Junior National

Please contact Lindsey at or 605-351-6669 with questions.

2019 National Junior Heifer Show – Des Moines, Iowa, June 23-28

Click here to view Junior National Entry Form

General Info

Deadlines

  • ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE. (Online entry will go live April 1)
  • Entry Deadline - MAY 1, 2019

Ownership

  • OWNERSHIP DATE - Must be solely in the exhibitor’s name by May 1, 2019.
  • NO SUBSTITUTIONS WILL BE ALLOWED.

Age Divisions

Age divisions are determined on January 1 of the year the show.

  • Junior - 12 years of age and younger
  • Intermediate - 13-16 years of age
  • Senior - 17-22 years of age
    • For example, you must have a birthday AFTER JANUARY 1, 1997 to be eligible for this year’s junior show.

Judges:

Jarold Callahan: Bred & Owned MaineTainer Females, Owned Maine Angus Females, Bull & Owned Maine-Anjou Females

Dave Allen: Bred & Owned Maine-Anjou Females, Steers, Fullbloods, Owned MaineTainers

Showmanship: TBD

General Rules

2019 Rulebook - click to read

Shows

Steers

Age divisions are determined on January 1 of the year the show.

  • Must be at least 1/4 blood Maine-Anjou and registered soley in the junior’s name.
  • At least one parent needs to be registered with the AMAA.
  • Must have a complete set of baby teeth.
  • Steers are shown by weight. (Prospect - 900 and below. Progress - 901 and above)
  • Classes are determined after weigh-in.
  • Bred & Owned steers will show within the owned steer classes.

CLASS BREAKS WILL BE DETERMINED AFTER CHECK-IN. THERE WILL BE NO DIVISIONS. GRAND AND RESERVE GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL BE AWARDED.

Bred and Owned Mainetainer Bulls

1/4 - 5/8 MaineTainer Bulls (Green paper)

  • Bulls must be born on or after Jan. 1, 2018.
  • Exhibitor must be listed as breeder and owner on original registration certificate on bred and owned entries.
  • Bred & owned entries can be still be registered if their dam is registered in another association.
  • If the dam is registered in another breed’s registry her pedigree must be added and on file at the AMAA.
  • A copy of the dam’s registration paper must be sent or e-mailed to the AMAA office to prove ownership in the exhibitor’s name at the time of conception.
  • Bred and owned entries out of COMMERCIAL, FOUNDATION and NON-REGISTERED dams cannot show.
  • If entering a Bred & Owned MaineTainer bull, you will select Bred & Owned MaineTainer Bull.
  • Bulls must be TH/PHA free by parents or be free by test. Carriers will no longer be registered or shown.**

CLASS BREAKS WILL BE DETERMINED AFTER CHECK-IN. THERE WILL BE NO DIVISIONS. GRAND AND RESERVE GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL BE AWARDED.

Bred and Owned Maine-Anjou Bulls

Must be 75% or greater Maine-Anjou. (Brown paper)

  • Bulls must be born on or after Jan. 1, 2018.
  • Exhibitor must be listed as breeder and owner on original registration certificate on bred and owned entries.
  • If entering a Bred & Owned Maine-Anjou bull, you will select Bred & Owned Maine-Anjou Bull.
  • Bulls must be TH/PHA free by parents or be free by test. Carriers will no longer be registered or shown.**

CLASS BREAKS WILL BE DETERMINED AFTER CHECK-IN. THERE WILL BE NO DIVISIONS. GRAND AND RESERVE GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL BE AWARDED.

Owned Fullblood Females

GRAND CHAMPION FULLBLOOD RECEIVES $5,000 RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FULLBLOOD FEMALE RECEIVES $2,500

100% Maine-Anjou

CLASS BREAKS WILL BE DETERMINED AFTER CHECK-IN. THERE WILL BE NO DIVISIONS. GRAND AND RESERVE GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL BE AWARDED.

