Kurt is among Challenge winners

Jason Kurt of Cascade was a seventh-place finisher in the ICA's Carcass Challenge Contest. (Photo submitted)

     A Jones, Delaware and Dubuque County Cattlemen steer raised by Jason Kurt of Cascade walked away with the seventh place winnings in the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association sixth annual Carcass Challenge Contest.

     The winners were announced at a June 1 banquet at Iowa State University.

     The Carcass Challenge Contest showcases Iowa’s feeder cattle genetics and feedyard performance; offers a fun, competitive statewide contest to demonstrate Iowa’s beef production opportunities and advantages; and raises non-dues revenue, which the ICA then invests in educational events for all sectors of the beef industry.

     Also at the banquet, Mallorie Wilken, Ph. D. with Elanco Animal Health, spoke about the benefits of using modern technology to advance their cattle’s performance in the feedlot. The keynote speaker of the evening was Bob Fields with Global Protein Solutions, on cattle marketing, domestic and international trade and bringing back full-circle to the end consumer from a retailer’s point of view.

     The winner of the Carcass Challenge Contest was John Wessels with Pine View Angus of Colesburg and Mike Cline with Har-Mar Farms of Elgin. In second place were Rex Hoppes and Mike Henderson with Advanced Beef Genetics of Anita. The third place winner was Brian McCulloh with Woodhill Farms of Viroqua, Wis.

     The deadline for registering a spring 2017 steer for next year’s contest is Oct. 6. Details and entry requirements can be found on the ICA website www.iacattlemen.org under the ICA Programs tab, or call the ICA office at 515-296-2266.




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