Kansas City, Mo. Sixty-five National Junior Hereford Affiliation (NJHA) customers and their families, together with quite a few business companions attended the inaugural NJHA Fed Steer Shootout Area Working day hosted by HRC Feed Yards in Scott City, Kan., on April 17. The younger cattle feeders who take part in the Fed Steer Shootout plan traveled from 13 states and as far absent as California, West Virginia and Ga to understand about the business and see how their steers entered in this year’s contest are undertaking.
Lee Mayo, typical manager of HRC Feed Yards welcomed the participants to Kansas and cattle feeding nation. Scott County is dwelling to approximately 300,000 head of cattle on feed within 10 miles of the feed yard. NJHA’s associates in education, VitaFerm and Merck Animal Wellness, sponsored the instructional application exactly where attendees listened to from market foremost speakers which include Kevin Very good from Cattle Fax who gave participants an overview of the industry throughout all sectors of the beef manufacturing chain and Dr. Kelly Bruns, Director of the West Central Analysis and Extension Center for the University of Nebraska was on hand to talk about evaluating the cattle in phrases of yield and high-quality grades and what form of steers will be the most financially rewarding. This was adopted by a pick the steer contest in which 6 steers have been evaluated and the results will be determined following the cattle are harvested in close to 30 days.
NJHA member Haley Mouser and her brother Cale travelled from Bemidji, Minn., to acquire component in the industry day. After the area day concluded Haley stated, “It is important to have events like this so younger leaders like myself get hands on encounter at feed yards and to share this awareness with our friends at college and in the long run market agriculture’s mission, which is to feed the world in a healthful, protected, healthful way.”
There are 133 Hereford and Hereford-influenced steers on feed in the 2021 NJHA Fed Steer Shootout. Cattle were being delivered to the garden in December and in the course of the feeding period contestants collect feed yard functionality and carcass information and are presented the opportunity to gain a wide knowledge of the cattle feeding and packing industries through a extensive instructional contest loaded with videos, quizzes, a general performance portfolio and an essay contest.
The Fed Steer Shootout is exposing junior customers to a vital element of the market and setting them up with the tools and know-how to be prosperous when it will come to feeding cattle. Bailey Morrell, NJHA Communications Chairman and participant in the shootout reported, “A good deal of our members see the showring and the barn, but don’t see the end item and the hard do the job that goes into the feeding business, so a little bit of authentic-earth information is what we’ve attempted to provide our juniors inside this plan.”
The Nationwide Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) is one of the most active junior plans in the place with more than 3,800 members. The NJHA’s mission is to make and encourage enthusiasm for the breed whilst providing possibilities as a result of management, education and teamwork. For a lot more info about the NJHA, visit JrHereford.org.
–American Hereford Affiliation