The Interns Take On a 16 Hour Roadtrip!

Kassidy Schumann – Communications Intern

As exhibitors from around the country gear up for a long haul tell us what you do to pass time on long road trips.

I sleep on roadtrips… a lot! I will also pass time with phone calls or playlists and podcasts. 

How has the first few weeks of interning been? Give us a recap or reflection!

We have been super busy at the office! In the first 3 weeks we have done a lot of work for Jr. Nationals, and I am excited to sail away with Shorthorn! I will also say I have had a great time getting to know the staff here and think they are amazing!

What is one piece of advice you have for the exhibitors as they come to compete in Maryland?

I know that Jr. Nationals can be stressful, but as the last year exhibitors know – there are only so many Jr. Nationals you get to attend so enjoy them and make lots of memories!

We have 16 hours to kill! Drop a few of your favorite songs for a road trip playlist.

  • Bring on the Rain – Jo Dee Messina & Tim McGraw
  • Love’s Gonna Make It Alright – George Strait
  • Everytime We Touch – Cascada 

Elizabeth Crumm – Registrations Intern

As exhibitors from around the country gear up for a long haul tell us what you do to pass time on long road trips.

I usually bring my laptop with me to knock out schoolwork, answer emails, and watch Netflix. After I do that, I usually turn a podcast on and take a nap!  

How has the first few weeks of interning been? Give us a recap or reflection!

The past couple of weeks have been super busy and, on the go, to get prepared for the best Junior Nationals! I have been able to get to know the staff more and their absolute best team to work with! 

 What is one piece of advice you have for the exhibitors as they come to compete in Maryland?

My best piece of advice I would give to exhibitors is to just have a blast, to get out of your confront zone and go talk to everyone because those are the best friendships you will have down the road! 

We have 16 hours to kill! Drop a few of your favorite songs for our road trip playlist.

  • Any man of mine – Shania Twain 
  • Check yes or no – George Strait 
  • Hannah Montana shuffle

Paige Van Duke – Youth Activities Intern

As exhibitors from around the country gear up for a long haul tell us what you do to pass time on long road trips.

To pass time catch up on sleep, make phone calls, listen to good music or an audio book!

How has the first few weeks of interning been? Give us a recap or reflection!

The internship has been great thus far! We have been busy at the office getting everything prepared for the show and the contests! The staff is great, and it’s been a pleasure to get to know and work alongside them! I am so excited to Sail Away with Shorthorns this week in Maryland!

What is one piece of advice you have for the exhibitors as they come to compete in Maryland?

Enjoy every moment, it goes by quicker than you think! Try something new and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone, you never know until you try.

We have 16 hours to kill! Drop a few of your favorite songs for our road trip playlist.

  • King of the Road, Randy Travis
  • Heads Carolina Tails California, Joe Dee Messina 
  • ‘Til You Can’t, Cody Johnson

Meet The Interns

Hello, We are your interns for the summer! We look forward to meeting each of you and encourage you to follow along to see the summer shenanigans we get into! Read below to learn more about us.

Name: Kassidy Schumann

Hometown: Lecompton, Kansas

Where are you currently and what does the future hold? Currently, I am gearing up to enter my last semester at Kansas State University where I will graduate with a degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism as well as minors in Agricultural Sales and Animal Science.

What brought you to Shorthorn? I originally applied to Shorthorn because of its proximity to home, but after receiving the internship I started meeting different breeders and they were all so kind and helpful. I really appreciate the true family atmosphere the people in this breed create.

What are you most excited for this summer? I am excited to attend a new breed’s Jr. National show and travel to some new places. I am also excited for everything I will learn this summer from so many new people. Although it is June I think school is just starting for me!

How did you get involved in agriculture? I was lucky enough to grow up on a ranch in Lecompton, KS where we run commercial cow-calf pairs as well as a small, registered herd of performance Herefords. My parents made sure I was involved on the ranch and in 4-H from a young age and to this day one of my favorite activities is still checking cattle with my dad.

What is one thing you consider a necessity? My headphones. I love music and listen to it everywhere I go. My headphones allow me to listen to some good tunes while also tuning out other distractions, allowing me to work more efficiently.

What do you do to relax after a day at the office? After a day at work, I use my drive home to unwind. Usually that means one of two things, I am either blaring my music or calling family and friends to catch up.

