Trace Helser of Champion exhibited the top breeding heifer for the 2017 show season of the Junior Nebraska Cattlemen Association. He received a plaque and coat in recognition of the effort. (Johnson Publications and courtesy photos)
Helser shows top breeding animal on Junior Cattlemen show circuit
Trace Helser of Champion took overall honors for showing the top breeding heifer for 2017 on the Junior Nebraska Cattlemen Association show circuit.
Starting in November, 2016, Helser took his Maine Anjou heifer to nine different shows held by the association around Nebraska.
At the end of the 2017 show year, the rankings of Helser’s heifer earned the top award for the year.
He won both a plaque and a jacket from the Junior NCA for his efforts.
Show cattle business
Trace and his parents, Brian and Tami, have started Helser Show Cattle, breeding and raising Maine Anjou and Chianina animals specifically as show cattle.
They started with one heifer in 2008 and have built their herd to 50 cows. Of those, about 70 percent are registered purebreds.
All of their bulls are home-raised and they held their first online auction of show steers and heifers in October 2017.
Trace is a freshman at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, studying animal science and ag business.
He is a member of the school’s livestock judging team, which is comprised of seven freshman and five sophomores.
He also serves as a board member of the National Junior Chi Association.