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Educational, Performance & Carcass Contest



Pickup will still be available on December 6TH at Valentine Livestock Auction.

This year, FELLER & CO of Wisner, Nebraska, will again be hosting all cattle in the contest. Calves will be delivered to the feedyard on DECEMBER 6, 2023. Those planning to transport their own calves, please plan to have them at the feedyard around this time.

Below, those participating can find the official contest rules, some frequently asked questions, a draft itinerary of pickup times and locations, as well as a registration form. Please fill out the registration form and return it to the office by November 1st. This will help our office make final transportation plans and ensure proper entry of all calves into our database.

The rules remain much the same as in years past for most of the contest. Contestants retain ownership of the calves; expenses are deducted at the end of the competition, and the Association will keep a small percentage of the gross payment. Along with the financial details, a full contest summary will be provided to all contestants.

We will send out official ear tags as soon as we receive the registration form. Calves must be tagged with the official tag in BOTH ears before loading on the truck or entering the feedyard. The calves MUST also be brand inspected, and this paperwork must accompany them to the feedyard. No calf will load on the truck or unload at the feedyard without an official SCA ear tag AND proper brand inspection paperwork. A brand inspector will be available at the Valentine pickup location at 10 a.m. central time on December 6TH.


You may enter online below or request a physical copy. Thank you!

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Entry Form

Fill out this entry form to enter your calves in the contest. 


Frequently Asked Questions about the contest.

Bring your spring-born calves from
500 - 800 pounds!
Learn about your operation's ADG, Carcass, Data, and Profitability!

Enter today! 

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New Program:
Steers for Students

The 'Steers for Students' program is a new educational piece geared for the youth of the Sandhills. This program will run hand-in-hand with the Educational, Performance & Carcass Contest. Calves will be donated by local producers. They will be housed with the other EP&C calves up to their final shipping date. The 'Steers for Students' program calves will be sent to Husker Meats LLC of Ainsworth, Nebraska instead of being shipped to the larger plants like the retained ownership calves. Jim Pinney of Husker Meats and a group of industry professionals will offer local FFA students and producers a chance to learn about carcass evaluation while experiencing how a packing plant operates. Schools that send the students will be provided the opportunity to receive the donated beef for their school lunch programs at little to no cost. 


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