Essentials for a Successful Week

Only 6 more days until we are all “Under the Big Top” in Madison, Wisconsin! Here in the office we are packing things up and figured we would remind you all about the essentials you need to survive the week.

As you pack your trailer to head to Junior Nationals here is a tune (and show packing list) for you to listen to:



HYDRATE. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Days in the barn can get long and will be even longer if you’re not properly hydrated.



Busy days at Junior Nationals can cause kids to get “Hangry.” Be sure to pack all your favorite snacks. Here is a list of our favorite snacks at cattle shows:

Emily M.: Grapes, Chex Mix, Pringles

Anna: Pita Chips, Hummus, Salami

Emily D.: Cheese sticks, Cheez-Its, Cinnamon Rolls



Standing on cement all day can be hard on the feet. Be sure to pack a variety of shoes to switch out from day to day. You will appreciate this decision later in the week.



Your cattle’s hair typically always comes first, so remember Revive and brushes to make sure their hair is on point for the show ring. Next, your hair. Rain is in the forecast!! Hats are a lifesaver on rainy days, or even days you just want to sleep in an extra 10 minutes.



Don’t get to check-in and end up getting the “YOU HAD ONE JOB” look. Make sure those registration papers and health papers are in a safe spot to bring to check-in.



Don’t forget to pack those projects you have spent countless hours on! Make sure to bring extra supplies, just in case something gets messed up on the drive!



The most important thing to pack along: a positive attitude. Cattle shows call for early mornings and late evenings, but a positive attitude always makes it more enjoyable. This week is about making memories that you’ll cherish for a life time, while making new friends along the way.


Hope we could help with your preparation for Junior Nationals! Safe travels as you make your way to Madison!

Welcome 2018 Interns!




A desire to advocate for agriculture led Emily Meinhardt to Kansas State University to pursue a degree in Agricultural Communications & Journalism with minors in Animal Sciences & Industry and Leadership Studies. As a sophomore at K-State, Emily enjoys being involved in campus clubs and her sorority because they allow her to meet a diverse group of people. Emily grew up in Marysville, Kansas where she was involved in 4-H and showing Hereford cattle. These experiences sparked her interest in the agricultural industry. With a passion for working with youth and a desire to promote the livestock industry, Emily looks forward to working for the Shorthorn Association as the communications intern.









We would like to welcome Emily Dyes of Holliday, Texas to the American Shorthorn Association Team as the registrations intern. Emily grew up in vastly different counties across Texas including Nacogdoches, Bosque, Bandera, and Archer where she raised and exhibited Shorthorn cattle from the 3 rd to 12th grade. Emily is currently attending Texas Tech University and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Agriculture in May 2019. Emily believes this internship will be a great opportunity to learn more about how a breed association functions from day to day and is looking forward to gaining more knowledge about the beef industry through this experience. Emily is most excited to be working with professionals that share a common passion for the beef cattle industry and how the shorthorn breed will impact the future of the industry.






Anna Miller is a junior at Oklahoma State University where she is studying agricultural communications and animal science. She grew up in the small town of Linden, California, raising purebred Red Angus cattle with her family. Anna has always had a passion for the agricultural industries, and an interest in international culture has motivated her to study animal science abroad in Dublin, Ireland, for a semester. She is active throughout the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at OSU. Anna is an officer for the Oklahoma Collegiate Cattlewomen club and the FARM Theory club, as well as a member of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club. After graduation, she hopes to stay involved in the beef industry and work in the communications field. Anna is excited to serve as the Youth Activities intern for the AJSA, and looks forward to learning more about the association and its members!



Ways to Stand Out at Junior Nationals





It’s official, only 17 more Days until Junior Nationals….Whoa, where has the time gone?! Most of you are busy getting ready, so we put together all the different ways to “Stand Out” during the Junior National contests. Plus, lots of little tips and reminders to keep in mind!



