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C Miles McKee named supreme Hereford at 2014 National Western Stock Show

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hereford excitement abounded from the Yards to the Hill at the National Western Stock Show Jan. 15-18 in Denver. A total of 632 Herefords were exhibited throughout the three-day event. There was 328 head in the open show, 120 in the junior show, 31 pens of bulls, 17 heifer pens and four carloads.

Hereford activities got underway in the Stadium Arena on the Hill with the bull show on Thursday, Jan. 16, judged by brothers David Allan, Schulenburg, Texas, and Mark Allan, Sioux Center, Iowa. Following the bull show, Blake Bloomberg, Stillwater, Okla., evaluated the junior show.

Friday, Jan. 17, was the pen and carload show judged by Blake Ochsner, Torrington, Wyo., Kirk Bieber, Onida, S.D., and Paul Bennett, Red House, Va. Completing the day was the Mile High Night National Hereford Sale in the Stadium Arena. Then Saturday, David and Mark Allan judged the female show.

Judge David Allan said prior to slapping the champion bull, “It’s really exciting to be involved in this breed at this time. Herefords are on top of the world, in the marketplace, in the commercial world and in the show world. I’m truly impressed with the quality of the show today.”

Winning supreme Hereford and grand champion horned bull honors were Curtis & Jackie Castle, Crawford, Okla.; Colyer Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho; Iron Lake Ranch, Athens, Texas; and Sullivan Farms, Dunlap, Iowa, with C Miles McKee 2103 ET. He is a Jan. 11, 2012, son of NJW 98S R117 Ribeye 88X ET and showed with EPDs of birth weight (BW) 3.0; weaning weight (WW) 53; yearling weight (YW) 76; milk (MM) 30; and milk & growth (M&G) 57. He weighed 2,090 lb. and had a weight per day average (WDA) of 2.84. Mils McKee is the world-record-selling bull at auction selling for $600,000 last February in the Colyer Herefords Sale.

Miles’ full brother, C Stockman 2059 ET, won the reserve grand champion horned bull title. Stockman is owned by Ned & Jan Ward, Sheridan, Wyo., Pablo Martin Y Herrera, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Colyer Herefords. Stockman is a Feb. 5, 2012, son of NJW 98S R117 Ribeye 88X ET and showed with EPDs of BW 3.0; WW 53; YW 76; MM 30 and M&G 57. He weighed 2,025 lb. and had a 2.73 WDA.

Grand champion polled bull honors went to Fawcett’s Elm Creek Ranch, Ree Heights, S.D.; Bushy Park Farms, Mitchell, S.D.; John Tucker, North Platte, Neb.; Sullivan Farms, Dunlap, Iowa; Beck/Long Hereford’s, Wynnewood, Okla. ECR Who Maker 210 ET was born April 9, 2012, and showed with EPDs of BW 3.0; WW 55; YW 90; MM 27 and M&G 54. The son of DKF RO Cash Flow 0245 ET weighed 2,050 lb. and had a WDA of 3.17. He first won the yearling bull division.

Reserve grand polled and champion senior bull went to Ned & Jan Ward, and Perks Ranch, Rockford, Ill., with NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET. He is a Feb. 3, 2011, son of SHF Wonder M326 W18 ET. He showed with EPDs of BW 1.9; WW 56; YW 98; MM 24; and M&G 52. He weighed 2,545 lb. for a WDA of 2.36.

Saturday in the female show, Kaine Warnken won the horned division and Hoffman Herefords and Paul Gross came out on top of the polled side. Warnken from Schulenburg, Texas, exhibited RW KLD Mindy Too 4080 2020 ET by RW Ballistic 552 4080 ET. The March 10, 2012, heifer showed with EPDs of BW 3.8; WW 49; YW 78; MM 21 and M&G 45.

Grand champion polled female honors went to Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., and Paul Gross, London, Ohio, with H JT Miranda 2033 ET. She is a Feb. 14, 2012, daughter of AH JDH Cracker Jack 26U ET and showed with EPDs of BW 4.8; WW 58; YW 91; MM 21 and M&G 50.

Korbin Collins, Flanagan, Ill., won the reserve grand champion horned female banner with Purple SV Gypsy 27Z ET. She is a Feb. 24, 2012, daughter of Purple Kingsley 23X ET and showed with EPDs of BW 6.0; WW 60; YW 98; MM 25 and M&G 55.

Trent Ray, Abingdon, Ill., claimed the reserve polled female championship with Chez Strawberry Wine ET 204Z. She is a Sept. 9, 2012, daughter of CRR About Time 743 and showed with EPDs of BW 1.3; WW 53; YW 85; MM 29 and M&G 56.

In the horned division, Jess Hawk, Earlville, Ill., was named premier exhibitor, while Colyer Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho, won premier breeder. Colyers along with Gary & Kathy Buchholz won first-place horned get of sire with a group sired by NJW 98S R117 Ribeye 88X ET.

Purple Reign Cattle Co. won the polled premier breeder banner, while Ned & Jan Ward won premier exhibitor. The first-place polled get of sire was exhibited by Showtime Cattle Co., Mooreland, Ind., with a group sired by H Excel 8051 ET.

In the junior show, Sara Sullivan, Dunlap, Iowa, captured the champion polled female banner with Sull TCC Ms Harley 322 ET by H Excel 8051 ET. Aidyn, Rylee and Bryden Barber won reserve champion polled female with BR Anastasia 3023 ET by UPS TCC Nitro 1ET.

On the horned side, Bailey Buck, Madill, Okla., showed Happ Kool Aid Points 1213 ET by DeLHawk Kahuna 1009 ET to win the champion female title. The reserve champion horned female in the junior show went to Korbin Collins, Flanagan, Ill., with Purple SV Gypsy 27Z ET by Purple Kingsley 23X ET.

Area winners include:

Polled division

Reserve spring calf champion bull: Troy Rasmussen, Elkton, S.D.; and Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., with H/TSR/Chez/Full Throttle by H WCC/WB 668 Wyarno 9500 ET.

Junior calf champion bull: Larsons’ Polled Herefords, Clifton, Texas; Professor Syndicate, Elgin, Okla.; and Whispering Pine Farms LLC, Kimball, Minn., with KCL WPF The Professor 7110ET by TH 71U 719T Mr Hereford 11X.

Reserve junior calf champion bull: Langford Herefords, Okmulgee, Okla.; Walter McKellar, Como, Miss.; Harrison Cattle Co., Arapaho, Okla.; and Sladek Farms, Iowa City, Iowa, with GV CMR X161 Times Up A152 by RST Time’s A Wastin’ 0124.

Reserve fall calf champion bull: Sierra Ranches, Modesto, Calif.; Holden Herefords, Valier, Mont.; and Hoffman Herefords with H H Fast Forward 2268Z ET BY KJ HVH 33N Redeem 485T ET.

Reserve junior calf champion heifer: Sara Sullivan, Dunlap, Iowa, with Sull TCC Ms Harley 322 ET by H Excel 8051 ET.

Reserve intermediate champion heifer: Jesse and Jami Hoblyn, York, Neb., with H JSS Carolina 2205 by AH JDH Cracker Jack 26U ET.

Horned division

Spring calf champion heifer: Cassidy Hanson, Linn Grove, Iowa, with H Chez TR Chardonnay 303A by H WCC/WB 668 Wyarno 9500 ET.

Reserve junior yearling champion heifer: Mitchell and Blake Tucker, North Platte, Neb., with TCC BPF Ms Shelby Z03 ET by NJW FHF 9710 Tank 45P.

To view complete results of the 2013 National Western National Hereford Show visit Hereford.org.