Animal Science Department


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Published in 2007 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. Copyright © 2006 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


A study was conducted to determine differences in performance, carcass characteristics, and profitability of a calf-feeding and a yearling production system. Yearlings had higher daily gains compared to calf-feds; however, calf-feds were more efficient than yearlings. Yearlings produced more weight than calf-feds leading to an improvement in profitability for yearlings compared to calf-feds. There were no differences in yield grade or percentage grading Choice for yearlings compared to calf-feds, even though calf-feds had higher fat thickness compared to yearlings.