Contests and Education

 

Age Requirements for Contests and Activities

NJHA age is based on January 1 of the current year

Certified Hereford Beef Cook-Off – contest postponed until 2022 JNHE, look for an updated format in Louisville!


Great Hereford chef’s of all ages should bring their imagination, aprons, CERTIFIED HEREFORD BEEF recipes and their creativity for presentation to the Certified Hereford Beef Cook-Off this summer. The event,sponsored jointly by the National Hereford Women, Certified Hereford Beef and the National Junior Hereford Association will be held during the JNHE.

A panel of judges will evaluate the grill-off entries. This contest is educational, competitive, and most of all fun! The grill-off encourages a cooperative spirit among fellow junior members and brings out the creativity of the individual as well. Remember,this contest is designed to promote the Hereford breed’s end product—Certified Hereford Beef.

Rules:

Rules for the Certified Hereford Beef Cook-Off

1. There will be a division for teams of juniors. The juniors must be 7 to 21 years of age as of January 1 of the current year.

  • Teams may consist of three to five members. At least one member of the team must be able to grill and prepare food. Each state must also designate one adult to serve as a safety supervisor, but may not assist with the actual grilling and food preparation.
  • States may enter as many teams as they wish.
  • Juniors from states not having enough members to form a team may register with the grill-off officials (NJHA) by June 15 to join a cooperative, multi-state team.

2. Winners will receive awards from Certified Hereford Beef.

3. No alcoholic beverages may be used in the recipe, presentation, or be presented to the judges (excpetion: cooking wine, which may be used in marinating or meat presentation.)

4. All entries MUST PROVIDE their own grill or cooking appliance. Please include with the entry the type of cooking unit to be used and if electricity is needed.

5. The participants must furnish all ingredients, spices, preparation utensils, etc. except meat.

6. Contestants must use Certified Hereford Beef in their recipes. You may pick ONE item from the list below. Certified Hereford Beef will provide approximately 2 lbs. of the chosen item for the team.

  • Flank Steak
  • Ground Beef

7. All entries will be evaluated on the three separate and distinct categories of:

  • Showmanship – 20 points possible – theme/ creativity; presentation and overall impression
  • Recipe – 30 points possible – presentation of entrée, taste of the dish
  • Knowledge – 50 points possible – Certified Hereford Beef, food safety, cuts of beef, use of cut in recipe, general knowledge.

8. You will present the entrée ONLY and a card indicating how you would use it in your menu to the judges and then begin your presentation.

9. ALL team members are required to speak in the presentation part of the contest and answer at least one question per team member. In keeping with the “fun” aspect of this contest, entrants are encouraged to choose a theme, dress accordingly, bring energetic music and serve the beef in a manner keeping with that theme. If music is brought, you need to have a battery-operated system as electricity may not be available at the presentation site. Participants should use imagination and creativity in choosing a category and serving the finished entrée in a 3-6 minute skit or demonstration type presentation. Skit/demonstration needs to be memorized and notes may be used as references only. DO NOT read your presentation. A timer will be available. When your time is up, the timer will call time and you must end your presentation. Following the presentation, judges will have 5 minutes to ask questions. Judges must also stop questions at the end of their allotted time.

10. Participants will have 5 minutes total to setup and remove their food and props. The time may be used in any frame you wish (i.e. 3 minutes set up and 2 minutes removal). Parents may help in this area.

11. Participants will be provided with tables for preparation, a rolling cart to move their food and props to and from the judging table. The judging table will have a white cloth on it. You may add any place mats, decorations, etc. you wish for the presentation.

12. A cordless mic will be available for your use in presentation and questioning. A mic will also be available for the judges to use for questioning.

13. CLICK HERE to download the contest study guide.

14. Cooks may begin preparations anytime they deem necessary on contest day to be ready for judging at the designated time, which will be posted online on the resources page.

15. Photos will be taken before presentation is made.

16. Parents may not assist juniors in any part of this contest, except for set up and tear down of their presentation.

ENTRY DEADLINE: June 15th

Virtual extemporaneous speaking contest

The Extemporaneous Speaking Contest is designed to encourage interest in promoting the beef industry and projecting Herefords in a positive image through public speaking. The National Hereford Women (NHW) sponsor the contest.

