The Flint Hills Beef Fest celebration, an annual and much-anticipated late August event, was canceled this year because of concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
But even as the committee members felt there was no safe way to hold the celebration, the cattle contests were held.
Steers and heifers owned by Michael and Steven Arndt of Arndt Farms near Emporia were the winners of the grand awards at Flint Hills Beef Fest. The awards are based on the best combined finish in the grass futurity and live stocker show.
The winning entries from Arndt Farms also won the grass futurity in their respective divisions. The pen of steers had an average daily gain of 2.34 pounds, with the heifers gaining 2.47 pounds per day.
Anderson Ranch of Alma had the second-place pen of three in the steer division of the grass futurity, with the cattle gaining 2.28 pounds per day. A pen of steers from Dennis and Connie Darbyshire of Hartford finished third, with an average daily gain on grass of 2.24 pounds.
In the heifer grass futurity, second place went to cattle entered by Don and Carole Haun of Fall River that gained 2.44 pounds per day. D.J. Edwards of Hamilton owned the third-place heifers, with gained 2.42 pounds per day.
Entries in the Beef Fest grass futurity were on pasture from April 30 through Aug. 16. Cattle were ranked by the greatest adjusted gain on grass.
Ryan Louie of LeRoy had the champion pen of three in the steer division of the live stocker show Leffler Farms near Americus owned the second-place pen of steers, followed by the grand award-winning from Arndt Farms in third.
Cattle entered by Wesley Cahoone and Lee Glanville of Cottonwood Falls won the heifer division of the live stocker show. Second place was a pen of heifers owned by Lazy S Ranch of Matfield Green. The grand award-winning heifers entered by Arndt Farms placed third.
A total of 111 steers and 102 heifers competed in the Beef Fest grass futurity and live show.Source: Kansas Livestock Association, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.