Des Moines, IA. – July 27, 2017 – From July 9-15, the most talented junior owners in the United States gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). Cherry Knoll Farm traveled from West Grove, Pennsylvania, to enjoy the competition and showcase their team of juniors and quality cattle.
Earning one of the most prestigious awards during the NJAS was Claudia Hissong of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, who won the Grand Champion in Showmanship title. The 20-year-old student at the Kansas State University also won the Reserve Division 2 Junior Champion Female with Cherry Knoll Ark Pride 1627.
“It was such a great week -it was my last competition, so it was definitely a great way to end my junior show career,” Hissong said. “It was definitely something I’ve worked hard at for so long so winning was very exciting. Showing with some of the best showmen in the country was awesome.”
“I’ve been showing with Cherry Knoll Farm and buying show heifers with them ever since I bought my first heifer in 2013,” she continued. “At Cherry Knoll, we work hard and have a great time together. It’s always a great atmosphere!”
Continuing the success for Cherry Knoll Farm was Brody Fitzgerald, who was nominated for the National Junior Angus Board and won the Reserve 2 Year Old Cow-Calf Pair with Cherry Knoll Lady 1481.
Winning the Intermediate Champion Female title was Cherry Knoll May 1672 with Bryce Fitzgerald.
Throughout the weekend, Cherry Knoll Farm picked up multiple wins and top place class finishes. Jera Pipkin took the win in her class with Cherry Knoll Ark Pride 1606. An additional first in class prize was awarded to Erin Barnes with Cherry Knoll Lady 1596.
Michael Butz with Cherry Knoll Elsa 1640, Elizabeth Trowbridge with Cherry Knoll Ark Pride 1593, Courtney Dehn with Cherry Knoll Elisha 1691, and Claudia Hissong with Cherry Knoll Rosebud 1686 all placed second in the competitive classes.
Placing third in their class was Katherine Coleman with Cherry Knoll Elsa 1610, Erin Barnes with Cherry Knoll May 1647, Jace Pipkin with Cherry Knoll Elsa 1680, and Nicole Nichols with Cherry Knoll Wendy 1692.
To wrap up the outstanding show in Iowa, Calvin Levisay earned fourth place with Cherry Knoll Elsa 1676, and both Nicholas Pohlman with Cherry Knoll Erica 1633 and Scott Christopher with Cherry Knoll Elsa 1630 placed eighth in their class.
The Cherry Knoll operation is managed utilizing time-proven beef cattle production practices combined with progressive genetics and technology. Unbeatable customer service and a reputation for honesty and integrity complete the Cherry Knoll brand.
For more information, please visit Cherry Knoll Farm’s website at www.cherryknollfarminc.com.