Lee, Weymouth take Carcass Contest Honors

Farm Forum

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Waylon Lee, Wellington, Ill., exhibited the grand champion carcass steer at the VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Grand Island, Neb., July 1. Drew Weymouth, New Carlisle, Ohio, took reserve champion carcass steer honors.

At check-in, ultrasound data was collected on the progress steers, including ribeye area, backfat thickness and marbling score, and a yield grade and carcass weight were estimated.

Based on that data, Waylon earned top honors with his 1,258-lb. steer by LCC Back N Time ET. The steer scanned with a ribeye area of 14.1, 0.41 backfat, 4.46 marbling score with a calculated 2.67 yield grade and a carcass weight of 780 lb.

Drew’s 1,214-lb. steer by H Excel 8051 ET scanned with a 15.3 ribeye area, 0.68 backfat and a 4.39 marbling score, resulting in a 2.87 yield grade and 752.7-lb. carcass.

Due to the incomplete data set being analyzed for the ultrasound portion of the JNHE carcass contest, incorrect results were originally announced in Grand Island. The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) and American Hereford Association (AHA) apologize for the miscalculation and incorrect announcement of winners. Complete carcass data results can be found at:

Congratulations to these top 10 winners:

Third place: Jason Baust, Rocky Ridge, Md.

Fourth place: Kyle Longcore, Cedar Springs, Mich.

Fifth place: Melinda Braun, Columbia, Ill.

Sixth place: Jasmine and Abby Dyer, Crawford, Neb.

Seventh place: Levi Farr, Moorefield, Neb.

Eighth place: Kaylie Shelton, Frederick, Md.

Ninth place: Jhett and Braden West, Sheridan, Wyo.

10th place: Brooke Hinojosa‐Sidwell, Carr, Colo.

The 2015 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo. The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit