Two crossbred steers owned by the same exhibitor finished first and second in the Kansas Junior Livestock Show Beef Carcass Contest. Kelsie Griffith of Norton owned the champion and reserve carcass steers. Carcasses from 58 steers, entered voluntarily by exhibitors, were evaluated for the contest. The top three winners received cash awards.

Griffith ’s champion carcass steer graded low Prime and was a Yield Grade 2.9. Her reserve entry graded high Choice and was a Yield Grade 1.2.

Third place was a Chianina owned by Calvin Dix of Woodston. This steer graded low Prime and was a Yield Grade 2.6. The fourth place carcass steer was a Shorthorn exhibited by Taylor Ochs of Jetmore. Ochs’ steer graded middle Choice and was a Yield Grade 2.5. Rounding out the top five was a steer owned by Kobie Camerlinck of Leonardville. Her steer graded middle Choice and was a Yield Grade 2.3.

The grand and reserve champion steers from the live show both graded high Select and were Yield Grade 2.2s. Taylor Crumbaker of Beloit owned the grand champion live steer, a Charolais. Shilo Schaake from Westmoreland exhibited the reserve grand champion live steer, a crossbred.

Overall, the 58 steers graded 71% Choice or better, 78% were Yield Grade 2 or better and the average carcass weight was 816 lbs. The live price equivalent, including all premiums and discounts, was $90.70 per hundredweight during a week when live cattle traded at $84.50. Nineteen steers qualified for premium branded programs offered by Cargill Meat Solutions in Dodge City, where the cattle were processed.

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