Indiana couple honored for their commitment to the Hereford breed and its junior exhibitors
Andy and Betsy Beck, Bainbridge, Ind., were honored as the 2014 National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Advisors of the Year, July 11, during the VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Harrisburg, Pa.
The Becks have been involved in the Hereford industry for many years and since becoming advisors in 2009, they have devoted their time to bettering the junior association and encouraging members within their state. With their dedication, the Indiana Junior Hereford Association (IJHA) has grown to be one of the largest junior associations in the country.
As third-generation Hereford breeders, Andy and Betsy own and operate Beck-Powell Herefords with Andy’s father, Gene Beck. They have raised their son, Cody, in the Hereford business and 2014 marked the end of his tenure as a National Junior Hereford Association member. Cody has had much success inside and outside the showring and ended his junior career being named Herdsman of the Year at the 2014 JNHE.
Chuck Van Horn, Franklin, Ind., a close friend of the Becks, said they are great advisors because they always listen to what the juniors have to say and are open to their ideas.
“They have always put the kids first,” Van Horn said. “From the 7-year-olds to the 21-year-olds, they always take their ideas seriously and listen.”
IJHA member Payton Farmer, Brownstown, Ind., said she would not be in the Hereford business if not for the Becks. From the time she bought her first heifer from them, the Becks helped to show her the ropes and make her feel welcome in the Hereford community.
“They’ve always been really great mentors to me and to all of our juniors really,” Farmer said.
The 2014 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo. The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit www.jrhereford.org.