Rules:

  1. Contestants must be a member of a state junior Hereford Association and the National Junior Hereford Association.
  2. The intermediate division is for youth 14-17 as of Jan. 1.
  3. The senior division is for youth 18-21 as of Jan. 1.
  4. Contestants will speak on a topic selected in a random drawing. Subject areas will include, but are not limited to, the History and Development of Hereford cattle, Principles of Breeding, Selling, Customer Service, and Managing/ Marketing of Beef Cattle.
  5. Contestants will report to a preparation room 30 minutes prior to their scheduled speaking time to draw their topic. Contestants will be randomly assigned three topics and select one on which to speak.
  6. Contestants will receive a specially prepared information packet on the selected topic and two 3 x 5 index cards. No other reference materials will be allowed.
  7. Speeches will be 3 to 7 minutes in length. Time elapsed will be posted during the speech so that the contestants are aware of timing. Speakers who finish before the 3 minutes have elapsed or who run past 7 minutes will be penalized 1 point for each second over/ under. Following the speech, time will be allowed for questions from the judges.
  8. There will different topics for intermediate and senior divisions.

Judging Procedures

  1. Contestants will be judged on subject knowledge (30%), organization (10%), presentation (30%), response to questions (20%), and general effectiveness (10%).
  2. Presentations will be held June 15-16 A presentation schedule will be posted June 11th. Contestants with scheduling conflicts should contact Chloe Fowler by June 14th. Anyone failing to attend their scheduled time will be disqualified.

 Awards

  • Senior Division: First, second, and third place will be awarded scholarships of $500, $325, and $175 by the NHW.
  • Intermediate Division: First, second, and third place will be awarded scholarships of $100, $75, and $50 by the NHW.

 

Entry Deadline: June 1st

Participants should register online through herefordjuniornational.com by June 1.

Future Professionals Contest

The objective of the contest is for NJHA members to create a resume based on factual work, experiences, education, etc., of the junior that can be used for future career and educational purposes. Resumes will be judged prior to the Junior National Hereford Expo each year.

Rules:

    1. Contestants must be a member of the National Junior Hereford Association
    2. All work must be that of the entrant
    3. A PDF of the entry must be uploaded to the electronic contest entry form

    • File name must include first initial and last name, i.e. J_DoeResume or J_DoeEssay
    • If you have any difficulties uploading your files, please email Chloe Fowler

    4. Resumes cannot have been presented for competition at a previous JNHE

Process:

    1. A panel of qualified judges will critique the entries
    2. Resumes will be critiqued on the following: organization, content, grammar, categories used, relevance, layout and format
    3. There will different topics for intermediate and senior divisions
    4. The top senior and intermediate applicants will be required to attend the JNHE for a live interview with industry leaders and professionals on Monday, July 5.
    5. Contestants are encouraged to wear business professional clothing

Topics:

    1. Intermediate contestants will submit a cover letter and resume tailored towards applying for a scholarship
    2. Senior contestants will apply for one of the three following positions:

Awards:

    1. 1st place in each age division will receive a $500 scholarship

Submit online entry form through Submittable by June 1.

herdsman award

The Herdsman of the Year Award is presented annually at the Junior National Hereford Expo and is sponsored by Sullivan Supply. The objective of the award is to recognize a Hereford junior who excels in sportsmanship, presentation of entries, work habits, honesty and knowledge about the Hereford industry.

 Rules:

  1. Any senior member ages 18-21 in attendance at the Junior National Hereford Expo is eligible to receive the award.
  2. An individual may receive the award only once.
  3. A nomination committee will observe exhibitors throughout the week of the JNHE and nominate a slate of individuals for a vote of JNHE exhibitors.
  4. An informal interview to be held during the JNHE.
  5. The interview score will count for 20% of the final vote on the Herdsman award.
  6. Each exhibitor at the JNHE will vote by an online ballot system. Votes will be submitted electronically and ballots are available on the resources page of JrHereford.org.
  7. Promotion of the candidates will be done throughout the week over announcements made during shows and contests and via social media.
  8. Members are encouraged to watch the herdsman candidates throughout the week and get to know each one more before they cast their votes.
  9. Candidates are encouraged to use social media to their advantage.
  10. Herdsman of the Year will go to the NJHA member who received the majority of the membership votes.
  11. All votes must be submitted electronically by exhibitors by midnight, Friday, July 17. Each exhibitor may submit one vote. The Herdsman will be announced during the grand champion female selections.

 

hereford bowl

The primary objective of the Hereford Bowl is to provide opportunity for NJHA members to demonstrate their knowledge of Hereford beef cattle. The Hereford Bowl competition will allow contestants to demonstrate good sportsmanship and it is hoped that this contest will provide an educational experience for both participants and spectators.

