Tips needed to "finish" steer

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by BJ, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. BJ

    BJ Well-Known Member

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    We have raised a angus/limo steer. He is about 1 yr old..not sure of his weight..but pretty good size. He has been grass fed with occasional sweet graining.

    When and how do we prepare him for butcher. What should he be fed for the best flavor and appropriate marbeling? Should he be a particular weight before we start this process?
     
  2. Razorback21

    Razorback21 Well-Known Member

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    BJ,
    If he is about a year old, assuming he is a normal growth pattern, you are probably still a little bit off from butchering. We run our cattle 14-18 months before sending them to the butcher. Everyone will have there own opinions on this, but we strive for 1000-1300 pounds at butchering. Your marbling, especially your inter-muscling marbling will come from graining your steer and you are right, corn is what most folks use. For best results, we confine ours to a small feedlot area in the last 90 days. Don't want him to run off everything you are trying to put on. Again, everyone has their own opinions on this, but this is how we do ours. Good luck and Have fun with it!

    Razorback21
     

  3. lilsassafrass

    lilsassafrass Well-Known Member

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    If your grass is still good , I would leave him one pasture till teh end of summer , or your grass gives out eating and growing with out cost to you.. then put him in the lot , and finish him on a grain around 14 -16 % ( your local mill will help you ) for 60 to 90 days .. depending on you own skedule
    then send him to the processor .. that way he is in your freezer before winter sets in and you dont have to feed him during the winter ...
    others would do it different I am sure

    Paula
    Hyde Park Farm
     
  4. unioncreek

    unioncreek Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We usually run them on pasture until they are a year old then start graining them and continue on pasture with grain. We feed grain a minimum of 120 day to get marbling. The last month we full feed all the grain(barley) they will eat. We just butchered a longhorn/hereford cross steer that graded high choice/low prime.

    Bobg