Wisconsin Junior Angus Association (WJAA) advisors since 1997, Kevin and Keri Retallick are defined by fellow Angus breeders as committed, supportive and enthusiastic. Over the years, they have taken a small state membership and transformed it into a strong, involved and active group on all levels of competition.
To honor their dedication to youth, the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) recognized the Retallicks as Advisors of the Year at the 2014 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Indianapolis, Ind.
“They both take the time to really get involved with the younger members by encouraging them to participate in all aspects of the association,” wrote Scott and Mia Bayer, fellow WJAA advisors. “Their knowledge of the Angus industry and willingness to share this knowledge with others, especially with young members, make them outstanding advisors.”
The couple has been known to lend a helping hand, even when their own three daughters were preparing for show or competition. Their encouragement and guidance starts by asking a young member how their heifer is doing, then congratulating youth as they leave the show ring and even helping with scholarship applications.
The Retallicks are positive examples to the youth who set high standards of excellence for the WJAA members. They have been named WJAA advisors of the year five times, and in 2002 they were co-chairs of the NJAS held in Milwaukee, Wis.
The NJAA Advisor of the Year Award was introduced in 1980 to recognize the tremendous contributions of junior Angus association advisors. Any junior Angus association advisors are eligible for the award by sending in a letter of nomination.