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Colorado Simmental Association
 C/O Sec. Susan Russell
 24614 Road G
 Sugar City, Co 81076-9514
 Phone: 719-469-0020

Fall Focus planned; Midcap receives scholarship

DENVER – Colorado Simmental members toured Colorado State University’s interactive educational buildings under construction at the National Western Stock Show complex, as part of its Fall Focus planning meeting.

 Fall Focus will kick off with state-hosted events at the complex on Aug. 25, 2023. Following a special tour, CSA held its annual meeting. Officers were retained. Willie Altenburg of Fort Collins was re-elected president, Jolynn Midcap of Wray, vice-president, and Susan Russell of Sugar City, secretary/treasurer. 

Chad Cook, an American Simmental trustee from Walsh, CO, gave an update.

National Western Stock Show details were finalized. Breed shows are Jan. 14-17 with The One & Only sale on Jan. 15.

CSA gave its congratulations to Bradie Midcap, for being named the CSA Youth Education Grant winner. Midcap, a freshman at Butler Community College, is on the livestock judging team and working toward her associate degree. She then plans to pursue a bachelor’s in animal science at a 4-year university. “I want to go into the genetics field and focus on reproduction and IVF in cows,” she said. 

She grew up in Wray, CO, showing beef and swine. In fact, she showed the Multi-breed Supreme breeding beef female at the 2022 Yuma County Fair with KBC Jubilee J101, a Fort Knox daughter. 

Midcap has been successful in 4-H livestock judging, including being high individual at the 2020 and the 2022 State 4-H contests, leading her team to be state champions. She has served as a judging coach tutor, too. She was active in high school sports and leadership roles in FBLA, FFA and 4-H. She was a National Honors Society member, plus her lengthy and impressive resume show church and community work, Altenburg noted. 

“Bradie will continue to be a dynamic leader in the ag industry,” said Mark Valko of Wray. “Bradie has a keen commitment to excel – regardless of her endeavor… I certainly look froward to following this young lady,” who Valko predicts will someday lead a state or national organization, “and continue be a valuable advocate for agriculture.” 

“Her passion for livestock, especially her own Simmental herd, has allowed her to become a strong businesswoman,” said Travis Taylor, a CSU livestock extension specialist. “She has the ability to carry on an intelligent, logical and meaningful conversation on a wide variety of topics. Bradie has a strong work ethic and is founded in faith, integrity and committed to her passions.”

2022 Colorado State Fair's Simmental winners

Easton Hill has started his 4-H beef career with a stack of rosettes. During the 2022 Colorado State Fair, the young man added to his winnings with the highlight of earning the Multi-Breed Supreme Female with his Simmental heifer KLER/HLL Rain Marie J33 (ASA # 3948324) in the open class breeding beef shows.

This April 2, 2021 female was Grand Champion Simmental in both the youth and open shows. In the open show, Hill also had Grand Champion SimGenetics female. He was named Premier Simmental exhibitor.

Easton Hill's Simmental heifer

Easton Hill's Simmental heifer captured the Multi-Breed Supreme Female at the Colorado State Fair.

The results are:

Breeding Beef Youth show - Simmental division

Date: Aug. 29, 2022

Location: Pueblo, CO

Judge: Matt Copeland

Nara Visa, NM

Grand Champion PB SM female - “KLER/HLL Rain Marie J33,s. by Profit, exh. by Easton Hill, Nunn, CO

Reserve Champion PB SM female – “Helmfarms Lil Mary 244J,” s. by JSUL SOMETHING ABOUT MARY 8421, exh. By Lear Hansen, Burlington, CO

Grand Champion Percentage SM female – “R/C Jamaica 326Y,” s. by HPF QUANTUM LEAP Z952, exh. By Jaxon Walker, Greeley, CO

Reserve Champion Percentage SM female - “Sweet Pea,” s. by W/C RELENTLESS 32C, exh. by Jaycob Cogburn, LaSalle, CO

Multi-breed Champion Junior showman – Easton Hill, Nunn, CO

Breeding Beef Open class show – Simmental division

Date: Aug. 31, 2022

Location: Pueblo, CO

Judge: Jeff Ward

Laramie, WY

Overall Supreme Multi Breed Champion and 

Grand Champion PB SM female - “KLER/HLL Rain Marie J33,” s. by Profit, exh. by Easton Hill, Nunn, CO

Reserve Champion PB SM female – “JPV Miss Jasmine 38J,” s. by CNS PAYS TO DREAM T759, exh. By Jason Dias, Fort Morgan, CO

Grand Champion Percentage SM female - “Lees Dixie Erica 1299,” s. by KCC1 Folsom 512F, exh. by Easton Hill, Nunn, CO

Participants at SimSTYLE    
     Colorado had two young adults participate in the inaugural SimSTYLE (SimGenetics Training for Young Leaders & Entrepreneurs), held at Oklahoma City.

     Sydney Baty of Loveland, CO and Garrett Stanfield of Windsor, CO were among the 40 U.S and Canadian participants in the June 2022 event hosted by the American Simmental Association. 

     Baty is working toward a master's degree and Stanfield recently moved from Ohio to Colorado with TransOva. Six former ASA trustees, including Curt and Susan Russell of Colorado, served as mentors for the diverse group of participants, ages 25-40. The weekend included in-person and Zoom presentations covering personal development and all facets of the beef industry. 

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