NJHA Fed Steer Shootout

The NJHA Fed Steer Shootout is an opportunity for NJHA members to gain invaluable cattle feeding industry education and experience. Participants will have the ability to estimate feed yard performance and carcass merit, then compare the information to actual performance data. They will also have the ability to measure and compare the profitability of their animals during the contest.

2019 Entry Guidelines

  1. Steers only
  2. Pen of 3 or individual steer divisions
  3. Purebred Hereford or Commercial steers
    • Purebred Hereford
      • All steers must be registered or recorded by the American Hereford Association and out of a registered sire and dam.
      • A DNA sample will be taken on all steers, and parent verification will be completed when possible.
    • Commercial
      • Steer(s) must meet Certified Hereford Beef® Live Animal Specifications
      • If steer does not meet phenotypic CHB requirements, verification to a Hereford sire or dam is acceptable
  4. Birth date: 1/1/18 or after
  5. Weight: 500-850# (steers outside of this range can be fed at Gregory Feedlots, but will not be in the contest)
  6. Weaned 45 days or more, prior to delivery
  7. Vaccination Program: 2 rounds (Modified Live Vaccines suggested) *see Pre-Feedlot Recommendations

Contest Guidelines

Pre-Feedlot Recommendations

2019 Contest Information

  1. Steers must be delivered to Gregory Feedlots, Inc. from November 17-25, 2018
    • Alternate delivery points may be available based on participation in your area. Please indicate interest in alternate delivery point on the entry form.
    • Gregory Feedlots, Inc., 1164 305 Ave. Tabor, IA 51653
  2. Steers will be managed at the discretion of the feed yard.
  3. All costs will be financed by the feed yard through the competition, with total expenses deducted from final payment at the conclusion of the contest.
  4. Reports will be sent out and educational events will be held throughout the contest for participants. A final report will also be returned to participants at the conclusion of the contest.

Winners will be announced at the AHA Annual Meeting and Conference Honorees Reception. Awards will be given in both pen of 3 and individual divisions for purebred and commercial categories.


  • Gregory Feedlots, Inc.
  • Allflex USA
  • VitaFerm
  • GeneSeek
  • Zoetis Animal Health
  • UltraInsights Processing Lab Inc.
  • Hereford Research Foundation

Congratulations to the 2017 NJHA Fed Steer Shootout Winners

  • Overall Grand Champion Highest Retail Value Steer: Tava Gustafson – Junction City, KS
  • Champion Pen of 3 Purebred Hereford: MacKenzie Trowbridge – Tabor, IA
  • Reserve Champion Pen of 3 Purebred Hereford: Mallory and Regan Carlson – Murdock, MN
  • Champion Individual Purebred Hereford: Joshua Shaw – Caldwell, ID
  • Reserve Champion Individual Purebred Hereford: Katherine Krauss – Russell, KS
  • Champion Pen of 3 Commercial: Madi Ridder – Marthasville, MO
  • Reserve Champion Pen of 3 Commercial: Ben Ridder – Marthasville, MO
  • Champion Individual Commercial: Hanna Gregory – Houstonia, MO
  • Reserve Champion Individual Commercial: Colton Stiefvater – Salem, SD
  • 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

Enter the Contest

Entries must be received before delivery to Gregory Feedlots.