Rules:

  1. Each state can have one team per age division, or if a single state does not have four members to compete as a team those team members may combine with another state association to form a team. As long as a team has not already been formed from either state.
  2. Each team will consist of four members.
  3. All contestants must be members of the National Junior Hereford Association.
  4. The senior division will consist of junior members who are 14 years of age and older as of January 1. The junior division will consist of junior members who are 7-13 years old. Any junior may play as a senior, but no senior may play as a junior.
  5. There will be two officials who will determine the accuracy of the answers.
  6. Members of the NJHA board will help with scoring, moderating, and overseeing the contest.

 Process:

Preliminary competition

  • The preliminary round will consist of a 50 question written test. All team members must take the written test.
  • The four teams with the highest combined team scores will compete in the semi-final quiz bowl round. Teams will be ranked, with the highest ranked team playing the lowest ranked team, and so on.

 

Quiz bowl round

  • The first match will consist of one 10 question round. Any member may answer any question.
  • The second match will consist of two rounds. One 12- question round where anyone can answer a question, and then a second eight- question match- up round (where only the first member of each team can answer the first question, the second question answered the second person in each team and so on.)
  • The third and final match will consist of two rounds. There will be one 12- question round where any member can answer, one 12- question round for one- on- one competition, and one final jeopardy round where the teams will risk “x” points, confer on the question, and give one written team answer within 30 seconds.
  • Contestants will have 10 seconds to answer each question in the first and second rounds. Each match will have the same questions for all competing teams. If the team did not answer within the time allotted, they will lose the question and the opportunity to answer will move to the other team.
  • In case of a tie, a batch of three questions that can be answered by any member of the team. If a team answers incorrectly, the other team may answer to receive full credit.
  • Each question is worth 1 point, except the final jeopardy round, during which the amount of points risked will be decided by the individual teams.

virtual illustrated speech contest

The purpose of the Illustrated Speech Contest is to encourage public speaking and leadership abilities in youth, to develop character and leadership in Hereford youth and promote interest in the beef industry and project Herefords in a positive image. The National Hereford Women in cooperation with the National Junior Hereford Association sponsor this contest.

Rules:

  1. The speech topic should be related to the beef industry.
  2. Contestant must be a member of a state junior Hereford association and the NJHA
  3. Contestants in the senior division must be 18-21 years of age on Jan. 1. Contestants in the intermediate division must be 14-17 years of age on Jan. 1. Contestants in the junior division must be 10-13 years of age on Jan. 1.
  4. Speeches will be given virtually through an online Zoom meeting in front of a panel of judges the week of June 22-24.
  5. NEW IN 2021 – There will be no restriction on the number of participants per state.
  6. First-place winner of the senior division at the national level are ineligible to compete in subsequent contests; first-place winner at the junior level may compete at the intermediate level when they have attained the age requirements and meet other eligibility requirements; first-place winner at the intermediate level may compete at the senior level when they have attained the age requirements and meet other eligibility requirements. The individual may, however, advance to a higher division with the exception of the senior division winner, who will then be considered ineligible to participate further.
  7. Length – 6 to 8 minutes for senior division; 3 to 5 minutes for junior and intermediate divisions. No points will be deducted for speech lengths of 5 minutes 30 seconds to 8 minutes 30 seconds in the Senior Division and 2 minutes 30 seconds to 5 minutes 30 seconds in the intermediate and junior divisions. After that, each 30- second period over or under will result in a 10- point deduction.
  8. Each contestant shall provide the title and primary objective of his/ her speech at the time of entry deadline. (Example title: “Purebred Cattle in Today’s Economy.” Objective: To discuss the impact of today’s economic factors on purebred cattle operations.)
  9. The speech must be presented orally.
  10. A minimum of one illustration, visual aid or presentation must be prepared and used. Types of illustrations contestants are encouraged to use are charts, diagrams, props, inanimate models, puppets, posters, slides, videos or electronic presentations.
  11. An additional three to four minutes will be allowed following the oral presentation to answer questions, which may be asked by the judges.
  12. The primary objective of the speech must be clearly related to the designated theme of the contest.
  13. Participants will need to report to the Zoom room 15 minutes prior to their scheduled interview time. Speech materials and presentation must be ready prior to being let in to the virtual speech room.

