Vickland, Barber top Junior National Hereford Steer show
Grant Vickland, Longmont, Colo., exhibited the grand champion steer and Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas, showed the champion prospect steer at the 2009 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo in Tulsa, Okla., July 8.
Judge Chris Skaggs, College Station, Texas, judged the 90-head show and said he was impressed with the high-quality set of steers presented by an outstanding group of young people. He said he was looking for balanced steers with a lot of muscling and eye appeal while being structurally correct.
Skaggs found that combination in Vickland's champion steer sired by TH JWR SOP 16G 57G Tundra 63N that weighed 1,214 lb. Skaggs followed with the reserve champion steer shown by Montana Deppe, Maquoketa, Iowa. He was a
1,274-lb. steer by DB Hard Drive ET.
The sister-brother Barber duo topped the prospect steer division. Rylee Barber's champion prospect steer was by BH MR Cutter 3011E and weighed 860 lb. Bryden Barber showed the reserve champion 755-lb. prospect steer sired by BR DM Bodacious ET.
At check-in ultrasound data was collected on all steers, including ribeye area, backfat and marbling score. Yield grade and carcass weight were estimated.
Based on those predictions, Hannah Williams, Kearney, Neb., earned champion carcass steer honors with her 1,182-lb. steer by SBH L1 Domino 426. The steer scanned a ribeye area of 16.1, .57 backfat, 6.49 marbling score with a calculated 2.26 yield grade and a carcass weight of 733 lb.
The reserve champion carcass steer was shown by Maranda Kegley also of Kearney, Neb. Her KT Top Secret 1030 son weighed 1,295 lb. and scanned 14.6 ribeye area, .28 backfat and a 4.08 marbling score, resulting in a 2.28 yield grade and 803-lb. carcass.
Steers Class Winners
Class 003: Josie Butler, Billings, Mo.
Class 004: Kara Brumley, Orovada, Nev.
Class 005: Peyton Schmitt, Nichols, Iowa
Class 006: Paige Longstreth, Royal Center, Ind.
Class 008: Nicole Pohlmann, Owensville, Mo.
Class 010: Chance Deppe, Maquoketa, Iowa
Third place: Kari Brumley, Orovada, Nev.
Fourth place: Clint Steketee, Caledonia, Mich.
Fifth place: Chase Billing, Greendell, N.J.
Sixth place: Eric Frenzen, Fullerton, Neb.
Seventh place: Katie Moeller, Grand Island, Neb.
Eight place: Blake Solsma, Sanborn, Iowa
Ninth place: Peyton Schmitt, Nichols, Iowa
Tenth place: Kelsie Musil, Wilbur, Neb.
The 2009 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo. The 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.