Established in 2020, the California Youth Livestock Association is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing youth members across the state of California with the opportunity to not only exhibit livestock but also engage in programs specifically designed to build the next generation of leaders in California. Youth members will experience competition in and out of the show ring with additional opportunities designed to polish public speaking skills, freshen livestock evaluation components, expand agricultural industry knowledge, and cultivate lasting friendships. Through educational, professional, and hands-on experiences youth will be given the opportunity to influence and shape their own personal achievements while expanding their knowledge of agriculture and industries that make California unique.
Executive Director/ Co-Founder
Nelson embarked into the California livestock industry as a rabbit showman, but quickly made the switch to hogs. What began as showing at his local county fairs- Los Banos, Chowchilla, and Merced, quickly turned into any show you could think of. He found great success within the show ring winning multiple titles and went on to be named the NJSA Herdsmen of the year in 2018. Nelson was a member of the Junior Heritage Board at the Merced Spring Fair, Dos Palos 4-H, and still is actively involved in helping youth livestock exhibitors with their projects at home and at shows. If you are ever looking for Nelson you can surely find him with a few shaving-covered children in tow begging for candy or ice cream or at the nearest gas station/McDonald’s getting a Coca-Cola.
Ashlee began showing hogs her freshman year of high school at the Stanislaus County Fair and was hooked on it. From there she went on to jackpot throughout California and worked her way up to the bigger shows. Her most notable accomplishments in the ring would be winning Champion Senior Showman at the West Coast National Swine Show. Ashlee was heavily involved within FFA and the California Pork Producers Association serving in various leadership roles for both organizations, including CPPA Junior Board President. If you are ever looking for Ashlee you can find her with a computer or two or running around with shaving- covered children.