BOZEMAN – The top five feeder steers in the initial ranking of the 2013-14 Steer-A-Year program at Montana State University came from Deer Lodge, Valier, Melville and Townsend ranches.
The MSU Livestock Judging Team ranked the steers according to their predicted feedlot and carcass performance, said Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Rachel Endecott. The top five steers were donated by:
1. R Bar N Ranch, Deer Lodge
2. Holden Herefords, Valier
3. Rein Anchor Ranch, Melville
4. Perkins Ranch, Deer Lodge
5. Hahn Ranch, Townsend
MSU resumed its Steer-A-Year program this school year after a one-year hiatus. Donated steers are now being housed and fed to finish at the Bozeman Agriculture Research and Teaching Farm west of Bozeman. Performance data (28-day gains and carcass performance) from the steers will be collected throughout the school year, with the top carcass and donor announced in the spring.
Donated steers make a direct impact on students, particularly those participating in the livestock judging program, Endecott said. In addition to the judging team, steers donated to SAY also make important contributions to the educational experiences of dozens of students in MSU’s College of Agriculture. The steers are used in animal science courses during both the fall and spring semesters, including Beef Cattle Management, Livestock Management – Beef Cattle, Meat Science, and Livestock Evaluation.
For more information about the Steer-A-Year program, contact Rachel Endecott at (406) 994-3747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or email@example.com