2020 National Junior Heifer Show – Lima, Ohio – June 28 – July 4

Contact Heather at 517-214-0927 or heather@chicattle.org with questions.

2020 NJHS Judges  – TBA

Owned Females – Jon Sweeney

Bred & Owned, Bulls, Steers – Garrett Lampe

Showmanship – Michelle Nielson

• Entry Deadline – MAY 15, 2020
• NO Late Entry Deadline
• No entries accepted after May 15.

• OWNERSHIP DATE – Must be solely in the exhibitor’s name by May 15, 2020.

Participants must be current members in good standing with the American Junior Maine-Anjou Association (AJMAA) and/or the American Junior Chianina Association (AJCA) 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.
• Junior – 12 years of age and younger
• Intermediate – 13-16 years of age
• Senior – 17-22 years of age
– For example, you must have a birthday AFTER JANUARY 1, 1998 to be eligible for this year’s junior show.

• AJMAA dues – $25. Junior dues must be paid in full for entries to be processed.
• AJCA dues – $50 first time only; $25 yearly renewal. Junior dues must be paid in full for entires to be processed.
• Owned Entry fee – $50 per entry. (This is per animal, per breed)
• Bred & Owned Only Entry fee – $50 per entry. (Bulls are only Bred & Owned) (This is per animal, per breed)
• Bred & Owned AND Owned Entry fee – $75 per entry. (This is per animal, per breed)
We do not assume that because an animal is bred & owned that you also want to show it in the owned show. You must enter in both shows.
– For example if your animal qualifies for both shows you will choose the Bred & Owned AND Owned option on the entry.
• Bedding Fee – $55 per entry – Does not include outdoor bedding.
– If your animal is dual registered and entered in both Chi & MaineTainer shows you will only pay 1 bedding fee for that animal.
• Banquet ticket – $15
• Contest Only Fee – $40
**If you’re not showing an animal, but wish to participate in the contests you will pay this fee. You DO NOT pay this fee if you enter an animal.
• Novice Only Fee – $15. Open to all 3-8 year olds. You must sign up for novice activities if you want to participate.

Rules and Regulations
• Exhibitors are subject to all rules and regulations of the AJMAA & AJCA. When an entry is made,
exhibitors agree to abide by the rules and regulations established by the AJMAA & AJCA, as well as the rules of the show management. Entries found to be misrepresented and persons not abiding by the show rules will be disqualified.

• Protests – Protests must be submitted in writing at least 24 hours prior to the beginning of judging or at the conclusion of judging. Written protests must be accompanied by a $500 fee and three (3) signatures of current AMAA/AJCA members. Judging procedures will not be interrupted for protest investigation and depending on the basis of the protest a decision may be withheld until a complete investigation is made. If the protest is upheld the $500 will be refunded.

• All animals must be registered with the AMAA or ACA. The original registration certificate is required at check-in.

• Tattoos will be checked, must be legible and correspond exactly with the original registration certificate. We will not check tattoos on animals if they have been previously AMAA, ACA, state association or other approved program verified such as Ohio Best. Other than Brucellosis Calfhood tattoos, there shall be no other permanent identification marks other than those noted on the certificate of registry.

• The attempted surgical or non-surgical alteration or conformation of an animal is strictly prohibited,
except for dehorning. Cattle are to be shown in their natural conformation. If an exhibitor’s animal is found to have been physically altered the following actions will be enforced:
1. The exhibitor will be banned from all AMAA/ACA shows for one (1) year from the offense.
2. The animal will be banned from exhibition for life.
3. If exhibitor is guilty for the second offense they will be barred for life from AMAA/ACA activities.

• The use of false tail heads, added hair or other materials to any part of the animal’s body is prohibited.

• The dying or artificial changing of the existing color and color pattern is prohibited.

• No artificial filling (pumping).

• All horned animals more than seven months of age must be dehorned.

• No alteration of a Chiangus head is allowed.

• Any and all cattle shall be made available to have blood drawn or hair pulled for parentage verification, detection of foreign substances or the presence of altering. If recorded parent is excluded as a result of DNA typing, the owner can, at his expense, request the AMAA/ACA to determine actual parentage. Failure to determine parentage will result in disqualification of that animal from the AMAA/ACA herd book.

