The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic (NCC) wrapped up on Sunday, February 21 in Kearney after nine days of shows, sales, and celebrations for the NCC’s 30th year. During the event, the Aspiring Young Cattlemen (AYC) of the NCC participants were recognized.
The AYC program is for youth aspiring to build their own cow herd and have a production sale. This program will allow youth the opportunity to develop a relationship with a successful cattleman that raises registered cattle and markets their seed stock at the NCC and other national events, plus have their own production sale.
Twelve youth are participating in this year’s AYC including Gracie Schneider of Cozad and Abby Stallbaumer of Oconto. Area breeders from across Nebraska and Kansas are also partnering with the youth including local ranches Ridder Hereford Ranch in Callaway, and Lonesome River Ranch in Anselmo.
According to the program flyers, the youth are responsible for fee, animal health, and breeding costs of the heifer. The youth are also allowed to show the heifer throughout the spring and summer but must keep the breeding of the heifer a priority. The heifer must then be halter broke and will subsequently be entered in the 2022 NCC AYC Show and Sale.