The NILE Merit Heifer Program was developed to help youth get a start in the beef cattle business. Selected recipients that are awarded a heifer are chosen based on merit, future goals and ability to care for the animal.
This year 25 young men and women were selected for the Merit Heifer Program. They will receive heifers from their gracious donors this fall. After a year of monthly reports, monthly meetings with industry professionals, breeding the heifers, and completion of other requirements these recipients will show at the 2024 NILE and then take full ownership of their heifers.
We’re excited to see young people interested in agriculture, and especially the beef cattle industry! Below is the list of recipients and their donors.
Recipient Name — Donor
Olivia Corman of Bridgeport, NE — Kovarik Cattle of Ord, NE
Aspen Courtney of Missoula, MT — Wagon Wrench Cattle Company of Philipsburg, MT
Stephen Gamble of Banner, WY — Quarter Circle Livestock of Laramie, WY
Jack Gillette of Roy, MT — Streamside Cattle of Manhattan, MT
Aspyn Hamilton of Worland, WY — LB Farms of Powell, WY
William Head of Richey, MT — Christensen Red Angus of Park City, MT
Lilly Johnson of Froid, MT — Mac Tooke of Ekalaka, MT
Maddi Johnson of Susanville, CA — Select Cattle of Charlo, MT
Elizabeth Jordan of Alva, WY — Doug Booth Family Angus of Torrington, WY
Baylee Kraft of Powell, WY — L Bar W Cattle Company of Absarokee, MT
Kaylee Lierman of Filer, ID — RYMO Cattle Company of Bonners Ferry, ID
Mickenzie Marks of Hermiston, OR — Kessler Angus of Milton-Freewater, OR
Reagan Mayfield of Roundup, MT — Sidwell Ranch of Columbus, MT
April McCabe of Plentywood, MT — Knaub Cattle Company of Lodge Grass, MT
Emmah Mix of Glasgow, MT — Walborn Cattle Company of Hardin, MT
Elizabeth Moke of Hysham, MT — K2 Red Angus of Wheatland, WY
Claire Murnin of Pompey’s Pillar, MT — SidBar Cattle of Hardin, MT
Avrie Pauley of Miles City, MT — Haven & Shelby Meged of Miles City, MT
Tierrah Rigby of Drummond, MT — Prickly Pear Simmental Ranch of Helena, MT
Janae Roberts of Kevin, MT — 3C Cattle Company of Stevensville, MT
Blair Sanchez of Burns, WY — Triple 3 Cattle of Byers, CO
Melodie Starman of Carter, MT — Diamond S Ranch of Ismay, MT
Jakob Thoeny of Brockway, MT — Redland Red Angus of Hysham, MT
Lexie Wichman of Moore, MT — Beery Land & Livestock of Vida, MT
Tassyn Wright of Roberts, MT — Sokoloski Shorthorns of Pompey’s Pillar, MT
The 2024 NILE Merit Heifer Show will take place Friday, October 20 in Billings at the MetraPark Expo Center.