Top-Performing Cattle Earn Prestigious Grid Master Award
DENVER – The Grid Master Award, an honor bestowed by the Red Angus Association of America, is earned by operations who have successfully combined high-performing Red Angus genetics, skillful feeding and precise marketing to achieve success with the slaughter of superior beef carcasses. Nolan Woodruff, RAAA commercial marketing specialist, announced the recipients of the 2021 Grid Master Awards at the 68th annual National Red Angus Convention held Sept. 15-17, in Boise, Idaho.
“Red Angus producers continue to raise the bar by marketing high-quality cattle on the rail. This year, 16 operations representing almost 1,300 head received the title of Grid Master. Taking these great cattle to market has proven that Red Angus cattle have the ability to convert feed efficiently and produce a valuable end product. Congrats to this year’s recipients of this award,” said Woodruff.
To be named a Grid Master, entries must be Red Angus or Red Angus-influenced cattle enrolled in RAAA’s Feeder Calf Certification Program or Allied Access tag program and must achieve a specified level of carcass excellence. The program is open to both conventionally and naturally fed cattle.
Conventionally fed Red Angus cattle must be marketed in lots of at least 30 head, reach a minimum of 90% Choice and Prime and have a maximum of 5% Yield Grade 4’s.
Naturally fed Red Angus cattle must also be marketed in lots of at least 30 head, achieve 90% Choice and Prime, with a maximum of 10% Yield Grade 4’s.
Operations receiving Grid Master honors include the following:
Conventionally Fed Division
Diamond Dot Ranch, Wolf Point, Montana, fed at Darr Feedlot, Inc., Cozad, Nebraska
Boller Livestock, Weston, Wyoming, fed at Darr Feedlot, Inc., Cozad, Nebraska
Jacobson Ranch, Max, North Dakota, fed at Darr Feedlot, Inc., Cozad, Nebraska
Cow Creek Ranch, Jordan Valley, Oregon, fed at CS Beef, Kuna, Idaho
Hueftle Cattle Co., Cozad, Nebraska, earned Grid Master honors on four loads, home fed
Prairie Dog Creek Cattle, Dresden, Kansas, earned Grid Master honors on two loads, home fed
Hayes Red Angus, Jetmore, Kansas, earned Grid Master honors on two loads, home fed
Van Schoiack Ranch, Heppner, Oregon, earned Grid Master honors on two loads, fed at Beef Northwest Feeders, Boardman, Oregon
Anderson Land & Cattle, Oberlin, Kansas, earned Grid Master honors on three loads, home fed
Pelton Red Angus, Burdett, Kansas, fed at Anderson Land & Cattle, Oberlin, Kansas
Phillips Ranch, Selden, Kansas, fed at Stephens Farms, Inc., Menlo, Kansas
Meyer Family Farms, Brunswick, Missouri, fed at Laws Farm, Moberly, Missouri
Lorenzen Ranches, Bend, Oregon, fed at Simplot Livestock, Grandview, Idaho
Steven Meyer, Brunswick, Missouri, fed at Laws Farm, Moberly, Missouri
Naturally Fed Division
Spreutels Farm Red Angus, Koshkonong, Missouri, fed at Spreutels Farm Feedlot, Koshkonong, Missouri
Skinner Ranch, Jordan Valley, Oregon, earned Grid Master honors on two loads, fed at Y1 Farms, Vale, Oregon
For those who would like additional information on the Grid Master Award program, or to learn more about the Red Angus-specific marketing grids and the FCCP program, please contact Nolan Woodruff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 861-0996. Visit RedAngus.org to learn more about marketing options for your Red Angus-influenced cattle.
The Red Angus Association of America serves the beef industry by enhancing and promoting the measurable advantages of Red Angus and Red Angus-influenced cattle. The RAAA provides commercial producers with objectively described cattle by implementing new technologies and utilizing scientifically sound principles that quantify traits of economic importance to beef producers in all segments of the beef industry. For more information, visit www.RedAngus.org.