Value of Gain Made Simple

Value of Gain Made Simple

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

It is simple to figure out the economics of preconditioning, right? If a 400-pound steer brings $2.91 per pound, but a 450-pound steer sells for $2.81 per pound, all you have to do is multiply that extra 50 pounds times $2.81 for $140.50, right? Wrong. Clemson Extension area livestock specialist Brian Beer says every pound of gain is not worth $2.81.

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