October 18, 2023
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Tavin Symons earns Junior Bronze Award
Tavin Symons, Pearl River, La., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze award, according to Caitlyn Brandt, events and junior activities director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Symons is the 12-year-old son of Shawn and Britanee Symons and attends Creekside Junior High School. He is a member of the NJAA and the Louisiana Junior Angus Association.
He has participated in local, state and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Symons participated in the photography and livestock judging contests and the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off.
He has submitted weight data to the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®) and consigned cattle in a local auction.
The Bronze award is the first level of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the award, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honor. 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