Neb. – Eleven Braunvieh entries placed in the top 25 of the 2008 Beef Empire Days Live and Carcass Show held in Garden City, Kan. Braunvieh cattle were fed and entered by Decatur County Feed Yard, Oberlin, Kan., and Rocking L Cattle Co., Ulysses, Kansas. Braunvieh cattle also took home all the top honors in the 2008 Beef Empire Steer Trial contest.
Live and Carcass Show Steer Results
Brink Livestock, Peidmont, Kan., had three home-raised steers in the live show's top 25 steer division. Two of the Brink Livestock steers also placed in the carcass show. Other top 25 Braunvieh placings in the carcass show were Mystic Hill Farms, Culpeper, Va., with two steers in the top 10; Benson Angus Braunvieh, Caney, Kansas; Ridgefield Farms, Brasstown, N.C.; and Rocking L Cattle Co.
Live and Carcass Show Heifer Results
Rocking L Cattle Co. was awarded grand champion, third- and eighth-place heifer carcasses. All of their heifer entries came out of their commercial herd and were Angus-Braunvieh cross.
Steer Trial Results
Braunvieh-influenced cattle entered by Rocking L Cattle Co. dominated the Beef Empire Steer Trial (BEST) Contest, placing first, second, third, fourth, eighth, tenth and twelfth in the overall results. Additionally, their cattle won grand champion and reserve grand champion in the combined gain and carcass portion of the contest. The champion steer posted an ADG of 4.48, a yield grade of 2.7 and a quality grade of Choice. This the third consecutive year that Rocking L Cattle Co. has won this contest with Braunvieh influenced entries.
“For several years, Braunvieh cattle have proven they are more feed efficient than most breeds. But they are truly unique in being able to lower yield grades while generally not lowering quality grades,” said Mark Nelson, executive vice president of the Braunvieh Association of America (BAA). “This makes them the sire of choice for cattlemen who seek profitability in feeding and grid marketing their calves.”
On Oct. 27, 2008, the BAA will hold their Fall National Braunvieh Influencer Bull Test Sale, providing an opportunity for commercial bull buyers and Braunvieh breeders alike to compare the best Braunvieh genetics with measured performance records and to select herd bulls using residual feed intake data. Young female packages will also be offered in the upcoming fall sale. For more information about the Braunvieh Influencer Bull Test Sale, call Mark Nelson at (402) 984-8263 or visit the Web site braunviehbull.com. Bull data, video and sale catalogs are available now.