Heinrich, Rockeman earn $500 NDSA Junior Scholarships | TSLN.com

Heinrich, Rockeman earn $500 NDSA Junior Scholarships

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The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) awarded two NDSA Junior Scholarships valued at $500 each during a special awards luncheon during its 79th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Minot, ND. The organization awards one scholarship each year, but was able to add a second in 2008 because of a special contribution by AgriLabs.

The first scholarship was awarded to Richie Heinrich, a junior pursuing animal and range science and crop and weed science majors and an agribusiness minor from North Dakota State University (NDSU). He is the son of Gene and Tammy Heinrich of Medina, ND.

After graduation, Heinrich hopes to return to his family farm and ranch and concentrate on its cow-calf and replacement heifer development enterprises. He also hopes to pursue a side career as a livestock nutritionist.

Heinrich is a student NDSA member. He is also involved in the NDSU Meats and Livestock Judging Teams and is a member of the Saddle & Sirloin Club. In high school, he was the second-high individual and a member of the high-placing state FFA livestock judging team.

Heinrich outlined the advantages and disadvantages of the National Animal Identification System in his scholarship essay and discussed the need to implement a system that balances both the demands of consumers and producers alike.

Christopher Rockeman of Donnybrook, ND is another NDSA Junior Scholarship winner. He is a junior pursuing an animal science degree at NDSU. He is the son of Mark and Annette Rockeman.

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Rockeman’s career plans include returning home to his family’s registered Polled Hereford operation and becoming the fourth generation to operate the ranch.

Rockeman is a director of the North Dakota Junior Hereford Association and has won many honors at area livestock shows with his Polled Hereford exhibits. One highlight was being named the state champion FFA beef showman.

Rockeman wrote about the value of establishing a unified animal identification system as a means of age- and source-verification in his scholarship essay. “We could gain many more foreign markets, as well as have more consumer demand in our own country,” he predicted in his essay.