When it comes to showing steers, the ideal age range is between 15 and 21 months. When selecting a steer for showing, it is important to consider its size, structure, and muscle shape. The best time to purchase a steer is when it is 6 to 9 months old and weighs between 500 and 700 pounds. The cost of the steer should be between 1,100 and 1,300 pounds at showtime.
When evaluating the structure of a steer, look for a foot that is square and well placed in the wedge with plenty of flexibility. The shoulder should have an angle of 45 degrees and the knee should have a curved shape like a banana or crescent. Additionally, the joints should be smooth and natural. When assessing the muscle shape of a steer, look for an even distribution of muscle throughout the body.
Dairy market steers must be more than 12 months old and less than 24 months old before July 1 of the current year and have been shown as feeder oxen the previous year. It is important to ensure that the animal has enough time to increase its daily weight adequately to meet the requirements of the show. With careful consideration and evaluation, you can find a steer that will be successful in showing.