The National Junior Red Angus Association of America (JRA) will host the 16th annual Junior Round-Up June 27 through July 2, 2006, in Minnesota. Round-Up is an annual event held at a different location across the country. It is designed to build public speaking and leadership skills while informing attendees about the Red Angus breed as well as the beef industry. The annual JRA business meeting, board meeting, committee meetings and officer elections are held during Round-Up as well as a variety of National contests.
This year, Red Angus juniors will be "Moovin' in Minnesota" as they convene in the Twin Cities but also travel throughout the state during the five day conference. Hosts of the event are Alaina Burt, Jacobson, Minn., representing the Minnesota Red Angus Association, along with the membership of the Minnesota Junior Red Angus Association. Highlights of the week will include a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi River, tours of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and Raptor Center; tours of Sonstegard Cattle Co., Montevideo; Lost River Livestock, Clearbrook; Nordlund Stock Farm, Clearbrook; University of Minnesota North Central Ag Experiment Station, Grand Rapids; Shady Oaks Farm, Jacobson; and Bowman Red Angus, Brainerd. In addition, cattle provided by Fehrman Family Red Angus, Lake Benton; Weber Cattle Co., Lake Benton; and Caraway Family Red Angus, Lake Benton, will be utilized in cattle evaluation classes. Speakers representing the University of Minnesota (including Dr. Cliff Lamb), a variety of cattle industry organizations and agribusiness will address those in attendance. Topics to be addressed during Round-Up include: "Job Opportunities in Agriculture" presented by Bryan Gill; "Perspectives on Agribusiness" presented by Gary Sonstegard and TB Testing and Evaluation. National JRA contests held during Round-Up include: Stockman's Quiz and Equipment Identification; Team Sales, Informed Speech, Print Advertising, Scrapbook Competition, Cattle Evaluation, Barnyard Olympics and Quiz Bowl -- all of which lead up to the coveted "Best All-Around Individual" award.
Special "junior" guests attending Round-Up include members of the Canadian Junior Angus board of directors. The JRA and the Canadian Junior Angus Association cooperate with the American/Canadian Exchange program in which members of each organization attend the summer junior event sponsored by the respective organization. New officer training (a day of intensive leadership and team building training) for juniors elected to serve on the National Junior Red Angus Board during Round-Up will be held on July 2.
Deadline for Round-Up registration is May 1. To register for Round-Up or for more information about the National Junior Red Angus Association of America, see the website at www.redangus.org or contact Dawn Bernhard, Junior Programs Coordinator, Red Angus Association of America, 2003 190th St., Algona, IA, 50511, firstname.lastname@example.org.