AJLA Convention

Arizona Junior Livestock Association

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the welfare of the livestock industry, to further the education and cooperation of young people interested in livestock, and to aid in the attainment of mutual goals set by AJLA members interested in all phases of this business and all possible career opportunities.

AJLA meets during the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association annual summer convention. Dues are $10 per person or $20 per family. At the meeting they have two speech contests a quiz bowl and other fun activities from livestock judging to cooking classes.

Leadership

President - Greysen Whetten

Vice President - Charly Whetten

Secretary and Treasurer - Preslee Whetten 


History

The Arizona Junior Livestock Association (AJLA) has been around for years. There is even a ledger entry date of 1954. Many current cattle grower members were probably AJLA members when they were young. After a several year hiatus, AJLA was brought back to life and restructured in 1994, with the help of some very insightful industry moms, Judy Prosser and Karen Williams.  

In the early discussions, it was debated what to name the organization. Should it be called the Junior Cattlemen's Association or the Junior Livestock Association? It was soon decided that the word "livestock" would be used so everyone who wanted could be involved. Using the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association as a model, AJLA elected an officer team so there would be structure and organization. AJLA developed a mission statement and created the by-laws of their organization. 

AJLA was started with a simple goal in mind: to allow the young people in the livestock industry to build relationships and camaraderie while learning valuable skills that would prepare them for a bright future. AJLA members learn about the issues facing the cattle industry and are proactive in teaching others, as well as lend support to their parent's organization, ACGA.

The Arizona Junior Livestock Association is focused on learning, and does so by holding annual speaking contests and quiz bowls. Members can compete in either prepared public speaking or extemporaneous speaking and everyone is encouraged to test their trivia skills in the quiz bowl, where attendees are quizzed on topics related to the cattle industry. AJLA also holds livestock judging contests in order to enhance AJLA member's knowledge of livestock.