Fiesta Tacos






This week the ASA office had a potluck lunch, and during Junior Nationals we were so inspired by all the tacos during the beef cook-off contest that we decided a fiesta was in order with of course, tacos!


Us Interns, we were in charge of the meat- Here is the easy and delicious shredded beef taco recipe we used. Hope you enjoy!


Grab that Crock Pot! – only the easiest way to feed a larger number of people with the least amount ofprep time. Shredded beef tacos, piece of cake #Adulting


Prep Time: 10 Min

Cook Time: 8 hr on low, 5 hr on high



1 (2.5lb) chuck roast

1 (14 oz) can beef broth

1 ½ Tablespoons chili powder

½ Tablespoon ground cumin

½ Tablespoon onion powder

1 Teaspoon salt

¼ Teaspoon pepper

Juice of 1 Lime



Warm flour or corn tortillas

Shredded lettuce

Any kind of cheese-shredded

Diced tomato


Sour cream



  1. Spray crock pot with cooking spray. Place roast inside crock pot. Pour broth and the lime juice over the roast.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add to the roast.
  3. Cover the lid and cook on low heat 8 to 10 hours, or on high heat 5 to 6 hours. Remove roast and place on platter, shred the roast and remove excess fat.
  4. Return shredded beef to crock pot and cook an additional 30 minutes-TIME TO EAT!


We hope you give this tasty recipe a try! And most importantly… #EatBeef

Funny Snapshots from Junior Nationals

This week is just some funny photos with some funny captions from Junior Nationals!


“So you’re telling me that I wasn’t suppose to put glue all over the body?!”


“Come on! Time to Go! Move it!”


“OH the judge is looking at me, act natural.”


“Showing is exhausting!”


“This job is still better than having to listen to the interns sing all the time at the office.”


“Hey! this isn’t a Shorthorn!”


“Why are my interns so weird?”


“hm, this game isn’t looking the best for me.”


“Oh yeah, we have this class in the bag”


“High knees! High Knees!”


“Just a real quick blinking break guys.’

Junior Nationals Review






Junior Nationals is sadly over now, but what an experience! We hope that all who attended had the time of their lives. Us interns really enjoyed working one on one with junior members and helping coordinate all the activities throughout the week. Here is just a recap of what we loved the most about getting involved at Junior Nationals!



A few of my favorite parts of Jr. Nationals includes learning that I could have a career in broadcasting, I hope everyone enjoyed the daily morning announcements and the entertainment during the fitting competition. I also had a blast running the ASA Snapchat account, I hope I made you all laugh! Lastly, it was awesome finally putting faces to all the names I knew from being the registrations intern and seeing everyone’s entries. Thanks for a great NJSS this year, good luck to everyone next year!




I grew showing in a really small Junior Association, the South Devon Junior Nationals only has about 30 juniors attend the annual show and youth conference. I consider this group of people my second family. So, going into NJSS I was expecting a big show with a lot of people, but I was happily surprised that a Junior Nationals of this size still had the “family” feel and everyone had each other’s back. It was great to see the amount of involvement in all the contests and competitions. This was really a great experience and I am so happy I was a part of it!



I am the Youth Activities intern so it was really fun to help out with all the contests. I enjoyed being “behind the scenes” an organizing all the judge’s packets and PowerPoints for the awards ceremony. The Mentor Apprentice program was great to help coordinate and watch the mentor and apprentice work together to accomplish their tasks.

Things to be Excited About at Junior Nationals





Only 10 more days until Jr. Nationals! This week we put together a list of all the fun and exciting things to look forward to.

