Flint Hills Beef Fest Feedlot and Carcass winners announced
The Flint Hills Beef Fest announced winners of the 2008 Flint Hills Beef Fest Feedlot and Carcass Contests at the Winter Awards Banquet held Feb. 8. For the 2008 contests, there were 58 separate contestants or entities that entered pens of three head of steers or heifers in the summertime grass futurity, with the majority of them carrying on to the feedlot and carcass contests recently concluded.
Eighty-nine heifers were individually weighed and shipped from Royal Beef at Scott City, Kan., Dec. 17, 2008 to National Beef in Dodge City, Kan., where carcass data was collected. Average daily gain in the feedlot for the heifers was 3.83 pounds per day. The average dressing percentage for the pen was 64.3 percent. 67 of the 89 received a USDA Quality grade of Choice, with 2 Prime and 20 Select. Seventy-six of the 89 head were yield grade 3 or higher, with 12 yield grade 4's and one yield grade 5.
On Jan. 7 the process was repeated for the 98 head in the steer contest. Average daily gain on the pen was 3.74 pounds per day, with a dressing percentage of 64.06 percent. There were 56 steers with a quality grade of Choice, with 40 Select. Yield grades were good, with 93 Yield Grade 3 or better and only 5 Yield Grade 4.
The top placings for steers in the feedlot contest and average daily gains were:
1) Spring Creek Ranch--Joe and Debbie Reinert, Cassoday, Kan., 4.77 pounds per day; 2) Darbyshire Farms, LLC--Dennis, Mike and Kevin Darbyshire, Hartford, Kan., 4.43; 3) Anderson Ranch--Matt, Julia and Mark Anderson, Alma, Kan., 4.42; 4) Woodbury Farms--Howard, John and Fred Woodbury, Quenemo, Kan., 4.34; 5) Darby ETC--Emily, Tammy and Connie Darbyshire, 4.26; 6) Leffler Farms--Jackie and Mary Leffler, Americus, Kan., 4.19; and 7) Arndt Farms--Mike and Steven Arndt, Emporia, Kan., 4.18.
The top placings for heifers in the feedlot contest and average daily gains were:
1) Spring Creek Ranch--Joe and Debbie Reinert, Cassoday, Kan., 4.73 pounds per day; 2) Woodbury Farms--Howard, John and Fred Woodbury, Quenemo, Kan., 4.66; 3) Heine Farms--James, Tammy, Brad and Zach Heine, Alma, Kan., 4.36; 4) Woodbury/Lusk Cattle--Howard and John Woodbury and Ann Lusk, Quenemo and Osage City, Kan., 4.35; 5) Fowler Farms--Harry, Joan and Larry Fowler, Emporia, Kan., 4.33; 6) Leffler Farms--Jackie and Mary Leffler, Americus, Kan., 4.20; 7) Linsey Farms--Ronald, R.D. and Landon Linsey, Lebo, Kan., 4.17.
Steer Carcass Contest Winners were: 1) Anderson Ranch--Matt, Julia and Mark Anderson, Alma, Kan.; 2) F&F Feeds--Harry, Joan and Larry Fowler, Emporia, Kan.; 3) Ron and Janet Bathurst, Allen, Kan.; 4) Jim Dause, Richmond, KY; 5) Lee and Marilyn Kidd, Fredonia, Kan.; 6) Rocking Double E--Earl and Evan Porter, Fredonia, Kan.; 7) Hannah Wise and Leigh Ann Swigert, Emporia, Kan.
Winners in the Heifer Carcass Contest were: 1) Lowder and Keith--Jim Lowder, Amarillo, Texas and Brian Keith, Allen, Kan.; 2) Leffler Farms--Jacquelyne and Natalie Leffler, Americus, Kan.; 3) Ernestine Hatch, Americus, Kan.; 4) Kristen Putman, Emporia, Kan.; 5) Lowder and Keith--Jim Lowder, Amarillo, Texas and Brian Keith, Allen, Kan.; 6) A & A Cattle--Jamie Adams, Neosho Rapids, Kan., and Frank and Tim Arndt, Emporia, Kan.; 7) Burton and Potter--Bill Burton and Roger Potter, Emporia, Kan.
Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities of Augusta sponsored a marketing contest in association with the Flint Hills Beef Fest for the second year. The winner of a "Bear Beware" sculpture, representing the Bull and the Bear in the marketplace, for the 2008 Feedlot portion of the contest was Rocking Double E, Earl and Evan Porter of Fredonia, Kan.
The Flint Hills Beef Fest Committee would like to thank all of the cattle owners for their participation in this event, and we look forward to having more entries for the 23rd Annual Flint Hills Beef Fest in 2009. If you would like information on the contests or an entry form, please call the committee at 620-528-3444 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to contact the committee by April 10 to reserve your spot, as entries are taken on a first come, first served basis.