Livestock carcass data shows young fair exhibitors attuned to quality
Plymouth County Fair 4-H and FFA livestock judges were quick to commend young exhibitors for the quality of the livestock entries in the 2012 shows.
Kolby Birch, of Coon Rapids, judged the beef show at last week's fair, while Dennis Johnson, of Northwood, judged swine.
Carcass data for the shows gives additional evidence as to the desired carcass traits of the entries.
The 17-head average data showed the calf carcasses averaging 1,255 pounds with an average daily gain of 2.96 and rib eye area of 14.60.
Forty-one percent of the carcasses graded "choice" with an average carcass value added of $3.248.
The first place Ultrasound Beef of Merit winner was exhibited by Brendan Kroksh, of the Portland Preston Pillars.
It weighed 1,370 pounds and showed an average daily gain of 3.06.
The carcass had a rib eye area of 17.38, grading "choice" with 67.11 percent of retail cuts and a carcass value added figure of $3.801.
The entry of Sally Probst, of the Grant Clever Clovers, weighed in at 1,440 pounds and had an average daily gain of 3.40 with a rib eye area of 15.24.
The carcass grading "high select" showed 64.33 percentage of retail products and a carcass value added of $3.696.
Comparable carcass data figures for Plymouth County Fair swine entries showed the attention paid by swine exhibitors to quality in their pork production animals.
The figures showed percent of standardized fat-free lean (live weight basis) using ultrasound scans of backfat and loin muscle.
Averages for gilts of 28 exhibitors studied by ultrasound showed the hogs with an average weight of 260 pounds and backfat of 0.67.
The average loin muscle area was 8.00 with 110.83 pounds of fat-free lean.
The average estimated percentage of lean was 56.11 percent.
Molly Renken, of the Grant Little Giants, had the first place entry in the listings with her 240-pound gilt showing an estimated lean percentage of 66.35 percent, 0.58 backfat, 10.22 muscle area and 116.35 pounds of fat-free lean.
The second place gilt, exhibited by Jake Pridie, of the Hungerford TMTs, weighed 255 pounds with percentage of lean estimated at 62.04 percent.
The gilt showed 0.53 backfat, 9.45 muscle area and 117.86 pounds of fat-free lean.
The first place barrow in the competition was exhibited by Taylor Peters, of the Stanton Lucky Clovers.
His entry weighed in at 275 pounds and had an estimated lean meat percentage of 61.22. The barrow showed 0.37 backfat, 9.44 muscle area and 125.43 pounds of fat-free lean.
Brayden Utesch, of the Classy Clovers, had the second place barrow with a weight of 290 pounds and estimated lean meat percentage of 59.21.
His hog had .7 backfat, 10.1 muscle area and 127.93 pounds of fat-free lean.
Averages for the barrows recognized in the data showed the hogs with an average weight of 272 pounds and backfat of 0.80.
The average loin muscle area was 7.88 with 109 pounds of fat-free lean.
The average estimated percentage of lean was 40.10 percent.