Junior News

IGS Breeds to Host Youth Leadership Conference

The American Junior Simmental, Shorthorn and Gelbvieh Associations will host a joint leadership conference August 3-6, 2017, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Summit is an all-new youth leadership conference.

This Summit is open to any youth ages 14-22 interested in expanding their knowledge about the beef industry. Registration closes July 1, 2017 and can be found by visiting the hosting breeds websites or Facebook pages.

Participants will get the chance to tour the United States Meat Animal Research Center and GeneSeek Laboratories as well as learn about different aspects of the beef industry. They will also learn about professional development and leadership skills. The participants will also visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln meats lab and have the chance to see a college campus that may help with their future.

This conference will help grow the unprecedented collaboration between progressive breed associations to enhance beef industry profitability through a youth leadership conference. The youth of this industry are the future of agriculture.

For more information about this conference, contact Shelby Rogers at the American Shorthorn Association office at shelby@shorthorn.org, Emily Lochner at the American Simmental Association office at elochner@simmgene.com, and Mary Bea Martin at the American Gelbvieh Association at marybea@gelbvieh.org.

Champions Named at NWSS Gelbvieh and Balancer Junior Heifer Show

The Junior Gelbvieh and Balancer® Heifer Show at the National Western Stock Show was held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Judge Brian Barragree, Absarokee, Montana, evaluated the 20 Gelbvieh and 37 Balancer females.

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer was HIGH Ms Miranda 9C17 ET owned by Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kansas. This heifer first claimed the Gelbvieh junior yearling heifer division and is the February 18, 2015 daughter of JRI Pop A Top 197T83.

RUPP Roxi 623D, owned by Karly Alexander, Perry, Oklahoma claimed reserve champion Gelbvieh heifer. This February 19, 2016 heifer is sired by JRI Crusader 285Y99 and first claimed the Gelbvieh heifer calf division.

Grand Champion Balancer Heifer was EGL Vivian C1083. This heifer is owned by J W LeDoux, Agenda, Kansas, and first claimed the Balancer junior yearling heifer division. She is the March 25, 2015 daughter of Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047.

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Heifer was BCFG Butlers 133C, owned by Alexandria Raab, Markle, Indiana. This heifer also came out of the Balancer senior heifer calf division and is the November 2, 2015 daughter of BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z.

American Gelbvieh Junior Association Elects Board of Directors

Photo caption: These individuals will serve the American Gelbvieh Junior Association as their Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 year. (Seated from L to R) President Grace Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; Vice President Michael Ring, Oregon, Ill.; Vice President of Leadership Development Tiana Garcia, Las Animas, Colo.; Secretary Sydney Bigger, Media, Ill.; Treasurer Kelsey Shelley, Hillsboro, Ohio; (Standing from L to R) Kyle Vehige, Bonnets Mill, Mo.; Tanner Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan.; Callahan Grund, Sharon Springs, Kan.; Carter Mitchell, Appleton City, Mo.; and Ex-Officio Van Tucker, Portis, Kan.

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) elected four members to serve on their Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 year. The election took place at the 2014 AGJA Barnyard Classic junior national show in Sioux Falls, S.D., on July 2. Elections for the 2014-2015 officers were also held the same day. 

The AGJA Board of Directors consists of nine junior members and one ex-officio member. Directors serve two-year terms and must be 16 years of age as of January 1, and may not have reached his or her 20th birthday as of January 1. 

Newly elected directors are: Tanner Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan., son of Dennis and Joyce Aherin; Chisum Grund, Sharon Springs, Kan., son of Jerry and Christy Grund; and Kyle Vehige, Bonnets Mill, Mo., son of Tom and Stacy Vehige. 

Michael Ring, Oregon, Ill., nephew of Skyler and Annette Martin was re-elected to a second term. 

Grace Hammer, Wallace, Kan., daughter of Lyle and Christy Hammer, was re-elected as AGJA president. Ring was voted to serve another year as vice president.    

