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.


2017 Officers & Directors

Saige Combs - Texas - At Large - President

Taylor Terry - Texas - District 1 - Vice President 

Whitney Fuller - Texas - District 1 - Secretary

Harrison Kimble - Texas - District 1 - Treasurer

Will McDaniel - Georgia - At Large

Patrick Daniel - Arkansas - District 2

Casey Pitchford - Texas - District 1

Ryan Hess- Texas - District 1

Jordan Hess - Texas - District 1

JD Chism - Mississippi - District 3

Abbie Edenfield - Florida - District 4

Camila Cantu - Texas -District 1

Shelby Ferguson - Texas - District 1

Caydi Blaha - Texas - District 1

Heather Stenson - Texas - District 1


Not Pictured: JD Chism


2017-2018 Queen and Princess

Queen :: Hadley Brooks :: Krum, Texas

Princess :: Kalli Kimble :: Kingsbury, 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.


2017 National Junior Heifer Show Better Beef Contest Female Results


2017 National Junior Heifer Show Better Beef Contest Bull Results


2017 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show Results


2016 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show Results


2015 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show Results


2014 National Jr. Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show Results



Letter from Junior Leaders in SG-USA 


By Will McDaniel, At-Large Director

Hey y’all! The holiday season is right under our noses, and the crisp, cool air of December has already begun to hit our lungs. With the changing seasons, we cattle breeders often have many things on our minds, like keeping cattle warm, adjusting to ever-changing feed prices and, most important, spending time with our families. All of this requires good management and, at the end of the day, financial security.

The National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association (NJSGA) is no different. I’ve served as NJSGA treasurer for two terms during my five years of serving on the Board, and I can confidently tell you that our association’s operations wouldn’t be possible without our fellow breeders’ generous donations. Our youth program thrives due to the participation of both adults and youth who work to create an environment where all can learn the benefits of marketing our breed and become influential leaders.

My days as a junior member are limited; however, I can attest to the fact that our junior association has done all this and more for me. For this, I would like to thank all of our donors, big or small, who have assisted in making this experience possible.



By Jordan Hess, District Director 1

We are one month away from the National Santa Gertrudis Show in Fort Worth, Texas. I am very excited to exhibit my TexHess Santa Gertrudis cattle and visit with other breeders. The national show is one of the largest gatherings of Santa Gertrudis breeders around the country, serving as a proving ground for the past year’s calf crop.

Although I am young in the Santa Gertrudis breeding business, I have been blessed to breed and sell some of my cattle’s offspring to other juniors so they can start their showing careers. Since I am a senior in high school, set to graduate in May, it is very important for me to fund my education; selling my cattle is one of the best ways I can think of to help me obtain my college degree, debt free.

Don’t miss the Premier Cowtown Elite Sale Jan. 13, and the National Santa Gertrudis Open Show Jan. 14.