Raise the ideal dairy steer

Holstein steers are still a significant portion of the finished steer and heifer supply in the U.S. Many cattle feeders are still profitable producing the right kind of Holstein steers.

The ideal Holstein steer has the following characteristics:

  • Weighs 1,400 to 1,550 pounds
  • Has a body condition score of 7 using the beef cattle score system
  • Walks on sound joints and hooves
  • Has a relatively clean hide
  • Is hornless
  • Has a healthy and youthful appearance
  • Muscle score of 2 or 3
  • Yield grade 2.7 to 3.5

Dr. Dan Schaefer and Bill Halfman recently had an article in Hoard’s Dairyman Magazine on how to produce the ideal Holstein steers that packing plants want.  To see the details on producing high quality Holstein steers, download the article here as a pdf file: Raising the ideal dairy steer


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