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Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association at the 2022 Junior National Hereford Expo, Louisville, Kentucky

2022-2023 Scholarship Opportunities

2022-2023 Scholarship Information  

2022-2023 WJHA scholarship application  

2022-2023 WJHA scholarship rules  

Lauren Jones Receives Hereford Youth Foundation of American Scholarship

Lauren Jones, Wildcat Cattle Company, Darlington, WI has been awarded the Larson Polled Hereford Scholarship for $2,500 through the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA). Pictured left to right: George Sprague, Eugene, OR, HYFA Scholarship Committee, scholarship recipient Lauren Jones, and Kathy Bucholz, Waxahachie, TX, HYFA Board of Directors. Photo credit: National Junior Hereford Association.

The Larson Polled Hereford Scholarship recognizes Ken and Carolyn Larson, Clifton, Texas. The Larsons purchased the first Lot 1 foundation female sold to benefit HYFA, for $100,000. Through the years, sale of the Lot 1 Foundation Female has raised almost one million dollars for the Hereford Youth Foundation of America! HYFA offers both fall and spring scholarship awards. Please visit the American Hereford Association’s HYFA Foundation webpage for more information on HYFA-sponsored opportunities for scholarships, leadership, education, and research.


The Wisconsin Hereford Association Jackpot Steer Show was held at the Wisconsin State Fair on August 10, 2022. Congratulations to all exhibitors in the Jackpot show! Thank you to all of the steer breeders for your nominations of exhibitors and cattle for the show! Results:
Champion Jackpot Steer: Tessa Smith - Steer bred by Plum River Ranch
Reserve Champion Jackpot Steer - Jenna Meier - Steer Bred by Pierce's Hereford Haven
Third Place Jackpot Steer - Brailee Ehlen - Steer Bred by Wiswell Farms
Fourth Place Jackpot Steer - Joe Renn - Steer Bred by Wyatt Kegley
Fifth Place Jackpot Steer - Brenna Thorson - Steer Bred by Brenna Thorson
Please see the "Results" Webpage for more show results from the Wisconsin State Fair!

2022 Junior National Report

Wisconsin had 68 head of cattle and 25 exhibitors at the “Banners in the Bluegrass” Junior National Hereford Expo, Louisville, Kentucky, July 16 - July 22.



Junior Premier Exhibitor - Brady, Lauren & Nick Jones
3rd Place Senior Showmanship - Lauren Jones
4th Grade Prospect Award - Bryce Brancel
7th Grade Prospect Award - Brady Jones
1st Place Peewee Judging - Charlie Kent
CHB Cooking Challenge, 3rd Place Junior Division - Nick Jones
Individual Sales, 3rd Place Junior Division - Makenna Smith
Photo Contest, Hereford People, 3rd Place Junior Division - Elayna Aue
Hereford Quiz Bowl, Junior Division, Final Four - Ryan Oleson, Brady Lamb, Alayna Aue and Nick Jones
Wisconsin Outstanding State Member - Madison Katzenberger

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Hereford Preview/Jackpot Weekend

Wisconsin Junior Hereford Open Jackpot Results

Saturday June 4, 2022 Jefferson, WI

Judge: Courtney Zehr, WI

97 head - 52 polled heifers , 16 horned heifers, 2 mini heifers, 9 bulls, 3 cow - calf, 13 steers , 2 min i steers

Champion Polled Heifer - Brady Jones, WILDCAT PINA COLADA 115 ET, 09/13/21

Reserve Champion Polled Heifer - T essa Smith , PURPLE HBSTORMY'S HARLEY 18J ET , 02/07/21

