Junior News

American Gelbvieh Junior Association Ambassadors named for the 2018-2019 Year

Congratulations to Addison Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska, and Cameron Nowack, Bland, Missouri, for being selected as the American Gelbvieh Junior Association’s (AGJA) ambassadors for 2018-2019. The two winners were announced on July 6, 2018, at the 2018 Corn Fed Classic, which was held in Waterloo, Iowa.

Addison Starr, daughter of Scott and Raberta Starr, was chosen as the AGJA Intermediate Ambassador. In addition to her new role, she is actively involved in FFA, 4-H, volleyball, basketball and has won public speaking awards at regional speech contests. Addison also serves as sophomore class president at McPherson County High School.

During her time as ambassador, Addison hopes to educate Gelbvieh youth and others in the beef industry of the Gelbvieh and Balancer® breed’s relevance in the commercial industry and the important role acceptance in the commercial sector plays into a breed’s success.

“The strength of any breed is really based on its commercial acceptance… This is something that is very important to know because it affects every juniors’ future.”

Cameron Nowack, daughter of Jared and Caisie Nowack, was chosen as the AGJA Junior Ambassador. Cameron is a sixth grader involved in 4-H, basketball, and of course, AGJA.

As an ambassador, Cameron hopes to be able to encourage other AGJA members to push themselves out of their comfort zones and participate in more educational contests.

“But most importantly, I wanted to become the American Gelbvieh Junior Association 2018-2019 Junior Ambassador because I want to give back to the association that has helped me become who I am today and that inspires me to be better for tomorrow,” Cameron said.

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

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association is the junior division of the American Gelbvieh Association. The AGJA provides members up to 21 years of age the opportunity to participate in youth activities.

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Cameron Nowack

Cameron Nowack, Bland, Missouri, 2018-2019 AGJA Junior Ambassador

Addison Starr

Addison Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska, 2018-2019 AGJA Intermediate Ambassador

Champions Named at Gelbvieh and Balancer® Junior National Show

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Corn Fed Classic Junior National Gelbvieh and Balancer® show took pace on Thursday, July 5, and Friday, July 6, 2018, in Waterloo, Iowa. Brent Vieselmeyer, Amherst, Colorado, evaluated the 171 Balancer cattle, and Brad Bennett of Seward, Nebraska, evaluated the 88 Gelbvieh cattle and 20 steers.

The grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh bull was LGNZ Mayweather 48E ET owned by Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, South Dakota. This bull born March 28, 2017, is the son of GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z and first claimed the spring yearling bull division.

Colton Ivers, Austin, Minnesota, owned the reserve grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh bull, IFG Ivers Hannibal F14. This JRI General Patton 213B97 ET son was born February 6, 2018, and first claimed the junior bull calf division.

The supreme grand champion Gelbvieh female was HIGH Ms Emma 9E100 ET, owned by Jacie Carroll, Raymore, Missouri. She is a September 13, 2017, born daughter of JRI Pop A Top 197T83 and first claimed grand champion Gelbvieh heifer and the senior heifer calf division.

BEA 7102E ET, owned by Casey Martin, Oregon, Illinois, claimed reserve grand champion Gelbvieh heifer. She is the March 18, 2017, daughter of BEA 301A and was out of the spring yearling heifer division.

Casey Martin also owned the grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh heifer. SKYC BCFG-SKYS Eleanor 282E is the January 23, 2017 daughter of JRI Pistol Pete 214A44 and was out of the spring yearling division.

AMT 98E was named the reserve champion bred and owned Gelbvieh heifer. Owned by Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, North Carolina, and out of the senior heifer calf division, this September 1, 2017, heifer is a daughter of GHGF Shear Force 81A.

The grand champion Gelbvieh cow-calf pair and grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh cow-calf pair was owned by Alyssa Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa. BFA Daphne 1D3 is a March 11, 2016, CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y daughter.

Luke Rash, Macon, Missouri, owned the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh cow-calf pair. HIGH Michala 31D31 is sired by BCFG Butlers Hillbilly Hero 71 and was born March 5, 2016.

SKYC SKYS Encore 7086E, owned by Casey Martin, Oregon, Illinois, claimed grand champion bred and owned Balancer bull. He is the March 19, 2017, son of SKYM Foreman 2002Z and first claimed the spring yearling bull division.

The reserve champion bred and owned Balancer bull was LARA Grand Slam N020E ET, owned by Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio. This September 18, 2017, son of S A V Brilliance 8077 came out of the senior bull calf division.

BCFG Butlers Ms Daisy 28D3 ET, owned by Aidan Raab, Markle, Indiana, claimed supreme grand champion Balancer female and grand champion Balancer heifer. This female is out of the senior female division and she is the September 26, 2016, daughter of AHL Flashback 446B.

Kyle Vehige, Billings, Missouri, owned the reserve grand champion Balancer heifer. KDV T Bar S Dutchess 121D is the November 21, 2016, daughter of Stevenson Weigh Up 41163 and came out of the senior female division. This female also claimed grand champion bred and owned Balancer heifer.

The reserve grand champion bred and owned Balancer heifer came out of the junior heifer calf division. GDV T Bar S Ciara 503F is a January 3, 2018, female is owned by Grace Vehige, Billings, Missouri, and is sired by R4RA Conquest 254.

The grand champion Balancer cow-calf pair was BDCL 14D2, owned by Alex Barwick, Orleans, Nebraska. This January 7, 2016, female is the daughter of VRT Lazy TV Watchman W021.

Sarah Carroll, Raymore, Missouri, owned the reserve grand champion Balancer cow-calf pair. GGGE 3G Cowgirl Dixie 6102D is the May 6, 2016, daughter of S S Hoover Dam B115.

BRAX Delilah D26 was named the grand champion bred and owned Balancer cow-calf pair. She is the February 12, 2016, daughter of BAG Mr. Quick Sand 135A owned by Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Oklahoma.

The reserve grand champion bred and owned Balancer cow-calf pair was BROK Maleficent 401B, owned by Brooke Nowack, Bland, Missouri. She is the January 1, 2014, daughter of Connealy Final Product 7212.

The grand champion steer was BTO owned by Chisum Grund, Wallace, Kansas and weighed 1,265 pounds.

