KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fiftty-nine bred-and-owned bulls competed for grand and reserve champion honors at the ninth annual Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Kansas City, July 17. Jirl Buck, Madill, Okla., judged the bulls. “It is overwhelming the quality these juniors are exhibiting in the bred-and-owned bull show,” Buck said. “It is an amazing champion line up.”
Kasey Herman, Skiatook, Okla., captured grand champion bull honors with STAR KKH SSF Bright Kelly 408 by STAR Bright Future 533P. His expected progeny differences (EPDs) are birth weight (BW) 4.2; weaning weight (WW) 46; yearling weight (YW) 79; maternal milk (MM) 20; and milk and growth (M&G) 43. Buck commented that in the final drive Herman’s entry was impressive for his size and age.
The reserve grand champion bull, KLD Transformer D72 ET, a son of Remitall Online 122L, was exhibited by Kirbie Day, Waxahachie, Texas. The yearling bull showed with EPDs of BW 4.9; WW 58; YW 96; MM 18 and M&G 47.
Lillian Hayhurst, Terre Haute, Ind., exhibited the grand champion junior AI bull, HPH Duke P606 704. The son of PW Victor Boomer P606 showed with EPDs of BW 5.1; WW 43; YW 62; MM 25 and M&G 46. This division is for bulls that are the result of participating in the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Junior AI program. The program allows for NJHA members to receive free semen and certificates.
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The 2008 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo., Fort Dodge Animal Health, Overland Park, Kan., and UMB Bank, Kansas City, Mo.
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Division I champion: Luke Schroder and Kaden Wilson, Anita, Iowa, with TFR Cyrus 225 ET by BR Moler ET.
Division I reserve champion: Hunter Hamilton, Heltonville, Ind., with WCC WOF Ironman U302 by WCC Slam Dunk R26 ET.
Division II champion: Randa Owen, Ft. Payne, Ala.; Doppler Group, Toulon, Ill.; Lorenzen Farms, Chrisman, Ill.; and Shepherds View Farm, Bridgeville, Del.; with RRO TRM 94K Radan 7210 ET by SHF Radar M326 R125.
Division II reserve champion: Jena and Cody Dimberg, Charleston, Miss., with 3D Turbine 196T by Mohican Roughout 428R ET.
Division III reserve champion: Carlee Meeks, Taylor, Neb., with UPS Odyssey 7128 by UPS Odyssey 1ET.
Division IV reserve champion: Austin Matheny, Mays Lick, Ky., with Boyd ASM Benchmark 6139 by DR World Class 517 10H.
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.