New for 2019 NJSS (and reminders)!

We have some changes for 2019 and want exhibitors to be aware of these new additions as we are only 116 days from arriving in Lebanon, Tennesee!!

  • The minimum requirement is now 25% for ShorthornPlus steers ONLY!!! This rule will be in place for a two-year trial period.
  • ShorthornPlus Bred & Owned females (must be 50%) will now have their own show on June 21. They will be judged by the bred & owned judge. If you plan to show in the ShorthornPlus owned show AND the bred & owned show, you will have to pay the entry fee for both shows. Just as you do for the Purebred show, if you show in both shows.
  • On June 21, there will be two rings, ALL bred and owned in Ring 1 and ShorthornPlus Owned females & steers in Ring 2.
  • In shows with top 5, we will pick a third best in divisions.
  • The Champion Senior Speech will give their speech at the Awards Ceremony.
  • The final quiz bowl round will be during the awards ceremony.


Important reminders:

Junior Board Application Deadline – April 10
Scholarship Deadline – May 1
Ownership Deadline – May 1 (you MUST have registration number to enter for show)
Entry Deadline – May 1
Final Entry Deadline – May 15 (entry fees are raised after May 1)

Entry form will be available by March 1. There will be a tutorial available on how to complete entry fees. It is suggested to look over tutorial, even if you have entered online before. This will help solve any issues with entry (over or under paying).

Registration numbers are required at time of entry. Entries received without a registration number, MUST provide the registration number by May 15 (ownership deadline is still May 1) or your entries will be considered incomplete.

You will not be able to show any incomplete animal entries. You will not receive refunds for animals that are incomplete. It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to provide registration numbers at time of entry. 

Please email with any questions.

NJSS entries Due May 1

Be sure to get your cattle entered for the National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference by May 1. After May 1 entry cost will go up. All entries must be done online. Be sure to check show classifications and all other rules & regulations for NJSS before entering your animals.



  1. Animals must be in the name of only ONE individual junior member to be eligible to show. (no farm name allowed). The ownership deadline is May 1.
  2. ShorthornPlus animals must be 50% to be eligible to show. If you have a cow/calf pair both cow and calf must be 50%.
  3. The final deadline for entry and substitution is May 15.
  4. If you have any questions, email!

OFFICIAL COUNTDOWN (from this post to when cattle begin arriving in tieouts): 68 days


Welcome 2018 Interns!




A desire to advocate for agriculture led Emily Meinhardt to Kansas State University to pursue a degree in Agricultural Communications & Journalism with minors in Animal Sciences & Industry and Leadership Studies. As a sophomore at K-State, Emily enjoys being involved in campus clubs and her sorority because they allow her to meet a diverse group of people. Emily grew up in Marysville, Kansas where she was involved in 4-H and showing Hereford cattle. These experiences sparked her interest in the agricultural industry. With a passion for working with youth and a desire to promote the livestock industry, Emily looks forward to working for the Shorthorn Association as the communications intern.








We would like to welcome Emily Dyes of Holliday, Texas to the American Shorthorn Association Team as the registrations intern. Emily grew up in vastly different counties across Texas including Nacogdoches, Bosque, Bandera, and Archer where she raised and exhibited Shorthorn cattle from the 3 rd to 12th grade. Emily is currently attending Texas Tech University and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Agriculture in May 2019. Emily believes this internship will be a great opportunity to learn more about how a breed association functions from day to day and is looking forward to gaining more knowledge about the beef industry through this experience. Emily is most excited to be working with professionals that share a common passion for the beef cattle industry and how the shorthorn breed will impact the future of the industry.







Anna Miller is a junior at Oklahoma State University where she is studying agricultural communications and animal science. She grew up in the small town of Linden, California, raising purebred Red Angus cattle with her family. Anna has always had a passion for the agricultural industries, and an interest in international culture has motivated her to study animal science abroad in Dublin, Ireland, for a semester. She is active throughout the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at OSU. Anna is an officer for the Oklahoma Collegiate Cattlewomen club and the FARM Theory club, as well as a member of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club. After graduation, she hopes to stay involved in the beef industry and work in the communications field. Anna is excited to serve as the Youth Activities intern for the AJSA, and looks forward to learning more about the association and its members!

