Applications are being accepted for the Kenneth Ambrose Memorial Heifer Scholarship, an ongoing scholarship program affording youth interested in the beef business to own a registered Simmental or SimAngus heifer. Founders Neil and Christopher Martin of Martin Farms in Lyles, Tenn. started their Heifer Starter Kit program in 2006, enlisting additional donors in 2012 when the program was renamed after their late friend and mentor, Kenneth Ambrose. Ambrose was a former University of Tennessee agricultural extension agent and a great enthusiast for the 4-H youth livestock program.
“Kenneth was directly responsible for a lot of kids’ involvement in 4-H, and he fueled their accomplishments by coaching them toward success,” says Christopher Martin. “Our goal is to recognize and remember Kenneth’s spirit and enthusiasm toward youth and agriculture and to encourage that same type of involvement and success.”
Since 2012, additional heifers have been donated by Slate Farms & Cattle Co. of Vanleer and Water’s Edge Farm of Franklin, both guest consignors at Martin’s Open House at the Farm production sale where the scholarships will be awarded September 25th. Scholarship finalists will be chosen based on a written application and a special project chosen by the applicant and related to the production or promotion of beef cattle. All finalists will be invited to Martin Farms for panel interviews, and winners are chosen based on composite scores.
Additional donors who support the initiative include Performance Feeds; ABS Global; Barry Ellis and Accelerated Genetics; Genex Cooperative; Select Sires; Patricia McDougal AI Services; Cattlemen’s Choice Genetics; Farm Credit Mid America; Mix 30 Liquid Feeds; Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association; and Jane Herron State Farm. A semen and embryo auction will take place prior to Martin’s Open House to raise funds to help alternates purchase a heifer of their own.
Those interested in applying should visit Martin Farms online at MartinFarmsBeef.com or contact Chris Martin by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 931-580-6821. Applications will be due September 19.