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What will the cost of gain be on a Jersey-Hereford cross yearling? What will the yield and grade be? What will the daily gain be? Will I be able to sell them when they are finished? Any experience and comments will be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Dallas

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> You have asked some questions that probably have too many variables to even give a general answer well. As far as marketing the fats, it depends on a number of factors but primarily on supply and demand. Beef type dairy animals like you describe can usually be marketed fairly easily in a tight supply market with only nominal discounts to the best performers. However, if cattle are plentiful for the expected kill, most packers shy away from these pens or offer ridiculous discounts. In our area this has become an even bigger issue since the ConAgra plant burned down last December. They were our strongest buyer for plainer cattle or dairy types. IBP will kill them but they usually buy this at steep discounts to the market or only make offers in the grid. The biggest problem with the potential for marketing delays on these type of cattle is that when the cattle are finished if you have to hold them over for several weeks to get them sold there cost of gain will increase and after selling them behind the market your margin can disappear quickly. On the positive side, if you can get them marketed in a timely fashion and they have good genetics on the beef side, your profit potential can be very high.

What will the cost of gain be on a
> Jersey-Hereford cross yearling?
> What will the yield and grade be?
> What will the daily gain be? Will
> I be able to sell them when they
> are finished? Any experience and
> comments will be appreciated.
> Thanks in advance. Dallas

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