Feeder Cattle Frame Scores Do Good Job of Predicting Finishing Weight of CattleTue, 11 Jun 2013 14:52:10 CDT
The USDA's Market News Service reporters routinely assess a frame and quality score to feeder cattle as they move through the marketing chain, as a predictor of the finishing performance and harvest weight of those cattle. A recent study conducted at Kansas State University evaluated the accuracy of that scoring system. Feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt used several years of data from a southwest Iowa cattle futurity program as the foundation of this study.
Looking at the results of this analysis, Reinhardt reports that, overall, USDA feeder cattle evaluators are very adept in their feeder cattle scoring, even though the process itself is subjective.And, it's important to remember that these market reporters are analyzing these cattle at the speed of commerce.
Chris Reinhardt is our guest on today's Beef Buzz as he explains the research and his take on the value of these scores on feeder cattle and calves.
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