OMAHA, Neb., (November 20, 2007) –ShorthornPlus shows at the North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE) took place for the first time this year. With 37 head in the Junior Show and 39 head in the Open Show, the composite breed of Shorthorns, formerly known as Appendix, is proving to be popular. Johnny Johnson of Craig, Neb. sorted the Junior Show on Saturday, November 10, while Donnie Robertson of Yukon, Okla. evaluated the Open Show entries on Monday, November 12.
Ashley Vogel of Hartley, Iowa, led her bred and owned, March 5, 2007 heifer calf, MAV CHERRIE GIRL 708T, to the Grand title in the Junior Show. MAV CHERRIE GIRL 708T is sired by CF FORTUNE. SULL PURE HOTTIE 7033ET, the Jan. 26, 2007 bred and owned heifer calf of James Sullivan from Dunlap, Iowa, claimed Reserve honors. SULL PURE HOTTIE 7033ET is sired by DF VEGAS 310M.
Capturing the title in the Open Show was SULL BREATHTAKER 7152 ET sired by DF VEGAS 310M. The March 19, 2007 heifer is owned by James Sullivan of Dunlap, Iowa. The Reserve Female of the Open Show was JSC BLUE ROSE 26S owned by Alexis Johnson of East Liberty, OH. The February 18, 2006 female was sired by DR WHO.
Making another first for the NAILE show were the Grand and Reserve Open ShorthornPlus Bulls. Both bulls are registered Durham Red which is a composition consisting of no less than 25 percent and up to 75 percent Shorthorn blood with the remainder coming from registered Red Angus.
Grand ShorthornPlus Bull honors went to JM CHEROKEE PRIDE. The April 14, 2007 bull was bred and owned by Torrie Schwartz of Rossville, Ind. Leveldale Farms of Mason City, Ill. lead LEVELDALE MR RIGHT 648S, born March 14, 2006 to the Reserve title. Both bulls were sired by BFCK CHEROKEE CNYN 4912.
Greg Ruehle, Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the ASA, has thoughts on the “Shorthorn breeders have identified ShorthornPlus and Durham Reds as two significant market opportunities for Shorthorn genetics. The response to these inaugural shows demonstrates the important role ShorthornPlus will play in the future success of this breed.”
The mission of the ASA is to contribute to the profitability and quality of life of its members and their customers by maintaining, protecting the venerability and enhancing the value of the herd book and performance database for Shorthorn cattle. The ASA is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and was founded in 1872 with herd book records going back to 1822. As one of the oldest American breed associations, the ASA provides services for more than 6,000 junior and senior members who register nearly 18,000 cattle annually.
The American Junior Shorthorn Association promotes personal development through youth activities and educational events. With more than 3,000 members, the AJSA is dedicated to the betterment of its members, promotes valuable skills, and fosters friendships that will last a lifetime. To learn more, contact the ASA office or visit www.shorthorn.org.