Reserve grand champion steer was Mr Outright 59E, was owned by Kale Taubenheim, Amherst, Nebraska and weighed 1,375 pounds.

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Balancer® Show – Thursday, June 5, 2018
Waterloo, Iowa
Judge: Brent Vieselmeyer, Amherst, Colo.
Entries: 171 Head

Balancer Bulls

Balancer Champion Junior Bull Calf
BARG Outlaw 57F
Jacob Barwick, Orleans, Neb.
Sire: CTR Sandhills 0065X

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Bull Calf
CBRO Shotgun 1817F
Cody Brown, Dwight, Kan.
Sire: GHGF Young Gun C310

Balancer Champion Senior Bull Calf
LARA Grand Slam N020E ET
Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio
Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf
JNCC BROK Everest 776E
Brooke Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: J D Pay Dirt 546

Balancer Champion Intermediate Yearling Bull
NSBG 9E
Grace Steenbergen, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Sire: HYBD Scharpe Hybrid Vigor 1713Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Bull
SGMF A317E
Sutton Murphy, Arlington, S.D.
Sire: DLW Sand Trap 928C ET

Balancer Champion Spring Yearling Bull
SKYC SKYS Encore 7086E
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: SKYM Foreman 2002Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Bull
LECC Six E Red Zone 750E ET
Lane Enyart, Vinita, Okla.
Sire: PZCT PZC TMAS Firestorm 1800 ET

Balancer Champion Winter Yearling Bull
SDSC Star’s Hercules 01E
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Balancer Reserve Champion Winter Yearling Bull
CPGG Mr. Grove Exceeds 22E
Cade Cameron, Danville, Iowa
Sire: BGGR Gravity 803A

Grand Champion Balancer Bull
SKYC SKYS Encore 7086E
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: SKYM Foreman 2002Z

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Bull
LARA Grand Slam N020E ET
Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio
Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

Balancer Females

Balancer Champion Junior Heifer Calf
GDV T Bar S Ciara 503F
Grace Vehige, Billings, Mo.
Sire: R4RA Conquest 254

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf
TAU Ms Molly 806F ET
Sydney Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb.
Sire: GGGE 3G EZ Money 209Z

Balancer Champion Senior Heifer Calf
BCFG Butlers Ms Ebony E133 ET
Kaitlin Taylor, Milton, Tenn.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf
TJB LARA Velvet 521C 757E
Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio
Sire: EGL Lifeline B101

Balancer Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
FGRG 753E
Jaycie Forbes, De Smet, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Balancer Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
WORR Rumors Make Ya Famous 407E
Karley Rumfelt, Phillipsburg, Mo.
Sire: PZCT PZC TMAS Firestorm 1800 ET

Balancer Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
BABR 7200E
Trey Struck, Hartford, S.D.
Sire: BABR 5203C

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
KKAC Emerald 703E
Kyler Camerer, Asbury, Mo.
Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Balancer Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
XXB Miss 23B/709E
Cody Brown, Dwight, Kan.
Sire: XXB Insidious 23B

Balancer Reserve Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
JNCC BROK Miss Dimension 710E
Brooke Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: EXAR Denver 2002B

Balancer Champion Senior Female
BCFG Butlers Ms Daisy 28D3 ET
Aidan Raab, Markle, Ind.
Sire: AHL Flashback 446B

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Female
KDV T Bar S Dutchess 121D
Kyle Vehige, Billings, Mo.
Sire: Stevenson Weigh Up 41163

Grand Champion Balancer Heifer
BCFG Butlers Ms Daisy 28D3 ET
Aidan Raab, Markle, Ind.
Sire: AHL Flashback 446B

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Heifer
KDV T Bar S Dutchess 121D
Kyle Vehige, Billings, Mo.
Sire: Stevenson Weigh Up 41163

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Heifer
KDV T Bar S Dutchess 121D
Kyle Vehige, Billings, Mo.
Sire: Stevenson Weigh Up 41163

Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Heifer
GDV T Bar S Ciara 503F
Grace Vehige, Billings, Mo.
Sire: R4RA Conquest 254

Grand Champion Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
BDCL 14D2
Alex Barwick, Orleans, Neb.
Sire: VRT Lazy TV Watchman W021

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
GGGE 3G Cowgirl Dixie 6102D
Sarah Carroll, Raymore, Mo.
Sire: S S Hoover Dam B115

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
BRAX Delilah D26
Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.
Sire: BAG Mr. Quick Sand 135A

Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
BROK Maleficent 401B
Brooke Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: Connealy Final Product 7212

Supreme Grand Champion Balancer Female
BCFG Butlers Ms Daisy 28D3 ET
Aidan Raab, Markle, Ind.
Sire: AHL Flashback 446B

Gelbvieh and Steer Show
Waterloo, Iowa
Friday, July 6, 2018
Judge: Brad Bennett, Seward, Neb.
Entries: 108 head

Steers

Grand Champion Steer
BTO, Chisum Grund, Wallace, Kan.

Reserve Champion Steer
Mr Outright 59E, Kale Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb.

Gelbvieh Bulls

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Bull Calf
IFG Ivers Hannibal F14
Colton Ivers, Austin, Minn.
Sire: JRI General Patton 213B97 ET

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Bull Calf
SAFE Mr Ruttan 011BE
Savannah Ferguson, Abilene, Kan.
Sire: DVE Davidson Ruttan 145A

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf
LLLJ Cinch 37E17
Jessie Lowe, Adrian, Mo.
Sire: LWHF Reflection 116C ET

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Yearling Bull
ANBG 15E
Andrew Belzer, Mount Ayr, Iowa
Sire: JRI Secret Stash 253W80

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Yearling Bull
LGNZ Mayweather 48E ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z

Gelbvieh Champion Winter Yearling Bull
JESM 3E
Jessica McCreary, Mount Ayr, Iowa
Sire: DCHD Golden Buckle Gelv 165C

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull
LGNZ Mayweather 48E ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull
IFG Ivers Hannibal F14
Colton Ivers, Austin, Minn.
Sire: JRI General Patton 213B97 ET

Gelbvieh Females

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Heifer Calf|
TRAY Fiona 804F
Taylor Danielle Ray, Glasgow, Ky.
Sire: PMFG Challenger 556C

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf
GCRK 802F
Molly Anderson, Marion, N.C.
Sire: SLC Freedom 178F ET

