Ervin Kaatz Jr., Georgetown, TX, is the 2000 Junior National Show Dedicattee.

His dedication to youths in the beef industry has earned him this prestigious honor. Though his background is diverse, he has spent his lifetime promoting agriculture and the Charolais breed throughout Texas and the southwestern United States.

In the late 1960s, he served three years in the United States Army and then returned to finish his animal science degree, at Texas A&M University, in College Station, where he graduated in 1971. After finishing his degree, Kaatz went on to pursue a career in the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, where he served as a county agent in three different Texas counties for more than 12 years.

With the contacts he made through the Extension Service and a desire to help the purebred industry, he joined the American-International Charolais Association in July, 1983. He serves as the Southwestern field representative covering states from Louisiana to New Mexico and as far north as Kansas. He has played an active role in helping promote the Charolais breed.

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