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2020 NILE Merit Heifer Application Available

The legacy carries on with the 2020 NILE Merit Heifer Program

BILLINGS, MONT.–The opportunity for kids started in the cattle industry is knocking, and loudly. Applications for the NILE Merit Heifer program are now available for the 2019-2020 year.

The NILE Merit Heifer program is a live animal scholarship, meaning the recipients are given a young, live, heifer calf. The objective is to to help youth get a start in the beef cattle business and gain knowledge about the beef industry.

Program participants are chosen based on merit, future goals, and ability to care for the animal. 4-H or FFA members who are 12-16 years old may apply. Applicants are not limited to Montana residents.

During the program duration, participants are responsible for care-taking, record keeping, breeding, and bringing the heifer back one year later to the NILE Stock Show & Rodeo. The class of merit heifer recipients competes for best phenotype, top showman honors, best record book, best interview and overall top herdsman.

“This program would not be possible without the generous support of our donors over the years,” says NILE General Manager Jennifer Boka. “We are truly grateful for them since the program’s inception.”

Interested in becoming a donor? The NILE Merit Heifer Program is also seeking those interested in donating a heifer calf for the upcoming year.

Applications and a link to the YouTube video must be received no later than June 28, 2019 at 4 p.m.. The 2020 recipients will be announced in late August 2019. Applications available online at www.thenile.org

Application Requirements:

complete application

character references

written essay

3-5 minute YouTube video (should include, but is not limited to):

an introduction

facility tour

current 4-H/FFA projects

goals and objectives for the Merit Heifer

voiced by the applicant

An example YouTube video can be seen here.

For more information regarding the NILE Merit Heifer Program, please email Shelby at shelby@thenile.org or call the NILE Office at (406) 256-2495 ext 4.

–The NILE

NILE offering scholarships to the next generation of agriculturalists

Billings, Mont.–Now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year, the NILE Foundation expects to award over $30,000 to youth.

For almost 30 years, the NILE (Northern International Livestock Exposition) has awarded scholarships to deserving FFA and 4-H students. The criteria being that applicants have been actively involved in their communities, leaders in their respective programs, excelled in the classroom, and participated in NILE events.

“Promoting the future of agriculture through the support of youth via scholarships is a long-standing tradition of NILE.” says Jennifer Boka, General Manager of the NILE. “Educating today’s youth to be tomorrows ag proponents is crucial to the entire world and we at the NILE are proud to support and embrace the future of agriculture.”

Scholarship applications and guidelines can be found at www.thenile.org, or by contacting the NILE Office at (406) 256-2495. Applications must be submitted to the NILE Office by March 1, 2019 by 4 p.m. (postmarked March 1st will not be accepted). Applications incomplete or late will not be considered. Scholarships will be awarded and announced in early April 2019. Similar to previous years, the NILE Scholarship Committee will be awarding five levels of scholarships:

High School One Time Scholarship – Awarded to high school seniors that meet the qualifications listed in the guidelines.

Secondary One Time Scholarship – Offered will also be a one-time grant, for students already enrolled in College or a Vo-Tech school meeting the qualifications.

Shining Star: All qualified applicants are eligible. This scholarship is for an applicant that stands out in the crowd.

Needle In The Haystack – This scholarship will be awarded to any NILE scholarship applicant if they attend Stetsons & Stilettos in May 2019. The winner will be randomly drawn that night.

Rolling Scholarship – The most prestigious of all scholarships awarded is The Rolling Scholarship. This scholarship will be offered to a select group of High School Seniors who will have the opportunity to renew the scholarship annually, up to four years of their secondary education. Recipients of rolling scholarships will be chosen from the pool of applicants that are current seniors in High School.

Each year the NILE touches the lives of nearly 10,000 youth and provides over $55,000 in cash and live animal scholarships. Major highlights of NILE Youth Programs are the NILE Merit Heifer Program, 4th Grade Ag Education, Jr. Fed Livestock Show, Scholarship Program, and Internship Program. Live Animal scholarships are donations of heifers to kids in the Merit Heifer Program.

