The KJSA holds its annual state show, annual meeting and
KSA Futurity together in one weekend in early June. This weekend is full of educational events, making new friends, meals, and of course our state and futurity show.
Over the course of the three day event KJSA members
participate in the following events: cattlemen's quiz,
sales talk, skill-a-thon, livestock judging, showmanship,
and a cattle show. Descriptions of each event are listed
below as well as links to the entry forms.
The state show is a cattle show for all our KJSA members to
show against each other before going on to Regionals,
Nationals, or their own county fair. The Futurity part of the
show is where we highlight what heifers were purchased
right here in Kansas from our Kansas Simmental Association members. The breeder pays an extra entry fee for the
Junior's and then the top 10 futurity winners receive a cash
award for that top 10 placing.
2011 State Show exhibitors
The following contest descriptions were taken from the American Junior Simmental Association website.
The Cattleman’s Quiz is a collection of multiple choice and true/false questions, testing your knowledge on the Simmental breed, as well as the beef industry as a whole. Some questions will be related to the sire summary and how to read that information. Pages from the Sire Summary needed will be provided. You will be given 60 minutes to complete the test and you are encouraged to bring high-lighters, pencils, and calculators. No notes, books, or reference materials will be permitted.
See the AJSA page for links to old tests that you can use as
The Contestant will need to provide a heifer/cow, either live or in an 8x10 photo. This animal does not need to be the contestant’s. They may hold or tie the animal during the presentation or have another junior member hold the animal. The contestant will also need to provide the judges with the registration paper for the animal being “sold.” No other materials may be used during Sales Talk.
Dress: There is no required dress for Sales Talk, but suggested clothing is what you would exhibit your animals in (i.e. jeans, button-up shirt, polo shirt, etc…). Appearance is important when marketing yourself and your animal.
This contest is an opportunity for contestants to practice their marketing abilities. Contestants should look over their animal’s pedigree and familiarize themselves with strengths and weaknesses both physically and on paper prior to the contest. Being confident and knowledgeable is the key!
The contest includes visual identification of the actual equipment, feeds, breeds of cattle, meat cuts, and more relating to the general beef industry. Contestants may not bring notes, books or reference materials into the testing area.
The purpose of this contest is to assess practical skills related to the beef industry and Simmental cattle.
Livestock Judging Contest
The contestants are responsible for their own note-taking materials during judging. (Suggested materials: a notepad and pen)
The judging contest may consist of four to six classes: bulls, cow-calf pairs, steers, keep-cull class, and heifer classes. You will be giving at least one set of reasons.
At this time we do not have an official public speaking event during our weekend, but we will be doing a demonstration for you to prepare those of you going on to Regionals or Nationals.
Contestants will select a topic randomly when they arrive at the preparation room. The subject areas include, but are not limited to, the History and Development of Simmental and Simbrah cattle, Principles of Breeding, Selling, Customer Service and Managing/Marketing of Beef Cattle. Contestants are judged on subject knowledge, organization, presentation, response to questions, and general effectiveness. The topics will vary for junior and senior divisions.
Dress: Business Casual (Khakis, dress pants, button-up shirts, blouses, sweaters, etc…) Appearance is an important aspect of this competition.