  • Opening Ceremonies: Tulsa is a hub for Native American culture so to kick-off Jr. Nationals American Indian dancers will be performing! Also, after opening ceremonies there will be a local band playing red-dirt, so grab your dancing partner and get ready to two-step.
  • Ultimate Warrior Boot Camp: This obstacle course is 30 minutes of fun for all ages. Stock-Show U developed a course of activities that have Juniors work together as a team to compete for the prize!
  • Mentor Apprentice: This is a great activity for new members to learn about the Association and meet new people. This includes a set of activities, event one will be “Inspiring you to fly Q&A” This will include partners getting to know each other and then each mentor will work with their apprentice on how to fill out the livestock judging score card for the judging contest. The second event will include selling model airplanes for $20. The buyers have the opportunity to win a Sullivan’s Cadillac Chute but the mentor apprentice team who sells at least 2 airplanes will be put in a drawing to win an IPod touch.
  • Sock Drive: Bring your socks to opening ceremonies! Make sure it’s a new pair or a package of socks. This is a great way to help those in need in the Tulsa area, the socks will be donated to harvest house. PLUS the top 5 states will earn points toward outstanding junior association. The socks will be calculated by the percentage of exhibitors from each state for final placings.
  • Awards: we have some awesome awards this year, including engraved cups for class winners, and either a hide camp stool or belt buckle for division winners. The banners are also amazing (just take our word for it!)
  • Snapchat filters: This year we’re going to have some super cool filters to liven up your selfies!
  • Flight Simulator: Get ready for an awesome photo opportunity! Get the chance to sit in a cock-pit just like a pilot!
  • Pioneer Woman: If you love this Food Network star take a road-trip to her store, the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, which is only about an hour drive outside of Tulsa, in Pawhuska.
  • Splash pad: For Shorthorn Sidekicks, kids ages 8 and under get to play in a splash pad on the fairgrounds for one of the activities! Parents be sure to pack a swimsuit or extra change of clothes for your little ones and email to sign them up!
  • Get in some ‘Bites’: Tulsa has so many amazing restaurants to choose from, with a variety of authentic Tex-Mex to unique steakhouses. Emily, the Youth Activities Intern recommends Ted’s café Escondido for Tex-Mex and our very own Executive Secretary/CEO Montie recommends The Spudder to be your go-to place for a good steak.
  • Meeting us: We have all been working so hard to make sure your “flight experience” at NJSS is perfect and we can’t wait to meet you all!

The theme this year is based off of the movie, Top Gun so we are Taking Flight with Red, Roan, and White; pack your aviators and flight suits…NJSS Airways is about to take off!

Remember to use the hashtags #NJSS17 and #SoaringWithShorthorns in all of your social media posts!

Ways to Stand Out at Junior Nationals






It’s official, only 17 more Days until Junior Nationals….Whoa, where has the time gone?! Most of you are busy getting ready, so we put together all the different ways to “Stand Out” during the Junior National contests. Plus, lots of little tips and reminders to keep in mind!


Arts & Crafts, Photography, Promotional Poster and Graphic Design

  • Attention to detail: You may think that some things may not be noticeable or it looks “good enough” But looking at all of the details to your creative piece is the best way to avoid errors and have an overall impactful piece of work. Most importantly, EDIT EDIT EDIT!
  • Find your creativity: Don’t be afraid to go for something unique or put your own “stamp” on it, judges appreciate originally and authenticity.
  • Put together different options: If you’re stumped on what to do or can’t decide on just one idea, try them all! Give yourself the opportunity to try different things and see which one really takes you the farthest.
  • Get that 2nd opinion: Have other people go over your work, reach out to professionals to get tips on how you can improve, it can’t hurt!
  • Visual impact: First impressions are everything, when the judges see your piece for the first time you’ll want there to be a positive impact.

Beef Cook-Off

  • Presentation: Don’t wait until the day of to decide on how you will present your meal, put some thought into it and practice!
  • Make a plan: Understand the strengths of each chef on the team, who does what? Instead of everyone all going for it think about the organization, the different jobs/duties on the team. This will definitely make the experience more ‘stress-free’ and a fun experience!
  • Be ready for the Judges: Yikes, get ready for those questions! Be sure to know your recipe forward and backward and all of the ingredients you will be using, don’t leave anything out!

