The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) is one of the largest, strongest and most active junior cattle programs in the country. Over the years, members of this association have gone on to earn international and domestic respect as models for youth organizational success.
The NJHA, through its extensive educational programs, continues to lay the foundation for the beef industry’s future leaders. The traditions of the past coupled with the energy of today’s board of directors have created a progressive approach to further develop a meaningful and educational association focus.
A 12-member board of directors governs the NJHA, with each person serving a three-year term. The members of the NJHA board of directors serve as ambassadors for the Hereford industry. As directors, they motivate their peers and promote the Hereford breed. They strive to exemplify the positive traits that an association of this caliber possesses. “Advantage, Opportunity” is the NJHA logo. These are the building blocks toward the NJHA goal of providing educational and leadership development programs, assisting with breed promotion and hosting a variety of activities.
Junior National Hereford Expo
One of the largest junior breed shows in the U.S., the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) is the highlight of the NJHA’s summer activities. It is held every July, and is co-sponsored by the AHA and affiliated junior and state Hereford associations.
Known to many as the ultimate family vacation, this summer show provides an opportunity for competition between junior members and their cattle projects. A hands-on type of program for youth provides educational, leadership and motivational
forums. During the event youth can participate in 22-skill based contests. Visit the JNHE Section for more information.
While the JNHE promotes learning aspects of showing cattle and educational activities associated with related contests, the NJHA’s Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Convention focuses on leadership development. Junior members, parents and advisors from all parts of the country participate in the event. During the three-day event, participants listen to nationally known speakers and participate in leadership workshops, which enhance the individual’s leadership talents, communication and beef industry knowledge.
Visit the PRIDE Convention Section for more information.
State Field Days and Regional Shows
Throughout the summer, approximately 30 state affiliates sponsor field days and/or regional shows. The AHA and NJHA board may help in planning and organizing activities, such as judging contests, junior cattle shows and various educational and fun-filled contests. The shows attract much of the attention during the state event. The main purpose is to encourage member participation and to demonstrate the importance of proper growth and development of heifers and bulls. This demonstrates the importance of building productive foundation purebred and commercial cow herds.
AHA Junior AI Program
Junior members may obtain free semen and AI certificates from top bulls in the Hereford breed through the Junior AI Program. Junior members can qualify females for the program by exhibiting their heifer(s) at any AHA-sponsored show. The program was established to provide juniors the opportunity to further enhance their breeding program as well as encourage managerial and marketing skills.
The NJHA is an organization devoted to the development of outstanding leadership potential and motivation to seek advanced education. Striving to provide the foundation
upon which interested youth can build their future in the agriculture industry, the NJHA
offers various scholarships and awards to its membership. The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) administers these scholarships to
deserving Hereford youth.
Click here for more information about available scholarships.
AHA is offering several opportunities this summer for college students hoping to further their education and gain valuable real-world experience working with youth activities. The AHA youth department is offering a junior activities internship and the communications and marketing team is offering a communications internship. >> More information
All steers showing at the Junior National Hereford Expo must be registered by the American Hereford Association and out of a registered sire and dam. No steer certificates will be accepted, only registration papers. The AHA will still offer traditional steer certificates for those state and regional shows not requiring a registration paper on steers at this time.
The fall Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Scholarship Applications are posted at hereford.myreviewroom.com. There will be close to $30,000 awarded to Hereford youth from gracious HYFA donors. Apply today and make sure to request your recommendation letters early as everything will need to be posted to the online system by Sept. 15. Good luck!