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Heifer Calf
HIGH Ms Emma 9E100 ET
Jacie Carroll, Raymore, Mo.
Sire: JRI Pop A Top 197T83

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf
AMT 98E
Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.
Sire: GHGF Shear Force 81A

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
MGA Pocahontas 749E
Lincoln Martin, Bucklin, Kan.
Sire: LINC Abraham 442B

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
SEPT RCO No Tan Lines E273
Kaid Sasse, Athol, Kan.
Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
BEA 7102E ET
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: BEA 301A

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
GHGF Zelda 20E
Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.
Sire: GHGF Young Gun C310

Gelbvieh Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
SKYC BCFG-SKYS Eleanor 282E
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: JRI Pistol Pete 214A44

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
VOS 909E
Kyler Camerer, Asbury, Mo.
Sire: FHG Flying H Mr Traction 45B

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Female
GAMB Dixie D168
Breckon Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.
Sire: VRT Lazy TV Sam U451

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Female
JRI Ms Petrina 270D45
Lily Judd, Pomona, Kan.
Sire: JRI Pop A Top 197T83

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer
HIGH Ms Emma 9E100 ET
Jacie Carroll, Raymore, Mo.
Sire: JRI Pop A Top 197T83

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer
BEA 7102E ET
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: BEA 301A

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Heifer
SKYC BCFG-SKYS Eleanor 282E
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: JRI Pistol Pete 214A44

Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Heifer
AMT 98E
Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.
Sire: GHGF Shear Force 81A

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair
BFA Daphne 1D3
Alyssa Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa
Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair
HIGH Michala 31D31
Luke Rash, Macon, Mo.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Hillbilly Hero 71

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair
BFA Daphne 1D3
Alyssa Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa
Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Supreme Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female
HIGH Ms Emma 9E100 ET
Jacie Carroll, Raymore, Mo.
Sire: JRI Pop A Top 197T83

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association is the junior division of the American Gelbvieh Association. The AGJA provides members up to 21 years of age the opportunity to participate in youth activities.
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Gelbvieh Junior Board of Directors Elected in Waterloo

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Photo caption: The American Gelbvieh Junior Association elected directors and officers for 2018-2019 during its junior national show in Waterloo, Iowa. Front row (left to right): Alexx Starr, Stapleton, Neb.; Kallie Mattison, Lamberton, Minn.; Treasurer Danielle Stock, Waukon, Iowa; President Grace Vehige, Billings, Mo.; Wyatt Forbes, De Smet, S.D. Back row (left to right): Secretary Anna Ring, Oregon, Ill.; Vice President of Leadership Development Colton Ivers, Austin, Minn.; Vice President Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; Jacob Barwick, Orleans, Neb.; Ex-Officio Jesse Henson, Canton, N.C.

Elections for the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Board of Directors were held at the 2018 Corn Fed Classic in Waterloo, Iowa, on July 4, 2018. AGJA members elected four candidates to serve two-year terms.

The AGJA Board of Directors is comprised of nine AGJA 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 board members are Jacob Barwick, Orleans, Nebraska, son of Rodney and Joanne Barwick; Colton Ivers, Austin, Minnesota, son of Steve and Rosalie Ivers; Alexx Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska, daughter of Scott and Raberta Starr; and Danielle Stock, Waukon, Iowa, daughter of Mark and Stacy Stock.

The board also elected individuals to serve in leadership positions on the 2018-2019 AGJA executive committee. Grace Vehige, Billings, Missouri, daughter of Tom and Stacy Vehige, was elected president. Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kansas, son of Lyle and Christy Hammer, was elected vice president. Vice president of leadership and development is Colton Ivers. Anna Ring, Oregon, Illinois, niece of Skyler and Annette Martin, will serve as secretary and Danielle Stock was named treasurer. Jesse Henson, Canton, North Carolina, son of Donnie and Kelly Henson, will serve as ex-officio.

Wyatt Forbes, De Smet, South Dakota, son of Troy and Pam Forbes; and Kallie Mattison, Lamberton, Minnesota, daughter of Scott and Sonia Mattison, remain on the board as directors to complete the second year of their term.

Retiring members of the 2017-2018 AGJA Board of Directors were Aubree Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa, daughter of Marc and Angie Beenken; Caitlin Griffin, Westminster, South Carolina, granddaughter of Ricky and Judy Griffin; Callahan Grund, Wallace, Kansas, son of Jerry and Chrysanne Grund; and Kyle Vehige, Billings, Missouri, son of Tom and Stacy Vehige.

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association is the junior division of the American Gelbvieh Association. The AGJA provides members up to 21 years of age the opportunity to participate in youth activities.

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Note to Editors: A high-resolution press quality photo is available by contacting Megan Slater, American Gelbvieh Association director of public relations, at megans@gelbvieh.org or 303-465-2333.

Champions Named at American Royal Gelbvieh and Balancer Junior Heifer Show

The Junior Gelbvieh and Balancer® Heifer Show at the American Royal was held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri. Judge Jim Bloomberg, Berwick, Illinois, evaluated the Gelbvieh and Balancer heifers.

Grand champion Gelbvieh heifer was RUPP Roxi 623D, owned by Dallan Thomas, Perry, Oklahoma. This heifer is the daughter of JRI Crusader 285Y99 and first claimed the Gelbvieh junior yearling heifer division.

Reserve grand champion Gelbvieh heifer was owned by Jessie Lowe, Adrian, Missouri. LLLJ London Crush 44D1 is the daughter of HIGH Stands Alone 9B73 ET and first claimed the Gelbvieh senior heifer calf division.

Grand champion Balancer heifer was KKAC Emerald 703E. This heifer is owned by Karly Alexander, Perry, Oklahoma, and first claimed the Balancer spring heifer calf division. She is the daughter of JRI Next Step285X72.

Reserve grand champion Balancer heifer was JNCC Grand Finale 672D, owned by Cameron Nowack, Bland, Missouri. This heifer also came out of the Balancer senior heifer calf division and is the daughter of Connealy Final Product 7212.

Ambassadors Chosen to Represent American Gelbvieh Junior Association

AGJA 2017 Ambassadors

American Gelbvieh Junior Association Junior and Intermediate Ambassadors were chosen at the 2017 AGJA Big Red Classic in Grand Island, Nebraska. Braxton Murray of Kingfisher, Oklahoma (left), was selected to be the 2017-2018 Junior Ambassador. Baxter Lowe, Adrian, Missouri (right), was chosen to be the 2017-2018 AGJA Intermediate Ambassador.