 

QUALIFICATION PROCEDURES – ALL Participants qualify in 2021

  1. Speeches will be entered and given at the state level in contests sponsored by the state women’s organization, Hereford Association or Junior Hereford Association.
  2. Each state is eligible to certify as many senior division participants, intermediate division participants, and junior division participants to compete at the national level.

 Awards national level:

  1. Senior division: First, second, and third place will be awarded scholarships of $500, $325 and $175 respectively.
  2. Intermediate & Junior divisions: First, second, and third place will be awarded scholarships of $100, $75 and $50 respectively by the National Hereford Women.

 

 Judging Procedures:

  1. Scoring will be on a point of percentage system, based on the following: Content – 25%; Delivery – 40%; Handling of questions – 20%; Quality/pertinence of visual aids-15%
  2. In the senior Division, 5 points will be deducted at the judges’ discretion for excessive use of notes.
  3. When contestants pre-enter they will be informed of this stipulation in order to receive the best score possible.
  4. Presentations will be held June 22-24 A presentation schedule will be posted June 11th. Contestants with scheduling conflicts should contact Chloe Fowler by June 14th. Anyone failing to attend their scheduled time will be disqualified.

 

 Criteria for state level contests:

  1. States shall conduct the state level contest in whatever manner they deem appropriate.
  2. Sponsoring organizations of state level contests might consider giving awards such as trophies, plaques and/ or certificates of participation. Awards, judging procedure, etc., at the state level is at the discretion of the sponsor(s).

Entry deadline June 1

Participants should register on through herefordjuniorational.com by June 1

individual sales

The main objective of Individual Sales is to give juniors a glimpse at a real life situation of selling while promoting the importance of communication skills, marketing technique and an understanding of performance and pedigree information.

Rules:

  1. Contestants must be members of both the National Junior Hereford Association and their respective state junior association.
  2. Each state may enter as many individuals as they wish. Individuals will compete in their corresponding age divisions: senior, intermediate, junior and peewee.
  3. Individuals must register and submit videos online by June 1 through Submittable.
  4. Presentations will be from 3-6 minutes long. The objective of each individual will be to convince the judges that they should purchase their entry.
  5. Individuals may present any item that is related agriculture, i.e.: an animal, semen, embryo packages, etc.
  6. Participants will be discounted for using notes.
  7. The order of presentations will be determined by AHA staff and will be posted prior to contest.
  8. Animals are not allowed in this contest, however, participants may use visual aids such as i- pads, tablets, binder with information pertaining to the item being sold, etc.
  9. No posters, dry erase boards, etc. may be used during the presentation.
  10. Senior and Intermediate contestants will be required to incorporate some form of graphic design and computer technology to design marketing materials that will supplement their presentation in the sale of their agricultural product. This may include flyers, brochures, ads, etc.

Submission Instructions

  1. Videos must be electronically submitted by June 1. Please follow these steps to upload your videos sales submission
  2. If submission issues arise please email Chloe Fowler for assistance.
  3. In the message field please include your name, division and state

Scoring

    Junior and Peewee Contestants:

  • Knowledge -25 points
  • Ability to communicate -25 points
  • Organization -25 points
  • Overall effect -25 points (Salesmanship, Creativity/ Originality, Believability)
    Senior and Intermediate Contestants:

  • Knowledge -20 points
  • Ability to communicate -20 points
  • Organization -20 points
  • Overall effect -20 points (Salesmanship, Creativity/ Originality, Believability)
  • Creative Design-20 points

Judging Procedure

  1. Ten points will be subtracted from the total if judges detect the use of notes. Two points will be subtracted for each minute a presentation goes more than six minutes.
  2. Judging will be by a two-member panel of judges based on 100 points maximum from each judge. Each judge will then rank the individuals based on points allocated.
  3. Participants should register online through Submittable by June 1.

junior golden bull award

Four “Junior Golden Bull” awards will be presented annually during the Junior National Hereford Expo. The award will consist of a Junior Golden Bull bronze trophy. If there is no applicant for a grade level, no award will be given. The National Hereford Women and the National Junior Hereford Association sponsor the award.

Requirements:

  1. Applicant must be an active member of the National Junior Hereford Association and be in the ninth grade level through the 12th grade level on January 1st of the current year.
  2. Applicant may receive award only once per grade.
  3. Application must be filled out electronically at Submittable by April 1st.
    1. One recent photograph of applicant.
    2. Maximum of two letters of reference.