Champion Horned Heifer - Kendall Boatman , PERKS 1502 MARY JO 1002 ET , 01/22/21

Reserve Champion Horned Heifer - JW Crane , CRANE GOSSIP GIRL 2118 , 02/05/21

Champion Mini Heifer - Brenna Thorson , BKH FLICKA SPRITE ET , 04/08/21

Reserve Champion Mini Heifer - Brenna Thorson , THF MS JANET RAE 125 , 07/15/21

Champion Cow/Calf - Brady Jones , MF 308N CAITLIN 13C ET , 03/22/15

Reserve Champ Cow/Calf - Mya Bevan , BB CHARLIE 13G , 04/05/19

Champion Steer - Brailee Ehlen , GWF ACE

Reserve Champion Steer - Cole Webb , RF PLACE YOUR BETS

Champion Mini Steer - Kinleigh Fros t, HSC TENNESSEE WHISKEY 821

Reserve Champion Mini Steer - Kinleigh Fros t, HSC TENNESSEE MOONSHINE

Champion Bull - Rob Ash , WLC DOUBLE MILES CHILI 101 ET , 01/15/21

Reserve Champion Bull - Kendall Boatman , PERKS 2TK 5101 JABARI 1122 ET , 09/25/21

Wisconsin Junior Hereford Spring Preview Show Results

Sunday June 5 , 2022 Jefferson, WI

Judge: Steve & Karson Patton, IN

Champion Horned Heifer & Reserve Supreme Overall Breeds - Kendall Boatman , PERKS 1502 MARY JO 1002 ET , 01/22/21

Reserve Champion Horned Heifer - JW Crane , CRANE GOSSIP GIRL 2118 , 02/05/21

Champion Polled Heifer - Emma Richardson , BSC 4102 J LO 101 ET , 01/26/21

Reserve Champion Polled Heifer - Brady Jones, WILDCAT PINA COLADA 115 ET, 09/13/21

Champion B&O Heifer - Brady Jones, WILDCAT PINA COLADA 115 ET, 09/13/21

Reserve Champion B&O Heifer - Emma Richardson , RF SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT 1 2 J , 0 6 / 03 /21

Champion Mini Heifer - Brenna Thorson , BKH FLICKA SPRITE ET , 04/08/21

Reserve Champion Mini Heifer - Brenna Thorson , THF MS JANET RAE 125 , 07/15/21

Champion Cow/Calf - Brady Jones , MF 308N CAITLIN 13C ET , 03/22/15

Reserve Champ Cow/Calf - Marie Prodell , STEINY'S 60C BUTTERCUP 91E , 04/0 1 /1 7

Champion Steer - Brailee Ehlen , GWF ACE

Reserve Champion Steer - Cole Webb , RF PLACE YOUR BETS

Champion Bull - Kendall Boatman , PERKS 2TK 5101 JABARI 1122 ET , 09/25/21

Reserve Champion Bull - Madison Katzenberger , PRR MRK SENSATIONAL J162 , 07/14/21

Hereford Showmanship

Pee - Wee Champion - Charlie Kent

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Junior Champion - Hunter Wexell

Reserve - Ryan Oleson


Intermediate Champion - Kendall Boatman

Reserve - Morgan Richardson


Senior Champion - Emma Richardson

Reserve - Lauren Jones

Fitting Team to Represent Wisconsin at JNHE

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Junior - Tessa Smith, Alternate - Makenna Smith

