ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Jonwyn Ayres, Rogue River, Ore., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Jaclyn Upperman, education and events director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Ayres is the 18-year-old daughter of Cara and Tom Ayres and attends Rogue River Jr./Sr. High School. She is a member of the NJAA, Montana Junior Angus Association, where she served as royalty, the Oregon Junior Angus Association, where she has served as vice president, treasurer and royalty, and the Western States Angus Association, where she served as royalty.
She has participated in local, state, regional and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Ayres participated in the public speaking, career development, extemporaneous speaking, graphic design, team fitting, team sales, livestock judging contests and the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off. She also participated in the 2020 Camp Angus conference.
She has also submitted weight data to the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®) and consigned cattle to the California Angus Days sale.
The Bronze and Silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle.
The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for the nearly 4,500 active members nationwide.
— Lea Ann Maudlin, Angus Communications
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