April 26, 2017
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Joshua Birge Earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards
Joshua Birge, Graceville, Fla., 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 son of Scott and Rhonda Birge attends Cottondale High School and is a member of the NJAA, the Florida Junior Angus Association, where he has served as chaplain, and the Alabama Junior Angus Asscoiation, where he serves as south eastern director.
He has participated in local, state, regional and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Joshua participated in quiz bowl, livestock judging and team fitting contests. He also participated in the mentoring program in 2016.
He has submitted Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®).
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.