Nebraska Cattlemen honors scholarship, challenge winners |

Nebraska Cattlemen honors scholarship, challenge winners

The annual Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Retail Value Steer Challenge (RVSC) winners and Scholarship recipients and were honored at the NC Foundation lunch on June 9 during the Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) Midyear Meeting in Broken Bow.

The RVSC is the primary fundraiser for NC Foundation with money raised supporting youth & adult educational programs, scholarships, research & 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 17th annual Retail Value Steer Challenge. First place in the Average Daily Gain category was awarded to the steer owned by Nebraska Corn Board of Lincoln. Second place went to Dinklage Feed Yard, Inc. of Sidney and third place was awarded to South Central Cattlemen. Flying H Genetics of Arapahoe owned the steer that won the Carcass Value category with Ostrand Angus of Mason City receiving second with their steer. A steer owned by Ray Bennett of Cedar Rapids, John Kennedy of Primrose and Kurt Kruse of Albion received the third place honors. First place in the Total Value Category was a steer owned by Beshaler Ag Inc. of Arnold and Blowers Farms-Dyna Gro Seeds of Gothenburg. Second place went to the steer owned by Saunders County Cattlemen and third place went to Lloyd Waller Feedlot, Inc. of Holdrege.

The NC Foundation would like to recognize the support of Darr Feedlot, Cozad, for administration and feeding of 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:Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Bill’s Volume Sales, Inc., Elanco Animal Health and Zinpro Performance Minerals.

In addition to the RVSC awards, NC Foundation also recognized 34 youth scholarship winners for 2015. “Thanks to the generosity of donors and the great participation in the Retail Value Steer Challenge, the Foundation awarded $42,500 in scholarships this year.” said Jeff Heldt, NC Foundation President.

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.

–Nebraska Cattlemen