Houston, Texas - Every year, members of the American Junior Brahman Association gather to compete in a variety of contests, showcasing their skills and their cattle. This year, 250 members from nine states will show off their more than 650 entries. The All American will be held in West Monroe, La., at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, July 4-9, 2016.

“The All American is the highlight of our junior members year. This event provides an opportunity for members to come together to compete, conduct their business, make new friendships and most importantly have a good time,” said Chris Shivers, Executive Vice President of the American Brahman Breeders Association.

Junior members who are between the ages of 8-18, will compete with their cattle in showmanship and in bull and female classes. As individuals, they will compete in public speaking, a herdsman quiz, a photography contest, a poster contest and a sales talk competition.

The public speaking contest is a way for AJBA members to learn the skill of articulation while increasing their self-confidence and improving interpersonal communication skills. The Herdsman Quiz contest tests AJBA members' knowledge of facts and history of the Brahman breed and the beef industry.

The photography contest increases members' communication skills through the creative display of a message or feeling through photography. The Poster Contest displays the creative talent of AJBA members, to share ideas that may be useful in promotion of our breed, our organization and our herds, and to provide a fun and competitive activity for juniors.

The Sales Talk Contest teaches AJBA members the importance of communication in cattle marketing and promotion, as well as giving them an understanding of pedigrees, performance information and cattle phenotype.

Members will accumulate points from each contest, competing for the All Around High Point Individual Award. This award will be given to the top five overall exhibitors in each division. Exhibitors must participate in cattle classes, showmanship and public speaking to be eligible. The points from two other contests will also be added. The high point individuals in each age division will be recognized at the banquet. In addition, an Overall All Around High Point Award will be given to the individual with the most overall points across all divisions.

This year the show boasts more than $80,000 in premiums and scholarships. All class winners, including those in the bred and owned classes and showmanship, will receive a belt buckle. Champions will receive commemorative sculptures.

“We are extremely excited about the 2016 event as it will offer the largest premiums, scholarships, and awards ever offered in the 36 year history,” stated Shivers.

Scholarships will be awarded to junior members who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture and the Brahman industry. The La Muneca & Friends ANIMO Award, a $1,000 scholarship, is awarded to a unique AJBA member of any age that possesses what ANIMO stands for: spirit, commitment, desire, energy, passion, leadership and volunteerism.

The Shawnee Bailey Memorial Award is awarded to an individual who is nominated from their state, excels academically and personally, and competes in at least two contests, including public speaking, showmanship and/or the herdsman quiz.

Other awards members will compete for include the Herdsman Award and the Better Beef Contest. The herdsman competition promotes pride and enthusiasm for an individual's All American entries or his/her ranch. A single award will be given at the All American awards banquet for the display that receives the highest score. The Better Beef Contest recognizes AJBA Members for the superior carcass traits of their cattle.

Members can also compete in the Queen and Princess Contests. Members participate in a tea and interview session. Contestants must also compete in the showmanship and public speaking contest. The winners will represent and promote the AJBA and ABBA across the country at shows and other Brahman featured event.

The judges for this year's show include Dr. Joe Mask, Franklin, Texas, who will be judging showmanship, Chris Mullinix, Manhattan, Kansas, who will be judging the Bred & Owned and F-1 Female Show, and Lee Pritchard, Bells, Texas, who will be judging the Owned Show.

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