The Sandhills Cattle Association's 2014 Scholarship Application is now available. The Association will award five scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each for the 2014-15 academic year. The Sandhills Cattle Association will also administer the Howard Wright Memorial Scholarship, which is $500. Students who will graduate from high school in the spring of 2014 or who are enrolled in college or vo-tech school and whose parents are members of the Sandhills Cattle Association are eligible to apply. The same application will also be used for both scholarships. The deadline to submit the application is February 1, 2014.
The Sandhills Cattle Association is conducting its annual survey of wages paid to ranch hands in the Sandhills region. Completed wage survey forms will be accepted through the end of December. The information will be compiled, summarized and published in the Sandhills Cattle News. Detailed survey results will be available upon request.
A total of 96 head, 76 steers and 20 heifers, have been entered in the Sandhills Cattle Association's 32nd Annual Educational, Performance and Carcass Contest. The cattle are on feed at Bobcat Feeders of Oconto, Nebraska. On November 20, the cattle were weighed, assigned a value and a docility score. At the conclusion of the contest, the cattle will be ranked on rate of gain, carcass merit and profitability.