The Billings Outpost

Youth winners named

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. 

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