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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Don Yoesel, Falls City, Neb., was selected the 2007 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Yoesel was selected for the award by his peers — other Hereford herdsmen — and honored prior to the selection of the champion horned Hereford bull on Jan. 13.

Yoesel grew up showing Herefords in Nebraska and on the national level. He now farms with his family in southeast Nebraska and northeast Kansas. Although his family operation — which includes a herd of Herefords and raising corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa — keeps him busy, he has always made time through the years to share his talents as a herdsman and fitter with Hereford breeders.

Yoesel got his start in the polled Hereford business in the late '70s when he purchased a heifer from Jim and Sue Rowland of G&R Polled Herefords, Marysville, Kan. With help and encouragement from Jim and Sue, he became involved in the Hereford breed and in 1981 attended his first Junior National Polled Hereford Show in Hutchinson, Kan. He was hooked on Herefords after he won his class.

When his junior career came to an end, Yoesel continued his involvement with the Hereford breed, building his own herd as well as helping other Hereford producers prepare their cattle for shows and sales.

Yoesel's love for Herefords and his talent as a fitter has taken him from the East to the West Coast and from Canada to Florida helping Hereford breeders prepare their cattle for exhibition and sale. His list of clients includes some of the Who's Who on the national Hereford show circuit — Jensen Bros., Colyer Herefords, Sandhill Farms, Tegtmeier Polled Herefords, Tennessee River Music Inc., JWR Land & Cattle Co., Blueberry Hill Farms, Grandview/CMR, plus many others.

A client and friend for many years, Russ Tegtmeier, Tegtmeier Polled Herefords, Burchard, Neb., says, “Don is very conscientious; he tends to his business and does his job extremely well. He always says the first impression is the most important. And you'll recognize this in his work habits and how he presents cattle.”

Yoesel has also gone to South America to prepare cattle for the showring. For the last four years, he has traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to help fit cattle at the Palermo All-Breeds Livestock Show for Hereford breeder Terre Garber.

Yoesel's resume of clients and his years in the business are proof of his dedication and commitment as a fitter and to the Hereford breed. “It's an honor to be selected by my fellow Hereford herdsmen for this award,” he says. “It's an achievement I'm proud to have won and it is very much appreciated.”


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