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This NebGuide discusses the advantages and disadvantages of retaining ownership of calves or yearlings until slaughter rather than selling them to a feeder.
Retaining ownership of weanlings or yearlings through to slaughter is a management and/or marketing option that can add to the profits of the calf producer or cattle grower. It is a way of expanding and diversifying the cattle enterprise. has the potential for greater profits for the rancher or grower than for the feeder who might buy them.
The cattle feeding industry exists because it has been a profitable business over the years. These profits have been quite variable from year to year, and even within years. However, the cattle feeder who manages to keep cost of gains competitive has been able to make an acceptable return on his investment over a period of years even though the profit potential cannot be accurately forecast on each pen of cattle fed.