The NILE Foundation was established in 2009 as a supporting arm of the NILE organization, which is dedicated to the promotion of livestock, agriculture education, and respect for the western culture. It is funded through generous donations and the annual fundraiser, Stetsons and Stilettos. This year the theme is Kentucky Derby and held Saturday, May 4th.

–The NILE

NILE offering scholarships to the next generation of agriculturalists

Billings, Mont.–Now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year, the NILE Foundation expects to award over $30,000 to youth.

For almost 30 years, the NILE (Northern International Livestock Exposition) has awarded scholarships to deserving FFA and 4-H students. The criteria being that applicants have been actively involved in their communities, leaders in their respective programs, excelled in the classroom, and participated in NILE events.

“Promoting the future of agriculture through the support of youth via scholarships is a long-standing tradition of NILE.” says Jennifer Boka, General Manager of the NILE. “Educating today’s youth to be tomorrows ag proponents is crucial to the entire world and we at the NILE are proud to support and embrace the future of agriculture.”

Scholarship applications and guidelines can be found at www.thenile.org, or by contacting the NILE Office at (406) 256-2495. Applications must be submitted to the NILE Office by March 1, 2018 by 4 p.m. (postmarked March 1st will not be accepted). Applications incomplete or late will not be considered. Scholarships will be awarded and announced in early April 2019. Similar to previous years, the NILE Scholarship Committee will be awarding five levels of scholarships:

High School One Time Scholarship – Awarded to high school seniors that meet the qualifications listed in the guidelines.

Secondary One Time Scholarship – Offered will also be a one-time grant, for students already enrolled in College or a Vo-Tech school meeting the qualifications.

Shining Star: All qualified applicants are eligible. This scholarship is for an applicant that stands out in the crowd.

Needle In The Haystack – This scholarship will be awarded to any NILE scholarship applicant if they attend Stetsons & Stilettos in May 2019. The winner will be randomly drawn that night.

Rolling Scholarship – The rolling scholarships will be offered to a select group of High School Seniors who will have the opportunity to renew the scholarship yearly, up to four years of their secondary education. Recipients of rolling scholarships will be chosen from the pool of applicants that are current seniors in High School.

Each year the NILE touches the lives of nearly 10,000 youth and provides over $55,000 in cash and live animal scholarships. Major highlights of NILE Youth Programs are the NILE Merit Heifer Program, 4th Grade Ag Education, Jr. Fed Livestock Show, Scholarship Program, and Internship Program. Live Animal scholarships are donations of heifers to kids in the Merit Heifer Program.

The NILE Foundation was established in 2009 as a supporting arm of the NILE organization, which is dedicated to the promotion of livestock, agriculture education, and respect for the western culture. It is funded through generous donations and the annual fundraiser, Stetsons and Stilettos. This year the theme is Kentucky Derby and held Saturday, May 4th.

–NILE

NILE Top Herdsman Awarded to Frank Herefords

Billings, Mont–Frank Herefords from Columbus, Mont. takes home the K.R. Rauch Wilson Trailer for winning the 2018 Top Herdsman Award at the NILE.

Each year cattle exhibitors are judged on their presentation during the NILE Stock Show. The criteria for winning is based on: cleanliness of stall area, observance of rules and regulations, cooperation with show officials, sportsmanship to other exhibitors, and knowledge of breed/s being shown. Those that exemplify these attributes win the use of a Wilson Trailer from K.R. Rauch for a year.

This year’s winner is Frank Herefords based out of Columbus, Mont. They are self-described as “a small herd that just keeps getting better every spring!”

Congratulations to Frank Herefords and all exhibitors who were in the running for the Top Herdsman Trailer. Thank you to K.R. Rauch and Wilson Trailers for providing this awesome award.

–The NILE

36th Annual Prestigious NILE Red Angus Sale

TSLN Rep: Scott Dirk

Date of Sale: Oct. 19, 2018

Location: Metra Park, Billings, MT

Auctioneer: Kyle Shobe

Averages:

10 Bred Heifers – $5,052

25 Open Heifer calves – $3,650

4 Embryo lots – $1,218

Top selling lots:

$7,500–Lot 23, DKK Auburn 7024, a 1/17 daughter of Brown JYJ Redemption Y1334, bred to Bieber Make Mimi for Jan. 2019 calf. Consigned by Klompien Red Angus, Manhattan, Montana, and purchased by Lost Creek Red Angus, Molt, Montana.

