The 2019 Flint Hills Beef Fest grass contest has finished. Entries were limited to 37 Pens Steers, 34 Pens Heifers and the results of the grass futurity contest were announced at the annual Summer Awards Banquet. The results of the feedlot contest were announced at the annual Winter Awards Banquet. The overall results and this years top prize winners for the feedlot contest were,
The heifers and steers were fed at Finney County Feedyard in Garden City, Kansas, were the average daily gain for the Steers and Heifers were 4.782 and 4.063 pounds per day respectively. The winners for the rate of gain and carcass merit competitions are,
- Feedlot Gain (Steers): B & L Cattle of Madison with a contest gain of 6.212 pounds per day
- Feedlot Gain (Heifers): Lee and Marilyn Kidd with a contest gain of 4.731 pounds per day.
- Carcass (Steers): Swift Farms of Matfield Green
- Carcass (Heifers): Swift Farms of Matfield Green
The overall gain includes gains made from the initial weigh in April while on grass and at the feedlot until harvested. Winners of the overall gain are,
- Overall Gain (Steers): G & J Meats Farm and Ranch of Leroy
- Overall Gain (Heifers): Arndt Farms of Emporia
Pres White and Olma Peak Awards
In 2014, a division was added for the best combination of placings through
all 4 of the contests (Grass Futurity, Live Show, Feedlot Gain, and Carcass Merit). The awards are named in recognition of individuals who have especially influenced the local cattle industry and Beef Fest. The winners of the Pres White and Olma Peak Awards are,
- Olma Peak Award (Steers): G & J Meats Farm and Ranch of Leroy
- Pres White Award (Heifers): Arndt Farms of Emporia
Complete Results for both the steer and heifer divisions for grass futurity and the feedlot events in 2019 are available at the following links:
2019 Feedlot Awards
If you would like to ensure your pen is part of next years contest, please complete the entry form and send to the address on the form to reserve your spot for next year. Or, you can stop by and enter in person at Frontier Farm Credit or the Lyon County Extension Office.
2019 Grass Futurity Awards
The Grass Futurity is a weight gain contest for stocker cattle that runs from approximately April 30, 2020 through August 16, 2020. The pen of 3 cattle in each division, steer and heifer, with the greatest adjusted gain on grass is the winner. Cattle will also be judged for show performance and a grand winner awarded based on the performance in both the show and futurity divisions.