Elected as vice president of leadership development was Tiana Garica, Las Animas, Colo., daughter of Keith and Teresa Garcia. Sydney Bigger, Media, Ill., daughter of Barry and Jody Bigger was voted as secretary. Kelsey Sheeley, Hillsboro, Ohio, daughter of Tim and Karen Sheeley was selected as the Association treasurer. Carter Mitchell, Appleton City, Mo., son of Kevin and Debbie Mitchell will continue to serve as AGJA director. 

Van Tucker, Portis, Kan., son of Gregg and Sandi Tucker, will continue to serve on the AGJA Board as ex-officio. Van has served on the Board of Directors for four years and most recently as AGJA secretary. 

“My favorite attribute of the AGJA is all the great people I have been fortunate enough to meet. Through our association, I have made connections both inside and outside of the breed that I know will last a lifetime,” said Hammer. “It has been an awesome experience getting to serve as a leader on our junior board, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for both our members and breed of cattle.”

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association serves more than 500 members nationally. The vision of the AGJA is to unify, educate, and develop leaders of the beef industry. To learn more about Gelbvieh or the American Gelbvieh Junior Association visit www.gelbiveh.org or call 303-465-2333. 


Gelbvieh and Limousin Juniors Participate in the 2014 “Continental Undivided” POWER Conference


Photo caption: A total of 45 members of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association and the North American Limousin Junior Association participated in the first-ever POWER (Peers Organizing Winning Effective Results) Conference held August 7-10, 2014 in Denver, Colo. Photo taken at Jumping Cow Gelbvieh, Ramah, Colo., by Jennifer Scharpe, American Gelbvieh Association.


The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) and North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) joined together to host the first POWER (Peers Organizing Winning Effective Results) Conference in Denver, Colo., August 7-10.

Board members from both junior associations partnered up to plan and host the event. Twenty-two members of the AGJA and 23 members of the NALJA took part in the four-day conference. While in Denver, participants were able to connect with other AGJA and NALJA members, learn more about the beef industry, and enhance their leadership skills.

“The first POWER conference was an incredible experience for the junior members who attended,” says Grace Hammer, AGJA president from Wallace, Kan. “Each activity allowed junior members to network and make connections with other juniors and industry leaders, while acquiring valuable knowledge that will position these young leaders to be successful in the agriculture industry,” she added. Grace not only was able to attend the four days of activities but also played a major role in helping to plan the event.

The conference featured many speakers including Kevin Ochsner, a Limousin breeder in Kersey, Colo., and host of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s “Cattlemen to Cattlemen.” Motivational speakers Eddie Slowikowski and Cole Smith engaged the participants in different team building and leadership activities. Former AGJA president, Travis Arp, also spoke. He is currently a technical services manager at the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

Also during the conference, participants made several industry visits including Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., where they participated in a ropes course team building activity, and toured campus and the agriculture research facility. Magness Land & Cattle, a Limousin operation in Platteville, Colo., gave the POWER participants a tour of their facilities and put on a mini judging contest. A visit to the Denver Aquarium, and tours of Rocky Mountain Sire Services in Bennett, Colo., and Jumping Cow Gelbvieh in Ramah, Colo., rounded out the weekend activities.

“The POWER conference was a great success and we look forward to making this a permanent part of both junior associations’ program activities by hosting the conference every other year,” says Carrie Tilghman, junior activities coordinator for the American Gelbvieh Association.

For more information about the American Gelbvieh Junior Association contact Carrie Tilghman at carriet@www.gelbvieh.org.


American Gelbvieh Junior Association Names 2014-2015 Ambassadors

Photo Caption: (L to R) Jessie Lowe, Adrian, Mo., AGJA Junior Ambassador; Taylor Vavra, Nisland, S.D., AGJA Intermediate Ambassador

Two junior members were selected at the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) 2014 Barnyard Classic to represent the AGJA as ambassadors. Jessie Lowe of Adrian, Mo., was selected to be the 2014-2015 AGJA Junior Ambassador. Taylor Vavra, Nisland, S.D., was chosen to be the 2014-2015 AGJA Intermediate Ambassador.

