Fort Hays State University's livestock judging team has announced the results of its first-ever Benefit Steer Feeding Challenge.
The competition's 12 head of cattle were entered by Beef Empire Days, Hoxie Feeders, Kevin Huser, J-O Cattle Company, Stampede Feeders, Legend Cattle, Long Farms and Eugene Shapland. Producers paid an entry fee to participate.
The cattle were fed for 172 days at Hays Feeders. At the conclusion of the feeding period, the cattle were marketed on a grid system through U.S. Premium Beef.
The livestock judging team retained a portion of the proceeds to support scholarships and team travel expenses. The rest was paid out on a percentage basis in three categories: average daily gain, carcass value and an overall category, which combines the two categories.
Long Farms of Ulysses had the overall first-place entry. Their steer gained an impressive 3.88 pounds per day and garnered a $140 price per hundred weight on the rail.
Hoxie Feeders of Hoxie had the second overall entry. That steer ranked third in the rate of gain contest, at an average rate of 3.05 pounds per day. The same steer also took third in the carcass value contest at $136.91 per hundred weight.
Hoxie Feeders also had the second place rate of gain steer, at a rate of 3.16 pounds per day.
Beef Empire Days of Garden City entered the top carcass steer in the contest. The steer garnered a $141.93 price per hundred weight, catapulting the steer to the third place overall ranking.
"We plan to make this event a tradition at Fort Hays State University because it's such a great experience for everybody," said Kolby Burch, livestock judging team coach.
"The students benefit educationally by getting involved in processing and scanning the cattle. Cattle producers benefit through detailed carcass information."
For more information about the contest or the team, contact Burch at (785) 628-5880.