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.
2015 Officers & Directors
Will McDaniel - President, At Large
Casey Pitchford - Vice President 1
Reagan Ruddock - Secretary, District 1
McRae Clay- Treasurer, District 3
Cade Burks - District 1
Harrison Kimble- District 1
Seth Lyness - District 1
Hollyann Roach - District 1
Morgan Bennett - District 2
Caroline Creech - District 4
Marli Cantu - At Large
Patrick Daniel - At Large
Taylor Hampton - At Large
Colt Sherrill - At Large
2015-2016 Queen and Princess
Queen :: McRae Clay :: Madison, Mississippi
Princess :: Hadley Brooks :: Krum, 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.
National Santa Gertrudis Youth Foundation
Applications for Santa Gertrudis Youth Foundation Scholarships are now available. Completed applications are due June 1, 2016. Instructions for application are included here and the application is available as a fillable PDF here. Please read the instructions carefully and fully before beginning the application. You must complete the application fully and provide all necessary information.
By McCrae Clay, Treasurer/ District 3 Director
The National Junior Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show (NJSGHS), to be held this year in Tampa, Fla., may easily be the highlight of every junior’s summer. What’s not to love about spending a week with great cattle and even greater friends? This year's Junior National is unique because we have the opportunity to spend some time on the Florida beaches, or even visit Disney World. Along with those awesome out-of-show activities, the NJSGHS this year is jam-packed with entertaining events. I encourage all exhibitors to get involved.
One of the most beneficial contests a junior can enter is public speaking. Find a topic that interests you, construct a speech, and step out of your comfort zone to deliver it! Do it for the next few years and I can almost guarantee by year three when you return home, people will wonder how you became so comfortable in front of a crowd.
The sales talk is also a great competition that I urge you get involved in. In the cattle business, selling our animals is how we make a profit. So grab a heifer, get copies of her papers, and find a friend to exhibit her while you “sell” her! If you need a hand, don’t be afraid to ask me, or any of the other directors.
Brain Bowl is another opportunity to learn about the best breed of cattle there is: the American original Santa Gertrudis. We juniors should take pride in our breed and learn about it. While you’re at it, put your judging skills to the test in livestock judging.
While there are numerous educational and super-competitive events, we junior members still know how to have a good time. We dance A LOT at the dance, we play messy and funny games at mini-goals, and we show off our (somewhat) athletic skills at the relay games.
Whether this is your first or 15th Junior National, I urge you to get involved, smile at the people you meet, and make the most out of your week in Tampa. It’s going to be a great deal of fun, and I hope you are just as excited as I am! (Read more here)