Jessie is the nine year old daughter of Raymond and Melissa Lowe and she is excited to share her love of Gelbvieh throughout the coming year. In addition to this new role, she is very active in several other junior associations including Altona 4-H club, Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association, and Heart of America Gelbvieh Junior Association, just to name a few.

“I thought it would be great to help other people love Gelbvieh as much as I do,” says Jessie. “I think if people knew more about Gelbvieh and what they can do for them, more people would love them as much as I do. This is the first goal I have as Junior Ambassador.” She has even started a Facebook group page called Missouri Gelbvieh where people can post pictures and other news about all things Gelbvieh.

Jessie currently raises Gelbvieh and Balancer®cattle along with her brother, Baxter and sister, Isabel. She obtained her first Gelbvieh heifer, named Sweetheart, in March 2013 and has gone to 23 shows with her so far, including the Missouri State Fair, American Royal, and National Western Stock Show. She looks forward to going to even more Gelbvieh events in the next year and spreading her love for the breed.

Taylor is the 15 year old daughter of Brent and Eve Vavra. She is currently involved in 4-H, FFA, cheerleading, golf, community band, and has been a member of the AGJA since 1998.

“When I was first registered as a member of AGJA, my grandparents gifted me with my first Gelbvieh cow,” said Taylor. “Gelbvieh has opened many doors for me, and has helped me to meet many new people.” Taylor is also very involved with her own heard and shows her animals all over including at the National Western Stock Show, Northern International Livestock Exposition, Black Hills Stock Show, Butte-Lawrence County Fair, and AGJA junior national show. Her herd currently consists of 11 cows where she handles everything from money management to late night calving checks.

Taylor’s younger sister, Carlee, was the 2013-2014 AGJA Junior Ambassador and having learned things from her sister, is excited to promote the AGJA herself. “As the older sister, I have seen behind the scenes of Carlee’s ambassadorship and it fuels my fire,” added Taylor.

The ambassador competition was held during the junior national show, which took place June 29 through July 4 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Junior Ambassador must be eight to 11 years of age and the Intermediate Ambassador must be 12 to 15 years old.

The AGJA created the ambassador program to encourage youth involvement in the breed’s activities. The ambassadors represent the AGJA at Gelbvieh functions throughout the year including Gelbvieh and Balancer shows held at the American Royal, the North American International Livestock Exposition and the National Western Stock Show, along with many state fairs and other events.

The ambassador candidates are judged on their notebook, an oral interview, a speech given at the AGJA annual meeting and overall conduct during the annual junior national show. The notebook includes information and photographs on activities, awards and organizations as well as an essay on the candidate’s background and experiences with the Gelbvieh breed. A committee is appointed to conduct the interviews and select the AGJA Junior and Intermediate Ambassadors.

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association serves more than 500 members nationally. The vision of the AGJA is to unify, educate, and develop leaders of the beef industry. To learn more about Gelbvieh or the American Gelbvieh Junior Association visit www.www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333.


Sioux Falls Site of Gelbvieh Junior National Show

Gelbvieh junior members and their families, from across the country, will gather in Sioux Falls, S.D., the first week in July for the 2014 American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Junior Classic. Named by the host state, the 2014 AGJA Barnyard Classic will begin on Sunday, June 29 and will conclude on Friday, July 4. The show will be held at the WH Lyon Fairgrounds and is hosted by the South Dakota Gelbvieh Junior Association.

“The annual AGJA Junior Classic challenges youth to build skills to become future leaders in the beef industry. Throughout the week, Gelbvieh juniors compete in more than 20 different leadership and educational contests. The educational contests offer youth the ability to gain life-long skills and increase their knowledge of beef production,” said Carrie Tilghman, American Gelbvieh Association junior activities coordinator.

The Junior Classic is open to members of the AGJA ages eight to 21. The AGJA anticipates, based on preliminary entries for the Barnyard Classic, there will be approximately 240 Gelbvieh and Balancer® females, bulls and steers exhibited by 135 youth.   

