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For the last 17 years steer calves have been fed out through the American Hereford Association's Genetic Outreach  Program/National Hereford Feedout (GOP/NHF) and 2 years at the Tricounty Futurity Test in Iowa. This year the calves were fed out at Royal Beef in Scott City, Kansas. The calves were shipped to the feedlot at 8 to 11 months of age and harvested at 13 to 17 months of age. At the packer, actual carcass data was collected on individuals and reported with the feedlot performance. This information combined with ultrasound data on the replacement heifers allows identification of the combination of genetics to produce superior feedlot performance. The calves have returned a profit for 12 out of the 17 years through a wide range of cattle prices, feed costs and weather. This year (2016) 70% (21/30) of the steers graded Choice.

Since 2009 the cull heifers were also sent to the feedlot. This year (2016) 100% (9/9) of the heifers graded Choice or better, in fact one heifer sired by TFL X651 Tested A003 graded USDA PRIME.



Head
Days
USDA
Fat
Rib
Yield
Average
Feed
Net


Count
on
Marbling
Thickness
Eye
Grade
Daily
Conversion
Return
Location


Feed
Score

Area

Gain



2000(winter)(steers)
6
165
370
0.5
11.6
3.3
3.28
5.12
$13.49
Lane County Feeders
2001(winter)(steers) 9
188
393
0.6
11.6
3.8
3.71
5.22
$112.58
North Platte Feeders
2002(winter)(steers) 9
153
345
0.7
12.8
3.6
3.79
5.91
-$15.36
North Platte Feeders
2003(winter)(steers) 10
172
365
0.6
13.0
3.3
3.83
4.90
$151.39
North Platte Feeders
2004(winter)(steers) 10
148
312
0.5
13.1
2.4
3.31
4.93
$8.76
Royal Beef
2005(winter)(steers) 10
142
342
0.4
12.5
2.6
3.68
4.58
$152.20
Royal Beef
2006(winter)(steers) 17
179
356
0.5
13.8
2.9
3.80
4.90
$103.24
Royal Beef
2007(winter)(steers) 15
146
348
0.5
12.2
3.0
3.51
4.52
$154.11
Royal Beef
2008(winter)(steers) 12
155
345
0.4
13.2
2.7
3.84
5.04
$40.95
Royal Beef
2008(spring)(steers) 11
136
369
0.5
11.8
3.1
4.25
4.26
$128.52
Royal Beef
2009(winter)(steers) 15
164
365
0.4
12.9
2.7
3.65
4.51
$10.21
Royal Beef
2009(spring)(steers) 15
169
409
0.5
12.5
3.1
3.93
4.37
$59.25
Royal Beef
2010(spring)(steers) 28
179
404
0.5
13.7
3.1
3.90
5.05
$204.17
Royal Beef
2011(spring)(steers) 26
140
386
0.4
12.3
2.4
3.77
4.44
-$36.97
Fairleigh Feed Yard
2012(spring)(steers)
29
136
396
0.6
12.7
3.2
3.59
6.65
-$280.10
Gregory Feedlots
2013(winter)(steers)
27
140
417
0.5
12.3
3.1
3.39
6.50
-$235.99
Gregory Feedlots
2014(winter)(steers)
28
195
449
0.9
13.9
4.3
4.15
5.27
$393.58
Royal Beef
2015(winter)(steers)
27
214
437
0.6
13.5
2.8
3.80
4.71
$16.40
Royal Beef
2016(winter)(steers) 30 181
409
0.6
13.2 2.9
3.53
6.38
-106.65
Royal Beef


Head
Days
USDA
Fat
Rib
Yield
Average
Feed
Net
Location

Count
on
Marbling
Thickness
Eye
Grade
Daily
Conversion
Return



Feed
Score

Area

Gain



2009(spring)(heifers)
11
165
441
0.5
12.2
2.8
3.39
4.92
$39.49
Royal Beef
2010(spring)(heifers)
12
179
429
0.5
12.4
3.1
3.40
5.52
$172.67
Royal Beef
2011(spring)(heifers)
10
173
444
0.6
11.8
3.3
3.43
5.09
$4.25
Fairleigh Feed Yard
2012(spring)(heifers)
12
126
502
0.7
10.7
3.9
3.48
7.22
-$326.59
Gregory Feedlots
2013(winter)(heifers)
14
146
414
0.6
10.6
3.5
2.99
7.01
-$236.54
Gregory Feedlots
2014(winter)(heifers)
12
195
513
0.7
13.3
4.1
3.70
5.07
$458.46
Royal Beef
2015(winter)(heifers)
12
214
462
0.6
12.0
2.8
3.22
4.66
$61.85
Royal Beef
2016(winter)(heifers) 9
185
492
0.7
11.6
3.1
3.41
7.30
$135.18
Royal Beef

While we have very little control over weather, feed costs or fed cattle prices, we can control other variables that effect profit in the feedlot.
Fortunately carcass traits are moderately heritable so we can control feedlot performance through genetics. Here is a graphic analysis of the feedlot
performance for the steers over the last 16 years.
 

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