The National Junior Angus Show and additional events – including a showmanship competition, educational contests and a national meeting – are scheduled for July 6-12 in Indianapolis, Ind.
"The National Junior Angus Show is an exciting event for Angus youth and their families across the country," says Jaclyn Upperman, American Angus Association junior activities director. "It is more than a traditional cattle show. It's an event that challenges youth to build skills and develop long-lasting relationships."
Sponsored by the Indiana Junior Angus Association, the 2014 NJAS is themed "Angus in the Heartland – You gotta love it!" Indiana has hosted the show as recently as 2006.
More than 1,000 head of cattle are expected to compete in owned heifers, bred-and-owned heifers, cow-calf pairs, steers, and bred-and-owned bull classes.
States will join together to compete for the Best Five Head, while individual members will vie for Junior Premier Breeder and the Silver Pitcher Award.
The 47th Annual NJAS Showmanship Contest will also take place, with two junior Angus members from each state competing for the "Top Showman" title. To qualify, juniors must first be selected during state competition.
The NJAS cattle ownership and postmark entry deadline is May 15.
The Carcass Steer Contest will include cash prizes contributed by Dr. Curtis and Ann Long of Briarwood Angus Farms, Butler, Mo. The contest teaches juniors how to evaluate data and make better decisions for the consumer, NJAA says.
Prepared and extemporaneous public speaking, career development, graphic design, writing, photography, livestock judging, video production and poster competitions will also be judged at the show.
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 Cook-Off, herdsmanship and scrapbook contests.
Contest entry deadlines are available at www.angus.org/njaa or by contacting the Junior Activities Department at 816-383-5100.
Also during the week of shows and competitions, the 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.