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


Colorado Youth at 2021 AJSA National Classic

Colorado had a delegation of youth participating in the 2021 AJSA National Classic in Grand Island, NE. Some of the CO highlights included:

  • Sydney Baty: (senior division): 13th overall cumulative points; 7th overall sales talk; 16th overall senior showmanship; tie 20th overall cattlemen’s quiz and in the shows themselves- Reserve Grand Champion overall Bred & Owned Percentage Female and 9th overall Owned Percentage Female (both with BTYL Wicked Tuna 322H); 4th in division 4 of Owned Purebred Female (BTYL Lady Puma 311H);18th overall Bred & Owned Purebred Female (BTYL Grace Loves Lace 404J); and Champion Bred & Owned Percentage Pair and Champion Owned Percentage Pair (both with BTYL Nocona 215G & calf BTYL Grace Loves Lace 404J -pictured. It is noteworthy that Nocona was Reserve Grand Champion B&O Percentage & 20th overall Owned Percentage at the 2020 AJSA National Classic in South Dakota, and she came back as a pair in the 2021 winner’s circle.).
  • Brandyn Hill: (intermediate division): 13th overall in judging contest.
  • Vada Vickland: 5th overall Bred & Owned Percentage Female (JPV Miss Clavel 2H).

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Simmental Part of Breed Bash



Colorado Junior Simmental members were part of the inaugural Breed Bash, a state multi-breed field day on June 5 & 6 in Brush, CO. Colorado’s young cattle enthusiasts had opportunities to interact, win awards, and practice for Junior Nationals.

CJSA member Easton Hill joined up with Lana Johnson to win reserve champion in the Salesmanship contest’s junior division. The team made mock sale pitches of their animal to improve their communication skills. Photography and prepared speech contests also were held on June 5.

About 35 youth were part of the Quiz Bowl competition, pitting randomly assigned youth teams in round-robin fashion, to test their cattle industry knowledge. Quick buzzer slaps, pondering looks, and laughter punctuated the contest. CJSA members were part of Quiz Bowl teams in the semi-final round.

CJSA members also participated in stiff competition in the all-breeds youth showmanship contest, judged by Cheramine Viator of Texas.

More than 70 head of registered cattle were exhibited in breed-specific shows. For Simmental, purebred owned, percentage Bred and Owned, Percentage owned heifers and steers divisions were held.

Blake Fabrizius won both the Simmental and the SimGenetics Supreme awards. June 6th culminated with an Overall Supreme Breed Bash Championship drive. Blake’s Simmental Supreme, KLER/HILL Lucille 082H, from the owned Simmental junior yearling heifer division, earned him a custom vest from judge Viator as Ovreall Reserve Champion.

Breed Bash was a collaborative effort by junior advisors from Colorado’s Angus, Hereford, Limousin, Red Angus, Shorthorn and Simmental associations, and Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

With overwhelming positive feedback, the 2nd annual Breed Bash is being planned for June 4-5, 2022.

 
 
 

 

CJSA membership
CJSA held its annual meeting on June 5, in conjunction with the Breed Bash in Brush. Members elected officers. They are:

Brandyn Hill, President
Blake Fabrizius, Vice President
Bradie Midcap, Secretary

 

Paid Members:

Baty, Sydney 
Blanch, Adley
Blanch, Kashton
Brisendine, Chelsea
Bruna, Colbie
Bruna, Shaelynn
Carney, Scarlett
Fabrizius, Blake
Hill, Brandyn
Hill, Bryce
Hill, Easton
Kawcak, Aptyn
Midcap, Bradie
Midcap, Casey
Midcap, Kolby 
Pargin, Kandace
Pargin, Kimberly
Temple, Ashley
Temple, Coy
Temple, Lindsay
Paul & Nia Hill, and Susan Russell, Advisors
 
 

Youth to receive grants

An elementary student and a college senior each received honors from Colorado Simmental Association. During the Nov. 21, 2020 annual meeting on Zoom, CSA Pres. Jay Hill virtually presented the CSA Youth Herd Builder Grant to Colbie Bruna of Cheraw, and the CSA Youth Education Grant to Sydney Baty of Loveland.  

