The annual Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Retail Value Steer Challenge (RVSC) winners and Scholarship recipients and were honored at the NC Foundation lunch on June 12th during the Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) Midyear Meeting in Gothenburg.
The RVSC is the primary fundraiser for NC Foundation with money raised supporting youth & adult educational programs, scholarships, research & infrastructure projects, history preservation and judging teams at colleges in Nebraska.
Three winners of each of the three categories were awarded for their steer’s performance in the 15th annual Retail Value Steer Challenge. First place in the Average Daily Gain category was awarded to the steer owned by Mike & Deb Matulka, Brownlee, John & Tammy Hansen, Burwell and Powles Ranch, Bingham. Second place went to Cross Diamond Cattle Co., Bertrand and third place was awarded to Eisenmenger Farms, Humphrey. Chad & Lana Hoffschneider, Waco and John & Laura Schroeder, Cozad owned the steer that won the Carcass Value category with Myron Danner, Burwell, Farm Credit Services of America – David Haupt, Kearney and Julie Karavas, Lincoln receiving second with their steer. Peak Performance Nutrition, Derek & Paige McConville and Jim McConville, Lexington received the third place honors. First place in the Total Value Category was a steer owned by Harsh Mercantile, Purdum and Hoffman Hereford, Thedford. Second place went to the steer owned by Lincoln County Cattlemen and Mike Star, North Platte and third place went to Minert-Simonson Angus Ranch, Dunning.
The NC Foundation would like to recognize the support of Darr Feedlot, Cozad, for administration and feeding of the steers that were entered into this year’s challenge. In addition, the Foundation appreciates the following sponsors for their support of the Retail Value Steer Challenge: ADM Alliance Nutrition, Bill’s Volume Sales, Inc., Darling International, Elanco Animal Health, Gallagher Grace-Mayer Insurance, Zinpro Performance Minerals and Zoetis.
In addition to the RVSC awards, NC Foundation also recognized 32 youth scholarship winners for 2014. “Thanks to the generosity of donors and the great participation in the Retail Value Steer Challenge, the Foundation awarded $31,000 in scholarships this year.” said Scott Langemeier, NC Foundation President.
Established in 1968, the NC Foundation mission is to advance the future of Nebraska’s Beef industry by investing in research and education programs. As the NC Foundation grows, expands and moves forward in its mission to raise funds for educational and scientific activities that benefit the state’s beef producers – the board asks you to consider investing in your industry through the Foundation.
To donate or for more information concerning the NC Foundation, contact Lee Weide, Nebraska Cattlemen Vice President of Operations at 402.475.2333 or Jana Jensen, NC Foundation Fundraising Coordinator at 308.588.6299.