Red Angus junior members from across the United States will be “Blazing the Red Angus Trail in Oregon” at the Junior Round-Up held June 25 through July 1, 2010. The Junior Red Angus Association of America (JRA) will host its 20th annual Junior Round-Up, an annual event rotated around the country each year.

The Round-Up is designed to build public speaking and leadership skills while informing attendees about the Red Angus breed as well as the beef industry. The JRA will conduct its annual business meeting, board meeting, committee meetings and officer elections during Round-Up, as well as host a variety of national contests.

This year, Red Angus juniors will convene in Portland, Ore., and tour the state via deluxe motor coach during the five-day conference. Oregon Red Angus breeders and beef industry enterprises will host the entourage of juniors.

Highlights of the week will include tours at Beef Northwest, Boardman, Ore.; Lorenzen Red Angus, Pendelton, Ore.; and 6R Red Angus, Redmond, Ore. In addition to the tour stops, attendees will listen to presentations from faculty and staff members from Oregon State University School of Veterinary Medicine and a variety of breeders and industry representatives.

Round-Up participants will compete in national JRA contests including Stockman's Quiz and Equipment Identification, Team Sales, Print Advertising, Scrapbook, Poster, 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 include an afternoon at a Pacific coast beach, behind the scenes tour of a wildlife park and tours of an Oregon lumber yard.

The Canadian Junior Angus (CJA) board of directors will be special guests on the Round-Up. The JRA and the CJA cooperate with the American/Canadian Exchange program in which members of each organization attend the summer junior event sponsored by the respective organization. On July 1, juniors elected to serve on the National Junior Red Angus Board will participate in officer training – a day of intensive leadership and team-building training.

The deadline to register for the “Blazing the Red Angus Trail Through Oregon” Round-Up is May 1. The cost is $300 per JRA member and $400 per adult/chaperone. There is a $25 discount per junior member in an immediate family. The application is available online at redangus.org.

For additional information about the national Junior Red Angus Association of America or Round-Up, contact Dawn Bernhard, junior programs coordinator, Red Angus Association of America, (515) 679-4006, [email protected]

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