Brittany Bush earns Junior Bronze and Silver awards

Farm Forum

Brittany Bush, Britton, S.D., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Robin Ruff, junior activities director of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The 17-year-old daughter of Scott and Jo Bush is a member of the NJAA and the South Dakota Junior Angus Association, where she has served as vice president.

She has participated in local, regional, state and national shows and showmanship competitions. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), she has participated in the All-American Certified Angus Beef (CAB) Cook-Off Contest and participated in the mentoring program. She served as a voting delegate in 2011 and 2012.

She has submitted cattle to the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR) and consigned cattle to the Bush’s Focus on Performance Sale.

The Bronze and Silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. 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 6,000 active members nationwide.