• Heifers exhibited at 20 months of age or older must be accompanied by a certificate of pregnancy.
Heifers used in embryo transfer must be accompanied by a certificate of positive fertility issued by a
licensed veterinarian.
• The show superintendent will split classes as near to equal as possible.
• Participants must exhibit their own show entries.
– An exhibitor has more than one animal in the same class, in which another junior national
participant may help by showing one of the animals.
– Injury or illness (medical note from a doctor).
– The Youth committee will review other circumstances.
• Official t-shirts are required while exhibiting animals and will be available at check-in.
– You are not required to wear show t-shirts during showmanship.
• Exhibitors must wear show harnesses to display entry numbers.
• Animal health commission rules and regulations of the host state will be enforced.
• Cattle are not allowed to leave prior to the conclusion of the show.
• Overhead fans are to be hung in the front half of stalls.

• States are to stall together in assigned locations during the show. Each exhibitor will stall with their state. Chi’s and Maines will all be stalled by state, together.
• NEW THIS YEAR – If a scenario presents itself where you have to stall with another state, a fee of $50 will be required.
• STALL REQUESTS – If you have a specific stall request, within your state, please e-mail
njhs.stalling@gmail.com. We will do our best to honor stalling requests, but make no guarantees.
• Stall requests will only be accepted via e-mail up until June 1. Any requests made after June 1 are not
• Please specify in your e-mail the First & Last name of each exhibitor you wish to stall with and the state you are from.
• The AJMAA & AJCA will assign stalls for each exhibitor within their states section.

• Tie outs are NOT preassigned and will be first come, first serve.
• You MAY tie to your trailer.
• Bedding is not provided in tie outs, but will be available for purchase.
• There will be a small amount of permanent tieouts set up if you do not wish to tie to your trailer. They will be available first come, first serve.
• Decisions of Show and Youth committees are final.

Breeding cattle must have a minimum of 6.25% Chianina blood to participate in ACA nationally sponsored shows such as the NJHS. This rules does NOT apply to STEERS.

• CHIANGUS – All registered Chiangus and Red Chiangus (1CA, 2CA & PCA) females.
• CHIANINA – All registered Chianina, Chimaine & Chiford females.
• ITALIAN FULLBLOOD & HIGH PERCENTAGE – All registered females 50% Chianina blood and higher (including fullblood). If 10 heifers are shown, a grand and reserve champion will be selected in this show.

Calves exhibited in the cow/calf division are not allowed to show in individual classes. All cows and calves must be registered. The maximum age for calves is 260 days. No maximum age limit on the cows. The registration category of the cow determines the division in which the pair shows. Calves shown at the cow’s side must be the cow’s natural calf. The exhibitor may be asked to allow calf to nurse cow. The ACA minimum percentage rule pertains to all calves in the cow/calf division.

• CHIANGUS – All registered Chiangus and Red Chiangus (1CA, 2CA & PCA) females.
• CHIANINA – All registered Chianina, Chimaine & Chiford females.
• BULLS – All bulls, regardless of registration category, show together in one show. Age requirements for bulls: calved after Jan. 1, 2019.

Please note on heifers: We do not assume that just because an animal is bred & owned that you also want to show it in the owned show. YOU MUST ENTER IN BOTH SHOWS.

Only entires in the National Junior Show that list only the junior exhibitor as the breeder and first owner are eligible. This does not include family or farm bred and owned heifers. Dam must be registered with the ACA. Embryo calves do NOT qualify unless the exhibitor owns the donor cow. Foundation and commercial dams do not qualify unless the exhibitor can show proof of ownership of the dam prior to breeding.

All steers must be registered with the ACA in the junior exhibitor’s name by the entry deadline of May 15, 2020. Additionally, all steers must be weaned.
Show officials will check the steer’s tattoos to ensure they are legible and match the registration papers.
There will be two divisions:
Prospect Steers – 900 lbs & lighter
Progress Steers – 901 lbs and heavier
Steers MUST adhere to and abide by the same fitting and grooming regulations as breeding cattle.

Entries consist of three steers from the same state and shown by their respective owners. No limit to the number of entries per state. No premiums paid.

