Our junior show does have a minimum weight to make the sale, and I wish they had decided to use more of this technology to cull steers that weren't ready for a finished show before they decided NOT to have a sale this year. We just found out they've canceled the steer sale at our state steer show, which is a terminal show. It's been a long time coming, and all the while heading in that direction, it's just frustrating. I don't have steers (thank goodness) and I hope I wouldn't be relying on state extension staff to get them sold if I did, but I'm disappointed about some of the decisions that get made.
The requirements may seem strict to some people, but they may also be the difference between a successful junior beef program in your area and the deterioration of these types of opportunities for kids who want to show.