Red Angus Juniors Enjoy Action-Packed Summer

Posted August 2, 2018

Denver – Junior Red Angus Association of America members have been busy the past several weeks with leadership activities all over the Midwest. Round-Up, the annual JRA summer event, was held July 18-22, 2018, in Rogers, Arkansas. Round-Up is dedicated to providing industry knowledge, leadership skills, networking opportunities and educational tours to JRA members to prepare them for a future in the beef business. Additionally, there are competitive events, JRA board elections and stockmanship workshops to provide JRA members with ample opportunities to build their vault of applicable life skills.

During Round-Up, members visited a variety of regional businesses such as the Tyson Discovery Center, Sonstegard Foods, the University of Arkansas Fruit Research Station and Subiaco Abbey. Additionally, JRA members visited several agricultural operations including beef, poultry and peach farms where they acquired valuable information about diversified livestock and agricultural production.

A new JRA Board of Directors was elected during the week in Arkansas. Six new leaders will carve a path for the JRA in 2018-2019. Those individuals are:

  • Madison Adams
  • Shaye Koester
  • Kaitlyn Templeton
  • Genna VanWye
  • Carson Ballinger
  • Brock Fitgerald

These young Red Angus enthusiasts will work closely with Red Angus staff and stakeholders to provide leadership and learning opportunities for junior members from across the U.S. in the coming year. Plans are already underway for junior involvement at the National Red Angus Convention in Watertown, South Dakota, the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans, Louisiana, the National Red Angus Show in Fort Worth, Texas, and many more events to come.

The 13th annual North American Junior Red Angus Event was held in Hutchinson, Kansas, June 17-23, 2018. More than 200 Junior Red Angus members and their families flooded the halls and arenas of the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Events for the week included a public speaking contest, livestock judging contest, queen and princess selection, herdsman contest, and fitting clinic, in addition to performance classes and showmanship.

Revered honors for the week were as follows

  • Grand Champion Owned Female – Sydney Zehnder
  • Reserve Champion Owned Female – Gabryelle Gilliam
  • Grand Champion Bred & Owned Female – Tucker Bayer
  • Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Female – Jacob Bell
  • Grand Champion Bred & Owned Bull – Andrew Meier
  • Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Bull – Zane Lodoen
  • Grand Champion Steer – Tucker Bayer
  • Reserve Champion Steer – Brett Sartin
  • Grand Champion Percentage Heifer – Barrett Allen
  • Reserve Champion Percentage Heifer – Brett Pembrook
  • Grand Champion Futurity Heifer – Morley Griffith
  • Reserve Champion Futurity Heifer – Alyssa Deporter
  • Dan Johnson Memorial Award – Madison Adams
  • Legacy Heifer Recipient – Brett Sartin

Additionally, more than $5,000 in scholarships was awarded to Junior Red Angus members who exhibited exemplary leadership qualities.

The 2019 NAJRAE event will take place June 16-22, 2019, in Grand Island, Nebraska. Interested parties can visit or call Cheryl Johnson at (712) 490-2956.

For more information on the Junior Red Angus Association of America and how youth can get involved in the Red Angus breed, visit or call Kim Heller, Junior Programs Coordinator, at (515) 851-2019.

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August 1, 2018

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Round-Up group photo
Junior Red Angus Association of America members at Tyson Discovery Center during Round-Up in Rogers, Arkansas, July, 20, 2018.