Department of Animal Science


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Published in 2009 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report (Lincoln, NE: December, 2008). Copyright © 2008 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


Sorting steers for three different finishing systems (calf-feds, summer yearlings and fall yearlings) resulted in no differences in performance or average carcass characteristics compared to unsorted steers. Sorting decreased variation in hot carcass weight and number of carcasses over 950 lb. Sorting did not increase profit when calf-feds or fall yearlings were sold live compared to unsorted calf-feds and fall yearlings. However, when sold on a grid basis, sorting did increase profit for summer and fall yearlings.