Canadian Junior Angus

The future is in good hands. With programs that help our youth grow and learn about Angus, more innovations are just around the corner.

Junior Angus Workshop

Thursday, April 8, 5:30 pm MDT via Zoom

RSVP to Belinda Wagner by April 6th to reserve your spot as space is limited so book early!

Free for Canadian Junior Angus members to attend.

Junior Angus Workshop 2021

Presenters include:

Dr. Karin Orsel will talk about Can we keep beef calves healthy in the feedlot, by making changes on the ranch?

Dr. Orsel completed her DVM at Utrecht University in 1996 and did locums in several veterinary clinics in The Netherlands. In 1997, she returned to her alma mater to work in the ambulatory clinic of the Department of Farm Animal Health. Her active involvement in an epidemiologic study during a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak (2001) motivated her to enroll in graduate studies on this topic. She received an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (2004) and subsequently a PhD (2007). In 2008, she and her husband moved to Canada to join the UCVM, working with a focus on epidemiology (especially infectious diseases of cattle). In 2009, she passed both the NAVLE (enabling her to practice with a full license in Alberta) and the board exam of the European College of Bovine Herd Management. Currently, Dr. Orsel leads the UCVM’s Cattle Health Research Group. Dr. Orsel is the 2019 recipient of Merck Veterinary Award from Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and the 2020 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award. As a veterinary epidemiologist, her main interests are herd-level approaches to health, disease transmission and identifying risk factors for multi-factorial diseases, using multi-disciplinary approaches. Currently, her research includes both beef and dairy cattle, with a focus on lameness, specifically digital dermatitis, Johne’s disease, bovine leucosis and other infectious diseases at the herd level.


Dr. Claire Windeyer will talk about Newborn Calf Care


Dr. Claire Windeyer is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on cow-calf health management, including: perinatal care of the newborn beef calf; pre-weaning management practices (e.g. processing, vaccination, deworming); passive immunity and colostrum management; epidemiology of infectious diseases the pre-weaned calf; pain and animal welfare; and maternal-neonatal bonding. She is a member of the Pain and Animal Welfare, Cattle Health, and Clinical and Translational Research Groups.

Kajal Devani will talk about The Cost of Genetic Improvement and Genomic Technology

Kajal leads the Association’s research projects and manages the performance program through which genetic evaluations for Canadian Angus breeding stock are performed. As the Association's geneticist she monitors genetic conditions and counsels Association members on the application of genetic tools to balance and optimize healthy herds and economic gain. Kajal has a master’s degree in quantitative animal genetics from the University of Alberta and a PhD in the same from the University of Calgary. Raised on a mixed farm in Kenya, Kajal is passionate about genetics and their ability to enhance production for two primary ends: successful farmers and ranchers and a memorable dining experience for the beef consumer. Kajal knows that our business, even at its most scientific, is a people business; and is committed to creating value at every level for every member.

Quick Dick McDick will talk about Having an Opinion - It's Not What it Used to Be

After a 20 year career in the oil and gas industry, a Saskatchewan boy came back home to Tuffnell in the fall of 2019 and accidentally created a social media persona named "Quick Dick McDick". Quick Dick McDick (Dickson Delorme) is part of a 4000 acre/350 head mixed farming grain/cattle operation near Tuffnell, SK. When he is not busy on the farm, Dickson spends his time trying to inspire and inform people of the many things that happen here in Canada that keep us fed, watered and sheltered - all while trying to keep people laughing. “I’m passionate about agriculture because it, like every other industry, depends on all of us doing our part and working together to keep not just Canada,  but the world fed.”


What does the
Canadian Junior Angus do?

CJA Board of Directors

Canadian Junior Angus (CJA) was established in 1999 as a junior organization to the Canadian Angus Association.

Juniors, who are 21 years of age and younger, participate in national events throughout the year that allow for opportunities to network, learn and grow. These events include Showdown, the national Junior show and the Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders Conference (GOAL), which encourages Juniors to become involved in and excited about the industry and the breed with interactive activities and motivational speakers.

Canadian Junior Angus also offers many different opportunities that Juniors can apply for through the Canadian Angus Foundation. The Foundation functions to preserve and expand the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research and historical preservation.

“I gained valuable knowledge from my experiences, both with cattle and working on boards and executives. But more importantly, I gained contacts and a network of friends, customers and coaches that have impacted my career and life every year since my involvement as a Junior.”

Chad Lorenz, Alberta

Canadian Junior Angus has brought to me many friendships, talents and goals as well as new perspectives over the last few years that I would have never been able to gain without them, coming from a small island. CJA has benefited me in a lot of different ways and it’s allowed me to take the things I’ve learned home to my friends and family to teach them new and innovative things for our farms, association and shows. I am forever grateful for the opportunities!

Madison Pirch, Prince Edward Island

The Canadian Angus Foundation has helped myself and many other Junior members pursue their life goals. The Legacy Scholarship, in particular, pushes members to step out of their comfort zone and share their thoughts on the future of agriculture.

Alana Higgins, British Columbia

Members also get:

  • “Junior Connections” published to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening

  • Showdown – The Canadian Junior Angus Show – this show will move between regions and incorporate many activities beyond conformation and showmanship

  • GOAL Conference – annual conference that began in 2006 in Calgary. Its main function is to get more Junior Angus members involved and excited about the breed with fun and interactive activities and great motivational speakers

  • Involvement with other Junior Angus Associations

  • Scholarships

  • Canadian Angus Foundation acts as the liaison between the Canadian Angus Association & Canadian Junior Angus

Interested in becoming a Canadian Junior Angus member?

The Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders (GOAL) Conference promotes leadership skills within the Angus breed.

The annual national Canadian Junior Angus show, Showdown, began in 2000 as an outlet for juniors from across the nation to gather in one location to exhibit their Angus cattle in conformation divisions.

The CJA offers many different scholarships that juniors can apply for through the Canadian Angus Foundation.