hot carcass weight, fat thickness and marbling score in diets with and without wet corn gluten feed. Diets containing wet corn gluten feed increased daily gain, hot carcass weight and fat thickness compared with diets containing only dry-rolled corn. Programming gain improved efficiency but reduced net return per animal and increased cost of gain versus ad libitum feeding.