Carcass Challenge Guidelines & Requirements

General Guidelines

Donor Requirements:
• Must be a 2018 member of ICA.
• Enter steer(s) on the ICA commitment form by Oct. 10, 2017.
• Deliver steer(s) to the ICA-designated feedyard or to a designated steer pick-up location on Nov. 8, 2017 and transfer ownership to ICA.
• Obtain a veterinarian-signed Iowa Certificate of Health, to accompany steer(s) at delivery.

Steer requirements:
• Spring-born 2017 steer calves weighing 650-750 lbs. No dairy breed-type cattle.
• Received all mandatory, pre-delivery vaccinations between Sept. 8 and Oct. 8, 2017.
• Any steer unable to adapt to the feedyard pen, encounters a health challenge or injury during the feeding period may be removed from the contest, prior to the marketing date.

Health and Vaccination Requirements:
• All mandatory vaccinations and health treatments must be certified by the original steer owner or his veterinarian on a signed ICA CC Health Form provided by ICA.
• Mandatory vaccinations include: 5-way Viral Vaccine (MLV) + Pasteurella, Clostridium (Blackleg), Haemophilus Somnus, and BRSV.
• Weaned by Oct. 8, 2017, 30 days prior to delivery.
• Dewormed and treated for external parasites.
• No evidence of warts, ringworm, lice or mange.
• Dehorned and healed from dehorning, if applicable, for all horned cattle.
• All steers will be implanted with an intermediate-dose feedyard implant, booster vaccinated and dewormed upon feedyard arrival. As a commingled pen, steers will receive a preventative antibiotic dose at delivery. A post-weaning implant is optional, not required.

General Considerations:
• Steers should be weaned, bunk-adjusted and consuming a weight-appropriate mixed ration prior to delivery. (10-15 lbs. of grain, silage or hay combined within a TMR.)
• A two-week steer adjustment period is used at the feedyard prior to steers being weighed for the official test period. There are no advantages to purposely shrinking steers prior to delivery.
• The feedyard will utilize quality feedstuffs within a sound step-up ration to transition steers to a finishing ration with end-point targeted feeding.
• Neither ICA, nor the ICA CC Feedyard may be held liable for any sickness or any death loss of the CC steers. Every effort is made to monitor cattle closely and avoid any death loss, but this risk always exists in any cattle feeding situation.
• Steers will have carcass measurements taken by an impartial third party to ensure accurate data is utilized in the final contest calculations and individual steer rankings.

Performance Guidelines
• CC feedyard protocols will utilize available technologies and products to maximize cattle efficiency and saleable carcass weight—along with the optimum carcass quality, to maximize the pen’s total value. Steer feedyard performance and efficiency will be enhanced by the recommended use of Component w/Tylan Implants, Rumensin/Tylan and Optaflexx.
• Steers will be marketed on one harvest date as determined by the Feeder’s recommendation, the pen’s market readiness and with the approval of the CC Advisory Committee.
• Steers may be DNA-sampled for carcass traits, tested for BVD-PI and ultrasound measured for carcass traits while on feed. Steer contributors will receive any and all information collected.
• A new traveling trophy with the winning steer contributor engraved will be presented to the contributor for one year. The traveling trophy will be returned and a replica provided.
• Cash prizes and/or additional awards will be awarded to contributors of the top 10% of steers. Example: 80 steers contributed, ICA Carcass Challenge prizes awarded to the Top 8 Steers based on the final RVDoF rankings.
• Special awards will also be given for top-ranking steers for various performance or carcass-based results, such as: Top Marbling Score, Highest Average Daily Gain, Largest Ribeye and Chef’s Choice Award.
• Steers will be photographed at the start and at the end of the feeding period with all contributors receiving ongoing recognition from ICA at various events via social media and the ICA website and magazine.

Retail Value Per Day on Feed
• The RVDoF formula shown below is a popular method used by similar carcass contests, and is highly representative of the profitability of a carcass. The formula calculates the carcass value gained during the feeding period. This is done by calculating red meat yield gain, multiplied by a carcass price which reflects differences and quality grade, divided by the days on feed.
    RVDoF = {[HCW - (0.55 X StartWt)] X (%RPt) X (carcass prices/0.64)}/days on feed
   *where Retail Product (RP) = [65.69-(9.931 x back fat) + (1.2259 x ribeye area) – (0.013166 x carcass wt) - (1.29 x % KPH)]
   *where carcass price per pound is determined by the appropriate grid
   *where %KPH is the percentage of total fat found in the body cavity of a carcass specifically in the regions of the kidneys, pelvis and heart.

ICA Service & Promotion:
• Prepare and send performance updates to sponsors when cattle are weighed individually. Steers will be weighed at least four times while at the feedyard.
• Provide staff assistance to YCLP members with promotion, visibility and steer recruitment.
• Pay for and ensure proper feedyard management, feeding rations and best-possible, practical care of all CC steers while participating in the ICA Carcass Challenge.

If after thoroughly reading these official guidelines, you have questions regarding any of the information contained herein, please contact the ICA office at 515-296-2266.

Download the Guidelines, Regulations and Donation form.