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I have one that has not been cut yet and he is about 11 months old. I am planning on having him processed in about 5 months. At this stage, is it worth cutting him or should I just let him be to maximize his gains? If he is processed say at 16 months, what effect will that have on the meat, good or bad if he is left intact? He will be finished on corn along with a steer for the last 90-120 days.
 

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How big is he? He won't marble as well with his testicles attached. If you want to leave him intact, I'd start the corn sooner rather than later to offset it.
 
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How big is he? He won't marble as well with his testicles attached. If you want to leave him intact, I'd start the corn sooner rather than later to offset it.
He is about 650-700lb right now. I guess I will just cut him. He won't be optimal weight for processing, but I have to work with what I have, I have had the appointments since last December.
 

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We have had a couple young bulls processed at 17,18 months old. We thought they they turned out fine, but did have them on heavy feed for around four months. Both yielded over 800lbs hanging weight.
 

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Interesting topic as I have a bull around 800 lbs. his mama crippled him when he was born protecting from buzzards. He walks sideways as his foot was crushed and probably his back broken the way it is swayed.
 
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Interesting topic as I have a bull around 800 lbs. his mama crippled him when he was born protecting from buzzards. He walks sideways as his foot was crushed and probably his back broken the way it is swayed.
Makes perfect sense with a cripple.
But if I had a 800 uncut bull calf and needed something to slaughter I'd take it to the sale and swap it for a 700 hiefer and finish it right.
 

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Makes perfect sense with a cripple.
But if I had a 800 uncut bull calf and needed something to slaughter I'd take it to the sale and swap it for a 700 hiefer and finish it right.
I am thinking maybe 10 cents a pound at the sale barn or 20 cents, who knows. I have a slaughter house about an hour drive away they will pay me dressed weight and take the cripple out of the equation. If getting one processed was not such a wait I would try him. He has been getting about a gallon or more of 16% 3 way feed a day for maybe 3 months.
 

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