by Tyler Dean, IBBA Shows/Junior Coordinator
This year’s 31st Annual National Junior Brangus Show (NJBS) brought 112 Junior Brangus exhibitors from 10 states to West Monroe, La., where they exhibited 195 entries in the National Owned Heifer, Cow-Calf and Bull Shows.
Jon DeClerck, lecturer and Livestock Judging Coach at Iowa State University, traveled from Ames, Iowa, to evaluate 122 Brangus Females, 32 Red Brangus Females, 15 Brangus Cow-Calf Pairs, one Red Brangus Cow-Calf Pair, 24 Brangus Bulls and one Red Brangus Bull. DeClerck, who is currently working on his Ph.D. at Iowa State University, grew up on a family farm outside Aledo, Ill., raising Angus and club calves as well as farming 1,500 acres of corn and soybeans. He attended Black Hawk Community College where he excelled in national livestock competitions and helped his team earn a national championship. He continued his judging career at Texas A&M University where he was a part of the 2006 undefeated National Champion Team. He has continued his involvement with livestock judging leading Texas Tech University to a national championship in 2008 and is now at the helm of Iowa State’s team. DeClerck continues to play a role in his family’s operation in Illinois.
Rising to the top to claim Grand Champion Female honors was DDD Ms Chariti 88Z10, owned and exhibited by Jake Johnston of Waxahachie, Texas. The May 2012 female came out of the Summer Yearling Heifer Division and is sired by DDD Masterplan 1019W10. Following from the same division, Savannah Scott of Angleton, Texas, took Reserve Champion Female honors home with her June 2012 female MCC Dottie 622Z. Dottie is sired by D Bar D Mr Amos Moses 23T1. In the Red Brangus show, coming from the Junior Heifer Division, DDD Ms Cherrie 88Y20 took home the title of Grand Champion Red Brangus Female. The November 2011 female is a daughter of OCF Fireman 109W and is owned and exhibited by Tanner Banks of Lincoln, Texas. Taylor Goerlitz of Brenham, Texas, exhibited Dos XX’s Stretchs Cover Girl to claim titles of Red Yearling Heifer Champion and Reserve Champion Red Brangus Female. Cover Girl is a February 2012 daughter of Dos XX’s Chief’s Mr Stretch.
Jake Johnston of Waxahachie, Texas, added to his hardware in the cow-calf show by exhibiting JCC Ms 390Y to claim the Champion Cow-Calf Pair honor. The January 2011 cow is a daughter of DDD Lights Out 44P1 and had a February 2013 bull calf at side, Mr JCC Antonio 390A. Miss JLS Katherine 767Y and her March 2013 heifer calf, Ms Odyssey 767A, claimed the title of Reserve Champion Cow-Calf Pair. Katherine is a March 2011 daughter of Skyhawks President and is owned and exhibited by Ellie Jorgenson of Tyler, Texas. Jared Lopez took the Grand Champion Red Brangus Cow-Calf Pair honors with Ms M4 Rose and her March 2013 bull calf, Mr. M4 Oso Rojo. Rose is an April 2011 daughter of R2 Extra Style 880P.
Rounding out the day was the crowning of the owned bull champions. SCC Sampson 313Y, bred, owned and exhibited by Savannah Scott of Angleton, Texas, rose to the top to claim Grand Champion Bull honors. The bull first won the Senior Bull Division and is an April 2011 son of Doguets Hercules 88S3. Taking Yearling Bull Champion and Reserve Champion Bull honors was RBM King of Hearts, a March 2012 son of DDD Out Cross 1234X. The bull is owned and exhibited by Clint Faul of Rayne, La. In the Red Brangus Bull Show, KK Navigator 317A4 claimed the titles of Red Bull Calf Champion and Grand Champion Red Brangus Bull. Katy Knox of Hempstead, Texas, exhibited the January 2013 son of Mr -C- Prince 30W.