Kansas City Hosts the 2013 National Junior Angus Show

March 20, 2013






For more information contact:

Carrie Heitman, communications coordinator, at 816-383-5100 or;

Robin Ruff, director of junior activities, at 816-383-5100 or



2013 NJAS Deadlines


Kansas City Hosts the 2013 National Junior Angus Show

Junior Angus members will participate in activities at American Royal Complex July 5-11.


The National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) is the highlight of the summer for many Angus families, and this year the event takes place July 5-11 in Kansas City, Mo. While the cattle shows are the main attraction, the week also includes the showmanship competition, junior activities and a variety of educational contests.

“The National Junior Angus Show is more than a cattle show. It’s a week-long vacation with friends and family,” says Robin Ruff, junior activities director for the American Angus Association®. “It also gives youth a chance to expand their horizons and build life-long skills.”

Sponsored by the Missouri Angus and junior Angus associations, this year the NJAS is themed “Aberdeen in Twenty Thirteen.” The week-long event kicks off Saturday, July 6 with the Parade of States during the Opening Ceremonies at Hale Arena, home of the American Royal.

NJAS Cattle Shows

More than 1,100 head of cattle are expected to walk through the NJAS showring this summer. Chris Mullinix, El Dorado, Kan., will select champions in the owned heifer division. Judging bred-and-owned heifers, cow-calf pairs, and bred-and-owned bulls will be Jonathan Perry, Fayetteville, Tenn. Steers will be evaluated by Ryan Rathmann, Lubbock, Texas. States will also compete for the Best Five Head, while individual members will vie for Junior Premier Breeder and the Silver Pitcher Award. 

            The NJAS cattle ownership and postmark entry deadline is May 15. Junior members can save time by submitting their entries online. Simply log on to and provide the necessary information, including a Visa® or MasterCard® number to cover entry and bedding fees. Online entries are subject to the same entry deadlines as those submitted via mail. No late entries are accepted for any reason.


NJAS Showmanship Contest

            The 47th Annual NJAS Showmanship Contest is sure to be an attention-grabbing event. Two junior Angus members from each state will be given the opportunity to compete for the title of “Top Showman.” This year judges are Lacey Robinson, Olsburg, Kan.; Jason Hoffman, Thedford, Neb.; and Randy White, Waukomis, Okla.


NJAS Carcass Steer Contest

            A different perspective to the traditional cattle show, the Carcass Steer Contest allows Angus juniors to increase their awareness of the important role Angus cattle play on the consumer’s plate. Dr. Curtis and Ann Long of Briarwood Angus Farms, Butler, Mo., contribute cash prizes for the steer contest through their permanent endowment fund administered by the Angus Foundation.

Long believes the contest teaches juniors more than how to care for an animal, but to also produce a high-quality product a consumer expects from the Angus breed: “Participants need to know the results of their cattle so they can learn, go home and make a better product for their customers.”

Educational Contests

Outside the showring, hundreds of junior members will participate in more than a dozen educational contests. Youth can enter individually in the following:  prepared and extemporaneous public speaking, career development, graphic design, writing, photography, livestock judging, video and poster competitions.

In addition, each state can enter a team in the quiz bowl, team sales and fitting contests, as well as the American Angus Auxiliary-sponsored All-American Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) Cook-Off, herdsmanship and scrapbook contests.

Contest entry deadlines and further information about the NJAS are available at or by contacting the Junior Activities Department at 816-383-5100.

A coloring session is also provided for those younger family members not able to participate in junior contests.


Mentoring Program

Beyond friendly competition, the NJAS mentoring program is a fun activity throughout the week that partners senior and novice members together to get to know one another and feel comfortable meeting other juniors.

“During the NJAS Angus youth are encouraged to make friends and learn from each other,” Ruff says. “The mentoring program can help prepare younger members for a successful future.”


NJAA Annual Meeting

Also during the week of shows and competitions, the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) hosts its annual meeting. Two delegates from each state will gather together to review the organization’s bylaws and elect six new directors to the NJAA Board. The new directors and officers will be announced during the awards program at the conclusion of the week.

The NJAS also takes time to recognize outstanding Angus youth. The Angus Foundation and American Angus Auxiliary will award a number of scholarships to deserving recent high school graduates and college students.

A tentative schedule of the 2013 NJAS events follows.


ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. It’s home to an extensive breed registry that grows by nearly 300,000 animals each year. The Association also provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association, visit








FRIDAY, July 5

     All day                       Cattle may begin arriving, set up stalls and move-in all day

     7:00 p.m.                    Exhibitors Meeting – Hale Arena Grandstand



     9:00 a.m. – noon         Cattle Check-In - DEADLINE:  12:00 p.m. – Governors Hall

                                    9:00 a.m. – noon     Contest sign up: Team Sales, Team Fitting, Extemporaneous Speaking, Judging Contest, Quiz Bowl – Grand Hall

                                        Turn in:  Posters, Scrapbooks, Silent Auction Items – Grand Hall

     10:00 – 4:00 p.m.       Hospitality Open – Hale Arena

     11:00 a.m.                   Queens Luncheon – TBD

     12:00 noon                 Advisors Meeting – Wagstaff Theater

     12:00 noon                 Cattle Check-In Deadline & Contest Sign-up Deadline

     1:00 p.m.                    Cook-off Information Meeting – Blue Ribbon Cafe

     2:00 p.m.                    Candidate/Delegate Meeting – Upper Exposition Hall

     2:15 p.m.                    Coloring Session (Youth Age 9 and under) – Blue Ribbon Cafe

