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Dalhart grad Luke Daniels serving on NJHA Board of Directors

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Dalhart grad Luke Daniels serving on NJHA Board of Directors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Four National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members were elected to the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board of directors at the 2021 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), Hereford Spectacular, July 3-9, in Kansas City, Mo.

Wesley Denton, Blue Rapids, Kan.; Lauren Jones, Darlington, Wis.; Hannah Pearson, Oconto, Neb.; and Tar Tut, Faribault, Minn., were all welcomed into their maroon jackets as new NJHA directors during the JNHE awards ceremony on July 8. Two delegates from each state junior Hereford association voted for the individuals they wanted to represent the membership. The NJHA board is composed of 12 individuals who serve three-year terms and govern the 3,800-member organization.

The 2021-22 officer team includes chairman Noah Benedict, Dewey, Ill., ; vice-chairman Wyatt Lawrence, Princeton, Minn.; communications chair Bailey Morrell, Willows, Calif.; leadership chair Lauren McMillan, Tiskilwa, Ill.; fundraising chair J.W. Cox, Flemingsburg, Ky.; and membership chair Libby Rushton, Waverly, Tenn. Also serving as directors are Luke Daniels, Dalhart, Texas, Ralston Ripp, Kearney, Neb. and the newly elected four.

Four NJHA board members handed over their maroon jackets after giving their retiring addresses. Retiring board members include 2020-21 chairman Montana Lawrence, Princeton, Minn., 2020- 21 vice chairman Abby Spindle, Moriarty, N.M., 2020-21 director, Samuel Lawrence, Avilla, Ind., and 2020-21 director Brooklyn Adam, Lathrop, Mo.

Luke Daniels is a 19-year-old twin son of Scanlon and Angela Daniels. He will be a sophomore at South Plains College this fall, studying pre-veterinary/animal science and competing on the livestock judging team. Luke’s ultimate goal is to raise quality Hereford cattle and farm, while focusing on the advancement of embryology and collection services in his family’s veterinary operation – Circle H Headquarters, L.L.C.

He credits his competitive drive, ethics and genuine passion for the Hereford breed to being a first-generation breeder growing up in the Texas panhandle. As a 12-year member of the Texas Junior Hereford Association, Luke has held multiple leadership positions. In these positions he aims to be both a set of ears and information for the Hereford youth, attempting to be the best resource possible while assisting in growth of the breed’s future.

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