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AMERICAN-INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR CHAROLAIS ASSOCIATION COMPETITION LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS FRIENDSHIPS Join the Excitement! Become an AIJCA member today. Facebook.com/AIJCA www.CharolaisUSA.com Scan for membership information: Working with Julia and Jinjer was one of the greatest opportunities I have had! This spring Jinjer will have her fi rst calf and, if it’s a heifer, I plan on naming her Julia, after the sweet little girl who worked so hard with the calf’s momma. This year Julia has purchased a steer to show. She loves being able to work with him year around. He is housed at my family’s farm, but Julia has more freedom to do what she wants. She is more in control of her own animal and doesn’t have to answer to anyone. This has allowed her to grow and use what she has learned from last summer’s experience. I am proud to see her use what I was able to teach her. She still needs help and asks a lot of questions, but she has really grown into a cattle girl. She has an interest in showing at other cattle shows around the Midwest with me and my family. She is getting so much experience and making memories. I thought it would be an easy task to teach another youth about showing cattle. But as all cattlemen know, plans don’t always work out, especially when it comes to animals. Some days cattle can be diffi cult, stubborn, even crazy. Other days they can act like a totally different animal. Jinjer provided us with some of those challenges and Julia got to work through all of this. And we both learned something in the process, because not only did Julia learn a lot about beef cattle and agriculture, I learned how to be a leader and teacher. Being able to communicate effectively was the most important part of this experience. I couldn’t take for granted the things that seemed like common sense, because when you live on a farm your whole life, those are the details that can be overlooked. I learned not only to teach Julia, but equally important, I learned how to listen to her questions and concerns. We had a great summer together and I would do it again in a heartbeat! PATTY GEORGE MICHELLE MOATS LEFT: All of that work paid off at the Buffalo County Fair (Wisconsin). Julia and Jinjer got First Place! RIGHT: Julia enjoyed working with cattle so much that she decided to buy her own steer this year. SUMMER 2017 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I 7


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