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



Letters from Junior Leaders in SG-USA 


By Kelsie Edenfield, Director, District 2

Hey y’all. My name is Kelsie Edenfield and I’m your District 2 director. This month’s edition of Santa Gertrudis USA focuses on the all-important herd sire. Picking the sire you want to breed to your heifers is crucial. Selecting a bull that will match well with your heifers and produce a high-quality calf crop is a top priority. You need stable herd sires that will help benefit your operation in the long-run.


Choosing a good herd sire can be tricky. Keep in mind that it’s important that there are no relative bloodlines shared between the females you are breeding and your sire. Longevity is also important, as sires will have to breed numerous females each year. As you know, a lot of thought and hard work has to be put into selecting herd sires, just like the hard work required everywhere else on the farm as well.

Thank you so much for your time. I hope you all have a blessed year!


By Leighton McCulley, At-Large Director

I’m a freshman at North Pike High School in Summit, Miss., and I have recently been elected to serve as an At-Large director on the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association (NJSGA) Board of Directors. I have been showing Santa Gertrudis cattle since I could only participate in pee-wee shows, and now, I have attended and participated in seven National Junior Santa Gertrudis Shows. In the short time I have been serving on the Board, I have realized what a blessing it is to work alongside other junior members who also want to better our great organization. It is my plan to only become more involved with our breed’s activities as it continues to move in a great direction.


In my opinion, juniors have an underlying responsibility to be active in our association. In order to further our knowledge about Santa Geretudis cattle and cattle operations, and meet fellow breeders, we must make an effort in being involved. I encourage you to attend as many Gert sales, shows and other activities as possible. Also, indulge yourself in the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Show as much as you can. Participate in competitions, socials and dances. It is also a great idea to run for a national position, such as queen, princess or a position on the NJSGA Board. There is so much to learn and so many wonderful people to meet. Don’t hesitate to step out of your comfort zone because that is what being a leader is all about.