Higher Feedlot Cost of Gain Could Spawn Feeding More Yearlings

As stocker value of gain increases in tandem with feedlot cost of gain, Derrell Peel, extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University explains there is more incentive for the industry to add more weight to cattle before they enter the feedlot. Consequently, he believes the calf-fed industry of the last 30-40 years may trend back to one where more yearlings are fed and forage is emphasized to a greater degree. Historically, Peel points out stocker value of gain mirrors feedlot cost of gain.

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