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Omaha, Neb., May 7, 2009 – Make plans to travel to Springfield, Ill. for the Shorthorn Junior National Show and Youth Conference, June 29 through July 4, which is themed “Shorthorn Paradise.” American Junior Shorthorn Association (AJSA) members work hard all year preparing for this grand event. Last year nearly 400 junior exhibitors from across the country attended the event.

“Shorthorn Paradise” will give AJSA members the opportunity to exhibit his/her prized purebred Shorthorn females and steers, Shorthorn Plus females and steers, cow/calf pairs, as well as bred and owned bulls and females, in their respective show.

Juniors will not only have the option to compete with their animals, but individuals can compete against others in their age division to show their creative talents in photography, poster, and art contests, exercise their public speaking skills in the speech contest, test their industry knowledge in the herdsman quiz, and show their skills in the show ring during the showmanship contest. Teams of juniors can come together to sizzle the taste buds in the beef cook-off contest, and present the best looking animals in the team fitting contest. States can also battle each other for top rank in categories of herdsmanship, booth displays and scrapbooking. Not to forget the adults, there is an Adult Showmanship contest in which each state junior association nominates an adult to represent their state in a costume showmanship competition, providing entertainment for all ages.

For a complete list of activities, tentative schedule of events, entry form and other information please visit www.shorthornjunior or contact Amanda Reeson at the American Shorthorn Association (ASA) 877-272-0686. Entry deadline is June 1, 2009.

The mission of the ASA is to contribute to the profitability and quality of life of its members and their customers by maintaining, protecting the vulnerability and enhancing the value of the herd book and performance database for Shorthorn cattle. The ASA is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and was founded in 1872 with herd book records going back to 1822. As one of the oldest American breed associations, the ASA provides services for more than 6,000 junior and senior members who register nearly 18,000 annually. The American Junior Shorthorn Association promotes personal development through youth activities and educational events. The AJSA is dedicated to the betterment of its members, promotes valuable skills, and fosters friendships that will last a lifetime. To learn more, contact the ASA office or visit


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