Hello ASA passengers and welcome to NJSS Airways!

fullsizerenderOur names are Leah, Emily and Emma and we will be your flight attendants (interns) for this summer. We are busy preparing for this year’s Junior Nationals, who’s ready to TAKE FLIGHT WITH RED, ROAN AND WHITE?! Our entertainment for this flight will be Top Gun, featuring the hunky Tom Cruise. The flight attendants and the rest of the flight crew here at ASA have been busy preparing for this coming journey to NJSS, prepare for take-off!

Flight attendant Leah:

This first week has ‘flown’ by and I have been loving working with Emily, Emma and everyone else in the office, it is a really fun work environment and I am so glad to be a part of it. I have been busy working on the exhibitor folder for this year’s junior nationals and also working with the Associations social media pages (Go give them a like!) So far, we haven’t explored Kansas City a lot but I am excited to play tourist this weekend and try some KC Barbecue. I can’t wait to ‘take-off’ for Tulsa and help make it a fun-filled experience for everyone attending, with us hard at work there should be no expected turbulence!

Flight Attendant Emily:

This week has gone by with little to no turbulence. I have been busy planning activities and getting contest stuff ready for the juniors to participate in at NJSS. It’s going to be a packed full trip and I can’t wait to be along for the journey with the rest of you. Along with planning fun filed activities, I have been working hard to make sure all the scholarship applications were perfect before being sent out to be judged. This was really easy with the help from the amazing staff here at the ASA. I have had many different tasks to work on so far and hope to make this year’s NJSS one of the best yet. I am also excited about getting to be tourist this weekend and get to go visit the rest of KC with my awesome flight attendants (interns).  Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.

Flight Attendant Emma:

Hey Everyone, I hope your booking process (Entries) has been stress free and you are ready for a fun filled week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I have been busy this week sorting through exhibitors and cattle to make sure everyone is accommodated properly.  I have spent four days staring at Excel sheets, by now I feel like I can personally tell you every single person aboard our flight (Attending Junior Nationals). Be on the look-out for a confirmation email for me in the next week confirming your trip (Entries). We have a great staff onboard here at ASA; Shelby, Montie, and everyone else are very welcoming. The tickets have been booked; we have a full flight headed to Tulsa and the pilot just turned the seat belt sign on so buckle up and prepare for take-off!


Our final destination is Tulsa, Oklahoma. The duration of this flight will be 45 days until NJSS. Remember to pack your aviators and flight suits for this adventure, we hope you enjoy your flight with us!


Intern Update: Junior National

Hey guys!

It is Abbey & Taylor again. It has been a little while since we have updated y’all with the latest happenings. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but we managed to survive! Hopefully each of you enjoyed Jr. Nationals as much as we did, and have caught up on all your missed sleep; pretty sure we are still working on that part! We just wanted to take a minute and share with you guys some of our favorite parts of the week and thank everyone for making the 2016 National Junior Shorthorn Shows & Youth Conference a huge success.


It is hard to believe my time in the office is starting to come to an end. It seems like just last week I was starting my first day at ASA, nervous, and excited for the summer to get started. Now, here I am a few weeks away from being done, Jr. Nationals behind me, and only KEY Conference standing before me.

Jr. Nationals was a whirlwind and one that I will always remember. A lot of inside jokes, funny stories, passionate exhibitors, and great cattle come to mind when I think back on the week. It was awesome to see the hard work and preparation leading up to the event all come together. I have a lot of favorite moments, but I think the icing on the cake would be all the friendships I made. I actually had the chance to put a face to the hundreds of names I have read over & over. I got to work with some pretty awesome Jr. Board members, go on a round up with the sidekicks, and even drink some tea with the lassie princesses. On top of it all, I got to be a part of Gwen’s last Jr. National and if you know her, you know just how special those juniors are to her. To see her pour her whole heart into these kids is something I will always admire her for.

I may be a little tired still, my feet are still sore from wearing boots for hours, and I may still have to unpack, but my first Jr. Nationals was certainly one for the books!!


I have to reiterate a bit on Taylor’s thoughts. How is it even possible that we only have three short weeks left as the ASA interns? It was so wonderful to experience my first Jr. Nationals. I know my experience working it is nothing compared to those of you that exhibited. However, y’all are absolutely awesome. Seeing so much passion for the breed from the junior members, and the enthusiasm everyone has for what they are doing was simply the best.

