Ainsworth youth is winner of Iowa Foundation Heifer program
Sydney Black, daughter of Chris and Tara Black, Ainsworth, has been chosen as the 2013 recipient of three bred heifers awarded by the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation and the Iowa Beef Breeds Council. This is the third year the two groups have awarded bred heifers through the Iowa Foundation Heifer program.
The program was initiated to help young Iowans begin foundation beef herds. In the program, the winners make a five-year commitment that culminates during their senior year in high school. Through that time period, the winners keep records on their cattle and report progress to the two sponsoring groups. At that time, they repay the program $6,000 earned from their herd. The money will be used to expand the program to more youth.
Black is a seventh grader at Highland Middle School in Riverside. She is an active member of the Washington County Highlanders 4-H Club, showing both market and breeding beef projects. This honor roll student has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian.
Black selected Shorthorns as her breed of choice for the heifers she's receiving. ICG and IBBC purchased Black's heifers from Bern-A-Dale Shorthorns (the Bernie Bolton Family of Oakland).
Black was honored Feb. 11 at the Iowa Beef Expo Annual Kick-off Party in Des Moines. The Iowa Beef Expo was held Feb. 10 to 17.
The mission of the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation is to enhance the public perception of the Iowa cattle industry and to assist in providing educational and economic opportunities for Iowans in the cattle business. The ICF is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status.