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

2024 Open Jackpot & Spring Preview show

2024 Wisconsin State Fair Jackpot Hereford Steer Class

2024 Faces of Leadership Scholarship Opportunity

FOL Scholarship Available Through WJHA

The Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association is sponsoring a $400 scholarship for one Wisconsin Junior to attend the Faces of Leadership 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 July 28-31 in Forth Worth, Texas. Junior members, aged 14-21, 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. If you are a member of the WJHA and are interested in attending this year, please visit www.wisconsinherefords.org or contact BJ Jones at [email protected] for a scholarship application.

Applications are due June 15, 2024.

2024 Junior Donation Heifer

Thank you to all the supporters of the WJHA that bought tickets for the 2024 Donation Heifer from C & B Farms, Cheryl & Bill Look and the late "Uncle Bill" Graber. We are excited to announce that we raised over $9,000 for Junior Scholarships and educational programs. Congratulations to our winner, Dusty Bergman, of Augusta, WI! Thank you one and all for your support of the WJHA and our young people!

2024 Donation Heifer C & B Farms & WJHA

2024 WJHA Officers

Front Row (L-R)

  • Membership Sec - Blake Brancel
  • President - Hannah Oleson
  • Sec - Jordan Lamb
  • Director - Tessa Smith

Back Row (L-R)

  • Director - Madison Kegley
  • Reporter - Elayna Aue
  • VP - Brooke Aue
  • Directors - Ryan Oleson
  • Director - Jaydon Lietzau
  • Treasurer - Brady Jones (2nd year)

2024 WHA/WJHA Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our four 2024 Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association Scholarship Winners, featured below. 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. Three scholarships are funded through the WHA/WJHA and one is funded by the Marvin Espenscheid Memorial.

Pictured (L-R)

  • Morgan Firlus
  • Jordan Lamb
  • Madison Kegley (Espenscheid winner)
  • Hannah Oleson

Faces of Leadership of Wisconsin (FOLOW)

The Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association is beyond excited to host this year's FOLOW (Faces of Leadership of Wisconsin) in River Falls, WI on September 8th-10th! What is FOLOW many may ask? FOLOW is leadership conference for youth looking to grow and develop their leadership skills, learn more about personal growth, development, finding their drive and passion, and learning more about opportunities in the beef and ag industries! We as a board have a lot planned in terms of Leadership and Educational Workshops, Tours, Speakers, and of course some fun! Be Sure to see the tentative schedule down below and to follow our Facebook page @wisconsin junior Hereford association for more updates to come! We look forward to providing youth of all ages and their families with this opportunity of a lifetime and cannot wait to have you all with us in River Falls! Registration Closes on August 25th , 2023 at Midnight!

Contact Information:

Marie Prodell
(920)255-3993
[email protected]

Kim Jones
(608)482-2274
[email protected]

2023 Wisconsin State Fair Jackpot Hereford Steer Show

The Jackpot Hereford Steer Show was August 9, 2023 at the Wisconsin State Fair. The Jackpot Show is a great way for WHA member breeders to support Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association members showing Wisconsin Herefords at the State Fair! The Class is sponsored by the WHA, and is for Hereford steers born in Wisconsin that were bred by WHA or WJHA member breeders.

2023 Jackpot Hereford Steer Top 5 placings are as follows:

Placing - Payout - Exhibitor - Breeder
Champion - $500 - Ashlynn Norgard - Raelynn Ragsdale
Reserve - $250 - Tessa Smith - Plum River Ranch
3rd - $150 - Elayna Aue - Wildcat Cattle Company
4th - $100 - Ryan Oleson - Ryan & Hannah Oleson
5th - $75 - Alisha Klemme - Allison Ash
x - $25 - Evan Bartlett - Evan Bartlett
x - $25 - Mya Bevan - Plum River Ranch
x - $25 - Whitney Holler - Whitney Holler
x - $25 - Jayden Lietzau - Ty Lietzau
x - $25 - Isabelle McReath - Hannah Oleson
x - $25 - Hannah Oleson - Ryan & Hannah Oleson
x - $25 - Joe Renn - Kegley Farms
x - $25 - Tateum Speich - Alexander Huisheere

Thank you to all of the exhibitors and breeders for their participation in the class. Many thanks to WHA member and Jackpot Steer Coordinator Kermit Rhiner for coordinating the 2023 Jackpot Hereford Steer class! The Jackpot Hereford Steer Show is a great way to showcase your farm's genetic program and support WJHA members showing Wisconsin Herefords!

