Applications open for 2024 Young Cattlemen’s Conference

January 24, 2023




For more information contact:

Holly Martin, director of communications



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 Cutline: Gabriel Connealy of Whitman, Neb., represented the Angus breed at the 2023 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference, June 1-9. Each year the Angus Foundation selects one cattleman to represent the breed at the conference. (Photo courtesy of NCBA.)


Applications open for 2024 Young Cattlemen’s Conference

Apply by Feb. 15 to be considered as the Angus Foundation-sponsored representative.


Each year, the Angus Foundation supports tomorrow’s beef leaders by sponsoring one individual to represent the Angus breed at the Young Cattlemen’s Conference. The educational event, spearheaded by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, is planned for May 30 to June 6, 2024. Applications for the Angus Foundation’s spot on the trip can be found on the Angus Foundation website and are due Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024.

YCC is a program developed for up-and-coming cattle producers who are interested in seeing every part of the supply chain from production to marketing, to Capitol Hill. The primary objective is to develop leadership qualities in young cattlemen and women and expose them to all aspects of the beef industry while building their professional network.

“We’re proud to offer this unique learning opportunity to our Association’s young cattlemen,” said Jaclyn Boester, Angus Foundation executive director. “YCC is an incredible experience and allows attendees to grow as beef industry leaders while forming meaningful relationships with their peers.”

The sponsored attendee will have registration and travel costs covered by the Angus Foundation. Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 50 and in good standing with American Angus Associationâ and a member of NCBA. For more information, visit NCBA or the Angus Foundation website.

Gabriel Connealy of Whitman, Nebraska, represented the Angus breed at the 2023 Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC).

“I’m honored and humbled to be able to represent the Angus breed and Angus Foundation at YCC,” Connealy said. “I’d like to give a sincere thank you to the Association and the Foundation for the opportunity. There are many great young people in our breed, and I would encourage each and every one of them to apply for YCC.”

Connealy is well versed in both involvement and history within the Angus breed. Growing up in Nebraska on his family’s Angus seedstock operation, Connealy Angus, he developed a passion for the industry and desire to assist the family business. This led him to obtain his bachelor’s degree in finance and later his master’s degree, with an emphasis in animal breeding and genetics, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). In addition to managing the family herd of 3,000 registered Angus cows, Connealy is a member of NCBA, has served as an Angus Convention voting delegate and played an integral role in the startup of his local Grant County Nebraska Farm Bureau chapter. His hunger for knowledge and dedication to the industry made YCC the ideal learning opportunity. Connealy emphasized the uniqueness of this experience, which allowed him to connect with and learn from fellow cattlemen from a variety of backgrounds.

“Truly, the highlight of the trip was the other participants from around the nation,” Connealy said. “I was exposed to aspects of our industry that I knew little about and made many friends that I hope to keep in touch with and trade lessons with for years to come.”

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-          Written by Peyton Schmitt, Angus Communications


About the Angus Foundation

Established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1980, the Angus Foundation remains focused on its mission to support Angus education, youth and research. The organization has distributed more than $4.2 million in youth scholarships since 1998, and has also invested more than $1.3 million in beef cattle research throughout the past decade.

For more information, contact the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100 or visit


ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association® is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 22,000 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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