American Junior Simmental Association Announcements


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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The 2016 AJSA National Classic, Denim and Diamonds in Des Moines was pleased to boast the highest exhibitor and cattle numbers in history. For the friends and family who want to relive the experience, check out the recap video below. Or visit the AJSA Facebook page for a week's worth of activities.


Interview Contest Winner:  Jake Hlas, Iowa 

Photo Contest Winner - Anna Doyle

1st place photo contest:  Anna Doyle


Join us for the Youth Program added to the Fall Focus 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Bozeman, MT
Visit for speaker, topic, schedule and registration information.


AJSA T-shirts
American Junior Simmental Association's photo.American Junior Simmental Association's photo.

The American Junior Simmental Association board of trustees is selling these amazing AJSA t-shirts. They come in men's and women's sizes in charcoal, navy and purple.

They will be available at the Oklahoma State Field Days for $15. Or get it at the American Royal this fall!

AJSA Trustee Election Results by Region
Western - Jericho Chappa, MT
South Central - Joel Mackey, TX and Michelle Helm, OK
North Central - Kaylie Huizenga, IL and Cade Bracker, IA
Eastern - Lilly Swain, KY and Cole Liggett, OH


AJSA Board of Trustee Candidate Requirements Amended:

In an effort to broaden the experience and background of the AJSA Trustee candidates, the AJSA Board of Trustees has changed the candidate requirements to include that “AJSA Trustee candidates must have participated in at least one Regional Classic, one National Classic, and one of the following events for a total of three events, AJSA National Classic, AJSA Regional Classic, AJSA Summit, Beef Improvement Federation, and Youth Beef Industry Congress.

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Trustee Expectations 



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