Department of Animal Science


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Published in 1999 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. Published by Agricultural Research Division & University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension , Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Angus crossbred yearling steers were started on a finishing program with diets stepped-up in grain over 23 days or with limit-feeding of the final diet over three weeks. Limit-feeding during start-up improved overall feed efficiency, carcass dressing percentage and fat thickness, but did not affect daily gain or carcass quality and yield grades. In this small pen research trial, steers reached ad libitum intake of the final diet by limit-feeding of this diet during start-up without major problems from acidosis or related intake variation.