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.
2016 Officers & Directors
Casey Pitchford - Texas - At Large - President
Patrick Daniel - Arkansas - District 2 - Vice President
Reagan Ruddock - Texas - District 1 - Secretary
Will McDaniel - Georgia - At Large - Treasurer
Taylor Hampton - Missouri - At Large
Seth Lyness - Texas - District 1
Harrison Kimble - Texas - District 1
Marli Cantu - Texas - At Large
McRae Clay - Mississippi - District 3
Saige Combs - Texas - At Large
Abbie Edenfield - Florida - District 4
Whitney Fuller - Texas - District 1
Jordan Hess - Texas - District 1
Camila Cantu - 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.
By Abbie Edenfield, District 4 Representative
I’m Abbie Edenfield, and I’m currently serving as your District 4 representative on the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Board of Directors. I am also a third-generation Santa Gertrudis breeder.
I live in the small town of Altha, Fla., and I live on 5 Bar E Farm. On 5 Bar E Farm, my family has been raising purebred, registered Santa Gertrudis Cattle for more than 20 years. Since our hometown is so small, not many people know, or have heard, about us. This is why we recently created a Facebook page in order to better promote our farm and the beautiful breed that we all know and love.
Social media will be the next big thing when it comes to breed promotion. For many people, it is far more accessible and much easier to navigate than typical websites. This is especially true for the younger generation. Every post made on social media platforms can be seen by a large number of people who are able to provide immediate feedback through likes, comments, shares and retweets. Every positive reaction to a post draws more people in, creating more opportunities for that particular post to be seen.
In a recent article about social media marketing, Jason DeMers stated, “opportunity is the first element of any action.” He is absolutely correct. In order to create opportunities for the promotion of our breed, we must take action. A great first step would be to use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to proclaim a few of the wonderful qualities that our breed exhibits. As an association, we must take advantage of this tool. In doing so, we will be able to better promote Santa Gertrudis cattle.