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 Casey Pitchford, President
Hello! I am Casey Pitchford, your newly elected Junior National President. I was elected president at the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show Held in Tampa, Fla. June 19-25. Sun, sand and Santa was our premier Junior affiliate’s theme for this year’s show, and it definitely held plenty of heat, plenty of fun and some great Santa Gertrudis females. For any of you who haven’t attended one of our national shows, YOU SHOULD! It is a week full of cattle judging contests, cattlemen, amazing public speaking, photography, sales talks, jaw-dropping brain-bowl wizards and a purebred show that offers a donated heifer for each of the class winners. It truly is like no other. We are also awarding $50,000 worth of scholarships to our outstanding outgoing seniors. I have been fortunate enough to attend 18 national junior shows and I look forward to the next every year. It is my honor and privilege to be a part of the national board that presides over our junior membership. It is a widespread group of young leaders from different regions across the United States. We as members all have a root to the same great denominator, Santa Gertrudis cattle. But when we get together, you would think we were just a group of local neighborhood kids. Let’s just say there’s never a dull moment, yet when it is time to take care of business, it is all professional. So for any of you interested in running for a national position, ask questions and join us juniors who want to make a difference.
As I look forward to this next year’s challenges and progress, I see a very bright future for the Santa Gertrudis breed. We are collecting important data to increase our cattle’s desirability and continually producing phenotypically outstanding females and bulls for the top sales. I believe we are on the right road for longevity.
Let me close by honoring Coach Pat Summit, who said, “You can’t always be the strongest or most talented or most gifted person in the room, but you can be the most competitive.”