 

Two junior members were selected at the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) 2017 Big Red Classic to represent the AGJA as ambassadors. Baxter Lowe of Adrian, Missouri, was selected to be the 2017-2018 AGJA Intermediate Ambassador. Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, was chosen to be the 2017-2018 AGJA Junior Ambassador.

Baxter is the son of Raymond and Melissa Lowe. In addition to this new role, he is very active in several other junior associations including the Heart of America Gelbvieh Junior Association. Baxter raises Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle along with his sisters, Isabel and Jessie.

\Braxton is the son of Matt and Andrea Murray. Braxton is also an active member of the Oklahoma Gelbvieh Junior Association. Braxton enjoys working on his family’s Gelbvieh and Balancer operation with his parents and younger brother, Breckon.

The AGJA created the ambassador program to encourage and support 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 is the junior division of the American Gelbvieh Association. The AGJA provides members up to 21 years of age the opportunity to participate in youth activities.

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Champions Named at Gelbvieh and Balancer Junior National Show

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association Big Red Classic Junior National Gelbvieh and Balancer® show took place on Thursday, June 29 and Friday, June 30, 2017, in Grand Island, Nebraska. Alan Miller, along with associate judge Will Coor, both of Gridley, Ilinois, evaluated 135 Balancer cattle, and Jason Elmore of Waukomis, Oklahoma, evaluated 101 Gelbvieh cattle.

The grand champion Gelbvieh bull was GDV T Bar S Ace’s High 209D, owned by Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri. This December 22, 2016, bull calf is a son of DMF Mississippi Red 1918J, and first claimed the senior bull calf division.

Hunter Sheeley, Hillsboro, Ohio, owned the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull, OHMV Double Time D411. This GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET son was born March 9, 2016, and came out of the spring yearling division.

The supreme grand champion Gelbvieh female was BCFG-SKYS Kali 282C, owned by Casey Martin, Oregon, Illinois. This September 17, 2015, daughter of BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W first claimed grand champion Gelbvieh heifer and the senior female division.

Jaycie Forbes, DeSmet, South Dakota, owned the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh heifer. VLK D649 Harper ET is the March 21, 2016, daughter of VLK A301 Highmore and was out of the spring yearling division.

Grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh heifer was POST Post Rock Twila 334D8 ET, owned by Meredith Clark, Barnard, Kansas. This October 7, 2016, heifer was sired by DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8. This heifer came out of the senior heifer calf division.

HTFK Ms Dolly D6 was named the reserve champion bred and owned Gelbvieh heifer. Owned by Kyler Camerer, Asbury, Missouri, and out of the senior heifer calf division, this September 8, 2016, heifer is a daughter of BABR Influencial 4241B ET.

The grand champion Gelbvieh cow-calf pair was owned by Emily Cameron, Danville, Iowa. BNC Miss Hojer C524 is a January 1, 2015, JDPD Astro 407S daughter. This pair first claimed the young cow-calf pair division.

Brylee Thiel, Kaw City, Oklahoma, owned the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh cow-calf pair. MDR Clara Allen 520C is out of the young cow-calf division, sired by JRI Next Step 285X72 and was born March 15, 2015.

Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, South Dakota, swept the Balancer bull show owning the grand champion Balancer bull and reserve grand champion Balancer bull. The grand champion Balancer bull, LGNZ Alpha 111D ET is the March 10, 2016, son of PVF Insight 0129 and first claimed the spring yearling bull division.

The reserve champion Balancer bull was LGNZ Bravo 734D ET. This March 16, 2016, son of PVF Insight 0129 came out of the spring yearling bull division.

EGL Vivian C1083, owned by J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, South Dakota, claimed supreme grand champion Balancer female and grand champion Balancer cow-calf pair. This female first claimed the young cow-calf division. She is the March 25, 2015, daughter of Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047.

The grand champion Balancer heifer was VLK D609 Ellie, owned by Kyla Struck, Hartford, South Dakota. This heifer was first named champion spring yearling heifer and is the March 3, 2016, daughter of VLK A301 Highmore.

Jady LeDoux, Ree Heights, South Dakota, owned the reserve grand champion Balancer heifer. EGL Tessa C1510 is the August 10, 2015, daughter of EGL Lock and Load X415 and came out of the senior female division.

KDV T Bar S Jasmine 125E was named grand champion bred and owned Balancer heifer, owned by Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri. She is the January 12, 2017, daughter of LONK Friar 544R, and came out of the junior heifer calf division.

The reserve grand champion bred and owned Balancer heifer came out of the winter yearling division. This February 12, 2016, female is owned by Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, is sired by BAG Mr Quick Sand 135A.

The reserve grand champion Balancer cow-calf pair was RAAB BCFG Ms. Star 13C, owned by Karen Eby, Duncan, South Carolina. This January 3, 2015, daughter of S A V Brilliance 8077 came out of the young cow-calf division.

Brooke Nowack, Bland, Missouri, owned the grand champion bred and owned Balancer cow-calf pair. BROK Maleficent 401B is the January 1, 2014, daughter of Connealy Final Product.

VLK Rudy D685 was named grand champion steer. This 1,178 pound steer owned by Baxter Lowe, Adrian, Missouri, came out of class 1.

Reserve grand champion steer was AHL Bubby 017D, owned by J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, South Dakota. This 1,412 pound steer came out of class 3.

