ELITE FUTURITY

ELITE FUTURITY

***This is a preliminary description of the Elite Bull Futurity.  All comments and questions are welcome.***

Focus 

Breed conformation, horn, and weight.  

Goals

  • Collect data for use in developing EPDs on longhorn cattle.  The resulting information will benefit all breeders by determining which blood lines can improve various characteristics desired by different areas of our industry (lean beef, show animals, etc.). 

  • Create opportunity for new breeders to stay in the business longer ???

  • Promote lean beef marketability

  • Unify breeders in marketing lean beef data

  • Promote bull quality

  • Create an outlet for selling bulls through a production sale 

Requirements

  • Cattle must be registered.  Both ITLA and TLBAA registered longhorns are welcome to participate.  

  • Cattle must be shown in correct age group of bulls, cows and steers.

  • Cattle must be nominated to the futurity.

Nominations

Bull Nominations

  • Sire nominations are $500 each.  The sire nomination fund will be utilized as follows:  75% paid out in futurity winnings;  25% paid out in overhead expenses such as venue rental and futurity marketing.

  • Sires are limited to bulls paid into the futurity.  A maximum of 75 sire slots are available.  A waiting list will be created after the 75 slots are filled.

  • Bull nominations span one calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31).  Calves that are conceived during the year in which their sire is nominated are eligible to compete in the futurity.  The calving cut-off dates are TBD.

  • Bull nomination slots transfer with the sale of the bull.  The new owner can re-nominate the same bull the following year or nominate a different one in the slot that transferred.

Calf Nominations

Calves that are conceived during the year in which their sire is nominated are eligible to compete in the futurity.  The calving cut-off dates are TBD.

The cost to nominate calves is based on age, as follows:

  • Jan 1st to Dec 31st of 1st year - $100

  • Jan 1st to Dec 31st of 2nd year - $250

  • Jan 1st to Dec 31st of 3rd year - $500

  • Jan 1st to Dec 31st of 4th year - $750

  • Jan 1st to Dec 31st of 5th year - $1,000

No nominations will be granted to cattle beyond their 5th year.

Non-Haltered Futurity

Proposed classes

Cows

  • 14 – 17 months

  • 18 – 24 months 

  • 25 – 30 months 

  • 31 – 36 months 

  • 37 – 42 months 

  • 43 – 48 months

  • 49 – 60 months

  • 61 – 72 months

    Bulls

  • 14 – 17 months

  • 18 – 24 months 

  • 25 – 30 months 

  • 31 – 36 months 

    Steers

  • 25 – 30 months 

  • 31 – 36 months 

    All Steers are terminal class and carcasses will be judged

Judging

  • The judging panel will consist of 5 people:  two judges that have completed the longhorn judging class and are approved ITLA judges; two judges from the approved TLBAA judges list; and 1 celebrity judge that is known for judging big horn cattle.  All five judges’ scores will be tallied to determine the winner.  Tie breaker determination is TBD.  All judges' decisions are final.  No protests will be accepted.
  • Watusi or other influences of cattle will be judged, but the characteristics of other influences will be judged according to score sheet.**         ???

Cows

All cattle will be judged one at a time (not in a group).  Scoring categories will be weighted as follows:

  • Conformation – 50%

  • Horn –  25%

  • Weight -25%

    Bulls

    All cattle will be judged one at a time (not in a group).  Scoring categories will be weighted as follows:

  • Conformation – %

  • Horn - %

  • Hip height and weight measurements %

  • Ultrasound values %

  • Scrotal Measurement %

    The conformation score will be determined by the judges while an objective scoring system will be utilized for hip height, weight, and scrotum measurements.  

    Steers

    All cattle to be judged individually, one at a time (not in a group) 

  • Conformation – 30%

  • Horn - ??%

  • Ultrasound values - 10%

  • Conditioning for slaughter – 10%

The top 5 steers in each class will be promoted to carcass class.  All other steers return back to the owners.

The steer class winnings will be paid out as follows: 75% to class winners and 25% to carcass class winners. 

Steer Carcass Class 

  • Only steers scoring in the Top 5 of their respective class will advance to terminal carcass class judging.

  • Carcasses will be judged for quality, marbling, and marketability.

  • Cattle can be either grain or grass fed, but will be noted on entry form for data collection purposes only.

  • No steroids or growth enhancers will be allowed

Horn measurement consists of:  tip-to-tip, total horn, and composite (explain).  All cattle must be measured and weighed at the event; no satellite or early measurements or weights will be permitted.  All measurements will be considered “official” for both ITLA and TLBAA.

******** THESE ARE PRIMARY IDEAS TO PROMOTE THE “ELITE FUTURITY” Looking for ideas to strengthen the longhorn industry. Looking to have our first futurity in 2017 with a big bang.  Please get involved. Our rules will be modified accordingly. After the rules are set there will not be any changes once the futurity starts. If you have any suggestions now is the time to get them hashed out. We want our rules to stand as fair. All disbursements of money will be  available upon request. This futurity is non-profit.  The board will not accept payment of any kind.  All funds will be paid out in winnings or marketing of the breed and futurity.