NILE Merit Heifer results |

NILE Merit Heifer results

Lauren Casdorph, Twin Falls, ID, was the Reserve Champion Herdsman, with her heifer from Felton Angus of Big Timber, MT.

BILLINGS, MT – The Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) Stock Show is proud to announce Ethan Bachmeier, of Granville, ND, as the 2012 Top Herdsman in the NILE Merit Heifer Program. Bachmeier also took top honors in Merit Heifer Showmanship. Twenty-three 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. 19.

Results are as follows:

Overall Herdsman Award For Class of 2012:

Champion Herdsmand wen to Ethan Bachmeier, Granville, ND, with his heifer from Knaub Cattle Co. of Lodge Grass, MT. The Reserve Champion was Lauren Casdorph of Twin Falls, ID with her heifer from Felton Angus of Big Timber, MT.


1. Ethan Bachmeier – Granville, ND

Donor – Knaub Cattle Co., Lodge Grass, MT

2. Hannah Kraft – Billings, MT

Donor – Walborn Cattle Co., – Hardin, MT

3. Lauren Casdorph – Twin Falls, ID

Donor – Felton Angus – Springdale, MT

4. Levi Mydland – Joliet, MT

Donor – Oedekoven Angus – Sheridan, WY


1. Green Mountain Angus Ranch, Ryegate, MT shown by Krista Callantine of Belgrade, MT.

2. Felton Angus, Big Timber, MT shown by Lauren Casdorph of Twin Falls, ID.

3. Wiley Gelbvieh, Musselshell, MT shown by Tara Welborn of Huntley, MT.

4. Klompien Red Angus, Manhattan, MT shown by Nicole Thompson of Divide, MT.

Calcutta Winners:

1. Jake Callantine $3,607.20

2. Reisig Cattle Co. $2,705.40

3. Sidwell Ranch $1,803.60

4. Klompien Red Angus $901.80

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.

In addition, all heifers were donated by generous ranches from around Montana and Wyoming. This year’s donors were Berry Land & Livestock, Angelo Cattle Co., Klompien Red Angus, Warner Ranch Shorthorns, Sidwell Ranch, Walborn Cattle Co., Currant Creek Angus Ranch, Pingetzer’s Six Iron Ranch, Padlock Ranch, Redland Red Angus Ranch, Green Mountain Angus, Bull Mountain Ranch, KG Ranch, Oedekoven Angus, Kicking Horse Ranch, Knaub Cattle Co., Felton Angus, M Heart D Gelbvieh, Pine Coulee Angus, Holden Herefords, Rock Creek Red Angus, Wiley Gelbvieh and Clark’s Fork Angus. F