“The Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation, Inc. was established to promote youth involvement in the breeding, management, showing, and marketing of Miniature Hereford Cattle through developing leadership skills and educational programs, encouraging personal growth, as well as providing a pathway towards attaining grants to continue to promote miniature Hereford breeding programs and awarding scholarships.”
Denver Stock Show 2011 was an exciting time! Especially for the newly formed Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation and the awarding of the first two John Johnson Memorial Scholarships.
Mr Johnson and his wife, Betty, were the original breeders of polled miniature herefords at Straitside Ranch in Sequim, Washington. He was a lontime friend and supporter of the miniature hereford breed and encouraged youth in their participation with the breed. DuVal Farms in Silverton, Oregon generously donated their prize winning heifer, DF Aurora Borealis, to fund this scholarship in honor of John Johnson, who passed away last year.
DF Aurora Borealis was Grand Champion Female at the Oregon State Fair, Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) in Montana, and at the Grand National Stock Show (Cow Palace) in California as well as Champion Summer Intermediate Heifer at the NWSS. She sold at the Denver sale, where five more generous members, J Bar W, Cole Cattle Co., WW Ranch, Splitt Ranch and Salt Creek Ranch, opened their wallets to purchase her for $4500. They then turned around and donated her back to be auctioned off again at the annual banquet.
Splitt Ranch purchased her for $4700 after lively bidding at the banquet and a total of $9200 went into the scholarship fund. Two very deserving youth (high school seniors) were awarded scholarships at the banquet: Kelsey Potter of Silverton, OR and Lawrence Velasquez of Santa Rosa, NM.
We soon hope to have a page on the MHBA website for the Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation. Our future is in our youth and anything we can do to help our youth will help our organization.
Vice President and Public Relations Chairperson.