2023 AGJA Great Dakota Classic, July 2-7, 2023 | Huron, S.D.

Junior Classic

The national junior show is held every year during the American Gelbvieh Junior Association annual Junior Classic. This event is held in a different location each year. Members between the ages of 8-21 along with their families from all over the U.S. come to participate in more than twelve contest, exhibit cattle, and see their “Gelbvieh family” each summer. The event provides more than just a contest space for our members. The AGJA Junior Classic is an opportunity for members of all ages to network with their friends and industry professionals but also provides a platform to grow as young cattlemen and cattlewomen and advocates of the beef industry. The Junior Classic plays host to the annual meeting of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association, voting of the newly elected AGJA Board of Directors, and a celebratory banquet to conclude the six-day event. The AGJA Junior Classic is possible due not only the hard work and preparation of the AGJA Directors, and host state, but to those who continue to generously donate and sponsor. This event continues to grow each year with no sign of slowing down.

Females and bulls with sixty-nine point one (69.1%) percent to one hundred (100%) Gelbvieh will continue to be eligible for the Gelbvieh division within AGA sanctioned shows through January 31, 2023. Such percentages are strictly in reference to cattle qualified to exhibit in the Gelbvieh division and not to be confused with AGA breed registration designations.

To qualify for the Balancer® Show all cattle must meet the American Gelbvieh Association’s Balancer trademark rules for registration as a Balancer. Any Gelbvieh female or bull that meets or exceeds sixty-nine point one (69.1%) Gelbvieh or more that also qualifies for the Balancer® trademark may choose to show as Gelbvieh or Balancer at the time of entry. Such animals may only show in one division. No changes can be made after entry deadline.






Rumfelt B Gelbvieh

Beastrom Ranch

Stock Show University

Sullivan’s Supply


AGJA Junior Breeder of The Year

The 2021-2022 AGJA Board of Directors have given serious thought to serve the tradition of awarding its members who work tirelessly on their herd’s genetics, educating others about the breed, and taking ownership of their skills and knowledge as it pertains to the relevance to the industry. In doing so, the board of directors would like to introduce for the first time, the AGJA Junior Breeder of The Year Award.  Determining how best to serve its membership after months of thought and in-depth conversations amongst themselves, the 2021-2022 AGJA Board of Directors is excited to take the traditions, honor, and prestige of the formerly recognized, Premier Breeder contest, and continue its relevance and recognition through this award in the future. The idea behind such award is to retain the opportunity to recognize a junior member who goes above and beyond the call of duty regarding the Gelbvieh breed, their family’s operation, the education of the breed, as well as exemplifying good character and leadership skills amongst their peers. Looking toward the future, the AGJA hopes to continue providing an atmosphere of inclusion, leadership, professional development, and opportunity to all youth.

Nominations will be accepted by all who wish to submit their recommendations on or before April 1, 2022. Once nominations close, the selection committee will invite select individuals to participate in step two of the process including a virtual interview between the candidate and the committee facilitated by the AGA Member and Youth Activities Coordinator at the convenience of the committee and award nominee. A winner will be selected following the interviews and recognized during the 2022 AGJA Annual Awards Banquet sponsored by the American Gelbvieh Foundation taking place at the 2022 AGJA Crossroads Classic on Friday, July 8, 2022.

To submit a nomination form, please first review the parameters of the award below and provide as much detail in your nomination form as you wish.

Award Details:

  • Nominations must be submitted no later than April 1, 2022.
  • Nominee must be an active member of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association.
  • Nominee must be 12 years of age or older as of January 1, 2022.
  • An individual may only win the award once.
  • An individual may receive more than one nomination.

For questions regarding the award or the nomination process please email gelbviehjuniors@gmail.com.