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2016-2017 NALJA Board of Directors-03556_web

The North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) has a governing board of 10 junior directors. In addition to those 10 directors, the immediate past president of NALJA serves as an Ex-officio member of the board. Directors are elected to two-year terms and are eligible to serve two terms.

Their main purpose is to plan national programs and activities for the membership. The Junior Board’s primary responsibility is to organize, plan and run the National Junior Limousin Show & Congress (NJLSC) each summer. They also represent the Limousin breed at state and regional field days and at the Youth Beef Industry Congress (YBIC), which is a three-day seminar sponsored by the U.S. Beef Breeds Council and other industry groups and businesses.

Meet the 2016-2017 NALJA Board of Directors – Contact information

NALJA Board of Directors Application – will download as a Microsoft Word file.


Anna Johnson, President

Anna Johnson, Minnesota, has grown up raising commercial Limousin cattle. Her family has always raised Limousin so she thought it was a natural fit to continue the tradition. Her first National Junior Limousin Show and Congress was in Des Moines, Iowa in 2012. Anna will be a junior at the University of Minnesota-Crookston where she will be double majoring in agronomy and agriculture education. She hopes to teach high school agriculture in the upper Midwest.

Ethan Freund, Vice President

As a member of the Running Creek Ranch, Ethan Freund has grown up within the Limousin breed. Along with showing Limousin he also exhibits sheep and pigs. Ethan is currently attending Oklahoma State University majoring in agriculture business where he also hopes to be the next Pistol Pete. After graduation he will pursue a career in the agriculture industry and continue his involvement with the ranch.

Callie Hicks, Secretary

Callie Hicks, Kentucky, has been involved with the Limousin breed for 14 years. She started in the breed when her older brother, Nathan, started showing cattle, which sparked Callie’s interest. The 2016 NJLSC marked the 15th junior nationals she has attended. Callie just started school at the University of Kentucky where she is majoring in agriculture education and animal science.

Will Blaydes, Treasurer

Will Blaydes, Kentucky, is currently a freshmen in college majoring in pre-veterinary medicine. He has been involved in raising and showing Limousin cattle at the local, state and national level since he was a child. Will has attended NJLSC for 12 years. He is also heavily involved in the Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association serving as a director.

Layton Schur, Ex-Officio

Layton Schur is in the third generation of his family’s ranch in Plainview, Texas. Layton wanted to show cattle as soon as he could walk so the moment he was old enough, he started showing Limousin. He attended his first junior nationals in 2006. Layton is currently a senior at Texas Tech University majoring in agriculture and applied economics. After graduation, he will return to Plainview to continue the family business.

Devan Cox, Director

Devan Cox, Indiana, has shown Limousin cattle for 10 years. His older sister showed Limousin and once Devan was old enough, he began showing as well. After finishing his degree in agriculture business management and agriculture production at Black Hawk College, he plans to return home to co-own and operate Cox Cattle Farms while also working for an agricultural based company.

Katie Hurt, Director

Katie Hurt, Kentucky, has had a passion for agriculture from a very young age. She grew up surrounded by horses and cattle, as she comes from a family where each generation has been very agriculturally diverse and involved. Her love for Limousin cattle really began when her uncle asked her if she wanted to start showing heifers. Once she started, she fell head over heels and never looked back. Katie currently attends Oklahoma State University, where she studies agricultural communications, and is a member of the Chi Omega sisterhood.

Aaron Linhart, Director

Born and raised in the heart of the Midwest, Aaron Linhart is from Leon, Iowa. He has been involved with 4-H and FFA, as well as his local and national Limousin association, for over ten years. Aaron started showing Limousin through a local FFA sponsored show. He hopes to work full time on his family farm after completing a degree in livestock production.

Dominic Ruppert, Director

Dominic Ruppert, Witt, Illinois, is currently a freshman at Lincoln Land Community College where he is a member of the livestock judging team. Dominic has a lot of history in the Limousin breed. His family has been attending national shows for over 20 years. After college he plans to return home to continue growing his family’s herd.

Randa Taylor, Director

Randa Taylor, Decatur, Texas, credits her grandfather, a Limousin breeder for over 20 years, for being her greatest role model and developing her love for Limousin cattle and agriculture. Her first NJLSC was in Lawton, Okla. in 2006 and she has not missed one since. Currently a senior at Paradise High School, Randa serves as FFA president, Senior Class President, and president of the Texas Junior Limousin Association. Randa plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall of 2017, pursue an animal science degree, then go into pediatric nursing.