Selling yearlings off grass

Well our yearlings have been out in the pasture eating grass for 2.5 months.

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They have been gaining weight. Now some of them are heavy enough to sell.  Two weeks ago, we brought them into the corral to sort off the heavier ones.

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This is done by a visual assessment. Our goal is for each animal to have reached 950 pounds.

059A6225-webThese heavy yearlings are being sold to a finishing feedlot where they will be put on a ration with grain to build up the marbling (fat) in the meat. This intramuscular fat (within the muscle) adds tenderness and flavour to the beef.

The short video below shows a brief look at the sorting process. It becomes rather monotonous after a few hours.

The yearlings are off, riding in a livestock trailer. All-aboard!

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