Arts & Crafts, Photography, Promotional Poster and Graphic Design

  • Attention to detail: You may think that some things may not be noticeable or it looks “good enough” But looking at all of the details to your creative piece is the best way to avoid errors and have an overall impactful piece of work. Most importantly, EDIT EDIT EDIT!
  • Find your creativity: Don’t be afraid to go for something unique or put your own “stamp” on it, judges appreciate originally and authenticity.
  • Put together different options: If your stumped on what to do or can’t decide on just one idea, try them all! Give yourself the opportunity to try different things and see which one really takes you the farthest.
  • Get that 2nd opinion: Have other people go over you work, reach out to professionals to get tips on how you can improve, it can’t hurt!
  • Visual impact: First impressions are everything, when the judges see your piece for the first time you’ll want there to be a positive impact.

Beef Cook-Off

  • Presentation: Don’t wait until the day of to decide on how you will present your meal, put some thought into it and practice!
  • Make a plan: Understand the strengths of each chef on the team, who does what? Instead of everyone all going for it think about the organization, the different jobs/duties on the team. This will definitely make the experience more ‘stress-free’ and a fun experience!
  • Be ready for the Judges: Yikes, get ready for those questions! Be sure to know your recipe forward and backward and all of the ingredients you will be using, don’t leave anything out!

Quiz Bowl

  • Effort: Even though it’s summer break, hit the books and STUDY STUDY STUDY.
  • We can’t tell you the exact questions… but here’s the categories to freshen up on; Nutrition, breeding, anatomy, history, general beef knowledge and facts about the Shorthorn Association.


  • Presentation: Although this is a no-fit showmanship competition, make sure your animal clean and ready to walk in the show ring.
  • Don’t forget about yourself! Be sure to dress in an appropriate and professional manner.
  • Tick Tock: Don’t be late! Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to spare and keep an eye on how fast/slow the judge is moving. You don’t want to get your animal up to early/late. With Keeping timing in mind you’ll be ready for “showtime.”


  • Bulls cannot be shown
  • There’s a peewee competition for Juniors under the age of 5
  • You must use the same animal throughout the competition


Team Salesmanship and Speech

  • Confidence: Judges are impressed by confidence and if you mess up just keep going! Most likely the judges won’t even notice just continue on as if nothing had happened, just remain cool, calm and collected.
  • Eye contact: It’s important to know the difference between “staring someone down” and having the appropriate amount of eye contact. Practice your presentation with a friend or family member and find what works for you.
  • Really selling it: Show your excitement and passion about what you are presenting, make the judge think “Wow! They really knew what they were talking about!” or “They were really interesting to listen to!”


  • The judges will ask questions
  • Dress for Speech Contest: prospectors are school clothes, seniors are semi-formal.


  • Don’t do that!: Make sure you are aware of the inappropriate fitting practices and review what and what is not allowed in The Edge or Exhibitor Folder.
  • Make a plan: Know who is doing what on the team, assign jobs and areas one team member should concentrate on.
  • Set a goal: What can you accomplish is the given amount of time? Make a list of priorities, what is most important? What needs to be accomplished first? Be conscious of you time, only 20 minutes!
  • Keep your fitting area clean and presentable for the judges.


  • Animals may enter the ring with a show halter in the prospector division only.
  • Don’t forget any of your supplies, generators are encouraged to make sure you have enough power.
  • Team members may be from any state as this doesn’t go towards the outstanding State award.


  • Things to know: The contest is scheduled to include 5 classes (12 minutes per class). There will be 10 questions. There will be 3 cattle classes, 1 hog and 1 sheep class when other livestock is available. IF other species aren’t available we will use only cattle classes.
  • Practice any potential questions you may receive from the judges!


Not signed up as an exhibitor for Junior Nationals? But you are a member of the American Junior Shorthorn Association? You can still compete in the contests! Just pay the exhibitor fee and sign up at Junior Nationals!

Or for the kids that are 5 years of age or under there’s still lots of fun activities to participate in! Email to sign up for Shorthorn Sidekicks!

Hope we could help with the preparation for this year’s Junior National contests. If you have any more questions regarding any of the contests or need tips and advice feel free to contact us here at the office!





Where the Flight Attendants Learned Their Skills

College is fun! This week we’re sharing all the reasons why we love our Universities and what makes them special. Get the inside scoop on Kansas State University, University of Minnesota and Oklahoma State University.

