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News Update

July 16, 2013

Angus Names New Director of Junior Activities

The American Angus Association is pleased to welcome Jaclyn Upperman as the new director of junior activities. Upperman will lead nearly 6,000 active National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members from all parts of the United States and Canada.

“I am truly honored to have been given this opportunity,” Upperman says. “I can only hope to make a lasting impact on each junior as they fulfill their dreams, just as I have.”

A Pennsylvania native, Upperman was an active NJAA member and was a member of the NJAA Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011. She also served as junior chair for the 2011 National Junior Angus Show in Harrisburg, Pa.

“Jaclyn’s background in the NJAA gives her the knowledge and talent to plan and execute events for the Association’s junior members,” says Bill Bowman, Association COO. “We are excited to have her on team Angus.”

In her position, Upperman will help plan and manage the premier event of the beef industry, the National Junior Angus Show; serve as advisor for the NJAA Board of Directors; arrange annual Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conferences; coordinate youth leadership events including Raising the Bar; and work with members of the Angus community.

Prior to her employment at Angus, Upperman represented the American Chianina Association as the director of activities and junior programs, and was editor of the American Chianina Journal.

New Junior Angus Board Selected

Each year, twelve young men and women represent the Angus breed as the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) Board of Directors. At the 2013 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Kansas City, Mo., six young people were elected to the join the board.

The new additions to the 2013-2014 NJAA Board of Directors are Will Fiske, Greenville, Va.; Shane Kerner, Weiser, Idaho; Jessica Radcliffe, Weston, Wis.; Lindsay Upperman, Chambersburg, Pa.; Cory Watt, Iva, S.C.; and Tylee Jo Williams, Rio Vista, Texas.

“It was hard to believe that all of my hard work finally paid off,” Williams says. “I can’t wait to begin this journey and give back to this organization.”

The newly elected directors were chosen by delegates representing each state at the 2013 NJAS. They will serve a two-year term and travel across the country to various events, while promoting the Angus breed and helping youth succeed in the NJAA. The NJAA board members’ first activity is the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference in New Orleans, La., August 1-4


Also at the NJAS, second-year NJAA board members were elected to officer positions. Named chairman was Jacy Alsup, Gravette, Ark.; vice chairman, Daniel McFarland, Keithville, La.; communications director, Maggie Jasper, Versailles, Ky.; membership director, Jena Wagner, Billings, Mont.; leadership director, Paige Wallace, Stotts City, Mo.; and foundation director, Lucas Nord, Wolverton, Minn.

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Follow Label-directed Withdrawal Times
When Selling Treated Cows

Beef producers should be careful to ensure recommended withdrawal times for animal-related medication are followed before selling the treated cows.

“The need to treat infectious ailments such as eye infections or foot rot is not uncommon in the summertime, with treatments often involving the use of antibiotics,” said Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension emeritus animal scientist. “On rare occasions, residues of pharmaceutical products have been found in carcass tissues of culled beef cows, and that is never good.”

Violations of drug-residue regulations can result in expensive fines or even jail time for the rancher, creating not only a hardship for the individual producer but a “black eye” for the entire beef industry.

To help prevent such occurrences, Selk contends it is vital for cow-calf producers to develop and maintain a close working relationship with a large-animal veterinarian in their area.

“If a cow has an infection or disease that must be treated, the animal’s owner should closely follow the veterinarian's directions, as well as read and follow label directions for the product used,” he said. “Most of these medications will require a producer to keep the treated animal for the label-directed withdrawal time.”

The Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Manual contains the following discussion of medication withdrawal times, “A withdrawal time may be indicated on the label of certain medications. This is the period of time that must pass between the last treatment and the time the animal will be slaughtered or milk used for human consumption.”

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Avoid Heat Related Illness

Summer is the season when people are outdoors engaging in outdoor activities and summer sports while temperatures soar high. A combination of physical exertion, prolonged exposure to heat and inadequate fluid intake can result in heat-related illness.

Michigan State University Extension recommends you follow recommended precautious from the Centers for Disease Control to avoid heat related illness such as limiting your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

Cutting down on exercise may also help. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage and remember the warning in the first tip.

Always try to rest in shady areas and stay out of direct sunlight.

Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide brimmed hat (it also helps keep you cooler) and sunglasses, and by putting on a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

Wear lightweight, loose fitting and light-colored clothing. Drinking water is needed to avoid dehydration in warm weather. Health experts recommend that you drink eight to 10 glasses of water per day. Also try drinking fruit juices, non-fat milk, low-sodium soup, coffee or tea and low calorie sports drinks. Hydration can come from a variety of sources, including fresh fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, berries, grapes, peaches, tomatoes and lettuce. Enjoy your summer activities but remember to take safety precautions.

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