Cattlemen award heifers to Lubben

Grace Lubben (center) was chosen as the 2019 recipient of three bred heifers, awarded by the Jones County Cattlemen. At left is Cattlemen president Justin Reiter of Cascade; at right is Lee Crock of Mechanicsville. (Photo submitted)

     Grace Lubben, daughter of Brian and Michele Lubben, of Monticello, Iowa has been chosen as the 2019 recipient of three bred heifers awarded by the Jones County Cattlemen.

     This is the first year for the Jones County Cattlemen to award three bred heifers to an applicant. The program is designed to provide young adults the opportunity and assistance to start their own foundation herd here in Jones County.

     This program is modeled after the ICA - Iowa Foundation Heifer Program. Grace was chosen from a group of extremely well-qualified applicants. She is a sophomore at the Anamosa High School, where she is active in softball, volleyball, basketball and track.

     Grace lives with her parents and her 13-year-old brother, Grant, on a farm near Monticello. She is an active member of the Anamosa FFA Chapter and the Jones County Central 4-H Club, showing both market beef and bucket bottle calf projects. Her recommendations describe her as a student with leadership abilities who is willing to volunteer and accept responsibilities in her school, community and church. She is a competitive, hard-working, conscientious young person, willing to help others.

     Grace has a passion for livestock and is interested in pursuing a future career as a veterinarian. She is excited to start her stock cow herd of three Angus cross heifers. Those heifers were purchased from Lee Crock of Mechanicsville by the Jones County Cattlemen. At graduation from high school, Grace will help further fund the project by contributing 80 percent of the initial investment back to the Jones County Cattlemen.



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