Finn Creek named as GridMaster

Feb 6, 2009
by WLJ
Finn Creek named as GridMaster

Finn Creek Ranch of Avon, MT, received the prestigious GridMaster Award at the National Red Angus Convention in Cheyenne, WY, Sept. 17-19. The Grid-Master Award recognizes producers and feeders whose cattle achieved carcass excellence when harvested.

They harvested their home-raised Natural lot of cattle at Greater Omaha Packing in Omaha, NE, through the Meyer Natural Angus program. Through the Meyer Natural Angus program, Finn Creek received additional returns of a $5-per-head Feeder Calf Certification Program (FC- CP) tag reimbursement plus $13.50 per cwt. that was dressed for Natural designation. The cattle were fed at Weborg Feeding Co. in Pender, NE. “2008 will go down as the year Red Angus cattle put high-priced corn to good use by setting new records for the number of GridMaster award winners,” said Greg Comstock, executive secretary of the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA). “Carcass excellence at this level requires the combination of superior Red Angus genetics with skilled management and timely marketing.”

In order to achieve Grid- Master status, Red Angus or Red Angus-influenced cattle that are enrolled in the Red Angus FCCP must be harvested through the Angus America or Meyer Natural Angus grids, or through Tyson’s Pasco, WA, plant, providing they meet either the conventional- or natural-fed GridMaster specifications.

“It has been truly incredible to see this number of GridMaster winners—from both established and new programs—at a time when the price of corn and the Choice-Select spread has not inspired folks to feed for this type of carcass performance,” said Comstock.

If you would like to know more about the GridMaster or Feeder Calf Certification Programs, contact Mikalena Randazzo or Clint Berry at the RAAA national office at 940/387-3502. — Red Angus Association of America