Shorthorn Junior National Show – June 24-29 in Des Moines

Farm Forum

OMAHA, Neb., – Shorthorn juniors headed to Iowa this summer for the National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference (NJSS) should expect a big event. Numbers are up from last year, totaling 718 head and 415 exhibitors pre-entered from 24 states. Iowa leads the state totals with 145 head entered and 82 juniors registered to participate, followed by Illinois with 130 head and 55 juniors entered.

The biggest Shorthorn youth event of the year will be held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, June 24-29. “Juniors Today – Leaders Tomorrow” is the theme for the NJSS with the goal to teach juniors about leadership, communication, stewardship, education, teamwork and mentoring.

Many juniors have already taken advantage of the opportunities provided that will be recognized at the NJSS awards banquet on Friday, June 28. This year 95 American Junior Shorthorn Association (AJSA) members applied for scholarships sponsored by the American Shorthorn Association (ASA) and the Shorthorn Foundation. Eligible members could apply for seven different scholarships. Several other awards will be presented in addition to recognizing the newly elected AJSA Board of Directors who will lead the juniors for the next year.

“I think it speaks highly of our junior program when we look at the level of participation compared to the number of registrations,” said Montie Soules, ASA Executive Secretary/CEO. “We have one of strongest active junior programs in the beef industry.”

Those unable to make the shows in Iowa can watch live online on Wednesday, June 26, Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 by visiting LiveAuctions.TV.

A full schedule of events, in addition to rules and regulations and hotel accommodations are all available at

For questions or more information, please contact Gwen Crawford, ASA Director of Junior Activities at 402-393-7200.