The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


June 28, 2014

Area youth place in beef ambassador contest

ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma CattleWomen hosted the 2014 Oklahoma Beef Ambassador contest during the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen’s Association Preview Show in Chickasha.

Contest participants completed a mock media interview about beef issues and conducted a mock retail promotion of beef.

The winner of the senior division was Kalyn McKibben, of Wyandotte; second place was awarded to Shelby Downs, of Sumner, Texas, who competed as a student of Oklahoma State University.

The winner of the junior division wass Paige Garza, of Yukon; second place, Will Shelby, of Madill; and third place, Sydnee Gerken, of Kingfisher.  Winners in the junior and senior categories will travel to compete in the National Beef Ambassador Contest in Denver in September.

The winner of the novice division was Hattie Haynes, of Weatherford; second place, Kaden Hartin, of Stuart; third place, Victoria Gerken, of Kingfisher.

Cash prizes were given to the top three contestants in each age division.

The contest, funded in part by the Beef Checkoff, is held annually in June. In Oklahoma, Beef Ambassadors serve as a voice in their community, schools and other outlets as well as assisting Oklahoma Beef Council and Oklahoma CattleWomen with industry events.

National Beef Ambassador Program is funded in part by The Beef Checkoff Program ( The Beef Checkoff was established as part of the 1985 farm bill and assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program.

Oklahoma CattleWomen is a volunteer organization that focuses on beef promotion and youth development within the beef industry. It is a voice for women who share a passion for the beef industry, promoting and supporting the industry while encouraging women involved in agribusiness.

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