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The VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) provides an opportunity for competition of junior members and their cattle projects, along with plenty of events for the entire family.

The Event of the Summer

The Junior National Hereford Expo is a Best of the Barns event, dedicated beyond the showring, to the success of NJHA members. Including educational contests and programs, leadership and membership development, and Hereford education, this is the event of the summer.


Each spring close to $40,000 in scholarships will be awarded to deserving NJHA members. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the JNHE. More information about the different scholarships can be found at the HYFA scholarship page and within the application.

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Programs like the Bridging the Gap College and Career and Pen to Pen, and contests ranging from speech and sales to resume and interview, encourage junior members to make connections with peers and mentors.

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During the JNHE, four new NJHA members are elected to to serve on the NJHA Board of Directors after campaigning during the week-long event. Throughout the week, the NJHA Board of Directors is critical to the success of the JNHE.

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An Industry Focus

The VitaFerm® JNHE is the largest beef breed show in the U.S., providing a place for members across the country to connect through their love for the Hereford breed and develop as leaders during different educational contests and leadership activities. The 2024 “Grand Daddy of ‘Em All,” JNHE will be hosted in Grand Island, Neb., July 6-12.

The success of the JNHE is only possible because of our generous sponsors and donors. Consider being a partner today.

Featured Highlights

Day by Day Highlights

The collage that captures the weeks event of the summer.

2023 Herdsman of the Year

Dylan Kottkamp wins senior showmanship, Junior Herdsman of the year and the Walter and Joe Lewis High Point Senior Award.

Chosen to Lead

New NJHA directors don the revered maroon jacket.

TUGging at Heartstrings

National Hereford Queen raises money for mental health.


Want all the details?

Schedules, contest rules and details for the 2024 JNHE can all be found at JNHE Information.