International Junior Brangus Breeders Association (IJBBA) members representing Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas recently met in San Antonio for the inaugural IJBBA Leadership Workshop, conducted by the IJBBA national junior board of directors.

Special guest speaker, Jordana Harrison, Stillwater, Oklahoma, assisted with one of the workshops and gave the keynote speech at the conclusion of the event.

An excellent turnout allowed the junior board to reach their goals of building friendships, creating unity, increasing leadership ability and sharpening communication skills within the membership. Featured topics that offered hands-on participation included carcass Expected Progeny Differences and performance information, interviews, resumes, applications, public speaking, advertising, marketing and dealing with the media. Participants also had the opportunity to break out into groups to demonstrate what they learned.

IJBBA national board members include Stacy Sproul, Isabella, OK, president; Michael Allen, College Station, TX, president-elect; Sally Jennings, Manhattan, KS, ex-officio; directors Shanna Hutchison, De Queen, AR; Audra Lyon, Williamsburg, NM; Traci Middleton, Puryear, TN; Melinda Peterson, Willcox, AZ: Davy Sneed, McMinnville, TN; and Todd Sullivan, Mendenhall, MS.

For more information on Brangus activities, please contact the International Brangus Breeders Association, PO Box 696020, San Antonio, TX 78269-6020; telephone 210-696-4343; or visit the Website, at www.int-brangus.org.

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