2022 NATIONAL JUNIOR HEIFER SHOW
June 18-23, 2022 • Louisville, Kentucky

Entry Forms Available April 2022

  • Entry & Ownership Deadline – May 2, 2022
  • Late Entry Deadline – May 10 (entry fees go up after May 2).
  • For more information, check out the tabs below.
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DEADLINES
• ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE.
• Entries Open April 1, 2022
• Entry Deadline – MAY 2, 2022
• Late Entry Deadline – MAY 10, 2022 (Double Fees)
• No entries accepted after May 10.

OWNERSHIP
• OWNERSHIP DATE – Must be solely in the exhibitor’s name by May 2, 2022.
• Exception is animals in a sibling joint membership.
• NO SUBSTITUTIONS WILL BE ALLOWED.

ELIGIBILITY
• Participants must be current members in good standing with the American Junior Chianina Association (AJCA) and/or the American Junior Maine-Anjou Association (AJMAA) and cannot have reached their 22nd birthday prior to January 1 the year of the show.

AGE DIVISIONS
• Age divisions are determined on January 1 of the year the show.
• Rookie – 4-8 years of age
• Junior – 9-12 years of age
• Intermediate – 13-16 years of age
• Senior – 17-22 years of age
For example, you must have a birthday AFTER JANUARY 1, 2020 to be eligible for this year’s junior show.

DUES & FEES
• AJCA dues – $50 first time only; $25 yearly renewal. Junior dues must be paid in full for entires to be processed.
• AJMAA dues – $25. Junior dues must be paid in full for entries to be processed.
• See Entry Form for specific entry fees

Click below to view the rulebook – updated 9/15/21

2022 NJHS Rule Book

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LITTLES ACTIVITY – (Afternoon Activities only – Not Contests) 

We love our littles! The AJMAA and AJCA have many participants that are below the age of 8. With this many young exhibitors the decision was made to offer activities a few afternoons geared specifically for the Littles. 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?

  • Fill out the separate online entry form for the Littles Activities. Link will be posted on AJCA & AJMAA websites.
  • Littles activities are open to youth ages 8 & younger. The cost to participate is $20 for materials. (This will include a t-shirt & bag)
  • You must sign up for the Littles Activities by May 10. No late sign ups.
  • This is a separate entry and fee from your show/contest entry.

STALLING

Chi and Maine exhibitors will all be stalled together by state. Each exhibitor will stall with their state. 

  • STALLING WITH ANOTHER STATE – If a scenario presents itself where you have to stall with another state a fee of $50 is required.
  • STALL REQUESTS – Can be made within your state. Stall requests need to be submitted with your entry form. 
  • The AJMAA & AJCA will assign stalls for each exhibitor within their states section.
  • NO PORTA COOLS ALLOWED.
  • NO FAN CAGES ALLOWED.

TIEOUTS

  • More information to come. 
  • Pens are allowed for COW/CALF PAIRS ONLY. 
  • Butt fans and generators are allowed in tieouts.

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CONTEST INFORMATION 

All contests will be combined with exhibitors from both the AJMAA and AJCA. The only exception is showmanship.

1-10th place will be awarded in every contest. 

  • The following contests will be awarded at the awards ceremony – photography, livestock judging, public speaking and salesmanship.
  • The following contests will be awarded following the contest – team fitting, quiz bowl and Showmanship.

There will be no ties in contests.

DO YOU HAVE TO ENTER BOTH BREEDS TO BE PART OF THE CONTESTS?

  • No. As long as you’re a current 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.
  • YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ENTER AN ANIMAL IN BOTH BREEDS.

PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Divisions competing are rookie, junior, intermediate and senior.
  • Photos may be altered or image enhanced.
  • Photos must be taken by the exhibitor submitting the photo.
  • Cell phone photos are allowed.
  • NEW THIS YEAR – A photo of a Maine or Chi animal is required. 

SUBMITTING YOUR PHOTOS

  • Entry deadline June 1, 2022
  • NEW THIS YEAR – Photos will be submitted through Formstack. Submit one (1) photo per exhibitor.
  • The following information is required when submitting the form:
    • Exhibitor Name
    • Exhibitor State
    • Exhibitor Breeder Number (Maine or Chi breeder number)
    • Exhibitor Age as of January 1, 2022
  • Submit photos by clicking HERE

JUDGING CRITERIA

  • Judging will concentrate on all aspects of photography.
  • A panel of judges will review the entries.
  • Winners will be announced at the awards banquet.
  • Photos become the property of the Maine-Anjou Voice and Chi Journal and can be used for publication or promotional materials.

LIVESTOCK JUDGING

  • Divisions competing are rookie, junior, intermediate and senior.
  • All exhibitors are automatically entered into the livestock judging contest. 
  • Judging score cards will be included in your exhibitor packet when you arrive.
  • The contest will consist of four cattle classes and two questions classes.
  • This is an individual contest.
  • No talking is allowed.
  • No oral reasons will be given.
  • Please bring your own pencil and clipboard.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

  • Divisions competing are rookie, junior, intermediate and senior.
  • Participants must sign up when they submit their animal entry form.
  • Speeches are to be the contestant’s original compositions.
  • Note cards are allowed.
  • Speeches should be no more than 5 minutes long, points will be deducted for going over time.
  • NO VISUAL AIDS, but note cards are allowed.

JUDGING CRITERIA

  • A panel of judges will assess the speeches.
  • The panel may pose questions at the conclusion of each presentation.

SPEECH TOPICS

  • All age divisions can choose any subject that pertains to the beef industry, Chianina or Maine-Anjou cattle.

SALESMANSHIP

  • Divisions competing are rookie, junior, intermediate and senior.
  • Participants must sign up when they submit their animal entry form.
  • You will NOT bring your animal to the contest. Contestants attempt to “sell” an animal, genetic opportunity or group of animals of their choice to a group of judges/potential buyers. 
  • NO PowerPoint presentations allowed.
  • No power is provided. 
  • Suggested information to include in your pitch:
  • Copy of registration certificate/Pedigree
  • Performance information 
  • Phenotype
  • Breeding information 
  • The use of visual aids is allowed. (Get creative!)
  • Sales discussion 
  • Marketing decisions dictated by environment or customer
  • Photo of animal with footnotes, etc.

JUDGING CRITERIA

  • A panel of judges will listen to a sales presentation.
  • Judges may ask questions during the presentation.
  • Contestants will have an 8-minute time limit to complete the sale.
  • Presentations will be judged on the organization of information and the overall presentation.

TEAM FITTING

  • Divisions competing are junior, intermediate and senior. Rookie age division members who want to compete may join a team with older members.
  • Teams must consist of three people.
  • Oldest participant determines division.
  • The animal, chute, equipment, supplies and power source are the teams’ responsibility. Power is not provided, please remember a generator. 
  • 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 and must wear harness & number.
  • A panel of judges will access the teams.
  • No outside assistance is allowed during the competition.
  • NEW THIS YEAR – State sweepstakes points will be awarded to the top 3 teams in each age division. First place – 25 points/contestant; Second place – 20 points/contestant; Third place – 15 points/contestant. (Ex. If your team placed first and has a contestant from Iowa, Georgia & South Dakota, each state receives 25 points.)

JUDGING CRITERIA

Team cooperation – Method – Final product – Top 10 will be announced at the contest

QUIZ BOWL

  • Divisions competing are rookie, junior, intermediate and senior.
  • Contestants must sign up their complete team AT check-in and are required to have a team name.
  • Quiz Bowl teams must provide the names and ages of the four contestants during check-in and the oldest participant determines in which division they compete.
  • Quiz Bowl teams must have four individuals. 
  • There will be no spectators allowed during the quiz bowl competition. 
  • Once a team has competed, if they do not advance to the next round they are not allowed back in the holding area. Teams that have advanced will go to a designated area. 
  • The main objective is to encourage team participation while individuals learn more about the beef industry.
  • 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.
  • NEW THIS YEAR – State sweepstakes points will be awarded to the top 2 teams in each age division. First place – 25 points/contestant; Second place – 20 points/contestant. (Ex. If your team places first and has exhibitors from Iowa, Georgia, West Virginia & South Dakota, each state receives 25 points.)

JUDGING CRITERIA

  • At the beginning of each round, the moderator will ask four questions Family Feud style, and each member of the team will need to answer one question. For example, the first question can be answered ONLY by the first person on either team. The next question must be answered ONLY by the second person on either team and so on.
  • Teams will receive one point per correct answer.
  • After the family feud round, contestants will be asked another round of questions that can be answered by anyone on the teams. 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 10 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.

SHOWMANSHIP – NOTE AJMAA & AJCA RULES DIFFER

  • Each breed will hold a separate showmanship contest and each contestant will receive 3 points regardless of where they place. If you choose to compete in both Maine & Chi Showmanship you will still only receive the 3 points that will go toward the overall sweepstakes. 
  • Awards will be presented to the top 1-10 in each breeds contest at the conclusion of the 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.**

AJCA SHOWMANSHIP – CHIANINA ORDER – INT., JR., Rookie, SR.

  • Contestants must show their own Chianina/Chiangus animal in showmanship and the animal must be entered in the show.
  • Divisions competing are rookie, junior, intermediate and senior.
  • Tattoos may be verified after each heat.
  • CONTEST ONLY juniors with NO cattle entered in the NJHS in either breed will be allowed to participate in Chi showmanship with a Chianina/Chiangus animal assigned to them by the Youth Advisory Committee.
  • No bulls allowed unless that is the only Chianina/Chiangus animal an exhibitor has entered.
  • This is a no-fit competition.

PARADE OF FLAGS

  • This is the state introduction and flag display ceremony.
  • A representative from each state should bring their flag and participate.

STATE HERDSMANSHIP

  • To encourage state unity and togetherness.
  • States will be judged on Sunday – Wednesday.
  • The first place state will be announced at the banquet
  • This state competition will be judged on:
    • Organization of tack – 10 points
    • Stall card quality – 10 points
    • Upkeep of stalls and bedding – 15 points
    • Cooperation and teamwork – 25 points
    • Care and appearance of cattle – 15 points
    • State Display – 25 points

NEW THIS YEAR – STATE DISPLAY

  • To encourage state unity and togetherness.
  • Each state will receive a designated area at the end of their stalling to put up a display. (10 ft) 
  • Get creative! You can use this space as a home base for your state. A place to advertise royalty or junior board members or maybe make a campout of your own? Skys the limit! 
  • The winning state display will receive 25 points towards the state sweepstakes total.

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 Fitting 
    • Salesmanship 
    • Public Speaking
    • Photography 
    • Showmanship – (3 points only) 
    • Quiz Bowl
    • Livestock Judging
  • Point distribution scale:
    • Participation – 2 
    • First Place – 12 
    • Second Place – 10
    • Third Place – 8 
    • Fourth Place – 6 
    • Fifth Place – 4

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 Fitting 
    • Herdsmanship

POINT DISTRIBUTION SCALE

  • Livestock Judging – One point/junior participant 
  • Quiz Bowl – NEW THIS YEAR – First: 25; Second 20 (points/contestant, top 2 teams only)
  • Parade of Flags – Five points/state (participation)
  • Photography – One point/participant
  • Public Speaking – One point/participant 
  • Salesmanship – One point/participant
  • Showmanship – One point/participant
  • National Maine-Anjou or Chianina Queen – Five points/participant
  • Team Fitting – NEW THIS YEAR – First: 25; Second: 20; Third: 15; (points/contestant, top 3 teams only)
  • Herdsmanship – First: 25; Second: 20; Third: 15; Fourth: 10; Fifth: 5 (points/team, top 3 teams/state only)

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