Name: Paige Van Dyke

Hometown: Louisville, Illinois

Where are you currently and what does the future hold: I graduated from Oklahoma State University this May with my Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, with a major in Agricultural Communications and a minor in Special Education. After my summer internship with the American Junior Shorthorn Association, I hope to work for a breed association in the youth activities or communication department or at an agricultural organization/business within the communications field.

What brought you to Shorthorn: The people brought me to shorthorn! I have always wanted to intern/work for a breed association and when the opportunity arose, I was eager and excited to start this new journey!

What are you most excited for this summer: I am most excited about meeting all the junior members and their families! Junior Nationals is my favorite summer event, and I can’t wait to not only grow and learn as an individual, but help other junior members step outside their comfort zone and have a memorable experience. 

How did you get involved in agriculture: I got involved in agriculture at a very young age on my family’s grain and livestock operation in southern Illinois. I grew up showing club lambs on the Illinois Club Lamb Association Circuit and at the age of 12 I started showing Angus and Red Angus cattle. Cattle quickly became my favorite species! I started getting more involved within the associations and had the opportunity to serve as the NAJRAE Jr. Board President. 

What is one thing you consider a necessity: One thing I consider a necessity is Ice Cream! I could have it morning, noon and night if I allowed myself.

What do you do to relax after a day at the office: Once I am done at the office I like to change into comfy clothes, spend time with my Australian Shepard puppy Rynn, and watch a movie while I cook dinner.

Name:  Elizabeth Crumm

Hometown: Anadarko, Oklahoma 

Where are you currently and what does the future hold: I am currently a senior at Kansas State University majoring in Agricultural Communications and Journalism.  I plan to attend graduate school at Kansas State University in the Agricultural Communications department, after I finish my bachelor’s degree in May of 2025. After school I am hoping to work for a breed association, or a major livestock show. 

What brought you to Shorthorn: What brought me to Shorthorn was all the good stories I have heard from past interns; I have always wanted to have a long summer internship with a breed association to learn more about the behind the scenes of what all goes into putting on a junior nationals and everyday work in the association. The one thing that stood out me was how much you will learn from Shelby and all the fun you would have working here, that’s what brought me to shorthorn. 

What are you most excited for this summer: I am very excited to head to junior nationals and to meet all the exhibitors!  

How did you get involved in agriculture: I am a 5th generation farmer, I got involved in the show cattle industry at nine years old and have been showing Hereford cattle since. I got really involved in the Hereford Association in 2021 after being crowned Oklahoma Hereford queen and serving for two years, I also served as the secretary and president on the junior board.     

What is one thing you consider a necessity: My one necessity would be my caffeine in the morning, I MUST have a red bull or a coffee every morning.  

What do you do to relax after a day at the office: After work I usually go home and change into comfy clothes and turn a movie on to start getting dinner ready.

Bull Pen Podcast – Ep. 13

Georgia native Josh White has lived and breathed the beef industry his entire life. Described as “cattle crazy” by his family, Josh now leads efforts at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s as Senior Executive Director of Producer Education and Sustainability, overseeing programs like the Beef Quality Assurance program. Learn more as he outlines the many opportunities for producers to learn about connecting with beef consumers — a skill needed for the survivability of the industry.

To view all the podcasts visit YouTube and search ShorthornASA or on shorthorn.org under News > Shorthorn Bull Pen Podcast

Changes to the Growth EPD Evaluation

by Matt Woolfolk, ASA Director of Performance Programs

Our genetic evaluation provider, International Genetic Solutions (IGS), recently made adjustments to the mechanics and models that tabulate the weekly EPD runs. IGS facilitates the largest weekly beef cattle EPD run on the planet. With the growing volume of data entering the IGS evaluation from over 20 worldwide breed associations, adjustments were needed to improve the efficiency of the weekly runs. As data volume increases, time to complete the eval also increases. We used to be able to get our new EPDs every week on Monday afternoon, but that has slid back later in the week over time. The computer power that IGS uses for the tabulations couldn’t keep up with the influx of data from around the globe without some adjustment to the models.

Implemented with the run conducted the week of December 11, the changes center around adjustments to the breed comparison tools used within the evaluation, how that comparison data is handled through the evaluation, as well as updates to the EPD bases that are in place. As a true multi-breed evaluation, these comparisons are necessary to the function of the IGS eval and need to be updated from time to time. With these changes to the models, breeders should expect to see changes in their EPD values for BW, WW, YW, and MILK EPDs. While values may change, there is minimal shuffling of where cattle rank for these traits. Changes in EPD values are occurring across all the IGS member breeds with these updates to the model. So what we anticipate you seeing is a quicker, more efficient evaluation run each week with some slight differences in the values of your growth EPDs. Unfortunately, due to the timing of the announcement from IGS and the deadlines for Shorthorn Country, the earliest we could discuss these changes in print comes after the fact with this article. The initial announcement can be found in the December 5 Shorthorn Insider e-mail newsletter.

