ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Blake Long, Big Cabin, Okla., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze award, according to Jaclyn Upperman, education and events director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Long is the 18-year-old son of Johnna Long and attends Adiar High School. He is a member of the NJAA, and the Oklahoma Junior Angus Association.
He has participated in local and national shows. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Long participated in the mentoring program in 2009. He was also a participant in the Raising the Bar conference in 2019.
The Bronze award is the first level of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the award, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honor. 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.
–Amber Wahlgren, Angus Communications
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