    Application must be received no later than April 1.

judging contest

The main objective of the Judging Contest is to help youth learn how to evaluate cattle. The contest will be held in conjunction with the Junior National Hereford Expo.

Rules:

  1. Any individual in attendance at the Junior National Hereford Expo is eligible to participate.
  2. Contestants will compete in four divisions: peewee, junior, intermediate and senior.
    Peewee – Up to 9 years of age as of January 1
    Junior – 10-13 years of age as of January 1
    Intermediate – 14-17 years of age as of January 1
    Senior – 18-21 years of age as of January 1
  3. State team score will be calculated by taking the top four scores for the represented state in each age division.
  4. Any contestant believed to be receiving assistance during the competition will be disqualified.
  5. Awards will go to top individuals and winning teams in each division.

Participants should register online through herefordjuniornational.com by June 1.

peewee speech contest

Peewee speech is strictly a participation activity for NJHA members 7 to 9 years of age as of January 1. Its purpose is to encourage public speaking and leadership abilities in youth at an early age. It is also an enthusiasm builder for the younger members in hopes they will continue their participation in the Illustrated Speech Contest and eventually become leaders of the breed and industry. The National Hereford Women, in cooperation with the National Junior Hereford Association, sponsors this contest.

Rules:

  1. NJHA junior members 7-9 years of age as of January 1 of the current year are eligible to participate. Contestants do not have to qualify on the state level to participate.
  2. Each youngster who participates in this contest is a winner. There will be no specific placing, all participants will receive participation awards.
  3. There is no selected speech topic; however, peewees are encouraged to speak on a subject breed or beef related.
  4. SPECIAL NOTE: A minimum of one illustration or visual aid must be prepared and used. Types of illustrations contestants are encouraged to use are charts, diagrams, props, inanimate models, puppets, posters, slides, videos or electronic presentations.
  5. Speeches should be a minimum of 2 minutes long and a maximum of 4 minutes.
  6. A panel of judges will constructively critique all speeches.
  7. Peewees must PRE- REGISTER by June 1 through Submittable.

Submission Instructions:

  1. Videos must be electronically submitted by June 1 through Submittable.
  2. If submission issues arise please email Chloe Fowler for assistance.
  3. In the message field please include your name, division and state

Pen-to-Pen

During the JNHE younger NJHA members (protege) are paired with older NJHA members (mentors) and become pen pals and creating the Pen-to-Pen program. Mentors and proteges will register through herefordjuniornational.com by June 1 and will be paired together prior to the first session of the week. Throughout the week, teams will participate in different sessions and we encourage you to make the most of your time together with your partner. Pen-to-Pen participants will get the chance to work with a top keynote speaker, participate in fun and competitive activities, teambuilding exercises, socials and a scavenger hunt with their pals.

We encourage you to visit your pal at their stalls, attend events with them and answer any questions they may have. The Hereford breed has an outstanding membership and with a program like this one friendships will flourish over the next year. After the conclusion of the JNHE, teams are encouraged to write to each other and connect at industry events throughout the year.

photo contest

The NJHA and Hereford World co-sponsor the NJHA/ HW Photo Contest. The purpose of this contest is to help NJHA members increase their photography skills through the creative spirit found through the lens of a camera.

Rules:

  1. A panel of qualified judges will critique the entries.
  2. The bases of the critique will depend on the following: 60% — Composition of photo, uniqueness of photo, creative look and overall communicative power; and 40% — Sharpness, color, exposure, cropping and overall technical quality.
  3. Winners will be selected in four age divisions: peewee: 7 to 9, junior: 10 to 13, intermediate: 14 to 17 and senior: 18 to 21 years (all ages are as of January 1 of the current year.)
  4. All photographs will be displayed electronically at the Junior National Hereford Expo and become the property of the American Hereford Association and the Hereford World for use in publications and promotions.
  5. Contestants must be a NJHA member.
  6. All work must be that of the entrant.
  7. A 300 dpi or higher resolution photo must be uploaded to the electronic contest entry form. If you have any difficulties uploading your photo to the form, please contactChloe Fowler.
  8. Photos must be taken by the contestant during the past year. Photo cannot be altered or image enhanced in any way – unless entered in the imaged-enhanced division. Contestants are encouraged to use 35-millimeter (mm) cameras.
  9. Photos cannot have been presented for competition at a previous JNHE.
  10. There will be four age divisions: Peewee: 7 to 9, Junior: 10 to 13, Intermediate: 14 to17 and Senior: 18 to 21 years (all ages are as of January 1 of the current year.)
  11. There will be three categories: Hereford Cattle, Hereford People and Hereford Enhanced. Contestants may enter only one photo per category. The contestants should declare what subject category the photo is to be judged, as the photograph is representative of the contestant’s interpretation of the category. Further explanation of the subject categories are listed below.

