To provide young Belted Galloway cattle enthusiasts a program for developing beef cattle management and leadership skills though our breed-sponsored educational programs at local, state, and national competitions.
The BGJA cultivates leadership and fellowship through promotion of the Belted Galloway breed for members of the Belted Galloway Society, Inc. who are ages 8-21 years.
The Belted Galloway Junior Association began in late 1996 as the Beltie Youth Group. During 2013, the organization was renamed the Belted Galloway Junior Association by the Council of the Belted Galloway Society, Inc. Shows, education, and activities are sponsored annually by regional Belted Galloway organizations.
The Society recognizes the Kathi Jurkowski Belted Galloway Junior Show as the national show held at the annual North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky during November. A junior program of activities and contests are held during the NAILE.
Artificial Insemination Project
The project provides BGJA members with the opportunity to obtain semen from quality Belted Galloway bulls. This program helps to teach juniors the process of artificial insemination with heat detection, timing and procedures. Members learn management skills and the project encourages hands-on experience from initial breeding to the birth of a calf.
- All cattle to be exhibited by a junior member must be leased, or owned/co-owned, by the junior member, and on file with the CLRC, 60 days before the junior show.
- Exhibitor Points will be awarded to the Lessee of the animal.
- If animal is shown under the lessee one day of a multiple day show, the animal must continue to be exhibited under the lessee for the duration of the entire show. The lease cannot be terminated halfway through an event. The owner of the leased animal may use the animal for group classes.
- Lease fees are waived for junior members.
A.H. Chatfield Jr. Memorial Scholarship
The A. H. Chatfield, Jr., Memorial Scholarship was established by members of the Belted Galloway Society to perpetuate Mr. Chatfield’s memory and legacy in the Belted Galloway breed. He provided excellent foundation stock to many newcomers to the breed through his Rockport, Maine farm known as Aldermere Farm. “Chat” was an interesting, multifaceted and unique individual who spent the latter half of his life dedicated to furthering and improving the Belted Galloway breed. Three $1000 scholarships are awarded annually. Forms may be requested from Executive Director, Victor Eggleston, Phone (608) 220-1091; email: email@example.com.