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Jr. Nationals is coming to Brookings!

Good Luck to our MSA Juniors as they compete in Brookings for the 40th AJSA National Classic! Definitely a highlight of the summer and all shows can be watched on Walton Webcasting courtesy of Eberspacher Ent!

Lets see those oldies but goodies! Next year the MSA is celebrating 50 years as an association! We are asking for old photos the membership would like to share, preferably prior to the year 2000. Please email photos to a_eberspacher44@hotmail.com!

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Breeder Spotlight! Kruger Farms! Hastings, MN

Paul Kruger of Kruger Farms, talks with the MSA about their operation!

Tell us about your current operation: Krueger Farms is multigenerational family operation with my parents David and Cindy, my wife Cassie, and my kids Blake (10), Luke (7) and daughter Bree who is 3. Our farm consists of 1000 acres of corn, beans, wheat, rye and alfalfa. We also have 115 Simmental cows, raise all calves and buy a few more every year. My father also feeds out sheep. In addition, our family also has a custom harvesting business, which includes chopping, baling, combining, and everything else that needs to be done. Lots of moving parts happening at Krueger Farms! How long have you been breeding Simmental genetics?: Roughly 25 years. We got into Simmental genetics in 1995. I always showed Simmi-cross steers in 4H and did very well. I wanted to get a heifer to expand my 4-h experience. Who got you into using Simmental Genetics? Jim & John Grass got me into Simmental cattle. My mom, Cindy, was on the MLBA auction committee with the Grass boys. They were having a little sale at Jim’s place in Owatonna where we bought an RBS Mr. Cash heifer. We all had a good chuckle when we received the registration papers and Jim had named her Cindy! Mr Dunk was the bull she was bred to that year. First Simmental bull you used (back in the day): Black Mick What is your favorite Simmental sire group of calves this year: Our favorite sire groups are CCR Cowboy Cut and TJ Main Event. Fun Fact about your family/operation: Blake gets to experience his 2nd Jr. Nationals in Brookings this year. He is the master breeding decision maker around Kruger Farms and does planned matings for all the cows!


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Judge Tyler Bush chats with Jr Paisley Olson during showmanship

Champion Percentage Female: Paige Peine

Res Percentage Female: Jazlynn Hilbrands

Champion Steer: Magen Tol

Champion Purebred Female: Jaxon HIlbrands

Res Purebred Female: Alex Kellen

Res Steer: Baleigh Peterson

ASA National Board members Steve Eichacker and Tom Hook addressed the membership about new things happening with the ASA.

Thanks to our “Old-timer Showmanship� participants! Lindsay Lunning, Dave Lunning, Gladis Hastad, Judd Redalen, Mark & Amanda Hilbrands, Kelly Schmidt, Lyle Allen, Beth Andersland & Val Eberspacher

FIELD DAY FUN! June 20th Pipestone, MN


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HOT OFF THE GRILL AT FOUR POINT LIVESTOCK! GRILLED MARINATED FLANK STEAK SANDWICHES ON TOASTED BRIOCHE BUN 1 (4 ½ pounds) Flank Steak Thin Sliced and Trimmed 6 Brioche Buns sliced buttered and Toasted 6 slices of Provolone or Munster Cheese

Sauce: 1 Cup Real Mayo ½ cup Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ ½ Tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp of Onion Flakes

Directions: For the Marinade, Combine all ingredients in a resealable plastic bag, Add the Flank Steak and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Marinade: ¼ cup Soy Sauce ½ cup beef broth ¼ cup Olive Oil 3 Tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tbsp of Lemon Juice 2 cloves Garlic Minced 1 Tbsp Garlic Salt

Mix the ingredients for the sauce and let sit in the refrigerator for ½ hour to allow the onion flakes to soften. Preheat grill to medium heat Drain steak and discard marinade, Grill steak to likeness i.e. medium, rare etc. Thinly sliced will cook very quickly, be sure to watch closely. Assemble the sandwiches: Spread desired amount of sauce on the warm toasted brioche buns, top with flank steak and cheese. If you would like the cheese melted on the sandwich put in the oven for 5 minutes at 450 degrees. Cover with bun tops. Serve immediately and Enjoy!!! Great served with Sweet Potato Fries.


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Pictured below 2019 Traveling Bell Winners Rockin H Simmentals with 2020 winners Circle S Cattle & Club Lambs

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State Sale Highlights! Has s Liv es toc k & T reas ure I sla nd Reso rt/C as ino F eb 21 s t & 22

2020 Senior Board:

President: Tyler Johnson, VP: Amanda Hilbrands Secretary: Kelly Schmidt Treasurer: Beth Andersland Directors: Seth Kaehler, Stacie Mueller, Matt Hoffman, Dr. Kory Bigalk Not pictured: Theresa Claeys, Jared Seinola

2020 Junior Board

Circle S Cattle & Club Lambs, Dawson MN, takes home the coveted Traveling Bell. The bell is voted on by the membership and awarded to the operation who has done outstanding things to promote Simmentals in the State. Congrats to the Mark & Kami Schoenfeld Family!

“This past February was a great time for us and we felt very honored to receive the Traveling Bell award from the association. It always feels great to be recognized by your peers for the work that we do. Receiving that award made us feel like we had truly become a member of the association. We felt truly humbled when you go through the list of past recipients and realize the generations of Simmental enthusiasts who have received the bell before. The MN Association is truly a joy to be a part of and represent and we are reminded every time we see the bell. “ –The Schoenfelds

President: Baleigh Peterson VP: Mollie Allen Secretary: Gabby Nemitz Treasurer: Jazlynn Hilbrands Directors: Grace Britton, Audrey Redalen Not Pictured: Alex Kellen


Outstanding Jr Member: Hunter Aggen Outstanding Sr Member: Petersons Bronze Merit Award: Audrey Redalen Dusty Volz Memorial Scholarship: Paige Peine Commercial Producer of the Year: John & Luke Boyum, Chatfield, MN 2019 Queen Baleigh Peterson 2020 Queen Mollie Allen 2020 Princess Magen Tol 2019 Princess Grace Britton

Save the date for next year! Feb 27th/ 28th!


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See you in 2021 Minnesota State Fair! 2020 has certainly been a whirlwind year of planning and cancelling, more planning and more cancelling. COVID-19 has caused an enormous amount of cancelations including most state fairs around the country. Although most Minnesotans will go through withdrawals of Sweet Martha’s cookies, Donna’s rib sandwiches, French Fries and those awesome Gopher Dairy Bar malts, there is something for our 4-H and FFA kids to look forward to toward the end of the summer. An awesome set of parents and volunteers have formed MYLE, Minnesota Youth Livestock Expo. Follow their Facebook page for all the upcoming details!