The purpose of the North American Limousin Junior Association is to develop knowledgeable, motivated beef industry leaders, while promoting the Limousin breed through fellowship, leadership and education.
A one-time membership fee and an annual activity fee opens NALJA membership to anyone age 21 and younger. NALJA members enjoy special member rates on all registrations and other NALF services, receive the NALJA News newsletter, and take part in setting the direction of NALJA through an annual meeting.
NALJA members may participate in NALJA leadership conferences – such as the POWER conference – as well as the national junior show and regional shows during the summer.
The initial cost of a junior membership is $50. This fee activates the Junior membership for the current year and the following calendar year. After this time, Junior members pay a $25/year activity fee to qualify for active member rates and to show at NALF and NALJA sponsored events.
The objectives of NALJA are:
The North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) has a governing board of 10 junior directors. In addition to those 10 directors, the immediate past president of NALJA serves as an Ex-officio member of the board. Directors are elected to two-year terms and are eligible to serve two terms.
Their main purpose is to plan national programs and activities for the membership. The Junior Board’s primary responsibility is to organize, plan and run the National Junior Limousin Show & Congress (NJLSC) each summer. They also represent the Limousin breed at state and regional field days and at the Youth Beef Industry Congress (YBIC), which is a three-day seminar sponsored by the U.S. Beef Breeds Council and other industry groups and businesses.
NALJA Board of Directors Application – will download as a Microsoft Word file.
Ethan Freund from Elizabeth, Colo., is currently a junior at Arapahoe Community College, where he hopes to earn a degree in graphic design & illustration. Growing up on his family ranch, Running Creek Ranch, Ethan developed a passion for agriculture and the Limousin breed. Aside from showing and raising cattle, his passions include: falconry, designing logos, and all things hockey. Fun fact about President Freund…his drink of choice is chocolate milk.
Callie Hicks from Midway, Ky., has been involved with the Limousin breed since her older brother Nathan started showing 17 years ago. She has attended every junior national show since 2001 and is currently serving her second term on the NALJA Board of Directors. Callie is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky majoring in community and leadership development and agriculture economics. She also serves as the communications chair for the Ag Student Council at UK and is a sister of Pi Beta Phi serving on both the nominating and philanthropy committees. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Texas Tech University for a master’s degree in agriculture communications and work as a youth activities director.
Randa Taylor from Decatur, Texas credits her grandfather, a Limousin breeder for over 20 years, for being her greatest role model and developing her love for Limousin cattle and agriculture. She attended her first junior national show in Lawton, Okla., in 2006, and has participated in every one since. She serves as secretary on the NALJA Board of Directors and enjoys getting to travel and help promote the Limousin breed. Randa is a freshman at Texas A&M University, majoring in animal science and minoring in business. Ultimately, she plans to attend TAMU nursing school and become a pediatric nurse, while running her own small Limousin operation.
Dominic Ruppert from Witt, Ill., is working on his sophomore year at Lincoln Land Community College, where he is a member of the livestock judging team. In his spare time, you’ll find him on the family farm or at a rodeo. Dominic has a lot of history in the Limousin breed; his family has been attending national shows for over 20 years. He plans on obtaining his bachelor degree in agriculture before returning to the family farm.
Anna Johnson of Minnesota has grown up raising commercial Limousin cattle. Her family has always raised Limousin so she thought it was a natural fit to continue the tradition. Her first junior national show was in Des Moines, Iowa in 2012 and she recently attended her sixth in Grand Island, Neb. Anna is currently a senior at the University of Minnesota Crookston where she is studying agriculture education. She hopes to teach high school agriculture and farm after graduation in May.
Born and raised in the heart of the Midwest, Aaron Linhart grew up in Leon, Iowa and is an influential member of Linhart Limousin. He has been involved with 4-H and FFA, as well as his local and national Limousin association for over ten years. Aaron started showing Limousin through a local FFA sponsored show. Aaron enjoys hunting, playing with cats, and building hand crafted chandeliers and wicker baskets.
Katie Hurt, Lexington, Ky., has had a passion for agriculture from a very young age. She grew up surrounded by both horses and cattle, as she comes from a family where each generation has been very agriculturally diverse and involved. Her love for Limousin cattle began when her uncle asked her if she wanted to start showing heifers. Once she started, she fell head over heels, and never looked back. Katie currently attends Oklahoma State University, where she studies marketing & merchandising and is a member of the Chi Omega sisterhood.
Hannah Ziegler, Ohio, is the fifth generation on her family’s grain and cattle farm. Although her family has had a primarily Angus herd for years, in 2002, her father purchased their first Limousin female from the Dorminy Plantation. She has been showing and raising Limousin cattle ever since, and attended her first junior national show in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. Hannah is a senior at the Upper Sandusky High School, and after high school she plans to attend a university to major in animal science and agriculture communications.
Lindsey Gulotta, Independence, La., is a freshman at Louisiana State University majoring in animal science and intends to enter their pre-veterinary medicine program. Her involvement in the Limousin breed began with her family’s cattle operation. She has been showing cattle in 4-H for eight years and has attended the NJLSC since 2011. After graduation, Lindsey intends to continue her involvement with the cattle industry and the Limousin breed.
Growing up on a small Limousin operation in northeast Kansas, Brooke Falk, has grown her passion for the breed through exhibiting her family’s cattle in 4-H, FFA, and the junior breed association. Brooke will be a junior at Kansas State University this year, majoring in animal science in the pre-vet option. She would eventually like to work in either a mixed animal practice or in an embryo transfer facility. Her goal is to own her own embryo transfer facility that specializes in Limousin and Lim-Flex genetics, by offering a quality line-up of donors.
November issue ad deadline: October 2
Genetic evaluation data deadline: October 15
NALF BOD At-Large candidate nominations due: October 15
DNA turn around: 4 weeks