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Triangle H wins Brookover award at Beef Empire Days


By Stuart Estes

and Dave Bergmeier

The recipient of the Beef Empire Days Earl C. Brookover Memorial Award is building a dynasty.

For the eighth time, Sam Hands accepted the Brookover Memorial Award. Hands, on behalf of Triangle H Grain and Cattle Co., received the top award during the Beef Empire Days banquet on June 8 in the Clarion Inn Ballroom in Garden City, Kan.

“It is an outstanding honor to win,” he said.

To earn the award starts with high-quality genetics from the cow-calf herd, Hands said, and is also the product of staying current on technology and trends and having the right people in place.

For all his success, the Garden City, Kan., man says he accepted the award on behalf of his employees because he says it is a team effort at Triangle H Grain and Cattle Co.

The award indicated Triangle H produced quality cattle for both the live and carcass shows, Hands said.

While the award is one he will gladly accept, Hands said success is defined by the consumer.

The award is presented annually and is named after the late Earl Brookover, a western Kansas pioneer in the commercial cattle feeding industry.

In the live competition, Kinsley Feeder, LLC fed the champion heifer, which was owned by Arndt Farms; the heifer had a live weight of 1,260 pounds, a carcass weight of 798 and was graded select plus. Brookover Ranch Feedyard fed the champion steer in the live show, which was owned by Brookover Land Enterprise; the steer had a live weight of 1,452 pounds, a carcass weight of 874 and was graded choice.

Live show judge Bob Kropp, a professor at Oklahoma State University, congratulated participants for their entries. He prefers lean cattle that weigh between 1,225 pounds to 1,425 pounds. In the classes he looked at, the dress weight ranged from 56 percent to 68 percent. The heifer class was a strong set, he said, but there was more variation in the steer division.

He looked for consistency in animals that followed a grid and formula as defined by organizers of the annual event.

In the carcass competition, Finney County Feedyard, Garden City, Kan., had the grand champion steer, whose owner was Derek Sawyer. The steer was graded prime minus and had a hot carcass weight of 822 pounds. The animal had a ribeye area of 13.9 per square inch and backfat of 0.48 inches. The average weight of all the carcasses was 875 pounds with a ribeye area per square inch of 15.2 inches and backfat of 0.48 inches.

Triangle H had the champion heifer in the carcass show, whose owner was Ken Grecian. The heifer was graded as prime minus that had a carcass weight of 813 pounds. The animal had a ribeye area of 14.1 square inches with backfat of 0.66 inches. The average weight of all the carcasses was 828 pounds with a ribeye area per square inch of 15.1 inches and average backfat 0.55 inches.

Carcass show judge Terry Houser, a professor at Kansas State University, liked the selection of cattle, too.

“The cattle overall were very, very good, there were no ‘dogs’ in the group,” Houser said. “Your champions are exceptional carcasses.”

Evaluating carcasses gives producers the best way to see if they hit their mark as well as measuring profitability, Houser said.

Both judges reiterated that it was important for the contest to reflect what the consumer demands.

The banquet also included other awards and recognition.

The recipient of the Mary M. Hopkins Award for Volunteer Service was presented to Dell Allen, Derby.

Seven students received $500 scholarships. They were: Kathryn Clawson, Tyler LaSalle, Nichole Seibel, Bret Gum, Letticia McKinney, Cooper Clawson and Benjamin Johnsrud. In addition, Beef Empire Days intern Caitlin Matile, a student at Kansas State University, received a $2,000 scholarship.

The awards banquet was presented by Farm Credit of Southwest Kansas and Zoetis. The emcee was Roger Cornish, lead anchor at television station KWCH, Wichita, Kan.

Beef Empire Days Results

May 31 to June 9

Garden City, Kan.

Live Heifers

1. Kinsley Feeders (champion);

2. Lane County Feeders (reserve champion); and

3. Brookover Ranch and Feedyard.

Live Steers

1, Brookover Ranch and Feedyard (champion);

2. Lane County Feeders (reserve champion); and

3, Kinsley Feeders.

Carcass Heifers

1. Triangle H (champion);

2. Bar 77 Feedyards (reserve champion); and

3. Bar 77 Feedyards.

Carcass Steers

1. Finney County Feedyard (champion;

2. Triangle H; and

3. Finney County Feedyard.

Cattle Working Contest

1. Gray County Feedyard (Jim Wilkening, Gabe Blea, Jacey Mahin);

2. Ulysses Feedyard (Roberto Moreno, Christy Jeffery, Maria Moreno); and

3. Fairleigh Feedyard (Joe Rosales, Sergo Becerra, Andrew Rosales).

Ranch Rodeo

1. Kuhn Ranch (Rocky Martin, Koll Graybill, Kassidy Martin, Jesse Hemphill).

Feeder Cattle Challenge

1. Poky Feedyard, $13.546.26;

2. SMJ Ray 2. $5,418.50; and

3. Brookover Feedyards, $4,063.88

People’s Choice

Gain Prize Money Auction

1. Wildcat Club, Steer No. 132. $400;

2. Ray Purdy, Steer No. 41. $350; and

3. Brian Price, Steer No. 113. $100.

Carcass Prize Money Auction

1. Janet Hands, Steer No. 79, $175;

2. Janet Hands, Steer No. 117, $50; and

3. Janet Hands, Steer No. 36, $175.

Auction Winners

1. Ray Purdy, Steer No. 41 (grand champion), $1.030.50; and

2. Janet Hands, Steer No. 36 (reserve grand champion), $350.10.

Team Prize Money Auction

1. Poky Cattle, $585;

2. SMJ Ray 2. $351; and

3. Brookover Feedyards, $234.

Best Performing Steer

(tie) 1, Paul Finch, Brian Bertelson, Ray Purdy, Steer No. 41, $63.33.

Date: 6/24/2013


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