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Plainfield bull, Ventura heifer champions at Iowa Beef Expo Angus Show

By Jean Caspers-Simmet

Date Modified: 04/11/2013 9:04 AM

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DES MOINES —Cody Jensen had high hopes for his Angus bull, JAF Lookout 1259, at last week's Iowa Beef Expo in Des Moines.

He wasn't disappointed. The bull was Grand Champion of the Angus Show and sold the following day for $5,000 to Sojka Farms of Riverside.

Another Jensen Angus Farm bull, JAF Bismarck 1224, won its class and Jensen said all four of his bulls brought good prices at the sale.

"It was a good bull sale," said Jensen who farms near Plainfield.

Sydney Younge's dad, Marc, showed her Angus heifer because Sydney, a student at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, was playing a basketball playoff game in Osage.

When SLL YCC Keymura Katy 1221 was named Grand Champion Female of the Show, Marc texted Sydney, and her sister, Courtney, to let them know.

Sydney's heifer was also high selling Angus female. She sold to Becker Ridge Farm at Atlantic for $10,000.

Jensen's bull, born March 20, 2012, was sired by BC Lookout 7024 and his dam was JAF Barbara 1003. His full brother won at the Sioux Falls Empire Farm Show last month.

"This bull has good muscling, soundness and completeness. He's all-around solid," Jensen said of his latest champion.

Jensen, his wife, Cara, and their children, Callie and Cale, operate Jensen Angus Farm, which consists of 120 Angus cow/calves and 800 acres of row crops.

Jensen's grandfather, was John Jensen, a longtime state senator and cattle producer.

"He'd be beaming if he was here," Jensen said. "He'd have to talk to everybody about it."

Jensen's aunt Carolann Jensen from Bondurant and his father, Alan Jensen along with Ty and Wes Ruby from Greene helped Jensen at the show.

"Winning at the Iowa Beef Expo is good advertising," said Jensen. "It should help promote our farm and cattle."

"This is a lot of fun," said Alan. "I was farming when Cody was born. He got the bug early and always kept it. Farming is all he ever wanted to do."

Alan said if he hadn't insisted his son attend college, he'd have started farming as soon as he finished high school. Jensen earned an ag education degree from Iowa State University. He farms the ground that both sets of his grandparents worked.

Marc Younge, his wife, Robin, and high school daughters Courtney and Sydney raise cattle as Younge Cattle Company.

SLL YCC Keymura Katy 1221 was Sydney's show heifer this past year. She was born April 2, 2011. Her sire is Plainview Lutton E102 and her dam is Steele Miss Kymra Katy K006. She won her class several times and was Angus champion at one show.

"We're a small operation," Marc said. "We have 12 cows. We do both conventional flushing and IVF work. Our goal is high quality show heifers that will go on and be a donor cow for somebody or for ourselves."

The Younges work with Westwood Embryos and Trans Ova Genetics.

Marc is vice president of ag and commercial lending at Clear Lake Bank and Trust, and Robin is a pharmacist.

"I grew up on a farm north of Ventura and I have a genetic defect," Marc said with a grin. "I love raising cattle, and my girls love it, too. I wouldn't trade it."

Marc said he thought Sydney's heifer would do well.

"I felt good about how she looked and how she would do," Marc said.

Bill Coe of Ventura goes with the Younge girls when they show. He said they call the winning heifer, Sugar Baby.

"The girls do a good job," he said. "They do all the work."

Younge said showing and selling cattle at the Iowa Beef Expo is good exposure.

"There are good cattle, and it's very well run," he said.