American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) members will have the opportunity to participate in three AGJA shows this summer. Two regional shows and the annual AGJA Classic-the National Junior Gelbvieh Show, will provide the opportunity for AGJA members to exhibit some of the best Gelbvieh and Balancer animals in the breed while building youth development and leadership skills.

The AGJA Western Regional show, hosted by the Minnesota Gelbvieh Junior Association, will be held June 11-13 at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds in Albert Lea, Minn.

The Heart of America Gelbvieh Junior Association will host the AGJA Eastern Regional show June 18-20 at the Warren County Fairgrounds, Warrenton, Mo.

Both regional shows will feature Gelbvieh and Balancer female and bred and owned bull shows. Each show will also include leadership and skill-building contests such as showmanship, photography, poster design, Gelbvieh quiz bowl, and team fitting.

Finally, Gelbvieh enthusiasts will gather in Bryan-College Station, Texas for the 2010 AGJA Lone Star Classic July 5-10. The AGJA Classic is the largest national junior Gelbvieh show in the United States. The week-long event, hosted by the Texas Gelbvieh Junior Association, will feature shows for owned as well as bred and owned Gelbvieh and Balancer females, bred and owned Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls, and Gelbvieh-influenced market steers. Additionally, several contests including sales talk, carcass evaluation, showmanship, impromptu speaking, quiz bowl, creative writing, livestock judging, herdsmanship, and more, will be offered.

“Participating in regional and national level shows provides an excellent opportunity for young Gelbvieh breeders to enhance their breeding programs through exposure in competitive shows and contests. Just as importantly, the networking opportunities provided at these events create lasting connections not only in the Gelbvieh breed, but within the beef industry as well,” says Dana Stewart, American Gelbvieh Association Director of Member Services and AGJA Advisor. “I would encourage anyone who has an interest in exhibiting cattle or in the Gelbvieh breed to attend any of our shows.”

For more about these shows, information on joining the American Gelbvieh Junior Association, or to request a free copy of the AGJA's “Showing Cattle: What you need to know to be successful” brochure, please contact Dana Stewart, AGJA Advisor, at 303-465-2333 or at Show schedules and details will be available in the coming weeks at


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