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Apel, Allan Top Junior National Hereford Steer Show

INDIANAPOLIS ­­­— Kristine Apel, Beason, Ill., exhibited the grand champion progress steer and Tyler Allan, Schulenburg, Texas, showed the champion prospect steer at the 2010 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Indianapolis July 7. 

           
Judge Mark McCully, Wooster, Ohio, sorted 133 steers to find the winner and said he was impressed with the quality exhibited. “The entire group was good, functional steers that will work in the industry.”
           
Kristine Apel’s champion steer is by LaGrand Reload 80P ET, weighed 1,255 lb., and had a weight per day of age (WDA) of 2.61. Brooke Brumley, Orovada, Nev., showed the reserve champion steer, a 1,230-lb. steer by KJ 068J Manhattan 262S with a 2.73 WDA.
           
Tyler Allan’s champion prospect steer weighed 666 lb. and is by H-LR Members Only 607 ET. The reserve champion prospect steer is an 864-lb. son of BR DM Bodacious ET, shown by Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas. 
           
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, Kade Patton, Frankfort, Ind., earned champion carcass steer honors with his 1,340-lb. steer by RV Stocker 6662. The steer scanned with a ribeye area of 14.9, .33 backfat, 4.25 marbling score with a calculated 2.41 yield grade and a carcass weight of 831 lb.
           
The reserve champion carcass steer was shown by Kevin Ernst, Windsor, Colo. His Ernst Cargo Load 704 son weighed 1,150 lb. and scanned with a 14.9 ribeye area, .22 backfat and a 3.47 marbling score, resulting in an 1.69 yield grade and 713-lb. carcass.
 
Additional results
Class Winners
Class 003: Cash Langford, Okmulgee, Okla.
Class 004: Matthew Blankenship, Nolensville, Tenn. 
Class 005: Clay Sundberg, Arlington, Ill.
Class 006: Cammie Ward, Browning, Mo.
Class 007: David Vest, Pilot Grove, Mo.
Class 010: Kinzie Selke, Franfort, Ind.
Class 011: Grant Vickland, Longmont, Colo.
Class 012: Levi Farr, Moorefield, Neb.
Class 013: Kade Patton, Frankfort, Ind.
 
Carcass placings
Third place: Jill VanDeWalle, Lafayette, Ind.
Fourth place: Kristine Apel, Beason, Ill.
Fifth place: Joshua Doody, New Market, Md.
Sixth place: Jillian Adams, Springfield, Ohio
Seventh place: Austin Deppe, Maquoketa, Iowa
Eighth place: Emily Sennett, Waynetown, Ind.
Ninth place: Kyle Lemmon, Manchester, Md.
Tenth place: Allison Doody, New Market, Md.
 
            The 2010 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.

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