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 Whitney Fuller, District 1 Representative
Hello! My name is Whitney Fuller, and I am one of your NJSGA junior board representatives from District 1. I'm from Merit, Texas. I'm 18 years old, and I have been in love with the Santa Gertrudis breed for years.
This month's theme is bull management, selection and health, so I wanted to mention that we pick our herd bulls kind of like we pick our friends − strong and dependable. While picking a bull for our herd can determine the future success of our operations, so can picking our friends wisely. Hanging with the wrong crowd is something we are warned about from an early age; our friends influence us and we do the same to them. But our bulls will influence our herds in a more physical way.
Everyone has their preferences, but we will make decisions that affect our futures and our herds. Personally, because I am going off to college soon, I can attest that decisions I have made throughout high school have helped push me towards prosperity in my life now.
I hope that everyone will remember that every decision is important in life and in our Santa Gertrudis cattle. God bless and I wish you the best in raising your pretty red cattle! See ya’ll around!
By Jordan Hess, District 1 Representative
I hope you all had a great Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus and spending time together with family and friends. I can’t believe it is already 2017. It seems like we all just left Tampa. Many of you may not know that I stepped out of my comfort zone at the 2016 Junior Nationals to run for District 1 Representative. I was nervous to speak in front of others, but I tried and you all supported me. Thank you! It just goes to show that sometimes trying new things can be scary, but can bring great results. I had an awesome time at the junior retreat in Kingsville and helping in the ring at the State Fair.
I will be showing my scramble heifer at the major stock shows in Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston, and I will also attend the Dixie Nationals in February. I have been keeping detailed records and writing letters to my scramble heifer donors in Fort Worth and San Antonio. Keeping good records is not easy, but it is necessary to help me keep track of my expenditures and see where I stand in relation to what I have made. I am also working on a scrapbook for San Antonio.
I am halfway through my junior year at Stephenville High School. I ordered my senior class ring, my football season is over and I have even started my college search. I am looking forward to the major shows, spring FFA activities, contests and the opportunities that will come my way.
I hope to see you all somewhere along the show road. This is a passion for me and I love every minute of it. I am honored to be serving as your director this year.
I wish you much joy and success this year.