$5,750–Lot 17, C-T Fayette 7095, a 2/17 daughter of PIE one of a Kind 510, bred to C-T Red Rock 5033 from C-T Red Angus, Manhattan, Montana, and sold to Lucht Red Angus, Bozeman, Montana.

$5,750–Lot 37, Raisland Lakota 738-428, 1/17 daughter of LSF SRR Tyson 3025A, bred to 9 Mile Blockade 7046E, consigned by Raisland Red Angus, St. Ignatius, Montana, and sold to Southerlin Farms, Stevensville, Montana.

$5,750–Lot 41, SUTH Conchetta Chica 733F, a Feb. 2018 daughter of Fischer Kodiak 538 consigned by Southerlin Farms, Stevensville, Montana, and sold to Murray Hay and Cattle, Lebanon, Oregon.

$5,500–Lot 4, 3C Mandy 1841, a Feb. 2018 daughter of Milwillah Marble Bar J53 from 3C Cattle LLC, Stevensville, Montana, sold to Fischer Red Angus, Harlowton, Montana.

NILE Hereford Show

Judge for Jr. Division: Clint Rusk, Judge for Open Division: Jason Hoffman

Champion Jr. Hereford Female

Animal: Churchill Lady 7403

Sire: R Leader 6964

Exhibitor: Trista Bates

Hometown: Manhattan, MT

Reserve Champion Jr. Hereford Female

Animal: H Ruby 8515 ET

Sire: UPS SENSATION 2296 ET

Exhibitor: Jagger Flesch

Hometown: Shelby, MT

Champion Jr. Hereford Male

Animal: LW 4126 Advance 751E

Sire: HH Advance 4126B

Exhibitor: Anna Hanson

Hometown: Red Lodge, MT

Reserve Champion Jr. Hereford Male

Animal: 4-H Kickstart Stud F103

Sire: Churchill Kickstart 501C ET

Exhibitor: Becky deMontigny

Hometown: Helena, MT

Champion Open Hereford Female

Animal: NJW 36A 10W Turquoise 2

Sire: LJR 023R Whitmore 10W

Exhibitor: NJW Polled Herefords

Hometown: Sheridan, WY

Reserve Champion Open Hereford Female

Animal: CCC SR LHF SHF Lady 72

Sire: BR Nitro Aventus 3116 ET

Exhibitor: Storey Hereford Ranch

Hometown: Bozeman, MT

Champion Open Hereford Cow/Calf Pair

Animal: TP LADY WINN DURANGO

Sire: TP WINN DURATION ET 2

Exhibitor: Frank Herefords

Hometown: Columbus, MT

Reserve Champion Open Hereford Cow/Calf Pair

Animal: E Z712 GRACE D90

Sire: E 4L SCHATZEE ET Z712

Exhibitor: Teagan Bouma

Hometown: Missoula, MT

Champion Open Hereford Male

Animal: NJW 76S 27A Long Range

Sire: NJW 135U 10Y Hometown

Exhibitor: NJW Polled Herefords

Hometown: Sheridan, WY

Reserve Champion Open Hereford Male

Animal: GCS Bandit 808

Sire: Churchill Gallatin 5211C ET

Exhibitor: Gene Stillahn

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY

NILE: Jr. Angus Show

Judge: Clint Rusk

Champion Bred and Owned Jr. Angus Female

Animal: StreamSide Elisha 1740

Sire: Colburn Primo 5153

Exhibitor: Trista Bates

Hometown: Manhattan, MT

Reserve Champion Bred and Owned Jr. Angus Female

Animal: DPL Sandy 7478

Sire: EXAR Classen 1422B

Exhibitor: Dawson DalPorto

Hometown: Oakley, CA

Champion Bred and Owned Jr. Angus Male

Animal: Dal Porto Sherlock T166

Sire: Connealy Final Product

Exhibitor: Dawson Dal Porto 337

Hometown: Creston, WA

Reserve Champion Bred and Owned Jr. Angus Male