Senior - Hannah Oleson, Alternate - Brooke Aue

Boatman Champ Horned Heifer both days & Preview Reserve Supreme Overall Breeds, PERKS 1502 MARY JO 1002 ET
Boatman Reserve Champ Bull Open Jackpot & Preview Bull Champ, PERKS 2TK 5101 JABARI 1122 ET
Champ Cow Calf both days, MF 308N CAITLIN 13C ET
Ehlen Champion Steer Both days, GWF ACE
Reserve Champ Horned Heifer both days, CRANE GOSSIP GIRL 2118
Richardson Champ Polled Heifer Preview, BSC 4102 J Lo 101 ET
Frost Champ Mini Steer Open Jackpot, HSC TENNESSEE WHISKEY 821
Frost Reserve Champ Mini Steer Open Jackpot, HSC TENNESSEE MOONSHINE
Open Jackpot Champ Polled heifer, Preview B & O Champ & Polled Reserve, WILDCAT PINA COLADA 115 ET
Reserve Champ Bull Preview, PRR MRK SENSATIONAL J162
Reserve Champ Cow Calf Preview, STEINY'S 60C BUTTERCUP 91
Richardson B & O Reserve Heifer Preview, RF SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT 12J
Ash Champ Bull Open Jackpot, WLC DOUBLE MILES CHILI 101 ET
Smith Reserve Polled Heifer Open Jackpot, PURPLE HBSTORMY'S HARLEY 18J ET
Webb Reserve Champ steer both days, RF PLACE YOUR BETS
Thorson Reserve Champ Mini Heifer both days, THF MS JANET RAE 125
Thorson Champ Mini Heifer both days, BKH FLICKA SPRITE ET
Bevan Reserve Champ Cow Calf Open Jackpot, BB Charlie 13G

2022 WJHA Board


New board
Madison Katzenberger - President; Lauren Jones - Vice President; Marie Prodell - Secretary; Blake Brancel - Reporter; Sami Neff - Director; Hannah Oleson - Director; Brooke Aue - Director; Alisha Klemme - Membership Secretary; Brady Jones - Treasurer; Jordan Lamb (not pictured) - Director.

FOL Scholarship Available Through WJHA

Morgan Firlus earns Faces of Leadership Scholarship!

The Wisconsin Hereford Association congratulates Morgan Firlus for earning the $400 scholarship, sponsored by the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association, to attend the national Faces of Leadership (FOL) Conference. FOL is an activity that helps juniors develop leadership skills and meet fellow Hereford juniors from around the country. This year FOL will be held on August 3 - 6 in Billings, MT. Junior members, parents and advisors from all parts of the country participate in the event each year. During the three-day event, close to 100 participants listen to nationally known speakers and participate in junior board workshops, which assist in the enhancement of the individual's leadership talents,, communication skills and beef industry knowledge. Morgan is the daughter of Scott and Kelly Firlus, of Crooked Creek Herefords, Wonewoc, WI. For more information about the WJHA, or the Faces of Leadership conference, please visit www.wisconsinherefords.org or contact BJ Jones at bj@wildcatcattle.com.

Faces of Leadership of Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association recently held its first-ever state leadership conference. Twenty-five juniors from three states met in Platteville, Wisconsin for a two-day Hereford tour and educational summit. They started on Saturday March 12, with a visit to the largest Hereford herd in the state, Sandrock Ranch. While the weather was freezing cold, the Bennett family were warm hosts discussing their program, EPD’s, and how they market their cattle. Next was a stop at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. They learned more about the university’s programs and were able to tour the school farms. In addition, our junior national director Lauren Jones updated the group on contest changes along with tips and tricks to participate in the contests. Another fun highlight was the group broke off into teams and developed farm marketing plans, led by Jayde Reilly of the Midwest Herdsman. Each team presented their farm marketing plan to the group. The day ended with some escape room games, pizza and swimming.

Sunday the juniors visited Gaffney Family Farms to learn more about cattle reproduction. Gaffney is a satellite center for Vytelle IVF programs. Veterinarian from the Center Hill Veterinary Clinic in Darlington, Dr. BJ Jones, presented a demonstration on ultrasound, showed embryos under a microscope and shared a biology lesson on cattle reproduction. The kids were able to see both pregnant and open reproductive tracts, and try their hand at passing an insemination gun through the cervix. Thank you to all who helped put on a great weekend for our youth..

2022 Scholarship Winners


WHA and WJHA congratulate scholarship winners
Brooke Aue, Marie Prodell, Lauren Jones, Alisha Klemme

Congratulations to our four 2022 Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association Scholarship Winners. Scholarships are awarded each year at the Wisconsin Hereford Association Annual Meeting based on a candidate's application and personal interview. Four $750-800 scholarships are awarded each year to WJHA members attending post-secondary education. One scholarship is funded by the Wisconsin Hereford Association, two are funded through the WJHA and one is funded by the Marvin Espenscheid Memorial.

