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COON VALLEY, WI

Applications are now being accepted for the Nelson McCammon Youth Heifer Program for 2016.

Nelson McCammon spearheaded the WI Brown Swiss Breeders Share-A-Heifer program which gives Wisconsin youth practical experience with cattle. McCammon, who died in 2012, also supported national youth involvement through the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association.

McCammon worked for the Curtiss Candy Company Dairy in Chicago, working with their show cattle. He also served as herdsman for their Brown Swiss and Holstein Herds. He later managed Rolling Acres Guernsey's in Illinois, CB Farms Brown Swiss of Connecticut and Indiana.

McCammon was also in charge of the show herds for Norvic Farm Brown Swiss in Lake Mills,WI as well as Cold Springs Brown Swiss, Monroe, WI, and Red Brae Brown Swiss, Eagle, WI.

He and his wife, Lois, bred and rasied severak All American winning Brown Swiss on ther farm Nelsland near Monroe.

The Share-A-Heifer program helps youth working with all breeds, interested in working with dairy cattle gain hands-on experience with high quality Registered Brown Swiss.

Applicants for the two-year program should be between the ages of 9 and 18 for cows and 9 to19 for heifers as of January 1. Applicants must be residents of Wisconsin and become members of the Wisconsin Junior and the National Junior Brown Swiss Associations.

Award recipients will receive a grant for 50 percent (up to a $1,000 total) of the purchase price of a Registered Brown Swiss female of any age.

Applications and project reports should be sent to: WI/McCammon Youth Heifer Program Committee, c/o Norman C. Magnussen, P.O. Box 146, Lake Mills, WI 53551 by Feb. 1. Winners will be presented at the Wisconsin Brown Swiss annual meeting at Tomah on March 5.

More information about this and other programs can be found at the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association website at www.wibrownswiss.com

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