alot of guys do this to get a better quality meat. caution on the banding when they are that big, you can get infection or tetnus. give them a tetnus prior and after also. i lost two that were not quite that big when banded. the vet said it is riskier the bigger they are banded. odds like 1 out of 100. > WHAT ABOUT BUYING A YOUNG > 1000-1300# BULL AT AUCTION THEN > BANDING HIM, FATTENING HIM AND > SLAUGHTERING HIM? WILL THE MEAT BE > ANY GOOD?
> alot of guys do this to get a > better quality meat. caution on > the banding when they are that > big, you can get infection or > tetnus. give them a tetnus prior > and after also. i lost two that > were not quite that big when > banded. the vet said it is riskier > the bigger they are banded. odds > like 1 out of 100.
I read some research out of Texas Tech University about a study of with feeding different animals. The skinny of it came down to the research saying the last 90 days of feed make the difference. I personally wouldn't cut the bulls. Just feed them a grain ration and eat em. The prices of bulls in central Texas right now that are fat are really good. Don't know about your area.
Here's a link to a study done at Oklahoma State Univ. Some of their cited information found that the carcass quality decreased with late castration. <A HREF="http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/research/2001rr/48/48.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/research/2001rr/48/48.htm</A>
I would not band or castrate a bull that heavy, the meat from a bull eats just as good as meat from a steer. The main reason for banding a young bull is, it makes them easier to handle, they do not focus on mating, and the cattle buyers give a better price for steers when going to feedlots. (A young bull will tear out of a pen to be with a cow in heat).