The Sandhills Cattle Association's 32nd Annual Educational, Performance and Carcass Contest winners have been named. Awards were presented in the categories of Gain, Carcass, Profitability and Overall in each of three divisions. The were divisions for: Steers, Heifers and Best 3 Head. A total of 75 steers and 20 heifers entered by 26 contestants completed the contest. There were 19 groups eligible for the Best 3 Head division.
Gary Swanson of Valentine entered the grand champion steer, the reserve champion steer and the best 3 head overall. The grand champion steer was an Angus born in March. His starting weight was 586 lbs., and his ending weight was 1340. He had a carcass weight of 820 lbs., a 14.35 inch rib eye, .45 inches of fat, 1.75% KPH and a quality grade of average Choice. He had a final adjusted yield grade of 1.1, an average daily carcass gain of 2.8430 lbs., per day and a profit of $410.45. The reserve champion was an Angus x Hereford that was born in April. He started the contest at 650 lbs., and finished at 1438 lbs. His carcass weight was 865 lbs., and he had a rib eye of 15.25 square inches, .56 inches of fat, 1.76% KPH, with a quality grade of low Choice. His final adjusted yield grade was 2.1. He had an average daily carcass gain of 2.8960 lbs., per day and a profit of $370.52.
The grand champion heifer honors went to an entry from Valentine Livestock Auction. This crossbred heifer had a beginning weight of 804 lbs., and an ending weight of 1478 lbs. Her carcass weight was 906 lbs., and she had a 15.53 square inch rib eye, .39 inches of fat, 1.7% KPH and a quality grade of low Choice. Her final adjusted yield grade was 2.2. Her average daily carcass gain was 2.9984 lbs., per day and her profit was $430.73. The Albert Ranch, Terri Albert and Family, of Cody, Ne., entered the reserve grand champion heifer. She was a March Angus x Simmental heifer. Her starting weight was 704 lbs., and she finished weighing 1468 lbs. Her carcass weight was 905 lbs. She had a 12.7 inch rib eye, .32 inches of fat, 1.4% KPH and graded average Choice. Her final adjusted yield grade was 2.9. Her average daily carcass gain was 2.9524 lbs., per day and she had a profit of $600.81.
We want to say a big thank you to the contestants who entered cattle in the contest. In addition to providing an opportunity to gather performance and carcass data, the contest is also a fundraiser for the Association. We appreciated the opportunity to work with Dan Feldman and the crew at Bobcat Feeders of Oconto, Ne. They did an excellent job of caring for and feeding the cattle. We also want to thank the contest committee members for their time and efforts throughout the contest: Neil Jorgenson, Callaway; Craig O’Kief, Wood Lake; Ken Colburn, Valentine; Rob Brawner, Wood Lake; Linda Smedra, Miller; John Wheeler, Wood Lake; and Duane Sedlacek, Johnstown. A special thanks also goes to Y-Tex, Lancaster Livestock Supply of Cody, Ne., their contributions to the 2014 contest.
Contact the Sandhills Cattle Association for this year's data or for information about the 2015 contest.
The Sandhills Cattle Association is now accepting applications for the position of Secretary/Manager. The Association’s Secretary/Manager works with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to achieve the objectives of the Sandhills Cattle Association to promote the cattle and resources of the Sandhills through education, marketing, communications and unique member services and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Association.
Those interested in applying can view the complete job description at www.sandhillscattle.com. Applicants should submit their resume and three work-related references before September 30, 2014. Resume and references can be emailed to: with Attn: Secretary/Manager in the subject line or they can be sent to:
Sandhills Cattle Association
PO Box 786
Valentine, NE 69201-0786
Ronna Morse, who has served as the Secretary/Manager of the Sandhills Cattle Association for the past 29 years, recently announced she will be stepping down from that position in December.
The Sandhills Cattle Association is an organization of ranchers in the Nebraska Sandhills region. The Association’s headquarters are located in Valentine, Ne.