The Calf Value Discovery Program (CVD) allows cow‐calf producers to gain knowledge of the finishing segment of the beef cattle industry and the marketing of fed cattle. Specifically, CVD provides an opportunity for cow‐calf producers to learn how their calves perform in a feedlot and their carcass value when sold in a value‐based marketing system. Each producer taking part in the program could consign 5 or more steers weighing between 500 and 800 pounds to the CVD program. Animals were finished at VanderWal Yards (Bruce, SD) in a calf‐fed program using typical diets and management protocols. Carcass and feedlot performance information from calves were returned to producers for use in making future management decisions to improve profitability.
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