According to Robin Ruff, junior activities director of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo., Cody Smith, West Plains, Mo., has earned the National Junior Angus Association's Bronze and Silver Awards. The 19-year-old son of Kelly and Elayne Smith attends Missouri State University majoring in agriculture business.
Cody has been an active member of the Missouri Junior Angus Association, where he currently serves as president. A member of the NJAA since 2000, he has served as a voting delegate to the NJAA Annual Meeting and attended the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development Conference. Cody has competed in many state and national Angus shows. At the National Junior Angus Show, he has participated in the team sales and team fitting contests as well as the All-American Certified Angus Beef Cook-off and mentoring program. Cody's bred-and-owned cow, Checkerhill Zelda M11, qualified as a Pathfinder cow in 2008. He has consigned cattle to numerous sales including the Missouri Angus Futurity, Southern Heritage Sale and Northeast Arkansas Association 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 and 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 nearly 7,000 active members nationwide.
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