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Kelsey Kraft is 2013 NILE Top Herdsman

The Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) Stock Show is proud to announce Kelsey Kraft, of Billings, MT, as the 2013 Top Herdsman in the NILE 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, October 18.

Showmanship:

1. Kelsey Kraft

Donor – Timberline Angus

2. Bailey Bice

Donor – Bullis Creek Ranch

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3. Garrett Bromenshenk

Donor – Shipwheel Cattle Co.

4. Casey Fowler

Donor – Gateway Simmental

Calcutta winners:

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. During the program duration, 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 as a bred replacement heifer for exhibit at the NILE Stock Show.

This year, all heifers were donated by generous ranches from 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.

–NILE

More Results from the 2013 NILE

Jr. Fed Sheep, Swine, Steer shows

Merit Heifer Show

Club Calf Show

Breeds

Angus

Red Angus

Hereford

Miniature Hereford

Gelbvieh/Balancer

Shorthorn

Longhorn

Galloway

Dexter

All Other Breeds

Supreme Row

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