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News Update

May 6, 2014

Juniors Be Aware of Upcoming Deadlines

May is a busy month for juniors as the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) is fast approaching.

May 15

All contest entries must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service by May 15 and sent to:

American Angus Association

Junior Activities Department

3201 Frederick Ave.

St. Joseph, MO 64506–2997

June 1

For more information on contest and show deadlines, please view the NJAA website here.

American Angus Auxiliary Provides Tips to Shine in Cook-Off

The All-American Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) Cook-Off contest is a long-held tradition that provides food, entertainment and an educational experience for junior Angus members. The popular contest at National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) not only teaches youth about the CAB product, but also how to communicate beef’s nutritional importance.

Juniors participating in the 2014 NJAS in Indianapolis, Ind., should enter their teams in the Cook-Off by the May 15 deadline. To compete, teams of two to six National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members decide on a recipe and prepare it in one of three meat divisions: steak, roast and other beef item. The second portion of the Cook-Off includes a creative skit showcasing CAB.

Sponsored by the American Angus Auxiliary and the NJAA, the focus of the competition is more than a winning team: “It’s about creating a generation of young people who are passionate about the beef industry and equipped to tell their stories,” says Anne Lampe, Cook-off co-chair.

Lampe encourages participants to go beyond describing the CAB specifications, and explain why the specifications qualify the CAB brand as better than ordinary beef.

The CAB website hosts several different information sources and ideas to prepare for the Cook-Off, including the carcass specifications, various cuts and cooking methods and degrees of doneness.

“The team who goes above and beyond presenting information about the brand will stand out among the crowd,” Lampe says. “The skits get better every year, and the Auxiliary can’t wait to see what recipes teams bring to the table this year.”

For more information, please view the full release here.

Knowing These Two Things May Save a Life From Stroke

During American Stroke Month in May, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association asks all Missourians to learn two things that may save a life.

  1. 1. Know if you are at risk for stroke.
  2. 2. Know the stroke warning signs and what to do in a stroke emergency.

Stroke is the No. 1 preventable cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, yet 80% of strokes are preventable.

Knowing if you are at risk for stroke is highly important because many risk factors can be modified and controlled. The No. 1 stroke risk factor is high blood pressure. Nearly 78 million Americans have high blood pressure and many more aren’t even aware that they have it. It’s important to check your blood pressure regularly and talk to your doctor about healthy levels for you.

Together to End Stroke, nationally sponsored by Covidien, a global healthcare product company, teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people to recognize a stroke and what to do if one occurs:

  1. F — Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
  2. A — Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  3. S — Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  4. T — Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Additional stroke signs include sudden severe headache with no known cause; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; or sudden confusion/trouble understanding.

For more information about stroke or American Stroke Month activities, visit

For more information please view the full release here.

MCA to Host Annual All-Breeds Junior Show

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) and the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association (MJCA) will host its 32nd annual MCA All-Breeds Junior Show June 13-15, at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Mo.

Cattle will be allowed to enter the fairgrounds Friday, June 13, at 8 a.m. Check-in will be in Youth Building cafeteria from 2-8 p.m. and steer weigh-in from 6 -8 p.m. Participants will also be able to compete in the team fitting competitions Friday afternoon.

The three-day event will begin Saturday, June 14, at 9 a.m. The weekend will conclude Sunday with the overall champion selections and the announcement of the new MJCA board members.

Judging the 2014 event will be Jary Douglas and Clint Rusk. Douglas is the livestock judging coach at the University of Georgia. Rusk is the department head for Oklahoma State University’s Department of Animal Science.

For more information, visit MCA’s website at or call 573-499-9162.

Click here for a direct link to all junior show information.

Big Bend Range and Beef Cattle Seminar set for May 13 in Alpine

The Big Bend Range and Beef Cattle Seminar conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for May 13 at Sul Ross State University’s Everett E. Turner Range Animal Science Building in Alpine, Texas.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program following at 9 a.m. Adjournment is set for 3:30 p.m.

Individual registration is $10 due upon arrival. Attendees must make their own lunch arrangements.

For more information and to RSVP by May 9, call the AgriLife Extension offices for Brewster/Jeff Davis counties at 432-249-0265 or Presidio County at 432-729-4746.

“We have a wide range of topics set for a relatively short amount of time, so this program should be especially fast-paced and informative,” said Logan Boswell, AgriLife Extension agent for Brewster/Jeff Davis counties.

“A highlight of the seminar will be a report from a climatologist with Arizona State University via satellite link. He will outline what we can expect from upcoming weather patterns.

“Other topics will include rebuilding the cow herd, beef cattle market outlook, brush control using the latest technology, bull management, Farm Bill considerations and horn fly control. All in all, I think this well-rounded program should have something of interest for just about anybody in the cattle or ranch business in Far West Texas.”

For more information, please view the Angus Journal Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events here.


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