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Armitage Named All-Around Junior Cattleman of the Year by Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:09:00 CDT

Armitage Named All-Around Junior Cattleman of the Year by Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Sarah Armitage, a high school Sophomore was recently honored as the All-Around Junior Cattleman of the Year during the Annual Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen's Association (OJCA) Awards Banquet, that is held in conjunction with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) Convention and Trade Show Banquet.

Armitage earned this honor by accumulating points for participation and placing at the OJCA Star Contest, OJCA Speech Contest, OJCA Sales Contest, the OJCA Steer Feedout and Carcass Contest, the Beef Ambassador Contest, the OJCA Preview Show, Oklahoma Youth Expo and the Tulsa State Fair. Armitage will receive a laptop computer sponsored by Merck Animal Health and a belt buckle sponsored by Beacon Hill Ranch.

"Sarah began helping care for the cattle as soon as she was strong enough to drag a water hose and her love for the farm and ranch way of life has only increased as she has gotten older," said Charlie Swanson, President of the OCA. "She is involved in daily chores and also helps make important breeding decisions regarding the family herd and her personal herd."

Sixteen-year-old Armitage has earned 14 belt buckles and many banners and ribbons while exhibiting her beef cattle projects, many of which are bred and raised at her family's ranch.

According to Armitage, "My most special victory was being named Breed Champion in the Supreme Percentage Heifer drive at the Oklahoma Youth Expo this past spring. More importantly, that same heifer was named Supreme Bred & Owned Heifer."

Sarah is the daughter of Mitchell and LiAnn Armitage.

"It's great to see young people passionate and engaged in the Oklahoma beef industry and organizations like the OJCA," Swanson said.

The OJCA was started in 1985 to further the education and cooperation of young people interested in cattle, and to aid in the attainment of mutual goals set by OJCA members interested in all phases of their business and possible career and leadership opportunities. For more information about OJCA membership or activities call 405-235-4391 or visit www.okcattlemen.org.



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