Harrington's Sort & Cull
John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Tue Sep 1, 2015 06:18 AM CDT

It may seem counterintuitive given the hot summer sun of late July and early August, but feedlot steers and heifers have been piling on the weight like presidential candidates gobbling fried food at the Iowa State Fair. While economic daily gain is the name of the feeding game, when fed cattle surpass the upper limit of packer tolerance it can spell big trouble and big discounts.

Carcass size over the 4-week period from mid-July to mid-August has ballooned in a way not seen in more than 20 years. Specifically, steers exploded by 16 pounds, the largest surge for the period ...

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