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