1. Education

Junior Beef

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.

For additional information, contact Caitlin Hebbert, Noble Research Institute livestock consultant and Junior Beef Excellence Program coordinator, at cshebbert@noble.org, or 580-224-6523.

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