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News Update

July 27, 2016

Angus Selects the
Next Youth Ambassador

The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) announces Cassandra Garcia, Renton, Wash., as the 2016-2017 Angus Ambassador, serving a one-year term as a spokesperson for the organization’s nearly 6,000 junior members at cattle industry events across the United States and Canada.

“I look forward to pursuing involvement with consumers, as well as producers in the industry,” Garcia says. “As Angus Ambassador, it is important to serve as a resource to consumers in order to bridge the gap.”

Garcia, a junior at the University of Washington studying business administration and marketing, was named the Angus Ambassador July 21 in Saint Joseph, Mo. Four finalists were invited to the American Angus Association to compete for the ambassador role.

Growing up surrounded by Angus cattle, Garcia has experience through her state association building junior programs. She believes it is important to connect across generations in the Angus breed, encouraging leadership from both youth and adults.

“We are in an industry that has always been progressive,” Garcia says. “Encouraging the older generation to share their stories with junior members and consumers will help us remain leaders in the business.”

For more information, please view the full Angus news release online.

North Dakota Couple Inducted Into
Honorary Angus Foundation

The NJAA recently recognized Kelly and Martie Jo Schaff of Saint Anthony, N.D., as one of the three sets of newest inductees into the Honorary Angus Foundation at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Grand Island, Neb.

Earlier this year, the Schaffs generously donated a heifer that sold at the 2016 National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. The sale of that heifer generated $230,000 to support Angus youth, education and research.

“We realize the importance of a new generation,” says Kelly Schaff. “That’s the future of the breed. Being able to help them ensures the ongoing success of the breed and giving back to an organization and breed that’s been so wonderful to us.”

“Kelly and Martie Jo are very passionate about the Angus breed and providing opportunities for young people to get involved in the business they love,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president.

The Schaffs own Schaff Angus Valley, which was first homesteaded in 1902 by Kelly’s great-grandfather, making Kelly and Martie Jo the fourth generation on the ranch. Kelly’s grandfather brought the first registered-Angus cattle to Schaff Angus Valley in 1938.

For more information, please view the full Angus release online.

Certified Angus Beef LLC to Receive
Don L. Good Impact Award

Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), the world’s largest and most successful branded-beef program, has been selected to receive the 2016 Don L. Good Impact Award. With nearly four decades of leadership in the beef business, the CAB brand in fiscal 2015 reported record sales for the ninth consecutive year, marketing 896 million pounds of product.

The award, presented by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council Inc. (LMIC), is named in honor of Good, who is a former head of the Kansas State University (K-State) Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, and recognizes positive impact on the livestock and meat industry or agriculture. CAB, along with many K-State alumni who have contributed to the brand’s success, will be recognized during the K-State Animal Sciences and Industry Family and Friends Reunion, set for Oct. 7 at the Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan.

“The Livestock and Meat Industry Council is very proud to honor CAB with this year’s Don L. Good Impact award,” said Craig Good, LMIC president. “I think that it would be difficult to think of an entity that has had a more profound impact on the beef and food industry than CAB and many people with K-State ties have had a big part in this success.”

For more information, please view the full K-State news release online.

Texas Has No Need for Second Veterinary College

A new report issued by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board concludes that a second veterinary college would be expensive to create and operate and is unnecessary in the state of Texas, particularly with the opening of a $120 million veterinary teaching complex at Texas A&M University.

“The high cost of establishing a new veterinary school would outweigh the potential benefits to the state, given the small to moderate workforce demand and the issue that building a new school would not guarantee that any of the graduates would practice on livestock, which is the state’s principal area of need, but there are more cost-effective ways of addressing the need for medical care for food animals in Texas,” the study concluded. The staff report was presented at the Thursday, July 21, meeting of the Coordinating Board.

“I concur with the overall conclusion because it confirms the Coordinating Board’s past recommendations to the Texas Legislature,” said Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.

For more information, please view the full TAMU news release online.

Seeking Member Input

The American Angus Association seeks member input in order to establish the long-range plan and strategic vision of the nation’s largest beef breed organization. Members were emailed questionnaires, which are also available within AAA Login (

Survey responses submitted online will be accepted through July 31, and respondents may enter to win a cash drawing. The Association’s long-range initiative encompasses insight from all areas of the beef cattle business, and member input is vital and appreciated.

Contact the Association at if you have questions regarding the survey.


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