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AWARDS

Top Hand Award
At the end of the week, the JRA board of directors will vote for the participant that best exhibited the ideals of a JRA member. This participant strives to make sure all members get the most out of the Round-Up experience. The award will be recognized at Saturday’s banquet.
 
The Top Hand should display the following traits:
· Sportsmanship
· Teamwork
· Red Angus Spirit
· Positive Attitude
· Cooperation
· Adherence to Round-Up Rules
 
High Point Individual
Participation and placement in each of the four national contests contribute to the calculation for the High Point Junior & Senior individual at Round-Up. Placings in each contest will be awarded as follows and the high score in the Junior division and the Senior division will be calculated.

High Point Individual
1st place = 6 pts
2nd place = 5 pts
3rd place - 4 pts
4th place = 3 pts
5th place = 2 pts
Participation in the contest = 1 pt

Champion Team
Each participant will be assigned to a Round-Up team that will be coached by one of the six JRA board members. The teams are designed to develop team skills as well as enhance the personal experience of every Round-Up participant through mentoring and peer relationships.

The teams will compete in various competitions and activities throughout the week, most of which participants can earn points for their team. The team with the most points will earn the “Champion Team” title that will be awarded at Saturday’s banquet.

Rules for all competitions:

1. Points will be awarded according to the Team Point System sheet that will be distributed during the Round-Up kickoff session.
2. Ties will be broken when feasible. If a tie cannot be broken, then the tying teams each receive the points for the place that they made.
3. Unsportsmanlike conduct will be given a warning by the Junior Program Director. Each instance thereafter will result in a one-point deduction from the team’s total points. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to: (a) use of profanity and (b) disrespect toward other participants or chaperones.
 
JRA Board members are not eligible for the Top Hand or High Point awards.

National Contests
Competitive events on the national level are an opportunity for JRA members to develop knowledge and skills as both a leader and a stockman.
Participants must be JRA members in good standing.
● Junior Division – 15 years and younger; age based on July 1 of the previous year.
● Senior Division – 16 years and older; age based on July 1 of the previous year.


Red Angus Promotions


This contest is designed to showcase the creative and technical skills of JRA members in developing Red Angus promotion materials.
Objective: Develop a promotional piece to be utilized to promote or market the Red Angus breed, organization, industry or individual herd.
Career Skills Targeted: creativity, organization, design, formal writing, and message development
Junior and Senior Division Winners will be awarded at Round-Up; participants need not be present to win.

Judging Criteria:
All entries will be judged based on the contest assignment published in the Round Up registration materials.

  • 30% Clarity of what is being promoted
  • 25% Neatness and organization
  • 30% Originality of design
  • 10% Cover letter content and organization
  • 5% Spelling and grammar

Rules:

1. Entries in the Red Angus Promotions contest must be created by the JRA member submitting the promotional piece.
2. The piece must be created using computer technology. 
3. The piece must meet the specifications of the contest assignment.

Contest Entry:

1. Cover Letter (including project summary, target audience of promotional piece, intended use of the piece, and skills learned) The letter should follow APA guidelines.
2. Promotional Piece The piece must meet the specifications of the contest assignment.
3. Entries must be received electronically by June 15th, 11:59 p.m. Central Time or be postmarked by June 15th. Entries submitted electronically should be submitted as a pdf file.
4. Submit to:

Kimberly Heller
Red Angus Association of America
2254 280th Street
Clarion, IA 50525
juniors@redangus.org
 

Agricultural Advocacy


This Round-Up contest is designed to develop the message development and delivery skills of JRA members in promoting the agricultural industry.
Objective: Develop and deliver key messages positively promoting the agricultural industry.
Career Skills Targeted: research, message development, oral and written communication
Junior and Senior Division Winners will be awarded at Round-Up.

Judging Criteria:
Participants will earn a total score combining the three individual elements. Each individual element score consists of 30% accuracy of content, 30% clarity of message, 20% appeal to target audience, and 20% organization and delivery.

  • 30 Pts. Media Interview
  • 30 Pts. Prepared Message
  • 30 Pts. Extemporaneous Message
  • 10 Pts. Spelling and Grammar

Rules:

1. Topic for 2018: TBD
2. Oral Media Interview:

  • a. Each participant will engage in a two-minute radio interview with a reporter.
  • b. No reference materials are allowed in the interview.

3. Prepared Message:

  • a. Each participant will bring to Round-Up a prepared oral message. The message must be the original work of the JRA member.
  • b. The topic of the prepared message is TBD.
  • c. Participants will present a three to five-minute speech addressing a local group of cattle producers.

4. Extemporaneous Message:

  • a. Participants may bring into the contest, 1 one-inch, three-ring binder of reference materials to be utilized in preparing their message.
  • b. The topic of the extemporaneous message is TBD.
  • c. Participants will be given 20 minutes to compose (hand written) a mock business letter in response to a scenario presented at the competition.

Contest Entry:

1. Entry is open and encouraged to every Round-Up participant.

Meat Animal Evaluation


This Round-Up contest is designed to develop stockman skills in breeding and market cattle evaluation as well as product knowledge.
Objective: Develop skills in breeding and market cattle evaluation including product knowledge.
Career Skills Targeted: live evaluation of breeding and market cattle, quality and yield grade estimation and calculation, and retail cut identification
Junior and Senior Division Winners will be awarded at Round-Up.

Judging Criteria:

  • 50 Pts. Live Evaluation
  • 50 Pts. Carcass Evaluation
  • 20 Pts. Retail Cut Identification

Rules:

1. Based on the available livestock, the Live Evaluation could consist of a combination of any of the following classes: breeding cattle ranking, breeding cattle keep/cull, market cattle ranking, and market cattle grading.
2. Based on available product, the Carcass Evaluation could consist of a combination of any of the following classes: quality grading, yield grading, and carcass ranking.
3. The Retail Cut Identification will consist of wholesale and/or retail cuts for the participant to correctly identify.

Contest Entry:
Entry is open and encouraged to every Round-Up participant.

Stockman’s Knowledge

This Round-Up contest is designed to develop Red Angus stockman knowledge and skills through questions and equipment handling.
Objective: Develop Red Angus stockman knowledge and skill.
Career Skills Targeted: research, equipment handling

Junior and Senior Division Winners will be awarded at Round-Up.

Judging Criteria:

  • 45 Pts. Written exam of beef industry and Red Angus knowledge
  • 40 Pts. Equipment identification and/or feed identification
  • 15 Pts. Equipment usage demonstration

Rules:

1. No resource materials are allowed in the contest area.
2. The written exam will consist of 45 questions relative to the beef industry and the Red Angus breed. Questions may relate to any segments of the cattle industry including knowledge of the Red Angus sire summary, Red Angus breed history and the Red Angus Association of America staff, board of directors and departments. General beef industry, beef breeds, nutrition, management, anatomy and reproduction may also be included.
3. Ten pieces of equipment and/or feedstuffs used in the cattle industry will be presented for participants to identify by name and purpose. Items will encompass many areas of the beef industry including veterinary supplies and various items used in feedlot cattle processing, calving, fencing, and haying. The items will be selected from a list made available by May 1st.
4. The judges will select 3 of the pieces of equipment which all participants will demonstrate the proper usage to a judge.

Contest Entry:
1. Entry is open and encouraged to every Round-Up participant.