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 Reagan Ruddock, District 1 Representative
Hey y’all, my name is Reagan Ruddock. I’m 19 years old and I’m currently a freshman marketing major at Texas State University. As this month’s theme is marketing, I’m going to share with you some tips that I think are important for marketing yourself, your animals and our breed.
Marketing yourself is something you do everyday, whether or not you realize it. Every time you meet someone new, you’re leaving an impression of yourself on that person. The big question is, what kind of impression do you want to leave? I’m sure all of you have heard about the importance of a first impression. As you get older, first impressions become more critical. The impression you leave in someone the first time you meet can affect whether or not you get a job or make a new friend. It is important to remember that every where you go, you’re trying to “sell yourself.” Make sure to always have a smile on your face, shake hands, be respectful and most importantly, always look and act presentable.
Marketing cattle and a specific breed is a constant topic of discussion in the cattle industry. What will this animal or breed contribute to your buyers herd? Will this breed be able to sustain the climate changes in the buyer’s part of the world? is it important to find out what your buyers needs are so you know the proper animal(s) to introduce to his herd.
Not only is marketing cattle important, but marketing our breed is crucial. It is importnant to promote Santa Gertudis and the terrific traits they have. From being able to withstand the harshest heat and coldest winters, to being an excellent maternal breed, there is something in the breed that every cattle rancher could use. For those of you who have friends looking for a show heifer, convince them to get a Santa Gertudis! If the traits alone are not enough, remind them about our donated heifer program and the socials we have throughout the year.
Marketing is something everyone does all the time, consciously or not. Make sure the first impression you leave with people is one that will land you a job someday or make you a new friend. Find the best way the animal you’re selling can fit into someone’s herd and go from there, and of course, ALWAYS spread the good word about our beautiful cherry-red cattle.