States are judged on neatness of stalling area including tack and cattle area. All members should also interact in a positive friendly manner with other junior members and adults. Herdsmanship champion earns 10 points toward the State Challenge Cup. Two state champion herdsmanship awards will be given; one to states with 10 or less head and one for states with 11 or more head. Judging by an anonymous panel will begin on Monday, July 6 and be completed Thursday, July 9.
State Facebook Pages/Group for Points
State associations that create a Facebook page/group for their association will receive 5 points toward the state challenge cup. This is a great way to strengthen state associations through social media.
Guidelines for the group are:
- The page/group may be public but must use limited public access settings for discussions.
- Once the page/group has been established, the state advisor must notify the AGJA Youth Activities Coordinator to let them know that it is current by Sunday evening at check-in.
- Only state pages/groups that have posts made by members since January 1, 2020 will receive State Challenge Cup points.
If a state already has a Facebook page/group, points will be awarded for keeping their page/group current. If there have not been any posts to the page/group since January 1 of the current year, they will not receive points.
AGJA Silent Auction
The AGJA is asking for individuals or states to donate items for a Silent Auction. This Silent Auction will be held during the week with the final bids to be taken during the show on Friday, July 10th. Don’t limit your imagination to only cattle-related items—think outside the box. The AGJA Silent Auction benefits national junior Gelbvieh programs. Contact Jake Renner at the AGA office or any AGJA Director for more information on the AGJA Silent Auction. We need your help and donated items to make the Silent Auction a success.
Please bring items to show office by Monday, July 5, 2020 at noon.
Get State Challenge Cup Points for donating an item to the Silent Auction.
Collect aluminum can tabs for the AGJA Community Service Project
The three states that collect the most can tabs (as measured by weight) will earn State Challenge Cup points.
Can tabs need to be turned in no later than Tuesday, July 7, 2020 to the show office.
State Challenge Cup winners will be announced at the banquet on Friday, July 10, 2020.
State Challenge Cup
The State Challenge Cup rewards the state that has the most member participation in events throughout the week of the Junior Classic.
State Challenge Cup will have two divisions:
Division A: States with 10 members and less participating at the Jr. Classic.
Division B: States with 11 members or more participating at the Jr. Classic.
The following team points are earned:
20 pts. State selling the most donation heifer tickets
20 pts. For donating an item to the silent auction
15 pts. State selling the second most donation heifer tickets
10 pts. State selling the third most donation heifer tickets
10 pts. Champion Group of Three Gelbvieh Heifers
10 pts. Champion Group of Three Balancer Heifers
10 pts. Champion Group of Three Steers
10 pts. State Herdsmanship Champion
16 pts. Champion Judging Team in each division
16 pts. Champion Quiz Bowl Team in each division
16 pts. For collecting the most can tabs
8 pts. Res. Champion Quiz Bowl Team in each div.
8 pts. Reserve Group of Three Gelbvieh Heifers
8 pts. Reserve Group of Three Balancer Heifers
8 pts. Reserve Group of Three Steers
8 pts. Reserve Judging Team in each division
7 pts. For collecting the second most can tabs
5 pts. For collecting the third most can tab
5 pts. For State Facebook group page
Variable total points possible for Champion Fitting Team and Reserve Fitting Team. Each team member will contribute four points for Champion Fitting Team—meaning a team of three will each contribute four points, making the total 12. A team with four will contribute four points each, making the total 16. Each team member will contribute two points for the Reserve Fitting Team—meaning a team of three would contribute six points toward the total, and a team of four would contribute 8 total points.
The following points are awarded based on individual participants in the following contests:
1 pt. for each animal exhibited
1 pt. for each participant in each of the following contests:
All-Around Champion & Rookie of the Year
All-Around Champion is open to all participants in the 2020 AGJA Route 66 Classic. Rookie of the Year is open to Junior and Intermediate AGJA members participating in their first AGJA Classic.
The recipients will be selected according to the following point system:
- Exhibiting more than one animal = 10 points
- 1 point for every 10 tickets sold for the AGJA Heifer Donation provided by Beastrom
- An exhibitor cannot exceed 10 points for this division.
- Participation in Quiz Bowl, Poster, Photo, Creative Writing, Video, Team Fitting, Graphic Design, Ag Podcast and Premier Breeder = 2 Points/contest
For placing in the top 10 in any age division for any of the below listed contests, the contestants will receive:
Contests: Showmanship, Judging, Prepared Speaking, Sales Talk, and Skill-A-Thon.
