The ASA staff and tag-along Junior Board members made the long haul to East Lansing, Mich., to kick off the 2013 KEY Conference last Wednesday. The conference took place at Michigan State University July 26-28. With over 30 participants, staying in traditional-style dorm rooms, jam-packed schedules and new faces, we were excited for the days ahead.
Between leadership activities, educational presentations and hands-on experiences, it was a highlight of our internship with ASA. For the first time all summer, we were able to get to know more of the junior members besides the Junior Board. Let us tell you-the Shorthorn breed has a bright future with this group of youth. Observing them working together in activities, hearing the solid questions asked during presentations and seeing their passion for the cattle industry left us in awe.
Being able to partake in the events was beneficial for us as well. Having the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art MSU meats facilities and learning effective livestock handling techniques proved to be as interesting as what we had been told. Additionally, being in a pasture with the cows at Lake City Research Center and meeting with the Michigan Shorthorn Breeders Association at Little Cedar provided new opportunities for both of us.
Establishing new friendships, growing as individuals and embracing new experiences were key points at the KEY Conference. We want to thank all of the participants, volunteers and presenters for making this event such a success. We look forward to seeing what is ahead for this conference and the AJSA in the future!
– Blaire & Laura