Angus enthusiasts from the Western United States are already making plans for the 2005 National Junior Angus Show, scheduled for July 17 to 23 in Denver. Thousands of youth and adults from across the country will attend the weeklong event that has grown to be known as the largest single-breed beef cattle show in the world.

In effort to continue fundraising for the significant event, Silveira Brothers, Mendota, Calif., have donated a heifer to sell at the 2004 Western National Angus Futurity, Sunday, April 25 in Reno, Nevada. Darrell Silveira, Rick, Allison and Garrett Blanchard have donated Silveiras Reba Pride 3438, an October 2003 daughter of G Bar Wulffs EXT 9306. All proceeds from the sale of the heifer will go to the 2005 NJAS.

"The Angus breeders in the Western states are excited to have this heifer donation to go toward hosting the 2005 NJAS," says Abbie Nelson, fundraising committee member from Wilton, Calif. "Selling this heifer in Reno is just one way our breeders can pull together to plan a successful event for the future leaders of the Angus breed."

Other items included in the heifer package are: breeding services using any Silveira Brothers program herd sire; an embryo flush and transfer from Larry Lanzon, DVM, of Lander Vet Clinic, Turlock, Calif.; a 30-day insurance policy from Jim Bessler of American Livestock Insurance, Geneva, Ill.; and transportation from Reno, Nev., to the buyer?s ranch, courtesy of Randy and Peggy Lathrop of Lathrop Trucking, Dundee, Ill. Complete information about the heifer is online at

For more information about the heifer or to learn more about donating to the 2005 NJAS, contact Abbie Nelson at 916-687-7108.

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