Beef Quality Corner -- Beef Quality Challenge Contest
Livestock Update, July 1998
Bill R. McKinnon, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech
The first "Beef Quality Challenge Contest" is underway and offers an excellent learning opportunity for all involved in the beef industry. A Beef Quality Challenge Contest insert was included in the June issue of BEEF magazine. The contest consists of evaluating several photos of four pens of fed steers. The average weight and days on feed for each pen is provided. Participants then estimate:
The contest is being conducted by Texas A&M University in cooperation with BEEF magazine, the Texas Beef Council, and Merial. Additional photos and video clips are available on the internet at the following sites:
Entries in the contest are due by July 15, 1998.
Participation in the Beef Quality Challenge by local cattle producer groups could be an excellent educational activity. Initially, educational programs could be conducted to help participants understand the factors impacting feedlot and carcass performance. After the contest results are announced, there would an opportunity to review the data on each pen of cattle.
Additional copies of the contest information and photographs are available by calling (512) 335-2333 while supplies last. A limited number of copies are also available in the Animal and Poultry Sciences Department at (540) 231-5253.