(Lewis)--Catherine Henry grew up loving and taking care of animals so when an opportunity with the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity came about a few years ago, she jumped at the chance to get on board.
According to their website, the mission of the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity is to provide information to beef producers they can use in managing and marketing their product. The program provides cow-calf producers information on feedlot performance, average daily gain and carcass data on one or more steers/heifers entered.
This information can be used by the producer to change breeding and management programs or as a basis for change in a producer's marketing program. Producers use data obtained from participation in the TCSCF with high-performing steers as a tool in selling their cattle.
Catherine has been the Feedlot Data Coordinator with the TCSCF for the last three years.
She's the daughter of Doug and Laurie Henry of Bellevue, Nebraska. She attended both Missouri State University and Iowa Western Community College where she developed an interest in the agriculture curriculum.
Catherine has had a lifelong love of rodeo and for many years enjoyed Barrel Racing. She and her fiancé, Holden Hoffmann, own 8 horses. Her favorite is a mare named "Babe."
Holden's grandfather owns and operates the Nilan Feedlot outside of Oakland, Iowa, which is where Catherine found out about the opportunity with the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity.
"Our feedlot actually feeds the program," she says. "Gary Nilan's feedlot. So that's kind of how I met Matt (Groves) (Matt is the Manager of the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity) and got introduced to the program."
She explains her role.
"We have six different feelots that I go out to. We'll get new cattle in. We'll process them and then we'll go back and do a 30-day on-test weigh. Then in 60 days we'll go back and weigh them again and re-implant them and then in another 60 days we'll do a sort."
Catherine and Holden are planning to get married in August of this year and we wish them all the best along with her very bright future with the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity.