American Simmental Association

AJSA Programs

AJSA Announcements
Sullivan Supply/Stock Show University Scholarship Applications due March 15

Sullivan Supply and Stock Show U are offering 20 scholarships worth $1,000 to youth involved in the livestock industry. The application deadline is March 15. Apply on Sullivan Supply’s website. Winners will be announced on April 15.

 

American Junior Simmental Association Regional and National Classic Age Requirement Lowered: At their January 2015 meeting, the American Simmental Association (ASA) Board of Trustees approved the American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) Board of Trustees request to lower the Regional and National Classic participation age of junior exhibitors to 8 years old as of January 1 of the current year from the prior rule which required juniors to be 9 years old as of January 1. Previously 8 year olds were required to participate in the Novice programs, beginning with the 2015 AJSA Classic season 8 year olds will be eligible to participate in the Junior Division, exhibiting cattle and participating in the educational contests.

The 2015 AJSA Regional and National Classic Age Divisions are as follows:

At the Regionals Classics:

Junior Division contestants must be 8 years old on or before January 1, 2015, and not have reached their 15th birthday prior to January 1, 2015.

Senior Division contestants must be 15 years old on or before January 1, 2015 and not have reached their 22nd birthday prior to January 1, 2015.

At the National Classic:

Junior Division: Contestants must be 8 years old on or before January 1, 2015, and must not have reached their 14th birthday prior to January 1, 2015.

Intermediate Division: Contestants must 14 years old as of January 1, 2015 and must not have reached their 18th birthday prior to January 1, 2015.

Senior Division: Contestants must be 18 years old as of January 1, 2015 and must not have reached their 22nd birthday prior to January 1, 2015.


 

AJSA Important Dates

North Central Regional:
June 16-19
Mower County Fairgrounds, Austin, Minnesota

Information Sheet

Eastern Regional:
June 24-27
Eastern States Expo Center, West Springfield, Massachusetts

Information Sheet

Western Regional:

June 26-28
Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Bozeman, Montana

Information Sheet

South Central Regional
June 7-10
Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, MO

Information Sheet

AJSA National Classic:
July 5-11
Brazos County Expo Center, College Station, Texas

Summit Leadership Conference:
August 3-6
Bozeman, Montana




Juniors Commission Painting
The members of the Board of Trustees of the American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) are pleased and proud to announce that well-known artist CJ Brown of Illinois is creating a painting for them. The original of Bulls of the Simmental Breed (16.5” x 29”) will be auctioned off at the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation auction in Denver, and reasonably priced prints will be sold as well. Proceeds will go to support the AJSA’s Summit Leadership Conference.


2015 Summit Leadership Conference “Speak Out; Make It Loud!” in Bozeman, Montana Are you an AJSA member excited about the Simmental breed? Do you have a passion for the agriculture industry? Do you enjoy traveling and getting to know your fellow AJSA members? The AJSA Summit Leadership Conference is for you! This summer, the Summit will be held in Bozeman, Montana August 3-6, 2015.

This year’s theme is Beef Advocacy, so we will spend our time talking about ways to become a stronger ambassador for the beef industry. Our trip will begin in Bozeman with a tour of the ASA Headquarters. We will travel around to ranches, hear guest speakers, play team building games, and go whitewater rafting! Mark your calendars and join us at the Summit! Registrations due June 1. Late registration accepted through June 15. More information on registration to come in April.

2015 Youth Activities Internship

Do you love the beef industry? Have a passion for working with youth? Enjoy facilitating programs and planning events? Then the American Junior Simmental Association youth activities internship is for you!

This internship provides experience in event planning, communications, youth leadership, and livestock show production.

Click here for more information


 

 

2015 Silver and Gold Merit Awards to be Submitted Online
The 2015 Foundation Merit Awards must be submitted online by June 1. Applications are available under the scholarships tab and must be returned by email to ajsa@simmgene.com.

 

 



 

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

Hats Off For Cancer ~ A Community Service Project

Team Up with the AJSA for the Mad Hatter for Cancer

The Board of Trustees of the American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) is excited to announce that this year’s national community service project will be a Mad Hatter drive. We will collect hats for the Hats Off For Cancer organization. Be a part of the effort by donating new hats of any kind (kid friendly logos please).

The brand new hats will be distributed to hospitals in Texas (home of the 2015 AJSA National Classic) and given to children battling cancer, especially children who lose their hair due to their cancer treatments. The hats can be anything from a ball cap to a handmade stocking cap, with lots of options in between.

Hats will be collected on Monday, July 6, at the opening ceremonies of the 2015 AJSA National Classic. Can’t make it to the National Classic, but still want to be a part of AJSA’s effort with Hats Off For Cancer? You can mail your hats to the American Simmental Association office by June 30.

Monetary donations are also accepted, the AJSA Board of Trustees will use this money to get hats made and/ or donate it to the organization to use as they see fit. Hats Off For Cancer is an all-volunteer organization. No one receives a salary. Since 1996 it estimates it has distributed 2 million hats.

For more information email hwine@simmgene.com.

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