Junior Fed Beef Challenge
uhe TCFA Junior Fed Beef Challenge was designed to encourage young people to gain practical experience in feeding commercial beef cattle. This program stresses the importance of proper animal husbandry and financial management. Over the last 25 years, TCFA has introduced hundreds of young people to the cattle feeding industry through the Junior Fed Beef Challenge.
Enrollment for the 2019 contest is now closed.
2019 Important Dates and Information
2019 Entry Form
2019 Official Rule Book
2019 Record Book User Guide
New in 2019, participants are required to complete the online BQA certification course. To get started, visit www.bqa.org/bqa-certification.
Also new in 2019, all record books will be online. TCFA will provide a username and password as well as instructions for the online record book to all participants. For questions, contact Rachel Hernandez.
Feedyard technician program
The TCFA Feedyard Technical Program is designed to equip high school students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the fed beef industry upon graduation from high school. The program allows teachers to utilize existing class courses and learning experiences, such as agricultural vocation classes, to meet the program’s requirements and ensure success among students.
Two distinct career paths are offered through the program:
The program is a collaboration between TCFA, West Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services. For more information on curriculum and enrollment qualifications, visit amarillo.tamu.edu/feedyard-technician-program.
TCFA’s Junior Fed Beef Career & Leadership Program, commonly known as “Feedyard Camp,” is designed for incoming high school juniors and seniors who have an interested in pursuing a career in the beef industry.
The four-day camp gives students an in-depth look into all aspects of the beef industry, including managing day-to-day operations on a feedyard. Upon conclusion of the program, students may participate in a job shadow program with a local feedyard.
See more from this year's camp here.
Applications for the 2020 camp will open in March.