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The American Shorthorn Association offers an Australian Ambassador Program

Every other year American Junior Shorthorn Association members are offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to apply for a trip to Australia. The American Shorthorn Association will provide transportation to and from Australia for one AJSA member to visit the various Shorthorn operations and learn about Australian methods of breeding, management, and marketing.

The Australian Ambassador program is a joint effort between the ASA and the Shorthorn Society of Australia, in which a junior member of one of the organizations travels to the other country. This summer Martin Beltrame from South Australia will be attending the Shorthorn Junior National Show and Youth Conference as part of the exchange program. This will be just the beginning of his 6 month tour of the states. The ASA will be sending a junior in 2010.

"Australia: amazing, unique, stylish, terrific, rocking, astounding, lovely, interesting, awesome," is how Katie Mack, the 2007 recipient of the Australian Ambassador program, described the trip. "Two countries, tons of junior members, can only mean one thing: Shorthorn United! This trip not only allows for great friendships to be made but it allows one to see cattle in other parts of the world."

If you are interested in being the ASA's next Australian Ambassador please send your resume, letter of interest, along with a list of cattle events you have participated in to the attention of Gwen Reynolds, American Shorthorn Association, 8288 Hascall Street, Omaha, NE 68124 by June 1. If you have any questions please contact Gwen at gwen@shorthorn.org or call 402-393-7200. The Ambassador will be announced at the Shorthorn Junior National Show and Youth Conference Banquet, July 3, in Springfield, Ill.

The mission of the ASA is to contribute to the profitability and quality of life of its members and their customers by maintaining, protecting the vulnerability and enhancing the value of the herd book and performance database for Shorthorn cattle. The ASA is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and was founded in 1872 with herd book records going back to 1822. As one of the oldest American breed associations, the ASA provides services for more than 6,000 junior and senior members who register nearly 18,000 cattle annually. The American Junior Shorthorn Association promotes personal development through youth activities and educational events. The AJSA is dedicated to the betterment of its members, promotes valuable skills, and fosters friendships that will last a lifetime. To learn more, contact the ASA office or visit www.shorthorn.org.

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