Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Wade Shackelford, Prosper ISD
Jamie Osbourn, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Classifying the breed of a show steer in Texas used to be easy. Only three British breeds were shown. Crossbreeding among them was rare and easily recognized, and only Brahman crosses were shown in Texas.
Today, there are as many as 17 breeds and breed-cross classes in Texas shows, among about 75 breeds of cattle in the United States that could contribute to the genetic makeup of a steer.
To an outsider or novice, placing a steer in a breed class might appear to be relatively simple. Just read the specifications for a class and then find an animal that meets the criteria-right? Please keep in mind, registration papers, breeder affidavits, or other paperwork is not considered in the classification process. Eligibility for the class is determined only by visual appraisal, as evaluated by classifiers appointed by show management.
Ideal Characteristics: Characteristics in combination that most accurately represent the breed Acceptable Breed Characteristics: Characteristics that represent the breed
Discriminatory Breed Characteristics: Characteristics that are not reason for absolute disqualification but in combination with other discriminatory visual characteristics could lead to disqualification.
Absolute Disqualifications: Unfavorable visual characteristics resulting in removal from a breed division
Considerations: The following will be considered at the discretion of the classification committee: birthmarks or scarring (due to hot iron branding, freeze branding, or injury-caused discoloration)
The authors would like to recognize the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association, the Texas Association of Extension 4-H Agents, the Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association of Texas, and Texas and national purebred cattle associations for their input in preparing this document. The following guidelines were developed by representatives of these organizations during the Texas Steer Classification Workshop that was held September 13 & 14, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.
Dear Show Manager:
The Texas Junior Livestock Association has been an evolving process for the past 39 years. We have added divisions, taken away a division, and changed the way we do TJLA Official Showmanship. Some of you have been show managers of those shows for at least 30 years and there are a lot of show managers now that were once exhibitors of this Association.
Today, I am sending you sanctioning contracts with lowered sanctioning fees. If you have been a sanctioned show that is good news. I also am doing away with all other previous discounts. We have had a challenging year. Many personnel changes have taken place, and I feel that we have streamlined many of our procedures. The thing that we must do is have better communication with you. We know that showing livestock is an expensive hobby. We are doing our best to cut costs and pass those cuts in cost on to you and to our member.
Please read these contracts, and for those of you who know you are going to retain the same date, please fill them out and send them in. The show that is on the calendar early will have the advantage when the shows begin taking place this spring. We have simplified the fees, so that each sanctioned ring is the same cost. If you are interested in the double point shows there is a place for you to fill that out and send it in. Doubling the points on a show will cost an extra $50.00. If you are interested in that, you have a place to note that on your tabulation sheets.
I am very proud of the fact that you have helped us continue as an association for the past 39 years, and I hope that others who were not sanctioned shows will join us for the first time.
If I can be of help, please contact me. I feel that the TJLA is a place of where we serve you, and that is the way I hope it will always be.
Cherie Carrabba Bright
Texas Junior Livestock Association
“Serving Texas junior exhibitors and their families for the past 39 years.”