FFA member Kempken wins Grand Champion title

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Gracie Kempken, a member of the Friendswood FFA Show Cattle Team, attended the Texas Junior Brangus Breeders Association State Show in Bryan, Texas on June 15-18, 2016.

Gracie brought her 17-month-old Black Brangus heifer to compete with other Brangus cattle owners and breeders from all over Texas to participate in this annual four day event.

DK Miss Loretta 594C (aka Doodlebug) was named the 2016 TJBBA Grand Champion Brangus Female. KK Miss Ebony (aka Annabelle) is the Dam to Doodlebug and is owned by Gracie’s oldest brother Dakota Kempken.

Annabelle was bred to the Sire, Mr. 101 LTD Slugger 915Z11 owned by Diamond K Show Cattle. In addition to this impressive win Gracie was awarded first place in the Intermediate Public Speaking contest and placed in the top six in Intermediate Showmanship.

This was Gracie’s first state show but not her first Grand Champion title as Doodlebug was also named the 2016 Overall Grand Champion Breeding Beef Heifer at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo in April.

Doodlebug is Gracie’s first calf to raise and show, we think they make quite a team!