Holstein Association USA offers several award opportunities for youth to honor achievements in their Registered Holstein project work. Applications for all 2011 awards are now available at the National Junior Holstein Association Web site.

Young Breeder and Production Awards
Recognitions such as the Junior Progressive Breeder, Breeder of an Excellent Cow, Breeder of a 30,000 Pound Cow and Lifetime Production awards may be completed by any Junior member owning an animal that meets the award criteria. To view the standards for each award, or to download an application, visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors, click on Awards in the main menu, then select the award you are interested in. Applications must be submitted to the Holstein Association USA office by May 1, 2011, and honorees will be announced in late June.

Distinguished Junior Member Program
Any active Holstein Junior member is eligible to apply for the Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM; ages 9 to 16) and the Distinguished Junior Member (DJM; ages 17 to 21) honors. These awards recognize youth for their accomplishments working with Registered Holstein cattle, leadership and enthusiasm for Holstein activities, as well as school and community involvement. The DJM recognition is the highest honor that can be given to Junior members.

Contestants prepare entry books summarizing their Junior Holstein activities and provide their views on current industry topics. Entries must be postmarked to Holstein Association USA by March 1, 2011. Some adjustments have been made to the 2011 competition, so be sure to review the application requirements carefully before beginning your entry. Application forms can be found at www.holsteinusa.com/juniors, then clicking on either DJM or YDJM from the main menu.

With questions about any Holstein Association USA Junior programs, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or kdunklee@holstein.com. Learn more about the various Junior Holstein activities and awards at www.holsteinusa.com/juniors.

Source: Holstein Association USA