Photo Categories:

  • Hereford Cattle – Photographs that highlight Hereford Cattle on the farm or ranch or at a Hereford event. The cattle should be the dominant focus of the picture. Photos entered in this category must not be enhanced or edited
  • Hereford People – Photographs that show people. A Hereford junior or family, friends, fellow junior members, etc., either involved in activities on the farm or ranch or at a Hereford event. Photos entered in this category must not be enhanced or edited
  • Hereford Enhanced – Photographs that highlight Hereford cattle or people and have been digitally enhanced in some way. Enhancements can include objects added or removed, photoshop filters applied, changing color to black and white, or adding color to a black and white image. Junior member must do the enhancements.
  • Participants should submit one application per photo entry through Submittable by June 1.
  • poster contest

    The objective of this contest is for youth to create a poster promoting the current year’s Junior National Hereford Expo. Posters are judged during the Junior National Hereford Expo each year.

    Rules:

    1. The theme of the Promotional Poster Contest is the same as the theme of the current Junior National Expo.
    2. Contestants will compete in two divisions :peewee and junior.
    3. Peewee – 7-9 years of age as of January 1
      Junior – 10-14 years of age as of January 1

    4. Posters must include: (a.) Event (b.) Date (c.) Actual location (d.) Theme.
    5. Creativity, originality, personal design and personal handwork will be considered in the judging.
    6. Poster dimensions must be at least 14” X 22” and not more than 22” X 28” (standard poster size.)
    7. It is suggested that posters be laminated or covered with clear contact paper.
    8. Only one entry will be accepted from each junior member.
    9. Each contestants name, address and age must be clearly indicated on the back of the poster.
    10. Past first place winners are not eligible to compete in the same division twice.
    11. Posters may be brought to the Junior National Expo and turned in at the registration booth before the close of the contest registration. Those not attending the Junior National Expo can participate in this contest by sending their posters to: AHA, Department of Youth Activities, by June 1, of the current year.
    12. All posters will be judged and displayed at the Junior National Expo site.

    prospect award: 3rd-5th

    One Prospect Award for the third, fourth and fifth grade levels are presented annually at the Junior National Hereford Expo. If there is no applicant for a grade level, no award will be given. The winner in each grade level will receive an appropriate award. The National Hereford Women and the National Junior Hereford Association sponsor this award.

    Requirements:

    1. Applicant must be an active member of the National Junior Hereford Association and be in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grades on January 1 of the current year.
    2. Applicant may receive award only once per grade.
    3. Application must be filled out electronically at Submittable by April 1st.

    Process:

    1. Read through the entire application before you begin. Start at beginning and proceed through the entire form answering questions
      as you go.
    2. If a question does not apply to you personally, please designate as such.
    3. Each applicant must electronically submit the following material:
    4. One recent photograph of applicant.

    Application must be received no later than April 1 through Submittable.

    prospect award: 6th-8th

    One Prospect Award for the sixth, seventh and eighth grade levels are presented annually at the Junior National Hereford Expo. If there is no applicant for a grade level, no award will be given. The winner in each grade level will receive an appropriate award. The National Hereford Women and the National Junior Hereford Association sponsor this award.

    Requirements:

    1. Applicant must be an active member of the National Junior Hereford Association and be in the 6th, 7th or 8th grades on January 1 of the current year.
    2. Applicant may receive award only once per grade.
    3. Application must be filled out electronically at the Submittable by April 1st.

    Process:

    1. Read through the entire application before you begin. Start at the beginning and proceed through the entire form typing all answers as you go. If a question does not apply to you personally, please designate as such.
    2. Each applicant must attach one recent photograph.

    Application must be received by April 1 through Submittable

    sullivan supply/stock show university showmanship contest

    The main objective of the Showmanship contest is to evaluate youth on their ability to show their animal. Contestants will be judged primarily on their own appearance (neatness) and showmanship ability until the final round of the senior division when grooming will be considered. The contest is during the Junior National Hereford Expo each year.

