JUNIOR CORRAL  JAYSIE SCHOENFIELD, AJAA PRESIDENT H ello, everyone! What a year it has been. I am so excited for the upcoming year and what it will bring. With the way the last few months have unfolded, it is easy to get discouraged and down about life. I truly do believe great things will come from the challenges that have been put in front of us. But it comes back to working together as a team and remembering there is no “I” in team. We all have to come together to support each other for the betterment of the breed through the trying times. I first want to introduce our new American Junior Aberdeen Association Board of Directors for the upcoming year. This year’s leaders are Carson Schnieders, Hannah Hoffmann, Jacob Spear, Jordan Gilles, Mackenzie Serrano, Skye Korroch and myself. I am so excited for what is to come with this great group of team members. There is a little saying that my family has adopted over this last year and it applies to anything we are doing, whether it be raising livestock or playing sports. It is “burn the ships.” In 1519 A.D., during the Spanish conquest of Mexico, Hernan Cortes, the Spanish commander, ordered his men to burn all their ships. This symbolized they would have to conquer or die. Today when we talk of “burning the ships” it is not in such a drastic way. But the idea we need to get from this is to commit to the process. Burn the ships in your life and do what it takes to make something happen. Our ships all look different. We are all fighting our own battles and struggles. But we have to remember to trust the process and remember what you came to do. Find your tribe and trust the process. The storms of life will come and go, and at some point, we will all be in the midst of them. We must remember to do the little things and never be afraid to “burn the ships” and not look back. I can’t wait to see everyone again, and I hope everyone is staying healthy and well! TL W ith all the issues affecting our country this year, it is especially encouraging to me to have unprecedented interest in the American Aberdeen breed from commercial cattlemen. These producers are more motivated than ever to develop an aggressive approach to cutting production costs and lowering inputs, especially labor, in these chal lenging economic times. As a result of the promotional brochures and videos on our website https:// , some breeders are becoming aware that no other breed can do as much in one cross to accom plish these goals than American Aberdeen. No other breed can totally eliminate calving difficulty on first-calf heifers while producing a highly marketable calf. No other breed can increase pregnancy rates when rebreeding first-calf heif ers that are still growing and tend to come up open or late. No other breed can take 300 pounds off mature cow weight in one cross, which lowers feed cost and increases stocking rate. No other breed can dramatically increase ribeye area per hundredweight while simultaneously increasing marbling scores. These are all very desirable traits that can help commercial cow-calf produc ers lower their production costs in these challenging times while producing higher quality, higher yielding beef carcasses in a more sustainable fashion. Early data shows that American Aberdeen-cross female lasts longer too. This is Unprecedented Times, Unprecedented Interest all better for more sustainable beef production. If you get the chance, spread the good word! TL

Active Members (29) Alan C. Batt, Rigby, Idaho Avoyelles Aberdeen Angus, Mansura, La.

Diamond H Ranch, Fredonia, Penn. Bitney Springs Farm, Nevada City, Calif. Circle T Family Farm, Frankfort, Ky. Eatmon’s Farm, Alachua, Fla. Scott Davis, Zionsville, Penn. Cannon Spring Farm, Castalian Springs, Tenn. T&N Ranch, Colville, Wash. Christine M.J. Standard, Kismet, Kan. Hall’s Happy Hollow, Wilton, Calif. Beast AG LLC, Grandview, Texas Ciarra Ridge, Shell Rock, Iowa C3 Cows, Sedalia, Ky. D&E Farms, Tahlequah, Okla. Ware Investments, Pilot Point, Texas C-4 Land and Cattle, Perkins, Okla. Buchan Enterprises, Woodville, Texas Lazy H Ranch, Bonner Springs, Kan. Johnson Farms, San Antonio, Texas CR Creekside Ranch, Westport, Ind. Ask Farm LLC, Amarillo, Texas Highland Mtn. View Farm, Taylorsville, N.C. CNT Cattle, Wahoo, Neb. Joe Grimes Farm, Caddo Mills, Texas S&S Aberdeen, Bloomfield, Ky. JB’s Four Seasons Farm, Bristolville, Ohio Clifford Spiller, Floral City, Fla. Dubose Cattle Co., Brazoria, Texas Junior Members (10) Joshua Garlobo, Naples, Fla. Araina Caballero, Central Point, Ore. Rowan Geurtze, Hannacroix, N.Y. Colley Hill, Sedalia, Ky. Dustin Lindgren, Coupland, Texas Kaisson Jones, Chapin, Ill. Emma Martinez, Manzanola, Colo. Madison Reiselt, Oroville, Calif. Abby Moulton, Shelley, Idaho Gwyneth Murphy, Monticello, Mo.


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