Stocker average daily gain on Tifton 85 increased 25 to 50% compared to Costal bermudagrass. Stocking rates of four 600-lb steers per acre allows for gain of 750-1000 lbs per acre. These gains per animal and per acre offer renewed opportunities for continued ownership or commercial stocker-backgrounding operations. Stocker gains during the summer allow for reduced feedlot residence and associated environmental implications. Tifton 85 with supplementation provides an opportunity to produce heavy-weight cattle for direct harvest and niche beef markets.