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2021 Beef Carcass Evaluation Seminar

Online Session - March 30, 2021

California State University, Chico and UC Cooperative Extension teamed up to host an online educational seminar on March 30, 2021 at 5:30-6:30 pm on Zoom. The session featured a presentation by Dr. Crystal Waters on evaluation of beef carcasses, consumer demands and industry trends. This event was designed for youth raising steers, but open to all. 

During the event, Butte County Cattlemen's Association awarded over $500 in cash prizes for outstanding carcasses of steers raised in 2020 by 4-H, FFA and Grange youth that were destined for the Butte County Fair and Silver Dollar Fair. 

We are saddened we could not host our annual in person Butte County carcass contest due to COVID-19. However, we are excited to open up our educational session to a boarder audience and provided recognition for our 2020 youth steer producers in Butte County. 

2020 Butte County Award Winner

The 2020 Butte County Carcass Contest included steers that were destined for both Butte County Fair and Silver Dollar Fair. The contest was sponsored by Butte County Cattlemen, awarded $500 in cash prizes! 

1st place - Blake Earley

2nd place - Quinn  McCabe Olson

3rd place - Glory  Richter

4th place - Hank Hemstalk

5th place - Mollee Hoskins

6th place - Hailey Albrecht

7th place - Hunter Abbott


California Beef Cattle Improvement Association 

Award Certificates for Outstanding Carcass meeting industry standards. Click here to read more about the program. Click here for 2020 certificate criteria. 


GOLD Certificates 

Hunter Abbott

Hailey Albrecht

Blake Earley

Hank Hemstalk

Mollee Hoskins 

Quinn McCabe Olson

Certificate of Merit

Abigail Dilbeck

Gemma Donati

Sherrod Gentry

Melody Hervey

Mollee Hoskins

Thomas  Job

Tanner Job

Aubri King

Austin LaFayette

Leonardo Donati 

Lauren Mallery

Logan Messick

Rockelle Mirande

Nicco Donati

Lilly Resendez

Glory Richter

Trinity Reynolds

Holly Schneider

Addie Scott

Erika Sos




Questions & Resources

During the seminar participants asked questions, below are resources to provide additional information on these topics. 

What is a dark cutter? Dark cutting beef is largely linked with pre harvest stress. Click here to read more. Click here for a video on pre-harvest stress and dark cutters from 2020 Ohio Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management School by Dr. Steve Boyles

How to measure ribeye area? Here is an overview of "Method for Grid Assessment of Beef Carcass Ribeye Area" from United States Department of Agriculture. 

Additional Resources 

Texas A&M Meat Sciences - USDA Beef Quality and Yield Grades 

Chico State Meat Judging Team


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