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





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


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 Casey Pitchford, National Junior President

Hey y'all! My name is Casey Pitchford. I have been on the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association (NJSGA) Board of Directors for four years now, and I am currently serving as your NJSGA President. Serving on the Board is by far one of the best decisions I have made. I'm very sad to say that I am leaving my at-large position after this term ends in 2018, but I have learned so much along the way.


Once again we have had an amazing National Junior Santa Gertrudis Show in Lake Charles, La. I was very impressed with the quality of animals exhibited and thought the first bull show was a hit! I would like to also welcome all of the new members to the Santa Gertrudis association. Gerts are by far the best breed there is, and I love to see the association grow and flourish. After all w're talking about "God's cattle.” I also want to welcome the new directors who were recently elected. Being a director is a huge responsibility but is well worth it. Alwaysremember that in everything you do, you are representing our breed as a whole. We need to help and encourage all members and do our best to make sure everything runs smoothly.


Now on to the topic of the month: heat tolerance. The sun really takes a toll on the cattle during the warmer months. Gerts are the perfect breed of cattle to have during that time. Their Brahman influence is key tolerating the hot summers. This is such an asset for commercial and purebred breeders, especially in the southern half of the United States. It takes a remarkable animal to withstand the extreme heat of the summers we have. While long-haired cattle spend their hot summer days sitting in tanks and other cooler devices, Santa Gertrudis are out grazing and thriving in their environment. Personally, I have owned a variety of different breeds, and Gerts are by far the easiest to keep in all climate conditions. 


I hope everyone enjoyed their time at Nationals this year. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of you and can't wait for next year’s Nationals. Thank you for letting me advocate for this amazing breed that we call Santa Gertrudis cattle.