Angus Juniors 'Raise the Bar' at Texas Tech

April 21, 2014




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Angus Juniors ‘Raise the Bar’ at Texas Tech
Leadership event in Lubbock, Texas, brings together 31 junior Angus leaders

Angus juniors have the opportunity to travel the country with the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA), and learn from knowledgeable personnel in the cattle business. Most recently, NJAA members met April 10-13 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, to participate in a Raising the Bar conference.

“The Raising the Bar conferences allow Angus juniors to interact outside of the showring and learn about more in-depth beef industry issues,” says Jaclyn Upperman, American Angus Association® director of junior activities. “These opportunities give them a chance to expand their knowledge outside of the everyday classroom.”

The conference hosted 31 Angus junior leaders, officers and advisors from 11 state junior Angus associations. Participants toured Texas Tech and area Angus operations, heard from industry experts, took part in leadership-training workshops and spent an evening bowling on campus.

The group also made stops at the historic Matador Ranch and the Ranching Heritage Museum, allowing participants to view several authentic exhibits depicting U.S. history of farming and ranching. 

On the Texas Tech campus, juniors met with agricultural professor Sara Trojan about ruminant nutrition; Markus F. Miller on carcass and grade beef evaluation; Chance Brooks on sensory factors for consumer beef satisfaction; and Ryan Rathmann on using genetic tools for selection. Rathmann also gave an ultrasound demonstration.

Now in the seventh year, Raising the Bar conferences continue to foster the development of Angus youth by hosting events in four regions across the country. The NJAA, with sponsorship from the Angus Foundation, has conducted Raising the Bar conferences in cities such as Nashville, Tenn.; Ames, Iowa; Columbus, Ohio; and Stillwater, Okla. To learn more about how to participate in an upcoming Raising the Bar conference, visit

A complete list of the Raising the Bar participants at Texas Tech is listed below.


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 6,000 active members nationwide.


ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. Explore how the Angus breed impacts every sector of the cattle business – from the feedlot to the meatcase – during the 2014 Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show. Hosted by the American Angus Association, the event takes place Nov. 4-6 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Participants will hear from top-flight speakers, conduct Association business, visit the trade show featuring allied industry partners and have the opportunity to attend the first-ever Angus University.

The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. 

For more information about Angus cattle and the 2014 convention, visit



Raising the Bar Participants:



Jacy Alsup

Katy Tuntstill



Shannon Tower



Andrew Livingston



Lindsay Upperman

Evan Woodbury


Corbin Cowles



Kendra Merriman



Jena Wagner

Jordynn Wagner



Aleisha Dethlefs

Michelle Keyes       



Braden Henricks



Dylan Denny       

Hannah Kate Steph        

Jeremiah Steph

Alexis Stevenson

Cutter Pohlman

Colter Pohlman        

Tylee Williams

Derek Wolf



Mark Alexander

Morgan Alexander      

Helena St. Clair       

Catie Hope











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