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Kenneth Ambrose Memorial Heifer Scholarship
« on: September 07, 2012, 07:19:38 AM »
Back in 2006, we held our first Open House at the Farm to celebrate 35 years in the Simmental business. In conjunction with that event, we held a private treaty silent auction of cattle, and we came up with this idea to give away a heifer to a young person who wanted to get started in the Simmental business. We sold enough cattle that it took us three years to be able to have another sale, but we've had one every year since 2009, and we've continued this program to give away a heifer.

This year, we've changed the name of the program to the Kenneth Ambrose Memorial Heifer Scholarship in honor of my 4-H agent who passed away in 1992. He was a great mentor and a good friend, and a strong advocate for all the kids in our area who were interested in any type of livestock. We've invited our two guest consignors to our open house to donate a heifer as well, so we'll be awarding three $1,200 scholarships that will be used to purchase a heifer calf. We also work with other business partners who have donated to support the program...Performance Feeds will donate 500 lbs of feed to each recipient, and ABS is donating 5 straws of semen. Others have donated that will allow us to give vouchers to alternates to help purchase a heifer if they wish.

The website should be up today...I know yesterday EDJE was still working on making it live. You'll be able to download the scholarship application there and read all the details about how this works if you're interested. You can also email me at martin.farms@yahoo.com and I can send you the application. It involves doing a project that somehow relates to the beef cattle industry, but it can be pretty much anything that a kid might be interested in as long as he or she can tie it to the cattle industry! The deadline is September 15, so it's coming soon!

MartinFarmsOpenHouse.com is the site. The online sale catalog should be there as well, and you can see all the heifers that are available to purchase. The scholarship winners will be able to buy at the opening bid price before the auction begins, so they can also opt to put money with their scholarship money and purchase a heifer priced at more than $1,200, but every open heifer in the sale qualifies.

 

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