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Balancer® Show – Thursday, June 29, 2017
Grand Island, Neb.
Judge: Alan Miller, Gridley, Ill.
Associate Judge: Will Coor, Gridley, Ill.
Entries: 135 head

Balancer Champion Junior Bull Calf
BARG Hot Lotto 3E
Jacob Barwick, Orleans, Neb.
Sire: BSF Hot Lotto 1401

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Bull Calf
SDSC Star’s Hercules 01E
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Balancer Champion Intermediate Yearling Bull
SGMF 25D
Sutton Murphy, Arlington, S.D.
Sire: Basin Payweight 1682

Balancer Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Bull
BARG Mr. Factor 101D
Jacob Barwick, Orleans, Neb.
Sire: LAMJ X-Factor 673X ET

Balancer Champion Spring Yearling Bull
LGNZ Alpha 111D ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: PVF Insight 0129

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Bull
LGNZ Bravo 734D ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: PVF Insight 0129

Balancer Champion Winter Yearling Bull
JNCC BROK Final Dimension 601D
Brooke Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: EXAR Denver 2002B

Balancer Reserve Champion Yearling Bull
LAMJ 2013D
Jake Lammers, Lexington, Neb.
Sire: High Prime 4037

Grand Champion Balancer Bull
LGNZ Alpha 111D ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: PVF Insight 0129

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Bull
LGNZ Bravo 734D ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: PVF Insight 0129

Balancer Champion Junior Heifer Calf
KDV T Bar S Jasmine 125E
Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.
Sire: LONK Friar 544R

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf
TAU Ms Gunnison 716E ET
Seth Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb.
Sire: GMCC Rupple Gunnison N31

Balancer Champion Senior Heifer Calf
KDV T Bar S Dutchess 121D
Karly Alexander, Perry, Okla.
Sire: Stevenson Weigh Up 41163

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf
JAGT Sweet Caroline 31D
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: SCC First-n-Goal GAF 114

Balancer Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
JNCC Miss Generation 642D
Cameron Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: V A R Generation 2100

Balancer Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
WYAT 637D
Wyatt Forbes, Arlington, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Balancer Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
VLK D609 Ellie
Kyla Struck, Hartford, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
GHGF Deanna 77D
Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.
Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Balancer Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
BRAX Delilah D26
Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.
Sire: BAG Mr Quick Sand 135A

Balancer Reserve Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
MDR Dallas 616D ET
Karly Alexander, Perry, Okla.
Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Balancer Champion Senior Female
EGL Tessa C1510
Jady LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.
Sire: EGL Lock and Load X415

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Female
BCFG Butlers 133C
Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Grand Champion Balancer Heifer
VLK D609 Ellie
Kyla Struck, Hartford, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Heifer
EGL Tessa C1510
Jady LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.
Sire: EGL Lock and Load X415

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Heifer
KDV T Bar S Jasmine 125E
Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.
Sire: LONK Friar 544R

Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Heifer
BRAX Delilah D26
Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.
Sire: BAG Mr Quick Sand 135A

Balancer Champion Young Cow-Calf Pair
EGL Vivian C1083
J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.
Sire: Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047

Balancer Reserve Young Cow-Calf Pair
RAAB BCFG Ms. Star 13C
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

Balancer Champion Aged Cow-Calf Pair
BROK Maleficent 401B
Brook Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: Connealy Final Product

Balancer Reserve Aged Cow-Calf Pair
TAU Miss Gridiron 131Y
Sydney Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb.
Sire: TC Gridiron 782

Grand Champion Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
EGL Vivian C1083
J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.
Sire: Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
RAAB BCFG Ms. Star 13C
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
BROK Maleficent 401B
Brooke Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: Connealy Final Product

Supreme Grand Champion Balancer Female
EGL Vivian C1083
J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.
Sire: Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047

Gelbvieh and Steer Show
Grand Island, Neb.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Judge: Jason Elmore, Waukomis, Okla.
Entries: 101 head

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Steer
VLK Rudy D685
Baxter Lowe, Adrian, Mo.

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Steer
AHL Bubby 017D
J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull
GDV T Bar S Ace’s High 209D
Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.
Sire: DMF Mississippi Red 1918J

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull
OHMV Double Time D411
Hunter Sheeley, Hillsboro, Ohio
Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Heifer Calf
IFG Ivers Inertia E-58
Colton Ivers, Austin, Minn.
Sire: JRI General Patton 213B97 ET

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf
JRI 213E38
Lily Judd, Pomona, Kan.
Sire: JRI Secret Instinct 254U83

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Heifer Calf
POST Post Rock Twila 334D8 ET
Meredith Clark, Barnard, Kan.
Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf
GAMB Dixie D168
Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.
Sire: VRT Lazy TV Sam U451

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
BDCG DC Darci 401D5
Seth Beying, Leavenworth, Kan.
Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
JNCC Miss Stardust 639D
Cameron Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: VRT Lazy TV Sam U451

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
VLK D649 Harper ET
Jaycie Forbes, DeSmet, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
BCFG Butlers Ms Dixie 283D
Clint Main, Seymour, Ind.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Gelbvieh Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
MDR Dynasty 620D
Kyson Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.
Sire: JRI Top Dog 68T14

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
RUPP Roxi 623
Joseph Rupp, Perry, Okla.
Sire: JRI Crusader 285Y99

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Female
BCFG-SKYS Kali 282C
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Female
TJB Velvet 339Z 504C ET
Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio
Sire: TAU Gunslinger 19U

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer
BCFG-SKYS Kali 282C
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer
VLK Harper D649 ET
Jaycie Forbes, DeSmet, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Heifer
POST Post Rock Twila 334D8 ET
Meredith Clark, Barnard, Kan.
Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Heifer
HTFK Ms Dolly D6
Kyler Camerer, Asbury, Mo.
Sire: BABR Influencial 4241B ET

Gelbvieh Champion Young Cow-Calf Pair
BNC Miss Hojer C524
Emily Cameron, Danville, Iowa
Sire: JDPD Astro 407S

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Young Cow-Calf Pair
MDR Clara Allen 520C
Brylee Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.
Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Gelbvieh Champion Aged Cow-Calf Pair
SVVG Tanqueray Z202
Reece Riebel, Utica, Minn.
Sire: KCF Bennett Ideal G182

Reserve Champion Aged Cow-Calf Pair
JRI Ms On Cue 214B5
Colton Ivers, Austin, Minn.
Sire: Outback 142X

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair
BNC Miss Hojer C524
Emily Cameron, Danville, Iowa
Sire: JDPD Astro 407S

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair
MDR Clara Allen 520C
Brylee Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.
Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Supreme Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female
BCFG-SKYS Kali 282C
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association is the junior division of the American Gelbvieh Association. The AGJA provides members up to 21 years of age the opportunity to participate in youth activities.

