Junior Angus Members take on Madison!
By Chloe Fowler
The anticipation is growing as Angus families and juniors prepare for the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 7-13. An event always filled with hard work and excitement, NJAS this year will be no different. Hosted by Madison, Wisconsin, in the Alliant Energy Center, the competition can promise to be stiff within the different cattle shows and showmanship contests, as well as educational with clinics put on by industry leaders and a tradeshow that is widely recognized.
From both the grounds of the event or the comfort of home, opportunities for live coverage are available at njas.info to stay up to date with all shows, contests and ceremonies.
- Watch live coverage, brought to you by Walton Webcasting, online at www.njas.info.
- Opening Ceremonies, Sunday, July 8 at 6 p.m. CST
- NJAS Cook Off, Monday, July 9 at 1 p.m. CST
- NJAS Bred/Owned Heifer Show, Tuesday, July 10 at 8 a.m. CST
- NJAS Show & Showmanship Preliminaries, Wednesday, July 11 at 8 a.m. CST
- NJAS Owned Heifer Show, Thursday, July 12 at 8 a.m. CST
- NJAS Awards Ceremony, Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. CST
- NJAS Showmanship Finals & Owned Heifer Show, Friday, July 13 at 8 a.m. CST
- Download the Angus Mobile smartphone app for instant news updates, show results, videos and schedules, among other Angus news.
- Follow Angus social media profiles for instantaneous updates:
- Angus TV YouTube channel hosts videos of champion drives
- Candid photos are available at photo.angus.org and save 20 percent using code “NJAS18”.
NJAS Cattle Shows
With almost 1,900 Angus cattle entered into various contests, this year’s show will be large, encompassing cattle from 34 different states, as well as animals from Canada, to compete. Starting with the Bred & Owned Heifer Show on Tuesday, July 10 at 8:00 a.m. (CST), these juniors and cattle will be competing nonstop. The rest of the week will host shows of bred-and-owned bulls, bred-and-owned cow-calf pairs, bred-and-owned best five head, owned cow-calf pairs, owned heifers, owned best five head and steers.
States can participate in competing for the best five head, while individuals compete for the Junior Premier Breeder and Silver Pitcher Award. Judges for the various contests listed above include Doug Satree, Kyle Coyler, Miles Shout, Katy Satree and Jirl Buck.
Showmanship, one of the most competitive contests among these young juniors, will begin preliminaries on July 11. Two junior members from each state will receive the opportunity to compete for the title of “Top Showman.” Judges for showmanship this year include Jessica Radcliffe, Weston, Wisconsin; John Griswold, Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Dan Kiesewetter, Farmington, Illinois. Showmanship finals are Friday, July 13, at 8:00 a.m. (CST).
Outside of the showring, there are still many opportunities for awards and competitive spirits, including more than 15 different contests ranging from public speaking, career development, livestock judging or graphic design.
Each state can enter contests including the quiz bowl, team sales, team marketing and fitting contests, as well as the American Angus Auxiliary-sponsored All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off, herdsmanship and scrapbook contests.
The press is welcomed and encouraged to attend the largest junior beef show in the nation. The 2018 NJAS Media Kit can be accessed online to inform media professionals when and where contests are taking place, as well as provide needed background information.
The media kit contains the full schedule, event locations, where to find news releases and contact information. For more information, please contact the American Angus Association communications team with any questions.
For more information on NJAS events, visit www.njaa.info.
Also, plan to tune into a special NJAS episode of The Angus Report on Monday, July 23 at 7:30 a.m. and Saturday July 28 at 1:30 p.m. on RFD-TV.