BILLINGS, MT (October 25, 2016) – The NILE Merit Heifer program is a “live animal” scholarship that strives to help youth get a start in the beef cattle business by awarding heifer calves to participants chosen based on merit, future goals, and ability to care for the animal. Any youth ages 12-16, who are a 4-H or FFA member, may apply.
During the program duration, participants are responsible for raising the heifer, arranging for her to be bred, completing the record keeping procedure and bringing the animal back one year later as a bred replacement heifer for exhibit at the NILE Stock Show in October.
During the 2016 NILE in Billings, the Northern Ag Network’s Russell Nemetz talked with one individual who has been instrumental in the program’s success since the beginning.
Source: Russell Nemetz-Northern Ag Network