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Keegan Bailey is awarded three heifers by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation and Iowa Beef Breeds Council program.

January 31, 2018

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HER OWN HERD: Seventh-grader Keegan Bailey and Iowa Beef Breeds selection team co-chair Bernie Bolton check out the three Simmental heifers Bailey was awarded.

By Norma Bolton

Keegan Bailey, daughter of Larry and Kelsey Bailey, of Creston, has been chosen to receive three bred heifers awarded by the Iowa Beef Breeds Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation for 2018.

Initiated to help young Iowans begin foundation beef herds, this is the eighth year of the Iowa Foundation Heifer Program.

Keegan is a seventh-grader at Saint Malachy Middle School in Creston and lives with her two younger sisters and parents on a farm near Creston. An active member of the Highland Highlights 4-H Club, she shows both market beef and breeding beef projects. 

Keegan is a member of the Union County Youth Beef Team and has participated at state, regional and national Simmental shows and events. She is described by those who nominated her for this award “as an excellent student with leadership qualities who is willing to accept responsibilities in her school, community and church. She is an outgoing, enthusiastic young lady who selected Simmentals as her breed of choice, and is excited to begin her duties as the new owner of three Simmental heifers.”

Helping young Iowans get started in beef
The three heifers were purchased from Van Aernam Simmentals (Van Aernam Family of Exira, Iowa) by the Iowa Beef Breeds Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation. At the end of five years, when she graduates from high school, Keegan will help further fund the project by contributing $6,000.

Keegan and her family will be present Feb. 12 at the Iowa Beef Expo annual kickoff party, where she will be honored by the Iowa Beef Breeds Council as a future seedstock producer.

The grand finale of the evening will be the presentation of the winners of other awards for 2018. They are Friend of Iowa Beef Expo, Mike Sorensen; Purebred Seed Stock Producer of the year, Lenth Herefords of Postville; and Commercial Seed Stock Producer of the year, Hibbs Farms of Albion. 

Winners honored at Iowa Beef Expo
The 2018 Iowa Beef Expo runs Feb. 10-18 at the Iowa state fairgrounds in Des Moines. The expo offers an opportunity for beef producers to buy from a wide array of seedstock sales. Cattle in display pens, as well as equipment and new products in booths, are available for perusal and purchase at this year’s expo. 

The weekends before and after the Iowa Beef Expo sales are devoted to the juniors. The weekend prior to the sales is a livestock judging event for both college and high school livestock judging teams and a new BBQ competition with winners announced at noon Feb. 11. It will be held in conjunction with the Midwest BBQ Association and Iowa Beef Breeds Council.

For rules to enter, go to The weekend following the expo, the fairgrounds will host the Iowa Junior Beef Breeds Association’s premier junior cattle show. Admission is free.

Bolton wrote this article on behalf of the Iowa Beef Breeds Council Heifer Project selection team.




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