The Hereford Nation took Grand Island, NE, by storm as it hosted the record-setting 2015 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). During the event June 27-July 3, more than 800 youth from 38 states exhibited a record-number 1,441 entries.
Johnson, Jensen top Showmanship Contest at Junior National Hereford Expo
Matt Johnson, Cambridge, IL, was chosen champion senior showman June 30 at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Grand Island, NE. Reserve champion was Brooke Jensen, Courtland, KS. The showmanship contest was sponsored by Sullivan Supply and Stock Show University.
After narrowing the field from 149 entries, the top 10 seniors not only had to prove themselves in the showring, but also at the fitting chute. Evaluating the senior division was the father and daughter team of Jerome and Jara Settles, Hoskins, NE. Tom and Tammy Boatman, Rockford, IL, 2015 Hereford Herdsmen of the Year assisted with senior finals.
The other senior finalists were: 3rd place – Melissa Grimmel, Jarrettsville, MD; 4th place – Trent Ray, Abingdon, IL; 5th place – Quin Rutt, Campbell, NE; 6th place – Cole Moore, Madill, OK; 7th place – Amanda Bacon, Siloam Springs, AR; 8th place – Kagney Collins, Flanagan, IL; 9th place – Harrison McMahon, Ayr, NE; and 10th place – Luke Nord, Wolverton, MN.
In the intermediate division father and daughter team sorted through 224 youth before selecting Sam Lawrence, Avilla, IN, as champion and Lauren May, Mineral Point, WI, reserve.
Judging the junior and peewee divisions were John and Melody McCurry, Burton, KS. The McCurrys selected Lauren McMillan, Tiskilwa, IL, as champion out of the 220 junior participants. Tate Bittner, Westminster, MD, was selected reserve.
The peewee division included 123 youth with Kade Boatman, Rockford, IL, being named champion peewee showman and Kenidey Effling, Highmore, SD, was reserve champion peewee.
A highlight of the showmanship competition is the parade of pre-peewee participants prior to senior finals. This year, 34 Hereford enthusiasts age 5 to 7 participated in the parade and received a special ribbon from the National Hereford Queen Katie Nolles, Bassett, NE.
3rd place – Payton Farmer, Brownstown, IN
4th place – Wyatt Hancock, Oologah, OK
5th place – Burk Van Horn, Morgantown, IN
6th place – Matt Powers, Butler, PA
3rd place – Rylee Stockdale, Dayton, PA
4th place – Mason Allan, Schulenburg, Texas
5th place – Karson Fahey, New Windsor, MD
3th place – Caitlyn Skiles, Dalhart, Texas
4th place – Kendall Boatman, Rockford, IL
5th place – Fallon Gohr, Madras, OR
6th place – T.R. Putz, Otley, Iowa
7th place – Aidyn Barber, Channing, Texas
8th place – Chesney Steenhoek, Maxwell, Iowa
9th place – Kesler Collins, Flanagan, IL
10th place – Kaylie Shelton, Frederick, MD
Geye, Collins grab Bred-and-Owned Female titles at Junior National Hereford Expo
Abby Geye, Rising Star, Texas, and her heifer, AAG Carol 915B by WORR Owen Tankeray Y79D ET, came out on top of the 265 exhibited in the bred-and-owned female show during the 2015 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Grand Island, NE, July 1. Kagney Collins, Flanagan, IL, with Purple Kags Francesca 4B by WORR Owen Tankeray Y79D ET claimed the reserve grand champion title. The bred-and-owned heifer show was sponsored by Harrison Cattle Co. LLC, Leslie and Jan Harrison, Arapaho, OK.
Judge Jim Bloomberg, Berwick, IL, said he was impressed with how competitive and deep the bred-and-owned show was and predicted the winners would also be successful in the owned show. He also added, “The best resource the Hereford breed has is every one of the kids who went through the ring today.”
The champion junior AI heifer title went to Brett, Bailey, Riley and Lauren Jones, Darlington, WI, with Wildcat Diamond Is Forever 406 by H WCC/WB 668 Wyarno 9500 ET. Reagan Dunn, Cochranton, PA, claimed reserve champion A.I. heifer honors with WD CA W18 Gold Digger 4104 by SHF Wonder M326 W18 ET. This division is for heifers that are a result of participating in the now-discontinued NJHA Junior AI program that allows youth to receive free semen and certificates.
Barber, Meeks show winning Junior National Hereford Expo Bulls
Bryden Barber, Channing, Texas, exhibited the grand champion bred-and-owned bull and Carlee Meeks, Taylor, NE, showed the reserve grand champion, July 1. The bred-and-owned bull show was sponsored by Curtis and Jackie Castle, Crawford, OK.
Judge Matt Leo, Le Blanc, CA, sorted 107 bulls to name the champions and said he was impressed by the quality of the bulls presented. He added, “The quality out here among the cattle we’ve seen was truly breathtaking from top to bottom.”
In the junior AI bull division, Whitney Steckel, Taylor, NE, claimed the champion title with WS Scholarship 450 by NJW 73S M326 Trust 100W ET. The reserve champion banner went to Brooke, Hanna and Abigail Billing, Greendell, NJ, with GP Liner 27U 114A ET by CL 1 Domino 732T. This division is for bulls that are a result of participating in the now-discontinued NJHA Junior AI program that allows youth to receive free semen and certificates.
Bacon, Shelton top Junior National Hereford Steer Show
Amanda Bacon, Siloam Springs, AR, exhibited the grand champion steer and Christopher Shelton, Frederick, MD, showed the reserve grand champion steer, July 1. The steer show was sponsored by Upstream Ranch, Taylor, NE.
Judge Matt Leo, Le Grand, CA, sorted 107 steers to find the winner and said, “I’ve gotten to see some great steers today. There’s a lot of quality in this final drive and back in the stalls.”
At check-in, ultrasound data was collected on the progress steers, including ribeye area, backfat thickness and marbling score, and a yield grade and carcass weight were estimated.
Based on that data, Levi Farr, Moorefield, NE, earned champion carcass steer honors with his 1,266-lb. steer by UPS Domino 1544.
William Moeller, Grand Island, NE, won reserve champion carcass steer with his 1,412-lb. steer by WAM Castle 38Z.
3rd place: Madelyn Grimmel, Jarrettsville, MD
4th place: Alyvea Bender, Albion, IN
5th place: Mason Foster, Millers, MN
6th place: Kiara Steinbrink, Sparta, WI
7th place: Ella Jacobs, Frederick, MD
Hay, Matheny win Cow-Calf Show at Junior National Hereford Expo
Devin Hay, Leesburg, IN, won the grand champion cow-calf pair, July 1. The cow-calf show was sponsored by Allflex USA, Dallas, Texas.
Judge Jim Bloomberg, Berwick, IL, picked Hay’s pair out of 35 pairs shown and commented that he was impressed by the progress of the Hereford breed he has seen over the years. In regards to the cow-calf show he said, “Not only the quality of the cows but the quality of calves they are producing is really good now.”
Buck, Skiles, Sullivan take Owned Female Show honors at 2015 Junior National Hereford Expo
Bailey Buck, Madill, OK, and her female HAPP Sweet Annie 4A ET, won the polled show and Lillie Skiles, Dalhart, Texas, and her heifer, H BL Miss Spice 405 ET, came out ahead in the horned owned female show on July 3.
The 2015 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, MO. The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit www.jrhereford.org .