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American Gelbvieh Junior Association Elects Leadership

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Photo Caption: The American Gelbvieh Junior Association elected directors and officers for 2017-2018 during the annual meeting in Grand Island, Nebraska. Front row (left to right): Ex-officio Aubree Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa; Treasurer Caitlin Griffin, Westminster, S.C.; Kallie Mattison, Lamberton, Minn.; Secretary Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo. Back row (left to right): Wyatt Forbes, DeSmet, S.D.; Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; President Callahan Grund, Wallace, Kan.; Vice President Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Vice President of Leadership and Development Jesse Henson, Canton, N.C.; Anna Ring, Oregon, Ill.

Members of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) elected five candidates to serve two-year terms and one candidate to serve a one-year term on the AGJA Board of Directors. The election was held at the 2017 Big Red Classic in Grand Island, Nebraska, on June 28, 2017.
The AGJA Board of Directors consists of nine AGJA members and one ex-officio member. Directors serve two-year terms and must be 16 years of age as of January 1, and many not have reached his or her 20th birthday as of January 1.
Newly elected board members are Wyatt Forbes, DeSmet, South Dakota, son of Troy and Pam Forbes; Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kansas, son of Lyle and Christy Hammer; Kallie Mattison, Lamberton, Minnesota, daughter of Scott and Sonia Mattison; Anna Ring, Oregon, Illinois, niece of Skyler and Annette Martin; Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri, daughter of Tom and Stacy Vehige. Callahan Grund, Wallace, Kansas, son of Jerry and Chrysanne Grund, was re-elected to serve a one-year term.
The Board of Directors also elected individuals to serve in leadership positions on the 2017-2018 AGJA Executive Committee. Callahan Grund was elected president. Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri, son of Tom and Stacy Vehige, was elected vice president. Vice president of leadership and development is Jesse Henson, Canton, North Carolina, son of Donnie and Kelly Henson. Grace Vehige will serve as secretary. Caitlin Griffin, Westminster, South Carolina, granddaughter of Ricky and Judy Griffin, will serve as treasurer. Aubree Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa, daughter of Marc and Angie Beenken will serve the board as ex-officio.
Retiring members of the 2016-2017 Board of Directors were Tanner Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kansas, son of Dennis and Joyce Aherin; Sydney Bigger, Media, Illinois, daughter of Barry and Jody Bigger; Tiana Garcia, Las Animas, Colorado, daughter of Keith and Teresa Garcia; Carter Mitchell, Appleton City, Missouri, son of Kevin and Debbie Mitchell and Colton Spencer, Aurora, Missouri, son of Jim and Janella Spencer.

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

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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. 

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

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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.

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American Gelbvieh Junior Association Names 2014-2015 Ambassadors

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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.

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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
 

American Gelbvieh Junior Association Selects Ambassadors

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Photo caption:  (L to R) Carlee Vavra, Nisland, S.D., AGJA Junior Ambassador; Jake Lammers, Lexington, Neb., AGJA Intermediate Ambassador

 

Two junior members were selected to represent the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) as ambassadors. Carlee Vavra, Nisland, S.D., was chosen as the 2013-2014 AGJA Junior Ambassador. Jake Lammers of Lexington, Neb., was named the 2013-2014 AGJA Intermediate Ambassador of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association.

Carlee is the 10 year old daughter of Eve and Brent Vavra and has a true passion and unique enthusiasm for the Gelbvieh breed, making her an outstanding ambassador of the breed.

“I was born a third generation Gelbvieh breeder,” said Carlee. “My first heifer was waiting for me the day I came home. My grandparents gave every grandchild a heifer to start their own herd. I currently have two cow/calf pairs, two heifers and a bull.” Carlee and her older sister Taylor, along with their parents own and operate BV Ranch, which consists of nearly 100 Gelbvieh and Balancer® cow-calf pairs.

Jake is the 14 year old son of Rick and Karri Lammers. He is involved in his family’s diversified farm and livestock operation, and has been an active member of the AGJA and the Junior Gelbvieh Association in Nebraska (GAIN).

“Raising cattle is in my blood; that’s why I have always dreamed about owning my own herd of 100 head of cows. Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle have been a part of my whole life,” said Jake.

Jake’s herd currently consists of 15 Gelbvieh and Balancer cows, both red and black genetics. By retaining most of the heifer calves born each year, he is able to build towards that goal of owning 100 cows.

The ambassador competition was held during the AGJA national junior show the “Northern Lights Classic” held June 30 through July 5 in Rochester, Minn. The AGJA ambassador program has two age divisions. The Junior Ambassador must be eight to 11 years of age. 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 North American International Livestock Exposition and the National Western Stock Show, along with many state fairs and other events.

“The role of the AGJA ambassadors is to carry the Gelbvieh message to others and spread the word about our junior programs,” said Dana Stewart, AGJA staff advisor and American Gelbvieh Association director of member services.

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.

Carlee is a member of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association, the American Legion Auxiliary, and Butte County 4-H. She attends Belle Fourche elementary where she has been on the honor roll, the student council, and has been named student of the month.

“I started helping my grandparents at their annual bull sale by visiting with people about Gelbvieh. I really like to share what I know about the breed. I am not shy when it comes to promoting the Gelbvieh breed with everyone who is willing to listen and see for themselves,” added Carlee.

Jake has been very active within the state and national junior Gelbvieh associations since 2009. He has been a member of two champion junior quiz bowl teams at junior national shows. He won the 2009 GAIN rookie of the year, and in 2012 was named premier exhibitor at the Nebraska State Fair.

“Being a member of the Gelbvieh Association in Nebraska has allowed me the opportunity to organize and hold four semen auctions. In the last four years, these semen auctions have raised over $10,000 to help fund programs and activities for our Nebraska junior Gelbvieh association,” Jake said.

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.

American Gelbvieh Junior Association Elects Board of Directors

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Photo Caption: (Seated from L to R) President Grace Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; Vice President Michael Ring, Oregon, Ill.; Vice President of Leadership Development Justin Vehige, Bonnets Mill, Mo.; Secretary Van Tucker, Portis, Kan.; Treasurer Nicole Mattison, Lamberton, Minn.; (Standing from L to R) Carter Mitchell, Appleton City, Mo.; Kelsey Sheeley, Hillsboro, Ohio; Sydney Bigger, Media, Ill.; Tiana Garcia, Las Animas, Colo.; and Ex-Officio Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan.

 

 

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association elected five members to serve on their Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 year.  Officers for the coming year were also selected. The elections took place at the AGJA national junior show held in early July in Rochester, Minn.

