KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­— Hereford youth, their families and supporters, will travel to Kansas City, Mo., for the 14th annual Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) sponsored by VitaFerm®, a product line of BioZyme® Inc. The event will run from Sunday, July 14 till Sunday, July 21.

National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members look forward to the event all year, preparing not only their cattle, but also themselves, for a variety of fun-filled and educational activities and contests. Last year, the JNHE drew more than 2,000 people to Grand Island, Neb.            

Other corporate sponsors for the 2013 event include Sullivan Supply/Stock Show University and UMB Bank, Kansas City, Mo. “The American Hereford Association (AHA) and NJHA are very appreciative of these corporate partners who help with the cost of the show facilities, awards and meals for the event,” says Amy Cowan, AHA junior activities director.

The JNHE is a great Hereford event that brings juniors together from all over the country. At the JNHE youth make lifelong friendships and participate in contests that make them grow stronger as individuals.

“The JNHE is not just a cattle show,” says NJHA Board Member Courtney Tribble. “It is an annual event that develops lasting relationships and helps with the growth and development of the future leaders of our breed.”

At the 2013 JNHE, there will be 23 different contests youth can participate in: everything from quiz bowl to showmanship to the Great American Certified Hereford Beef Grill-off. Also at the event, more than $15,000 is awarded in scholarship monies to NJHA members. Not to be forgotten is the highly competitive cattle show. More than 647 exhibitors from 40 states entered 1,663 entries this year including: steers, cow-calf pairs, bred-and-owned bulls, junior AI bulls, bred-and-owned heifers, junior AI heifers and owned heifers.

The JNHE is much more than just a cattle show, but a highly anticipated Hereford event, giving youth not only a chance to show off a year’s worth of hard work, but also to gain valuable lifelong skills which will mold them into successful adults.

VitaFerm has helped make this event possible since 2006, with sponsorship of the awards banquet. Then the following year and since, the company has been the title sponsor of the JNHE, generously helping to offset the costs for this tremendous event.   

BioZyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo., is an innovative company specializing in livestock nutrition and microbiology. Its VitaFerm Nutrition System is a complete line of vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and protein supplements for livestock, formulated with high-quality ingredients for specific production phases and feeding situations. All supplements contain Amaferm®, an all-natural, direct-fed microbial that optimizes digestive functions and feed utilization. For more information, visit www.biozymeinc.com.

The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA or JNHE, visit JrHereford.org or contact Cowan at acowan@hereford.org or 816-842-3757.

See the event schedule.