Our partnership with IGS allows us to bring you the strongest genetic prediction tools found in the beef industry. Our involvement in IGS allows Shorthorns from around the globe (Australia, Canada, and the United States) to all have EPD profiles that are directly comparable to each other. Participating in the cooperative, or any genetic evaluation for that matter, will come with occasional changes as the science teams work to improve the product they distribute to the breed association. I was once told that if you’re trying to make improvements and nothing changes, then you didn’t make improvements. We expect to see improvements in the genetic tools we can offer you with this round of updates from IGS, even if the numbers look a little different.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me (matt@shorthorn. org) to further discuss these new models. Happy New Year!

ASA recognizes Rick Leone & Family as Builder of the Breed

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (November 1, 2023) – The American Shorthorn Association Awards hosted their Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 22, 2023, at the Hilton Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Mo.

Rick Leone & Family of Fowler, Colorado, was honored as a 2023 Builder of the Breed. The prestigious “Builder of the Breed” recognizes Shorthorn breeders who have shown true dedication for an extensive time and contributed to the stewardship of the Shorthorn Breed. This award recognizes their efforts in breeding and promoting Shorthorn cattle, which have added to genetic improvement of the breed. Individuals are recognized who have continuously been supporters and promoters for both the Shorthorn breed and the beef cattle industry. Builder of the Breed award winners are recognized for making a lasting impact on our breed.

The Leone Family of Peak View Ranch represents the Builder of the Breed qualifications through their dedication to the Shorthorn breed. The family acquired their first Shorthorn in 1976 as part of Rick’s 4-H involvement. Rick’s passion for the breed has been reflected by a lifelong commitment to service and stewardship. He has exhibited cattle at county, state and national levels as a youth. He served on the Rocky Mountain Shorthorn Association board while in college at Colorado State University. He also served on the ASA board of directors for six years including president from 2019-2020.

Rick along with his wife Trish and their two kids, Gabriella and Valentino, are strong advocates for performance testing and support the value of EPDs. Their herd has won the Century Club award for several years as well as several Performance animals. They support research and participate in feedlot trials in several locations. Their passion for the breed shows as soon you have a conversation with them about Shorthorn cattle.

The American Shorthorn Association congratulates Rick Leone & Family on their prestigious honor as being selected as a 2023 Builder of the Breed.

About ASA

The American Shorthorn Association’s mission is to serve all members, protect the integrity of the herdbook and database; enhance and communicate the value of the Shorthorn breed, and expand the use of Shorthorn genetics in the U.S. beef industry. Visit shorthorn.org to learn more.

American Shorthorn Association :: 7607 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64151:: 816.599.7777 ###

ASA recognizes Bill Bales & Joe Bales as Builder of the Breed

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (November 1, 2023) – The American Shorthorn Association Awards hosted their Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 22, 2023, at the Hilton Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Mo.

Bill Bales and Joe Bales, a father son duo of Morristown, TN, were honored as 2023 Builders of the Breed. The prestigious “Builder of the Breed” recognizes Shorthorn breeders who have shown true dedication for an extensive time and contributed to the stewardship of the Shorthorn Breed. This award recognizes their efforts in breeding and promoting Shorthorn cattle, which have added to genetic improvement of the breed. Individuals are recognized who have continuously been supporters and promoters for both the Shorthorn breed and the beef cattle industry. Builder of the Breed award winners are recognized for making a lasting impact on our breed.

Bill grew up on the family farm, Hillside Farm, that traces back to the 1890s. He got his start with the Shorthorn breed by exhibiting steers in the local 4H and FFA shows. He was a banker by profession but also was responsible for the cattle herd and was an active proponent of youth livestock events, served at the local, state and national levels. He is a lifetime member of the ASA and served as director and officer of the Tennessee Shorthorn Association.

Joe also grew up on the family farm and started with the breed by showing steers locally. Once he added heifers to his show string, he began exhibiting across the Southeast and nationally. He is a lifetime member of the ASA and a former board member and vice-president of the American Junior Shorthorn Association. He most completed his six year term as ASA board of director and served most recently as president.   

The American Shorthorn Association congratulates Bill Bales and Joe Bales on their prestigious honor as being selected as a 2023 Builder of the Breed.

