Youth and adults interested in beef cattle carcass contests should consider the Mid-Atlantic Evaluation Contest. Cattle in this area will be weighed in on April 15 at the Culpeper Agricultural Enterprise. There is no entry fee for youth, and you may weigh in a maximum of three steers (two will compete). The champion will receive $1200; reserve champion receives $1000.
Essentially you weigh in your cattle in April, and then they will be harvested November 5, 2009. Cattle are taken to Winchester on that date, and there is an evaluation contest. Awards will be presented once all carcass data is received and processed. There is a detailed brochure available at the Extension Office, or you can visit Maryland's Beef Page.