1. Cattle originating outside Ohio should be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within 30 days prior to entry and be identified with official individual identification; and
2. Meet the following tuberculosis requirements:
(a) Originate from an accredited free state or zone; or
(b) If originating from a non free state or zone, contact Ohio Department of Agriculture for
3. Meet the following brucellosis requirements:
(a) Originate from a herd located in a certified brucellosis free state; or
(b) If originating from a non-certified free state, contact Ohio Department of Agriculture for requirements.

To contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture, call (614) 728-6220.

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

New This Year
Public Speaking, Salesmanship & Livestock Judging score cards/sheets will be included in your packet. This means you do not need to sign up for these contests. You will be automatically entered. You will need to bring you score cards to the contest to participate. Please do not lose these sheets.

Contest Signup
Quiz bowl and Team Fitting – Teams will sign up at check-in.
Showmanship – You will sign up for showmanship at the time you submit your entry online. If you wish to participate in showmanship in both breeds, you must enter both contests. Dues must be current with both associations to participate in both showmanships.

• First through 10th place will be recognized at the awards banquet, and presented a certificate & award.
• Team fitting, Quiz Bowl and Showmanship will be given their awards at the conclusion of the contest.
• No ties.

The AJMAA & AJCA boards made the decision in 2017 to streamline their approach when it came to the National Junior Heifer Show and its contests. The hopes of this new process is to cut down on overall days spent at the show. One such way that was decided was to combine the following contests: Photo, Quiz Bowl, Salesmanship, Public Speaking and Livestock Judging. One contest will still be held separately and that is Showmanship.

So, what does this mean?
For example, where there used to be a top 10 in both Maine-Anjou public speaking and Chianina public speaking in each age division, there will now only be one top 10 public speaking in each age division. This means that top 10 can be made up of exhibitors from each breed.

Do you have to enter both breeds to be part of the contests?
No. As long as you’re a current DUES PAID 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 AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ENTER AN ANIMAL IN BOTH BREEDS.

• Divisions competing are Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
• Photos must be taken by the contestant during the past year.
• Photo cannot be altered or image enhanced in any way.
• Photos must be taken by the exhibitor submitting the photo.
• No cell phone photos.

Submitting your photos
• Entry deadline June 1, 2020
• Submit one (1) photo per exhibitor
• Please include the following information:
– Exhibitor Breeder Number (Maine or Chi breeder number)
– Exhibitor Name & State
– Exhibitor Age Division
• All photos must be submitted via e-mail to maine_chi_photo@outlook.com

Judging Criteria
• Judging will concentrate on all aspects of photography.
• A panel of judges will review the entries.
• Winners will be announced at the junior national awards banquet.

• Photos become the property of the Maine-Anjou Voice and Chi Journal and can be used for publication or promotional materials.

• Divisions competing are Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
• Contest will consist of at least four cattle classes and one questions class.
• Judging is individual.
• No talking is allowed.
• No oral reasons will be given.
• Please bring your own pencil and clipboard.
• Score cards will be in the packet you pick up at check in. You must bring your score cards with you to the contest. Please do not lose your score cards.

• Divisions competing are Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
• NEW THIS YEAR – Score sheet will be included in your packet. You will bring your score sheet with you to the contest. Score sheets will be preprinted with your age division & name. You will not have to pre-enter for Speech or sign up at check in. Please do not lose your score sheets.
• Speeches are to be the contestants original compositions.
• Notes are allowed.
• Speeches should be no more than six minutes long, points will be deducted for going over time.

Judging Criteria
• A panel of two judges will assess the speeches.
• The panel may pose questions at the conclusion of each presentation.
• Guests are admitted but are not allowed to prompt, cue or ask questions to any contestant.

Junior & Intermediate Division
• Junior and Intermediate speech participants can choose any subject that pertains to the beef industry, Chianina or Maine-Anjou cattle.

Senior Division
• Of the 3 topics below, you will select one topic to give a speech on.
• You will be allowed 1 (one) 3X5 note card.
– How can we bridge the gap between the producer and consumer to help them better understand where their food comes from?
– Why is it important to educate people on the proper practices of animal husbandry versus just ignoring their questions?
– Explain why you have chosen and continue to breed Maine-Anjou or Chianina cattle?

