The 10 Forest steers showed the least loss, $152.64 in spite of only having one steer make the Choice grade. Close behind those steers were entries from Kunkel Farms, Neosho, Shiloh Land and Cattle Co., Mt. Vernon and Garton Angus Ranch, Nevada. Those four herds consistently enter steers in the program. Garton's steers were the only group that achieved the 70 percent Choice - 70 percent Yield Grade 1 & 2 - 0 outs target. His 7 steers were 86-71-0.
Shiloh had the distinction of having the steer with the top Retail Value per Day on Feed as well as the top Retail Value per Day of Age. He was sired by the Angus bull Werner War Party 2417 and out of a SimAngus cow.
Cole says the biggest puzzle was why only 36 percent of the steers graded Choice.
"As a rule, the Missouri fall-borns tend to quality grade lower than their late winter-early spring mates. The last seven fall-born steer groups averaged 52 percent Choice. The heat during the summer of 2012 could have been a factor or going back one year, the heat and feed supply of 2011 could have affected the potential marbling ability of the developing calf before it was born," said Cole.
The latter phenomenon is referred as fetal programing.
"Even though the profit was not here for this feedout, the cow-calf producers who entered learned valuable information on the genetic makeup of their herd. This will help them build a more productive herd in the future," said Cole.
The next Missouri Steer Feedout begins on June 4. Entries are due May 10.
Source: University of Missouri Extension