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Hereford Youth Find Success in the Junior National Hereford Expo Fitting Contest

July 10, 2023

MADISON, Wis. – The team fitting contest was held at the VitaFerm®Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), Mad Dash to the Hereford Bash, in Madison, Wis., on July 10, and the top three teams were awarded. State associations sent in their best junior fitters to go head-to-head in the fitting contest sponsored by Sullivan Supply. Team Indiana with team members Dylan Kottkamp, Clayton; Maddox Gunn, Greenfield; and Ava Doig, St. Paul; reigned supreme when the hair adhesive settled.

Each team consisted of one senior, one intermediate and one junior or peewee exhibitor. The teams were allotted 40 minutes to fit their animal and Kyle Lemmon, Manchester, Md., judged the contest. 

Second place went to team Kansas with team members Jase Beltz, Canton; Josie Beltz, Canton; and Laynee Greenwood, Alma.

The third place team was Nebraska with team members Maddison Lienemann, Hildreth; Landon Lienemann, Hildreth; and Jaxon Snell, Red Cloud.

Exhibitors from 38 states plus Canada, plan to participate in the JNHE Mad Dash to the Hereford Bash July 8-14. More than 500 National Junior Hereford Association members are excited to participate in educational and leadership programs throughout the week-long event. Contests range from the future professionals contest, hereford quiz bowl, speech contests and sales contests to the judging and fitting contests. Thanks to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA), these educational opportunities are made possible and some contests come with scholarship prizes.


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