About Me

Kentucky, United States
Fourth generation beef producer, wife, mother, 4-H & FFA supporter, agriculture advocate, Christian, WKU alum, love livestock shows, basketball, college football, Dallas Cowboys. All things agriculture.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Feature Friday: Maggie Jasper Angus

     Maggie Jasper is a third generation Kentucky Angus producer and a young leader in the Kentucky cattle industry.  Maggie grew up following her grandfather Billy Jasper and father Jimmy Jasper to cattle shows. "The state fair wasn't really about the rides as much as the Angus show on Saturday morning. I thought that was what normal kids did," explained Maggie.
     Even though she was attending the shows and enjoying every minute, she never had the desire to show cattle herself until age 13, after watching her cousin with his first steer. She talked to her Dad about wanting to show cattle that night, and literally the next day she had a heifer.
     "I remember going to my first Kentucky Junior Angus Association meeting in Bowling Green, and being a nervous wreck because I didn't know anybody. From there I have grown so close to so many in the KJAA and have bonds that reach far beyond the show ring,"  stated Jasper. Maggie is a leader in the KJAA, serving first as a director, then reporter, and now secretary. "I was encouraged to take on leadership roles and voice my opinion, and I had plenty of role models to look up to along the way."

Maggie Jasper
     Maggie has been involved with the Kentucky Junior Cattleman's Association for four years and is the current president. Maggie believes strongly in this youth organization, stating that when people associated with different breeds come together in one union, we can develop a strong group working for the beef industry. One of the largest events of the KJCA is the annual Fall Classic, scheduled for September 29 and 30 at Stanford, Kentucky.


Maggie at the 2011 KJCA Fall Classic
      In her first year at Eastern Kentucky University, Maggie is staying busy off the farm with a major in Occupational Therapy. With her passion for agriculture many don't understand her career choice, but Maggie wants to help those that need assistance or guidance to accomplish their goals. Maggie is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, she was named to the Dean's List, and received the President's Award. I'm certain she will remain a strong voice in the cattle industry.



Maggie Jasper Angus consignment to the Kentucky Angus Sweepstakes. She sales Saturday, March 2, at 12:00 pm in Louisville, Kentucky.
      This weekend, Maggie Jasper Angus has a consignment to the Kentucky Angus Sweepstakes, at the Kentucky Beef Expo. The show will be held today, Friday, March 2, at 9:00 am at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, with the sale on Saturday, March 3, at 12:00 pm. The heifer is a full sister to Champion Hill Phyllis 7155 that was reserve champion heifer at the 2009 Kentucky State Fair. Maggie is really pleased to offer this heifer for sale, explaining that she is very gentle and was easy to lead the first time with a halter. As an incentive Maggie is offering $500 for a class winner and an additional $500 for a division winner, to a junior exhibitor who purchases the heifer and shows at the 2012 National Junior Angus Show, to be held this summer in Louisville.
    

Photographs in this post property of Maggie Jasper and used with her permission.

      

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