Quiz Bowl

  • Effort: Even though it’s summer break, hit the books and STUDY STUDY STUDY.
  • We can’t tell you the exact questions… but here’s the categories to freshen up on; Nutrition, breeding, anatomy, history, general beef knowledge and facts about the Shorthorn Association.


  • Presentation: Although this is a no-fit showmanship competition, make sure your animal is clean and ready to walk into the show ring.
  • Don’t forget about yourself! Be sure to dress in an appropriate and professional manner.
  • Tick Tock: Don’t be late! Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to spare and keep an eye on how fast/slow the judge is moving. You don’t want to get your animal up to early/late. With Keeping timing in mind you’ll be ready for “showtime.”


  • Bulls cannot be shown
  • There’s a peewee competition for Juniors under the age of 5
  • You must use the same animal throughout the competition


Team Salesmanship and Speech

  • Confidence: Judges are impressed by confidence and if you mess up just keep going! Most likely the judges won’t even notice just continue on as if nothing had happened, just remain cool, calm and collected.
  • Eye contact: It’s important to know the difference between “staring someone down” and having the appropriate amount of eye contact. Practice your presentation with a friend or family member and find what works for you.
  • Really selling it: Show your excitement and passion about what you are presenting, make the judge think “Wow! They really knew what they were talking about!” or “They were really interesting to listen to!”


  • The judges will ask questions
  • Dress for Speech Contest: prospectors are school clothes, seniors are semi-formal.


  • Don’t do that!: Make sure you are aware of the inappropriate fitting practices and review what and what is not allowed in The Edge or Exhibitor Folder.
  • Make a plan: Know who is doing what on the team, assign jobs and areas one team member should concentrate on.
  • Set a goal: What can you accomplish in the given amount of time? Make a list of priorities, what is most important? What needs to be accomplished first? Be conscious of you time, only 20 minutes!
  • Keep your fitting area clean and presentable for the judges.


  • Animals may enter the ring with a show halter in the prospector division only.
  • Don’t forget any of your supplies, generators are encouraged to make sure you have enough power.
  • Team members may be from any state as this doesn’t go towards the outstanding State award.


  • Things to know: The contest is scheduled to include 5 classes (12 minutes per class). There will be 10 questions. There will be 3 cattle classes, 1 hog and 1 sheep class when other livestock is available. IF other species aren’t available we will use only cattle classes.
  • Practice any potential questions you may receive from the judges!


Not signed up as an exhibitor for Junior Nationals? But you are a member of the American Junior Shorthorn Association? You can still compete in the contests! Just pay the exhibitor fee and sign up at Junior Nationals!

Or for the kids that are 5 years of age or under there’s still lots of fun activities to participate in! Email to sign up for Shorthorn Sidekicks!

Hope we could help with the preparation for this year’s Junior National contests. If you have any more questions regarding any of the contests or need tips and advice feel free to contact us here at the office!





Where the Flight Attendants Learned Their Skills

College is fun! This week we’re sharing all the reasons why we love our Universities and what makes them specialcolleges. Get the inside scoop on Kansas State University, University of Minnesota and Oklahoma State University.

Leah- Kansas State University

Key Points

  • School Mascot: “Willie” the Wildcat
  • Color: Royal Purple
  • Member of the Big 12 Conference

Hey That’s Pretty Cool!

  • K-State was originally founded as an agriculture college.
  • The First Land-Grant University- designated by a State to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890.
  • Modern Family star Cameron, played by Eric Stonestreet is a K-State Alum

Things I love about K-State

  • Bill Snyder- He’s old, he’s cool, we love him and it will be a sad day when he leaves us. Why? Because what would K-State be without the legendary coach Snyder?
  • He is the only active football coach who has a Stadium dedicated after him. An even more obscure fact known to mostly locals, is the highway named after him, “Coach Bill Snyder Highway” can be seen as you come into town on Highway 177.
  • Family is the one word I would use to describe K-State. That’s what we are, one big, happy, purple family that sings ‘Alma Mater’ at football games with our arms wrapped around each other, we ‘Hail Synder’ and we all really hate KU.

