WILLISTON Williston State College will hold the Carcass Challenge, with pickup of calves Wednesday through Nov. 4. The contest will run Nov. 5 to early spring.
Livestock producers can donate a steer to be fed at the Hovde Feedlot in Alexander. The donated steers will be used to raise funds for establishing an Ag Ambassador program that will help recruit and maintain enrollment for the Williston State College agriculture program.
Ranchers will donate a weaned calf to the project. The calf will be fed the same ration as other cattle in the feedlot and weighed once a month to determine the average rate of gain of the calf. When the calf is slaughtered, measurement and carcass data will be taken to determine carcass quality and yield grades. Prizes will be awarded for the top steers in average daily gain and highest carcass value based on quality and yield data.
All donated animals must be part of an acceptable vaccination program.
Donors will receive an honorary personalized jacket, advertising in college publication and press releases, recognition at Williston State College Agriculture sponsored events and an opportunity to support local agriculture students and agriculture education at the college. The Williston State College Foundation will issue a receipt for the steer as a tax-deductible donation.
For more information, call 774-6226 or log on to the Williston State College Web site at (www.wsc.nodak.edu).