The Junior Red Angus Association of America (JRA) recently held its 15th annual Junior Round-Up, June 26-July 1. The summer event began in Denver, Colorado, and traveled through northern Colorado and Wyoming during the 5 days of contests, educational and leadership training. Round-Up is an annual event held at rotating locations across the country. It is designed to build public speaking skills 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's theme was Wyoming-Cowboy Style. Accelerated Genetics, Baraboo, Wis., sponsored Round-Up shirts; Mendoza Red Angus, Valley Springs, Calif., sponsored Red Angus padholders with pens; Cedar Hill Farm, Dan and Alicia Stickel, Jane Lew, W.V., sponsored drawstring backpacks as welcome bags for all in attendance. Red Angus junior members traveled from 18 states and Canada to attend Round-Up and experience the hospitality and generosity of Red Angus breeders and ranch hosts. The JRA Board, Larry Croissant, Briggsdale, Colo. and Brent Johnson, Nunn, Colo., were instrumental in the planning and organizing of this year's Round-Up. The five-day event was packed with Red Angus ranch tours, learning experiences, and meeting new friends. Highlights of Round-Up included: the Colorado State University ARDEC Farm, Ft. Collins; the Coors Brewery, Golden, Colo.; JAFDIP Ranch, Douglas, Wyo.; Buffalo Creek Red Angus, Leiter, Wyo.; Beckton Stock Farm, Sheridan, Wyo.; von Forell Red Angus, Wheatland, Wyo.; and white water rafting down the Cache Le Poudre River near Ft. Collins, Colo. Speakers who addressed the Round-Up group during the week included: Larry Croissant; Dr. Tom Field, CSU; John Maday, Associate Editor, Drovers Journal; Bill Blythe, Senior Territory Manager, Pfizer Animal Health; Gini and Jack Chase, Buffalo Creek Red Angus; Spike and Cam Forbes, Beckton Stock Farm; Mary and Hardy von Forell, Von Forell Red Angus. National contests conducted during Round-Up were: Stockman's Quiz and Equipment Identification, Team Sales, Print Advertising, Beef Quiz Bowl, Barnyard Olympics, Cattle Evaluation, Scrapbook, Poster, and Informed Speech. These contests allow junior members to learn about the beef industry in an interesting way as well as test their knowledge of the beef industry and the Red Angus breed. The busy week ended on the Ocho Vaca Ranch, Nunn, Colo., with the annual Chinese Auction and Awards Presentation.
Newly elected officers for the National Junior Red Angus Board of Directors joined returning board members for New Officer Training on the last day of Round-Up. The 2007-2008 JRA Board members are: President Amber Boyles, Kernersville, N.C.; First Vice President Marianne Mendoza, Valley Springs, Calif.; Second Vice President Megan Johnson, Nunn, Colo.; Public Relations Director Laura Mushrush, Strong City, Kansas; Fund Raising Director Kristine Weidenbach, Highmore, S.D.; Leadership Director Nathan Nelson, Starbuck, Minn. Ms Barb Wilkinson, Executive Director of Federation Relations & State Services for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Centennial, Colorado, served as the trainer for the JRA Board New Officer Training.
Round-Up 2008 will be hosted in Tennessee and stops will include: Tennessee Tech University, University of Tennessee School of Vet Med, Red Hill Farms, Mont-Vue Farms, Hickory Hill Red Angus, Atkinson Red Angus, Rocky Hill Farm, Swan Creek Red Angus and a canoe trip down the Duck River.
For more information about the JRA you can contact Dawn Bernhard, Junior Programs Coordinator at (515) 679-4006 or by mail at 2003 190th St., Algona, IA 50511 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.