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 my not have reached his or her 20th birthday as of January 1.

Newly elected directors are: Sydney Bigger, Media, Ill., daughter of Barry and Jody Bigger; Tiana Garcia, Las Animas, Colo., daughter of Keith and Teresa Garcia; Carter Mitchell, Appleton City, Mo., son of Kevin and Debbie Mitchell; and Kelsey Sheeley, Hillsboro, Ohio, daughter of Tim and Karen Sheeley.

Re-elected to a second term was Grace Hammer, Wallace, Kan., the daughter of Lyle and Christy Hammer.

Hammer was then elected the 31st president of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association. Serving as vice president for the 2013-2014 year is Michael Ring, Oregon, Ill., the nephew of Skylar and Annette Martin.

Elected as vice president of leadership development is Justin Vehige, Bonnets Mill, Mo., the son of Tom and Stacy Vehige. Van Tucker, Portis, Kan., son of Gregg and Sandi Tucker, will serve as the Association’s secretary. Voted to the treasurer’s position is Nicole Mattison, Lamberton, Minn., daughter of Scott and Sonia Mattison.

Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan., will continue to serve on the AGJA Board of Directors as ex-offico. Dustin is the son of Dennis and Joyce Aherin and recently completed two years as the AGJA president.

“We belong to a strong association that generates the future of the Gelbvieh breed and the beef industry. It can be one of the most influential activities you ever partake in. I know it is for me,” said Aherin. “The enjoyment found in helping the younger kids, and the fulfilling sense of accomplishment from playing a role in the success of an entire week [of a junior national show] can hardly be matched.”

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.

American Gelbvieh Junior Association Names 2012-13 Ambassadors

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The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (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 the National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show and the national sale in Denver, Colo.

The candidates are judged on their notebook, an oral interview, a speech given at the AGJA Annual Meeting and overall conduct during the annual Junior Classic, the national junior Gelbvieh 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 Ambassador and Intermediate Ambassador.

Ambassador candidates must be AGJA members and be present at the Classic to be chosen. The junior ambassador is between the age of 8 and 11 years old. The intermediate ambassador is between the age of 12 and 15 years old. Age is based on January 1, 2012. Each ambassador receives a silver belt buckle and an embroidered jacket.

The AGJA is proud to announce the 2012 AGJA Ambassadors, who were selected during the 2012 AGJA Black and Gold Classic held July 1-6 in Chillicothe, Mo. Sydney Bigger, Media, Ill., will serve as the Intermediate Ambassador. Connor Durham, Piedmont, S.C., will serve as the Junior Ambassador.

Sydney Bigger is the daughter of Barry and Jody Bigger. She is an eleventh grade student at West Central High School in Media, Ill. With a 4.0 GPA, she is involved in the Math Team, National Honor Society and Student Council. Outside of school work, she stays active in her community, 4-H club, FFA, and the AGJA. Bigger is a repeat competitor in many of the Classic contests and served as the 2009-2010 AGJA Junior Ambassador.

With a passion for raising and showing cattle, Bigger is eager to promote the Gelbvieh breed. “My passion for Gelbvieh cattle has taught me many things about both cattle and life,” Bigger says. “I would like to represent the AGJA as an ambassador, to tell all people, agriculture enthusiasts or not, about what raising Gelbvieh cattle can teach you.”

Connor Durham is the son of John and Cindy Durham of Piedmont, S.C. As a sixth grader at Wren Middle School, he is involved with 4-H Livestock Clubs, the National Junior Angus Association, Wren Little League Baseball, Meals on Wheels, and the AGJA. He was the 2010 AGJA Rookie of the Year. In March, he sold a record breaking 312 raffle tickets for the 2012 AGJA Beastrom Donation heifer. Durham received the All-Around Eagle Pass Ranch Donation Heifer at the 2012 National Western Stock Show.

“I participated in my first AGJA Classic in 2010. I quickly fell in love with the event and all it had to offer. I hope to attend the AGJA Classic show every year and hope to one day serve on the Board of Directors,” says Durham.

For more information about the AGJA Ambassador Program, visit www.www.gelbvieh.org/juniors.

Photo Caption: The American Gelbvieh Junior Association selected two individuals as part of its Ambassador Program. Connor Durham, Piedmont, S.C., (left) will serve as the 2012-2013 AGJA Junior Ambassador. Sydney Bigger, Media, Ill., (right) was selected as the 2012-2013 AGJA Intermediate Ambassador.

American Gelbvieh Juniors Elect Leadership

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The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) held their annual meeting during the 2012 AGJA Black and Gold Classic in Chillicothe, Mo. AGJA members voted to fill four two-year positions with the AGJA Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 term.

Newly elected directors include Nicole Mattison, the daughter of Scott and Sonia Mattison, Lamberton, Minn., Michael Ring, the nephew of Skylar and Annette Martin, Oregon, Ill., and Justin Vehige, the son of Tom and Stacy Vehige, Bonnets Mill, Mo.

Re-elected to a second term on the board was Van Tucker of Portis, Kan., the son of Gregg and Sandi Tucker.

Following the annual meeting, the AGJA Board selected officers for the 2012-2013 term. Presiding will be Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan., and serving as vice president is Grace Hammer of Wallace, Kan. Aherin is the son of Dennis and Joyce Aherin. Hammer is the daughter of Lyle and Christy Hammer.

Selected as vice president of leadership development is Garrett Teeter, the son of Walter and Lee Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C. Appointed to the secretary position is Van Tucker. Serving as treasurer is Seth Arp of Arlington, Wisc. Arp is the son of Steve and Betty Arp. Cole Buffo, son of Steve Buffo and Anna Buffo of Lansing, Kan., will fill the role of ex-officio. Christian Hojer, the son of Allen and Pam Hojer of Lake Preston, S.D., will continue his term as a director.

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association serves more than 500 members coast to coast, providing leadership opportunities, scholarships and competition. For more information about AGJA, Gelbvieh or AGA services, visit www.www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333.

