Written by: Randa Taylor, Secretary
Eastern Regional, in Murfreesboro Tennessee, is a show many limousin breeders look forward to prepare their calves for the National Show just a short month later. Families from Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, and many other states join together for a short weekend to catch up with friends, make new ones, and show some great cattle.
On Friday June 1st, after checking in over 70 head of cattle, the juniors got to loosen up and have some fun by blowing up watermelons, painting with their hands, and partaking in the famous annual water balloon fight. Later that evening, we all devoured a great meal and enjoyed a benefit auction to support the Tennessee Junior Association. Show supplies, window paintings, and farm toys were only some of the auction items participants fought for in bidding wars.
The following days the juniors worked hard in the ring to display their cattle and took pleasure in competing with each other. Divisions consisted of bred and owned, lim-flex females, pure-bred females, bulls, cow-calf pairs, and prospect/progress steers for those two exciting days and were judged by Zach Butler from Lebanon, Tennessee and Lydell Meier from Clinton, Tennessee. Although some may not have received the place they wanted, I personally witnessed some amazing acts of kindness, encouragement, and good sportsmanship among this group of juniors.
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Our next scholarship winner spotlight is Carson Walrod. Carson received the Donna Etherton Limi Booster Scholarship at the 2017 Junior Nationals. Carson is attending Iowa State University, where he is majoring in chemistry and plans to find a career in the field of Chemistry after graduation.
To achieve his goals in college, the Limousin breed has helped Carson by understanding hard work. He explains, “I have shown cattle since I was 6 years old, and I have learned that you have to put in a lot of hard work and early mornings to make your cattle look good and cooperate in the show ring. I know that I will have a lot of late nights studying for tests and that I will have areas where I might struggle with new concepts, but if I work hard I can do it.” His advice to incoming freshmen is to get through the first couple of weeks and then things will get better! The amount of activities available for students to participate in really puts you out there to make as many friends as possible.
Carson’s favorite Junior Nationals experience is the kickball tournament, because there are a lot of people that participate in it and it is a lot of fun with some friendly competition. He enjoys every junior national because it is spending a week with his “extended family.” Carson encourages juniors to get involved in as much as you can and “just do it!” Carson always keeps a deck of cards and poker chips inside of his show box, and an interesting fact about Carson is that he met his best friend through showing cattle!
Congratulations on your scholarship, Carson!
Written by: Callie Hicks, Vice President
The Heartland regional is a staple for many in the Midwest. Generations of families have shown at Heartland which makes it an annual trip for most. This year the Heartland regional show took place in Council Bluffs, IA. The family atmosphere was contagious and made me feel right at home. On the first day, following check in, the junior activities at this regional show included games of partner balloon pop, blob, pie a director, and the kids overall favorite the water balloon fight.
Following the Stock Show U clinic heartland provided everyone with a delicious meal thanks to their sponsors. In addition to the meal, a benefit auction was held to raise money for the juniors of the Heartland Association. On a long and hot show day the juniors were all smiles from start to finish. Watching the parents ringside coach their children and all the good jobs that were given by other showmen shows the encouragement and sportsmanship that takes place at this regional. The Heartland regional is a staple for many and for others it’s the start of a tradition.
Our first scholarship winner spotlight goes to Alexa Montagne. Alexa was a recipient of the Ron and Carolyn Holland Scholarship, the Heartland Limousin Scholarship, and the Donna Etherton Limi Boosters Scholarship at the 2017 Junior Nationals. Alexa has been involved in NALJA since a young age, where she attended her first junior national at four years old.
Her many years of showing and looking for seedstock to show and bulls to use on her cows honed her livestock evaluation skills, which led her to attend Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, OK on a livestock judging scholarship. While at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Alexa is studying Agribusiness with a minor in Animal Science. She then plans to attend law school and start her own law practice. She is involved in livestock judging, Aggie Society, Young Farmers and Ranchers Club. Alexa’s favorite activity is livestock judging, where she spends a lot of time evaluating livestock at shows, fairs, ranches and farms across the country, as well as traveling to 5 states to compete in contests this year. She encourages incoming freshmen to “maximize their college experience. From attending class and gaining the most knowledge possible to finding an activity you like, make the most of every experience.”
While Alexa has attended thirteen junior nationals, her favorite was in 2015 held in Tulsa, OK, because she made a lot of new friends that she still stays in touch with. To pass time on the long rides to junior nationals, Alexa studies for the satellite events. A fun fact about Alexa is that she has been wearing the same size jeans since the seventh grade.
Congratulations on your scholarship winnings, Alexa!
Written By: Lindsey Gulotta, Director
Thursday, April 5th through Saturday, April 7th, the North American Limousin Junior Association Board had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Youth Beef Industry Congress held in Wooster, Ohio. This year, it was hosted by Weaver Leather Livestock and Certified Angus Beef.
We began YBIC with a welcome from the CEO of Weaver Leather Livestock, Jason Weaver. He discussed the importance of leadership, character, and work ethic as it pertains to your everyday life and the areas in which you spend your time. We also had the pleasure of participating in A’ric Jackson’s leadership workshop. During this time, we were able to learn not only more about ourselves as leaders, but our fellow board members. We learned how to work with people of different personalities, and how to utilize everyone’s strengths in order to become more efficient as a board. On the last day of tours, we traveled back to Weaver for a tour of the facility and had breakout sessions on becoming leaders who people want to follow, and how to be successful within our own areas. Lastly, we toured Certified Angus Beef. Here, we were able to learn more about the beef industry from a marketing standpoint.
Saturday, the NALJA board held its spring board meeting. We discussed this summer’s Junior Nationals show, and we could not be more excited to spend it with our Limousin family.
YBIC was an opportunity to allow the board to grow as leaders and develop skills that we will use every day. We enjoyed being able to network with other breed associations, state beef associations, and cattlemen’s organizations. We hope to be successful and influential as a board, and events like these allow us to grow and do so.
Written By: Ethan Freund, President
In February, I represented the NALJA Junior Board at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. This year’s convention was held in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix is a unique city, with a diverse cuisine, and beautiful scenery.
I had the chance to attend various seminars and speaking events. My favorite, the Cattlemen’s College featured speakers whose thought provoking sessions left you feeling that you learned something new. Also there was the CattleFax industry seminar and Keynote speakers, Famous Chef, Ree Drummond and Former MLB Pitcher, Jim Abbott.
Perhaps the most popular of the events was the NCBA Trade Show. A collection of vendors advertising: new products, procedures, and themselves. This year’s show held its largest number of vendors ever. At the heart of this was the NALF booth. The booth gave us a chance to showcase the IGS group that includes the Limousin breed. We had the chance to talk with new friends and hand out many Limousin Today magazines.
I enjoyed my time representing our juniors in Phoenix. The convention continues to be a valuable resource for marketing the Limousin breed.