NJSGA

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.

 

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 Harrison Kimble, Vice President


Hello, everyone! My name is Harrison Kimble and I’m currently serving as the 2018-2019 National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association vice president. I’m 17 years old and will be a senior at Navarro High School.


In recent years, the Santa Gertrudis breed has excelled in the area of performance. We’ve progressed in collecting data to determine growth and carcass traits, and we even have had multiple Better Beef Contests at National Junior Santa Gertrudis Shows to record some of this data. But what other performance data are we bringing into our herds?


Recently SGBI Executive Director John Ford wrote an article informing beef cattle breeders of our new fertility expected progeny differences (EPDs). “Historically, beef producers have found it difficult to select for reproductive traits,” Ford said in the article. “They are challenging to measure and tend to be less heritable when compared to growth and carcass traits. Over the years, there has been little agreement on how to measure efficient reproduction.”


As a result, the SGBI Performance Committee added a new database that calculates two EPDs that have been designed to measure reproductive traits. These new EPDs – Heifer Pregnancy and Breed Back – allow producers to determine which animals have desirable reproductive abilities. These EPDs may be the next big step in determining reproductive efficiency. For more information, look out for the SGBI Breeder Guide to Data Collection and Submission, which is soon to be released and will discuss collection and submission of data for all traits, including the new fertility EPDs.