Juniors named top breeders at Shorthorn show, conference
The All-American Junior Breeder program is designed to reward young breeders for their general knowledge of Shorthorn cattle. The end goal is to engage young cattle producers in Shorthorns with the hope that they stay in the breed long after their junior days are over.
The program tests participants understanding of phenotype, performance reporting, expected progeny difference, and the pedigrees that fit their operation. Winners each year receive “Shorthorn Bucks” or dollars that can be used to purchase purebred Shorthorn females or bulls to expand their herd. Breeders can contribute $100 to nominate their herd for the program; state association sales and consignment/production sales can nominate their cattle for $250. In addition, 1 percent of the sale gross from the Summit National Shorthorn Sale, in Denver, helps fund the program. Winners of the All-American Junior Breeder Award may only purchase Shorthorns from breeders and sales that donate to the program.
In 2013, two winners were announced during the banquet at the Junior National Show in Des Moines, Iowa. Sarah Moore of Illinois received $1,300 and the title of All-American Junior Breeder. Tyler Pierson from Minnesota was selected by the panel of judges at the unanimous selection All-American Junior Breeder and received $1,750. Each year, the unanimous selection will have his or her name engraved on a plaque that hangs in the ASA office in Omaha, Neb.
For more information about the All-American Junior Breeder program, visit www.juniorshorthorn.com or contact Patrick Wall, ASA director of genetic improvement, at 402-393-7200.
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