(Atlantic) Rolling Hills Bank & Trust held their annual heifer project banquet at the Cass County Community on Sunday afternoon.
The program, which is now in its 11th year, is focused on helping young people get involved in and stay in agriculture. Recipients are given a set of heifers at the beginning of the project and asked to pay it back upon completion of the program. Tanner Runyan who is now a graduate of the heifer project says he’s very thankful for the opportunity.
“I’m very thankful, I’ve gone from those first five heifers I had and I’ve gone from those to 30 today and that’s a pretty big step.”
Delaney Carroll is entering her third year in the program and states that she’s learned something new every year.
“We haven’t started calving yet but this is the first year that we actually started being able to AI our calves to get something we wanted out of them whether they were too small in the flake area, maybe try to build them up so we can get some show heifers or steers out of them.”
Walker Kipp was a new recipient last year and thinks he will continue even after he graduates from the program.
“My plan with the calves this year is hopefully they are heifers so we can keep them and breed them as show calves or sell them since the cattle market is really good this year. I believe that I will follow through. I like cattle farming more than row crop. I like showing cattle and just hanging out around the farm.”
The Rolling Hills Heifer Project has given away four new sets of heifers this year while the Carroll County Farm Bureau, who became a partner last year, has given away five sets of heifers. In total, over 220 heifers have been given out to 45 different recipients in the Rolling Hills Bank and Trust Heifer Project.