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Become a Member of the World's Largest Dairy Breed Association

The National Junior Holstein Association is a dynamic organization for youth under the age of 21, with over 8,000 active members in 48 states. Members have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities, all aimed at helping youth increase their knowledge of the dairy industry, strengthen self-confidence, and build leadership skills, preparing them for the future.

Becoming a member is easy - simply call 800.952.5200, or print and fill out the form available here on the website. Membership dues are a one-time $15 fee, that is good until the member reaches 21 years of age.

Why should YOU join?


Meet new people

Being a member of an organization of this size provides youth many opportunities to meet people their age that share the same interests as they do.



Junior Membership Application


Click here to download the
application in pdf format

  • State Associations: Many states have very active junior associations that hold various activities such as judging and showing workshops, conventions, and state contests.
  • National Junior Holstein Convention: Over 500 junior members come together annually for this event, which is held in a different state each year.
Receive recognition for hard work
The Junior Holstein Association has several programs that allow youth to receive recognition for the work they do in developing their Holstein cattle.

  • National Junior Holstein Shows
  • Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Memorial Award: Award given to a Junior exhibitor at each of the National shows. It is intended to recognize exhibitors for their efforts and interests in all aspects of the dairy industry.
  • Young Breeder Awards: Several awards are available for Juniors that breed and develop animals that excel in type and production
  • Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) and Distinguished Junior Member (DJM): Awards that recognize outstanding youth for their achievements throughout the course of their Junior Holstein work. This is the highest honor given to Junior Holstein members.
Build knowledge of the dairy industry
Several competitions are held at the state and national level that allow youth to build and demonstrate their knowledge of the dairy industry

  • Dairy Bowl
  • Dairy Jeopardy
  • Prepared Public Speaking
  • Folding Display
Prepare for the future
The Junior Holstein Association helps prepare youth for a successful future.
  • Scholarships: The National Holstein Women's Scholarship Organization offers multiple scholarships to college-age Junior Holstein members
  • Internships: A summer classifier internship is available for college students interested in learning more about Holstein Association USA and the Classification program.


Junior Advisory Committee


The JAC is the governing body of the Junior Association and is made up of twelve members. The purpose of the committee is to serve as a sounding board for Junior members and advisors. They oversee the organization's activities and are elected by the membership at the National Junior Forum for two year terms. The experience of serving on the JAC helps Juniors learn about running an organization while strengthening leadership skills. Committee members represent various areas of the country and are given the opportunity to contribute ideas and suggestions for improvement and expansion of Junior programs.  Their suggestions are presented to the Board of Directors.

pdf JAC Application Form and Fact Sheet
pdf Adult Junior Advisory Committee Nominee Form

jac

Youth Members

Adult Members

  Area I:
Carissa Doody (Term Expires 2015)
Maryland
240.529.5254
Email Carissa
  Area I:
Patricia Kitchen (Term Expires 2014)
Pennsylvania
570.441.0949
Email Patricia

  Area II:
Austin Pluskot (Term Expires 2014)
Florida
863.697.3329
Email Austin

  Area II:
Michele Lahmers (Term Expires 2014)
Ohio
419.651.2081
Email Michele

  Area III:
Jordan Siemers (Term Expires 2015)
Wisconsin
920.946.8525
Email Jordan

  Area III:
Matt Lippert (Term Expires 2015)
Wisconsin
715.213.9441
Email Matt
  Area IV:
Briar Jeg (Term Expires 2014)
Washington
360.269.4979
Email Briar

  Area IV:
Staci Zilles-Nelson (Term Expires 2015)
Utah
435.757.4592
Email Staci

 

At-Large:
Molly Herberg (Term Expires 2014)
Minnesota
507.995.2967
Email Molly

Sarah Sheehan (Term Expires 2015)
Illinois
847.514.2987
Email Sarah

   
   
Facilitator and Holstein Director:
Roy Buessing
Kansas
785.799.4514

Holstein Director:
R. Paul Buhr
Wisconsin
608.637.3480

Holstein Director:
Mark Kerndt
Iowa
563.568.1727

Staff Liaison:
Kelli F. Dunklee
1 Holstein Place
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0816
802.451.4124
Email Kelli


State Junior Holstein Associations

Many states have very active Junior Holstein Associations. They are a great way for you to meet new people around your state, improve your skills, and learn more about all of the competitions and opportunities that are available for Junior Holstein members.

California Junior Holstein Association
www.caholstein.com/juniors.php

Georgia Junior Holstein Association
www.gaholstein.com/juniors.html

Illinois Junior Holstein Association
www.illinoisholsteins.com/juniors.htm

Iowa Junior Holstein Association
www.iowaholsteins.com/junior.htm

Maryland Junior Holstein Association
www.holsteins.net/mdholsteins/

Michigan Junior Holstein Association
www.holsteinworld.com/mi-holstein/

Minnesota Junior Holstein Association
www.mnholstein.com/juniors.htm

Missouri Junior Holstein Association
www.missouriholstein.com/juniors.htm

New England States Junior Holstein Association
www.nesholsteins.com

New York Junior Holstein Association
www.nyholsteins.com

Ohio Junior Holstein Association
www.holsteinworld.com/OhioHolstein/

Oregon Junior Holstein Association
www.oregonholsteins.com

Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association
www.paholsteins.com/juniors.htm

Virginia Junior Holstein Association
www.vaholstein.org/junior

Washington Junior Holstein Association
www.washingtonholsteins.com

Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association
www.wisholsteins.com