Finishing a heifer vs a steer

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Finishing a heifer vs a steer

Post by NonTypicalCPA » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:44 am

I’ve got a heifer that isn’t selling as a breeder that I’m going to feed out and sell as freezer beef. Any difference in feeding her out versus a steer? I might butcher her in December at 18 months so I don’t have to feed her through the winter.



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Re: Finishing a heifer vs a steer

Post by bball » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:52 am

The heifers generally finish faster with a touch more fat in my experience. Dont get quite as big as steer counterparts either. Fine eating either way though.
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Re: Finishing a heifer vs a steer

Post by BC » Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:28 pm

Feed her just like you would a steer.

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Re: Finishing a heifer vs a steer

Post by NonTypicalCPA » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:40 pm

Interesting that heifers would finish faster. I assumed just the opposite due to their smaller size. If that’s the case I won’t think twice about removing her from the herd in December. Thanks!

2.5% of body weight plus hay daily?

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Re: Finishing a heifer vs a steer

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:39 am

Females don't grow as big as males, therefore they put on fat faster. Build up the grain amount to 2.5 to 3% of body weight, yes, plus hay.
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Re: Finishing a heifer vs a steer

Post by Son of Butch » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:34 am

2-4 weeks faster than their brothers, but many in smaller feeding operations might not even notice or realize it.

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