Bred-Owned Main Angus Females

3/8 - 5/8 Maine Angus (Blue paper)

Maine Angus refers to cattle with the following characteristics:

  • The animal will have between 3/8 Maine-Anjou to 5/8 Maine-Anjou blood and have between 3/8 registered Angus to 5/8 registered Angus and/or registered Red Angus blood.
  • A registered Maine Angus female must be proven free of PHA and TH, whether identified by pedigree or test.
  • NOTE: If you have a bred & owned Maine Angus, they will show in the Bred & Owned MaineTainer show.

COLOR RULE: All qualifying individuals will be predominately solid black or red in color. White markings are only allowed on the underline and switch of the tail.

  • Starting Jan. 1, 2019 - All animals that have qualified and registered as Maine Angus prior to Jan. 1, 2019 will retain their Maine Angus papers but will not be able to exhibit/show in the Maine Angus division, however, these animals are eligible to show as MaineTainers.

Bred & Owned Mainetainer Females

1/4 - 5/8 Maine-Anjou (Green paper)

  • Exhibitor must be listed as breeder and owner on original registration certificate on bred and owned entries.
  • Bred and owned entries cannot be out of COMMERCIAL, FOUNDATION or NON-REGISTERED dams.
  • We do not assume that just because an animal is bred & owned that you also want to show it in the owned show. YOU MUST ENTER IN BOTH SHOWS.

CLASS BREAKS WILL BE DETERMINED AFTER CHECK-IN. THERE WILL BE NO DIVISIONS. GRAND AND RESERVE GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL BE AWARDED.

Bred & Owned High-Percentage Females

75% - Purebred (Brown paper)

  • Exhibitor must be listed as breeder and owner on original registration certificate on bred and owned entries.
  • Bred and owned entries cannot be out of COMMERCIAL, FOUNDATION or NON-REGISTERED dams.
  • We do not assume that just because an animal is bred & owned that you also want to show it in the owned show. YOU MUST ENTER IN BOTH SHOWS.

CLASS BREAKS WILL BE DETERMINED AFTER CHECK-IN. THERE WILL BE NO DIVISIONS. GRAND AND RESERVE GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL BE AWARDED.

Owned Maine Angus Females

3/8 - 5/8 Maine Angus (Blue paper)

Maine Angus refers to cattle with the following characteristics:

  • The animal will have between 3/8 Maine-Anjou to 5/8 Maine-Anjou blood and have between 3/8 registered Angus to 5/8 registered Angus and/or registered Red Angus blood.
  • A registered Maine Angus female must be proven free of PHA and TH, whether identified by pedigree or test.

COLOR RULE: All qualifying individuals will be predominately solid black or red in color. White markings are only allowed on the underline and switch of the tail.

  • Starting Jan. 1, 2019 - All animals that have qualified and registered as Maine Angus prior to Jan. 1, 2019 will retain their Maine Angus papers but will not be able to exhibit/show in the Maine Angus division, however, these animals are eligible to show as MaineTainers.

Owned Mainetainer Females

1/4 - 5/8 Maine-Anjou (Green paper)

  • Exhibitor must be listed as the exhibitor on the registration certificate.

Owned High-Percentage Females

75% - Purebred (Brown paper)

  • Exhibitor must be listed as the exhibitor on the registration certificate.

Steers (Owned & Bred Owned)

CLASS WINNER, GRAND & RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION OVERALL

Bred & Owned Bulls (Maine-Anjou & Mainetainer)

CLASS WINNER, GRAND & RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION OVERALL

Fullbloods

CLASS WINNER, GRAND & RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION OVERALL

Bred & Owned Maine Angus

CLASS WINNER, GRAND & RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION OVERALL

Bred & Owned Maine-Anjou & Mainetainer

CLASS WINNER
DIVISION & RESERVE DIVIONS CHAMPION
GRAND & RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION OVERALL

