Through the Florida Fed Beef Challenge, producers can get data on ten head of steers that includes:  Carcass Weight, Fat Thickness, Ribeye Area, Quality Grade, Yield Grade, and Tenderness. Photo credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS


Are you interested in finding out how your cattle perform after they leave the ranch? The Florida Fed Beef Challenge is an opportunity to do just that.  Ten head of steers weighing between 550 and 750 and weaned on or before August 15th is all that is required to participate.  Cattle must be weaned a minimum of 45 days prior to October 1, with two rounds of vaccinations (Respiratory and Blackleg) and one round of deworming prior to arriving at the feedyard.

Cattle will be fed at Etheridge Cattle Company in Williston, Florida, and the finished steers will be harvested in the Florida Cattle Ranchers program.  Complete feedlot performance and carcass data will be collected.  This is a comprehensive program where we record Carcass Weight, Fat Thickness, Ribeye Area, Quality Grade, Yield Grade, and Tenderness.   See how your cattle measure up against other producers in the state.  Prizes will be awarded for overall performance, carcass quality, and uniformity. For those who entered steers in the 2020 challenge, we are currently tallying the data and will have the results out to you soon.  Stay tuned for more information.

Producers must commit by September 27, 2021 and cattle must arrive at the Etheridge Cattle Company on October 1, 2021If you are interested in participating, use the link below for the entry form and rules.

2021 Florida Fed Beef Challenge enrollment form

For more information, contact Todd Thrift at the University of Florida  (352) 538-3146.