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2023 Breeding Beef Project Awards

Information & photos provided by Lindsey Habets

Congratulations to the 2023 MRLA Award Winners:

Grand Champion Cow/Calf pair project:

Delaney Clark, Toole County

Reserve Champion Cow/Calf pair project:

Blake Harmon, Liberty County

Grand Champion Bred Heifer project:

Sammie McCauley, Glacier County

Reserve Champion Bred Heifer project:

Preslee Flesch, Toole County

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For the 11th consecutive year, The Marias River Livestock Association sponsored Breeding Beef Project Awards at the Marias Fair.

The purpose of these awards is to encourage knowledge and interest in a continuing breeding project, that will serve to become the foundation of a current or future breeding herd. It is the goal of Marias River Livestock Association to encourage our youth to become the next generation of Livestock producers.

While confirmation, breeding capability and ability to handle the heifer is very important and part of the overall score for determining the award winner, the main component of the score is based on an interview. 4-Hers are interviewed on their knowledge of their animals and the goals they have for a continued breeding program on their current ranch operation or a future operation they may have in mind.

MRLA works hard to promote a healthy, competitive and positive future for our livestock industry. Our youth are a very important component of that.




Grand Champions receive Montana Silversmith Belt Buckles and a cash award (Cow/Calf pair $150.00, Heifer $75.00); Reserve Champions receive a certificate redeemable for a custom embroidered jacket.

We are always so happy to see the number of kids and animals involved in the Marias Fair Breeding Beef Program. This year, there were 12 4-H Members with a combined total of 7 heifers and 7 cow/calf pairs! Awesome!

A Big Congratulations to ALL 2023 Breeding Beef Project participants – you all did an outstanding job!!

The number of entries and the quality of cattle being represented by our 4-H youth is truly something to aspire to. These 4-Hers with their Breeding Beef projects are all to be commended on a job well done. They are a prime example of leadership and an excellent representation of our next generation of future cattlemen and cattlewomen!

MRLA Breeding Beef Project Awards Committee: Lindsey Habets & Carrie Sue Lerum
2023 MRLA Interview Judge: Jake Fritz (Thank you, Jake, for conducting the interviews this year!) 

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MRLA Grand Champion

Cow/Calf Project Award

Delaney Clark - Toole County

MRLA Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Project Award: Blake Harmon, Liberty County

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MRLA Grand Champion Bred Heifer Project Award

Sammie McCauley, Glacier County

MRLA Reserve Champion

 Bred Heifer Project Award

 Preslee Flesch, Toole County

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