> I don't know about average daily
> gain, but what is the cost of an
> implant? We don't use implants....
> sort of consider them to be like
> steroids, or something... if the
> animals won't grow on what you
> have, then they are starting to
> cost you too much money. The fewer
> hormones and antibiotics you can
> use getting your beef, the better
> your beef will be.
I have to disagree strongly with virtually everything in this message. For every dollar invested in implants, you will get a 15-17 dollar return. Implants are inexpensive. There has been some very good research that shows that the only time that implants have a negative impact on beef palatibility is when a very aggressive implant strategy is used (repeated use of implants, use of TBA implants, etc.) The level of hormone added to beef by using implants is an increase of .003% - that's right- three one thousandths of one percent. Humans have thousands of times higher levels than this coursing through their veins at all times. We get thousands of times more estrogen from eating sweet peas than we do eating implanted beef. In my opinion, you are foolish to not take advantage of the benefits of implants.