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Collins Wins First Place in 2019 Junior Beef Contest

The Junior Beef Excellence Program includes students from 14 south-central Oklahoma counties.

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ARDMORE, Okla. — The Noble Research Institute announced the winners of the 2018-2019 Junior Beef Excellence Program during a special awards program earlier this month at Southern Tech in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Thirty-eight students entered 53 steers in this year’s event. The top 10 entries were awarded a total of $9,650 as part of the annual contest.

Kage Collins entered this year’s champion steer. As the first-place finisher, Collins earned $2,000. The second through 10th place winners are:

  • Second place, Hollee Dennis, $1,500
  • Third place, Maizi Willis, $1,250
  • Fourth Place, Colton Richards, $1,000
  • Fifth Place, Riley Mays, $900
  • Sixth place, Krista Carroll, $800
  • Seventh place, Calob Walker, $700
  • Eighth place, Nick Northcutt, $600
  • Ninth place, Sadie Ellis, $500
  • Tenth place, Kobey Hillis, $400

Besides the carcass contest, students can participate in a voluntary record book and interview program. The junior division is seventh through ninth grade, and the senior division is 10th through 12th grade. Participants in fourth through sixth grade are encouraged to participate but do not compete for prize money.

The junior division winner is:

  • First place, Riley Mays

The senior division winners are:

  • First place, Krista Carroll
  • Second place, Kade McGowen
  • Third place, Paizlee Szenasi

For additional information about next year’s program, visit www.noble.org/education/junior-beef or contact Caitlin Hebbert at 580-224-6523.


Parents and students gathered in the Southern Tech auditorium for the Junior Beef program awards ceremony on earlier this month.Parents and students gathered in the Southern Tech auditorium for the Junior Beef program awards ceremony on earlier this month.

Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Noble’s goal is to achieve land stewardship for improved soil health in grazing animal production with lasting producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.

Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

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