Placing cattle in feedlots for finishing is a common practice in the United States and 14.5% of the national herd was placed on feed in 2015. The objective of this poster is to document the influence of technology and cattle source on the performance characteristics of fed cattle. Advances in production practices including improved genetics, preconditioning and health treatments have yielded distinct trends that have led to a higher level of beef output. Consumer preferences have also driven feedlot applications and a comprehensive review of the sector will provide a reference for anticipating new directions in the industry. This research is part of my master’s thesis, which examines the value of background information for individual animals in the beef supply chain. Discerning the effects of unique production methods will aid in identifying which factors are the most influential and valuable for production. The objective is to use these results to evaluate the potential value and market for traceable information within the beef industry.