Marias River Livestock Association

 

MRLA Marias Fair 4-H Beef Breeding Projects

Marias River Livestock Association was excited to expand the Beef Breeding Project Awards in 2016 in response to the excellent reception and increased participation in the 4-H breeding projects. We recognize the hard work and time 4-Hers put in not only to bring breeding stock to the Marias Fair, but also to care for them prior to the fair and until the next year.

The purpose of these awards is to encourage knowledge and interest in a continuing breeding project, that will serve to become the foundation of a future breeding herd. It is the goal of Marias River Livestock Association to encourage our youth to become the next generation of Livestock producers.

The first year awards are for the two top bred yearling heifers and the second year awards are for the top two cow/calf pairs that are owned by the youth and intended for the development of future breeding herds.

Selection is based on a two part criteria. One part is based on how well the animal scores in the Marias Fair breeding classes. This helps determine the overall quality of the animal as a future herd replacement. The more important part is how well the youth does in an interview. This interview helps determine the youths overall knowledge of their project, as well as future goals and aspirations. It also recognizes the youths' involvement in the Livestock industry.

Marias River Livestock Association works hard to promote a healthy competitive and positive future for our livestock industry. Our youth are a very important component of that. We thank everyone in our four county area for their support. The majority of the funds to cover the awards comes from the auctioned items at the Prime Rib and Rib Tickler event and the past donations of Turner Angus for the Youth Fund.

Criteria:

The bred heifer awards are:

The return heifer with calf at side awards:

 


 

2016 Marias River Livestock Association 4-H Breeding Beef Project Awards

For the 4th consecutive year, Marias River Livestock Association has sponsored breeding beef project awards at the Marias Fair. 

The purpose of these awards is to encourage knowledge and interest in a continuing breeding project, that will serve to become the foundation of a future breeding herd. It is the goal of Marias River Livestock Association to encourage our youth to become the next generation of Livestock producers.

The first year award is for a bred yearling heifer and the second year award is for a cow/calf pair that is owned by the youth and intended for the development of a future breeding herd.

Selection is based on a two part criteria. One part is based on how well the animal scores in the Marias Fair breeding classes. This helps determine the overall quality of the animal as a future herd replacement. The more important part is how well the youth does in an interview. This interview helps determine the youth's overall knowledge of their project, as well as future goals and aspirations. It also recognizes the youth's involvement in the Livestock industry.

With the increase of participation the past several years, we were excited to be able to expand the program a bit this year. Reserve Champion awards were added to both divisions: 1st Year Bred Heifer & 2nd Year Cow/Calf Pair. Grand Champions received Montana Silversmith Belt Buckles and Reserve Champions received a certificate, redeemable for a custom embroidered jacket.

Marias River Livestock Association works hard to promote a healthy competitive and positive future for our livestock industry. Our youth is a very important component of that. We thank everyone in our four county area for their support.

Presenting the awards is Lindsey Habets, a member of the MRLA Awards Committee, who conducts the interviews with the participants. Carrie Lerum, Jesse Wallewein, and Janet Hawks are also part of this committee.

 


 

MRLA Sponsors New Award at the 2016 Marias Fair: Sheep Public Presentation

Not every 4-H'er brings an animal to the Marias Fair, but that should not prevent them from being able to promote the livestock industry in other forms. Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks Allow 4-Hers to Connect with the Livestock Industry.

Marias River Livestock Association has developed a new award for the Marias Fair with these goals in mind:

The Marias River Livestock Association is pleased to announce the winner of our very first Lamb Promotion Award. This award is presented to youth participating in the demonstrations at the Marias Fair.

Awards were based on a combination of the 4-H judges score and the MRLA Judges' score for depth of knowledge on the topic that the demonstration was about.

Delaney Clark presented her demonstration, "Lamb is Good for Ewe", at the Marias Fair and also gave attendees a recipe to take home. Delaney did a very good job and we are very excited to present this award to her. It was well deserved!

Presenting a plaque and a check for $50 was Carrie Lerum. Other MRLA Committee Members who worked on this project are Jesse Wallewien (chair person), Carrie Lerum, Lindsey Habets and Maggie Nutter.

If we see good participation in the program, we are hoping to expand it in the next few years.

 


 

MRLA Sponsors 4-H Breeding Project Awards at 2015 Marias Fair

For the 3rd consecutive year, MRLA has sponsored two breeding project awards at the 2015 Marias Fair.

The purpose of these awards is to encourage knowledge and interest in a continuing breeding project, that will serve to become the foundation of a current or future breeding herd. It is the goal of Marias River Livestock Association to encourage our youth to become the next generation of Livestock producers.

The first year award is for a bred yearling heifer and the second year award is for a cow calf pair that is owned by the youth and intended for the development of a future breeding herd.

Selection is based on a two part criteria. One part is based on how well the animal scores in the Marias Fair breeding classes. This helps determine the overall quality of the animal as a future herd replacement. The more important part is how well the youth does in an interview. This interview helps determine the youth's overall knowledge of their project, as well as future goals and aspirations. It also recognizes the youth's involvement in the Livestock industry.

Marias River Livestock Association works hard to promote a healthy competitive and positive future for our livestock industry. Our youth is a very important component of that. We thank everyone in our four county area for their support.

The team that coordinates this award is Carrie Sue Lerum, Lindsey Habets and Janet Hawks. They work with the extension offices, order buckles and conduct interviews. They also arrange for a presentation during the Marias River Stampede Rodeo where the 4-Hers get to be recognized for their accomplishments. We appreciate their work along with the work of all the 4-H leaders and parents who are involved in helping to develop leaders in the agriculture community through 4-H.

It is a lot of work to care for and train an animal then bring it to the fair. We are proud of these youth for the excellent jobs they have done in preparation of the animals and educating themselves in the breeding and development of a breeding herd. We also thank their parents who have invested considerable time and money in the project.

Due to the success of this project Marias River Livestock Association hopes to be able to expand the Breeding Program Awards in the future.

 


 

2014 MRLA Breeding Project Awards

 

 


 

2013 MRLA Breeding Project Award

Owen Gustafson, recipient of the 1st MRLA Breeding Beef Project Award.

(This photo was sent in to MRLA from Owen. Thank you!)

 

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