Office Closed Friday April 19

Posted by Heather Counts on April 18, 2019
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Please note the ACA office will be closed on Friday, April 19 in observance of Good Friday. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, April 22.

The 2019 Hybrids for Profit Sale has been postponed due to weather.

NEW SALE DATE – April 19 at 1 pm.

View sale catalog here.

All high school seniors are encouraged to fill out the American Chianina Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship!

Click here to download the application.

Chiangus Classic Nomination Form

Posted by Heather Counts on April 8, 2019
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The nomination/entry form for the 2019 Chiangus Classic Futurity is now available!

Nominations due May 1. Entry fee due May 15.

For information or questions contact a member of the committee. Val Shields – 859.391.0758; Jill Miller – 706.693.4133; Kelsey Evans – 859.553.3059; Ty Sexton – 319.461.0519; Brad Stoppel – 785.483.1294.

NJHS Entry Form Now LIVE

Posted by Heather Counts on April 3, 2019
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The entry form for the 2019 National Junior Heifer Show is now available. Click here to complete your entries. Check out the rules on the AJCA tab under 2019 NJHS info. If you have any questions, please contact Heather at 517-214-0927 or Entry deadline is May 1!

Don’t be left out of this important issue of the ACJ! The Herdbook issue contains the membership directory, yearly recaps and awards and much more! This the THE issue you want to be in. Ad deadline is April 1, so don’t delay. Contact Heather at 517-214-0927  today to reserve your space!

TODAY is the day! The AJCA Online Fundraiser auction is now LIVE! Be sure to check the sale often. There are lots of great items up for sale. The sale closes at 7 pm (central time) tonight! Thanks in advance for your support of the AJCA program. The juniors appreciate your support.

Sale Link

ACA Adds Three Employees to Staff

Posted by Heather Counts on March 5, 2019
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Heather Counts
Heather CountsDirector of Shows & Activities/ACJ Editor
The ACA is happy to welcome Heather Counts back to the ACA family as the Director of Shows & Activities and the ACJ Editor. Heather previously worked for the association in the exact same role from 2002-2012, leaving her position to focus on her growing family and business. Heather and her husband, Buck, own and operate Buckeye Acres Produce, a small fruit and vegetable farm near Warrensburg, MO. They have three daughters; Addison, 10; Kaelyn, 8; and Reese 5.

“Heather brings a wealth of experience, including 10 years of serving on the ACA staff and coordinating 8 consecutive National Junior Heifer Shows,” says ACA Board Chairman Ken Culp. “In her first two weeks Heather has already made remarkable progress in updating the website and coordinating advertising efforts. Welcome home Heather!”

Heather adds, “I am excited to return to the ACA and work with the members again. This breed and its members have a special place in my heart and I am humbled by the chance to work for the organization again.”

Heather can be reached at or by phone at 517-214-0927.

Dustin Hurlbut
Dustin HurlbutDirector of Sales/Marketing - Western Field Representative
Dustin Hurlbut, along with his wife, Jeana, and daughter, Bayler, own and operate Hurlbut Cattle in Raymond, SD. They, along with Dustin’s parents, run an Angus & Simmental based cowherd, selling show heifer prospects each fall and hosting a bull sale each spring. Dustin began his career with Chianina breeder Deiter Bros., Faulkton, SD, immediately after high school graduation and remained with the Deiter operation until their dispersal.

“I’m excited to work with the American Chianina Association and its membership,” says Dustin.

Dustin will serve ACA members located west of the Mississippi River. Dustin can be reached at or by phone at 605-380-8052.

Ryan Robb
Ryan RobbDirector of Sales/Marketing - Eastern Field Representative
Ryan brings a variety of experience to the ACA as the Director of Sales & Marketing/Field Representative – East Territory! He holds a Master’s in Ruminant Nutrition with additional Master’s work in Agricultural Education. He has experience teaching junior high and high school and extensive work with 4-H and FFA. As Professor of Agriculture at three Illinois community colleges, Ryan has taught Animal Science courses and a variety of AgriBusiness courses. In addition, he developed marketing/promotional materials, worked trade shows and hosted events to recruit agriculture students.

Ryan has been an ACA member and Chianina producer for several years. We feel his experience in performance/carcass data collection in addition to owning/showing cattle of several breeds will be “Chi” in moving our association forward.