Iowa County Spring Thaw would like to introduce and welcome Mr. Dean Kephart from Canute, Oklahoma. Dean and his wife Cissy Kephart have been married for 48 years. They have 3 daughters Jenny, Amber, and Heather, one son-in-law Adley Visnieski. Dean and his family run about 600 cows with a focus on AI and embryo transfer program. They also have a semen company, Pinnacle Sire. Dean has been in the show calf business since the early 1970's
The Iowa County Spring Thaw would like to thank Mr. Kephart for sharing his time and talent with our youth.
The 2nd judge the Iowa County Spring Thaw would like to introduce and welcome is Mr. Jack Green from Purdin, Missouri. Jack grew up showing cattle as a youth project through 4-H and FFA. These youth programs sparked his interest in production agriculture and livestock evaluation. Upon graduation from high school, he studied agricultural education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri and earned his bachelor's degree in 2007.
While Serving as a high school ag teacher for 10 years he had the opportunity to coach multiple evaluation teams that were competitive in the state of Missouri and more importantly he helped numerous students continue to develop their love for agriculture.
In 2017, Jack left the high school classroom to challenge himself as an AGNR instructor at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Missouri. Since transitioning to this role, he has started the only junior college livestock judging team in the state of Missouri.
When not at school, he enjoys attending livestock shows around the country, working with youth exhibitors, and operating a small purebred Charolais commercial cow/calf operation of his own.
Thank you Jack for sharing your passion at the Iowa Coutny Spring Thaw. We are happy to host you.