January 4, 2024
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Kacey Dethlefs earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards
Kacey Dethlefs, Ravenna, Neb., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Caitlyn Brandt, events and junior activities director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Dethlefs is the 20-year-old daughter of Craig Dethlefs and attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studies Animal Science. She is a member of the NJAA and the Nebraska Junior Angus Association, where she served as secretary.
She has participated in local and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Dethlefs participated in the team fitting, quiz bowl and poster contests and the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off. She also participated in the mentoring in 2013 and 2014. She was a participant in the Raising the Bar Conference in 2018 and 2019 and attended the Angus Convention in 2018.
Dethlefs has submitted weight data to the 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 4,500 active members nationwide.
— Written by Amber Wahlgren, Angus Communications