Angus Juniors 'Raise the Bar' in Nebraska

Nov. 6, 2013



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Angus Juniors ‘Raise the Bar’ in Nebraska
A leadership event at the University of Nebraska brings together 26 junior Angus leaders.

The future of the American Angus Association® is bright. That’s because Angus juniors from across the country are participating in events to continue learning about the industry and expanding their leadership potential. Most recently, National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members met Oct. 17-20 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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 and explore their interest in higher education,” says Jaclyn Upperman, Association director of junior activities. “These opportunities give them a chance to expand their knowledge from gate to plate.”

Throughout the weekend, 26 Angus junior leaders, officers and advisors from eight state junior Angus associations toured the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and area Angus operations, heard from industry experts, and participated in leadership-training workshops.

On the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, juniors met with faculty including Ronnie Green, Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Chris Calkins, animal sciences professor; College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Student Ambassadors; and Karl Moline, cow-calf manager at Agricultural Research and Development Center, Mead, Neb.

Participants made stops at Cargill-Schuyler Meat Solutions, Schuyler, Neb., where they learned about the process of slaughtering cattle; Feller & Co., Wisner, Neb., where they toured the 15,000-head capacity feedyard; and Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, Gretna, Neb.

A complete list of the Raising the Bar participants at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is listed below.

The next Raising the Bar conference is scheduled for April 10-13 at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Texas. Visit for more information as it becomes available.


About Raising the Bar

Now in its sixth year, the Raising the Bar conference continues to foster the development of Angus youth by hosting events 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; Manhattan, Kan.; and Stillwater, Okla.

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. 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. It’s home to an extensive breed registry that grows by nearly 300,000 animals each year. The Association also provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

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Raising the Bar Participants at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:



Shane Kerner



Taylor Duckett

Katie Friederichs

Kale Kiesewetter

Baxter Knapp

Dixie McCormick

Nicholas Prevo



Megan Green



Taylor Waugh



Michaela Clowser

Aliesha Detlefs

Melissa Keyes

Michelle Keyes

Teresa Keyes

Maci Lienemann

Sydni Lienemann

Taylon Lienemann

Dakota Lovett

Kami Nelson

Justine Nelson

Savannah Schafer



Daniel Shoop

Carol Shoop

Eric Shoop



Tylee Williams



Will Fiske





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