Ties in the Top 10 for the Rookie competitions will be broken by the tied individuals’ placings in specified contests. Those contests, in the order they will be used for tiebreakers: Judging Contest, Prepared Speaking, and Showmanship. If the tied individuals have identical rankings in all three contests, a tie will officially be declared, and identical awards will be presented to the tied individuals.
All-Around Winner receives a heifer donated by Eagle Pass Ranch. (An AGJA member can win the heifer more than once.)
Graphic Design Contest
The objective of the Graphic Design contest is for AGJA members to embrace the use of new media and technology. Members are asked to develop a theme for the 2020 National Convention to be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma December 2-4, 2020 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Gelbvieh Association. At a minimum a theme should include a logo. Other items may include a slogan, color scheme, and supporting elements or supporting information. Please see score card for further information.
(Note: selection of winners does not guarantee that the winner’s theme will be used; however, all entries will be eligible for modification or use. The intent of the contest is to use technology, not to develop the final 2020 AGA Convention theme.)
- All work must be the original work of the contestant.
- Entries will be judged in three age divisions according to AGJA rules: Junior, Intermediate, Senior, and are limited to one entry per AGJA member.
- The entry must be created using computer technology. Contestants may use any software available to design the theme.
- Entries must be submitted in PDF format in color to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 26, 2020
- Please include exhibitor name, age division, and member number in the email.
This contest is meant to challenge AGJA members to embrace new technology that will enhance their own programs while providing AGA an opportunity to utilize these videos to share with Gelbvieh breeders.
All videos must:
- Not exceed time Junior age division videos should be 30 seconds, Intermediate age division videos should be one minute and Senior age division videos should be two minutes long.
- Mention “Gelbvieh” or “Balancer” in your video. Videos may be promotional, informative, or how-to (such as how to take measurements, how to properly tattoo, how to give shots, etc. ).
- Junior videos must be in raw format (meaning no editing allowed). This includes no transitions, titles/subtitles, music, etc.
- Must be submitted in avi, mov, mpg, or wmv format. Videos MUST be submitted to AGA office on FASH DRIVE or via email only. Post mark deadline is May 26, 2020
- Not contain copyright infringement (see below)
Videos will be judged on the following criteria:
- Message clarity and relevance
- Promotional effectiveness or educational value
- Overall impact
Each submission must be original and created entirely by entrant. Submissions may include materials which are in the public domain or for which you have obtained the prior written permission or clearance of the owner. Submissions must not incorporate or include anything that violates any law or the copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right or any other right of any third party.
Video contest participants will receive 2 points towards the all-around competition for video contest entries.
Copyright Tips – As suggested by YouTube
What is copyright? Copyright is a form of protection provided for original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, graphic, and audiovisual creations. “Copyright” literally means the right to copy but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work.
What is copyright infringement? Copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, disturbed, preformed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without permission of the copyright owner.
Posting copyright-infringing content can lead to the termination of your account, and possibly monetary damages if a copyright owner decides to take legal action (this is serious—you can get sued.) Below are some guidelines to help you determine whether your video is eligible or whether it infringes someone else’s copyright:
***Be careful to make sure your video does not infringe on copyrights. Check our link on the AGJA Contest Resources web page for more information.
How to make sure your video does not infringe someone else’s copyright:
Be sure that all components of your video are your original creation – even the audio portion. For example, if you use an audio track of a sound recording owned by a record label without that record label’s permission, your video may be infringing the copyrights of others, and may be subject to removal.
YouTube offers a library of authorized music to liven up your video.
- YouTube offers non-copyright music using their Audio Swap feature which can be used after your upload your video and select “Edit”.
- Other non-copyright music can easily be found online using a web search for “non-copyright mu- sic” An example of a site with non-copyright music is http://freeplaymusic.com/
The poster contest encourages members to use their imagination and creativity to promote the Gelbvieh breed. Posters must be turned in during contest check-in. Posters may also be mailed to the AGA office if a member is not able to attend the classic. Posters mailed to the office need to be postmarked no later than May 26, 2020.
- Poster board (22”x28”) or foam core board (20”x30”) may be used. Any color of board is Dimensions cannot be larger or smaller than what is listed.
- The theme for the poster is to promote Gelbvieh or Balancer The year or location of the Classic must be incorporated in the poster in some way. At the 2020 AGJA Route 66 Classic, the member must include 2020 or state of the classic site in the design of his or her poster.
- One poster per AGJA Only AGJA members may enter a poster.
