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2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS)

Updated: Aug 6, 2023

Over 750 Angus juniors and their families traveled to Grand Island, Neb., to compete in the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) July 1-8 at Five Points Bank Arena. National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members transformed into "Guardians of the Plains” as they exhibited 1,096 entries during the weeklong event that included more than a dozen educational contests in addition to the cattle show.


Bred-and-owned Early Senior Heifer Calf Champion

Deatsman SA Eventress 123-62 won bred-and-owned early senior heifer calf champion at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Collin Deatsman, Leesburg, Ind., owns the winning heifer. Photos by Pearl's Pics.


Reserve Grand Champion Owned Cow-calf Pair

Conley FRKG Queen Meg 1085 won reserve grand champion owned cow-calf pair at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Houston Ferree, Sullivan, Ind., owns the April 2021 daughter of BRDG Mahogany Prime 904B. A March 2023 heifer calf sired by PVF Blacklist 7077 is at side.She first claimed reserve two-year-old champion. Jirl Buck, Madill, Okla., judged the owned heifers; Ethan Moore, Madill, Okla., assisted with the owned heifers; Jarold Callahan, Edmond, Okla., judged the bred-and-owned heifers; cow-calf pairs, and bulls; Ryan Callahan, Edmond, Okla., assisted with the bred-and-owned heifers, Brigham Stewart, Washington, Kan., judged the steers; and Joe Myers, Harrodsburg, Ky., judged the phenotype and genotype females. Photos by Pearl's Pics.


Grand Champion Bred-and-owned Bull

BNWZ Executive Decision 2219 won grand champion bred-and-owned bull at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Kayden Nowatzke, Michigan City, Ind., owns the February 2022 son of PVF Insight 0129. He first claimed junior champion. Jirl Buck, Madill, Okla., judged the owned heifers; Ethan Moore, Madill, Okla., assisted with the owned heifers; Jarold Callahan, Edmond, Okla., judged the bred-and-owned heifers, cow-calf pairs, and bulls; Ryan Callahan, Edmond, Okla., assisted with the bred-and-owned heifers; Brigham Stewart, Washington, Kan., judged the steers; and Joe Myers, Harrodsburg, Ky., judged the phenotype and genotype females. Photos by Pearl's Pics.


Reserve Grand Champion Bred-and-owned Bull

BNWZ Paisley 2143 won reserve grand champion bred-and-owned bull at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Austin Nowatzke, Michigan City, Ind., owns the January 2022 son of PVF Insight 0129. He first won reserve junior champion. Jirl Buck, Madill, Okla., judged the owned heifers; Ethan Moore, Madill, Okla., assisted with the owned heifers; Jarold Callahan, Edmond, Okla., judged the bred-and-owned heifers, cow-calf pairs, and bulls; Ryan Callahan, Edmond, Okla., assisted with the bred-and-owned heifers; Brigham Stewart, Washington, Kan., judged the steers; and Joe Myers, Harrodsburg, Ky., judged the phenotype and genotype females. Photos by Pearl's Pics.


Senior Champion Bull

HAAG Blackout 2321 won senior champion bull at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Weston Haag, Plymouth, Ind., owns the winning bull. Photo by Pearl's Pics.


Bred-and-owned Reserve Senior Bull Calf Champion

Ferree Fitz Pure Gold 2241 won bred-and-owned reserve senior bull calf champion at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Mercedes Ferree, Sullivan, Ind., owns the winning bull. Photo by Pearl's Pics.


Silver Pitcher Awards

Houston Ferree, Sullivan, Ind., left, won the Boys Silver Pitcher Award; and Kathryn Coleman, Modesto, Calif., right, won the Girls Silver Pitcher Award at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Pictured presenting the awards is Julie Conover, American Angus Auxiliary president, center. Photo by Pearl's Pics.


Fourth Overall Owned Champion Female

Seldom Rest Pin Up Gal 1221 won fourth overall owned champion female at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Houston Ferree, Sullivan, Ind., owns the October 2021 daughter of Colburn Primo 5153. She first won reserve early senior champion. Jirl Buck, Madill, Okla., judged the owned heifers; Ethan Moore, Madill, Okla., assisted with the owned heifers; Jarold Callahan, Edmond, Okla., judged the bred-and-owned heifers, cow-calf pairs, and bulls; Ryan Callahan, Edmond, Okla., assisted with the bred-and-owned heifers, Brigham Stewart, Washington, Kan., judged the steers; and Joe Myers, Harrodsburg, Ky., judged the phenotype and genotype females. Photos by Pearl's Pics.


Junior Champion-Division 6

Core Annie Lu 24K 230K won junior champion heifer--division 6 at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Braylen Schaeffer, Hagerstown, Ind., owns the winning heifer. Photo by Pearl's Pics.

Reserve Intermediate Champion-Division 1

Conley DT Sandy 2900 won reserve intermediate champion heifer--division 1 at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Mercedes Ferree, Sullivan, Ind., owns the winning heifer. Photos by Pearl's Pics.


Owned Reserve Heifer Calf Champion Division 2

SCC Phyllis 2101 won owned reserve heifer calf champion--division 2 at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Houston Ferree, Sullivan, Ind., owns the winning heifer. Photo by Pearl's Pics.


Bred-and-owned Bull Class 8

RGCC Making Headlines 452 won bred-and-owned bull class 8 at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Sophia Royer, New Richmond, Ind., owns the winning bull. Photo by Pearl's Pics.


