Predictability of steer performance in the feedlot (Short communication)

Author: H.H. Meissner, P.S. du Plessis & J.T. Strydom
Year: 1986
Issue: 4
Volume: 16
Page: 222 - 223

It will be to the benefit of the feedlot industry if poor performing feeder cattle can be identified at an early stage during fattening and eliminated. This would require a close relationship between early performance and overall performance in the feedlot. The data of 280 steers in three experiments involving 19 treatments were used in analysis. Less than 40% of overall live mass gain was explained by the variation in the live mass gain in the first 5 weeks, whilst no consistent pattern in feed intake and feed conversion emerged which could be used in prediction.






Keywords: Feedlot, performance prediction
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