4. Posters cannot contain any electrical components. No exceptions.
- The judges will not be allowed to touch the posters in any way. Movable parts on the poster may not be effective for this
- You may use paints, pens, watercolors, pictures from publications, glitter, stick-on letters, photos, colored paper, and other types of flat or almost flat Objects placed on the poster or foam core board cannot stick out from the front of the board more than 1.5 inches.
- Posters should not be designed on the computer, printed and transferred onto the poster board. Such methods for this contest may not be judged at the discretion of the contest judge.
The photography contest allows AGJA members to become familiar with the art of photography and to experiment with different lighting, angles, and subjects.
- Entries need to be turned in by the conclusion of contest check-in on Sunday July 5, Entries may also be mailed to the AGA office, postmarked no later than May 26, 2020 if an AGJA member is unable to attend the classic. Photos will be returned upon request.
- Gelbvieh cattle or Gelbvieh-influenced cattle must appear in each photo.
- Photos may be color or black and Sepia toned pictures are considered color photos. Photos must be 5”x7” prints.
- Photos must be taken by the contestant.
- You may not enter a photo that has been entered in a previous junior classic photo contest.
- Photos must be center mounted on 7”X9” black matte board or foam core board with a one-inch border on all sides of the photo. A single matte only; any photo that is double-matted will be disqualified.
- Entrant’s name, state, and age division must be typed or handwritten on the back of the matte board.
- No more than three entries per exhibitor. Entries must be made my active AGJA member.
- All-around points in the photo contest are awarded for participation only.
- No captions are allowed on the matte board or the Any photos with captions will be disqualified.
- It is the judge’s discretion to comment on entries.
- With AGJA member approval, the Gelbvieh World may use photos from the photo contest in future issues of the AGA and AGJA may use contest photos to promote the breed.
- Photos will be officially labeled by AGJA Board members and/or AGA staff after check-in. The official label will contain the contestant’s name, state and age division. This label will be used in judging and as a prevention measure from photos being entered another year.
Creative Writing Contest
Each year the AGJA holds a creative writing contest in conjunction with the annual junior classic. A first and second place winner in each age division will be chosen. The winner from each division will have their winning entry published in Gelbvieh World magazine. Entries must be submitted by May 26 or emailed to email@example.com by May 26, 2020. Entries submitted at check-in on July 5, 2020 will not be accepted.
- Word Limit: 300-500 words; Topic: How has growing up on a farm and showing cattle impacted the person you are today? What are some of your favorite parts of it, life lessons that you’ve learned or challenges that you’ve faced?
- Word Limit: 600-800 words; Topic: What are some misconceptions surrounding the beef industry today? How can we communicate the truth to consumers and what can you do to help share that story?
- Word Limit: 800-1000 words; Topic: Provide a brief explanation of one economic or environmental factor that has directly impacted the beef industry in the last year, how it affected ranchers and one way you feel we can help?
Essays will be judged on content and grammar. Entries should be informative and, if appropriate, entertaining. It should be the writer’s purpose to create an entry that would be suitable for printing in Gelbvieh World. A cover page should include the junior member’s name, address, phone number, birth date and AGJA member number. No mention of the contestant’s name should be on any of the other pages. All pages should be numbered. Please submit electronic submissions in PDF format.
The objective of this event is intended to encourage an understanding and create an interest in the field of broadcast journalism, while promoting the cattle industry.
- All work must be the original work of the contestant
- Entries will be judged in three age divisions according to AGJA rules: Junior, Intermediate, and Senior and are limited to one entry per AGJA member
- Recording can be done on any device that will record your voice, as long as it can be
- Segment must be between 4 – 6 minutes in length
- Under 4 minutes or over 6 minutes will result in ½ point deduction per second
- Must introduce themselves by name and being affiliated with the radio station KAGJA, along with a radio number. (example 197.1 KAGJA)
Junior- How to prep your cattle for Junior Nationals
Intermediate: Why beef is healthy in a diet?
Senior: How would you approach someone who feels beef is bad for them?
Optional for Intermediate and Senior Only:
Must include a 20-30 second commercial within the time given of the broadcast
- No advertisement of drugs, tobacco, or alcoholic beverages will be
- An opening and closing should be provided with in the broadcast
- Layout example:
- Opening (20 Seconds)
- Main Content
- Closing (15-20 Seconds)
- Entries must be emailed by May 26, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prepared Speaking Contest
Prepared Speaking challenges AGJA members to increase their knowledge of the Gelbvieh breed and the beef industry by composing a speech on an assigned topic and presenting it to the judges.
|| If your teacher asked you to speak to your class about the benefits of eating beef, what would you teach them?
||What do you see as the future of the Gelbvieh breed, and does that vision follow the direction of the beef industry’s demand?
||If you were given an unlimited budget as an executive member of the AGA, what would you do to help grow the breed and create new opportunities for breeders?
