Iowa Youth Qualify To Receive Registered Beef Heifers

Iowa Youth Qualify To Receive Registered Beef Heifers

Seven young people interested in raising cattle received Iowa Beef Heifer Awards during 2013 Iowa State Fair.

Seven Iowa youth were recognized with Iowa Beef Heifer Awards for their achievements with their purebred breeding animal projects during the 2013 Iowa State Fair. The Iowa Beef Heifer Award evaluates the applicants' leadership and involvement in breed organizations and community activities, as well as responsibilities and growth within their project.

All 4-H, FFA and junior association members who own and exhibit a market beef or breeding heifer at the Iowa State Fair are eligible to enter. The award is coordinated by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, and is sponsored by the Iowa State Fair and the participating beef breeds associations.

HEIFER WINNERS: The Iowa Beef Heifer Awards were presented to seven Iowa youth at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. The award honors their achievements with their purebred breeding animal projects. Winners and the cattle breeds they qualified with are (from left): Keiffer Sexton, Ainsworth (Shorthorn); Kourtney Grimm, Audubon (Maine-Anjou); Trey Jass, Garner (Simmental); Kaleb Miller, Lacona (runner-up Maine-Anjou); Heather Schnitker, Alden (Chianina); Matt Deppe, ICA CEO; and Maggie Vogl, Adair (runner-up Shorthorn).

Finalists in each breed area were interviewed during the Iowa State Fair. The winners of each breed division receive a certificate for the purchase of a registered female beef animal. Show halters, sponsored by Kent Feeds, were presented to runners-up.

Winners receive a certificate for purchase of a registered female beef animal

This year's Iowa Beef Heifer Award winners (listed first) and runners-up, by breed, are: Charolais – Matthew Schroeder,  Radcliffe, (no runner-up); Hereford – Lindsay Black, Chariton, Jenna Rohret, Solon; Maine Anjou - Renee Grimm, Audubon, Tyler Loudon, Creston; Shorthorn – Kieffer Sexton, Ainsworth, (no runner-up); Simmental – Drew Christensen, Exira, (no runner-up).

All 4-H, FFA and junior association members who own and exhibit a market beef or breeding heifer at the Iowa State Fair are eligible to enter the competition for this annual award. Applicants may participate in one of the following breed divisions: Angus, Charolais, Chianina, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus, Salers, Shorthorn or Simmental. For more information, contact Kellie Carolan at 515-296-2266 or email [email protected].

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association:  The Iowa Cattlemen's Association represents about 9,500 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa's beef industry. ICA's mission is "Grow Iowa's beef business through advocacy, leadership and education."

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