2023 Junior National Hereford Expo report

Wisconsin had 130 head of cattle and 61 exhibitors at the “Mad Dash to the Hereford Bash” Junior National Hereford Expo, Madison, Wisconsin, July 8 – July 14.

The Wisconsin juniors hosted/sponsored three very successful programs to welcome other juniors to our state;

Goose Chase Scavenger Hunt – 32 teams of 10 juniors each spent the first three days of JNHE completing challenges, hunting for items like a cheese head and searching out other juniors that fit a set profile. Awards were given to the top three teams. We heard many great comments back about how much fun this activity was!

Taste of Wisconsin Fun Night – Wisconsin helped host the meal for all 1500 attendees of the Mad Dash to the Hereford Bash. This special meal wouldn’t have been possible without the continued support of the Donation Heifer program! Thank you to all who support our juniors.

Queen’s Tea stuffed animals – The WJHA sponsored the stuffed animals Queen Madison Katzenberger gave to each participant in the Queen’s Tea. Every young lady took home a special friend as a reminder of their time at the event.

AWARDS AND SHOW PLACINGS

Advanced Speech, 1st Place Intermediate Division – Tessa Smith

Future Professionals, 1st Place Junior Division – Blake Brancel

8th Grade Prospect Award – Brady Jones

$2,500 Hereford Herdsman Scholarship – Lauren Jones

2nd Place Intermediate Judging Team – Morgan Firlus, Jordan Lamb, Hannah Oleson, Ryan Oleson

3rd Place PeeWee Judging – Charlie Kent

9th Place Junior Showmanship – Elayna Aue

10th Place Junior Showmanship – Bryce Brancel

8th Place Senior Showmanship – Lauren Jones

Golden Pitchfork Award – Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association

Wisconsin Outstanding State Member – Marie Prodell

Junior Premier Exhibitor – Lauren, Brady & Nick Jones

Lauren, Brady & Nick Jones Premier Exhibitor
    Wisconsin Champions
  • Reserve Grand Champion Steer & Reserve Champion Division 2 - GSF TUCKER K33 ET – Lauren & Brady Jones
    Wisconsin Division Champions
  • Reserve Champion Division 8 Bred-and-Owned Female – WILDCAT PRISTINE 2605 ET – Brady, Lauren & Nick Jones
  • Reserve Champion Division 3 Owned Polled Female – WILDCAT POLISHED 219 ET – Lauren, Brady & Nick Jones
    Additional Wisconsin Class Winners
  • Owned Cow-Calf Pairs Class 004 – HPH 756 LADY LUCK 5480J – Nick, Lauren & Brady Jones
  • Steer Class 014 – RR MURPHY 22 – Ashlynn Norgard
  • Bred & Owned Bulls Class 023 – WILDCAT PRINCIPLE 220 ET– Lauren, Brady & Nick Jones
  • Bred & Owned Heifers Class 039 – WILDCAT POLISHED 219 ET – Lauren, Brady & Nick Jones
  • Bred & Owned Heifers Class 059 – MJC GFJ SAVANNAH'S JOANNA42JET – Lily Jensen
  • Owned Polled Heifers Class 039 – WILDCAT PRISTINE 2605 ET – Brady, Lauren & Nick Jones
  • Owned Polled Heifers Class 136 – MJC GFJ SAVANNAHS JORDANA39JET – Lily Jensen
    Wisconsin Second Place
  • Steer Class 008 – WILDCAT SENSOR 203 – Brooke & Elayna Aue
  • Bred & Owned Bulls Class 018 – BB KINGSTON 13L – Mya Bevan
  • Bred & Owned Bulls Class 020 – WILDCAT PRODIGY 3145 ET – Lauren, Brady & Nick Jones
  • Bred & Owned Heifers Class 031 – WILDCAT LMAY MARDI GRAS 34 ET – Lauren, Brady & Nick Jones
  • Bred & Owned Heifers Class 059 – MJC GFJ SAVANNAHS JORDANA39JET – Lily Jensen
  • Owned Horned Heifer Class 080 – PURPLE HB FINLEY 96K ET – Tessa, Austin & Makenna Smith
  • Owned Polled Heifers Class 135 – MJC GFJ SAVANNAH'S JOANNA42JET – Lily Jensen
WILDCAT PRISTINE 2605 ET 2023 JNHE B&O Res Champ Div 8
WILDCAT POLISHED 219 ET 2023 JNHE Res Div 3 Owned Polled Heifer

