There was plenty of Gelbvieh pride at the American Gelbvieh Junior Association 2009 Pride of the Heartland Classic held July 6-11 in Des Moines, Iowa. The annual AGJA national show shattered a 28-year record with 317 animals exhibited. The previous record of 274 animals was set in 2000 at the AGJA Hillbilly Classic in Springfield, Mo.
A total of 173 junior members from as far west as Washington and as far east as North Carolina participated in the week-long event. The week was filled with educational contests, exhibition of Gelbvieh and Balancer animals and fun activities to encourage camaraderie among the junior members and their families.
"Participating at a national level show is an excellent opportunity for young Gelbvieh breeders, as well as anyone who has an interest in beef cattle, to gain experience at a nationally competitive level. The AGJA has a well-established reputation for providing real industry experience through the contests at national shows, in addition to fostering a true family-friendly atmosphere," says Dana Stewart, American Gelbvieh Association Director of Member Services.
Top-notch Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls, females and market steers were exhibited on Friday and Saturday of the Junior Classic. Dr. Chris Skaggs of College Station, Texas judged the Market Steer and Gelbvieh entries. Tyler Cates from Moduc, Ind., evaluated the Balancer entries.
The AGJA 2010 Lone Star Classic will be held in College Station, Texas, July 4 to 9. Check out a special invitation from the Texas Gelbvieh Junior Association to attend the 2010 Lone Star Classic at www.gelbvieh.org/mainjr2.html.
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