Shorthorn Junior Nationals are off to a great start. We are excited to introduce you to more of the judges in Louisville this week. Brigham Stewart and Jeff Gooden are the judges for the 2014 Shorthorn Junior Nationals.
Brigham Stewart is a sixth generation stockman from Washington, Kansas, where he was born and raised. He attended Butler Community College on a Livestock Judging Scholarship and continued his education at Kansas State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Industry. He was a member of both school’s livestock judging teams and ended his judging career by winning High Individual at Louisville (NAILE) and setting a reasons record there as well. His passion for judging has put him in several positions of judging many shows, including Junior shows in Louisville (NAILE) and Kansas City (American Royal). He now resides on the family farm/ranch and enjoys the farm life.
He along with his family operate a diversified farm and a large cow/calf operation with three annual auctions. The family operation better known as Mid Continent Farms runs over 1,000 head of momma cows and registers cattle in 6 different breeds. They have produced numerous State Fair and Major Show Champions over the last several years.
Jeff Gooden is the herdsman for Circle A Ranch in Iberia, Missouri. He currently oversees the registered operation, and he is in charge of developing 400 purebred Angus bulls for two sales. They artificial inseminate each of their 750 cows at least once and aggressively use embryo transfer.
Jeff was voted as Herdsman of the Year in 1994 for the Angus breed and in 2000 was voted Manager of the Year at the All American Angus Futurity. He has also fitted the show heifer and the show bull of the year.
Jeff and his wife, Amy, live in Iberia with their two children, Madison, 19, and Reed, 14. His children are highly active in the Angus and Hereford breeds.