The National Junior Red Angus Association of America (JRA) will host the 17th annual Junior Round-Up June 26 through July 1, 2007, in Colorado and Wyoming. Round-Up is an annual event held at a different location across the country each year. 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 touring “Wyoming-Cowboy Style” as they convene in Denver, Colo., but travel through the state as they head north into Wyoming during the five day conference. Hosts of the event are various Red Angus breeders from Colorado and Wyoming. Highlights of the week will include tours at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, - Animal Science and Meat Science departments and facilities; tours of JAFDIP Ranch, Douglas, Wyo.; Buffalo Creek Red Angus, Leiter, Wyo.; Beckton Stock Farm (the founding Red Angus herd in the United States), Sheridan, Wyo.; von Forell Ranch, Wheatland, Wyo.; Ocho Vaca Cattle Company, Nunn, Colo. In addition, speakers addressing the group during the week will include: Colorado State faculty members Dr. Tom Field and Dr. Temple Grandin; Mrs. Sal, Spike and Cam Forbes, Beckton Stock Farm; Jack and Gini Chase, Buffalo Creek; Mary and Hardy von Forell, von Forell Ranch; Mr. Bill Blyth, Pfizer Animal Health; and Dr. Jerry Woodruff, Ft. Dodge Animal Health. Dr. Woodruff will conduct an Injection Site Lesion demonstration; Mr. Blyth will address CIDR's and cattle health issues including BVD. National JRA contests held during Round-Up include: Stockman's Quiz and Equipment Identification; Team Sales, Informed Speech, Print Advertising, Scrapbook Competition, Poster Contest, Cattle Evaluation, Ranch Rodeo and Quiz Bowl – all of which lead up to the coveted “Best All-Around Individual” award. The week's activities will wind down with a white water rafting trip down the Poudre River.
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 for juniors elected to serve on the JRA Board during Round-Up will be held on July 1, with Ms. Barb Wilkinson, National Cattlemen's Beef Association as the presenter/trainer.
For information about the National Junior Red Angus Association of America or Round-Up, 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.