More Than a Jacket: Brooklyn Curtin
Brooklyn Curtin, American Junior Chianina Association President
Hi, my name is Brooklyn Curtin. I’m the daughter of Travis and Mindy Curtin. I have two younger siblings Tanner and Sloane. We live on a farm just outside of the small town of Oxford, Iowa. Where my family and I run about 75 commercial cows. I’m going to be a senior this coming fall at Williamsburg High School. After high school I plan to attend Iowa State and major in Ag Education. While continuing to grow my herd of Chianina influenced cattle.
How long have you been showing your breed for? What made you stick to this breed?
I've been showing Chianina cattle for the past 8 years. There has always been a soft spot in my heart for Chianina cattle. Something that made me stick to this breed is all breeders who care and support the youth of our association. It is truly humbling to see all of the people that are passionate about the success of the next generations. The Chianina breed might not be the largest in the world but we are all one big family!
Who’s the biggest role model within your breed?
There has been two guys who have been my biggest role models throughout my showing career. Honestly if someone told me I had to pick just one of them I’d look at them and laugh because it is truly not possible. These two guys have always been there for me and have taught me absolutely everything I need to know to be a competitive showman. I can’t thank Willie Weis and my dad enough for all they have done for me. Without the help and support of these two guys I would never be where I am today.
What’s your favorite memory being part of the junior board?
My favorite memory of being on the junior board would probably have to be during junior nationals this past year in Des Moines, Iowa. During the novice showmanship. Seeing the smile on all the littles faces was truly the best thing ever. Knowing that those kids are just starting to grow the same passion that I do for this breed and the show cattle industry as a whole.
What did it feel like to be elected as president of your board?
Being elected president is truly an honor. Growing up watching the board members before me, I never imagined I could be in this position but I am truly humbled and I hope to be able to influence and set an example for all the outstanding youth, and future board directors.
What would you tell someone who’s considering running for a junior board?
Do it and don’t look back, you will never regret it. This is the time for you to give back to the industry that has given so much to you. You’ll forever cherish the moments. Never be afraid to chase your dreams. No goal is ever too big to accomplish if you put your mind to it!