Plans are being finalized for the 2006 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 9-15 in Indianapolis, Ind. “All Roads Lead to the '06 Show” is the theme of the event, hosted by the Indiana Junior Angus and Indiana Angus Associations. The week-long event features the largest single-breed beef cattle show in the world, with more than 1,000 head of cattle exhibited by youth ages 9-21 years old who are members of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA).
Youth will compete for top prizes in several divisions within the cattle show including bred-and-owned heifers, bulls and cow-calf pairs and owned heifers, cow-calf pairs and steers. The opportunity to enter steers in a carcass division also exists.
Judges for the cattle show include Doug Parrett, Urbana, Ill., who will evaluate the owned heifers. Jeff Dameron, Lexington, Ill., will judge the bred-and-owned heifers, bulls and cow-calf pairs, and Scott Bush, Britton, S.D., will evaluate the steers.
In addition to the cattle show, numerous educational competitions take place during the week, including two new to the 2006 NJAS. This year, the Indiana juniors will conduct a cattle judging contest. A team fitting contest has been added to the list of contests, which also include prepared and extemporaneous public speaking, a quiz bowl, team sales, photography, posters, creative writing and graphic design. Another feature of the week is the American Angus Auxiliary-sponsored All American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-off. As well, six members will be elected to the NJAA board of directors at the annual meeting during the week.
This year marks the 40th Annual National Junior Angus Showmanship contest. Limited to two youth from each state each year, a young person may only compete once in this prestigious event. Showmanship judges include Gary Dameron, Lexington, Ill.; Donnie Robertson, Yukon, Okla.; and Richie Oaks, Butnam, Okla.
Besides the cattle shows and competitions, educational events will take place
during the week. A showmanship clinic will be conducted early in the week,
and a fitting demonstration will be later in the week. An informational session
about American Angus Association
SM programs will also take place.
Exhibitors and contestants at the NJAS must be NJAA members and be nine years old, but not yet 21, by January 1, 2006, to compete in the activities. The ownership and entry deadline is June 1, and no late entries are accepted.
For more information about the 2006 NJAS or junior Angus programs, log onto www.njas.info, www.njaa.info or contact the junior activities department at 816-383-5100.