Leah- Kansas State University

Key Points

  • School Mascot: “Willie” the Wildcat
  • Color: Royal Purple
  • Member of the Big 12 Conference

Hey That’s Pretty Cool!

  • K-State was originally founded as an agriculture college.
  • The First Land-Grant University- designated by a State to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890.
  • Modern Family star Cameron, played by Eric Stonestreet is a K-State Alum

Things I love about K-State

  • Bill Snyder- He’s old, he’s cool, we love him and it will be a sad day when he leaves us. Why? Because what would K-State be without the legendary coach Snyder?
  • He is the only active football coach who has a Stadium dedicated after him. An even more obscure fact known to mostly locals, is the highway named after him, “Coach Bill Snyder Highway” can be seen as you come into town on Highway 177.
  • Family is the one word I would use to describe K-State. That’s what we are, one big, happy, purple family that sings ‘Alma Mater’ at football games with our arms wrapped around each other, we ‘Hail Synder’ and we all really hate KU.

Things I love about my college/department

  • Clubs- They offer an exciting and interactive way to build contacts and meet some awesome new friends. In the realm of agriculture, the people we meet in college are going to be friends, colleagues and business contacts for the rest of our lives.

My current involvement:

  • Collegiate Cattlemen’s: I especially love traveling to NCBA every year with the club.
  • When traveling with Collegiate Cattlemen’s to NCBA be prepared to have people look at your group and go “WHOA, that’s a lot of purple!”
  • Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow: I love this group of Ag Communicators. Whenever I need creative advice or someone to edit my paper I know my AgCom buddies will be there.
  • ACJ Department: I know mostly everyone in this major, it’s one of the smaller majors in the College of Ag which is awesome because I get to be friends with my classmates and instructors.

Things I love about Manhattan

  • Manhattan is the dictionary definition of a college town, yet has an awesome small-town feel. Manhattan can also be referred to as Manhappiness, Manhappin, or The Hat to many college students, alum or locals.
  • I would consider Manhattan a “Foodie” town and I absolutely love it.


Here are my go-to places:

  • So Long Saloon- They serve specialty burgers and it will be life changing.
  • s. you can’t go to So Long without getting the Chipotle Raspberry & black bean dip, and when I say you have to you HAVE TO.
  • Arrow Coffee- Cute and artsy on the inside. Get the Voldemort, it’s a sweetened coffee drink similar to a frappe and it’s delicious.
  • Varsity Food Truck- Get the mac and cheese grilled cheese. I know, I know, our arteries are clogging just thinking about it but it’s definitely worth it and you get the experience of the late-night food truck.
  • Konza Prairie: Located in the Flint Hills, this offers a beautiful hiking experience. The trails range from 3.8 miles to 13 miles, they also have a pretty cool snapchat filter.

Emma- University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Mascot: “Goldy” the Gopher

Colors: Maroon and Gold

Big-Ten School


  • Popular CFANS Majors: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Communications and Marketing, Agricultural Food Business Management, Animal Science, and Applied Economics.
  • VetFast Program: A fast-track program to Veterinary School to meet the high demand for veterinarians needed for livestock animals.
  • There are over 25 minors to accompany the majors of CFANS.


  • CFANS Specific Clubs include Gopher Dairy Club, Block and Bridle, Gopher Crops and Soils, National Agri-Marketing Association, Agricultural Education Club, and National Grocers Association.
  • The U has a General Livestock Judging Team that runs every other year and a Dairy Judging Team that is ran every year.
  • Considering Greek Life? The U of M has over 60 fraternities and sororities to choose from!
  • Study, Intern, or do research across the globe, the U has a large variety of programs offering all types of experiences.

School Activities:

  • GOPHER GAME DAY- everyone loves a good football especially when played against our most notable rival, the Wisconsin Badgers. In fact, we have the longest continuous rivalry in NCAA Division 1 football.
  • MN Royal- Every spring the student organizations in CFANS spend a week competing against each other in activities such as skits, quiz bowl, scavenger hunts, and showmanship.
  • Minnesota State Fair- St. Paul Campus borders the MN State Fairgrounds. The State Fair runs for 12 days ending on Labor day because of this and the fact that many students work and volunteer at the state fair, the U does not officially start classes until the day after labor day.