Things I love about my college/department

  • Clubs- They offer an exciting and interactive way to build contacts and meet some awesome new friends. In the realm of agriculture, the people we meet in college are going to be friends, colleagues and business contacts for the rest of our lives.

My current involvement:

  • Collegiate Cattlemen’s: I especially love traveling to NCBA every year with the club.
  • When traveling with Collegiate Cattlemen’s to NCBA be prepared to have people look at your group and go “WHOA, that’s a lot of purple!”
  • Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow: I love this group of Ag Communicators. Whenever I need creative advice or someone to edit my paper I know my AgCom buddies will be there.
  • ACJ Department: I know mostly everyone in this major, it’s one of the smaller majors in the College of Ag which is awesome because I get to be friends with my classmates and instructors.

Things I love about Manhattan

  • Manhattan is the dictionary definition of a college town, yet has an awesome small-town feel. Manhattan can also be referred to as Manhappiness, Manhappin, or The Hat to many college students, alum or locals.
  • I would consider Manhattan a “Foodie” town and I absolutely love it.


Here are my go-to places:

  • So Long Saloon- They serve specialty burgers and it will be life changing.
  • s. you can’t go to So Long without getting the Chipotle Raspberry & black bean dip, and when I say you have to you HAVE TO.
  • Arrow Coffee- Cute and artsy on the inside. Get the Voldemort, it’s a sweetened coffee drink similar to a frappe and it’s delicious.
  • Varsity Food Truck- Get the mac and cheese grilled cheese. I know, I know, our arteries are clogging just thinking about it but it’s definitely worth it and you get the experience of the late-night food truck.
  • Konza Prairie: Located in the Flint Hills, this offers a beautiful hiking experience. The trails range from 3.8 miles to 13 miles, they also have a pretty cool snapchat filter.

Emma- University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Mascot: “Goldy” the Gopher

Colors: Maroon and Gold

Big-Ten School


  • Popular CFANS Majors: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Communications and Marketing, Agricultural Food Business Management, Animal Science, and Applied Economics.
  • VetFast Program: A fast-track program to Veterinary School to meet the high demand for veterinarians needed for livestock animals.
  • There are over 25 minors to accompany the majors of CFANS.


  • CFANS Specific Clubs include Gopher Dairy Club, Block and Bridle, Gopher Crops and Soils, National Agri-Marketing Association, Agricultural Education Club, and National Grocers Association.
  • The U has a General Livestock Judging Team that runs every other year and a Dairy Judging Team that is ran every year.
  • Considering Greek Life? The U of M has over 60 fraternities and sororities to choose from!
  • Study, Intern, or do research across the globe, the U has a large variety of programs offering all types of experiences.

School Activities:

  • GOPHER GAME DAY- everyone loves a good football especially when played against our most notable rival, the Wisconsin Badgers. In fact, we have the longest continuous rivalry in NCAA Division 1 football.
  • MN Royal- Every spring the student organizations in CFANS spend a week competing against each other in activities such as skits, quiz bowl, scavenger hunts, and showmanship.
  • Minnesota State Fair- St. Paul Campus borders the MN State Fairgrounds. The State Fair runs for 12 days ending on Labor day because of this and the fact that many students work and volunteer at the state fair, the U does not officially start classes until the day after labor day.

Interesting Facts:

  • We have the 6th largest main campus student body in the United States but CFANS is the only college that resides exclusively on the St. Paul campus yet it is only a short bus away from the U’s main campus in Minneapolis.
  • Minnesota has been called “the Silicon Valley of Food” due to the amount of food and agricultural companies that have their headquarters located there:
    • Cargill
    • General Mills
    • Land O’Lakes
    • SuperValu
    • Mosaic
    • CHS
  • What is the best apple in the world? The Honeycrisp Apple. Where was it created? The University of Minnesota- St. Paul Campus.