- A timekeeper will use flash cards to assist the contestant in keeping track of time.
- For the speech time limit, 1 point will be taken off the speaker’s score for every 10 seconds under/over. For example: An intermediate’s speech which lasts 6 minutes and 20 seconds would receive a deduction of 2 points. Maximum time limit deduction will be 15 points.
- The judges will be allotted 2-3 minutes for questions in each division if they so chose.
- No audio or visual aids are allowed during the speech presentation.
- Example: Posters, PowerPoint, Video, etc.
- Notecards and/or written speeches are allowed. It will be at the judge’s discretion as to whether he/she chooses to deduct points for the use of written assistance by the exhibitor.
- In the event of a tie not broken by the official contest judge, the higher scoring contestant in the “Presentation Scores” category will be the Ties in the “Presentation Scores” category will be broken by “Subject Matter.”
Speech times will be assigned prior to the contest. Please report promptly for your speech time. Any changes to the speech order must be made at least one hour before the contest start time.
Team Fitting Contest
The team fitting contest showcases the cattle fitting skills of AGJA members. The teams are evaluated on their teamwork, the effective use of fitting products, safety, and the overall final presentation of the animal. SENIORS will compete in a separate division as pairs, while INTERMEDIATE and JUNIOR members will form teams of three to four members
1. Official AGJA blue polos must be worn.
- Each team will begin with a clean, dry animal that has been clipped.
- Senior teams will have two members, both 16-21 years of age as of January 1. The senior teams will have 30 minutes to complete the fitting of their animal.
- Intermediate and Junior teams will have at least three team members and not more than four. The team can have no more than two intermediate members (12-15 years of age as of January 1). At least one member needs to be a junior member (8 to 11 years of age as of January 1.) The Intermediate/Junior teams will have 30 minutes to complete the fitting of their animal
- Teams must sign up during contest check-in on Sunday.
- Once time has been called, all teams must cease working on their animals. If fitting is continued after time is called, the team may be disqualified. The teams will be allowed a final comb-through of their animal once they have arrived at the show ring and prior to the judge’s final appraisal.
- The judges may then take 15-20 minutes to ask questions.
1. Official AGJA blue polos must be worn.
- Participation in this contest is open to all AGJA members.
Each team is comprised of four members with each of their scores counting towards the overall team score. Each member is also competing for individual awards.
- State teams must be filled before teams of mixed states will be formed in each division.
- There will be up to six classes consisting of breeding females, bulls, and/or market steers. A minimum of three of the classes judged will contain Gelbvieh or Gelbvieh-influenced cattle. Data may be provided at the discretion of the officials to assist contestants in the placing of classes.
- One class will be designated as a questions class for all age divisions. A second class will be designated as an oral reasons class for the intermediate and senior Seniors will have one additional reasons class.
The junior sales talk utilizes a live setting complete with an animal and the potential buyers (up to two judges). This contest evaluates an actual sales talk given to the potential buyers by the junior contestant. Participants may use their own animal, or an animal being exhibited by another AGJA member. JUNIORS WILL NOT UTILIZE SCENARIOS.
INTERMEDIATE & SENIOR DIVISION
Intermediate and Senior contestants will utilize a scenario and will be given 15 minutes to evaluate four Gelbvieh or Gelbvieh-influenced animals. For example, a buyer is interested in purchasing replacement females for his Balancer program. He retains ownership of his calves through the feedlot.
After the evaluation period, the contestant should select the animal(s) that best fit the buyer’s scenario. This contest simulates an actual sales talk given to the potential buyers by the contestant. Contestants will meet the buyer who is the judge and present him/her with a sales talk on the animal(s) they choose to sell. The contestant also needs to be prepared to answer questions the buyer may have about any of their animals.
Sales talk is meant to be an informal interaction between the contestant and the judge.
- Official AGJA blue polos must be worn.
- Presentations will be up to 7 minutes. A timekeeper will use flash cards to assist AGJA members. Contestants will be stopped at 7 minutes and will be allowed to finish their Total presentation and question time must not exceed 7 minutes.
- Junior Division contestants must compete on their own.
- Intermediate Division scenarios will be given during the contest check-in on The scenario will be used during the contest.
- Senior Division contestants will be provided performance data in addition to a scenario five minutes prior to the 15-minute evaluation No senior scenarios will be distributed during check-in.
