Programs & Events

In the tradition of our breed founders, we're building leaders based on performance!

The Junior Red Angus Association (JRA) is focused on building breed and industry leaders by developing programs that offer members opportunities to strengthen their knowledge of beef cattle and improve their individual breeding programs, while developing necessary life skills such as team work, self-confidence, and communication ability.

Leadership Roles

Equipping and preparing all JRA stakeholders to be leaders, innovators, stewards and advocates for the Red Angus breed, the beef industry and agriculture. Applications for the Junior Red Angus Board of Directors are now open, and will close May 17, 2024. 

2024-2025 Candidate Handbook

JRA Board application

July 15 -19, 2024 – New York

Build friendships, industry knowledge and communication skills during JRA’s summer event that combines cattle tours, educational programs and fun! Compete in a variety of contests to build your leadership and stockman skills. This is a great chance to meet breeders from throughout the country, as well as travel!

The registration fee includes everything on the schedule including meals and lodging. You are responsible for your roundtrip travel to and from Buffalo, New York. For flights, use Buffalo Niagra International Airport (BUF).

Late Registration Deadline - May 17 - $375
For more questions contact Junior Coordinator, Taylor Dorsey, at

Are you a college student? Are you looking for opportunities to elevate your skills to excel in interviews, internships and your career? Join us for the inaugural Elevate Collegiate Leadership Conference, held in conjunction with the National Red Angus Convention. Scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14 to Friday, Sept. 15 in Denver, Colorado, the Elevate conference will be an engaging and impactful professional development experience that hones your ability to excel in a professional environment. Participants will explore strengths-based development to recognize their potential personally and in teams. They’ll also get hands-on training (and practice) in skills that will be essential for succeeding in college and their career. Space is limited.

The registration fee of $200 covers the participant’s conference registration and meals. Lodging is not included; however, we can assist participants with identifying participants to share a room. For questions, please contact Kim Heller at (515) 851-2019 or

Facilitator: Laila Down

While a native of Oklahoma, Laila has called Iowa home for more than a decade.  Laila has spoken to well over 150,000 people in more than 45 states and across the globe. Laila served as the 2006-2007 Oklahoma FFA state secretary and a 2008-2009 National FFA vice president. Laila worked for Syngenta after graduating Texas Tech University with a degree in agricultural education. She managed a multimillion-dollar sales territory for Syngenta. After Syngenta, she had the honor of teaching high school agricultural education in downtown Des Moines at Central Campus High School. While she is a Red Raider through and through, she earned a master’s degree from Iowa State University in agricultural education where she served as a teaching and research assistant. She’s owned and operated Point One Development since 2016. Laila lives in Johnston, Iowa, with her husband, Kevin (an Odebolt, Iowa, native); three young daughters Audrie, Ella and Gentrie; and their son, Jackson.

To register, click here and select "Elevate Collegiate Leadership Conference." 


The Young Stockman Program is designed to provide juniors with hands-on experience related to beef production. Gleaning insights, guidance and advice from university faculty, industry professionals, and cattle producers. This year, the skills learned at the Young Stockman Program will be incorporated into the 2024 Red Angus Youth Expo. For questions, contact Taylor Dorsey at 970-397-0356 or

Stay tuned for information regarding the 2024 Young Stockman Program!

National Junior Red Angus Show


Save the date for the Inaugural Red Angus Youth Expo to be held June 9-14, 2024 in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

The event, hosted by the Red Angus Association of America, will provide opportunities for youth and their families to engage in education, competitions and Junior Red Angus national heifer, steer and bull shows.

To volunteer to help with the expo or to donate for this prestigious youth event, contact

RAYE Sponsorship Opportunities

When you team up with us, you’re backing kids, education and a family-fun Red Angus event. The 2024 Red Angus Youth Expo (RAYE) partnership packages range from $500-$7,500 and beyond. These special packages may be customized to fit your company and farm or ranch. The inaugural RAYE prides itself in giving our corporate partners and breeders the most when it comes to promoting your brand to the Junior Red Angus Association and Red Angus Association of America members and their families, as well as all of our Red Angus enthusiasts that will join us for this inaugural event. 
Link to sponsorship packet:

RAYE Internship Opportunities

The Red Angus Youth Expo offers two internship opportunities: the RAYE show internship and the RAYE media internship. All college students are eligible to apply for this opportunity. Interns will assist staff during an approximately two-week long internship. Interns will arrive at the show site before the RAYE and will work through the duration of the event, including the wrap-up.

