July 24, 2017
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Dedicated to Herdsmanship
Kentucky’s Cheyenne Jones named Junior Herdsman of the Year during the 2017 National Junior Angus Show.
Angus juniors from across the nation spent countless hours getting cattle ready to show at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). A successful herdsman displays dedication, an eye for detail and the ability to encourage fellow breeders in and out of the showring.
During the recent NJAS, National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) member Cheyenne Jones of Campbellsville, Ky., was named the 2017 Junior Herdsman of the Year. An honor voted on by her peers, Jones was selected for her commitment to the Angus breed and the NJAA.
“We’ve always lived on purebred ranches because that’s what both of my parents do,” Jones said. “I’ve basically been around cattle my whole life.”
Since she was born, Jones has attended every NJAS since except one and has been an NJAA member since she was 9 years old. This year, she exhibited the reserve champion bred-and-owned bull, a reserve division female in the owned show, a division champion owned female, as well as the fifth overall owned female.
“We’ve been doing this for a long time, so it means a lot that other people noticed my hard work,” Jones said.
The Junior Herdsman of the Year award recognizes NJAA members who display a dedication to their animals, a strong work ethic, the ability to work with other junior members, and the skills to necessary to prepare cattle for show.
“Herdsmanship is work ethic combined with knowledge,” Jones said. “You have to know things about your livestock, such as how to take care of them, along with being hard working.”
Every junior exhibiting cattle at the NJAS is eligible to vote for the member they believe deserves Junior Herdsman of the Year. Throughout the week, they watch their peers and determine who best exemplifies the qualities of a herdsman.
“Winning the Junior Herdsmanship Award is amazing,” Jones said. “I think what means the most is that the kids are the ones who vote on it, the juniors and the younger people that I’m hoping look up to me.”
The 2017 NJAS in Des Moines, Iowa, was a record breaker for the Angus breed. More than 1,260 head of Angus cattle were shown — the largest number since the last record was set 10 years ago.
Visit www.angus.org for complete show results and news from the event. Also, tune in to a special NJAS episode of The Angus Report at 7:30 a.m. (CDT) Monday, July 24, on RFD-TV.
– Written by Morgan Marley for Angus Media
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