Powered by BioZyme Inc.’s Feed the Future program, the NJHA Fed Steer Shootout is an industry-leading opportunity for NJHA members to gain invaluable industry education and experience. Contestants will collect feed yard performance and carcass data during the contest and are given the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge of the cattle feeding and packing industries through a comprehensive educational contest.
Throughout the contest, participants will receive ultrasound, performance, carcass merit and health data collected at the feedlot for their steers. The Performance Portfolio will serve as a means for contest participants to organize the data received and highlight the educational activities held throughout the contest. Participants that complete and submit a Performance Portfolio, according to the contest guidelines, will be eligible to compete for the NJHA Fed Steer Shootout Junior of the Year award, which is separate from the awards based on steer performance.
Completed Performance Portfolios must be submitted to the American Hereford Association by September 15, 2021. Email completed Performance Portfolios to Trey Befort at email@example.com Once Performance Portfolios are received, they will be judged based upon the criteria listed below.
Participating contestants will be divided in 2 age divisions (13 and under as of January 1st of the current year & 14-21 as of January 1st of the current year.) Contestants who submit the top 3 Performance Portfolios selected (in each age division) will be given the opportunity to travel to the 2021 AHA Annual Membership Meeting and Conference to compete for the NJHA Fed Steer Shootout Junior of the Year awards. The top 3 selected in each age category will be awarded a $500 travel scholarship from the Hereford Youth Foundation of America.
Selected finalists will be required to present a 3-5-minute speech outlining what they have learned throughout the contest and how it relates to the industry. The speech will be followed by an interview with a panel of judges regarding the contents of the participant’s Performance Portfolio and speech. The NJHA Fed Steer Shootout Junior of the Year will then be selected from the finalists in each age category based on the Performance Portfolio, speech and interview scoring, as well as educational quiz completion and scoring. This winner will be recognized during the American Hereford Association Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon on Friday October 22, 2021.
Highest Average Daily Gain: Mallory and Regan Carlson – Murdock, MN
Largest Ribeye: Lauren McMillan – Tiskilwa, IL
Highest Marbling Score : Trevor and Tate Johnson – Centerville, SD
2017 Fed Steer Shootout Junior of the Year: Molly Biggs – Dixon, IL
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