CSA Youth Herd Builder Grant
Colbie BrunaThe CSA Herd Builder grant is an expanded CSA program to help young cattle enthusiasts build their own cowherd. For the inaugural year, CSA offered a $1,500 boost for Colbie Bruna to purchase a SimGenetics female from a Colorado breeder.
          Bruna, age 10, began 4-H with a market steer. This past year, he expanded to competing in both market and breeding beef at shows throughout the region. “I have a percentage Simmental heifer that I showed all summer… and I want to get more heifers like Gabby and show them a lot and love them too. I think Simmental cattle are awesome,” Bruna wrote on his application. “I want to be able to raise my own cattle and start showing all my home-raised cows.”
          Bruna, age 10, began 4-H with a market steer. This past year, he expanded to competing in both market and breeding beef at shows throughout the region. “I have a percentage Simmental heifer that I showed all summer… and I want to get more heifers like Gabby and show them a lot and love them too. I think Simmental cattle are awesome,” Bruna wrote on his application. “I want to be able to raise my own cattle and start showing all my home-raised cows.”
Bruna is a hard-working young man, wrote Frank Wiseman of La Junta. “He is very interested in the agricultural lifestyle and is exposed to farming and ranching daily. Whenever I get the chance to talk to Colbie, he tells me about his cattle. His dedication to his beef projects has grown each year.”
“I have been very impressed with how much he has grown as a showman and cattleman,” said another reference, Regan Gittlein, a breeder from Nebraska who watched him show at jackpots and Aksarben. “He has the work ethic and drive necessary to be successful in the cattle industry.”




CSA Youth Herd Builder Grant
          Sydney Baty will be awarded to CSA Education Grant. The 21-year-old is scheduled to complete her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science Production at Texas Tech University in May 2021, with an eye on a large animal reproduction masters and doctoral programs to follow. 
          Baty will be given a $500 stipend toward next semester’s education expenses. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization. During her lifetime, Baty has been involved in academic and livestock pursuits, including raising and exhibiting Boer goats and Simmental cattle.
          She has helped with flushing and artificially inseminating (AI) both goats and cattle through her family’s Baty Livestock operation at Loveland, and she has exhibited Sydney Batyboth species on the national level. Baty served on the Junior American Boer Goat Association board and has helped coordinate numerous activities.
At the 2020 American Junior Simmental National Classic, she was second overall in accumulated points, losing the overall title and Swiss bell by a single point. She showed the reserve overall percentage heifer in the bred-and-owned show, and third and sixth overall purebred in the owned show. Baty also was fifth overall in senior showmanship and second overall in the livestock judging contest.
Her resume includes being on the livestock judging teams at Northeastern Junior College and Texas Tech University. At Tech, the honors have included being on the High Overall Team at the National Western Stock Show senior college contest, third overall team at San Antonio, and high individual in swine judging at San Antonio, plus ranking at other contests.
“Sydney has excellent leadership and communication skills, in addition to a strong and competitive spirit. I recommend Sydney based on her approach and competitiveness in showing and judging livestock, and her work ethic, along with a true passion for knowledge relating to the livestock industry,” wrote reference Ashley R. Judge, former Oklahoma State assistant livestock judging coach. “Sydney is a hard worker, very goal oriented, and talented in anything that she does.”
          Another reference, Jeannie Yardley Griswold also of Oklahoma, wrote: “Sydney is the kind of person that doesn’t have to be in the spotlight, but the longer you know her the brighter she shines. She works to be at the top of her game in everything she does from showing, to academics. She is self-driven and self-motivated, with plenty of natural talent.”
“Her work ethic and drive is reflective in her studies scholastically and her achievements in school and extra-curricular activities,” Griswold concluded. “She has excelled in everything she has done from showing cattle, to FFA, anything she puts her mind to she does her best.”
          Baty said her “passion has been to learn how to do laparoscopic AI’s and flushing with small ruminants. Lately, I have wanted to find new, more effective ways to synchronize females, super ovulate donors, implanting of embryos, and also the freezing and sorting process for semen.”



Youth incentives offered 

CSA offers several grants and rewards for the next generation of cattlemen. They are:
• Youth Herd Builder Grant - CSA offers financial assistance to youth purchasing SimGenetics females. Click here for application form, due each Oct. 1.
• Youth Education Grant - CSA offers a finance boosts for educational options including trade school, junior college, university or ag-related short-courses. Click here for application form, due each Oct. 1.
Further, youth are annually offered:
CSA County Fair  custom award is created for winners of the overall grand champion honors earned in market, breeding or open show divisions at your county fair in Colorado. Open to 4-H & FFA members. Click here for application form, due each Oct. 1.
 Travel Defrayment for qualifying CJSA members participating in AJSA regionals, National Classic, &/or The Summit leadership conference. CSA offers this partial financial reimbursement. We're proud to have our youth represent the state at these breed enhancement opportunities.
CJSA Defrayment Stipend for qualifying CJSA members participating in the Junior Extravaganza &/or showing their SimGenetics cattle in the Colorado State Fair breeding beef show. CJSA offers this financial incentive.

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