Interesting Facts:

  • We have the 6th largest main campus student body in the United States but CFANS is the only college that resides exclusively on the St. Paul campus yet it is only a short bus away from the U’s main campus in Minneapolis.
  • Minnesota has been called “the Silicon Valley of Food” due to the amount of food and agricultural companies that have their headquarters located there:
    • Cargill
    • General Mills
    • Land O’Lakes
    • SuperValu
    • Mosaic
    • CHS
  • What is the best apple in the world? The Honeycrisp Apple. Where was it created? The University of Minnesota- St. Paul Campus.

Emily- Oklahoma State University

The basics

  • School Mascot: Pistol Pete
  • Colors: Americas Brightest Orange
  • Member of the Big 12 Conference

Just some quick fun facts

  • Oklahoma State was founded on Christmas Eve in 1890 as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical college or Oklahoma A&M Tigers ( The inspiration to OSU school colors black and orange)
  • In 1923 ideas were made to change from the tigers to the cowboys and have a mascot called Pistol Pete after cowboy Frank Eaton. In 1958 Pistol Pete became the official mascot for OSU. Original Pistol Pete created the head while working at Disney.
  • Oklahoma State holds “Americas Greatest Homecoming Celebration”

Why I Love My School

  • OSU Football – Because I mean who doesn’t love College Football! OSU Football is one of my favorite Traditions at OSU. My favorite Saturdays are spent in Boone Pickens Cheering on the boys in Orange and Black led by their Fearless Leader and Alumni Mike Gundy. And I mean who doesn’t love a coach with a mullet!
  • The “Orange Pride”- Orange Pride is everywhere, you can see it when you are going to class or even around the Town of Stillwater. America’s Brightest Orange is hard to miss especially game days or Orange Fridays, the spirit just bleeds out of you. Not only do we bleed orange but we have a saying that becomes everyday life.
    • Saying: “Go Pokes becomes a common phrase with everything, whether good or bad.” You just got an A, “Go Pokes” or you are headed to an 8 a.m. class and just split your coffee all over your brand new shirt, “go pokes.”
  • The “Family Aspect”- To describe Oklahoma State in one word everyone uses Family. You can just feel it when you are on campus. Through every bad thing that OSU has, they stick together. Despite everyone’s differences we all come together for the love of our school, our team and our ‘family’

Why I love my College/Department

The College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

CASNR’s motto, “Expanding Minds. Inspiring Purpose.”

  • CASNR is broke into nine Academic Departments
    • That holds 16 majors with more than 59 study options, with some of the best advisors and professors in the country ( at least in my opinion)
  • Over 60 Student Organizations and Competitive Teams within the college with many opportunities to get involved know matter what you are interested in!
    • Fun Fact, The Animal Science Department alone last year had two National Champion Judging teams!
  • Also $1.4 Million awarded in scholarships every year! I mean who doesn’t want free money!

The Insides of Stillwater

  • Stillwater, Stilly or Chillwater as knows by the people who live there has been also Called “Americas Friendliest College Town”
  • Now to the Good Stuff the food:

Here’s where to get some of my favorites:

  • Eskimo Joe’s: Located right near campus and walking distance from Boone Pickens, Stillwater’s Jumpin’ Little Juke Joint since 1975, one of Stillwater’s most popular traditions. After more than 40 years and millions of T-shirts (and cups!) If you go make sure you order the Sweet Peppered Bacon Cheese Fries, Sometimes that’s all I get for my meal.
  • Pizza: If you’re craving pizza before game day, make sure to go visit the original Hideaway Pizza right around the corner from Boone Pickens or the Student Union. Hideaway just celebrated their 60th anniversary in Stillwater. Most known for their stuffed mushrooms or their tie-dye shirts, you won’t be disappointed by a piece of Stillwater history.
  • Now for one of the best places in Stillwater, Granny’s Kitchen. If you’re looking for AMAZING home good cooking for a great price then you have come to the right place. From huge cinnamon rolls and crispy bacon to hearty sandwiches and fun T-shirts you will always leave full. And to answer your question, it is worth the wait!
  • South Washington: Restaurant/Bar District, There’s always something going on and things to do and see. From Fuzzy’s Tacos to the late night Dirty Curty with pizza with Macaroni on it. What could be better!

I can’t believe three years have gone by at this amazing school and I will be graduating in May. Stillwater will always be in my heart! And always remember #GoPokes!






Top 10 Stockshow Essentials

Only 33 more days until Junior Nationals! Whoa… we know, it’s coming up fast and there’s so much to do! To help out a little bit we put together a “Stockshow Essentials List” All three of us grew up traveling to stockshows so we compiled a list of 10 things that everyone should have before takeoff to Tulsa.


  1. Speakers/headphones: A must for if you want to have a jam sesh with the crew or listen to your favorite playlist while blowing.

Here are our go-to jam songs

  • “My House” Flo Rida
  • “All I Do Is Win” DJ Khaled
  • “Any Man of Mine” Shania Twain
  • “Roar” Katy Perry
  • “The Way you make me feel’ Michael Jackson
  1. Snacks: You never seem to have a full meal at a stockshow so snacks are a must for eating here and there.

Our favorites

  • Emily’s Fav: Pretzel Goldfish and sweet tea.
  • Emma’s Fav: Licorice and Gatorade.
  • Leah’s Fav: Beef sticks and coffee.
  1. Comfy shoes: Let’s be honest we’re not wearing boots all day. Invest in some Sperry’s or Twisted X’s they will save your feet but just be sure to break them in first.
  2. Crock Pot: You learn very quickly that fair food is only good in moderation.
  3. Non-gravity chairs: Naps are a definite must, might as well make them comfortable.
  4. Revive and a Smart Sensation brush: You can never stop growing that hair.
  5. Hoodie: The fans can be strong, it’ll get chilly, be prepared and bring a hoodie. Oh and it also works as a blanket/pillow… double score.
  6. Zip ties and duct tape: You’ll need them. You always do.
  7. Drink Enhancer: Cattle can be even more picky with their water than we are about ours. #DramaQueens.

Some different options

  • Kool Aid: 4/5 heifers say Fruit Punch is the #1 flavor.
  • Water Filter: lets’ just hope no one walks away with yours.
  • Molasses: Only if you want to be sticky all day.
  1. Your favorite hat: A multiuse wardrobe item- whether you need it to cover up your messy hair after standing in front of the fans all day or you need to ward off those friends taking Snapchats of you sleeping during your much-needed nap, a hat can be a lifesaver.

Hope we could help with the planning process for Junior Nationals. Now it’s time to start your “to-do” list and attempt to get everything finalized and ready. Comment below some of your stockshow essentials! #NJSS17 #SoaringWithShorthorns


Our names are Leah, Emily and Emma and we will be your flight attendants (interns) for this summer. We are busy preparing for this year’s Junior Nationals, who’s ready to TAKE FLIGHT WITH RED, ROAN AND WHITE?! Our entertainment for this flight will be Top Gun, featuring the hunky Tom Cruise. The flight attendants and the rest of the flight crew here at ASA have been busy preparing for this coming journey to NJSS, prepare for take-off!

Flight attendant Leah:

This first week has ‘flown’ by and I have been loving working with Emily, Emma and everyone else in the office, it is a really fun work environment and I am so glad to be a part of it. I have been busy working on the exhibitor folder for this year’s junior nationals and also working with the Associations social media pages (Go give them a like!) So far, we haven’t explored Kansas City a lot but I am excited to play tourist this weekend and try some KC Barbecue. I can’t wait to ‘take-off’ for Tulsa and help make it a fun-filled experience for everyone attending, with us hard at work there should be no expected turbulence!

Flight Attendant Emily:

This week has gone by with little to no turbulence. I have been busy planning activities and getting contest stuff ready for the juniors to participate in at NJSS. It’s going to be a packed full trip and I can’t wait to be along for the journey with the rest of you. Along with planning fun filed activities, I have been working hard to make sure all the scholarship applications were perfect before being sent out to be judged. This was really easy with the help from the amazing staff here at the ASA. I have had many different tasks to work on so far and hope to make this year’s NJSS one of the best yet. I am also excited about getting to be tourist this weekend and get to go visit the rest of KC with my awesome flight attendants (interns).  Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.

Flight Attendant Emma:

Hey Everyone, I hope your booking process (Entries) has been stress free and you are ready for a fun filled week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I have been busy this week sorting through exhibitors and cattle to make sure everyone is accommodated properly.  I have spent four days staring at Excel sheets, by now I feel like I can personally tell you every single person aboard our flight (Attending Junior Nationals). Be on the look-out for a confirmation email for me in the next week confirming your trip (Entries). We have a great staff onboard here at ASA; Shelby, Montie, and everyone else are very welcoming. The tickets have been booked; we have a full flight headed to Tulsa and the pilot just turned the seat belt sign on so buckle up and prepare for take-off!


Our final destination is Tulsa, Oklahoma. The duration of this flight will be 45 days until NJSS. Remember to pack your aviators and flight suits for this adventure, we hope you enjoy your flight with us!

Welcome the 2017 ASA Interns!

Leah Giess is a sophomore at Kansas State University studying Agricultural Communications and Journalism. She has deep roots in the cattle industry growing up on a purebred cow/calf operation in central Minnesota. The exclusively family operated ranch has grown to become a nationally known source of quality purebred South Devon and Poundmaker genetics. Over the years she has worked to develop her own herd as well as helping with all aspects of the family’s cattle operations. She has been heavily involved in showing cattle and competing nationally in speech, quiz bowl, livestock judging and marketing at the NCBA Youth competitions. Leah recently participated on a study abroad trip to Ireland and interned with the Minnesota Beef Expo. She has been active in the North American South Devon Association for the past 15 years holding numerous board positions and also represented the breed as the Junior Ambassador. She is a member of K-State Block & Bridle, Collegiate Cattlemen’s, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and is a National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association member. We are excited to have Leah on the team for the summer as the communications intern!


Emily Albert is a junior at Oklahoma State University majoring in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications. She started in production agriculture at a young age exhibiting livestock through her local 4-H and FFA chapter in Weatherford, Texas. She said she was very fortunate to be an active FFA member on a local and state level. These organizations ignited her passion for agriculture and the livestock industry. Throughout her college career she served as a Block & Bridle and Swine Club officer, as well as Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, and Alpha Zeta. After college, she would like to pursue a career in the livestock industry, communicating our story to the public. She is very honored to be able to work with the ASA this summer as the youth activities intern and hopes to learn the “ins and outs” of what a breed association does on a day to day basis and how she can help the Shorthorn breed reach new levels.


Emma Penzenstadler is from the Northern state of Minnesota where she calls Chisago City her home. She is currently finishing up her third year at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she is majoring in Agricultural Communications and Marketing with a minor in animal science in hopes to work in the event management industry. She is excited to be back in the states and interning as the registrations intern with the American Shorthorn Association after spending the last several months living in Sydney, Australia. She is most excited to work along professionals in the beef industry and to see what a day to day role is like in a breed association. Emma’s livestock background consists of helping her parents on her family’s farm where they raise Purebred Hereford Cattle and show pigs. Along with previously serving as the Minnesota 4-H Livestock Coordinator at the Minnesota State Fair and the Auction Coordinator for the Chisago County Fair.




We are excited to have these three ladies in the ASA office starting in May to help with National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference.

Alabama Family Shares Passion for Shorthorn Cattle

Catrett FamilyIn Luverne, Alabama, Perry and Ashley Catrett raise their daughters, Cassidy and Cameron. Even though Perry and Ashley did not grow up showing cattle, their daughters expressed an interest in showing. Cassidy and Cameron started out showing crossbred and commercial cattle because their dad and his family raised commercial cattle.