Animal: OCC Spur 8103

Sire: Connealy Spur

Exhibitor: Kane Olson

Hometown: St. Ignatius, MT

Champion Owned Jr. Angus Female

Animal: Lazy JB Queen Cashmere

Sire: Colburn Primo 5153

Exhibitor: Katia Voloshin

Hometown: Craig, CO

Reserve Champion Owned Jr. Angus Female

Animal: EXAR Winnie 1037

Sire: PVF Insight 0129

Exhibitor: Nicole Stevenson

Hometown: Joliet, MT

Champion Jr. Angus Female

Animal: Lazy JB Queen Cashmere

Sire: Colburn Primo 5153

Exhibitor: Katia Voloshin

Hometown: Craig, CO

NILE Gelbvieh/Balancer Show

Judge for Jr. Division: Jason Hoffman, Judge for Open Division: Clint Rusk

Champion Jr. Gelbvieh Female

Animal: EGL Lass E3200

Sire: EGL Lifeline B101

Exhibitor: JW LeDoux

Hometown: Ree Heights, SD

Reserve Champion Jr. Gelbvieh Female

Animal: CJLL Emma E1735

Sire: DCSF Post Rock Astronaut

Exhibitor: Maddie Lehrkamp

Hometown: Hermosa, SD

Open Champion Gelbvieh Female

Animal: CJLL Emma E1735

Sire: DCSF Post Rock Astronaut

Exhibitor: Maddie Lehrkamp

Hometown: Hermosa, SD

Reserve Champion Open Gelbvieh Female

Animal: Silver Lining

Sire: JLSL Deacon

Exhibitor: Ledgerwood Gelbvieh

Hometown: Clarkston, WA

Champion Open Balancer Female

Animal: EGL Lass E3200

Sire: EGL Lifeline B101

Exhibitor: JW LeDoux

Hometown: Ree Heights, SD

Reserve Champion Open Balancer Female

Animal: CJLL Effie E1701

Sire: Post Rock Highly Focused

Exhibitor: CJ & L Livestock

Hometown: Hermosa, SD

Champion Balancer Open Male

Animal: PML Forrest

Sire: Sugar Daddy ET

Exhibitor: Paige Lehrkamp

Hometown: Hermosa, SD

Reserve Champion Balancer Open Male

Animal: MADD Ferdinand 805F

Sire: DCH Hille B251

Exhibitor: Maddie Lehrkamp

Hometown: Hermosa, SD

Champion Open Gelbvieh Male

Animal: Ricky Bobby

Sire: BNC Mr Hojer B447

Exhibitor: Ledgerwood Gelbvieh

Hometown: Clarkston, WA

Reserve Champion Open Gelbvieh Male

Animal: JLSL Time Bandit

Sire: JDPD Time Traveler 450X

Exhibitor: Ledgerwood Gelbvieh

Hometown: Clarkston, WA

NILE: Futurity Heifers

Grand Champion Futurity Heifer

Animal: Peaches/307

Sire: Dakota Gold

Exhibitor: Kristen Vincent

Hometown: Moccasin, MT

Reserve Grand Champion Futurity Heifer

Animal: Katie/305

Sire: Amen

Exhibitor: Edward Shay

Hometown: Park City, MT

3rd Place Futurity Heifer

Animal: Elvira/324

Sire: Here I Am

Exhibitor: Bethany Lyford

Hometown: Kalispell, MT

4th Place Futurity Heifer

Animal: 354

Exhibitor: Brice White

Hometown: Laramie, WY

–The NILE

NILE: Club Calf Pen Show

Grand Champion Pen of 3 Heifers

Exhibitor: Dietz Livestock

Hometown: Shephard, MT

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of 3 Heifers

Exhibitor: Bromenshenk Farms

Hometown: Billings, MT

Grand Champion Pen of 3 Steers

Exhibitor: Idland Cattle Co.

Hometown: Circle, MT

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of 3 Steers

Exhibitor: Herring Angus

Hometown: Encampment, WY

–The NILE