Quiz Bowl Contest
This contest allows teams of four to compare their knowledge of the Gelbvieh breed and the beef industry against other teams.
- Official AGJA blue polos must be worn.
- Each team must consist of four members with an appointed team captain.
- Teams can be made up of members from different states.
- If a team is made up of members from more than one state, points awarded for the State Challenge Cup will be pro-rated according to the number of team members from each state.
- Teams must be entered at check-in on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
- Senior teams may have team members between the ages of 8 and 21, intermediate teams may have team members between the ages of 8 and 15, and junior teams must consist of AGJA members between the ages of 8 and 11. All ages are based on age as of January 1 of the current year.
- All questions will be taken from the official AGJA Quiz Bowl Statements, with the exception of the Senior Quiz Bowl Final questions, which will consist of questions concerning general knowledge related to beef production. The official AGJA Quiz Bowl Statements can be downloaded from the junior page on the AGA website.
- Participants must be recognized by the moderator before answering a question. Answering a question by giving response before being recognized by the moderator will result in a penalty of forfeiting the question/answer and allowing the other team to answer the question.
Rules for each match:
- The team captains should be seated in the chairs closest to the moderator.
- There will be a total of 12 questions per match (4 head-to-head, 2 team, and 6 toss-up questions). Additional toss-up questions may be asked to break a Questions will be asked until the tie is broken.
- The first four questions will be head-to-head. The first question is asked to the team captains. Whichever captain buzzes in first has the opportunity to answer the question. The individual has 10 seconds to correctly answer the question. If that individual gives an incorrect answer, then the other team captain has the opportunity to answer the question. This process is repeated with the next three members of each team. Correct answers are worth 10 points.
- The team that is in the lead at the end of the head-to-head (or the team first in the alphabet in case of a tie) receives the first team question worth 15 points. Once the question is read, the team members may converse about the answer. The team has 60 seconds to discuss before answering. At the end of 60 seconds the teams must begin their answer. The team must designate one team member to answer the question. Once the person has started to give the answer there will be no talking from other team members. If another team member speaks, then the team forfeits the question to the other team, who then has a chance to answer the question. If the first team gives an incorrect answer, then the second team also has a chance to answer.
- The next six questions are toss-up questions. The individual that buzzes in first has the opportunity to answer the question. If that individual gives an incorrect answer, then a member of the other team may buzz in to answer the question. Individuals have 10 seconds to answer a question once recognized by the moderator. Toss-up questions are worth 10 points.
- After six toss-up questions, the final team question will be read to the team that didn’t have the first opportunity on the first team The same rules apply for this team question as the first one given in the match.
- The moderator and the official judge have the discretion to accept the answer given as correct or complete. The same protocol will be followed for each match within a division. If any modifications will be made to these rules or a time limit changed for a question, it will be announced prior to the reading of the question.
- The AGJA Board of Directors and Advisors will determine the brackets for the preliminaries through a random drawing. This is not a double elimination competition. Depending on the number of teams in a division, a round-robin competition may be used to determine the final two teams for the division.
- Awards will be presented to the Champion and Reserve Champion teams in each division.
The AGJA Skill-a-thon contest topics are taken from the AGA’s “Meeting Modern Industry Demands: Long Range Strategic Plan,” as well as general beef industry topics.
1. Official AGJA blue polo must be worn.
- The contest will consist of a written test and a presentation of the questions along with stations for identification. There will also be a carcass evaluation portion. Ties will be broken based on the carcass evaluation scores.
- Contestants will be divided by age group and take the test with the according age group.
- Separate written tests will be given for each age division with an increasing degree of difficulty.
- Test Topics may include:
- Carcass Evaluation: Contestants will estimate Fat Depth, Rib Eye Area, Yield Grade, and Quality Grade.
- Registration Paper Identification: Includes items such as identification of birth weight, sire, dam, transfer fields, etc.
- EPDs (matching or definition)
- Feed Identification: Identify common feed stuffs for beef cattle.
- Tool Identification: Identify commonly used beef tools such as specific types of dehorners, castrators, syringes, show equipment, etc.
- Meat Cut Identification: Identify retail cuts of beef.
- A study guide will be available to exhibitors under the Juniors tab at gelbvieh.org
- Two participation points will be given to all participants as well as individual placing points toward the All- Around award.
Helpful Online Resources to Prepare for Junior Classic
For contest resources such as forms, score sheets, and study resources and for show information, updates, entry forms, schedules and more visit: www.gelbvieh.org/juniors/agja-events/junior-classic/