Owned Maine Angus, Maine-Anjou & Mainetainer

CLASS WINNER, DIVISION & RESERVE DIVION CHAMPION
GRAND & RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION OVERALL

DIVISION BREAKDOWNS

All 2019 Born Calves (Split after check-in)
            Junior Calf Champion/Reserve Junior Calf Champion
Winter Heifer Calves (November/December 2018)
Senior Heifer Calves (September/October 2018)
            Senior Calf Champion/Reserve Senior Calf Champion
Late Summer Yearling Heifers (July/August 2018)
Early Summer Yearling Heifers (May/June 2018)
            Summer Champion/Reserve Summer Champion
Late Spring Yearling Heifers (April 2018)
            Late Spring Yearling Champion/Reserve Spring Yearling Champion
Early Spring Yearling Heifers (March 2018)
            Early Spring Yearling Champion/Reserve Spring Yearling Champion
Junior Yearling Heifers (January/February 2018)
            Junior Yearling Champion/Reserve Junior Yearling Champion
Early Senior Yearling Heifers (September/December 2017)
Senior Yearling Heifers (May/December 2017)
            Senior Yearling Champion/Reserve Senior Yearling Champion
Cow-Calf
            Champion Cow-Calf Pair/Reserve Champion Cow-Calf Pair
Grand Champion Female
Reserve Grand Champion Female

Bred and owned (bulls & females)

  • If the dam of a bred & owned animal is from another breed they must have a registration certificate showing ownership. They will also need to have the pedigree added.

NO COMMERCIAL OR FOUNDATION DAMS ARE ACCEPTED AS BRED & OWNED.

  • If you plan to show in both the bred & owned and owned heifer shows you must enter in both shows. We do not assume that because the animal is bred & owned that you want to be in both shows. 
  • Exhibitor must be listed as breeder and owner on original registration certificate on bred and owned
  • entries. Dams of MaineTainer females and steers do not have to be registered Maine-Anjou or MaineTainer as long as the dam is registered in another breed’s registry and on file at the AMAA.
  • If the calf’s dam is registered with another breed, a copy of the dam’s registration paper must be sent to the AMAA office to prove ownership in the exhibitor’s name at the time of conception. 
  • Bred and owned entries cannot be out of COMMERCIAL, FOUNDATION or NON-REGISTERED dams.

Bulls

  • Bulls must be born on or after Jan. 1, 2018.
  • Entries must meet all requirements of bred and owned entries explained above.
  • Bulls must be TH/PHA free by parents or be free by test. Carriers will no longer be registered or shown.

Cow/Calf Pairs

  • The cow determines where the pair will show.
  • The cow must be owned by the exhibitor at the time the calf is born.
  • Both the cow and the calf must be registered solely in the junior exhibitor’s name.
  • Cows exhibited with calves at side must be lactating.
  • Calves must not be more than 240 days of age at the time of the show.
  • Bulls and heifers must meet AMAA registration requirements.
  • Calves born after May 1 are required to have proof of application for registry.
  • Calves may also be shown as individual entries, but will have to pay additional entry fees.
  • Cows may be evaluated and screened out of the show on the basis of udder quality.
  • Only natural pairs are eligible.

Health Information

  1. Cattle should be inspected within 30 days of the show.
  2. Cattle must be listed on a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection listing Official Individual Identification to be presented at check-in. Electronic CVI’s are acceptable. Multiple calves from the same farm or family may be listed on the same CVI. Official Individual Identification tags are required. Official identification consists of one of the following: USDA Brucellosis tags (orange), USDA metal tags (silver), 840 series RFID or 840 non-RFID tags and must be listed on the CVI. Listing breed registration names & numbers and tattoos are optional but are NOT sufficient identification by themselves. Other tags following the National Uniform Eartagging System (NUES) criteria of a 9 character format (2 digit state code, 3 alpha, and 4 digits) and displaying the US shield are also official identification.
  3. Electronic CVI’s are also acceptable for Iowa or out of state cattle. Only one copy is necessary.
  4. Permits will only be required for cattle coming from Manitoba, Canada, and the following four Michigan counties: Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda and Alcona and have a negative Tuberculosis test within 60 days. Permit numbers are issued Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST at 515-281-5547.

