Hereford Youth Head to Wisconsin for Junior National Expo
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Vitaferm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) is set to take place, July 9 -15 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Hereford youth, along with their families, will travel from across the country to exhibit at the yearly exposition.
The 2016 event numbers total more than 2,100 entries, 1,800 head of cattle and close to 900 exhibitors. Entries include steers, cow-calf pairs, bred-and-owned bulls, bred-and-owned heifers, and owned heifers.
“We are excited to experience a new venue for Hereford breeders and the New Holland Pavilions at the Alliant Energy Center,” says Amy Cowan, American Hereford Association (AHA) director of youth activities and foundation. “The city of Madison and the state of Wisconsin have definitely rolled out the red carpet for our Hereford Scene in 2016 event.”
The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members look forward to the JNHE all year by preparing not only their cattle, but also themselves for a week full of fun-filled educational activities and contests. Last year, the JHNE held in Grand Island, Neb., drew in more than 3,000 people and even more are expected in Madison.
The JNHE is a celebrated event, which brings juniors together from all over the country. “Some of your best friends and resources can be made at the JNHE,” says NJHA Board Chairmen, Cody Jensen, Courtland, Kan. “We are going to be the first junior national to be held at the top of the line facility, and I’ve heard great things about the Alliant Energy Center.”
The host committee, made up of representatives from the Wisconsin Hereford Association and the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association, have been instrumental in planning events, raising funds, and will help run the show in July.
From the quiz bowl and the Sullivan Supply Stock Show University fitting and showmanship contests to the Great American Certified Hereford Beef (CHBâ) Grill-off, there is an opportunity for everyone to be involved. Also at the event, close to $30,000 in scholarships will be awarded to NJHA members from the Hereford Youth Foundation of America.
In addition to the contests and shows, there will be fun activities such as a golf tournament fundraiser at the Door Creek Golf Course and a Hereford Scene Block Party with brats and live entertainment by local band, Madison County. “The cattle show will start on July 12,” says Cowan. “We would love to see local enthusiasts come out and watch the junior Hereford exhibitors in action in the coliseum.”
Vitaferm, a product line of BioZyme Inc., has helped make this event possible since 2006. As the title sponsor of the JNHE, the company has generously helped to offset the costs for the impressive event. “AHA and NJHA are very appreciative of our corporate partners and friends who help with the cost of the show facilities, awards and meals for the event,” Cowan says.
BioZyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo., is an innovative company specializing in livestock nutrition and microbiology. It’s VitaFerm Nutrition System is a complete line of vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and protein supplements for livestock, formulated with high-quality ingredients for specific production phases and feeding situations. All supplements contain Amaferm®, an all-natural, direct-fed microbial that optimizes digestive functions and feed utilization. For more information, visit www.biozymeinc.com.
The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA or JNHE, visit JrHereford.org or contact Cowan at email@example.com or 816-842-3757.