2023 Hereford Preview Jackpot Weekend

Wisconsin Junior Hereford Open Jackpot Results

Saturday June 3, 2023 Jefferson, WI

Judge: Dale Hummell, IL

95 head - 50 polled heifers, 11 horned heifers, 5 mini heifers, 11 bulls, 6 cow-calf, 11 steers

Champion Polled Heifer – RF 8036 Rich Girl 16J - 11/24/21 - Shown by Morgan Richardson

Reserve Champion Polled Heifer – Wildcat Pristine 2605 ET - 2/9/22 - Shown by Lauren Jones

Champion Horned Heifer – Wildcat Clementine 2117 ET - 1/3/22 - Shown by Elayna Aue

Reserve Champion Horned Heifer – Purple HB Finley 96K ET - 5/5/22 - Shown by Makenna Smith

Champion Mini Heifer – Little C – 11/14/22 - Shown by Robert Ziller

Reserve Champion Mini Heifer – Copper – 5/23/22 - Shown by Albert Kelchner

Champion Cow/Calf – HPH 756 Lady Luck 5480J - 4/4/21 - Shown by Nick Jones

Reserve Champ Cow/Calf – KJ 364C Salsa Special 364J ET - 3/2/21 - Shown by Hannah Oleson

Champion Steer – CCK Chaser – Shown by Charlie Kent

Reserve Champion Steer – Maui – Shown by Haylie Reu

Champion Bull – PERKS 2TK 5101 Jabari 1122 ET - 9/25/21 - Shown by Kendall Boatman

Reserve Champion Bull – HHF Mighty 49C E35 K94 - 3/6/22 - Shown by Whitney Holler

Wisconsin Junior Hereford Spring Preview Show Results

Sunday June 4, 2023 Jefferson, WI

Judge: Joe Gensini, IL

92 head - 50 polled heifers, 11 horned heifers, 1 mini heifers, 11 bulls, 6 cow-calf, 11 steers, 1 min steer

Champion Polled Heifer & Supreme Overall Breeds – RF 8036 Rich Girl 16J - 11/24/21 - Shown by Morgan Richardson

Reserve Champion Polled Heifer – Swigart 1818 Diamond 2705 - 1/25/22 - Shown by Kade Swigart

Champion Horned Heifer – CRANE Anchor Lady 2253 - 5/22/22 - Shown by Ella Crane

Reserve Champion Horned Heifer – Purple HB Finley 96K ET - 5/5/22 - Shown by Makenna Smith

Champion B&O Heifer – RF 8036 Rich Girl 16J - 11/24/21 - Shown by Morgan Richardson

Reserve Champion B&O Heifer – Reserve Polled Heifer (Junior) - Swigart 1818 Diamond 2705 - 1/25/22 - Shown by Kade Swigart

Champion Mini Heifer – THF Rae 126 – 9/1/21 – Shown by Emmelia Stewart

Champion Mini Steer – MM28 – Shown by Annabeth Sprecher

Champion Cow/Calf – HPH 756 Lady Luck 5480J - 4/4/21 - Shown by Nick Jones

Reserve Champ Cow/Calf – KJ 364C Salsa Special 364J ET - 3/2/21 - Shown by Hannah Oleson

Champion Steer – CCK CHASER - Shown by Charlie Kent

Reserve Champion Steer – Maui – Shown by Haylie Reu

Champion Bull – PERKS 2TK 5101 Jabari 1122 ET - 9/25/21 - Shown by Kendall Boatman