Emily- Oklahoma State University

The basics

  • School Mascot: Pistol Pete
  • Colors: Americas Brightest Orange
  • Member of the Big 12 Conference

Just some quick fun facts

  • Oklahoma State was founded on Christmas Eve in 1890 as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical college or Oklahoma A&M Tigers ( The inspiration to OSU school colors black and orange)
  • In 1923 ideas were made to change from the tigers to the cowboys and have a mascot called Pistol Pete after cowboy Frank Eaton. In 1958 Pistol Pete became the official mascot for OSU. Original Pistol Pete created the head while working at Disney.
  • Oklahoma State holds “Americas Greatest Homecoming Celebration”

Why I Love My School

  • OSU Football – Because I mean who doesn’t love College Football! OSU Football is one of my favorite Traditions at OSU. My favorite Saturdays are spent in Boone Pickens Cheering on the boys in Orange and Black led by their Fearless Leader and Alumni Mike Gundy. And I mean who doesn’t love a coach with a mullet!
  • The “Orange Pride”- Orange Pride is everywhere, you can see it when you are going to class or even around the Town of Stillwater. America’s Brightest Orange is hard to miss especially game days or Orange Fridays, the spirit just bleeds out of you. Not only do we bleed orange but we have a saying that becomes everyday life.
    • Saying: “Go Pokes becomes a common phrase with everything, whether good or bad.” You just got an A, “Go Pokes” or you are headed to an 8 a.m. class and just split your coffee all over your brand new shirt, “go pokes.”
  • The “Family Aspect”- To describe Oklahoma State in one word everyone uses Family. You can just feel it when you are on campus. Through every bad thing that OSU has, they stick together. Despite everyone’s differences we all come together for the love of our school, our team and our ‘family’

Why I love my College/Department

The College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

CASNR’s motto, “Expanding Minds. Inspiring Purpose.”

  • CASNR is broke into nine Academic Departments
    • That holds 16 majors with more than 59 study options, with some of the best advisors and professors in the country ( at least in my opinion)
  • Over 60 Student Organizations and Competitive Teams within the college with many opportunities to get involved know matter what you are interested in!
    • Fun Fact, The Animal Science Department alone last year had two National Champion Judging teams!
  • Also $1.4 Million awarded in scholarships every year! I mean who doesn’t want free money!

The Insides of Stillwater

  • Stillwater, Stilly or Chillwater as knows by the people who live there has been also Called “Americas Friendliest College Town”
  • Now to the Good Stuff the food:

Here’s where to get some of my favorites:

  • Eskimo Joe’s: Located right near campus and walking distance from Boone Pickens, Stillwater’s Jumpin’ Little Juke Joint since 1975, one of Stillwater’s most popular traditions. After more than 40 years and millions of T-shirts (and cups!) If you go make sure you order the Sweet Peppered Bacon Cheese Fries, Sometimes that’s all I get for my meal.
  • Pizza: If you’re craving pizza before game day, make sure to go visit the original Hideaway Pizza right around the corner from Boone Pickens or the Student Union. Hideaway just celebrated their 60th anniversary in Stillwater. Most known for their stuffed mushrooms or their tie-dye shirts, you won’t be disappointed by a piece of Stillwater history.
  • Now for one of the best places in Stillwater, Granny’s Kitchen. If you’re looking for AMAZING home good cooking for a great price then you have come to the right place. From huge cinnamon rolls and crispy bacon to hearty sandwiches and fun T-shirts you will always leave full. And to answer your question, it is worth the wait!
  • South Washington: Restaurant/Bar District, There’s always something going on and things to do and see. From Fuzzy’s Tacos to the late night Dirty Curty with pizza with Macaroni on it. What could be better!

I can’t believe three years have gone by at this amazing school and I will be graduating in May. Stillwater will always be in my heart! And always remember #GoPokes!






Top 10 Stockshow Essentials

Only 33 more days until Junior Nationals! Whoa… we know, it’s coming up fast and there’s so much to do! To help out a little bit we put together a “Stockshow Essentials List” All three of us grew up traveling to stockshows so we compiled a list of 10 things that everyone should have before takeoff to Tulsa.