After Cassidy and Cameron proved their commitment to showing, they family decided to start showing purebred cattle and purchased three Shorthorns to start a herd. They found that it was difficult to find Shorthorns in Alabama and other southeastern states, but they chose Shorthorns initially for their docility and color.

“Their dad likes that they have taken an interest in the beef industry,” Ashley said. “He thinks that showing helped them develop their passion that they may not have if they would have only stuck to the commercial cattle.”

Cassidy and Cameron have built up a herd of Shorthorn cow-calf pairs that is nearly as many cattle as their dad has in his commercial operation.

“The girls have even convinced Perry to use a Shorthorn bull,” Ashley said. “He transitioned to using a Shorthorn bull on the commercial herd as clean-up for artificial insemination work.”

Cassidy the older of the two, developed an interest in AI for bred and owned cattle. She even attended AI school to help grow her knowledge. Cameron has interest in embryo transfer. Ashley said the girls work together to improve their herd.

The Catrett’s began attending the National Junior Shorthorn Show in 2012 and it has been a great way for them to connect with other breeders.

“The girls have been able to learn more by attending nationals and networking with other breeders than they ever would have on their own,” Ashley said. “Shorthorn is our breed of choice and we enjoy having a week to spend with others that have a passion for the breed.”

Cassidy and Cameron were instrumental in starting a state association that now has at least 20 families involved, said Ashley. There is now a breed steer show at their state show and they offer scholarships through the state association.
“My daughters have goals of continuing in the agricultural industry,” Ashley said. “They will always want to have a Shorthorn herd. It is their passion.”

Intern Update: Junior National

Hey guys!

It is Abbey & Taylor again. It has been a little while since we have updated y’all with the latest happenings. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but we managed to survive! Hopefully each of you enjoyed Jr. Nationals as much as we did, and have caught up on all your missed sleep; pretty sure we are still working on that part! We just wanted to take a minute and share with you guys some of our favorite parts of the week and thank everyone for making the 2016 National Junior Shorthorn Shows & Youth Conference a huge success.


It is hard to believe my time in the office is starting to come to an end. It seems like just last week I was starting my first day at ASA, nervous, and excited for the summer to get started. Now, here I am a few weeks away from being done, Jr. Nationals behind me, and only KEY Conference standing before me.

Jr. Nationals was a whirlwind and one that I will always remember. A lot of inside jokes, funny stories, passionate exhibitors, and great cattle come to mind when I think back on the week. It was awesome to see the hard work and preparation leading up to the event all come together. I have a lot of favorite moments, but I think the icing on the cake would be all the friendships I made. I actually had the chance to put a face to the hundreds of names I have read over & over. I got to work with some pretty awesome Jr. Board members, go on a round up with the sidekicks, and even drink some tea with the lassie princesses. On top of it all, I got to be a part of Gwen’s last Jr. National and if you know her, you know just how special those juniors are to her. To see her pour her whole heart into these kids is something I will always admire her for.

I may be a little tired still, my feet are still sore from wearing boots for hours, and I may still have to unpack, but my first Jr. Nationals was certainly one for the books!!


I have to reiterate a bit on Taylor’s thoughts. How is it even possible that we only have three short weeks left as the ASA interns? It was so wonderful to experience my first Jr. Nationals. I know my experience working it is nothing compared to those of you that exhibited. However, y’all are absolutely awesome. Seeing so much passion for the breed from the junior members, and the enthusiasm everyone has for what they are doing was simply the best.

While it is hard to pick a favorite moment, the team fitting contest is definitely up there in my book. The way everyone (and it really was everyone) helped to move the intermediate contest into the cattle barn to keep everyone safe was IMG_1447phenomenal teamwork. Again, like Taylor said, finally putting faces to names was a great thing. For me it was being able to meet all the outgoing members that took their time to help me out and showcase them in the exhibitor folder.  I’m sitting here trying to think of something to add about Gwen, but I think we will have to write another entry in a few weeks dedicated to her. She deserves one all about her because her dedication to her job was all about you members.

I don’t think Taylor and I were really prepared for what the week would bring, we had an idea but it ended up being so much more! A big thanks to all the exhibitors, parents, volunteers and staff that helped keep the week an amazing experience