Shane Werk, Manhattan, Kan., grew up in west central Minnesota and became a lifelong Hereford breeder. His grandfather started in the registered Hereford business in the late 1940s. Werk served as the National Junior Hereford Association chairman in 2003.
Werk was a member of two very successful judging teams at Butler Community College and Kansas State University (K-State). During his collegiate judging career, he was awarded high individual in cattle at the American Royal and was part of the reserve national champion team for K-State in 2003.
He formerly worked at McCurry Angus Ranch, when the ranch successfully exhibited champions at NWSS, NAILE, the American Royal, Western States Angus Show and the National Junior Angus Show. He is currently the manager of the purebred beef unit at K-State and maintains his own personal cow herd of registered Hereford and Angus and commercial cows. He and his wife, Ashlie, have a daughter, Nora, who will be 2 years old in August, and a son, Brooks, who will turn 6 months old in July.