2016 Central Montana Fair Carcass Contest results

Carcass contest participants gather for the speakers and awards. Shown are (back row, from left) Conner Loose, Jada Goettlich, Jada Hartman, and SharLa Lalum, NWFCS relationship manager, and (front, from left) Clay Gale, TJ Hickey, Matthew Mack and Justin Dye.   Photo courtesy of SharLa Lalum

The Central Montana Fair Carcass contest is designed to help 4-H and FFA members learn more about the animal agriculture industry, and to reward members for doing an exemplary job of selecting and raising their market livestock. The program receives generous support from Northwest Farm Credit Services, along with local meat processors and veterinarians.

The evening award presentation on Aug. 8 included guest speaker Colter Brown, relationship manager with Northwest Farm Credit Services in Billings, who discussed the current state of the cattle industry with his presentation titled “More Cows, More Problems.” He was followed by Darren Crawford, MSU Fergus County Extension agent, with a presentation on understanding carcass ratings and how that relates to market animal projects and the industry.  

Carcasses in the Market Swine project are ranked according to meat quality and percent fat-free pork. Kaylie Carlstrom’s hog took the $200 first place honors, followed by Conner Loose receiving $125, TJ Hickey $100 for third, $80 to Erika Ingle for fourth, Ethan Carlstrom $60 for fifth, and Stephen Vincent $40 for sixth place.  

Market Lambs are placed according to a carcass index developed by Montana State University, rewarding lambs with more muscle, less waste and high meat quality. Missouri Kalal took the $200 first place award. Jada Goettlich $125 for second, followed by Matthew Mack receiving $100 for third, and Clay Gale taking home $80 for fourth.

Market Beef carcasses are graded and placed based on their yield grades and quality grades. Shelby Harwood’s Grand Champion steer in the live show also won the carcass contest, and Shelby received $200, Matthew Eike took second place for $125, Jada Hartman won $100 for third place and Justin Dye $80 for fourth.

Full results may be obtained from the Fergus-Petroleum County Extension Office.

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