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Cattlemen steer steers right in competition

By Staff | Oct 15, 2020

Each year, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association hosts the Carcass Challenge contest, the only fed beef contest in the state, to help highlight the seedstock, cow/calf, backgrounder and feedyard sectors of Iowa’s beef business. In 2020, 74 steers were donated by 130 different producers, businesses, association and county cattlemen’s groups and fed at Lauritsen Cattle Company in Exira, Iowa.

Challenges in the packing industry made marketing the steers more difficult this spring, but with the help of experienced professionals, the steers were sent to harvest and carcass data collected. Emmet County steers performed well and brought home two awards.

The steer donated by the Emmet County Cattlemen received the Chef’s Choice award. This award is given to the animal with the best combination of ribeye area and quality grade. This steer was bred by Dan Nelsen of Ringsted. He has a ribeye area of 15.67 in. sq. and a quality grade of High Choice.

The steer donated by Riverview Trucking of Armstrong, Iowa received sixth place in the Retail Value per Day on Feed category. This category is determined by a formula including weights, carcass data and days on feed. This steer had a value per day of $6.78 and was also bred by Dan Nelsen of Ringsted.

Sponsors for the contest include Elanco, Producer’s Livestock, Gregory Feedlot, Lauritsen Cattle Company, Isaiah Shnurman/Square B Ranch, the CUP Lab, Thielen Trucking, the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity, AMVC Veterinary Services and Audubon County Cattlemen.

For more information on the ICA Carcass Challenge or to donate a steer, contact Jennifer Carrico at jennifer@iacattlemen.org or visit www.iacattlemen.org.