OSKALOOSA -- Exhibitors with Advanced Feeder Pens have been working extra hard to prepare their cattle and lambs for this year’s Southern Iowa Fair.

The Advanced Feeder Project allows 4-H and FFA members to truly get a look and understand the work it takes into raising feeder animals. Along with feeding their livestock, exhibitors had to keep monthly feed records and learn about the daily care of their feeder livestock.

Feeder pens weighed-in on Monday, July 20. Exhibitor interviews followed their weigh-in, where they discussed what they learned with Advanced Feeder Pen Superintendents.

Conferences with the families were held on Tuesday, July 21. Cattle were unable to have ultrasounds completed on Monday. Lambs had ultrasounds completed but were judged based off percent boneless retails cuts, as there was no spring weigh-in to establish an average daily gain for the lambs.

Feeder Cattle Summary Information:

Pen Champion: Eden Van Zante

Eden Van Zante Pen:

Pen Average Daily Gain: 2.43 lbs

Pen Total Gain: 2,098 lbs

Days on Test: 216 Days

Pen Feed Efficiency (lbs fed/lb of gain): 11.53

Feeder Lamb Summary Information:

Pen Champion: Trace Hol

Pen Reserve Champion: Olivia Stodghill

3rd Place Red: Andrew Stodghill

Trace Hol Pen:

Average Pen Boneless Retail Cut Percent: 54.9%

Average Pen Ribeye: 3.8

Average Pen USDA Yield Grade: 3.2

Days on Test: 81 Days

Olivia Stodghill Pen:

Average Pen Boneless Retail Cut Percent: 51.5%

Average Pen Ribeye: 3.4

Average Pen USDA Yield Grade: 2.6

Days on Test: 81 Days

Andrew Stodghill Pen:

Average Pen Boneless Retail Cut Percent: 52.9%

Average Pen Ribeye: 4.0

Average Pen USDA Yield Grade: 2.7

Days on Test: 81 Days

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