Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation honors Retail Value Steer Challenge winners, scholarship recipients
The annual Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Retail Value Steer Challenge winners and scholarship recipients were honored at a foundation lunch on June 19 during the Nebraska Cattlemen mid-year meeting in Valentine.
The RVSC is the primary fundraiser for Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation with money raised supporting youth and adult educational programs, scholarships, research and infrastructure projects, history preservation and judging teams at colleges in Nebraska.
Three winners of each of the three categories were awarded for their steer’s performance in the 14th annual Retail Value Steer Challenge. First place in the Average Daily Gain category was awarded to Rhea Farms, Arlington, Rhea Cattle, Arlington and Sandy Fussell Livestock, Erin, Tenn.; second went to Pony Express Chevrolet, Lexington; and third place was awarded to Wells Enterprises, Stapleton, and Matt Miles, Brownlee. Rick Sebade, Emerson and Herman Dinklage Inc., Wisner, won the Carcass Value category; Pete McClymont, Lincoln, received second, and Howard Benjamin, Cozad, was third. The overall winners were the Reed Hamilton Ranch, Thedford and UNL Animal Science Faculty, Lincoln, in first place. Second place went to UNL professor Matt Spangler, Lincoln; and third went to Hall and Sons Cattle Co., Thedford.
In addition to the RVSC awards, Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation recognized 26 youth scholarship winners for 2013.
“Thanks to the generosity of donors and the great participation in the Retail Value Steer Challenge, the Foundation awarded $26,000 in scholarships this year,” according to Loretta Hamilton, NC Foundation president.
The NC Foundation would like to recognize the support of Darr Feedlot, Cozad, for yardage and administration to conduct the test and finish the steers that were entered into this year’s challenge. In addition, the Foundation appreciates the following sponsors for their support of the Retail Value Steer Challenge: ADM Alliance Nutrition, Bill’s Volume Sales, Inc., Elanco Animal Health, Gallagher Grace-Mayer Insurance, Zinpro Performance Minerals and Zoetis.
Established in 1968, the NC Foundation mission is to advance the future of Nebraska’s Beef industry by investing in research and education programs. As the NC Foundation grows, expands and moves forward in its mission to raise funds for educational and scientific activities that benefit the state’s beef producers – the board asks you to consider investing in your industry through the Foundation. To donate or for more information concerning the NC Foundation, contact Lee Weide, Nebraska Cattlemen Vice President of Operations at 402-475-2333 or Jana Jensen, NC Foundation Fundraising Coordinator at 308-588-6299.