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#3655346 - 01/08/10 06:42 AM Steer vs Heifer for beef
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Is there any advantage to one or the other as far as feeders go. I have only ever had Steers and can buy some Black Baldy Heifers at a good price. Just wondering if they put on weight as fast etc? I'm thinking that it probably doesn't matter? Thanks, Ken
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#3655393 - 01/08/10 06:59 AM Re: Steer vs Heifer for beef [Re: kend]
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Once in the freezer,taste is the same. Steers might finish off a lttle faster and heavier, but I doubt if you put two together and feed the same,you will not see much differnce.

Not all beef that gets slaughtered are steers.
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#3655411 - 01/08/10 07:05 AM Re: Steer vs Heifer for beef [Re: saddlesore]
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#3655419 - 01/08/10 07:07 AM Re: Steer vs Heifer for beef [Re: kend]
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Steers tend to marble the fat all through the meat where the heifers will put more on the outside. miles
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#3655441 - 01/08/10 07:13 AM Re: Steer vs Heifer for beef [Re: milespatton]
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Miles got it right. I have fed out both. Same breed put side by side and given the same ration a steer will always finish faster, dress better and grade a tad higher than a heifer as a general rule. That is why the feeder boys will always give more money for steers.

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#3655447 - 01/08/10 07:15 AM Re: Steer vs Heifer for beef [Re: Boggy Creek Ranger]
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What he said-but a fat heifer is still good eats. miles
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#3657870 - 01/08/10 06:59 PM Re: Steer vs Heifer for beef [Re: milespatton]
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Boggy's got it right. Also, if you have more than one heifer, they'll ride each other when in heat. That affects performance some. You can get a feed additive (MGA?) that is supposed to keep them from cycling.

I don't know how the auction mixed them up but I got one heifer in a possumbelly full of steers. That poor girl stood with her ass in the corner until I could get rid of her.

Once in the freezer, good eats,just like miles said.

Dale
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#3657986 - 01/08/10 07:30 PM Re: Steer vs Heifer for beef [Re: Dale K]
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I'll skip the feed additive, thank you. We get enough crap in our food as it is without doing it at home, too.

We've raised plenty of steers,bulls and heifers. Once they're in the freezer, they all taste the same...assuming you kill the bulls before they get much over 18 mo.

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#3657996 - 01/08/10 07:32 PM Re: Steer vs Heifer for beef [Re: kend]
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Steers just chunk up a bit quicker and have slightly better flavor. A few years ago there was a push to conduct oophorectomies (ovary removal on heifers with a goal of stimulating growth. Didn't seem to catch on much.
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#3658847 - 01/09/10 06:04 AM Re: Steer vs Heifer for beef [Re: Rock Chuck]
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Registered: 02/27/01
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maybe a grain fed bull would be OK , but we put a long yearling bull in our freezer once....he'd only been out on grass 10 days and he broke his leg .

He was in prime condition , weighed about 1500......the flavor was alright , but you would bend a fork before you could stab one of his steaks....that meat was tougher 'n nails....

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