Iowa Foundation Heifer Program winner selected

Farm Forum

Ms. Sydney Black, daughter of Chris and Tara Black, of Ainsworth, Iowa has been chosen as the 2013 recipient of three bred heifers awarded by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation & the Iowa Beef Breeds Council.

Initiated in an attempt to help young Iowans begin foundation beef herds, this is the third year of the Iowa Foundation Heifer Program. Sydney was chosen from a group of extremely well qualified applicants. She is a 7th grader at Highland Middle School in Riverside, Iowa. Sydney lives with her 10 year old brother, Isaac, and her parents on her grandparents’ farm near Ainsworth. She is an active member of the Washington County Highlanders 4-H Club, showing both market and breeding beef projects. Sydney has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian. Her recommendations describe her as an honor roll student with excellent leadership qualities who is willing to accept responsibilities. She is an outgoing, enthusiastic young lady who selected Shorthorns as her breed of choice and is excited to begin her duties as the new owner of three Shorthorn and Shorthorn Plus heifers. Those heifers were purchased from Bern-A-Dale Shorthorns (the Bernie Bolton Family of Oakland, Iowa) by the Iowa Beef Breeds Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation. At the end of 5 years, when she graduates from high school, Ms. Black will help further fund the project by contributing $6000.

Sydney and her family will be present on Monday night, February 11th, at the Iowa Beef Expo Annual Kick-off Party where she will be honored by the Iowa Beef Breeds Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation as a future seed stock producer. The grand finale of the evening will be the presentation of the winners of the prestigious Purebred Seed Stock Producer of the year and Commercial Seed Stock Producer of the year. The Iowa Beef Expo runs February 10-17, 2013. The Iowa Beef Expo offers the opportunity for beef producers to make purchases from the wide array of seed stock sales. A number of display pens, as well as equipment and new products in booths are available for perusal and purchase at this year’s expo. The weekends before and after the sales are devoted to the juniors. The weekend prior to the sales is a livestock judging event for both college and high school livestock judging teams. The following weekend hosts the premier IJBBA cattle show of the year. Admission is free to an educational, once-a-year event.

The potential of the cattle industry today is strong. Beef has always been the preferred protein source. Exports continue to grow around the world. There is something for everyone from the commercial to the purebred breeder. It is an event not to be missed.