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2018 American Salers Association Annual Banquet and Awards

The American Salers Association (ASA) held their Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Monday, January 15 in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show.

Each year the American Salers Foundation provides scholarships to a member of the American Salers Junior Association to further their education. This year, there were eight outstanding applicants with the following three being awarded scholarships:

Melanie Parke, Drummond, Mont., was the recipient of the Bud Christensen Memorial Scholarship. Melanie is a student at Brigham Young University of Idaho pursuing a degree in Animal Science.

Justin Doubet, Parker, Colo., received the Tim Smith Memorial Scholarship. Justin is a senior at Chaparral High School and is planning to attend North Eastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. this coming fall.

Matthew Price, Mountain View, Mo., was awarded an ASA Foundation Scholarship. Matthew is a senior at Liberty High School and is planning to pursue a degree in general agriculture at the University of Missouri or Missouri State University.

Valerie Barnett, Wellington, Mo., received the second ASA Foundation Scholarship which will help her pursue a degree in Elementary Education in the fall at Northwest Missouri State University.

Following the announcement of the scholarship winners, the ASA recognized Salers producers who have gone above and beyond the ordinary in collecting and reporting performance data inputs. The American Salers congratulates the following Performance Breeders of the Year:

2017 Performance Breeder of the Year

10-15 Head

  1. Diamond J Farms, Eubank, Ky.
  2. Weyer Ranch Salers, Miles City, Mont.
  3. Neben Ranch, Lexington, Neb.
  4. K Bar K Cattle Company, Litchfield, Minn.
  5. Ken Bates III, Yakima, Wa.

Greater than 50 Head

  1. Elm Creek Ranch, Hebron, N.D.
  2. White Woman Creek Salers, Leoti, Kan.
  3. West Hills Ranch, Fairview, Wyo.
  4. Rowell Cattle Company, Ninnekah, Okla.
  5. Williams Polled Salers, Lincoln, Kan.
  6. Panther Country Salers, Leigh, Neb.
  7. Skinner Ranch, Hall, Mont.
  8. MJB Ranch, Lodge Grass, Mont.
  9. Big Sky Salers, Angela, Mont.
  10. Parke Ranch, Drummond, Mont. and MacDonald Ranches, Bismarck, N.D. (tie)

The banquet wrapped up with 2017 Commercial Producer of the Year being announced. This award is presented each year to a Salers commercial customer who goes above and beyond in the beef cattle business. This year’s recipient was the Plasek Family of David City, Neb.

James Plasek and his wife Gail, along with their grandson, Brandon Fletcher, tend to 150-200 Salers influenced cows, along with crops consisting of mostly dryland corn, some irrigated corn and soybeans.

James started using Salers cattle in the mid-1990’s. Plasek states, “I was using some other breeds and was having a bad calving experience, so I started using Salers. And am I ever grateful I found them.” Salers cattle have been a great addition to their program.

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