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Angus Association Takes on Five Youth Interns

Angus Association Takes on Five Youth Interns
Future beef industry leaders gain real-world experience in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The American Angus Association this month welcomed five new interns to serve in different capacities at its Saint Joseph, Mo., headquarters. The five interns are: Heather Bradford, Melissa Keyes, Carrie Horsley, Laurin Spraberry and Lynsey Meharg.

Heather Bradford, Angus Genetics Inc.

While working with AGI this summer, Bradford's activities will range from interacting with customers to conducting her own research project.

Pictured left to right: Heather Bradford, AGI; Laurin Spraberry, PR & Communications; Lynsey Meharg, API; Melissa Keyes, Junior Activities; and Carrie Horsley, Association Events; and Bryanne Duckett, Junior Activities.

An Ohio native, Bradford recently finished her master's in animal breeding at Kansas State University, where her research project involved estimating genetic parameters for udder quality in Hereford cattle. She holds a bachelor's degree in animal science from Purdue University, and will begin working toward a doctorate this fall at K-State.

Lynsey Meharg, Angus Productions Inc.

Meharg will be responsible for contributing to the Angus Journal, Angus Beef Bulletin, Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA and Angus Journal Daily electronic newsletter.

Meharg will be a junior agricultural communications major at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She grew up on a commercial operation in northwest Florida.

Carrie Horsley, Association Activities and Events

As the Association's event-planning intern, Horsley will be active in finalizing details and helping with Cattlemen's Boot Camps and the Beef Leaders Institute.

Horsley is originally from Galva, Ill., and earned an associate's degree from Black Hawk College. Currently, she is student at Oklahoma State University and will graduate in December with a degree in agricultural communications, and a minor in agricultural economics and agribusiness.


Melissa Keyes, Association Junior Activities

Keyes will assist with the National Junior Angus Show, Angus Ambassador finals and the annual Leaders Engaged in Angus Development conference.

Keyes is from Springfield, Neb., where her family has been farming and ranching for six generations at Keyes Angus Farm. She is currently a senior at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, where she is working toward her bachelor's degree in agricultural communications.

Keyes also joins intern Bryanne Duckett, who began working with the junior activities department in January 2013. Duckett is the first participant in a special eight-month internship program that is centered on organizing youth events. Duckett attends Northwest Missouri State University, where she is pursuing a degree in animal science with a minor in commercial agriculture.

Laurin Spraberry, Association Public Relations and Communications

Spraberry will gain experience in writing, editing, design, photography and video production.

Spraberry is a senior agricultural communications student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She is active in numerous school activities such as Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, intramural sports and has served as an agriculture mentor to incoming freshmen. Spraberry's passion for the beef industry comes from her family's cattle company that raises stocker and feeder cattle in Anson, Texas.

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