ICF generates funds for Iowa?s cattle industry
The 2009 Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation (ICF) auction generated more than $31,000 during the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) Annual Convention Jan. 6-7. Funds raised by ICF help support the ICF Youth Beef Team program, the ICF Beef Scholarship Extravaganza, the ICA Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program, FFA and 4-H youth scholarships, and other youth and civic projects.
“On behalf of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation, we thank all who donated or purchased auction items. We could not do what we do for the cattle industry without their unrelenting support,” says Dave Petty, who owns and operates Iowa River Ranch, a commercial cow/calf operation in Eldora, and current president of ICF. “The generous support of Iowa’s cattlemen, women and agribusinesses allows the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation to enhance and preserve Iowa’s cattle industry through public awareness, youth education, and environmental stewardship projects,” added Petty.
Special appreciation goes to Intervet/Schering- Plough Animal Health for offering their “Wheels for Bucks” program. Iowa’s cattlemen collected more than 6,600 empty Ralgro wheels. In exchange for the empty wheels, Intervet/ Schering-Plough provided 660 new Ralgro wheels.
Over the course of the program, Intervet/Schering- Plough has helped generate more than $100,000 for the ICF auctions.
Prior to the auction, ICF recognized the 2008 Youth Beef Team scholarship winners. Amber Broulik of Lisbon, Emily Thoms of Fayette, and Jennifer Tupper of Ionia each received a $1,000 scholarship. ICF has awarded more than $41,000 in scholarships since 1994. Founded in 1994, the mission of ICF is to enhance public perception of the Iowa cattle industry and to assist in providing educational and economic opportunities for Iowans in the cattle business. ICF is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status. For additional information, visit www.iowacattlemensfoundation.org. — WLJ