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Noble Junior Beef Excellence Program Broadens Reach, Sets Fall Nomination Date for Nov. 3

Posted Oct. 12, 2018

ARDMORE, Okla. — The Noble Research Institute will hold its annual fall steer nomination for the 2018-2019 Junior Beef Excellence Program from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Noble Research Institute Pasture Demonstration Farm, located 5 miles northwest of Ardmore.

The Junior Beef Excellence Program is open to 4-H and FFA steer exhibitors who show their steers and abide by the rules and regulations of their county show in Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Coal, Garvin, Grady, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Pontotoc and Stephens counties in Oklahoma. Steers must be shown at their spring county livestock show to be eligible.

“We’re excited to add Grady and Pontotoc counties to the program this year,” said Caitlin Hebbert, Noble Research Institute livestock consultant and program coordinator. “This program gives steer exhibitors an additional marketing venue for show steers while offering educational opportunities and helpful animal feedback to participants.”

Production records for the record-keeping and interview contest will be kept using the Noble Jr. Beef Journal app that is available for iOS and Android devices as well as desktop computers. All steers will be entered, weighed and permanently identified with an electronic identification (EID) tag at fall nomination. DNA samples will be collected. There is no weight requirement in the fall; however, steers must weigh between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds at the spring delivery in March.

From 2002 to 2018, this program has involved 878 participants and 1,045 steers. This year’s program will award $9,650 in prize money to participants who finish in the top 10 of the carcass contest and $3,000 to participants who finish in the top three of their division in the record-keeping and interview contest.

For more information about program rules and to receive email updates regarding the program, please visit www.noble.org/education/junior-beef or the program’sFacebook group. Contact Caitlin Hebbert at 580-224-6523 or cshebbert@noble.org with any additional questions.

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Junior Beef Participant with CalfThe Noble Research Institute will hold its annual fall steer nomination for the 2018-2019 Junior Beef Excellence Program from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Noble Research Institute Pasture Demonstration Farm.

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, the Noble Research Institute conducts fundamental, translational and applied research; offers no-cost consultation and education to farmers, ranchers and land managers; operates seven research and demonstration farms; and educates students of all ages about science and agriculture. The Noble Research Institute was founded by Lloyd Noble, an Oklahoma oilman and philanthropist, in 1945 as The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to advance agriculture and land stewardship.

For media inquiries concerning the Noble Research Institute, please contact:
J. Adam Calaway, Director of Communications and Public Relations
580-224-6209 | 580-224-6208 fax

Robyn Peterson, Public Relations Coordinator
580-224-6294

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