AMES - Andy Smith, of Saint Anthony, raised the calf that became the top steer in the Iowa Cattlemen's Association Carcass Challenge contest.
His steer was sponsored by Accu-Steel Inc., and he congratulates Accu-Steel President Jason Owen, of Templeton, for the top award. Besides bragging rights, the award carried a $2,000 cash prize.
The Iowa Cattlemen's Association Carcass Challenge is a statewide carcass contest for cattle producers in Iowa. It was organized by ICA's Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program, which Smith was a part of in 2012.
Andy Smith’s, left, calf was named the top steer in the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Carcass Challenge contest. Smith is pictured with Jason Owen, Accu-Steel. Smith’s steer was sponsored by Accu-Steel Inc.
The program helps YCLP members learn "each step in the value-chain affects the end product," said Kellie Carolan, ICA's seed stock manager.
The steer, sponsored by Accu-Steel, was graded Choice and had a ribeye area of more than 15.5 square inches. Winners were determined by the Retail Value per Days on Feed (RVDoF) calculation, which evaluates carcass desirability and trait value as well as growth rate per day on feed. The winning steer's RVDoF was $7.08 compared to the group's average of $5.54.
Plans are underway for ICA's next Carcass Challenge contest. There are some new awards categories and processes being added to the event by the 2013 YCLP class. The deadline for registering a spring 2013 steer for the contest is Oct. 1. Once that review is complete, details and entry requirements will be found on the ICA website www.IAcattlemen.org under the ICA Programs tab.