We’ve all had a hero, someone we’ve looked up to and aspired to be. For many juniors in the National Junior Maine-Anjou Association (NJMAA), those heroes are the junior board members dedicated to helping the next generation of leaders and breeders.
The junior board members are not only preparing to become the next generation of breeders, they are using their platform to help encourage and educate younger members. “I take pride in finding younger members’ potential, inspiring them to be the best they can be and to help them make connections not only within the breed, but also the cattle and livestock industry,” says junior board member Tejlor Strope.
Being on the junior board not only prepares young adults to enter the professional realm of cattle production, it challenges them to help lead the younger generation of breeders. “Being a member of both the junior board and junior association gives me the opportunity to connect with so many professionals within the livestock industry,” says NJMAA junior board member Madison Loschke.
“The junior board gives us a really unique opportunity in terms of leadership because we are able to work with people that are older than us on the senior board, but also with the kids and younger members within the association,” says junior board member Whitney Walker. “We serve as mentors to the younger generations and attend conferences with our junior board that helps us expand our network.”
No matter if you are showing or fitting livestock in the barns, competing in a judging contest or simply visiting the National Western Stock show, remember there are always young eyes looking to find their hero.