Kelsey Kraft, of Billings, was the 2013 Top Herdsman in the Northern International Livestock Exposition Merit Heifer Program.
Kraft also took top honors in Merit Heifer Showmanship and her heifer was the reserve champion phenotype.
Twenty-four individuals were awarded donated heifers to compete in this year’s program. The Top Herdsman award was determined on three categories: monthly reports, an interview during the NILE, and a jackpot show held Friday, Oct. 18.
Results are as follows:
CHAMPION Garrett Bromenshenk, Billings
Donated by: Shipwheel Cattle Co, Chinook
RESERVE Kelsey Kraft, Billings
Donated By: Timberline Angus, Belgrade
1. Kelsey Kraft
Donor - Timberline Angus
2. Bailey Bice
Donor - Bullis Creek Ranch
3. Garrett Bromenshenk
Donor - Shipwheel Cattle Co.
4. Casey Fowler
Donor - Gateway Simmental
1st - Sidwell Land & Cattle $3,060
2nd - Rick and Brenda Kraft $2,295
3rd - Cow Capital Livestock $1,530
4th - Klompien Red Angus $765
The purpose of the NILE Merit Heifer Program is to help youth get a start in the beef cattle business by awarding heifer calves to participants chosen on the basis of merit, need, future goals and ability to care for the animal. Any youth ages 13-17, who is a 4-H or FFA member may apply. Participants are responsible for raising the heifer, arranging for her to be bred, completing the record keeping procedure and bringing the animal back one year later for exhibit at the NILE Stock Show.
This year, all heifers were donated by ranches in Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska. Donors were Berry Land & Livestock, Angelo Cattle Co., Klompien Red Angus, Sidwell Land & Cattle, Walborn Cattle Co., Currant Creek Angus Ranch, Pingetzer’s Six Iron Ranch, Redland Red Angus Ranch, KG Ranch, Oedekoven Angus, Kicking Horse Ranch, Knaub Cattle Co., Wiley Gelbvieh, Jacobs Ranch, Bullis Creek Ranch, Shipwheel Cattle Co., Gateway Simmentals, Garter-Denowh Angus, Ehlke Herefords, Bank of Baker, Timberline Angus, Y Lazy Y Shorthorns, Birdtail Ranch Angus and Boyd Angus.
For more information and a complete listing of results, visit www.TheNile.org.