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





2016-2017 Queen and Princess

Queen :: Taylor Terry :: Denton, Texas

Princess :: Madison Moran :: Brehnam, 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 Jr. Santa Gertrudis Show


2017 National jr. santa gertrudis association board of directors application


2017 national jr. santa gertrudis youth foundation scholarship application


2017 national santa gertrudis youth foundation scholarship checklist


2017 National jr. santa gertrudis queen, princess, brain bowl & hersman entry form


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 Will McDaniel, Treasurer

Mark your calendars, because the biannual Gerts Ongoing Advanced Leadership Summit (GOALS) is right around the corner. This year’s conference is in beautiful Nashville, Tenn. July 23-27. This will be my fourth time attending GOALS. As a result of attending GOALS, I have been able to take advantage of the numerous diversified regions of our country and absorb timeless knowledge on leadership and living a better life.


For young breeders in our association, attending GOALS for the first time is what I would consider a necessary stepping stone into your youth career. My first experience at GOALS was in 2011 in Branson, Mo. Being the youngest of the more than 50 participants made every aspect of the summit a challenge. I had never broken out of my shell and taken advantage of the leadership potential that was burning quietly within me. After four days of zip-lining, show hopping, team building and making lasting new friendships, I came out as a transformed individual ready for the challenges of being a leader. This transformation led me to join the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association Board and led me to serve as president several years later. The kid from 2011 was nowhere near as prepared for the challenges that laid ahead of him as was the kid who went through three GOALS experiences and multiple leadership roles. I encourage all youth breeders who are on the edge about attending GOALS to consider the benefits and lifelong impact this experience can have.