The application process for the 2024 Red Angus Youth Expo internships are now closed. Check back early in 2025 for the next opportunity to be a Red Angus Youth Expo intern. Email related questions to

Explore the beef industry in Canada

The JRA and the Canadian Junior Angus Association work together to have an "exchange" between juniors to attend the CJAA GOAL conference and the JRA Round-Up.

If you are interested in applying for "sponsorship" from the JRA to attend, please read the following requirements and send in application if you are eligible.

The GOAL conference is held over President's Day weekend and focuses on leadership and industry development.  


  1. Must be a current, active member of the JRA
  2. Must be at least 18 years of age or travel with a parent
  3. Must have attended a minimum of two Round-Ups
  4. A passport is required for international travel.

Selection will be based on JRA involvement on the national level.

Eligible JRA members must submit a completed application by Nov. 1 via e-mail to the Junior Programs Coordinator at

Link to GOAL application



Scholarship Opportunities


The Red Angus Association of America is pleased to award a minimum of five $1000 college scholarships through the support of the Red Angus Foundation, Inc.

The following criteria will be used to determine eligibility:

  1. Applicant must be a current JRA member in good standing with the RAAA at the time of application.
  2. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or a current college freshman with definite plans to enroll in post-secondary education in the fall of the application year.
  3. Complete applications must be submitted by February 15 of the application year.  Applications will only be accepted via the online portal.
  4. Scholarship awards are not limited to one year, last year’s recipients may submit a scholarship application for the current year.

The online Application requires following elements submitted via the online portal:

  • Resume
  • Current Transcript
  • Head and Shoulders Photograph
  • Three Letters of Reference (must meet the February 15 deadline)

JRA members must register online at Once registered with the site, the application contains several short answer questions.  You can access the application to review the questions prior to completing and submitting the application for scholarship consideration.

If you have questions about the scholarship process, please contact JRA Activities coordinator at

JRA Scholarship Online Application 


Troy and Annette Presser, Presser Red Angus, Turtle Lake, N.D., have established the Heather Presser Memorial Scholarships in loving memory of their daughter, Heather. Heather was taken from her family in an ATV accident in 2012.

The scholarships will assist JRA members’ participation in national Junior Red Angus Association (JRA) leadership events throughout the year. Selected JRA members may use the scholarships to defray registration and travel expenses to major JRA leadership events – Elevate, Young Stockman Program and Round-Up. Scholarship application is open to any JRA member.

JRA members must complete and submit the application by the respective event’s registration deadline. The application can be found on the event registration website. 

Available scholarships:

  • Young Stockman Program – $500
  • Elevate –  $500
  • Round-Up – $500

Junior Red Angus Member Round-Up Scholarship

Two $200 scholarships are available to assist JRA members' participation Round-Up. The application can be found on the event registration website. The application is due May 1. 

Beef Industry Education Scholarship Program
In an effort to prepare JRA members to be leaders, innovators, stewards and advocates for the Red Angus breed, the beef industry and agriculture, the Beef Industry Education Scholarship Program provides financial support for members to participate in industry activities and events that will impact the member’s success in the industry.
Scholarship applications are accepted each quarter for review. Scholarships of up to $200 each will be awarded to support the member’s registration and participation in the educational experience.
Scholarship recipients are required to:
  • Review the supplied Red Angus breed promotion packet to accurately promote the Red Angus breed when appropriate throughout the educational experience.
  • Submit an article for publication, 5-10 photos, and at least two quotes reviewing the educational experience within 15 days of the experience. These items will be used in a variety of Red Angus Association media outlets (e.g. Red Angus Magazine, website, Facebook, Instagram, etc.).
Examples of Beef Industry Education Programs:
  • North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s Tomorrow’s Top Hands Beef Leadership Summit
  • Texas Cattle Feeders Association’s Junior Fed Beef Career & Leadership Program
  • New Mexico’s Youth Ranch Management Camp
  • Iowa 4-H’s Animal Science Round Up
  • Texas A&M’s Beef Short Course Youth Track
  • Artificial Insemination Certification Course

Beef Industry Education Scholarship Application


This scholarship is available to facilitate the involvement of youth interested in commerical beef production.

