Bryce Fitzgerald picked as 2019 National Junior Angus Show Junior Herdsman

American Angus Association
Farm Forum

The Junior Herdsman of the Year is not only a junior who stands out in the show ring, but also somebody who goes above and beyond to show their dedication to cattle care, selflessness and the betterment of the Angus breed. The National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) had just under 900 exhibitors participating in this year’s show, raising the stakes even higher for the ultimate honor of NJAS Junior Herdsman of the Year. This member is chosen by their peers and has demonstrated their commitment to care for their livestock and represents the pinnacle of Angus herdsmanship.

Bryce Fitzgerald from West Grove, Pennsylvania, was elected as the 2019 Junior Herdsman of the Year for the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA). Fitzgerald has been raised around cattle all his life and experienced his first junior nationals in 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa. He carries on the family tradition of showing Angus cattle and emphasized the importance of investing time and work into your animals in the months and even years leading up to the show. Fitzgerald exhibited eight head with entries in the cow/calf, bull and heifer bred & owned categories.

“For me, the Junior Herdsman of the Year award is an accumulation of all the years, all the hours in the show barn and all the preparation to get these cattle ready for the National Junior Angus Show,” he said. “It just embodies everything. The hard work has finally paid off.”

Along with exhibiting multiple head, Fitzgerald also participated in competitions outside the show ring, including showmanship, cattle judging and the Sullivan’s Fitting Challenge. Even with a week packed full of events and contests Fitzgerald continuously put the well being of his cattle first and ensured they received the attention they required.

“My dad always told me anything worth doing is worth overdoing and I think a great herdsman is somebody who gives 110 percent all the time and a person that goes above and beyond to get cattle ready for the show,” Fitzgerald said.

This year’s NJAS took place in Louisville, Kentucky, and hosted 889 exhibitors with more than 1,800 cattle entered. With a record number of exhibitors entered from all over the United States, competition was fierce. Fitzgerald was honored to be chosen as this year’s Junior Herdsman of the Year and will always remember the opportunity to be recognized for his dedication to caring for Angus.

Visit angus.org for complete show results and news from the event.

Bryce Fitzgerald, West Grove, Pa., won herdsman of the year at the 2019 National Junior Angus Show.