Mary Carter Shirley wins first place in the Junior High Division
By Kim Swindell Wood | February 11, 2019 8:23 am
Six Tennessee students were awarded the Youth Beef Heifer Initiative Scholarship, sponsored by the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Credit Mid-America. They received this award during the Alltech/Kubota Youth Awards Banquet at the 34th Annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show in Murfreesboro on Jan. 25.
The Heifer Initiative focuses on cost-sharing of beef cattle for youth. First place winners of each age division are awarded $2,000 and belt buckle sponsored by the University of Tennessee Animal Science, and the second place winners are awarded $1,000. This money is to be put towards the purchase of a beef heifer of their choice from a Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association member within one year of receiving the funds. There are three age divisions: Youth, Junior High, and Senior High.
“Farm Credit Mid America has once again helped support the future of our industry by providing six heifer scholarships for deserving young cattlemen in Tennessee,” said Charles Hord, TCA Executive Vice President. “These heifers will be shown and then become the foundation for a new cattlemen’s herd. Congratulations to our winners.”
Rose Mary Johns of Williamson County won first place in the Youth Division and Jake Ozburn of Bedford County won second place. Mary Carter Shirley of White County won first place in the Junior High Division and Tyler Burks of Wilson County won second place. Lena Sims of Humphreys County won first place in the Senior High Division and Jacqueline King of McMinn County won second place.
RoseMary Johns, youth winner from Williamson County said, “I can’t thank the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association enough for choosing me as a 2019 Heifer Scholarship winner. I am so excited to purchase a new Shorthorn show heifer, support a Tennessee cattle farmer, and continue to be a positive influence on the beef industry in my great state. Next year is going to be exciting showing my new girl and wearing my awesome new belt buckle.”
“The heifer initiative is a program that has a direct impact on a youth across Tennessee in the beef industry and is a natural fit for Farm Credit funding,” said Shane Williams, Senior Financial Officer for Farm Credit Mid America. “We realize cattle operations are an expensive business and this program allows a child to grow their beef herd or even buy that first show heifer. We are proud to be a partner in a program that not only promotes the beef industry but more importantly focuses on youth development and our future leaders.”
Lena Sims, senior high winner from Humphreys County said, “I am so thankful for this opportunity that the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association has provided me and many other youth across the state. I hope to do my best in show rings across the state with the heifer I purchase at the other end of the halter and by my side.”
The application for the 2020 Beef Heifer Initiative Scholarship will be available in the fall of 2019.