Steer Class 8

Pipe Creek Pepper 2122 won steer class 8 at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Owen Miller, Gaston, Ind., owns the winning steer. Photo by Pearl's Pics.


Owned Heifer Class 1

Seldom Rest Sandy 2230 won owned heifer class 1 at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Zayda Hofing, Coatesville, Ind., owns the winning heifer. Photo by Pearl's Pics.


Best of 5 Head from Indiana



All-American Certified Angus Beef(R) (CAB) Cook-Off Results:

Intermediate Ground Beef 2nd

Indiana juniors won second place in the intermediate ground beef division at the All-American Certified Angus Beef® (CAB) Cook-Off at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 4 in Grand Island, Neb. Pictured from left are Piper Cates, Modoc; Zayda Hofing, Coatesville; Braylen Schaeffer, Hagerstown; and Rosalind Kidwell, Gentryville. They prepared "Texas Bob's Mexican Meatloaf Foil Dinner." The American Angus Auxiliary sponsored the event. Photo by Pearl's Pics.



2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Scholarship Presentation results

An ambitious group of young cattlemen and women from across the U.S. were awarded scholarships from the Angus Foundation at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show in Grand Island, Nebraska. "Being a part of an organization that supports its juniors’ educational goals is an incredible feeling,” said Reese Anderson, a recipient from Chrisman, Illinois. “The support from this scholarship will allow me to focus less on the financial aspects of college and more on my studies.”


Angus Foundation Graduate Scholarships

These junior members received the Angus Foundation Graduate Student $5,000 Scholarship at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Scholarship Presentation, July 5-7 in Grand Island, Neb. Pictured from left are Lindsey Decker, Philo, Ill.; Kallie Knott, Laotto, Ind.; Kristina Scheurman, Warsaw, Ohio; Reagan Skow, Palisade, Neb.; and Jaclyn Boester, Angus Foundation executive director, presenting. Decker and Knott also won the Angus/Talon Youth Education Learning Program Undergraduate $10,000 Scholarship. Since 1998, the Angus Foundation has awarded more than $4.2 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships to Angus youth. Photo by Pearl's Pics.



Ray Sims Angus Scholarship

Jordyn Wickard, Greenfield, Ind., right, received the Ray Sims Angus $1,500 Scholarship at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Scholarship Presentation, July 5-7 in Grand Island, Neb. Pictured presenting the award is Jaclyn Boester, Angus Foundation executive director, left. Since 1998, the Angus Foundation has awarded more than $4.2 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships to Angus youth. Photo by Pearl's Pics.



2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony

Angus breeders attended the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 7 in Grand Island, Neb.


Junior Division of Graphic Design

These junior Angus members won top honors in the junior division of graphic design at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 7 in Grand Island, Neb. Pictured from left are Claire Kuipers, Le Roy, Ill., first; Hallie Mullen, Ulysses, Kan., second; and Piper Cates, Modoc, Ind., third. Photo by Pearl's Pics.


Junior Division of Photography--angus Cattle

These junor Angus members won top honors in the junior division of photography--Angus cattle at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 7 in Grand Island, Neb. Pictured from left are Mollie Vick, Pope, Miss., first; Josie Hopper, Maysville, Ky., second; and Piper Cates, Modoc, Ind., third. Photo by Pearl's Pics.


Junior Division of Photography--landscape

These junior Angus members won top honors in the junior division of photography--landscape at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 7 in Grand Island, Neb. Pictured from left are Lane Toledo, Visalia, Calif., first; Piper Cates, Modoc, Ind., second; and Avery Mullen, Ulysses, Kan., third. Photo by Pearl's Pics.


Extemporaneous Speaking Senior Division

These junior Angus members won top honors in the senior division of the extemporaneous speaking contest at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 7 in Grand Island, Neb. Pictured from left are Jake O'Dea, Indianola, Neb., first; Jordyn Wickard, Greenfield, Ind., third; and Julie Conover, American Angus Auxiliary president, and Sheri Spader, presenting. O'Dea received the custom engraved Artisan belt buckle in the name of the late Richard L. Spader for her first place win. Photo by Pearl's Pics.



2023 National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest, held in conjunction with the National Junior Angus Show

Crisp, white-collared shirts paired with starched black jeans and boots filled the arena, but only one showman prevailed. An entire show career of preparation and tenacity came down to one moment. The emcee waited in suspense, then announced the winner of the 2023 National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest — Andrew Meier, Tennessee.

Top Fifteen Finalists

These outstanding showmen won top fifteen finalists at the 2023 National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest, held in conjunction with the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 6-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Pictured from left are Trey Conley, Clarksdale, Mo.; Andrew Meier, Clinton, Tenn.; Tanner Curtin, Oxford, Iowa; Ella Jordan, Savannah, Mo.; Morgan Hutchins, Charleston, Ill.; Hunter Royer, New Richmond, Ind.; Kathryn Coleman, Modesto, Calif.; Amelia Miller, Gridley, Ill.; McKenzie Kostel, McKinney, Texas; Sawyer Styles, Brentford, S.D.; Carlee Clark, Muldrow, Okla.; Claire Norris, Eudora, Kan.; Jonwyn Ayres, Powers, Ore.; Kyli Kraft, Fort Collins, Colo.; and Kelsey Theis, Leavenworth, Kan. Photo by Pearl's Pics.


Indiana

Burke Tuggle, Attica, left, and Hunter Royer, New Richmond, right, represented Indiana at the 2023 National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest, held in conjunction with the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 6-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Forty-three youth from across the country competed for top honors in the 57th annual event. Photo by Pearl's Pics.

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