March 6, 2018


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Trista Bates Earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards

Trista Bates, Manhattan, Mont., 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.

The 17-year-old daughter of Dan and Amber Bates is homeschooled through Penn Foster High School PA and is a member of the NJAA and the Montana, Washington, and Oregon Junior Angus Associations. In 2015 she served as a director for the Montana Angus Association.

She has participated in regional and national shows. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Trista participated in the mentoring program in 2010.  

She has consigned cattle in the National Western Stock Show Bull Sale and the South Montana Angus Bull 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 6,000 active members nationwide.