American Junior Simmental Association Announcements

AJSA Online Classic Registration Is Now Integrated With Herdbook
This year the Classic entry system is integrated with ASA's membership and registration database ( In order to access the Classic entry form, a junior will be required to login with their AJSA membership number and password. Following login, the entry system will pull animals from the registry. If the junior is not an owner or authorized representative on the intended animal's pedigree, the entry system will not allow the entry. Members are encouraged to renew or apply for AJSA membership and process animal registrations early.  Anyone who waits until the office is closed on the day of the deadline, and has an issue with a membership or animal registration will not be able to enter the show. This year there is no late-entry deadline.

AJSA Regional and National Classic entries open April 1. Regional Classic registrations close Monday, May 15. National Classic registrations close Monday, May 22. Any questions can be directed to ASA Youth Director, Emily Lochner at 406-587-4531 ext 517 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017-2018 Steer Profitability Competition Eligibility
The AJSA's inaugural Steer Profitability Competition (SPC) kicked off November 1, 2016. It's time to begin thinking about the 2017/2018 SPC. Any steer calf calved January 15 - April 15, 2017 is eligible for this fall's SPC crop. There is no breed requirement for entry.  The animal requires one parent on file in the ASA Simmental or Foundation registry. Youth aged 8-21 years of age are encouraged to retain ownership on spring steer calves for entry into the 2017-18 Steer Profitability Competition. SPC entries are due September 15, 2017. Please direct questions to ASA Membership Director, Chip Kemp at 406-587-4531 ext 508 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Video recordings from the Steer Profitability Program

Presenting is Dr. Matt Spangler: Using EPDs and Indexes to Produce More Profitable Feedlot Cattle 

Dr. Mike Apley:    The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) goes into effect January 1, 2017 and affects ALL livestock producers. Please please watch the webinar and get informed!

Susan Keller, DVM:   Vaccination Protocols and Best Management Practices in Beef Cattle

The American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) recently released its new junior program, the Steer Profitability Competition (SPC). The SPC is designed to provide members of the AJSA meaningful exposure to the opportunities and challenges associated with cattle feeding. The SPC will not only allow participants to measure and compare the profitability of their own animal(s), but of greater importance will introduce young beef enthusiasts to peers, mentors, industry advocates, and experiences that are exceedingly difficult to acquire for any beef producer. Participants in the SPC program will be powerful voices as they transition from junior membership to adult participation within the beef industry.  

AJSA youth interested in entering the SPC must hold an active AJSA membership, and can enter one, two or three head of steers. The SPC is a terminal contest, marketed on a grade and yield grid. Steers must be entered in the American Simmental Association (ASA) database, with one parent registered in the ASA database. An informational meeting will be held on September 27 for any youth interested. All animals must have an ownership deadline of October 1, and be entered into the SPC no later than October 15, although earlier entry is encouraged. Steers will be picked up at regional locations and transported to Chappell Feedlot in Chappell, Nebraska, on November 1, 2016. Steers must have a birth date of January 15 to April 15, 2016, and weaned August 15 to October 15, 2016. All animals must be castrated, horn-free, weigh 500-750 pounds at pick up, and have a docility score of 1-3. Steers must also meet a health prerequisite prior to pick up. Slaughter will occur in early May at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Exhibitors must agree to attend mandatory monthly online meetings and submit monthly reports. Profitability will be determined by subtracting accrued cost from final valuation. Awards will be presented for the top-three animals overall, as well as the top-three Pen of 3 overall at the 2017 National Classic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Exhibitors interested in entering the SPC, should contact ASA Youth Director Emily Lochner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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