  1. Speakers/kidsteamworkheadphones: A must for if you want to have a jam sesh with the crew or listen to your favorite playlist while blowing.

Here are our go-to jam songs

  • “My House” Flo Rida
  • “All I Do Is Win” DJ Khaled
  • “Any Man of Mine” Shania Twain
  • “Roar” Katy Perry
  • “The Way you make me feel’ Michael Jackson
  1. Snacks: You never seem to have a full meal at a stockshow so snacks are a must for eating here and there.

Our favorites

  • Emily’s Fav: Pretzel Goldfish and sweet tea.
  • Emma’s Fav: Licorice and Gatorade.
  • Leah’s Fav: Beef sticks and coffee.
  1. Comfy shoes: Let’s be honest we’re not wearing boots all day. Invest in some Sperry’s or Twisted X’s they will save your feet but just be sure to break them in first.
  2. Crock Pot: You learn very quickly that fair food is only good in moderation.
  3. Non-gravity chairs: Naps are a definite must, might as well make them comfortable.
  4. Revive and a Smart Sensation brush: You can never stop growing that hair.
  5. Hoodie: The fans can be strong, it’ll get chilly, be prepared and bring a hoodie. Oh and it also works as a blanket/pillow… double score.
  6. Zip ties and duct tape: You’ll need them. You always do.
  7. Drink Enhancer: Cattle can be even more picky with their water than we are about ours. #DramaQueens.

Some different options

  • Kool Aid: 4/5 heifers say Fruit Punch is the #1 flavor.
  • Water Filter: lets’ just hope no one walks away with yours.
  • Molasses: Only if you want to be sticky all day.
  1. Your favorite hat: A multiuse wardrobe item- whether you need it to cover up your messy hair after standing in front of the fans all day or you need to ward off those friends taking Snapchats of you sleeping during your much-needed nap, a hat can be a lifesaver.

Hope we could help with the planning process for Junior Nationals. Now it’s time to start your “to-do” list and attempt to get everything finalized and ready. Comment below some of your stockshow essentials! #NJSS17 #SoaringWithShorthorns

Getting to know your flight attendants

ASA passengers! Get to know your flight attendants (interns) a little more by learning about some of their favorite things and silly quirks.


What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?


I traveled to west and south Australia on a cattle tour in 2011, where I went ‘Roo’ hunting and found my love for Tim Tams.


I just spent the last semester studying and interning in Sydney, Australia so I would guess that would have to be it.


I have traveled to two islands in Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui twice.


What quirks do you have?


I sing all the time, loudly, in front of people I don’t know and sometimes not on key…okay most of the time.

I tend to quote lines from movies for day-to-day activities. Most of the time people haven’t seen the movie so I just end up looking crazy.

I’m pretty good at speaking in accents, they always start really good but for some reason they always end up in Russian. Every time. Without fail. No idea why.


I’m always leaving the fridge open when I am in the kitchen.

I tend to get really crabby if anyone wakes me up from a nap.


I get tired of songs very often so I am constantly switching them on a long road trip.



What are you addicted to?


Corgis, naps, Shania Twain and coffee.


Vanilla Iced Coffee, avocados, corgis and Shameless.


Netflix, Looking at puppies, Tacos and Sweet Tea.


What are three interesting facts about you?


I love to travel and between cattle tours and study abroad trips I have been to six countries including Canada, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, Spain and Australia.

I grew up showing in the South Devon Association and have attended every Junior Nationals since the Junior Association was formed 16 years ago.

I am freakishly good at guessing Disney songs within the first note, no one can ever beat me at ‘guess the movie’ Disney version.


I only have about 70% of my hearing which has caused me to naturally be a loud talker.

I rode an elephant through the jungle in Bali, Indonesia.

I very much dislike chocolate.


I have a strange fear of needles and blood.

I dislike spicy food even though I love Mexican food.

I can quote probably every word to Remember the Titans.