Thank You Bacon Branch Beef - 2022 Donation Heifer


The Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association would like to thank Bacon Branch Beef, The Bevan family in memory of Dave Bevan, for donating BB Veronica 96EJ to the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association. This heifer was raffled off at the 2022 State Hereford Sale on March 5.

Congrats to Kim and Jeanine Radel, Spring Green, WI on buying the winning ticket.

Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets! Over $11,000 was raised! Continuing a great tradition started by Steiny’s Polled Herefords and continued by the Mark Friedrich Family, SNL’s Whitetail Farm, and Owego Stock Farm!

The money raised is used for scholarships, educational events and other programs supporting the kids of the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association.

Special recognition to our sponsors over $100 include:
Gold Sponsors $500+
  • Bramschreiber Hereford Farm/Cedar Creek Herefords
  • Next Generation Genetics
  • Wildcat Cattle Company
  • LT Sigg
  • Spaeth Farms
  • Kim Radel
Silver Sponsors $250-499
  • Mary Maas
  • Jeff White
  • Gaffney Family Cattle/Slaney Fencing
  • Triple J Herefords
Bronze Sponsors $100-249
  • Bergman Farms
  • Cheryl Graber
  • Grant Wiswell
  • John Dalton
  • Loxi Smythe
  • Pam Reimer
  • Steiny's Herefords
  • Judy Schlieckau
  • Ben and Brenna Babcock
  • Brady Vondra
  • Brookview Acres
  • Crooked Creek Herefords
  • Danica Klemme
  • Everardo Salmeron
  • Gene Barth
  • Greg Miller
  • Isaac Knuth
  • Janet Kurth
  • Jerry Huth
  • John Kampen
  • Lily Charapata
  • Mark Schweitzer
  • Oleson Herefords
  • Otter Creek Polled Herefords
  • Parker Sprenger
  • Perry Schroeder
  • Peters Polled Herefords
  • Plum River
  • RGDA Cattle
  • Ripp Family
  • Rod Wessel
  • Steve Gehrke
  • Steven Rortvedt
  • Ted Lawinger
  • Thorson Family
  • Tim McKeon
  • Tina Amos & June Troester
  • Travis Jergenson
  • Troy and Jamie Noble
  • Vasey Cattle Company
  • Wine Prime Farms

Thank You Owego Stock Farm - 2021 Donation Heifer


The WJHA would like to thank Owego Stock Farm, the family of the late Marvin Espenscheid, for donating OSF Lady Sensation 452H to the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association.

Congrats to Jamie Brill, Marytown, WI on buying the winning ticket!

If you are interested in donating a heifer for 2022, please contact any WJHA member or advisor BJ Jones at 608-482-2961.

Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets. $7,000 was raised!

Special recognition to our sponsors over $100 include:
Gold Sponsors $500+
  • Storey Herefords
  • Wildcat Cattle Co
Silver Sponsors $250-499
  • Judith Schlieckau
  • Mary Maas
Bronze Sponsors $100-249
  • Ben Babcock
  • Justin Miklaszewski
  • Robert Peters
  • Jaden Jaice Maas
  • Josh Oleson
  • Mark Byrum
  • Aaron Schuett
  • Boettcher Brookview Acres
  • Buddy Edenburn
  • C&B Herefords Bill and Cheryl Graber
  • Daniel & Rebecca Sina
  • Ed Wieners
  • Nick Katzenberger
  • Heather Reu
  • Jacob Bergman
  • John Dalton
  • Josh Spaeth
  • Karl Wittrout
  • Mason Miller
  • Maura Wieners
  • Mike Kloehn
  • Next Generation Genetics
  • Nicole Starr
  • Perry Schroeder
  • Rob Ash
  • Steve Merry
  • Steve Rortvedt
  • Thad Espenscheid
  • Tim Ault
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