Nebraska’s Schick named Outstanding Young Range Pro
Bradley Schick, of Red Cloud, Neb., was recently awarded the 2018 Nebraska Section, Society for Range Management, Outstanding Young Range Professional Award.
This award recognizes contributions of younger range professionals to the advancement of the art and science of rangeland management. Schick is currently the University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef systems Extension educator for eight counties in south-central Nebraska. Before moving into extension, Schick worked at UNL as a research manager and technician where he worked with grazing management and improvement practices such as patch-burn grazing, pasture establishment, ruminant nutrition and native grass restoration. Schick has worked with a number of range and resource-oriented organizations including Nebraska Grazing Land Coalition, Nebraska Grazing Conference, Twin Valley Weed Management Area and Webster County Natural Resources Conservation Foundation. He is active in professional societies including Society for Range Management and American Society of Animal Science. Schick grew up on a family farming operation west of Battle Creek, Neb., and attended Concordia University in Seward, Neb., where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biology with an emphasis in organismal environmental biology and a minor in chemistry and physical science. Schick earned his master’s degree in range and forage sciences at UNL in 2016. His graduate work focused on smooth bromegrass managements for grazing cattle and compared carbon dioxide flux, soil nutrient movement and dung decomposition among different management treatments. During this time, he was also involved in other rangeland management activities and projects including prescribed burns, patch-burn grazing and plant response to timing of drought.
Kansan crowned National Hereford Queen
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Emily Meinhardt, Marysville, Kan., was crowned as the 2017-18 National Hereford Queen during the 2017 American Royal National Hereford Show in Kansas City on Oct. 29. Meinhardt will spend the next year in her new role as the face of the Hereford breed and an agriculture advocate setting a positive example for young women. Meinhardt competed against 10 other young women from across the U.S. for the title. The National Hereford Queen program is managed by the National Hereford Women. Queen candidates are evaluated on their involvement with and knowledge of the Hereford breed, behavior, attitude, appearance and interaction with producers, as well as their résumés and interviews. Judges look for a responsible, well-rounded young lady who is willing to spend an entire year traveling across the country to represent the Hereford breed to her best ability. First runner-up honors went to Melanie Fishel, Kernersville, N.C., Kira Sayre, Arenzville, Ill., was named second runner-up and Lillie Blissard, Water Valley, Miss., was selected as Miss Congeniality. Meinhardt is the 20-year-old daughter of Bryndon and Julie Meinhardt and is a junior at Kansas State University. At K-State she is studying agricultural communications and journalism with minors in animal science and industry and leadership studies. As a three-year member of her state association and the NJHA, she has been competitive in the showring and in the photography contest and has participated in the queen’s tea.
Hereford breeders honored for 50 years in the business
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In celebration of 50 years in the Hereford business, Hereford breeders were recognized for their commitment as Golden Breeders on Oct. 26, during the American Hereford Association Hereford Honorees Reception in Kansas City, Mo. This year’s Golden Breeders are:
Boettcher’s Brookview Acres — Clarence and Maryellen Boettcher, Fairchild, Wis.; Simpson Polled Herefords — Mike and Becky Simpson, Redfield, Iowa; Bill King, Moriarty, N.M.; Valley Creek Ranch — Scott and Judy McGee, Fairbury, Neb.; Morgan and Morgan Polled Hereford Farm, Alvaton, Ky.; McDonald Polled Hereford, Jane Lew, W.Va.; KLS Farm — Kevin and Kathy Stork, New Richmond, Wis.; Baker Polled Herefords — Paul and Sylvia, Elkhorn, Wis.; Marshall and Linda Walker, Los Molinos, Calif.; Lamar Polled Herefords — Emmett and Margaret Langness, New Richmond, Wis. ❖