Missouri Steer Feedout Results

  • Published: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Mt. Vernon, MO –  The results are in for the 53rd Missouri Steer Feedout.  The 101 head of steers showed a per head loss of $167.54 during the finishing phase.  The steers were fed in southwest Iowa as part of the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity.

In spite of the bottom line’s red ink, there were some positives.  The closeouts did include 4 head that died, an unusual amount of steers treated for eye infections (46 head) and towards the end of the feedout they were eating some expensive feed.  The steers went to Iowa in early June and the last were harvested on February 9.

The top one-third of the steers (34 head) showed a -$0.45 loss.  The low profit one-third (34 head) averaged a loss of $380 per head.  Surprisingly, of the 10 groups of steers some of the standout individuals for performance in the feedout and on the rail came from groups that had death losses and high treatment rates.

The 10-head entry from Ronnie Veith, Purdy showed the least loss at $43.72 per head.  They were sired by Polled Hereford and Angus bulls.  The cows are a variety of crossbreds including Angus, Red Angus, Simmental and Hereford.  The Veith group had an average daily gain of 3.24 pounds with 100% grading low Choice or better.  Their feed conversion was 7.37 lbs., the best of the ten groups.  The top profit steer, a red Angus came from Kunkel Farms, Neosho with a per head net of $85.21.

The daily gain for the 97 head was 3.15 lbs. with 89% grading low Choice or higher.  Two steers did beat 4 lbs. per day.  One was entered from Keuper Farms, LLC, Ionia at 4.20 lbs.  The other fast gainer was from Norman Garton, Nevada on a purebred Angus that gained 4.08 lbs.

One of the most coveted recognitions from each feedout is the top Retail Value Days of Age, RVDOA and Retail Value Days on Feed, RVDOF.   To receive the RVDOA, basically means that calf never had a bad day in his life.  This feedout, an Angus sired-calf walked away with both individual tops for Jason Bean from Sheldon.  As a group he and his pen mates also were tops in that category.  

As you can see the feedout results show this is an educational program that allows participants to see their herd’s strengths and weaknesses.  Cow herd owners need to experience feeding out some of their calves if they expect to figure out what niche-type markets you might wish to participate in.  A profit is not guaranteed but I will guarantee information will help you plan your genetic future.

The next feedout begins on June 1 with an entry deadline of May 10.  Steers must be weaned by mid-April.  You may find details at  https://extension.missouri.edu/counties/lawrence or call your nearest University of Missouri Extnesion field specialist in livestock.


Writer: Eldon Cole

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