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National Junior Hereford Association

About NJHA

The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) is one of the largest, strongest and most active junior cattle programs in the country with 4,100 active junior members. Over the years, members of this association have gone on to earn international and domestic respect as models for youth organizational success.

The NJHA continues to lay the foundation for the beef industry’s future leaders through its extensive educational programs, such as the Junior National Hereford Expo, Faces of Leadership Conference and the Fed Steer Shootout. The traditions of the past coupled with the energy of today’s 12-member board of directors have created a progressive approach to further develop a meaningful and educational association focus.

The NJHA partners with the Hereford Youth Foundation of America to provide scholarship, leadership and educational opportunities to junior members across the country. These opportunities encourage, recognize and reward the development of life skills and values in the next generation of leaders.

The NJHA creates and promotes enthusiasm for the Hereford breed while providing opportunities to learn, lead and achieve, ensuring a brighter future for youth and the cattle industry.

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Join the NJHA

Come join the 4,100 active NJHA members and grow your leadership and educational skills.

Board of Directors

A 12-member board of directors governs the NJHA. As directors, they motivate their peers and promote the Hereford breed.

State Associations

The state associations make the NJHA the greatest junior breed association in the industry.

Advantage Newsletter

A biannual piece produced by the NJHA board with all the latest news and updates.


Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the NJHA.

Internships and Ambassadors

Prepare yourself for the real world with an internship or ambassador position.

Recent News

April 17, 2024

Hereford Juniors Build on their Leadership Development in Texas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “It’s about doing the little things that lead to the championship and empowering others around us, so that when we rise, we raise everyone around us.” World champion rodeo athlete Tyson …

April 15, 2024

Bred Heifer Offering Honors James Bennett’s Legacy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A choice lot in the Tucker Family Farms Professional Replacement Female Sale will honor the late James Bennett, Knoll Crest Farms, and his legacy in the seedstock and Hereford industry on …

April 15, 2024

Cowles Joins AHA staff

Corbin Cowles, Rockfield, Ky., is the new AHA Upper Midwest region field representative.

April 1, 2024

NJHA News Now

APRIL HIGHLIGHTS The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) is making preparations the “Grand Daddy of ‘Em All,” this summer in Grand Island, Neb. A record-breaking Sale of Champions has positioned the 2024 Junior National Hereford …

March 22, 2024

Record-breaking: Hereford Sale of Champions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hereford family legacies and champion genetics highlighted the record-setting Hereford Sale of Champions, which raised $100,000 for the 25th VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). This year’s JNHE — The Grand …

February 29, 2024

NJHA News Now

MARCH HIGHLIGHTS The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) has multiple upcoming deadlines and updates to be aware of. Along with that, the months of March and April are full of exciting events for junior member …