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ANGUS ENTHUSIASTS WILL EXPERIENCE THE AMERICAN DREAM AT 2007 NATIONAL JUNIOR ANGUS SHOW

Angus youth should plan now for the 2007 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-7 in Tulsa, Okla. The Oklahoma and Arkansas Angus and Junior Associations will host “The American Dream.” The week long event features the largest single-breed beef cattle show in the world, with more than 1,000 head of cattle exhibited by youth ages 9-21 years old—all members of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA).

Youth will compete for top prizes in several divisions within the cattle show including bred-and-owned heifers, bulls and cow-calf pairs and owned heifers, cow-calf pairs and steers. The opportunity to enter steers in a carcass division also exists.

Judges for the cattle show include Joel Cowley, Houston, Texas, who will evaluate the owned heifers. Brad McCurry, Mount Hope, Kan., will judge the bred-and-owned heifers, bulls and cow-calf pairs, and Randy Perry, Prather, Calif., will evaluate the steers.

In addition to the cattle show, numerous educational competitions take place during the week. Contests allow the youth to showcase their skills outside of the show ring, and include prepared and extemporaneous public speaking, a quiz bowl, team sales, team fitting, livestock judging, photography, posters, creative writing, and graphic design. Another feature of the week is the American Angus Auxiliary-sponsored All American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-off.

This year marks the 41st Annual National Junior Angus Showmanship contest. Limited to two youth from each state per year, a young person may only compete once in this prestigious event. Showmanship judges include Ryan Cotton, Clarksville, Ga.; Cody Sankey, Lansing, Mich.; and Tammy Wallace, Stotts City, Mo.

Beside the cattle shows and competitions, a fitting and clipping clinic will be conducted. As well, six members will be elected to the NJAA board of directors at the annual meeting during the week.

Exhibitors and contestants at the NJAS must be NJAA members and be nine years old, but not yet 21, by January 1, 2007, to compete in the activities. The ownership and entry deadline is May 15, which is earlier than in past years. No late entries are accepted.

For more information about the 2007 NJAS or junior Angus programs, log onto www.njas.info, www.njaa.info or contact the junior activities department at 816-383-5100.

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