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CHI GENETICS ONCE AGAIN DOMINATE BEEF EMPIRE DAYS

Chi-influenced cattle once again dominated the Beef Empire Days contest in Garden City, Kan., June 1-3, 2006. In the steer carcass contest, 7 of the top 21, including 5 of the top 10 and the Champion and Reserve Champion steers included Chi genetics. The Overall Steer Champion honor, based on placings in both the live and carcass contests, was awarded to a Chi-bred steer raised by Hildreth Livestock of Dillon, Mont. This steer was fed at Decatur County Feedyards in Oberlin, Kan. Ralph Danner, Muscatine, Iowa, bred, raised and exhibited the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion steers in the carcass division and Dennis Clarahan, Harper, Iowa, bred, raised, fed and exhibited the 5th place steer. Decatur County Feedyard fed out Danner's Champion steer while the Reserve was fed at Danner's Iowa farm feedlot.

Nearly 300 head of the finest cattle from many areas of the county, but primarily from Kansas feed yards, were evaluated on foot and as product hanging in carcass form. Specifications are built around ideals of .28-.31 inches of backfat, a 13-16 inch REA and an average Choice or better quality grade, along with other measures. Considering the intense competition and selection from literally many thousands of candidates, it is worthy to mention that knowledge of genetics to hit targets is the surest way to hit the ideal carcass and live animal specifications.

Beef Empire Days is a highly prestigious and well-organized beef extravaganza in Garden City, Kan. With approximately 1 million head of cattle fed in the Garden City area and many harvested in area packing plants, a “real world” contest was conceived by area business people to help increase the value and visibility of live market cattle and the carcasses harvested from them. Over $20,000 in prize money, split between the live placings and carcass placings, is awarded each year. The contest was sponsored by area businesses and Schering Plough Animal Health Corp.

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