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.


2018 Officers & Directors

President -Taylor Terry - Texas - District 1

Vice President - Harrison Kimble - Texas - District 1

Secretary - Shelby Ferguson- Texas - District 1 

Treasurer- Ryan Hess - Texas - At-large

Caydi Blaha - Texas - District 1 

Heather Stenson - Texas - At-large

Landon Stem - Texas - District 1 

Taylor Janssen - Texas - District 1

Hadley Brooks - Texas - At-large

Kalli Kimble - Texas - At large

Erin Kaye Daniel - Arkansas- District 2

JD Chism - Mississippi - District 3

Kelsie Edenfield - Florida -  District 4 

Leighton McCulley - Mississippi -At-large



2018-2019 Queen and Princess

Queen :: Abbie Edenfield :: Altha, Florida

Princess :: Kenley Kincannon :: West Columbia, 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.


2019 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Female Show Class Breaks


2019 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Show Special Classes


2018 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show Results


2017 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show Results


2016 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show Results



Letter from Junior Leaders in SG-USA 


By Ryan Hess, Treasurer

My name is Ryan Hess and I am from Stephenville, Texas. I am currently serving as an at-large director and treasurer for the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association.

Marketing is an important aspect of promoting Santa Gertrudis in the cattle industry. Santa Gertrudis USA, social media and multiple other platforms have allowed large and small breeders to market their cattle and promote the benefits of Santa Gertrudis and STAR 5 cattle.

Word-of-mouth is also a great marketing tool that is an easy way to educate others about the benefits of our breed. We are able to explain benefits such as hybrid vigor, which can help commercial breeders improve their herds. We should also be promoting expected progeny differences and genomic-enhanced data that is being accumulated and used to improve the cherry-red breed.

As we approach the holiday season, I hope everybody has a great Thanksgiving and Christmas spent with friends and family. I look forward to seeing all of you at the major shows and the 2019 National Junior Santa Gertrudis Show. Each show offers a great opportunity for us to promote our breed, as well as show the importance of our junior program and what it can do to help offer breeders some free advertising in the stalls and in the ring. I appreciate the opportunities the association has given me to hold leadership positions and develop lasting relationships.