Quality Beef Competition

This competition provides an opportunity for producers to evaluate the merits of their beef production program.  Interest in carcass traits can be used to select sires within a breed, which can increase marbling score or tenderness of beef.

 

Please note: This competition is only open to steers entered and shown in the Junior Steer Classic at the Calgary Stampede. All entries are bound by the rules of the Junior Steer Classic as well as the Quality Beef Competition.

Event Dates and Location

Event Date: July 16, 2017
Early Entry Date: June 9, 2017 4:00 PM
Entry Closing Date: July 15, 2017 2:00 PM
Location: Offsite

MOVE IN:

We request that as many Junior Steer Classic exhibitors move in on Friday as possible. However, exhibitors have the choice of which day they would like to move in. All steers must be in the barns by 9:00am on Saturday, July 15, 2017. 

  • Friday, July 14, 2017  7:00 am to 9:00 am 
  • Saturday, July 15, 2017  7:00 am to 9:00 am  (ALL steers must be in the Barns by 9:00 am)

MOVE OUT: 

QUALITY BEEF COMPETITION animals will not leave for Cargill until Monday morning, July 17. Steers not entered in the Quality Beef Competition will be released from Stampede Park on Sunday, July 16 at 8:00 PM. 

 

Junior Steer Classic Entry Fees

ENTRY DEADLINE: JUNE 9, 2017

                   $150 per entry (non-refundable) plus $50 per Quality Beef Entry if applicable. 

LATE ENTRY DEADLINE:  JUNE 23, 2017

                   $250 per entry (non-refundable) plus $75 per Quality Beef Entry if applicable. 

There can only be one steer entered per exhibitor.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Quality Beef competition entries will be confirmed with the exhibitor at weigh in. Entries will NOT be accepted once the steer has been weighed and left the weigh in area on Saturday, July 15, 2017. 

Entry Fees

Entry Deadline: June 9 - $50

Late Entry (after June 9 until July 16): $75

Entries are accepted until July 16th at time of weigh in.  Quality Beef competition entries will NOT be accepted once the steer has been weighed and left the weigh in area on Saturday, July 15, 2017. 

Awards

PLACING PRIZE MONEY
Grand Champion * $3500
Reserve Grand Champion* $2500
3rd $2000
4th $1500
5th $1000
6th $500
7th 500
8th $500

*Grand and Reserve Grand Champions will also receive a Champion's buckle and Slunk.
 

Rules

Rules:

All entries are bound by the rules of the Junior Steer Classic. Any violation of those rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of any prize money or scholarship. 

QUALITY BEEF COMPETITION animals will not leave for Cargill until Monday morning, July 17. Steers not entered in the Quality Beef Competition will be released from Stampede Park on Sunday, July 16 at 8:00 PM. 

Exhibitors are responsible to provide feed for the steers for Sunday evening. Exhibitors failing to do so will forfeit any prize money and/or carcass money. 

The Canadian Beef Grading Act and Regulations will be strictly adhered to throughout this competition. 

All carcasses must meet schedule 1 qualification for maturity (youthful) and under 30 months of age as monitored by CFIA. Please ensure all animals arrive with proper RFID tags. 

All carcasses will be paid on Cargill prevailing market price. Animals which do not meet the dentition eligibility will be price discounted at the time of processing. Any carcasses found in violation of the above regulations will be condemned and no renumeration for the carcass will be provided. 

Judging Criteria

(A) MARBLING: In order to qualify for marbling points, carcasses must grade AAA 0 or higher.

Points Available: 35

GRADE POINTS
PRIME 0-90 31 to 35
AAA0-AAA90 21 to 30
AA0-AA90 -4 to 5
A0-A90 -19 to -10

 

(B) RIB EYE AREA: Overly large or overly small rib-eyes will be penalized 

Points Available: 22

RIB EYE AREA (SQUARE CM) POINTS
Less than 65cm 5
66cm to 75cm 10
76 cm to 85 cm 18
86 cm to 95 cm 22
96 cm to 105 cm 18
106 cm to 115 cm 10
116 cm  to 120 5
Greater than 120 cm 0

 

(C) WARM CARCASS WEIGHT: Ideal weight is 700 - 800 lbs.

Points Available: 13

CARCASS WEIGHT POINTS
Less than 548 lbs. -5
549 - 599 lbs.  0
600 - 699 lbs.  8
700 - 800 lbs.  13
801 - 850 lbs.  8
851 - 899 lbs.  2
900 - 925 lbs. -5
Over 926 lbs. -15

 

(D) YIELD:
Points Available: 9
 

YIELD POINTS
Y1 (>59) 5
Y2 (52-58) 3
Y3 (<53) 1

 

(E) AVERAGE FAT THICKNESS: 
Points Available: 10
2 - 4 mm = 10 points. 1 point will be deducted for every additional mm.

FAT POINTS
2 - 4 mm 10
5 mm 9
6 mm 8
7 mm 7
8 mm 6
9 mm 5
10 mm 4
11 mm 3
12 mm 2
13 mm 1
14 mm 0
15 mm -1
16 mm -2
17 mm -3
18 mm -4
19 mm -5
20 mm -6

Less than 2 mm will result in disqualification.

 

(F) OVERALL FAT DISTRIBUTION: Carcasses should be evenly covered
Points Available: 3

 

(G) RIB EYE COLOUR: Bright red color will get maximum points. All carcasses dark in color will be removed from the competition.
Points Available: 4
 

(H) TEXTURE AND DISTRIBUTION OF MARBLING: Fine marbling will get maximum points. Medium and COARSE marbling will be less points.
Points Available:4


TIE BREAKING POLICY
Breaking ties will be based on carcasses with the highest:

  1. Marbling score
  2. Rib eye area score
  3. Back Fat score
  4. Carcass weight score

     

The Canadian Beef Grading Act and Regulations will be strictly adhered to throughout this competition.

All carcasses must meet schedule 1 qualifications for maturity (youthful) and under 30 months old as monitored by CFIA.

NOTE:  Please ensure that animals arrive with proper RFID tags.

 

 

Committee

Calgary Stampede Junior Steer Classic Committee:

Brody Gardner (Chair), Craig Scott (Vice Chair), Katie Songer (Vice Chair), Roc Spence (Director), Robyn Kurbel (Agriculture Program Coordinator), Brett Warder (Agriculture Manager), Scott Bohrson, Scott Dickson, Ryan Dorran, Rob Lundago (Past Chair), Don Miller, Kyle O'Neill, Doug Roxburgh, Katie Roxburgh, Rhiannon Sacks, Rees Smith, Fred Taylor, Zac Taylor