Implant Strategies for Calf-Fed Steers: Is Bigger Always Better?

Implant Strategies for Calf-Fed Steers: Is Bigger Always Better?

Erin Laborie

University of Nebraska

Re-implanting strategies are an important management tool for improving efficiency of cattle fed up to 200 days. It has been well documented that implants can improve growth rate up to 20% and feed efficiency 10-15% in finishing cattle. To maximize the benefit of this technology, it seems the industry has adopted the use of more aggressive implant strategies.

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