Lamb Carcass & Performance Contest
The purpose of the lamb carcass and performance contest is to recognize producers of superior lambs; to allow producers to compare their lambs with other breeds and producers; to provide producers with carcass data to make breeding and selection decisions; to demonstrate the use of real time ultrasound technology to determine carcass characteristics of live lambs; and to educate producers and the public about lamb production.
Results will be sent to contestants after ultrasound data is evaluated by a professional lab.
Contest lambs will be scanned using realtime ultrasound to estimate carcass characteristics. The formula to calculate Percent Boneless Closely Trimmed Retail Cuts (%BCTRC) is:
49.936 (0.0848 x carcass weight) – (4.376 x back fat) – (3.53 x estimated
body wall thickness) + (2.456 x ribeye area)
The formula to calculate Lean Gain Per Day on Feed is:
(carcass weight x %BCTRC) / days of age
Chairman – Barbara Mullen
Scanner – Jim Pritchard, West Virginia
- Ewe, wether, and ram lambs of any breed or crossbreed are eligible to compete, including potential young sires and wool breeds.
- Lambs must weigh a minimum of 80 lbs. There is no maximum weight.
- Lambs cannot be entered in more than one show.
- Lambs must be less than 1 year of age and have all their lamb teeth present.
- Exhibitors will be limited to 2 entries.
- All lambs must have approved interstate or Maryland health papers.
- Lambs must be completely slick shorn within 5 days of the show.
- Exhibitors must be present for weighing and scanning.
- Lambs will be released after scanning.
- Any lamb not meeting the minimum 0.10 back fat requirement will receive the white award regardless of %BCTRC and will not be eligible for special awards.
2nd – $30
3rd – $20
How to Enter
Mail entry form to: Barbara Mullen, 10634 Old Frederick Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone: (301) 898-7796 e-mail:
Make checks payable to: Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
There will be a $25 charge on any check returned for any reason.
Entry deadline: April 19, 2016
Entry fee: $10 per lamb