Serve as the voice of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association during local, state and national activities throughout the year. The officer team is responsible for sparking excitement and increase involvement of youth throughout the industry.
Earn recognition and cash prizes for your involvement in the cattle industry. Log your work in the application above.
Deadline information is in the application
Let us help you expand your herd, add a show heifer, or begin your herd with the HAY Program. We will award 3 GJCA members $2,000 towards the purchase of a heifer!
GJCA awards one member with the highest award to be earned by a GJCA member each year. Members must be nominated.
Participants will develop a pen of 3 heifers for the purpose of future production or sale. Participants will be responsible for securing heifers to develop through the course of this program.
Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association works to impact students in Georgia who are interested in cattle and help them plug into our industry. Students 21 years of age and younger, as well as current college students can become members of GJCA. Dues are only $15.00 per year!
GJCA members are eligible to apply for scholarships, award programs, and attend GJCA and GCA events. GJCA membership allows students the opportunity to network and connect with members across the state and engage in the industry and explore future career opportunities. Members will advance their leadership skills through the many programs, events, and opportunities through the program.
GJCA Officer Board President
GJCA Officer Board President, Bryson Smith is a Freshman at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and is working towards his degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Livestock Production. Smith has been an active member for several years, making his impact as a GJCA Ambassador and even being selected as the 2021 Georgia Junior Cattleman of the Year award recipient. He has been involved with both 4-H and FFA, showing beef cattle throughou7t the state and winning multiple awards throughout his career. His goal for the upcoming year is to offer educational programs such as BQA certification training courses, provide curriculum focused on risk and disaster management, and present resources that highlight safe cattle handling practices. Bryson is from Rome, Georgia, where his parents Eddie and Jennifer Smith still live today.
GJCA Officer Board Vice-President
GJCA Officer Board Vice-President, Maddie Dean is currently a high school Junior. She has been involved with many industry-related organizations and has served as a Georgia National Fairground Junior Livestock Ambassador, was a member of her local church's Youth Student Impact Team, and has also held the title of the Crisp County 4-H Senior Board President for the past two years. She has competed at livestock shows around the state and nation, has a small purebred Charolais operation, and is involved with her family's Red Angus Commercial herd. Her goal for the upcoming year is to establish a wider variety of educational opportunities that focus on areas such as management, animal husbandry, and career paths available in the industry. Maddie lives in Vienna, Georgia with her parents Ric and Dia Dean.
GJCA Officer Board Secretary
GJCA Officer Board Secretary, Cora Crews is an 8th grade student at Brantley County Middle School. She is a 9th generation cattle rancher and is involved in the American Junior Brahman Association, the Florida Junior Brahman Association, the Georgia Junior Simmental Association, Brantley County Middle School FFA, and her local 4-H club. Cora currently serves as the Brantley County Middle School FFA Chapter President, as well as the Brantley County Middle School Student Council Historian. Her goal for the upcoming year is to encourage GJCA to approach a larger number of both urban and rural schools throughout the state to educate them on where their beef comes from. Cora lives in Folkston, Georgia with her parents Stephen and Emily Crews.