Proud Mom Moment:  She Won a Heifer

Last year I shared the story of my daughter buying her first feeder calf and how involved she wanted to be in the cattle business.  The child has always loved to eat beef but didn’t really take an interest in business side of the cattle industry until last year.  As she waited for her heifers to calve, she was hoping for black baldy heifer calves (black calves with a white face, usually a angusxhereford cross).  All her calves arrived healthy but they were all black and all bull calves!  She decided she wanted to grow her herd and keep all the heifers her cows had but every year just boys!

When she heard about the Youth Beef Heifer Initiative, she thought winning this contest might help her get one step closer to building her herd.  To enter it required a 2-3 minute video on what winning a Heifer would mean to you.  So we loaded the video equipment and went to the pasture!  At the end of December we got the call that she had won her age division!  Here’s the video entry: I WON A HEIFERimg_0073

She was recognized at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Lexington!  She was presented up to $2000 to purchase a Heifer from a KCA member.  She already knows what she wants, we just now have to find her!  She wants an angus heifer bred to a Hereford bull or a nice baldy heifer bred to an angus or Hereford bull.  The hunt begins!  I  do not know who is more excited, Jenna or her dad!  Thank you to KCA and Farm Credit for sponsoring this great opportunity for junior cattlemen!


Jenna & Nikki Whitaker, KCA Membership Coordinator at KCA Banquet


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