A private fund has been established to provide one, fully paid sponsorship for a young Red Angus enthusiast to attend Round-Up. This award will provide full registration expense to Round-Up as well as travel to Round-Up for the recipient.

The founders of this award have two primary areas of intent:

  1. Provide means for a young person with financial limitations to attend Round-Up
  2. Encourage involvement of commercial operation-based young people with Round-Up and Red Angus junior programs

This funding for this scholarship is not intended for juniors already members of the JRA but for a young person with interest in Red Angus and the beef industry from a commercial background and one who would not be able to attend Round-Up due to expense. We are looking for young people who are motivated by the cattle industry and may benefit from attending Round-Up. Potential nominees may include children or grandchildren of your customers and bull buyers, farm- or ranch-oriented youth who don’t participate in JRA because they do not have registered cattle, young people who are buying bulls, or perhaps heifers, for use in a crossbreeding program.

RAAA and JRA members may suggest potential candidates by contacting the Junior Coordinator at or can share the scholarship information directly. The applications are due May 1 and can be found on the Round-Up registration website.  

The award founders will select the individual recipient.

Internship Opportunities

Utilize this JRA program to gain valuable farm/ranch experience during the summer; fall or spring semester. This program assists junior members in locating an internship with Red Angus breeders and industry partners across the country. Whether you are searching for an internship to fulfill a college requirement or simply want a summer job that helps build new skills, offers new experiences and a chance to work in a different part of the country –utilize the Intern Placement Program.

Three easy steps to using the Intern Placement Program:

  1. Review the list of breeders and industry partners who are interested in hosting an intern.
  2. Directly contact any operations on the potential intern hosts list in which you have an interest in working as an intern. Phone and/or personal interviews are encouraged; discussions on compensation, housing, transportation, insurance, expectations from each party, date of beginning and ending internship, days off etc. are between the employer and employee. JRA or RAAA has no role in negotiating actual work experience details.
  3. Provide any information requested by the potential host.

Some Red Angus breeders have expressed their preference to host interns during the fall or spring to provide the best learning environment with a wider variety of opportunities on an operation. So, even if you are not seeking an internship for college, you may consider taking time in the fall or spring to become involved in an internship.

For more information, contact RAAA Junior Programs Coordinator.


Potential Intern Hosts

Red Angus Operations

Bieber Red Angus Ranch, Craig Bieber
11450 353rd Ave • Leola SD 57456
605-439-3628 •

Gill Red Angus, Bryan Gill
HC 64 Box 146
Timber Lake, SD 57656-9801

Greystone Cattle Company, Stuart and Kaye Gilbert
1153 Violet Avenue
Stockport, Iowa 52651

Kniebel Cattle Co., Mary Ann and Kevin Kniebel
428 S. 2600 Road
White City, KS 66872

R.A. Brown Ranch, Donnell & Kelli Brown
PO Box 727
Throckmorton, TX 76483
940-849-0611 • 940-256-1406 •

Red Hill Farms, Sarah and Bart Jones
466 Red Hill Road
Lafayette, TN  37083
615-666-3098 •

Strawberry Ridge Reds, Jim Frazier, Manager
101 Elbow Creek
Livingston, MT  59047

Ole Farms, Travis Olson
PO Box 420
Athabasca, Alberta  T9S 2A4

Industry Businesses

Genex Hawkeye West, Ryan Thorson, Manager
3800 Duck Creek Road
Billings, MT  59101

Midland Bull Test, Steve & Lindsay Williams • Leo & Sam McDonnell, Jr.
5 Bull Drive
Columbus, MT 59019
Phones: 406-322-5597 • 406-322-9044
Fax: 406-322-5210
Text Steve: 406-321-704

Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, Kim Rounds, Beef Program Manager
28625 US Hwy 34
Kersey, CO 80644
(970) 670-0973
Red Angus Association of America
Commercial Marketing Summer Internship
Contact Kelly Smith,
Communications Summer Internship
Contact Lisa Bryant,

Please check back often as this list will change and grow frequently.

State and Regional Events

Reap the benefits of membership on the state or regional level. Get involved to gain industry skills and to build your network. Contact your state association for more information.

Get in touch with our Junior Programs Coordinator to learn about events: 

Taylor Dorsey

You can also search for Junior Red Angus advisors by region: