The hum of fans, the smell of shavings and a parade of Angus cattle through the barns signal the start of the 2016 National Junior Angus Show. As one of the nation's largest youth cattle competitions, it's a sight worth seeing as the Angus breed's next leaders showcase their cattle and leadership skills.
More than 820 Angus juniors from 36 states will 'Stampede the Sandhills' for what's expected to be a record-breaking event July 3-9 at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Grand Island, Nebraska. An impressive 1,800 head of Angus cattle have been entered to compete in one of the year's most anticipated livestock events.
'The week of the National Junior Angus Show is unlike any other, and it's fantastic to see so many juniors and their families come from across the nation to spend a week showing off the Angus breed,' saidJaclyn Clark, American Angus Association director of events and education. 'With record numbers expected, it proves that Angus truly does mean business.'
The week's success goes well beyond the showring. Through various contests and activities, participants, families and attendees learn about leadership, livestock and life. Speaking contests, quiz bowl, livestock judging, the All-American Certified Angus Beef Cook-Off and many other competitions will take place during the course of the week.
'The National Junior Angus Show provides an opportunity for juniors to not only interact and connect with their peers, but also build relationships with industry professionals and leaders,' Clark said.
Whether you can make it to the NJAS or not, be sure you don't miss one minute of this year's outstanding show. Grand Stand, along with the Angus Media team, will be providing a live feed of the showring throughout the week. You can access the livestream online at njas.info.
Also, plan to tune in to a special NJAS episode of The Angus Report at 7:30 a.m. CST Monday, July 18, on RFD-TV.