     2:15 p.m.                    Mentoring Mixer – Upper Exhibition Hall

     3:15 p.m.                    State Line-up and Picture – Hale Arena

     3:30 p.m.                    State Line-up and Picture – Hale Arena

     4:00 p.m.                    Opening Ceremonies – Hale Arena

     7:30 p.m.                    Ice Cream Social – Outside Hale Arena

     7:00 a.m.                     Angus Foundation Golf Tournament – Shiloh Springs Golf Course

                                    7:30 a.m.     Prepared Public Speaking Contest – Governors, Wagstaff, and Ambassador

     7:30 a.m.                    Career Development Contest – Board Room and Bit & Spur Room

     8:00 a.m.                     Judge Scrapbooks & Posters – Grand Hall

     10:00. – 4:00 p.m.      Hospitality Open – Hale Arena

     10:00 – 6:00 p.m.       Trade Show Open – Grand Hall

     10:30 a.m.                   Cattle Judging Contest – Hale Arena

     1:00 p.m.                    Cook-Off Contest – Governors, Wagstaff and Ambassador

     6:00 p.m.                    Annual Meeting of the NJAA – Sheraton Hotel

     7:30 p.m.                    Check-in and Weigh Carcass Steers

     9:00 p.m.                    Load carcass steers to transfer to harvesting plant


MONDAY, July 8

     6:30 – 8:00 a.m.          Breakfast – Upper Exposition Hall

     8:00 – 6:00 p.m.         Trade Show and Silent Auction OpenGrand Hall

                                    8:00 a.m.     Begin Show – Hale Arena
  Bred & Owned Heifers

     10:00– 4:00 p.m.        Hospitality Open – Hale Arena

     11:30– 1:00 p.m.        Lunch – Upper Exposition Hall

                                    12:00 noon  Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest - Begin Prep Time – Blue Ribbon Cafe

                                    12:30 p.m.   Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest - Begin Speeches – Governors, Wagstaff and Ambassador

     2:30 p.m.                    Team Sales Competition – Hale Arena

     4:30 p.m.                    American Angus Auxiliary Social – Wagstaff Room

     5:00 p.m.                    American Angus Auxiliary Meeting – Wagstaff Room

     6:00 p.m.                    Quiz Bowl Written Test – Upper Exposition Hall

     6:30 – 10 p.m.            Dinner and Entertainment – Angus Hall of Fame 



     6:30 – 8:00 a.m.          Breakfast – Upper Exposition Hall

     8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Trade Show and Silent Auction opens – Grand Hall

                                    8:00 a.m.     Resume Show – Hale Arena
   Bred-and-Owned Cow-Calf Pairs
   Owned Cow-Calf Pairs
   Bred-and-Owned Bulls

                                           Bred & Owned Best Five Head

     9:00 a.m.                     Post Quiz Bowl Final Round Qualifiers – Outside Show Office

     9:00 – 10:00 a.m.        Showmanship Check-in – Show Office

     10:00. – 4:00 p.m.      Hospitality Open – Hale Arena

     11:30– 1:00 p.m.        Lunch - Upper Exposition Hall

     1:30 p.m.                    Showmanship Orientation and Photo Session – Hale Arena

                                        Showmanship Preliminaries immediately following photos – Hale Arena

     4:00 p.m.                    Team Fitting Contest – Hale Arena

     5:00 p.m.                    Quiz Bowl Finals – Governors, Wagstaff, and Ambassador


     9:00 p.m. – midnight Junior & adult social/dance – Sheraton Hotel 



     6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast – Upper Exposition Hall

     8:00 a.m.                     Trade Show and Silent Auction opens –Grand Hall

     8:00 a.m.                     Resume Show – Hale Arena

                                    Owned Heifers (Number of divisions shown, will be decided upon check-in)

     10:00– 2:00 p.m.        Hospitality Open – Hale Arena

     11:00 a.m.                  Presentation of Advisor of the Year Award & Honorary Angus Foundation Awards – Hale Arena

     12:00 p.m.                  Present NJAS Mentoring Program Books for awards – Show Office

     12:00 p.m.                  Junior Herdsman of the Year ballots due – Show Office

     4:30 p.m.                    NJAA Elections – Hale Arena

     4:00 – 6:00 p.m.         Dinner – Upper Exposition Hall

     6:30 – 8:00 p.m.         NJAA Awards Program – Hale Arena
Presentation of the Following Awards:
All NJAA Contests; Gold Awards; Crystal Award; Auxiliary, CAB/NJAA, Angus Foundation Scholarships; Introduction of New NJAA Officers and Directors



     6:30– 8:00 a.m.           Breakfast – Upper Exposition Hall

     7:00 a.m.                     NJAA Board Meeting – Show Office

     8:00 a.m.                     Trade Show and Silent Auction opens – Grand Hall

     8:00 a.m.                     Showmanship Finals and Awards Presentation – Hale Arena

     9:00 – noon                Hospitality Open – Hale Arena

     9:30 a.m.                     Resume Show – Hale Arena

                                    Remainder of Owned Heifers (Jr. Yearling Div. 3, 4, 5 & 6 Champions, Sr. Champion, Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion) Owned Best 5 Head, Announce Premier Breeders, Sweepstakes Winners and Auxiliary Silver Pitcher Presentations

     10:00 a.m.                   Close Silent Auction – Grand Hall

     12:00 noon                 Close Trade Show – Grand Hall



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