Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Brazos County Expo in Bryan, Texas, Judge Jirl Buck of Madill, Okla., evaluated a stout lineup of cattle. Growing up on a Limousin ranch, Buck grew up in 4-H and FFA showing steers and heifers. After working with several top cattle producers through college, he began buying and selling club calves. In 1989 he put together an elite set of Maine-Anjou females which served as the cornerstone of his program. Today, Buck Cattle Company raises Maine-Anjou, Maine-Tainer and Hereford cattle. Buck strongly believes in the value of the junior livestock program, and he has spent the better part of the past two decades in the barns at junior livestock shows helping his daughter and his customers exhibit their animals.
The day began with the Champion’s Challenge, which is designed as a show-back opportunity for the previous year’s “Source of Champions” (SOC) Sale heifers with added prize money. Consigners put up $100 per heifer for the SOC Sale, and that money goes into the pot for the challenge. In 2013 nine heifers sold, so this year’s challenge had $900 in added premiums. Five of the heifers sold in the 2013 SOC Sale made it back for the challenge show. Rising to the top was TCR Miss Maggie 1252A, a January 2013 daughter of DDD Black Gold 853W2. She was consigned to the 2013 SOC Sale by Triple Crown Ranch of Angleton, Texas, and is owned and exhibited by Dalton McKee, Tatum, Texas. Jackson Family Brangus of Waco, Texas, sold the Reserve Champion, Ms CJ Brynna, who is now owned and exhibited by Emily Lettelier from Citra, Fla. The September 2012 female is a daughter of Mr EJ Laredo.
Bred and Owned Show
While small in quantity, the 2014 NJBS Bred and Owned Show was packed with quality. Savannah Scott of Angleton, Texas, took home the Grand Champion Bred and Owned Female title with TCR Miss Jean 1019A, who first won the Heifer Calf Division. Jean is a November 2013 daughter of DDD Black Gold 853W2. Coming out of the Yearling Heifer Division to claim Reserve Champion Bred and Owned Female honors was Miss ELB Kinsley 101A, a daughter of Mr. ELB Malibu 312X. Kinsley, a February 2013 born female, was bred, owned and exhibited by Kacie Wallace of Bryan, Texas. In the Red Brangus Bred and Owned Female Show, Broken A Miss 116B was named the Red Heifer Calf Champion before being honored as Grand Champion Bred and Owned Red Brangus Female. 116B is a January 2014 daughter of Mr R48 Center Ranch 212/K5 and was exhibited by Austin Acord of Madisonville, Texas. Alexandra Acord of Madisonville, Texas, followed closely behind exhibiting Broken A Miss Kate 841A, a September 2013 daughter of Trio’s Sequoia 112S, to claim the title of Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Owned Red Brangus Female after first winning the Reserve Red Heifer Calf Award.
For the third consecutive year, Savannah Scott of Angleton, Texas, exhibited the Grand Champion Bred and Owned Bull. TCR Mr. Sandman 313A2 first won the Bull Calf Division and is a November 2013 son of LTD of Brinks 415T28. Taking Reserve Champion Bred and Owned Bull honors was Callie’s Buck Wild, a February 2013 son of GLB CCC Kilmer 222X. Buck Wild first won the Yearling Bull Division and was bred, owned and exhibited by Karlea Grace Dixon of Sontag, Miss. Austin Acord of Madisonville, Texas, took another buckle home winning the title of Red Brangus Bull Calf Champion and Grand Champion Bred and Owned Red Brangus Bull with Broken A Mr 11B. 11B is a January 2014 son of M&M Trademark 768/9. Kelsey Munoz of Pearland, Texas, rounded out the champions in the Bred and Owned Shows exhibiting MCC Honky Tonk Kid 26B to claim Reserve Champion Red Bull Calf and Reserve Champion Red Bred and Owned Bull. Honky Tonk Kid is a January 2014 son of Dos XX’s Stout’s Destiny.
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