March 9, 2017


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Kelby Burks Earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards

Kelby Burks, Park City, Ky., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Jaclyn Clark, education and events director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The 17-year-old daughter of Eddie and Debbie Burks attends Barren County High School and is a member of the NJAA and the Kentucky Angus Association, where she has served as director, reporter and royalty.

She has participated in local, state, regional and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Kelby participated in the quiz bowl contest and the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off. She also participated in the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development conferences in 2013 and 2014.

She has submitted weight data to the American Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®) and consigned cattle at the Kentucky Angus Sweepstakes Sale, March Madness Bull Sale, and Great Meadows Angus 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.