Photo caption: These individuals were elected to serve on the American Gelbvieh Junior Association Board of Directors during the junior association’s annual meeting at the 2012 AGJA Black and Gold Classic: (seated from L to R) President Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan.; Vice President Grace Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; Vice President of Leadership Garrett Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C.; Secretary Van Tucker, Portis, Kan., Treasurer Seth Arp, Arlington, Wisc.; (standing from L to R): Justin Vehige, Bonnets Mill, Mo., Nicole Mattison, Lamberton, Minn., Michael Ring, Oregon, Ill., Christian Hojer, Lake Preston, S.D., and Ex-Officio Cole Buffo, Lansing, Kan.

American Gelbvieh Juniors Elect Leadership at National Show

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During the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) annual meeting held during the 2011 AGJA Twister Classic in Kearney, Neb., AGJA members voted to fill five two-year positions with the AGJA Board of Directors for the 2011-2012 term.

Newly elected directors were Grace Hammer of Wallace, Kan., Christian Hojer of Lake Preston, S.D., and Garrett Teeter of Mt. Ulla, N.C. Hammer is the daughter of Lyle and Christy Hammer and attends Wallace County High School. Hojer, the son of Allen and Pam Hojer, attends Lake Area Technical Institute. Teeter is the son of Walter and Lee Teeter and attends the North Carolina State University.

Re-elected to second terms were Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan., and Seth Arp, Arlington, Wisc. Aherin is the son of Dennis and Joyce Aherin and is a sophomore studying animal science at Allen Community College. Arp, son of Steve and Betty Arp, is a student at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater studying advertising.

Following the annual meeting, the AGJA Board selected officers for the 2011-2012 term.

Presiding will be Dustin Aherin and serving as vice president will be Justin Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb., son of Mike and Renee Taubenheim.

Selected as vice president of leadership development is Seth Arp. Appointed to the secretary position is John Shearer, Canton, Kan. Shearer is the son of John and Carla Shearer. Serving as treasurer is Van Tucker of Portis, Kan., son of Greg and Sandi Tucker. Janelle Hayek, daughter of Barb Hayek and the late Tony Hayek of Clutier, Iowa will fill the role of ex-officio. Cole Buffo, son of Steve and Anna Buffo of Lansing, Kans., will continue his term as a director.

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association serves more than 500 members coast to coast, providing leadership opportunities, scholarships, and competition. For more information about AGJA, Gelbvieh, or AGA services visit www.www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333.

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Photo caption: The members of the 2011-2012 American Gelbvieh Junior Association Board of Directors are (seated from left) Van Tucker, Kansas, treasurer; Seth Arp, Wisconsin, vice president of leadership development; Dustin Aherin, Kansas, president; Justin Taubenheim, Nebraska, vice president; John Shearer, Kansas, secretary; (standing from left) Grace Hammer, Kansas; Christian Hojer, South Dakota; Cole Buffo, Kansas; Garrett Teeter, North Carolina; Janelle Hayek, Iowa, ex-officio.

American Gelbvieh Foundation Awards Scholarships

The American Gelbvieh Foundation recently awarded four scholarships to deserving American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) members based on their involvement within AGJA and the beef industry. The scholarships were presented during the 2011 AGJA Twister Classic held in Kearney, Neb., July 3-8.

The Leness Hall Memorial Scholarship, honoring an instrumental figure in importing Gelbvieh genetics to the U.S., in the early 1970s, was presented to Dustin Aherin from Phillipsburg, Kan. Aherin, the son of Dennis and Joyce Aherin, is a sophomore seeking a degree in animal science at Allen Community College where he is a member of the livestock judging team and currently serves as president of the AGJA Board of Directors.

The Earl Buss Memorial Scholarship, recognizing one of the founding members of the American Gelbvieh Association, was presented to Justin Taubenheim of Amherst, Neb. Taubenheim is the son of Mike and Renee Taubenheim and is a sophomore at Colby Community College where he is an animal science major and is also on the livestock judging team. Taubenheim currently serves as the vice president of the AGJA Board of Directors.

Selected to receive a $500 AGJA scholarship was Kaisha Jurgens from Miller, Neb. Kaisha is studying animal science at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she a member of the Beef Scholars program and is the daughter of Brad and Leann Jurgens. Jurgens also serves as president of the Junior Gelbvieh Association in Nebraska.

Selected to receive the Bob Rea Sr., Memorial scholarship, which honors the father and grandfather of an American Gelbvieh Association family, is Britney Volek from Highmore, S.D. Britney is the daughter of Keith and Janice Volek and recently completed a term with the AGJA Board of Directors. Volek attends Lake Area Technical Institute and is studying to be a physical therapy assistant.

The American Gelbvieh Foundation is dedicated to Gelbvieh genetics, merit advancement, and strengthening the breed influence with the changing beef industry, accomplished through breed promotion, growing demand, member education, research, and junior support.

The AGJA serves youth of all ages through 21 years. With more than 500 members coast to coast, AGJA provides leadership opportunities, scholarships, and competition for its members.

For more information about the American Gelbvieh Foundation, the American Gelbvieh Association or AGJA, please visit www.www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333.

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2011 Gelbvieh Junior Nationals Set for Kearney

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) is finalizing details for the 2011 AGJA Twister Classic scheduled for July 3-8 in Kearney, Neb., at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

Named each year for the site location, the 2011 Twister Classic is open to AGJA members. In addition to shows for Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle, the week-long event provides opportunities to compete in leadership contests such as impromptu speaking, sales talk, quiz bowl, livestock judging and more.

“Participating in a national show like this not only provides an opportunity to compete nationally, but it also provides a chance to see great cattle and meet Gelbvieh youth and breeders from across the country,” says Dana Stewart, American Gelbvieh Association director of member services and director of youth programs.

“With the show’s location, it’s an excellent time for anyone in the surrounding areas to start a Gelbvieh or Balancer show heifer project. We invite anyone with an interest in cattle and especially Gelbvieh to come and participate or watch the show.”

For more information about the show, AGJA, or the American Gelbvieh Association, please visit www.www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333. Entry packets will be available online. Entries close June 1.

The 2011 Twister Classic is sponsored by the American Gelbvieh Junior Association and jointly hosted by the Junior Gelbvieh Association in Nebraska and the Kansas Gelbvieh Junior Association.

The American Gelbvieh Association and American Gelbvieh Junior Association serve members from across the country. Contact the AGA for more information about Gelbvieh or for any materials such as a breeders directory, crossbreeding handbook, a guide to showing cattle, or free for sale listings for Gelbvieh and Gelbvieh influenced replacement females.