• Divisions competing are Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
• NEW THIS YEAR – Score sheets will be included in your packet. You will bring your scoresheet with you to the contest. Score sheets will be preprinted with your age division & name. You will not have to pre-enter for Speech or sign up at check in. Please do not lose your score sheets.
• You will no longer bring your animal to the contest, but will sell the animal based on the criteria listed below.
• Contestants attempt to “sell” an animal, genetic opportunity or group of animals of their choice to a group of judges/potential buyers.
• Suggested information assembled in a folder:
• COPY of registration certificate • Pedigree
• Performance information • Phenotype
• Breeding information • The use of visual aids is allowed.
• Sales discussion • No power will be provided and no power points allowed. • Marketing decisions dictated by environment, customer base, etc.

Judging Criteria
• Organization of information
• Overall presentation
• Contestants will be expected to answer questions
• Contestants will have a 10 minute time limit to complete the sale.

• Divisions competing are Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
• Teams can consist of two or three people (must be from same state to qualify for state sweepstakes points).
• Oldest participant determines division.
• The animal, chute, equipment, supplies and power source are not provided and are the teams’ responsibility.
• 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.
• A panel of judges assesses the teams.
• No outside assistance is allowed during the competition.

Judging Criteria
• Team cooperation
• Method
• Final product
• Top 10 will be announced at the contest.

• Divisions competing are Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
• Contestants must sign up their complete team AT check-in.
• Oldest participant determines division.
• The main objective is to encourage team participation while individuals learn more about the beef industry.
• Beef Quiz Bowl teams has to have four individuals. Teams will compete in four age divisions: novice, junior, intermediate and senior. (Novice will follow the junior age division)
• 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.
• Quiz Bowl teams must provide the names and ages of the four contestants at the Junior National during check-in.
• Every team is required to have a team name.

Judging Criteria
• At the beginning of each round, the moderator will ask four to eight questions Family Feud style, and each member of the team will need to answer at least one question. For example, the first question can be answered ONLY by the first person on either team. The next question would be answered ONLY by the second person on either team.
• Teams will receive one point per correct answer.
• After the family feud round, contestants will be asked another round of questions. 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 15 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.

Each breed will continue to hold a separate showmanship contest and each contestant will receive 3 points regardless of where they place. If you choose to compete in both showmanships you will still only receive the 3 points that will go towards the overall sweepstakes. Awards will be presented to the top 1-10 in each breeds 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, Sr., Novice (Chi & Maine together
• Contestants must show their own Chianina/Chiangus animal in showmanship and the animal must be entered in the show.
• 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 t-shirts provided, clothing at discretion of exhibitor.
• No bulls allowed in showmanship unless that is the only Chianina/Chiangus animal an exhibitor has entered.
• The is a no-fit competition.

• Novice participants may use any heifer or steer entered in the NJHS.
• A responsible individual may accompany the novice in the ring.
• Novice showmanship will begin immediately following the conclusion of the first ring to finish. There will only be one division of Novice showmanship.
• Novice participants will not place, but each participant will receive an award.

Parade of Flags
• This is the state introduction and flag display ceremony.
• A representative from each state should bring their flag and participate.
• Each state will need to prepare a write up about their state and submit that write-up by June 1 to either Lindsey at lindsey@AMAAPC.com or Heather at heather@chicattle.org. This write up will be read at the opening ceremonies.

• To encourage state unity and togetherness.
• States will be judged on Monday-Thursday.
• The first place state will be announced at the banquet
This state competition will be judged on:
a) Organization of tack – 10 points
b) Stall card quality – 10 points
c) Upkeep of stalls and bedding – 15 points
d) Cooperation and teamwork – 25 points
e) Care and appearance of cattle – 15 points

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 Grooming • 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 Grooming • Herdsmanship

Point Distribution Scale
• Livestock Judging – One point/junior participant • Quiz Bowl – One point/junior participant
• 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
• Team Grooming – First: 25; Second: 20; Third: 15; Fourth: 10; Fifth: 5 (points/team, top three teams/state only)
• Herdsmanship – First: 25; Second: 20; Third: 15; Fourth: 10; Fifth: 5 (points/team, top three teams/state only)

Novice Division
We love our littles! With no minimum age, the AJMAA and AJCA have many participants that are below the age of 8. With this many young exhibitors the decision was made to vamp up our novice program and offer activities a few afternoons that are geared specifically for the Littles. Additionally, we have many of our exhibitors that attend the show with their older siblings and would love to participate but just aren’t quite ready, and we have those exhibitors covered too! 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?
• Novice activities are open to youth ages 3-8. The cost to participate is $15 for materials. (This will include a t-shirt & bag) All novice participants will need to sign up for the activities.

