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Varied performance seen in consignments to 2006-07 Missouri Steer Feedout.

The 2006-07 Missouri Steer Feedout results are in, show a tremendous variation in performance, and profit according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

The 243 steers that started in the program in November at Gregory Feedyard, Taber, Iowa, were consigned by 24 different farms from across Missouri.

When all the data was tabulated by the Iowa State - Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity group, it showed the average profit per head was $29.53. The range in profit was from $241 to a -$260 per head loss.

"The profit, even though small, was almost unexpected due to $4 corn, snowy, muddy lot conditions, a relatively high initial value placed on the steers, a lower percentage of Choice grading carcasses and a moderately high death and sickness rate," Cole says.

The most profitable steer group was a five-head entry from Forest Family Farms, Verona. They netted an average of $143.61 per head on the Senegus-sired steers. Their dams were Charolais crosses. The average daily gain during their 183-day feeding period was 3.37 pounds. Four of the five steers made low Choice quality grade and three were yield grade 2s.

The market target that is often mentioned as an industry goal of 70-70-0 (70% Choice, 70% Yield Grade 1 or 2, 0 out cattle) was not attained by any of the 24 groups this feedout.

Nineteen missed due to quality grades, while 16 failed to have Yield Grades 1 and 2. Only nine head made average Choice, which is the minimum, required for Certified Angus Beef.

The top-gaining pen was an entry of 22 head of high percentage Angus from Bornemann Farms, Mt. Vernon. They posted an average of 3.62 pounds and were led by one steer with a 4.51 pounds per day figure which was tops for the program.

The feedouts, offered twice yearly, help producers evaluate the post-weaning performance of cattle. A minimum of five steers can be consigned.

"Sometimes the data may not be the most flattering, but herds that enter a good representation of their calves, and do so several years running, will develop an accurate picture of their breeding program," Cole says.

For more information, contact your area Extension livestock specialist, or Eldon Cole, Mt. Vernon, (417) 466-3102.

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