Awards

Association of Distinction

  • 2016 - Exotic Wildlife Association
  • 2015 - Canadian Cervid Alliance
  • 2014 - Minnesota Elk Breeders Association
  • 2013 - Iowa Elk Breeders Association & Iowa Whitetail Deer Association
  • 2012 - Kansas Cervid Breeders Association
  • 2011 - North American Deer Farmers Association
  • 2010 - North Dakota Elk Growers Association
  • 2009 - Minnesota Elk Breeders Association

Rush Johnson Memorial Award (formerly President's Award)

  • 2016 - Rich Forrest (CO) & Harvey Petracek (SK)
  • 2015 - Rulon Jones (UT)
  • 2014 - Brenda Hartkopf (MN)
  • 2013 - Travis Lowe (KS) & Henry Bohlen (IA)
  • 2012 - Charly Seale (TX) & Laurie Seale (WI)
  • 2011 - Leo Windschitl (MN)

Member of the Year

  • 2016 - Karen Knutson (WI) & Tom Smith (NC)
  • 2015 - Barry Chernuka (AB)
  • 2014 - Kevin Hinkebein (MO)
  • 2013 - Michael Coleman (TX)
  • 2012 - Lance Hartkopf (MN) & Tom Watts (NM)
  • 2011 - Travis Lowe (KS)
  • 2010 - Dan Lonneman (IA) & Joel Espe (WI)

Premier Typical Breeder

  • 2016 - Andy Azcarraga, Plateau Valley Elk Ranch (CO)
  • 2015 - Mike Coleman, Coleman Ranches (TX)
  • 2014 - John Kooistra, Frisia Farm (MI)
  • 2013 - John Kooistra, Frisia Farm (MI)
  • 2012 - Jon Kooistra, Frisia Farm (MI)

Premier Non-Typical Breeder

  • 2016 - Eric Mohlman, Mohlman Elk Farm (NE)
  • 2015 - Eric Mohlman, Mohlman Elk Farm (NE)
  • 2014 - Andy Azcarraga, Plateau Valley Elk Ranch (CO)
  • 2013 - Michael Coleman, Coleman Ranches (TX)
  • 2012 - Tom Peryea, Tom's Elk Ranch (NY)

Premier Velvet Breeder

  • 2016 - Eric Mohlman, Mohlman Elk Farm (NE)
  • 2015 - Eric Mohlman, Mohlman Elk Farm (NE)
  • 2014 - Eric Mohlman, Mohlman Elk Farm (NE)
  • 2013 - Eric Mohlman, Mohlman Elk Farm (NE)
  • 2012 - Eric Mohlman, Mohlman Elk Farm (NE)

NAEBA Hall of Fame

  • Sam Withiam
  • Dr. Mike Bringans
  • Dr. Glen Zebarth
  • Rush Johnson
  • Jan Ellsworth

NAEBA Meat Contest Winners

2016

  • Elk Snack Sticks — Karen & Chris Thuerauf, Antler Ridge Elk Ranch (IA)
  • Elk Jerky — Everett, Rodney & Josh Miller, Valley View Elk Ranch Inc. (KS)
  • Elk Sausage — Ken, Sandy & Shawn Branine, Branine Farms (SD)
  • Elk Deli Meat — Everett, Rodney & Josh Miller, Valley View Elk Ranch Inc. (KS)
  • Best of Show — Elk Jerky - Everett, Rodney & Josh Miller, Valley View Elk Ranch Inc. (KS)

2015

  • Elk Snack Sticks — Ken, Sandy & Shawn Branine, Branine Farms (SD)
  • Elk Jerky — Ken, Sandy & Shawn Branine, Branine Farms (SD)
  • Elk Sausage — Bruce Krueger, K-K Ranch (WI)
  • Elk Deli Meat — Ken, Sandy & Shawn Branine, Branine Farms (SD)
  • Best of Show — Elk Jerky & Sausage (tie) - Bruce Krueger, K-K Ranch (WI)

2015

  • Elk Snack Sticks — Joel & Cheri Espe, Hawks Hill Elk Ranch (WI)
  • Elk Jerky — Bruce Krueger, K-K Ranch (WI)
  • Elk Sausage — Ken, Sandy & Shawn Branine, Branine Farms (SD)
  • Elk Deli Meat — Joel & Cheri Espe, Hawks Hill Elk Ranch (WI)
  • Best of Show — Elk Snack Sticks - Joel & Cheri Espe, Hawks Hill Elk Ranch (WI)

2013

  • Elk Snack Sticks — Joel & Cheri Espe, Hawks Hill Elk Ranch (WI)
  • Elk Jerky — Everett, Rodney & Josh Miller, Valley View Elk Ranch Inc. (KS)
  • Elk Sausage — Bruce Krueger, K-K Ranch (WI)
  • Elk Deli Meat — Joel & Cheri Espe, Hawks Hill Elk Ranch (WI)
  • Best of Show — Elk Sausage - Bruce Krueger, K-K Ranch (WI)

2012

  • Elk Snack Sticks — Joel & Cheri Espe, Hawks Hill Elk Ranch (WI)
  • Elk Jerky — & Cheri Espe, Hawks Hill Elk Ranch (WI)
  • Elk Sausage — Ken, Sandy & Shawn Branine, Branine Farms (SD)
  • Elk Deli Meat — Joel & Cheri Espe, Hawks Hill Elk Ranch (WI)
  • Best of Show — Elk Sausage - Ken, Sandy & Shawn Branine, Branine Farms (SD)

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