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Feedyard Performance

To reap the full economic potential from calves, producers must plan all selection, health, nutrition and management so that those calves are profitable for cattle feeders. That means they leave the farm or ranch of origin ready to perform and ultimately realize their best beef quality potential.

A 2012 analysis of closeouts on nearly half a million fed cattle by Professional Cattle Consultants (PCC) sorted data into low, middle and high groups for quality grade. It showed that performance and quality go hand in hand, as the high-grading cattle:

Quality Grade Profile

Low Middle High All
Feedyard Placement Wgt. 737 737 729 734
Feedyard Finish Wgt. Live 1282 1297 1310 1296
Days on Feed 179 177 182 179
Cost of Gain(COG) 63.92 62.86 62.10 62.96
Average Daily Gain 3.11 3.22 3.28 3.20
Average Carcass Weight 821 828 835 828
% Choice or Higher 35.3 54.1 74.5 54.6
% CAB or Upper 2/3 Choice Prem. 5.4 11.1 20.1 12.2
% YG 1 & 2 61.1 50.4 37.4 49.6
% YG 4 & 5 8.0 11.4 15.9 11.8
Calculated Profit/Loss $26.69 $33.68 $44.18 $34.83

NOTE:

Professional Cattle Consultants LLC closeout data on 496,478 head in 4,815 lots
Feeder calf price was standardized using the CME Feeder Cattle Price Index.