To contact the Iowa Department of Ag, please use the following number 515-281-5321.

Contest Rules

All contests will be combined with exhibitors from both the American Junior Maine-Anjou and American Junior Chianina Associations. The only exception is showmanship.

Awards

  • First through 10th place will be recognized at the awards banquet.
  • First through 10th place will be presented with a certificate and award.
  • No ties.

Do You Have To Enter Both Breeds To Be Part Of The Contests?

No. As long as you’re a current DUES PAID member of either association and have submitted a cattle entry or the contest only fee you are signed up. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY THE CONTEST ONLY FEE IF YOU ENTER AN ANIMAL AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ENTER AN ANIMAL IN BOTH BREEDS.

Photography

  • Divisions competing are Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
  • Photos must be taken by the contestant during the past year.
  • Photo cannot be altered or image enhanced in any way.
  • Photos must be taken by the exhibitor submitting the photo.
  • No cell phone photos.
SUBMITTING YOUR PHOTOS
  • Entry deadline June 1, 2019
  • Submit one (1) photo per exhibitor
  • Please include the following information:
    • Exhibitor Breeder Number (Maine or Chi breeder number)
    • Exhibitor Name
    • Exhibitor State
    • Exhibitor Age Division
  • All photos must be submitted via e-mail to maine_chi_photo@outlook.com
JUDGING CRITERIA
  • Judging will concentrate on all aspects of photography.
  • A panel of judges will review the entries.
  • Winners will be announced at the junior national.
  • Photos become the property of the Maine-Anjou Voice and Chi Journal can be used for publication or promotional materials.

Livestock Judging

  • Divisions competing are Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
  • Contest will consist of at least four cattle classes and one questions class.
  • Judging is individual.
  • No talking is allowed.
  • No oral reasons will be given.
  • Please bring your own pencil and clipboard.

Showmanship - Note Amaa & Aca Rules Differ

Each breed will continue to hold a separate showmanship contest and each contestant will receive 3 points regardless of where they place. If you choose to compete in both showmanships you will still only receive the 3 points that will go towards the overall sweepstakes. Awards will be presented to the top 1-10 in each breeds contest.

**If you wish to participate in both showmanships you must be a DUES PAID member in both associations. If you entered a Chianina animal, but did not enter a Maine, you can still show in Maine showmanship if your dues are current or if you pay an additional $25 to get them current.**

AMAA - SHOWMANSHIP (MAINE ORDER - SR., INT., JR., (NOVICE- CHI & MAINE TOGETHER)
JUDGING CRITERIA
  • Overall presentation of animal (skill as a showman).
  • It is a non-fit competition).
  • No t-shirts provided, clothing at discretion of exhibitor.
  • Exhibitors must show in an exhibitor harness.
  • No outside assistance allowed during competition.
  • Contestants must show animals entered in their name.
  • If no animal has been entered, the Youth committee will assign one.
  • First through 10th place will be announced at the conclusion of each age division, with seniors coming back to senior finals that night.
AJMAA - CODY MCCULLOUGH MEMORIAL SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP
  • 10 Senior Maine-Anjou finalists will be chosen.
  • These 10 individuals will then return that night for the finals.
  • Each participant will be required to fit the same animal and show them again to the judge(s).
  • Each participant will get 50 minutes to fit their animal.
  • The top 10 individuals will be announced that night.
  • First place senior showman will receive a scholarship in honor and rememberance of Cody McCullough.
AJCA – SHOWMANSHIP (CHIANINA ORDER - INT.,SR., JR., NOVICE - CHI & MAIN TOGETHER)
  • Contestants will compete in three age divisions: junior, intermediate & senior
  • Contestants must show an animal entered at the show
  • There are no t-shirts or clothing requirements, and outfit choice is at the discretion of the exhibitor.
NOVICE SHOWMANSHIP
  • Novice participants may use any heifer or steer entered in the NJHS.
  • A responsible individual may accompany the novice in the ring.
  • Novice showmanship will begin immediately following the conclusion of the first ring to finish. There will only be one division of Novice showmanship.
  • Novice participants will not place, but each participant will receive an award.

