Beef Scholarship Extravaganza

The 28th Annual Beef Scholarship Extravaganza will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, Iowa. More than $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded to teams finishing in first, second, third and fourth place. Deadline for entries is November 5, 2022.

Click here to download the registration form.

NEW! Collegiate Cattlemen will host a Education Beef Day to assist students in preparation for Beef Extravaganza and provide an opportunity for hands-on learning. This new training will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on October 16 at the Hansen Center in Ames, Iowa. RSVPs need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on October 12.

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation is proud to host the Beef Scholarship Extravaganza. It is one of the most challenging and rewarding youth cattle competitions in the nation. Young people who participate in this event reap the benefits of their preparation long after the competition is over.

The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors who test their knowledge on beef industry and beef cattle management issues. Stations cover the following beef industry topics:

  • Credit and Finance 
  • Seedstock Merchandising 
  • Nutrition 
  • Reproduction 
  • Industry Issues and Advocacy 
  • Marketing (Beef Cut Evaluation)
  • Beef Management 
  • Health 
  • Job Interview 
  • Keep-Cull Heifer Replacement Evaluation

Each station will be worth 100 points, and participants will receive explanation and feedback about the stations following the competition. 

The top four teams receive college scholarships at the conclusion of the event.

Each of the following institutions will award additional matching scholarship funds to the top placing individuals, upon enrollment and classwork at their institution: Iowa State University - College of Agriculture, Kirkwood Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Muscatine Community College, Des Moines Area Community College and Hawkeye Community College.

This one-day event is open to teams of either two or three current juniors and/or seniors. Team members do not need to be from the same high school or county. In the case of a three-member team, only two will participate at each station (as decided by the team); the third will be an observer. However, all team members will share the team award.   

The entry fee is $200 per team. The fee covers noon lunch and an Extravaganza t-shirt. Finalized details of the day’s itinerary including station protocols will be sent to registered teams and posted on this site.

The Beef Scholarship Extravaganza is the premier youth cattle contest in the Midwest. Its success is attributed to the endless support of volunteers and generous financial support of our loyal industry sponsors:

  • Purina Animal Nutrition  
  • Farm Credit Services of America 
  • Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation 

Station Protocols:

Station 1: Health and Cattle Handling (Protocol)

Station 2: Nutrition (Protocol, Score Sheet)

Station 3: Marketing (Protocol)

Station 4: Seedstock (Protocol, Score Sheet)

Station 5: Keep Cull (Protocol)

Station 6: Job Interview (Protocol, Scoresheet, Resume Tips, Sample Questions)

Station 7: Issues (Protocol, Score Sheet)

Station 8: Reproduction (Protocol)

Station 9: Finance (Protocol)

Station 10: Beef Management (Protocol)