    Rules:

    1. Any individual in attendance at the Junior National Hereford Expo is eligible to participate, provided he or she is a member of the National Junior Hereford Association and complies with the JNHE age eligibility.
    2. Bulls cannot be shown in any showmanship classes.
    3. Contestants do not have to show their own animal (except in the peewee division where peewees must show their own animals or ones owned by immediate family members), but the animal exhibited in the showmanship contest has to be entered in the Junior National Hereford Expo.
    4. Contestants will compete in four divisions: Peewee, Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
      • Peewee – 7-9 years of age as of January 1
      • Junior – 10-13 years of age as of January 1
      • Intermediate – 14-17 years of age as of January 1
      • Senior – 18-21 years of age as of January 1
    5. Once an individual wins a particular division, they may not compete again in that age division in future years. The individual may,  however, advance to a higher division with the exception of the senior division winner, who will then be considered ineligible to participate further.
    6. All contestants must pre- enter by June 1. The entry fee is $5.
    7. Grooming, including the use of artificial substances, will not be allowed in the peewee, junior and intermediate divisions nor in the preliminary and semifinal rounds of the Senior division. The final selection of showmen selected from the final qualifying round of the Senior division will be given 45 minutes to groom their animals in a fitting chute while being evaluated by the judges. Electrical equipment will be allowed.
    8. No outside assistance will be allowed during the competition.
    9. If an animal gets loose from the showman three times they will be excused from the ring

    Top 10 Senior Finalist Judging Guidelines:

    1. The top 10 senior finalists will be judged by the showmanship judge(s) and the AHA’s current Hereford Herdsman.
    2. During the finals, contestants will be given 45 minutes to fit and be judged on their showmanship and fitting abilities.
    3. The showmanship judge(s) score will count for 50% of the total and the herdsman’s will count for 50%.
    4. Contestants will be given scores based on 1-10 points in both showmanship and fitting portions of the finals.
    5. In case of a tie, the highest score in the showmanship division will be taken into consideration.

    sullivan supply/stock show university team fitting

    The main objective of Sullivan Supply/ Stock Show University Team Fitting contest is to encourage team participation for the preparation of an animal for the showring. The contest is during the Junior National Hereford Expo each year.

    Rules:

    1. All contestants must be members of both the NJHA and the state association they are representing.
    2. Each state may enter ONLY one team. Teams will consist of three members. One peewee (7-9 years of age as of January 1), one junior (10-13 years old as of January 1) and one senior (14-21 years old as of January 1).
    3. Team members may be substituted accordingly: a peewee may substitute for a junior or senior, or a junior may substitute for a senior. Seniors may not substitute for another age division.
    4. This contest will be judged by the current AHA Herdsman of the Year and an associate of their choosing.
    5. Each team must provide its own animal for the contest. All supplies needed (trim chute, blower, clippers, adhesive, etc.) must be provided by the team.
    6. Each animal will be each animal will be fogged at the junior board’s discretion before the contest begins.
    7. Each team will be allowed 40 minutes to fit their animal.
    8. States who are missing a maximum of one junior member to complete a team may ask another junior from another state (who is the age that is needed to complete their team) to serve in that capacity.
    9. When time is up, one team member will parade their animal before the judges. The judges will make comments and announce the winners.

    State advisors submit online form through Submitable 4 p.m., Sunday, July 4.

    Advisor of the Year Award

    This award recognizes one of the most important groups of people’s contribution to the success of the state associations and ultimately the success of the National Junior Hereford Association. Each state junior Hereford association is encouraged to nominate their advisor(s) for the Advisor of the Year Award to be presented at the Junior National Hereford Expo.
    Rules
    1. The winner(s) from the previous year are ineligible to be nominated.
    2. All applications should be typed, double spaced and submitted online.

    Submit nominations through Submitable by June 1 .

    gkb super states contest

    The GKB Super States Contest was designed to reward the state junior associations for their members’ involvement in the contests and exhibition of their cattle throughout the week at the Junior National Hereford Expo.

    There will be two divisions based on the number of cattle that are physically entered at the JNHE. The divisions are: Division 1) Less than 25 head; Division 2) 25 head or more.

    Points are awarded to the top three placings of the individuals or teams (depending on the contest). In the case where a contest has more than one division, points will be awarded for each division, unless otherwise specified.