Public Speaking

  • Divisions competing are Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
  • Speeches are to be the contestants original compositions.
  • Notes are allowed.
  • Speeches should be no more than six minutes long, points will be deducted for going over time.
  • A random presentation order will be posted prior to the contest.
  • NO VISUAL AIDS.
JUDGING CRITERIA
  • A panel of judges will assess the speeches.
  • The panel may pose questions at the conclusion of each presentation.
  • Guests are admitted but are not allowed to prompt, cue or ask questions to any contestant.

JUNIOR & INTERMEDIATE DIVISION

  • Junior and Intermediate speech participants can choose any subject that pertains to the beef industry, Chianina or Maine-Anjou cattle.
SENIOR DIVISION
  • Of the 3 topics below, you will select one topic to give a speech on.
  • You will be allowed 1 (one) 3X5 note card.
    • As livestock producers why should we encourage consumers to eat more BEEF?
    • How can we help educate consumers as to why antibiotics are used in livestock/beef production?
    • With the recent influx in negative comments regarding greenhouse emissions, how can we educate people on the real impact of animal production and its environmental effect?

Salesmanship

  • Divisions competing are Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
  • You will no longer bring your animal to the contest, but will sell the animal based on the criteria listed below.
  • Contestants attempt to “sell” an animal or genetic opportunity of their choice to a group of judges or potential buyers.
  • Suggested information assembled in a folder:
    • COPY of registration certificate
    • Pedigree
    • Performance information
    • Phenotype
    • Breeding information
    • Sales discussion
    • Marketing decisions dictated by environment, customer base, etc.
JUDGING CRITERIA
  • Organization of information
  • Overall presentation
  • Contestants will be expected to answer questions
  • Contestants will have a 10 minute time limit to complete the sale.

Team Grooming

  • Divisions competing are Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
  • Teams can consist of two or three people (must be from same state to qualify for state sweepstakes points).
  • Oldest participant determines division.
  • The animal, chute, equipment, supplies and power source are not provided and are the teams’ responsibility.
  • Chute placement is designated by show staff. Equipment must be contained in this area.
  • Animals must be finished in 30 minutes.
  • A team-designated member presents the animal for final judging.
  • A panel of judges assesses the teams.
  • No outside assistance is allowed during the competition.
JUDGING CRITERIA
  • Team cooperation
  • Method
  • Final product
  • Top 10 will be announced at the contest.

Quiz Bowl

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  • Divisions competing are Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
  • Contestants must sign up their complete team AT check-in.
  • Oldest participant determines division.
  • The main objective is to encourage team participation while individuals learn more about the beef industry.
  • Beef Quiz Bowl teams has to have four individuals. Teams will compete in four age divisions: novice, junior, intermediate and senior. (Novice will follow the junior age division)
  • If a team cannot be formed with four members from the same age division, contestants have the option of recruiting a member from another age group. However, teams with members from different age groups must compete in the oldest member’s age division.
  • Every team is required to have a team name.
JUDGING CRITERIA
  • At the beginning of each round, the moderator will ask four to eight questions Family Feud style, and each member of the team will need to answer at least one question. For example, the first question can be answered ONLY by the first person on either team. The next question would be answered ONLY by the second person on either team.
  • Teams will receive one point per correct answer.
  • After the family feud round, contestants will be asked 20 questions. Before answering a question, a contestant must push a button which will trigger a light and horn. The moderator will acknowledge the first person pressing the button. Only the called upon contestant may answer the question.
  • After the moderator asks each question, teams will have 15 seconds to press the button to answer the question. After being called upon, the contestant will then have 10 seconds in which to respond. In the case of someone answering a question before being called upon, that team will lose one point.
  • Each correct answer will result in one point for that team.
  • If an incorrect answer is given, the other team will be given a chance to answer the question.
  • Winners will be announced at the contest.

