Junior Society

To unite Junior Milking Shorthorn Breeders in their endeavors to improve the breed. Check out our Junior Facebook page for Junior activities and news.

Officer Team | Membership | Show Ring | National Awards & Scholarships

The American Milking Shorthorn Junior Society offers a wide variety of ways to get involved.

Officer Team


Jack Achen

  • Little Falls, Minnesota
  • jackpachen@gmail.com

Vice President

Joseph Achen

  • Little Falls, Minnesota
  • joseph.achen99@gmail.com


Owen Halpin

  • Cullom, Illinois
  • halpinowen@gmail.com


Carrie Rhoades

  • Greenville, Ohio
  • cerhoades46@gmail.com


Tanna Luchterhand

  • Neillsville, Wisconsin
  • elmrocdairy@gmail.com

Adult Advisor

Mo Freniere

  • 413-519-0466
  • mofreniere@gmail.com


The junior organization offers activities at junior national shows, special junior recognition, and junior awards at national convention. Junior memberships are a one-time fee of $25 and is open to anyone under 21 years of age.

Show Ring

National Junior Awards

The AMSS National Junior Awards are awarded at the AMSS National Convention. Deadline for submission is May 15. All applications are available on the AMSS website (below) or by contacting the National Office. Candidates must be a paid junior member of the American Milking Shorthorn Junior Society and their state junior association, when available.

Multiple contest and awards require a professional resume. As a reference please view this sample.

Submit all materials by May 15, via email to: registrations@milkingshorthorn.com or by mail to:

American Milking Shorthorn Society
800 Pleasant St.
Beloit, WI  53511

Junior Outstanding Progressive Breeder

Awarded to two deserving youth between the ages of 9 and 21, as of January 1. Must have carried a Milking Shorthorn project for at least one year. Candidates must demonstrate involvement in Junior Milking Shorthorn Activities, farm and/or care of own cattle, as well as other agriculture, youth, community and school actives.

Rachel Surridge National Youth Contest

This National youth scholarship is in honor and memory of a past national office manager, Rachel Surridge. She worked at the national office many years when it was in Springfield, Missouri. Rachel treated the American Milking Shorthorn Society as family.

Cindy Climer & Jim King Memorial Scholarships

Given in memory of Cindy Climer and Jim King, 2012 AMSS Co-Citizens of the Year, who both gave much of their time and energy to the service of AMSS and AMSJS memberships. Several Scholarships will be awarded to eligible applicants. Does not require a live interview.

Queen Contest

The Queen will have the opportunity to represent the breed during at least three National Shows and National Convention the following year. She should represent her title at every Milking Shorthorn event she attends through the year.

Ambassador Contest

Any AMSJS member aged 16 to 21 has the opportunity to apply for the AMSJS Ambassador Contest and represent the breed.

Duties include assisting in award presentations at milking shorthorn shows and national convention, help with the AMSS Booth at WDE, contribute to the AMSJS Facebook page, give a presentation that explains and promote our junior awards and scholarships and present it at the national banquet. As well as create a poster display of our junior awards for all to view at the national convention.

Junior Australian Exchange Program

This is a program that connects AMSJS Members with our sister breed, the Australian Illawarra. One AMSJS member is sent to Australia for approximately one month. While on this trip the selected applicant will stay on several different family farms and perform various duties.

Junior Milk Production Awards

Juniors may apply for multiple production class awards, based on cow’s age at start of lactation, for any qualifying animal they have.

Wisconsin Milking Shorthorn Scholarship

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