Applications accepted now for 2013 Iowa Beef Heifer Awards
AMES — The Iowa Beef Heifer Award program gives youth the opportunity to earn a certificate of $500 or more toward the purchase of a breeding female.
Applications are due by July 1. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association coordinates the application process. Program guidelines and applications can be found on the ICA website at www.iacattlemen.org under the ICA Programs tab or by calling Kellie Carolan at 515-296-2266.
All 4-H, FFA and junior breed association members who own and exhibit a market beef or breeding heifer at the Iowa State Fair are eligible to enter. Applicants may participate in one of the following breed divisions: Angus, Charolais, Chianina, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus, Salers, Shorthorn or Simmental.
The program is designed to honor outstanding youth and future leaders of the beef industry. It evaluates leadership and involvement in breed organizations and community activities as well as responsibilities and growth within a beef cattle project.
Finalists for each breed will need to participate in a personal interview Aug. 12, at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
Winners will be announced during the selection of the Grand Champion 4-H breeding heifer Aug. 13 at the fair.
The winner of each breed division will receive a certificate for the purchase of a registered female. The certificates are sponsored by the Iowa State Fair and the respective state breed associations.
Runners-up will receive show halters, which are sponsored by Kent Feeds Inc. of Muscatine.