Junior Beef Excellence Program
The Noble Research Institute Junior Beef Excellence Program recognizes the carcass merit of steers exhibited at the junior livestock shows by 4-H and FFA members in 14 south-central Oklahoma counties.
The program is an outgrowth of a long-standing tradition of terminal junior steer shows in Carter County, Oklahoma, dating back to 1968. In 1988, the Noble Research Institute took over sponsorship of the county contest from an informal group called the Carter County Beef Eaters Association. The contest has existed in its current, expanded format since 1996.
After the county junior livestock shows, steers entered in the Junior Beef Excellence Program are delivered to Ardmore and commingled for two days before being transported and harvested. Carcass measurements are collected and ranked by program administrators based on current market value of quality grade and yield grade.
Oklahoma residents of Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Coal, Garvin, Grady, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Pontotoc and Stephens counties are eligible to participate in the program.
The 2020 Junior Beef Excellence Program awards night has been canceled due to COVID-19. Results from the carcass contest will be posted on the website by Friday, May 29. Participants will receive their certificates and checks in the mail. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your patience during this time.