05-01-20 Colorado Simmental updates youth opportunities

Colorado Simmental updates youth opportunities

SUGAR CITY – Colorado Simmental Association has expanded its scholarship opportunities to youth.

“CSA is dedicated and committed to the next generation of young cattlemen,” said President Jay Hill of Sterling. “We now have two grants available to help the next generation.”  

They are:

  • Youth Herd Builder Grant– CSA offers financial assistance to youth purchasing SimGenetics females. “Simmental continues to be a progressive, performance-oriented breed with a mission to make its member’s customers more profitable,” Hill said. “Purebred and percentage SimGenetics, whether used as seedstock or in crossbreeding, hold in prime spot in today’s marketplace. Therefore, this program offers financial assistance to young adults purchasing SimGenetic female.”
  • Youth Education Grant– CSA offers a finance boosts for educational options including trade school, junior college, university or ag-related short-courses. “Since education is a vital step for developing future leaders, the association offers funding to help young adults achieve their goals,” Hill explained.

Further, Hill noted that CSA annually offered youth more opportunities, including:

  • CSA County Fair custom award is created for winners of the overall grand champion honors earned in market, breeding or open show divisions at each county fair in Colorado. Open to 4-H and FFA members.
  • Travel Defraymentfor qualifying Colorado Junior Simmental Association (CJSA) members participating in American Junior Simmental Association regionals, National Classic, and/or The Summit leadership conference. CSA offers this partial financial reimbursement. “We’re proud to have our youth represent the state at these breed education and enhancement opportunities,” Hill said.
  • CJSA Defrayment Stipendfor qualifying CJSA members participating in the state Junior Extravaganza field day and/or showing their SimGenetics cattle in the Colorado State Fair breeding beef show. CJSA offers this financial incentive.

The most recent award winner was Charley Maranville of Ramah, who selected a bred heifer in February 2020. In January 2019, education scholarships were awarded to Bradie Midcap of Wray, Bryce Hill of Sterling and Riley Maranville of Ramah. County fair winners in 2019, receiving embroidered windshirts as prizes, were Midcap, and Chelsey Brisendine of Walsh.

Applications for Colorado Simmental scholarships are due each Oct. 1. Details are found on www.ColoradoSimmental.com.