Purpose & Objectives of NJSGA
The National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association (NJSGA) works to improve the quality of the Santa Gertrudis breed by developing the cooperation, responsibility and leadership of America’s youth. The association encourages educational opportunities for NJSGA members, and provides increased opportunities for fellowship with others involved in the Santa Gertrudis breed and the cattle industry in general.
Attention Juniors! When you are selecting your heifers for summer shows, please make sure that they meet the minimum requirements of the Santa Gertrudis Breed Standards. Read this information fully to assist you in your selection.
2016 Officers & Directors
Casey Pitchford - Texas - At Large - President
Patrick Daniel - Arkansas - District 2 - Vice President
Reagan Ruddock - Texas - District 1 - Secretary
Will McDaniel - Georgia - At Large - Treasurer
Taylor Hampton - Missouri - At Large
Seth Lyness - Texas - District 1
Harrison Kimble - Texas - District 1
Marli Cantu - Texas - At Large
McRae Clay - Mississippi - District 3
Saige Combs - Texas - At Large
Abbie Edenfield - Florida - District 4
Whitney Fuller - Texas - District 1
Jordan Hess - Texas - District 1
Camila Cantu - Texas - District 1
2016-2017 Queen and Princess
Queen :: Taylor Terry :: Denton, Texas
Princess :: Madison Moran :: Brehnam, Texas
NJSGA is one of the top junior programs in the beef industry, with more than 400 active junior members from 14 states. It has active participation from all juniors, not only in exhibiting livestock but also in leadership contests such as public speaking, brain bowl and livestock judging.
The juniors are responsible young adults who know the meaning of competition, hard work, sportsmanship, andespecially friendship and family, and they are the future leaders of the beef industry. The experiences gained by individuals in this junior program are invaluable.
Founded in 1979, NJSGA is open to all young people under the age of 21. Members are issued a herd number, membership card, and one free subscription to the official publication of SGBI.
Junior members are entitled to all the services of SGBI, which include registration, recordkeeping, transfers, classification, grading-up program, Total Performance Program, promotion, and stock show and field day representation.
The membership is managed by its own board of directors, with five At-Large positions that are elected from the junior’s general membership. The remaining ten positions come from the districts. These districts are divided based on the membership in that area. The board is governed by the constitution and by-laws of the NJSGA.
By Harrison Kimble, District 1 Representative
Howdy y’all, I’m Harrison Kimble, and I represent the South Texas affiliate and the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association (NJSGA) as a District 1 Representative. Being a part of the NJSGA is a great opportunity for all junior members. When you become a member of NJSGA, your ability to be a part of today’s agricultural industry rises above the standard. Our association allows members to reach their goals and interact with people from around the globe. From attending shows to being a part of the Gert Ongoing Advanced Leadership Summit (GOALS), your opportunities as a junior are substantial. So what does it take to become an active junior member in NJSGA?
Being an active member isn’t all about attending livestock shows. Through the breed, there are many things you can do to stand out. For instance, GOALS is a great way to learn more about the breed and the people in it and learn team-building skills that will help you become a stronger leader. This summit allows juniors to travel the nation every other year and create long-lasting friendships.
Another way to be active is to encourage new membership. It could be a friend, family member or even your neighbor down the road who might be interested in joining our association. Reaching out to others and telling them about Santa Gertrudis cattle is a great way to spread the word about the breed. Even incorporating existing members into our socials and mini GOALS marks a path to becoming a better member.
Being a junior member can be as simple as attending livestock shows, but becoming an active member requires reaching out to others. The goal of NJSGA and the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International is to build up our breed, and this goal can be reached when members do the extraordinary. So remember, next time you’re at a show and you hear about a social, attend it; or, if you meet someone interested in the cattle industry, inform them about the Santa Gertrudis breed. As Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is a progress, working together is success.” Will you take the extra step to become an active member?