The AJSA Steer Profitability Competition (SPC) is designed to provide junior members meaningful exposure to the opportunities and challenges associated with cattle feeding. The SPC will not only allow participants to measure and compare the profitability of their own animal(s), but of greater importance, it will introduce young beef enthusiasts to peers, mentors, industry advocates, and experiences that are exceedingly difficult to acquire for any beef producer. Participants in the SPC program will be powerful voices as they transition from junior membership to adult participation within the beef industry.
Winners will be announced at the 2018 National Classic Awards Banquet in St. Paul, MN. Awards will be granted for the top three animals overall, top three pen of 3 overall, and top monthly write-up participant.
New This Year
- All steers on GrowSafe feed intake system throughout the entire project.
- Individual intake and gain information on all steers.
- Monthly weights on all steers.
- Steers will be fed at University of Missouri Beef Research & Teaching Farm in Columbia, MO.
- Risk management and consultation will continue through Chappell Feedlot.
- On site field day spring 2018.
- A monthly newsletter highlighting SPC details, industry news and steer performance.
- One monthly bill detailing specific expenses on each steer.
- Steers only
- Animals must be entered in the ASA database
- One parent registered in the ASA database
- DNA sample required
- Birth date range: 1/15/17 to 4/15/17
- Weaning date range: 8/15/17 to 10/15/17
- Castration must occur prior to weaning
- Steers must weigh 500 - 750 lbs at delivery
- Steers must be polled or dehorned
- Any breed composition welcome provided they meet rules 1-9.
- Entry fee of $50/ head
- Feedlot placement approximately Nov. 1
- All decisions at the discretion of feedyard
- Harvest will occur approximately May 2018 (Date at discretion of feedyard)
- Participation in monthly e-meetings
- Entrant will receive reports on:
- Monthly feed and health bill
- Final feedyard data
- Final carcass performance data
“Thank you for putting this program on! I learned a lot, and I am glad I was able to be a part of this.”
– Natalie Bergquist, program participant, ND
“Many thanks to the entire staff at the Junior Simmental Association who put forth so much effort to make this opportunity possible for me and all the other young people who have been involved in this opportunity. Thank you!”
– Madeline Smith, program participant, KY
“I just wanted to start my last monthly summary by saying thank you. Thank you for having this awesome program for me to participate in my senior year of high school. I have enjoyed every minute of it, and I am excited to watch this program grow and have hundreds of participants in the upcoming year.”
– Carlye Rodenbeck, program participant, TX
“Thanks to you all at AJSA! It’s been a great experience! Mitchell said to me last night, “now that my last write up is done, I’m gonna miss it!” Kudos to you all!”
– Jen Vaad, program parent, CO
“Thank you for all your hard work making this happen and working through all the kinks for us! I thought it went smoothly for the first year. Thank you again to AJSA, ASA, and Chappell Feedlot for all their help!”
– Brady Wulf, program participant, MN
“I have enjoyed the competition and learned so much over the past months.”
– Ella Fischer, program participant, MO