Winners announced in final Steer-A-Year contest for 2007-08
October 10, 2008
BOZEMAN, MT – Donors from the Montana cities of Joliet, Glasgow, Judith Gap, Geyser, Sheridan and Harlowton won the final contest in the 2007-08 Steer-A-Year program at Montana State University.
Called “Best Carcass,” the final contest is divided into two categories – carcass value per hundredweight and total value per carcass.
Winners in the carcass value per hundredweight category were:
First place – Michael and Travis Standley of Joliet. The carcass value per hundredweight was $162.39.
Second place – A three-way tie among Cody Cornwell of Glasgow, the E.L. Peterson Ranch (Dean and Trudy Peterson) of Judith Gap and the Merrimac Cattle Company (Lennie and Ty McDonald) of Geyser. The carcass value per hundredweight was $153.50 for each of the three steers.
Winners for total value per carcass were:
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First place – E.L. Peterson Ranch of Judith Gap. The steer brought $1,152.80.
Second place – Bradley Livestock (Beau Bradley) of Sheridan. The steer brought $1,152.74.
Third place – Muir Ranch Company (J. Dwain Meyer) of Harlowton. The steer brought $1,151.45.
Twenty-two steers were donated for 2007-08, said Mike Tess, MSU professor in animal and rance sciences. Most of the steers were harvested and processed by Pioneer Meats in Big Timber, and the carcasses were sold to individuals. One steer was processed by students in MSU’s Meats Science course, five were harvested by Stillwater Packing Company in Columbus and two were sold at auction. The carcasses ranged from 600 to 792 pounds.
Steers donated to the Steer-A-Year program qualify for up to three contests throughout the school year: Best Initial Steer, Top Rate of Gain and Best Carcass. The SAY program raises money for student scholarships and activities associated with the MSU College of Agriculture, the MSU Athletic Scholarship Association and the MSU Rodeo Team, Tess said. Most donors give live steers that are fed at the MSU farm and later sold. Other donors sell steers at a livestock auction and donate the money to MSU. Some give cash or gifts of feed grain or forage. The MSU Livestock Judging Team is the primary benefactor of Steer-A-Year donations given to the College of Agriculture.
The MSU Livestock Judging Team uses the steers to practice judging, Tess said. The steers are also used in labs by MSU’s beef management class, range livestock production class and feedlot management class.
For more information, call Tess at (406) 994-7437 or check the Web at http://ag.montana.edu/steerayear/.