Beginner's question Feeder cattle pricing

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Probably not to silly, but too hard! The 1, 2 and 3 are the estimated yield grades (how much marketable meat is in the carcass) for slaughter cattle. They also apply the same grades to feeders. The feeders yield grade frequently change as they grow. That's why I like to buy 2 and 3 feeders. You not only add weight over the next several months, but the grade may well move up. If you buy 1's there is nowhere to go but down. Buy low, sell high.
 
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Anonymous

> Probably not to silly, but too
> hard! The 1, 2 and 3 are the
> estimated yield grades for
> slaughter cattle. They also apply
> the same grades to feeders. The
> feeders yield grade frequently
> change as they grow. That's why I
> like to buy 2 and 3 feeders. You
> not only add weight over the next
> several months, but the grade may
> well move up. If you buy 1's there
> is nowhere to go but down. Buy
> low, sell high.

Thank you Mike! So that's it. It's amazing that the yield grades can be estimated on a live animal!!! I understand that fat thickness, % kidney, pelvic and heart fat, hot carcass wt., and rib eye size go into that. Amazing that a person can estimate it. Thanks again for the reply.

PT

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