About ASA

The American Shorthorn Association’s mission is to serve all members, protect the integrity of the herdbook and database; enhance and communicate the value of the Shorthorn breed, and expand the use of Shorthorn genetics in the U.S. beef industry. Visit shorthorn.org to learn more.

American Shorthorn Association :: 7607 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64151:: 816.599.7777

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ASA recognizes Ward Bakenhus as Builder of the Breed

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (November 1, 2023) – The American Shorthorn Association Awards hosted their Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 22, 2023, at the Hilton Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Mo.

Ward Bakenhus of Columbus, Nebraska was honored as a 2023 Builder of the Breed. The prestigious “Builder of the Breed” recognizes Shorthorn breeders who have shown true dedication for an extensive time and contributed to the stewardship of the Shorthorn Breed. This award recognizes their efforts in breeding and promoting Shorthorn cattle, which have added to genetic improvement of the breed. Individuals are recognized who have continuously been supporters and promoters for both the Shorthorn breed and the beef cattle industry. Builder of the Breed award winners are recognized for making a lasting impact on our breed.

Bakenhus embodies the Builder of the Breed qualifications through his commitment to the Shorthorn breed. He was born into the famous Ar Su Lu Shorthorn program and was involved at a young age in day-to-day operation of the cattle and crop farm as well as being part of the American Junior Shorthorn Association. Upon graduation, he returned to the family farm to continue the development and success of the Ar Su Lu herd.

Bakenhus led the family to exhibit annually at the National Western Stock Show Yards Show for many years, with the record of exhibiting more Pen Show Champion Pens than any other operation in the breed. The family held an annual female and bull sale for many year and their cattle became foundation animals for several other breeders. He was a major contributor in providing genetics and direction to Shorthorn herds all over the country. He has been a fixture to the Shorthorn breed, even serving a two-year term on the ASA board of directors.

The American Shorthorn Association congratulates Ward Bakenhus on his prestigious honor as being selected as a 2023 Builder of the Breed.

About ASA

The American Shorthorn Association’s mission is to serve all members, protect the integrity of the herdbook and database; enhance and communicate the value of the Shorthorn breed, and expand the use of Shorthorn genetics in the U.S. beef industry. Visit shorthorn.org to learn more.

American Shorthorn Association :: 7607 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64151:: 816.599.7777

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ASA recognizes Bryan & Marti Warner as Heritage Award Winners

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (November 1, 2023) – The American Shorthorn Association Awards hosted their Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 22, 2023, at the Hilton Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Mo.

Bryan & Marti Warner of Pavillion, Wyo., were honored as 2023 Heritage Award Winners. The Shorthorn Heritage Award recognizes Shorthorn members who have shown exceptional leadership for Shorthorn activities in a state or regional area. These honorees are persons that have shown exceptional passion in all areas of the breed. Award recipients have promoted the breed by taking leadership roles within their respective geographical areas. They are individuals that can be given credit to helping with the long-term success of the breed at any level. They have attended functions, been a mainstay, and have shown their passion and love for the breed and the people in the breed. A Heritage Award winner is a true Shorthorn enthusiast who has positively impacted the breed to the benefit of all Shorthorn breeders.

Bryan grew up in Colo. and was involved in farming and trucking. He became a very good over-the-road truck driver. Marti grew up in Wyo. on a Hereford ranch. She was involved in all ranch activities including haying to handling cattle. Bryan and Marti met in 1985 and began their journey together.    

The Warner’s began buying and selling “fixer-upper” properties which led to them owning a small farm that allowed them to raise some cattle and grow hay. In 1996 they attended the National Western Stock Show and they decided to watch a Shorthorn sale. They bought two heifers, and it was the beginning of their Shorthorn herd. They bought Shorthorn cattle from several breeders across the U.S. They have focused on calving ease and maternal strength in their herd. They have been honored with the Century Club Award in 2010 and 2011 from the ASA for registering 100 calves or more. They think their greatest gift is their involvement in the ASA and the friends they have made over the years.

The American Shorthorn Association congratulates Bryan & Marti Warner on the prestigious honor as being selected as a 2023 Heritage Award Winners.

About ASA

The American Shorthorn Association’s mission is to serve all members, protect the integrity of the herdbook and database; enhance and communicate the value of the Shorthorn breed, and expand the use of Shorthorn genetics in the U.S. beef industry. Visit shorthorn.org to learn more.

American Shorthorn Association :: 7607 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64151:: 816.599.7777 ###