Parade Of Flags

  • This is the state introduction and flag display ceremony.
  • A representative from each state should bring their flag and participate.
  • Each state will need to submit a state survey to Lindsey at Lindsey@AMAAPC.com or Heather at heather@chicattle.org. The answers to these questions will be read during the opening ceremony.

Herdsmanship

  • To encourage state unity and togetherness.
  • States will be judged on Monday-Thursday.
  • The first place state will be announced at the banquet.
    This state competition will be judged on:
    1. Organization of tack - 10 points
    2. Stall card quality - 10 points
    3. Upkeep of stalls and bedding - 15 points
    4. Cooperation and teamwork - 25 points
    5. Care and appearance of cattle - 15 points

The first place state will be announced at the banquet.

Individual Sweepstakes

  • Awards will be presented to the top three point-earning Junior, Intermediate and Senior participants.
  • Points awarded in the following competitions are applied toward individual sweepstakes totals:
    • Team Grooming
    • Salesmanship
    • Public
  • Speaking
    • Photography
    • Showmanship - (3 points only)
    • Quiz Bowl
    • Livestock Judging
  • Point distribution scale:
    • First Place - 7
    • Second Place - 6
    • Third Place - 5
    • Fourth Place - 4
    • Fifth Place - 3
    • Participation - 2

State Sweepstakes

  • Encouraging statewide participation.
  • Points awarded in the following competitions are applied toward state sweepstakes totals:
    • Livestock Judging
    • National Queens
    • Public Speaking
    • Quiz Bowl
    • Parade of Flags
    • Photography
    • Salesmanship
    • Showmanship
    • Team Grooming
    • Herdsmanship
POINT DISTRIBUTION SCALE
  • Livestock Judging - One point/participant
  • Quiz Bowl - One point/participant
  • National Maine-Anjou or Chianina Queen - Five points/participant
  • Parade of Flags - Five points/state (participation)
  • Photography - One point/participant
  • Public Speaking - One point/participant
  • Salesmanship - One point/participant
  • Showmanship - One point/participant
  • Team Grooming - First: 25; Second: 20; Third: 15; Fourth: 10; Fifth: 5 (points/team, top three teams/state only)
  • Herdsmanship - First: 25; Second: 20; Third: 15; Fourth: 10; Fifth: 5 (points/team, top three teams/state only)

Novice Division

We love our littles! With no minimum age, the AJMAA and AJCA have many participants that are below the age of 8. With this many young exhibitors the decision was made to vamp up our novice program and offer activities a few afternoons that are geared specifically for the Littles. Additionally, we have many of our exhibitors that attend the show with their older siblings and would love to participate but just aren’t quite ready. We have those exhibitors covered too! For four afternoons we invite our Littles to come and enjoy activities like steer cookie decorating, heifer cutout coloring and more! Each activity will last approximately 1 hour and all items they will need will be provided.

SO, HOW DO YOU SIGN YOUR LITTLE UP FOR THESE ACTIVITIES?

  • If your child is 8 or below and is exhibiting an animal, you will choose the “Novice” pull down from the age divisions. This will sign them up for all activities and showmanship./li>
  • If your child is 8 or below and is not exhibiting an animal, you will choose “Novice” and the cost will be $30 for materials. (This will include a t-shirt & bag)

NOVICE CONTESTS - SIGN UP AT CHECK-IN

  • Quiz Bowl
  • Livestock Judging (This will be supervised)
  • Showmanship (every novice will receive a prize)

NOTE: If your child would like to compete in the speech, salesmanship, team fitting or photo they will compete as juniors.
All novice participants will receive an award and certificate at the banquet.