The 2009 Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) Annual Fed Beef Challenge brought 150 cattle feeders from Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico to Amarillo for the opportunity to show off their best cattle and try to win prizes. A total of 117 finished steers and heifers were shown.
Fed Beef Challenge is open to all TCFA member feedyards. Each competing feedyard is allowed to enter two pens of cattle, with three steers or three heifers to a pen. Animals entered in the contest are scored on an index using a base of 100 points that is adjusted for industry markers such as ribeye area, fat thickness, quality grade and yield grade.
Here are the results from this year’s competition:
First place pen of steers went to Cactus Feedyard at Cactus, Texas with a total score of 304.04. Heritage Feeders at Happy, Texas took second place with a pen of steers totaling 301.89. Third place went to Hansford County Feeders at Spearman, Texas with a total score of 297.49.
In the heifer division, Hansford County Feeders claimed first place with a pen total of 304. Second place honors went to Tri-State Feeders, Inc. at Turpin, Okla. with a total score of 301.47. Kirkland Feedyard at Vega, Texas rounded out the heifer division in third with a total score of 295.02.
Grand Champion Carcass belonged to Hartley Feeders at Hartley, Texas with a heifer that scored a contest high of 116.4 points on the index.
Live evaluation contests: In the Managers Judge Your Own contest, Robby Kirkland of Kirkland Feedyard took top honors, winning Kenneth Wyatt artwork for his efforts. Leo Vermedahl of Carrizo Feeders at Texline, Texas came out on top of the Feedyard Personnel Evaluation Contest to earn a custom-made trophy saddle.
In the Collegiate Evaluation Contest, more than 65 college students competed for scholarships. Corey Smith of Clarendon College claimed first place, followed by classmate Darren Koller in second. Lance Waugh of Oklahoma Panhandle State University at Goodwell rounded out the contest in third.
In the Public Evaluation Contest, Laban Tubbs of Clarendon, Texas made his mark by placing first. Ty Lawrence of Canyon, Texas earned second place and Daren Stephens of Goodwell, Okla. took third.