March 24, 2017




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Angus Juniors ‘Raise the Bar’ in Louisiana
Leadership event in Baton Rouge, La., brings together 21 junior Angus leaders

Angus juniors have the opportunity to travel the country with the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and learn from knowledgeable experts in the beef cattle business. Most recently, NJAA members met March 2-5 in Baton Rouge, La., to participate in a Raising the Bar conference.

“Louisiana was a fantastic backdrop for Angus juniors to experience something new, build their leadership skills and meet new friends from across the country,” says Jaclyn Clark, American Angus Association director of events and education. “Raising the Bar conferences offer NJAA members the chance to travel, learn more about agriculture and become more involved in the Angus breed.”

The conference hosted 21 Angus junior leaders from 12 state junior Angus associations. Participants toured the Louisiana State University (LSU) campus, heard from industry experts, took part in leadership-training workshops and spent an evening watching a movie.

The group also made stops at these three Angus operations: Continental Genetics, 12 Star Ranch and K Bar Ranch. Raising the Bar participants were able to experience Cajun culture and what it’s like raising Angus cattle in the southern state.

While at LSU, juniors were able to tour the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agriculture and a campus tour. Henry Hebert, manager of recruitment, helped to organize the tours and share a little glimpse into LSU academics. The juniors ended the campus trip with a tasty ice-cream treat at the LSU Dairy Store.

“Our special thanks to those who made this event possible and helped offer a top-notch educational experience for our juniors,” Clark says.

Now in its tenth year, Raising the Bar conferences continue to foster the development of Angus youth by hosting events in two regions across the country. The NJAA, with sponsorship from the Angus Foundation, has conducted Raising the Bar conferences in cities such as Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; Athens, Ga.; Fayetteville, Ark.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. To learn more about how to participate in an upcoming Raising the Bar conference, visit

A complete list of Louisiana’s Raising the Bar participants follows.


About the NJAA

The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for more than 5,000 active members nationwide.


Written by Jena McRell, Angus Media.


ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving nearly 25,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit



Raising the Bar – Louisiana

March 2-5, 2017



Macy Perry



Greyson Fernandez



Maddi Butler



Tim Mardesen



Katelyn Corsentino

Morgan Fruge

Lily Gisclair

Andrew Graves

Kara LeBeouf

Lani LeBeouf

Olivia Shepherd

Daniel Triche



Rylie Melancon



Reagan Skow


North Carolina

Madison Boyd



Lydia Dance



Madison Cox

Hayley DeHaan



Gracie Smith

Derek Wolf



Gordon Clark