Between the red and black cattle that step into the ring during the Gelbvieh and Balancer Show, you may catch sight of a seafoam green jacket. That jacket represents the official uniform of the American Gelbvieh Association Junior Board of Directors. Though the majority of their jobs happens behind the scenes, it’s fair to say the shows would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of these young professionals.
The American Gelbvieh Association Junior Board of Directors is comprised of nine members who each serve two-year terms. These individuals serve their breed and gain networking and professional development opportunities during their terms on the board.
“Our main focus is serving the junior members and doing what it takes to make our events as engaging and fun for them as we can,” said Grace Vehige, American Gelbvieh Association Junior Board President.
Junior board members can be seen tailing cattle, checking in exhibitors or handing out ribbons in the ring. Yet, when the show is done, their jobs continue in the form of getting sponsorships and fundraising for junior events.
“For me, it’s being able to represent the breed as a whole while also being a friendly face to the younger members,” Vehige said. “Similarly to the junior board members that I looked up to when I was their age.”
The family atmosphere of the Gelbvieh breed can be witnessed through the passing of that seafoam green jacket. Many past junior board members have had the opportunity to hand their jackets down to their siblings and even their children throughout the years.
“The Gelbvieh breed is a Gelbvieh family,” Vehige said. “I don’t know what I would do without the connections and friendships I’ve made during my time on the board.”