2020 AJSA Steer
The AJSA Steer Profitability Competition (SPC) is designed to
provide junior members meaningful exposure to the opportunities
and challenges associated with cattle feeding.The SPC will not
only allow participants to measure and compare the profitability
of their own animal(s), but of greater importance, it will introduce
young beef enthusiasts to peers, mentors, industry advocates, and
experiences that are exceedingly difficult to acquire for any beef
producer. Participants in the SPC program will be powerful voices
as they transition from junior membership to adult participation
within the beef industry.
1. Steers only
2. Entrant must by an AJSA member
3. Animals must be entered in the
4. One parent on file in the ASA database
5. DNA sample required with entry form
6. Birth date range: 1/15/19 to 4/15/19
7. Weaning date range: 8/15/19 to
8. Castration must occur prior
9. Steers must weigh 500 - 750 lbs
10. Steers must be polled or dehorned
11. Any breed composition welcome
provided they meet rules 1-9
1. Entry fee of $50/ head
2. Feedlot placement approximately
3. All decisions at the discretion of
4. Harvest will occur approximately
5. Participation in monthly e-meetings
6. Entrant will receive reports on:
a. Monthly feed and health bill
b. Final feedyard data
c. Final carcass performance data
Winners will be announced at the 2020 National Classic Awards Banquet
in Grand Island, NE. Awards will be granted for the top three animals
overall, top three pen of 3 overall, and top monthly write-up participant.
1) All steers on GrowSafe feed intake
system throughout the entire project.
2) Individual intake and gain
information on all steers.
3) Monthly weights on all steers.
4) Steers will be fed at University of
Missouri Beef Research & Teaching
Farm in Columbia, MO.
5) A monthly newsletter highlighting
SPC details, industry news and
6) Monthly bill detailing specific
expenses on each steer.
Different feedback formats
Short essay questions
Infographic or social media post
1/2 to 1 page summary
Short online quiz tailored to
Animals must be entered by 9/27/2019.
Go to: juniorsimmental.org to register or find more information.
When I get older, I want to be a
horse trainer too, just like them.
I love all animals, but horses are
my favorite. I like learning how to
work with them because it’s exciting
once you get to ride them. They
are like my friends, and I get to go
on adventures around the ranch
with them gathering cattle. Horses
can be frustrating sometimes, but if
I stay calm and quiet, we both get
along just fi ne.
We raise our own horses on the
ranch. My dad and grandpa like to
let the mares have their foals out
in the pasture, to keep it as natural
as possible. When we see that a
baby horse has been born, we get
to bring it in to the barn and check
on it to make sure it’s healthy and
getting fed enough milk from its
mother. As the colts grow up, we
get them used to being brushed
and touched. This helps them gain
our trust. We also get them used to
wearing a halter and loading into a
trailer so we can take them places.
When the colts are about two
or three years old, my dad will
start training them to be ridden.
The fi rst thing my dad likes to
do with a new colt is to get them
used to unfamiliar noises so they
don’t spook at things while we’re
riding them. We call this “sacking
out a horse”. Once they are sacked
out real good, he likes to teach
them how to drive, using the bit
in their mouth and the reins on
their neck, walking behind them.
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