During the first half of the week, members will participate and compete in educational activities and contests.

“The educational contests offer youth the ability to gain life-long skills and increase their knowledge of beef production. Prizes are awarded to the top individuals in each of the contests. As well, juniors compete for points to be named the top all-around winner,” added Tilghman.

The week concludes with the showmanship contest and the cattle shows. On Thursday, July 3, starting at 8:00 a.m., Brad Gohr of Madras, Ore., will evaluate the showmanship contest, followed by the AGJA national Balancer female show.   

On Friday, July 4, again starting at 8:00 a.m., Lydell Meier of Clinton, Tenn., will judge the remainder of the cattle shows including steers, bred and owned Balancer bulls, bred and owned Gelbvieh bulls and the national Gelbvieh female show. 

“The South Dakota Gelbvieh juniors have been working hard to put on a memorable Junior Classic. We have a fun-filled week planed for junior Gelbvieh members and their families,” said Anna Duxbury, Wessington, S.D., president of the South Dakota Gelbvieh Junior Association. “The Junior Classic helps promote youth to become future leaders not only within the Gelbvieh breed but within the beef industry as a whole."

he American Gelbvieh Junior Association serves more than 500 members nationally. The vision of the AGJA is to unify, educate, and develop leaders of the beef industry. To learn more about Gelbvieh or the American Gelbvieh Junior Association visit www.www.gelbvieh.org.

The following is a complete schedule for the 2014 AGJA Barnyard Classic. Unless otherwise stated, all activities will take place at the WH Lyon Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sunday, June 29
8:00 a.m. – Cattle allowed in barns
1:00 p.m. – Come and go check-in 4:00 p.m.; Mentor/protégé orientation
4:30 p.m. – AGJA skill-a-thon contest orientation and educational session
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Opening ceremonies
8:30 p.m. – Board candidate orientation
9:00 p.m. – AGJA dance – hotel

Monday, June 30
7:00 a.m. – Breakfast, sponsored
8:00 a.m. – Sales talk contest
Noon – Lunch, sponsored
1:00 p.m. – Skillathon contest
3:00 p.m. – Start impromptu contest preparation
3:30 p.m. – Impromptu contest
4:15 p.m. – Ambassador interviews
5:00 p.m. – Steer weigh-in
6:00 p.m. – Dinner, sponsored; Board candidate interviews

Tuesday, July 1
7:00 a.m. – Breakfast, sponsored
8:00 a.m. – Sullivan’s Stock Show University pick your curriculum clinic & leg workshop
9:30 a.m. – Team fitting set up
10:00 a.m. – Sullivan Supply/ Stock Show University team fitting contest
12:30 p.m. – Lunch, sponsored
2:00 p.m. – Quiz bowl preliminary rounds
6:00 p.m. – Dinner, sponsored, immediately followed by quiz bowl finals

Wednesday, July 2
7:00 a.m. – Breakfast, sponsored
7:30 a.m. – Judging contest registration
8:00 a.m. – Judging contest
9:00 a.m. – Scott Gemar Memorial golf outing
Noon – Lunch, sponsored
1:00 p.m. – Fun Day at Wild Water West – bus transportation provided
5:30 p.m. – AGJA annual meeting and board election
Dinner on your own

Thursday, July 3
7:00 a.m. – Breakfast, sponsored
8:00 a.m. – Sullivan Supply/ Stock Show University AGJA national showmanship contest, followed by the AGJA national Balancer® female show
Noon – Grab & go lunch, sponsored
7:00 p.m. – AGJA awards banquet

Friday, July 4
7:00 a.m. – Breakfast, sponsored
8:00 a.m. – AGJA national steer show, AGJA national Balancer bred & owned bull show, AGJA national bred & owned Gelbvieh bull show, followed by AGJA national Gelbvieh female show
Noon – Grab & go lunch, sponsored
6:00 p.m. – Dinner, sponsored, activities and fireworks