Gaining first-hand cattle feeding experience, working with professionals and mentors in the cattle industry, and learning how to make cost-effective decisions are a handful of the opportunities that many young cattlemen and cattlewomen do not encounter. With the American Simmental Association’s (ASA) commitment to providing these difficult-to-attain resources for youth through a hands-on program, the Steer Profitability Competition (SPC) provides a platform for juniors to integrate their knowledge into real-world scenarios.
The SPC provides meaningful exposure to opportunities and challenges associated with cattle feeding. It is a contest to gauge the overall profitability of a given steer or pen of steers in a commercial setting. All steers are marketed on a grade and yield basis. The SPC challenges participants, ranging in ages from 8 to 21, to measure and compare the profitability of their own animal(s), through monthly meetings, lectures, essays, and reports. Last year, 31 beef industry youths, enrolled 66 cattle from nine different states. During their involvement, they were introduced to peers, mentors, industry advocates, and experiences that are exceedingly difficult to acquire for any beef producer.
Participants in the SPC program will be powerful voices as they transition from junior membership to adult participation within the beef industry. Supporting the future of the beef industry through scholarships for youth education, the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation (ASF) is collecting donations with the goal of $12,000 to fund six scholarships for young beef enthusiasts and a portion will be leveraged to assist with expenses including capturing feed intake and carcass data, etc. By donating to the SPC, you help reward young beef enthusiasts with the courage to retain ownership of their steers and see their part in beef production all the way through to the end product- BEEF!
We look forward to growing the SPC scholarship fund in the years to come and appreciate your partnership in our commitment to educational activities for youth.
“Thank you for putting this program on! I learned a lot and am glad I was able to be a part of this.” -Natalie Bergquist, program participant, ND
"Many thanks to the entire staff at the Junior Simmental Association who put forth so much effort to make this opportunity possible to me and all the other young people who have been involved in this opportunity. Thank you!" - Madeline Smith, program participant, KY
"I just wanted to start my last monthly summary by saying thank you. Thank you for having this awesome program for me to participate in my Senior year of high school. I have enjoyed every minute of it and I am excited to watch this program grow and have hundreds of participants in the upcoming year." - Carlye Rodenbeck, program participant, TX
"Thanks to you all at AJSA! It's been a great experience! Mitchell said last night, "now that my last write up is done, I'm gonna miss it!" Kudos to you all!" - Jen Vaad, program parent, CO
" Thank you for all your hard work making this happen and working through all the kinks for us! I thought it went smoothly for the first year. Thank you again to AJSA, ASA, and Chappell for all their help!" - Brady Wulf, program participant, MN
" I have enjoyed the completion and learned so much over the past months." -Ella Fischer, program participant, MO