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University of Idaho Extension
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2338
Moscow, ID 83844-2338

Phone: 208-885-5883
Fax: 208-885-6654

Interim Director:
Barbara Petty


Idaho Beef Steer-A-Year

The Steer-A-Year program is conducted by the Animal and Veterinary Science department with support from the Idaho Cattle Association. Participants donate a steer with proceeds funding College of Agricultural and Life Sciences scholarships, beef cattle research and scholarships for Vandal student-athletes.

Donated steers are used in hands-on animal science courses and for 4-H and FFA judging contests. Student managers gain real-world experience with full responsibility in daily management of the steers.

How it Works

  • Steer calves are transported to the University of Idaho Beef Center in Moscow during November and December. CALS arranges the transportation.
  • Steers are fed a finishing diet and growth performance is measured during this time.
  • Steers are sold when they reach market weight. CALS collects carcass data on each steer.
  • The revenue funds programs at the University of Idaho. Donors may designate how the revenue is distributed (AVS scholarship, beef industry research, Vandal Athletics).
  • Donors are invited to an annual golf tournament and banquet in the fall.
  • Awards are presented to donors of steers with the best:
    • Average Daily Gain
    • Carcass Cutability
    • Lean Gain per Day
    • Most Valuable Steer

Don’t own a steer? We have steers you can purchase for donation. You can also share this donation with friends and family.

Program Accomplishments

  • Over 1,400 steers have been donated since the program began in 1988
  • More than $680,000 has been raised through this program
  • Over 400 high school and college students benefit annually from the steers through a variety of educational activities

To learn more about Steer-A-Year, contact:

Eric Billings
Director of Development