Beef Empire Days showcases the best in the business

There are no halters and no matching slides. Just pens of fat cattle straight from the feeder and a judge with an eye for carcass marks on the hoof and rail.

It’s Beef Empire Day in Garden City, Kan., and it’s a unique celebration of the cattle feed industry in the state and throughout the Plains.

live show

Beef Empire Days offers many activities for families, but the one that’s most anticipated among farming viewers is the Merck Animal Health Live Show. Beef farmers from across the region bring in selected heifers and steers they have fed for judging by Shane Bedwell, Live Show Judge and COO and Director of Breed Improvement for the American Hereford Association.

Beef Empire Days Live Show judge Shane Bedwell raises a finger to notify the work crew to sort this steer into the top pen for later judging June 7 in Garden City.

Bedwell sorted 53 head heifers and 99 head steers to select the top 25 in each division.

In the heifer department:

1 day. 470 1,404 pounds fed by Irsik & Doll Feedyard owned by Heritage Cattle

2nd day 613. 1,344 pounds fed from Brookover Feedyard owned by Brookover Land Enterprises

3rd day 471. 1,406 pounds fed by Irsik & Doll Feedyard owned by Russ Smith

4th day 604. 1,354 pounds, fed by HRC, owned by Schurrtop Angus and Charolais

Day 5 622. 1,500 pounds fed by Triangle H owned by STP Cattle

In the ox section:

1st day 593. 536 pounds fed by Lane County Feeders owned by Foote Cattle Co.

2nd day 555. 1,606 pounds, fed by Reeve Cattle Co., owned by Reeve Cattle Co.

3rd day 621. 1,496 pounds fed by HRC, owned by Schurrtop Angus and Charolais;

4th day 552. 1,628 pounds fed by Reeve Cattle Co., owned by Reeve Cattle Co.

5th day 617. 1,522 pounds, fed by HRC, owned by Schurrtop Angus and Charolais

carcass inspection

Once the cattle have been evaluated on the hooves, they are loaded and transported to a processing facility for the Tyson-sponsored Carcass Contest.

This year, Irsik & Doll Feedyard with Heritage Cattle Co. had the trifecta according to the Beef Empire Days (BED) coordinators. Not only did Irsik & Doll have the winning heifer in the Live Show, but the same heifer also became Champion in the Carcass Show. Irsik & Doll also received the award for the heifer division’s highest BED Index, which earned them the Earl C. Brookover Award for their efforts.

In the heifer department:

1st day 470. Fed by Irsik & Doll Feedyard owned by Heritage Cattle

2nd day 588. Fed by Kinsley Feeders owned by Blattner Cattle

3rd day 622. Fed by Triangle H owned by STP Cattle

4th day 576. Fed by Sublette Feedyard owned by Max Barkley

5th day 594. Fed by Sunbelt Feedyard owned by Dale and Carol Voran

Beef Empire Days Live Show judge Shane Bedwell

Beef Empire Days Live Show judge Shane Bedwell talks about what he was looking for in the steers and heifers he judged June 7 in Garden City. Bedwell is COO and Director of Breed Improvement for the American Hereford Association.

In the ox section;

1st day 558. Fed by Beef Belt LLC owned by W6 Cattle

2nd day 578. Fed by Turon Feedyard owned by Kendall Williams

3rd day 653. Fed by Triangle H, owned by Snake Creek Ranch

4th day 620. Fed by HRC, owned by Schurrtop Angus and Charolais

5th day 585. Fed by Kinsley Feeders owned by Kinsley Feeders LLC

cattle work competition

Of course, the livestock feed industry is only as good as the people who work in its feedyards. The annual Beef Empire Days Cattle Working Contest, hosted by Finney County Feedyard, Garden City, rates feedyard crews on their cattle handling skills.

This year’s top 3 winners were:

1. Deseret cattle feeder

2. Finney County Feedyard

3. Centerfire Feeder

scholarship holders

The Beef Empire Days Committee supports area high school students pursuing agricultural majors with scholarships supported by Animal Health International Inc. and Cobalt Cattle. This year’s award winners include: Corbin Clawson, Meade High School; Grace Dillinger, Hugoton High School; Brandon Springston, Garden City High School; Cassidy Paz, Hodgeman County High School and Kansas Connections Academy; Alexa Molina and Alec Walton, Stanton County High School; ally Brennaman, Manhattan Virtual Academy; and wise carter, Ashland High School.

Beef Empire Days contributed to this article.

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