SAN ANTONIO – The schedule has been set and young Beefmaster breeders are preparing for the 32nd annual Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) National Convention and Junior Show to be held in West Monroe, La. The show and convention will take place at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center from July 17 – 23.
Exhibitors will have the opportunity to compete with their cattle in the E6/Advancer Show, National Heifer Show, National Bull Show, Bred & Owned Heifer Show and Showmanship Contest. Dr. Randy Perry of Fresno State University will judge the National Heifer Show. Perry has judged most of the major livestock shows in the nation, has a vast wealth of experience in all beef cattle breeds, and has served in beef industry leadership roles at the national level.
Chris Mullinix of Manhattan, Kan., will serve as the judge for the Bred & Owned Heifer Show, E6/Advancer Show and the National Bull Show. Mullinix is the Kansas State University (KSU) livestock judging coach, one of the powerhouses in collegiate livestock judging. Under Mullinix’s leadership the KSU Livestock Judging Team has maintained their dominance as one of the best teams in the nation. Mullinix is a nationally recognized beef cattle judge, having sorted elite shows at almost every national livestock exposition.
The showmanship contest judges are Adam and Hannah McCall of Springfield, Mo. The McCalls bring a great perspective to the JBBA showmanship contest. Adam and Hannah, both Tennessee natives, were role models for junior exhibitors in the Angus and Charolais breeds. Adam is a past President of the American International Junior Charolais Association, where he won their showmanship and fitting contest several times in his show career. Hannah also won the coveted title of champion showman at the National Junior Angus Show. This dynamic, young couple will bring excellent cattle showing experience to West Monroe.
The JBBA National Convention not only offers JBBA members a great opportunity to exhibit their cattle, the junior breeders also participate in new activities and meet new people. A schedule filled with educational and fun activities has been tailored to entertain, educate and provide a great family atmosphere.
Many other contests are available to juniors throughout the week. Juniors can show off their artistic skills in several contests including both photography and PowerPoint contests, which do not require attendance by the junior breeder, and a coloring contest. The 2016 JBBA Convention will also include livestock judging and public speaking contests.
For more information about Beefmaster Breeders United and its junior program please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. Stay connected to BBU through Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, view our videos on YouTube and receive our news updates through joining our mailing list.