National Junior Angus Show attracts near-record numbers

Farm Forum

The signs will be difficult to miss – the laughter of reunited friends, the aroma of cattle and hay, and the rumble of hooves coming off the trailer – as more than 750 Angus juniors from 36 states arrive at the 2015 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Tulsa, Okla.

Expo Square at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds will set the stage for what’s expected to be an NJAS for the record books. Nearly 1,800 individual head of Angus cattle are entered to compete in one of the year’s most anticipated events July 13-18.

“We are thrilled with the numbers for this year’s NJAS and cannot wait for the juniors and their families to arrive in Tulsa,” says Jaclyn Upperman, American Angus Association® director of events and education. “Our junior nationals is known as one of the largest junior-breed beef shows in the country, and this year will be no exception.”

With the size of this year’s show, Tulsa is measuring up to the reputation created the last time the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) gathered there. In 2007, Oklahoma was the NJAS host state, and much like this year, numbers were record breaking.

But the success of the week goes well beyond the showring. Through various contests and activities, participants, families and attendees learn about leadership, livestock and life. Speaking contests, quiz bowl, livestock judging, the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off and many other competitions will take place over the course of the week.

This year’s theme, “Angus Leading The Way,” is a perfect representation of how juniors are working to continue the legacy of the Angus breed.

“The National Junior Angus Show is an event that connects youth and adult members, and reminds us how lucky we are to have dedicated junior members who will someday lead our breed into the future,” Upperman says.

Whether you can make it to the NJAS or not, be sure you don’t miss one minute of this year’s outstanding show. Walton Webcasting LLC, along with the Angus Media team, will be providing a live feed of the showring throughout the week. You can access the live show online at

Also, plan to tune in to a special NJAS episode of The Angus Report at 7:30 a.m. CDT Monday, July 27, on RFD-TV.