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Krauss Awarded in National Junior Hereford Association Fed Steer Shootout

Katherine Krauss NJHAHereford youth gained invaluable cattle feeding and industry education experience through the inaugural National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Fed Steer Shootout.

"We are proud of the growth of our junior program and the benefits it brings to our younger breeders," says Jack Ward, American Hereford Association executive vice president. "Over the years, the NJHA has had a strong focus on leadership and education. We are excited to offer an opportunity for our junior membership to become more directly involved with the beef industry outside of the show ring."

In its first year, 29 youth from 11 states entered 72 steers in the Fed Steer Shootout program. Participants estimated feed yard performance and carcass merit, and then compared the information to actual performance data. They also had the opportunity to measure and compare the profitability of their animals during the contest. The steers were fed at Gregory Feedlots in Tabor, Iowa, in partnership with David Trowbridge and the Gregory Feedlots.

The Hereford Research Foundation sponsored $5,000 in cash awards and Anderson Bean Boot Company provided handcrafted boots for winners. Program sponsors include UltraInsights Processing Lab, Inc., GeneSeek®, Allflex USA, Greater Omaha Packing Co., Inc. and Zoetis Animal Health.

Tava Gustafson of Junction City, Kansas entered the grand champion and highest retail value steer of the first NJHA Fed Steer Shootout.

Winning champion pen-of-three Hereford steers was MacKenzie Trowbridge of Tabor, Iowa, and the reserve champion pen-of-three Hereford steers was entered by Mallory and Regan Carlson of Murdock, Minnesota.

The champion individual Hereford steer was consigned by Joshua Shaw of Caldwell, Idaho, and the reserve champion individual Hereford steer was fed by Katherine Krauss of Russell, Kansas.

In the commercial division, Madi Ridder of Marthasville, Missouri entered the champion pen-of-three commercial steers, and Ben Ridder of Marthasville, Missouri fed the reserve champion pen-of-three commercial steers.

Hanna Gregory of Houstonia, Missouri took home champion individual commercial steer honors and Colton Stiefvater of Salem, South Dakota fed the reserve champion individual commercial steer.

Juniors who were presented overall awards for standout steers in the program include Trevor and Tate Johnson of Centerville, South Dakota, highest marbling score with their commercial steer; Lauren McMillan of Tiskilwa, Illinois, largest ribeye area with her Hereford steer; and Mallory and Regan Carlson, highest average daily gain with a steer out of their Hereford pen-of-three.

Molly Biggs of Dixon, Illinois was named the 2017 Fed Steer Shootout Junior of the Year for going above and beyond throughout the program. She was present for all program-hosted webinars, attended the open house at Gregory Feedlots and shared her experience at the AHA Annual Meeting and Conference educational forum.

The American Hereford Association, with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, is one of the largest US beef breed associations. The not-for-profit organization along with its subsidiaries — Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC, Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) and American Beef Records Association (ABRA) — provides programs and services for its members and their customers, while promoting the Hereford breed and supporting education, youth and research. For more information about the Association, visit

(Information and photo courtesy American Hereford Association. Pictured, left to right, at the 2017 Hereford Honoree Reception during the AHA Annual Meeting and Conference in Kansas City are Kevin Shultz, 2018 AHA president; Katherine Krauss; Steven Green, NJHA chairman; Annah Dobson, National Hereford Queen; and Trey Befort, AHA director of commercial programs.)

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