OMAHA, Neb., (November 20, 2007) – The American Junior Shorthorn Association (AJSA) recognized Gene McDonald at the North American Livestock Expo (NAILE) by naming the 2007 Junior Heifer Show after him. McDonald, retiring December 2007 from his Eastern Field Representative position at the American Shorthorn Association (ASA), has been an influential person for the AJSA. The AJSA recognized McDonald for his time dedicated to them by honoring him at this year's NAILE show.
Director of Activities and the AJSA, Julie Duis, expressed her thoughts about honoring McDonald, “Throughout his tenure with the ASA & Shorthorn Country, Mr. McDonald has been a constant supporter of the American Junior Shorthorn Association members and the lessons learned by exhibiting cattle. We felt it fitting to bestow this honor on him for all his years of service.”
“I was glad to get the opportunity to work with Gene through the association,” says Alicia Stover, President of the AJSA. “His enthusiasm for the breed and the breeders, and his initiative really influenced me to work hard for the breed.”
The mission of the ASA is to contribute to the profitability and quality of life of its members and their customers by maintaining, protecting the venerability and enhancing the value of the herd book and performance database for Shorthorn cattle. The ASA is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and was founded in 1872 with herd book records going back to 1822. As one of the oldest American breed associations, the ASA provides services for more than 6,000 junior and senior members who register nearly 18,000 cattle annually. The American Junior Shorthorn Association promotes personal development through youth activities and educational events. With more than 3,000 members, the AJSA is dedicated to the betterment of its members, promotes valuable skills, and fosters friendships that will last a lifetime. To learn more, contact the ASA office or visit www.shorthorn.org.