Reserve Champion Bull – Wildcat Prodigy 3145 ET - 1/11/23 - Shown by Nick Jones

Hereford Showmanship

Pee-Wee Champion – Charlie Kent

Reserve – Molli Holler

Junior Champion – Makenna Smith

Reserve – Elayna Aue

Intermediate Champion – Ryan Oleson

Reserve – Jordan Lamb

Senior Champion – Lauren Jones

Reserve – Payton Lawinger

Fitting Team to Represent Wisconsin at JNHE

PeeWee – Charlie Kent

Junior – Makenna Smith

Senior – Tessa Smith

Champion Showman
Champion Steer Open & Jr - CCK Chaser - Charlie Kent
HPH 756 Lady Luck 5480J Champion Cow Calf Junior & Open
JR & Open Polled Heifer and Supreme Junior Female Overall Breeds - RF 8036 Rich Girl 16J - Morgan Richardson
Open Champion Horned - CRANE Anchor Lady 2253 - Ella Cran
Reserve Champion Cow - Open and Junior - KJ 364C Salsa Special 364J ET - Shown by Hannah Oleson
Reserve Champion Steer - Open and Junior - Hailey Reu
Reserve Horned Open & Jr. - Purple HB Finley 96K ET - Makenna Smith
Reserve Polled Heifer (Junior) - Swigart 1818 Diamond 2705 - Kade Swigart
WILDCAT CLEMENTINE 2117 ET Champion Horned Open Show Brooke & Elayna Aue
WILDCAT PRISTINE 2605 ET Reserve Champion Open Show
WILDCAT PRODIGY 3145 ET Reserve Champ Bull Jr Show

Thank You Wildcat Cattle Company - 2023 Donation Heifer


The Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association would like to thank Wildcat Cattle Company, The Jones family, for donating Wildcat Present 215 ET to the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association. This heifer was raffled off at the 2023 State Hereford Sale on March 4.

Congrats to the Windy Hills Herefords, Mark Friedrich Family, Roberts, WI on buying the winning ticket.

Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets! Over $ 21,000 was raised! Continuing a great tradition started by Steiny’s Polled Herefords and continued by the Mark Friedrich Family, SNL’s Whitetail Farm, Owego Stock Farm and Bacon Branch Beef!

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 including:
Gold Sponsors $500+
  • Holler Hereford Farms
  • JJJ Herefords
  • Joe Carr
  • C&B Farms - Bill Graber Memorial
  • Next Generation Genetics
  • Steinys Polled Herefords
  • Spaeth Farms
  • Bruce Everhart
Silver Sponsors $250-499
  • Judy Schlieckau
  • Kim Reidel
  • Chris Illg
  • Windy Hills
  • Bergman Farms
  • Plum River Ranch
  • Bruce Trusdale
  • Hickory Grove Farms
  • Midwest Herdman Jayde Reilly
Bronze Sponsors $100-249
  • Pete Atkins
  • Mary Maas
  • Loxi Smythe
  • Jimmy Bernard
  • Winston Storey
  • Oleson Family Farms
  • Justin Miklasewski
  • Paul Bramschreiber
  • Kelly Firlus
  • Hadley Erdma
  • Garitt Boetcher
  • Brooke Aue
  • Lola Lacina (Brock Lacina)
  • Chalene Weber
  • Babcock Farms
  • Holly McCarville
  • Paige Lemenager
  • Jeremy Reno
  • Dustin Hembree
  • Donnie Johnson
  • Issac Knuth
  • Jen Bartlett
  • Trent and Mariah Gerlach
  • Lucas Goldstein
  • Peters Polled Herefords
  • David Wisnefski
  • RGDA Cattle
  • Chase Kent
  • Mia Bayer
  • Cory Dieball
  • Sherry Poad
  • Brock Graber
  • Janeen Reed
  • Steven Curry
  • Jim Peglow
  • Lisa Schlimgen
  • Victoria Kypke
  • Sami Pierre Fry-Allen
  • Andrea Edquist
  • Huth Cattle Company
  • Danica Klemme
  • Jaice Maas
  • Jaden Maas
  • JonDor Herefords
  • LL Herefords
  • Holcomb Farms
  • Joe Renn
  • Eric Yttri
  • Dan Huisheere
  • Kyle King
  • Mark Schweitzer
  • Bart Mitchell
  • Marty Wilcox
  • Issac Knuth
  • Vasey Cattle co
  • Rainbow Cross/Perry Schroeder
  • Mary Gould
  • Becky Reed
  • Shannon Worrell
  • Devan Sanftner
  • Carter Ward
  • Curtis Curry
  • Case Bozdech
  • Shelly Sweatman
  • Corey Ruff
  • Blakely Storey
  • Stetson Story
  • Rob Ash
  • Garrett Graber
  • Jayme Davis
  • Jim Peglow
  • Peters Polled Herefords
  • Ed Schanbacher
  • Andrea Schlieckau
  • Brandon Meddaugh
  • Jennifer Kleeman
  • Brock May
  • Lily Jenen
  • Heather Reu
  • Matt Walsh
  • Jesse Singerhouse
  • Carl Wiltrout

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.

2022 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..

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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