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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Exhibitors from across the U.S. gathered for the 2008 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Kansas City, Mo., July 16, and it was Mitchell Tucker, North Platte, Neb., who walked away with grand champion honors in the steer show.

Judge Kent Habeger, Burt, Iowa, commented that amongst the 78 steers exhibited, “You juniors should be proud to be on the halter of a steer in the championship drive. I don't know if it could get much better than this.”

Mitchell Tucker's 1,211-lb. steer was sired by SR CG Hard Rock 5073. Habeger commented on the eye appeal and market ready potential of Tucker's grand champion.

Habeger followed with Montana Deppe, Maquoketa, Iowa, for reserve with a 1,268-lb. steer sired by Schu-Lar 9R of 9L P606 ET.

At check-in ultrasound data was collected on all steers for the carcass contest. Steers were scanned for fat thickness, ribeye area and marbling score.

Reba Hurst, Nevada, Mo., won grand champion carcass steer honors with a 1,213 lb. steer sired by DB Grand Slam. The steer scanned a ribeye area (REA) of 14.6 square inches, .43 inch backfat (BF) and a 4.21 marbling score, which calculated into a 2.46 yield grade and a 752- lb. carcass weight.

Jody Miller, Thorntown, Ind., won reserve champion carcass steer honors with a 1,226-lb. steer sired by Grandview 7Oaks Sonora 145R. The steer scanned a 13.6 REA of 13.6 square inches, .41 inch BF and 4.25 marbling score, which calculated into a 2.76 yield grade and a 760-lb. carcass weight.

For JNHE champion pictures, full carcass results and additional news releases, visit Enter “Junior08” when prompted for a password. Below is a list of class winners.

Additional results:

Class 001: Justin Strate, Enid, Okla., with a 733-lb. entry by CVW BR Priority 329.

Class 002: Grady McMahon, Ayr, Neb., with a 1,086-lb. entry by LaGrand Reload 80P ET.

Class 003: Shelby Hutchinson, Chapman, Kan., with an 1,146-lb. entry by JDB 492 Ozzie R007.

Class 004: Beau Branyan, Assumption, Ill., with an 1,191-lb. entry by DB Grand Slam.

Class 007: Zachary Day, Lovington, Ill., with a 1,308-lb. entry by LaGrand Reload 80P ET.

Class 008: Railen Ripp, Kearney, Neb., with a 1,368-lb. entry by DB Hard Drive ET.

Additional carcass placings:

Third place: Kiley Kaufman, Oldham, S.D.

Fourth place: Mallory Wheeler, Effingham, Kan.

Fifth place: Beau Branyan

Sixth place: Mitchell Tucker

Seventh place: Kelley Largent, Kaycee, Wyo.

Eight place: Wyatt Schumann, Lecompton, Kan.

Ninth place: Nicole Pohlmann, Owensville, Mo.

Tenth place: Courtney Smith, North Hampton, Pa.

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


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