Apply Now to the Minnesota Youth Beef Expo Experience Program (MYBEP)!
Click here for the 2012 MYBEP Record Book.
Check out a segment from RFD TV's Cattlemen to Cattlemen series! They were at the 2012 Minnesota Beef Expo and did a story on the MYBEP program! To see how the Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Program is helping the younger generation of potential cattle producers get started in the business, CLICK HERE.
About the Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Program (MYBEP)
The Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Program (MYBEP) is to inspire youth interested in entering the beef cattle industry. Through the generous donations of successful cattlemen industry professionals, qualified youth (number of heifers awarded varies from year to year) will be awarded a beef heifer to raise and care for, during the year.
- Develop the passion, knowledge and experience necessary for youth with potential to become an integral
part of the cattle industry
- Offer heifer recipients the opportunity to make valuable connections with other cattlepeople
- Build commitment, self confidence and leadership skills within recipients
Responsibilities of MYBEP Heifer Recipients
- Raise, feed, house, breed and show the heifer for a year under the guidance of the donor of the heifer
- Maintain complete records on the animal’s care
- Communicate with the heifer donor and MYBEP leaders through monthly progress reports
- Return to Minnesota Beef Expo at the conclusion of the year to share the experience and compete for the
MYBEP Achievement Award
MYBEP Heifer Winners Receive (subject to change)
- A heifer donated by a experienced cattle family, organization or individual.
- Two straws of semen from Minnesota Select Sires
- An Andis cattle clippers
- A show halter
- 250 pounds of Purina Show Chow from Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC
Apply for Your Chance to Win a MYBEP Heifer
- Be 12-16 years of age as of Sept. 2013
- Be a 4-H, FFA or junior breed association member
- Live in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin
Application Criteria—applicants must:
- Demonstrate commitment to agriculture
- Define future education and career goals
- Show a financial need
- Explain how they are able to provide a proper environment to raise the heifer
Application Process—applicants must:
- Complete application form thoroughly and carefully. Be mindful of spelling, grammar, punctuation and clarity.
- Provide two reference letters of recommendation:
- One reference letter from your 4-H Extension Officer, FFA Advisor or junior association leader
- One reference letter from an adult who is not related to the applicant, but knows applicant well enough to comment on abilities and commitment
- Include a personal letter written by applicant (not longer than one-page), explaining:
- Why applicant wants to be a beef heifer recipient
- Why applicant believes they are the best candidate for this program
- Submit all materials together and postmark on or before the Sept. 9, 2013 deadline.
Applications will be evaluated by six judges with various cattle industry backgrounds. Each judge will award a point total in four categories. The applicants with the highest scores will be the 2013 MYBEP heifer recipients (number of recipients is determined by the number of heifers donated).
MYBEP Achievement Award Winner
At the annual Minnesota Beef Expo in October, a Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Achievement Award Winner is chosen from the pool of MYBEP heifer recipients from the past year.
To select the Achievement Award Winner, judges evaluate each MYBEP heifer recipient in the following four categories. The recipient with the highest overall score earns this prestigious award.
- Showmanship—Heifer recipients will be judged on how well they show their heifers using the skills developed during the MYBEP year
- Progress Reporting—Quarterly progress reports completed by the heifer recipients during the course of the year will be evaluated, including financial information, veterinary work, feed documentation and handling updates
- Scrapbook: Data and artifacts collected during the year’s MYBEP journey must be compiled in a scrapbook to be displayed during the Beef Expo
- Interview: During the showmanship competition, three judges will interview heifer recipients individually and evaluate their answers to questions about the experience of caring for and working with the heifer throughout the past year
The MYBEP Achievement Award Winner takes home (subject to change):
- A plaque donated by the Minnesota Beef Cattle Improvement Association
- A $750 scholarship from the Minnesota Farmers Union and Minnesota Farmers Union Agency
- An embroidered piece from Sanctified Designs owned by Kathy Heise
Thank you to our generous MYBEP Achievement Award sponsors!
Thank You, MYBEP Heifer Donors!
- Angus Heifer – sponsored by Mitteness Family Angus, Randy, Karen, Ryan and Mark Mitteness, Benson, Minn. of the Minnesota Angus Association.
- Charolais Heifer – sponsored by Liebelt Charolais, Oscar, Connie and Carmen Liebelt, Mindoro, Wisc. of the Minnesota Wisconsin Charolais Association.
- Commercial Heifer – sponsored by Bolduan Farm, Mike & Cindy Boludan and Family, Calendonia, Minn.
- Hereford Heifer – sponsored by Lost Meadows Farms, Shawn Eckert and Family, Frazee, Minn. of the Minnesota Hereford Breeders.
- Limousin Heifer – sponsored by Lura Limousin, Mark and Sharilyn Willette, Delavan, Minn. of the Minnesota Limousin Association.
- Seminar Heifer – sponsored by MN State Cattlemen’s Association
- Shorthorn Heifer – sponsored by Eric & Robynne Schoenbauer and Chris & Heather Feltman, Schoenbauer Show Cattle, Hamburg, Minn. of the Minnesota Shorthorn Association.
- Simmental Heifer – sponsored by Brant Farms, Ron and Vicki Brant, Hinckley, Minn. of the Minnesota Simmental Association.
- South Devon Heifer – sponsored by Northern States South Devon Association.