Novice CONTESTS – sign up at check-in
– Quiz Bowl
– Showmanship (every little will receive a prize)

NOTE: If your child would like to compete in the speech, salesmanship or photo contest they will compete as juniors.

Howard Johnson
1920 Roschman Ave.
Lima, OH 45804
(419) 222-0004
Block Name: 2020 Maine/Chi Junior Nationals
Block Rate: $99
Block Cut Off Date: June 1, 2020

Courtyard Marriott
936 Greely Chapel Rd.
Lima, OH 45804
(419) 222-9000
Block Name: AMA
Block Rate: $119
Block Cut Off Date: May 28, 2020

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On Site Camping Information
Rate: $45/night – Full hook up – SOLD OUT
$35/night – electric only
Contact Heather Counts at heather@chicattle.org to reserve your space.


Download the 2020 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE


Sunday, June 28

6 p.m. Cattle may begin arriving on the fairgrounds.

Monday, June 29
6 a.m. Cattle move in and tattoo verification starts at stalls
Noon Cattle must be in the barn
1-3 p.m. Cattle check-in & Steer weigh in
3:30 p.m. Maine-Anjou & Chianina Queen & Princess Interviews
4 pm Chianina membership meeting

Tuesday, June 30
8 a.m. AMAA Adult Board Meeting
8 a.m. Public Speaking
8 a.m. Salesmanship
12 p.m. AJMAA Delegate Meeting/Social
12:30 p.m. Sullivan Supply/Stock Show University Demo
1 p.m. Novice activity
2 p.m. Livestock Judging Contest
5:30 p.m. State lineup and photos
6:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. Evening meal

Wednesday, July 1
8 a.m. AMAA Adult Board Meeting
8 a.m. ACA Adult Board Meeting
8:30-12 p.m. Sullivan Supply/Stock Show U Team Fitting (Sr, Int, Jr)
11:30-1 p.m. Meal Ticket Lunch
1 p.m. Novice activity
1 p.m. Quiz Bowl
4 p.m. Chiangus Classic Futurity
4:30 p.m. Herdsman Gathering
6 p.m. Sullivan Supply/Stock Show University Bootcamp & Fun

Thursday, July 2
7:30 a.m. Sullivan Supply/Stock Show Maine-Anjou Showmanship – (Start with Sr, Int, Jr)
8 a.m. Sullivan Supply/Stock Show U Chianina Showmanship – (Start with Int, Sr, Jr)
**Novice showmanship will begin immediately following the first breed finished.
11:30-1 p.m. Meal Ticket Lunch
1 p.m. Novice activity
1:30 p.m. Chianina & Maine-Anjou Queen’s Reception
4 p.m. Chianina membership meeting
4:30 p.m. Maine-Anjou delegate meeting
5:30 p.m. Cody McCullough Memorial Senior Showmanship Finals (Maine-Anjou)
6 p.m. Chianina Fundraiser Auction

Friday, July 3
8 a.m. Chianina Prospect Steers, Progress Steers, Bulls, Bred & Owned Chiangus, Owned
Chiangus, Bred & Owned Chianina – Livestock Pavilion
8 a.m. Fullblood Females, Prospect Steers, Maine-Anjou Bulls, Progress Steers,
MaineTainer Bulls, Bred & Owned Maine-Anjou Females, Bred & Owned
MaineTainer Females and Maine Angus Females Shows
11:30-1 p.m. Meal Ticket Lunch – South Annex
1 p.m. Novice activity
6:30 p.m. Awards Banquet meal served
7:15 p.m. Awards Banquet

Saturday, July 4
8 a.m. Maine-Anjou Females, followed by MaineTainer Females
8 a.m. Owned Chianina Females