Cattle producers are encouraged to enter their steers in a development program aimed at better preparing their herds for the transition to feedlot. The Missouri Steer Feedout, now entering its fifth decade, has provided guidance to over 300 farms across the state. Daniel Mallory, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist based in Ralls County, explains the benefits of the program.
Mallory says producers will receive regular updates on the condition of their cattle, so they can better prepare their future herds.
The Missouri Steer Feedout is a collaborative program between MU Extension, Iowa State University Extension, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, and the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity. Eligible steers must be born during 2021 and have been weaned for at least 45 days. Mallory adds that steers should weigh at least 500 pounds. Enrolled steers will be collected this November at Paris Veterinary Clinic and the Joplin Regional Stockyards.