Youth Beef Team Promotes May Beef Month

Team members were recognized by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation for their advocacy and education activities at the 2021 Iowa State Fair. L-R: Advisor Julie Gray, Wyatt, Rhianna, William, Jillian, Conner, Lily, Wesley, Delaney, Maddy, Layne, and Natalie. Missing from the picture: Sydney, Colby, Kaylynn, Olivia, Gabe, and Ryan.
Team members applied their beef knowledge that they learned from the team meetings to compete in the 2021 Beef Scholarship Extravaganza. Team members 2nd to 6th L-R, Gabe (Union), Abe (GMG), Henry (BCLUW), Wesley (West Marshall), and Wyatt (West Marshall) earned scholarships.

Members of the Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team (MIYBT) have a mission to educate, advocate, and promote the beef industry and its producers. The team shares beef information using newsprint and social media (the team shares facts, recipes, and general information relative to the beef industry on their public Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team Facebook page), and many other promotional activities.

The team advances their beef education through their monthly meetings from August through May and participating in workshops, conferences, and field trips. Monthly meetings generally include an industry speaker and training regarding beef production, nutrition, and sustainability. Regularly, team members use the educational information gleaned from these activities to compete in scholarship contests. Team members have garnered scholarships from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Beef Extravaganza Scholarship contest and Iowa Youth Beef Team competition. The Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team members have also assisted the Marshall and Tama County Cattlemen with their grillings and banquets. This May, the team is conducting several activities to celebrate May Beef Month. They are partnering with Tama County Cattlemen, Marshall County Cattlemen and the Iowa Beef Industry Council Beef Check-off dollars to award beef certificates for KIX101.1 listeners that play their contest: “Beef Trivia.” Team members are also putting recipes in local businesses, look for the display stand by the meat and/or deli counter in your county. Check out the MIYBT Facebook page for additional activities and beef production information.

MIYBT membership is FREE and open to youth between 12 years-old to a senior in high school living in Iowa, currently members represent Benton, Hardin, Grundy, Marshall and Tama Counties. Contact Julie Gray @ 641-481-2134 if you are interested in joining the team!

The 2021 Fall Field Trip included stops at the Iowa Cattle Industry Headquarters to learn about the Iowa Beef industry Council, Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. The team also visited the Iowa State University Beef Research Farm, and the Couser Cattle Company operation. The team enjoyed learning about the Couser cattle operation while sitting in the conference room of a relocated peg barn.