November 28, 2017


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Claire Murnin Earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards

Claire Murnin, Huntley, Mont., 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 10-year-old daughter of Jared and Julie Murnin attends Huntley Project Elementary School and is a member of the NJAA and the Montana Junior Angus Association.

She has participated in state, regional and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Claire participated in the photography, livestock judging, prepared public speaking, stockman, skillathon and quiz bowl contests and the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off. She was also a participant in the mentoring program in 2016 and 2017.

She has submitted weight data to the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®) and consigned cattle in the Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) Angus female 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 5,000 active members nationwide.