While it is hard to pick a favorite moment, the team fitting contest is definitely up there in my book. The way everyone (and it really was everyone) helped to move the intermediate contest into the cattle barn to keep everyone safe was IMG_1447phenomenal teamwork. Again, like Taylor said, finally putting faces to names was a great thing. For me it was being able to meet all the outgoing members that took their time to help me out and showcase them in the exhibitor folder.  I’m sitting here trying to think of something to add about Gwen, but I think we will have to write another entry in a few weeks dedicated to her. She deserves one all about her because her dedication to her job was all about you members.

I don’t think Taylor and I were really prepared for what the week would bring, we had an idea but it ended up being so much more! A big thanks to all the exhibitors, parents, volunteers and staff that helped keep the week an amazing experience



Intern Update: Favorite Show Memories

Hey Y’all,
Abbey and Taylor back again. Just two more weeks and we will be on our way to St. Paul! We are so excited for Junior Nationals to begin.
First a little update on our work. Decorations, banners, Swag bag items and more keep coming in for us to take with us. Abbey is almost done with the exhibitor folder. A big thanks to all of those that have gotten back to her with information! Be watching your email, as you should receive a confirmation packet from Taylor soon!

Today’s blog is going to be about our favorite show memories, as preparing for this event is pretty nostalgic as you might guess.

abbey_steer1I participated in 4-H for 11 years (Welcome week for college kept me from being able to show my 12th year), and never at a level higher than the county show. This was because my main goal was the carcass contest, but looking back I wish I had pushed myself to travel more and compete at a high level. Anyways, that’s beside the point. My favorite showing memory is from my first time showing at the Arkansas Valley Fair in Rocky Ford, CO.
It was my ninth year in 4-H and I had just moved to Rocky Ford from Kansas. At this point all I showed was a steer and a heifer, as my sisters were all in college and I was not about to have two of every animal. I was so far out of my comfort zone having to join a new club and had zero idea what I was up against. It didn’t help that everyone that talked to me about what 4-H was like in the area made comments that I shouldn’t get my hopes up about placing very well.

You see there was this kid that supposedly won Grand Champion Market Steer every year. He had a special designed cooler for his animals, while my mom believed that the right fan and washing my animal every day would still give my steer nice full hair. (That philosophy never failed me.)

So here I was, the new girl in the country that nobody talked to and thinking that everyone was watching to see how low I would place. My steer was in a different weight class than the other kid, and we both won our class. Then in the final drive, us first five had barely gotten our steers set when the judge walked up while giving his reasons for his Grand Champion pick and shook my hand. I was so shocked that I didn’t know what to do. But winning the overall market steer, when no one thought I had a chance, gave me back my confidence when showing and taught me that it didn’t matter where I was showing because I loved it and that’s all that mattered.




TAylor_entry3_1When I first began showing, at the age of 10, I had no idea I would fall so in love. My initial thoughts were; raise a steer, do decent at county fair, and just collect a paycheck. Little did I know I would end up spending a great deal of my time in the barn and traveling on the weekends because I enjoyed it that much.
I believe one of the most rewarding portions of showing cattle is the “show family” you make and it seemed many of our family vacations were spent in the show ring. The stories you remember, the friends you make, and the lessons you learn are somethings you will always hold dear to your heart; I know I do. My absolute favorite memory from showing dates back to 2012. My sister is the complete opposite of me: blonde hair, blue eyes, makeup always just perfect. She’s not afraid to get dirty, but I am pretty certain she will even be dressed up to play in the mud. Needless to say, the idea of her showing cattle was something never really discussed. My dad had mentioned it a time or two, but she showed no interest; that was until my sophomore year of high school. The day she came to me and said “Tay, I think I want to show this year”, just a few tears of joy were shed.

taylor_entry3_2Being able to spend time together both in and out of the ring is something I look back on now and don’t take for granted. Of course with any siblings, we had the fights regarding whose turn it was to wash or she needed to walk a few more laps, you know the typical show family arguments, but Mama always made us hug it out and we would move right on. By the way, even when I am back in Florida for a visit and there is an argument, she still makes us hug!
I am a strong believer that somethings are just priceless and quality time is one of those. No ribbons, no buckle, no money, can compare to the strong friendship bonds you make through showing livestock.

With Jr. National’s right around the corner we hope you are looking forward to making lots of memories. We can’t wait to see, hear, and be a part of this year’s show!

-Abbey & Taylor