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Hereford Juniors Cook Up Some Competition in the Certified Hereford Beef® Cook-Off

July 13, 2023

MADISON, Wis. – Lights, camera, throw the Certified Hereford Beef®(CHB) on the grill; Hereford juniors enter an original cooking show. The CHB Cook-Off evaluates virtual cooking video submissions featuring CHB dishes prior to the VitaFerm®Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). Top entries were honored during JNHE in Madison, Wis., on July 12. 

During the contest, National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members think outside the box to create their own NJHA cooking show episode. The contest encourages creativity, communication and beef handling safety while promoting CHB. Points are earned for showmanship, creativity, presentation of the dish, use of recipe and explanation. Exhibitors were also judged based on their ability to communicate and explain CHB products and food safety, along with their use of CHB cuts in recipes and general knowledge. 

Each participant prepared a unique dish featuring CHB. The senior division winner of the CHB Cook-Off was Devon Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas. Lockhart’s dish, smoked Certified Hereford Beef rib roll with brussel sprouts and tomato mozzarella salad, was one of the judge’s top picks. Her knowledge of CHB and the Hereford breed coupled with an outstanding presentation, sealed the win. 


  1. Madelyn Beaver, Grandview, Texas
  2. Blaze Edwards, May, Texas
  3. Braxton Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas


  1. Jarrett Worrell, Mason, Texas
  2. Brogan Keltner, Pearl City, Ill.
  3. Kaylee Revis, Leicester, N.C.


  1. Trevor Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas


  1. Devon Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas
  2. Madison Sifford, Goldvein, Va.


Exhibitors from 38 states and Canada plan to participate in the JNHE “Mad Dash to the Hereford Bash,” July 8-14. More than 500 NJHA members are excited to participate in educational and leadership programs throughout the week-long event. Contests range from the future professionals contest and Hereford bowl to cattle judging and fitting. TheHereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) supports these educational and scholarship opportunities.


The 2023 VitaFerm®Junior National Hereford Expo, “Mad Dash to the Hereford Bash,” 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 more than 4,000 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