The Interns Reflect

Elizabeth Crumm

Registration Intern 2024

As the Registrations Intern, my primary responsibilities for the week were coordinating and overseeing the cattle check in process. During the show I recorded the placings and posted results on Facebook. Of course, I helped everywhere I could in between, whether running things back and forth to contest, helping setting awards up for shows, and setting up the ring for the shows. One of my favorite parts of the week was contest check-in, I was able to help with the thank you letter station, I was able to help little kids write them thank you notes and oversee the process. I also loved being able to play softball with some of the kids after work one day, it was a nice break from office work getting to know the kids! The drive there was nothing but laughs, jokes, and getting some naps in. It was a blast being able to travel with the other interns and of course Montie. We all were jamming to 90’s country and just enjoying the views.

Paige Van Dyke 

Youth Activities Intern 2024

The National Junior Shorthorn Show and Youth Conference was a week full of memories. As interns we stayed very busy from check-in, contests, the Youth Conference, shows, meeting members and their families, opening and closing ceremonies, and packing. Junior Nationals are my favorite part of the summer, and I was so excited for the opportunity to Sail away with Shorthorn! The family atmosphere was second to none. One of my favorite memories was playing softball with a group of Juniors one evening after a long day.  I look forward to seeing everyone soon and get ready to be Groovy in Grand Island!

Kassidy Schumann 

Communications Intern 2024

Sailing away with Shorthorn was a blast (even for someone who cannot swim)! From the ride out with Montie being stuck in a car with all three interns to the ride back this was a trip I will not soon forget. I stayed busy, toting around my camera for almost the whole week, capturing the memories as they were being made. I also helped anywhere I could between contests or grabbing refreshments. I think some of my favorite memories included the lassie’s teatime and the green crown I was gifted or Paige trying to teach Montie the “right” words to Dixieland delight. I’m looking forward to another road trip with the crew as we gear up for the symposium in Kentucky soon. 

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!

New ASA Board Members and Officers Elected

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (November 1, 2023) – During the American Shorthorn Association Annual Meeting on October 22, 2023, delegates from across the country gathered at the Hilton Kansas City Airport to elect new ASA board members.

The nominating committee submitted three candidates for the available positions. Tyler Cates from Ind., Cory Bollum from Minn., and Mark Gordon from Ill. All three will serve a three-year term; Cates and Cory will serve their first term, Gordon will serve his second term. 

The board elected new officers for the nine-member board. The new president of the board is Toby Jordan of Ind. The vice-president is Lee Miller of Ohio and the executive director is John Sonderman of Neb. They serve alongside Jeff Bedwell of Okla., John Russell of Texas, and Rick Osterday of South Dakota.

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 Holds Annual Meeting in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (November 1, 2023) – During the American Shorthorn Association Annual Meeting on October 22, 2023, more than 100 members from 24 states gathered at the Hilton Kansas City Airport to elect new ASA board members, learn about the state of the association and receive awards.

The event kicked off on October 21 at the ASA office with a social for breeders to gather and enjoy the company of new and old friends.

The next morning, delegates convened to listen to Montie D. Soules, Executive Secretary/CEO of ASA, share the State of the Association. This included Key Performance Indicators, finances, and other association updates.

“The ASA had a really great year,” Soules said. “The association continues to grow, and we are headed in a positive direction. We couldn’t do it without all the people of the breed.”

After the report, the nominating committee submitted three candidates for the available board positions. Tyler Cates from Ind., Cory Bollum from Minn., and Mark Gordon from Ill. All three will serve a three-year term; Cates and Cory will serve their first term; Gordon will serve his second term. The board elected new officers for the nine-member board. The new president of the board is Toby Jordan of Ind. The vice-president is Lee Miller of Ohio and the executive director is John Sonderman of Neb. They serve alongside Jeff Bedwell of Okla., John Russell of Texas, and Rick Osterday of South Dakota.

Following the election of board members, attendees heard updates from junior activities, the Shorthorn Youth Development Fund Foundation, the Shorthorn Foundation, and several other committees.

After the meeting adjourned, attendees enjoyed a steak luncheon and listened to motivational speaker Matt Booth who encouraged positivity in daily life.

The final event was the awards presentation. Breeders who registered more than 100 head in a fiscal year were given the Century Club Award. Next animal owners received certificates for Performance Animals that met certain qualifications. The National and Regional Show Winners for 2022-2023 were recognized with leather banners and metal awards. The final presentations of the evening were special recognition awards. This year the Heritage Awards went to Mary Hinton Bass and Bryan & Marti Warner. The Merit Award recognized Alan K. Sears. The Builders of the Breed were Ward Bakenhus, Bill Bales & Joe Bales, and Rick Leone & Family.

In 2024, the ASA Annual Meeting will be October 26 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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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