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Breeder of the Future Boy


Brandon Almeida is the recipient of the 2011 Breeder of the Future Boy Award. Brandon is a 13-year- old seventh grader from Hilmar, California and is a member of the Stanislaus County Holstein Club.


Brandon Almeida


Brandon’s first Holstein heifer was given to him by his grandfather, Rocha Vue Lheros Molly. Molly has shown well for Brandon at the Los Banos Fair, Stanislaus County Fair and California State Fair. Molly now has a heifer, Minnie, by Toys- tory, which Brandon is very proud


of. Minnie is the first cow to carry his Brand-O prefix. To expand his herd, Brandon saved his money, and purchased Miss Advent Variation-Red at the Gil-Tex Stampede sale. With 6 animals in his project, Brandon has had the opportunity to be very involved in the showring. He has exhibited class winners at several fairs and shows, and had the chance to compete at the highest level in 2009 at World Dairy Expo, where his summer yearling, Miss Advent Variation-Red, stood 3rd in the junior class at the International Red & White Show. In addi- tion to her placing at World Dairy Expo, Variation-Red was also named Junior Champion at the 2009 Stanislaus County Fair.


Brandon is also quite the showman, he has placed 1st in showmanship at the Los Banos Fair, Merced County Fair, Merced County Black and White Show and the California State Holstein Show. One of his most memorable showmanship accomplishments was placing 3rd in the Junior Division at the World Dairy Expo.


As an active member of the California Junior Holstein Association, Brandon has attended planning conferences, state conventions and cow camp. He has participated in dairy bowl and was recognized in 2010 with the Young Breeder of the Future Boy Award.


As a member of the Hilmar Colony 4-H club, Brandon currently serves as club Treasurer. He has received a gold award for his 4-H record book for the past three years, and helped organize their annual pancake breakfast. Brandon is involved in the clubs Leadership project and Cooking project.


He also is active in community service, through the Turlock Together organi- zation where he works with the group to collect canned food and pack food baskets for those less fortunate in his community. During the holiday season, Brandon also rang Te Salvation Army Bell at a local store.


In terms of academics, Brandon is just as dedicated to school as he is to his Holsteins. Currently Brandon holds a 4.0 GPA at Hilmar Middle School where he is a member of the Honor Society and on the Honor Roll. Somehow, he also finds time to play baseball and basketball on his school team and is a member of his church youth group at Holy Rosary Church.


When asked why he should be considered for this award, Brandon stated that his grandparent’s registered Holstein herd has had a tremendous influence on him. He went on to say, “From the time I was little, I spent days at the dairy with my grandpa. He taught me about cows and I became very interested and passionate about the dairy industry. I admire the outstanding herd my grandfather had and dream of being able to develop a herd like his one day.”


We congratulate Brandon, our 2011 Breeder of the Future Boy!


52 California Holstein News Annual 2011


caholstein.com


Photo: Fernoak Morty Clare © by Frank Robinson


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