It was a case of good news, bad news when Donny Stephens got the closeout sheets from his first experience with retained ownership. Eight years ago, the Marion Junction, Ala., producer and his wife, Pat, sent a load of steers to Decatur County Feedyard, a Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB)-licensed feedlot near Oberlin, Kan.
“They gained great but didn’t grade as well,” Stephens recalls. “We had a lot of Selects and not as many Choice cattle. That headed us in the direction of Angus.”
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