The 2018 Youth Beef Industry Conference (YBIC), hosted by the American Angus Association, was held in Ohio. â€œWhat an incredible experience building tomorrowâ€™s leaders today,â€ exclaimed Bonnie Ramirez, JBBA Youth Director. Approximately 160 youth leaders representing 18 different breed/cattle associations participated in this yearâ€™s YBIC. â€œJBBA had four young ladies who proudly represented the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association at the conference,â€ Ramirez added. JBBA leaders that attended YBIC included Braylee Mackie – District 5 director, Amanda McCoskey – Reporter, Kodi Stapp – District 2 Director and Caitlin Vargas – District 4 Director. According to the YBIC coordinator, this year denoted one of the larger YBIC events ever held.
YBIC participants appreciated an energetic, powerful and inspirational keynote presentation by Aâ€™Ric Jackson. His mission is to teach, inspire, and encourage all those who hear him, and to take the challenge of helping others pursue their goals and dreams. â€œHe really energized the youth! Our JBBA board was moved and excited with his presentation,â€ Bonnie added.
Panel speakers included Dr. Stephen Boyles The Ohio State University, Extension Beef Specialist; Elizabeth Harsh Ohio Cattlemenâ€™s Association, Executive Director; Lee Miller Paint Valley Farms and Jon Gevelinger JG Cattle & Coaching, Weaver Leather Livestock ProStaff. YBICâ€™ goers were able to ask the panelists questions and receive valuable insight from knowledgeable industry leaders.
Participants enjoyed a tour of world renowned Weaver Leather and the Certified Angus Beef headquarters. The tours were fascinating, interesting, educational and overall an awesome experience.
â€œIt was a great experience all the way around … from getting to know my fellow Beefmaster directors and getting to know other breed association directors,â€ District 4 Director, Caitlin Vargas exclaimed! â€œIt was great to learn about the different leadership styles and what â€œcategoriesâ€ fellow Beefmaster directors fall under and how all leadership styles make it work together.
Weaver Leather and Certified Angus Beef played an integral large role in making this conference a success. The conference focused on leadership, character and personal branding.