South Dakota Fed Cattle Challenge

Registration Closed

The Fed Cattle Challenge will provide an opportunity for youth to learn about the science and economics of finishing cattle by participating in a calf finishing program. Participants will understand the process for finishing cattle through ownership of three head of cattle at a custom feedlot, participate in education webinars, calculate a closeout and present what they have learned to a panel.

“Part of the goal of the Cattlemen’s Foundation includes educational opportunities, not just through our scholarship program, but also to develop the next generation of feedlot managers and owners. In our state, as we look at continued rural development, cattle feeding can be a significant part of that if we have people who understand how to do it well and be a good steward and community partner,” said Ryan Eichler, President of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation

[Winners will be announced June 22, 2019 at the Prime Time Gala]


In 2016, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarship program was established. This scholarship aims to identify and reward students who are interested in the improvement of beef production and promotion.

Scholarships of $5,000, $4,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 will be awarded to four students from South Dakota enrolled in any post-secondary institution in the state of South Dakota.

We are no longer receiving 2018 scholarship applications
[If you’re interested in applying next year, information will be released January 2019.]


Colin Geppert, Kimball
Mariah Kessler, Pierre
Sadie VanderWal, Brentford
Collin VanderWal, Volga
Hannah Noonan, Howard



Shane Mueller – Garretson, SD
Kaley Nolz – Mitchell, SD
Justin Ringkob – Lake City, SD
Ellen Schlechter – Orient, SD



Brianna Buseman – Canistota, SD
Kiera Leddy – Stockholm, SD
Jonathan Linke – Woonsocket, SD
Abby Repenning – Mitchell, SD


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