Erath County Pasture to Packer 2013-2014
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
Left to right (Brady Chandler, Jason Pettit, Aidan Delaney, Tony Ballinger, Matt Stanley)

Pasture to Packer Steer Fed out by Aidan Delaney a 4-H participant in Erath County

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  • Connealy Angus
  • American Angus Association
  • Pinnacle Cattle Development Center *

    Pasture to Packer Overview

    The program began with a trip to the bank as a youth learned about managing money, completed budgets and received a loan. Once the youth had completed the bank loan process they participated in selection day where they were able to select a calf from a pre-sorted group and take it home to begin the 180 day feeding period.

    Throughout the program participants were given the freedom to design and adjust their own feeding program, developed a record keeping system to fit their needs and develop their own marketing plan to sell their beef to the consumer. In addition, they attended educational programs consisting of selection of feeder cattle, feeds and feeding, animal health, cattle processing, marketing to consumers, evaluating finished steers and carcass evolution as well as a tour of Cattle Empire Feedlot in Kansas.

    In the end, the participants would learn how to evaluate and select finished cattle, understand genetic impacts within cattle herds and see how different feeding programs have an impact on the end result. the youth also had the chance to see their cattle's carcasses and learn about traits within the industry.

    The winners were chosen by a collaborative scoring system that consist of an essay, live animal evaluation and quality grade evaluations, carcass quality evaluations, record book, cost of gain, average daily gain, feed conversion, and financial statements.

    Each youth participant was required to write an essay documenting why they were interested in the program.

    It included what they did throughout the program, what they liked best and least, what the most challenging part of the program was and why, what they learned, and how participating in the program has impacted their life.


    • Cattle Selection Day
    • Feeds and Feeding
    • Beef Cattle Selection Training
    • Cattle Selection And Processing
    • Marketing 101 Training
    • Kansas Feedlot Tour
    • Live Animal Evaluation
    • Meat Science 101 And Carcass quality Judging



  • Box G Ranch
  • Cornerstone Animal Hospital
  • Erath County Farm Bureau
  • KW Cattle Company
  • Lone Star Ag Credit
  • Tarleton State University
  • ADM Nutrition
  • Carole and Tony Viotto
  • Gifford Family
  • Hendershot Equipment
  • Merck Animal Health
  • The Rancher's Resource
  • Zinpro
  • Chandler Cattle Company
  • Gorman Milling
  • Texas Beef Council
  • Texas Ford
  • Cattle Empire Feedlot
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    If you would like to sponsor the 2015 Erath County Pasture To Packer Youth Program

    Please Contact:
    Mr. Whit H. Weems, Ed. D,
    County Extension Agent

    112 W College, #109
    Stephenville, Texas 76401
    Phone: (254) 965-1460

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    Aidan Delaney
    Aidan Delaney - Age 16
    Erath County Senior Grand Champion 2014

    Aidan Delaney
    900 County Road 437
    Stephenville, Texas 76401


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