MT. VERNON, Mo — Persons interested in learning more about finishing cattle, carcass evaluation and what type of steer is making the most profit today are invited to the Steer Feedout Finale starting at 7 p.m., June 28 at the University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center just west of Mt. Vernon on State Road H.

Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, will give a presentation on the performance of most of the participants’ cattle during the recently completed Steer Feedout.  This presentation will include daily gain in the lot, temperament scores, ending weight, carcass quality and yield grade as well as profitability.  Many of the cattle’s pictures will be a part of the presentation.

Darrell Busby, manager of the southwest Iowa-based, Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity will discuss the goals and accomplishments of the TCSCF efforts over the last 30 years.  Darrell will share ideas on the cattle market and the value of retaining ownership through to slaughter for genetic selection purposes.

The feedout had 189 steers entered last November and included entries from 17 northeast, west central and southwest Missouri herds.  These steers represent several different breeds and body types.

“When the southwest Missouri steers began the program they were evaluated by the Missouri Market News service, an order buyer and extension beef specialist and an audience of 85 cattlemen.  Their November opinions will be compared to the actual performance of the cattle as they concluded the program in April and May,” said Cole.

The program is open to anyone with an interest in the cattle industry. For details, call the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102.


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