    Cattle Exhibition:

    Grand Champion — 10 pts.
    Reserve Grand Champion — 5 pts.
    Division Champion — 10 pts.
    Reserve Division Champion — 5 pts.
    Class Winner — 3 pts.
    State Group Winner — 10 pts.
    **Division champions will include champion standard and bred and owned cow-calf pair and champion steer.

    **Reserve division champions will include reserve champion standard and bred and owned cow- calf pair and reserve champion steer.

    JNHE Activity

    National Director — 5 pts.
    NJHA Candidate — 3 pts.
    Herdsman Nominee — 5 pts.
    State Queen — 3 pts.
    **Queens must be actively participating in JNHE

    Showmanship:

    1st – 10 points
    2nd – 9 points
    3rd – 8 points
    4th – 7 points
    5th – 6 points
    6th – 5 points
    7th – 4 points
    8th – 3 points
    9th – 2 points
    10th – 1 point

    Contests:

    Extemporaneous Speech — Intermediate & Senior Divisions
    Future Professionals Contest – Intermediate & Senior Divisions
    Hereford Bowl — Junior & Senior Divisions
    Illustrated Speech — Junior, Intermediate & Senior Divisions
    Individual Sales – Peewee, Junior, Intermediate & Senior Divisions
    Judging Contest — Peewee, Junior, Intermediate & Senior TEAMS ONLY; No participation points will be given
    Peewee Speech — 1 pt. per entry
    Photography — Peewee, Junior, Intermediate & Senior Divisions
    Poster Contest — Peewee & Junior Divisions
    Team Fitting
    Contest Points System: 1st = 10 pts.; 2nd = 5 pts.; 3rd = 3 pts.; Participation = 1 pt. 

    nhw hEIFER AWARD

    Each year, the National Hereford Women (NHW) and a Hereford breeder award a credit for a registered Hereford heifer to a NJHA member.

    Rules

    1. Must be present at Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) to be eligible.
    1. Must be 21 years old or younger by December 31, of the current JNHE year.
    1. Must be a member in good standing of the National Junior Hereford Association.
    1. The winner will be drawn during the JNHE and announced during opening ceremony.
    1. The donating breeder agrees to award a $1,500.00 credit towards a heifer purchased at their sale.
    1. Heifer award winner will have until May 1 of the following year to coordinate with the donating breeder for selection, transfer and registration of the heifer.
    1. Transfer within own herd or family herd are not allowed.
    1. Donating breeder will provide paperwork to the award winner indicating:
        • Date of transfer between seller and heifer award winner
        • Heifer award winner’s name and address
        • Hereford heifer registration number and heifer’s name
    1. Heifer award winner must send a copy of the transferred registration paper to NHW Treasurer, to be received no later than June 15, of the following year.
    1. The winner will report their experience with the heifer in a story form to the NHW Treasurer by June 15 of the following year.
    1. Winners who compete the following steps will qualify for a $500 scholarship providing all three steps below are completed:
      1. Thank you note to NHW and the donating breeder. Send both to NHW Treasurer. The thank you will be forwarded to the breeder.
      2. Submission of story to NHW Treasurer.
      3. Heifer is exhibited at the following year’s JNHE.

    walter and joe lewis memorial high-point senior award

    One of the most coveted and historic awards at the Junior National Hereford Expo is the “Walter and Joe Lewis Memorial Award.” The Walter and Joe Lewis Award will be awarded to the high point senior competitor at the current Junior National Hereford Expo, recognizing overall achievement in leadership, teamwork, skills and competition and will be presented at the conclusion of the annual event.

    A scholarship for $1,000 will be awarded. The scholarship will be paid directly to the college or university. If a high school senior wins the high point award, the scholarship will be paid upon enrollment to college.

    Requirements:

    1. Recipient must be in the senior division, ages 18-22 by Jan. 1 of the current year 2. Applicant must be enrolled in college prior to receiving funds.

    Process:

    1. Selection of the award relies on a point system for participation in junior programs and activities.

    Scoring system:

    1. Individual Competition: The award recipient is required to compete in at least four of these six individual competitive events at the JNHE. These events, and scoring for them, are:

    2. Team Competition: Award recipients are required to compete in at least one of these five team events. These team events and scoring for them are:

    3. Leadership Competition. Qualifying activities and scoring for them are:

    In case of a tie, the tie will be broken in the following way:
    1. Total points earned in category 3, leadership competition
    2. Total points earned in category 1, individual competition
    3. Total points earned in category 2, team competition

    NO APPLICATION NECESSARY. Scholarship will be presented at the current Junior National Hereford Expo.