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how much weight would you expect a 700 lb. steer to gain per day on full feed (corn and a little hay). guess im trying to figure how long im going to have to feed one to finish him out and what it is going to cost.
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Wade it's really going to depend on the steer. If he is green or fleshy at 700 pounds, if he is from good gaining genetics or poor. On average, you should be able to expect around a 3.5 pound a day gain. I'd figure on 150 days to finish, 20-30 to get him started, and 120 to finish.<p>If you buy a small framed british breed, he will finish sooner, usually at a lighter weight, a large framed exotic will take longer and be ready at a higher weight.<p>Don't expect raising your own beef to be way cheaper than buying cuts of meat on special at the supermarket. The real difference is you get the higher quality cuts at the reduced rate. This is especially true if you have to hire the killing and cutting.<p>Use these for figures, 700# steer at 90 cents = $630.00<br>Corn at $2.00 a bushel (feed 20# a day)= 66 cents a day times 150 days = $99.00<br>Hay at $65 a ton (feed 10# a day) = 32.5 cents a day times 150 days = $48.75<p>Based on a 1250 pound kill weight, that's $777.75<br>60% dress = 750 pound carcass<br>75% yield from carcass = 562.5 pounds of steaks, roasts and hamburger.<br>If you've done the killing and cutting, cost is $1.38 a pound.<p>Hire the killing $25<br>Hire the cutting 35 cents a pound times carcass weight of 750 = $262.50<br>This adds 51 cents a pound to the finished cut price, so $1.89 a pound.<p>Some of the figures will vary depending on your area, but use them as a guide. It's hard to buy corn or hay in small quantities for the cheapest price. Killing and cutting will vary by competition and quality of work.<p>Jason Trowbridge<br>Southern Angus Farms<br>Alberta Canada
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