Our Vision

Our Vision

The American Simmental Association believes the best way to serve its members, its members’ customers and the beef industry is through continual improvement and use of genetic and associated technologies.   As such, the Association will continue to be a worldwide leader in the development and integration of these technologies for the beef industry.  The Association will initiate and foster relationships with like-minded entities to enhance our ability to achieve this objective.  The Association will be widely recognized as having an unyielding commitment to scientific principles and as a hub for the industry's most progressive seed stock producers  –  an organization that is extremely cooperative with all facets of the industry and devoted to the success of its members and its members' customers.
Our Mission

Our Mission

  The success of the American Simmental Association is dependent on the success of our members.   In turn, our members’ success is dependent on their cattle making an important and significant contribution to the beef industry.  The highest priority is to maintain and nurture services and products, which bring value to ASA members’ customers.
Our Mission

Our Mission

  The success of the American Simmental Association is dependent on the success of our members.   In turn, our members’ success is dependent on their cattle making an important and significant contribution to the beef industry.  The highest priority is to maintain and nurture services and products, which bring value to ASA members’ customers.
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Nancy Chesterfield, ASA Pubs ad sales manager, visits with Nancy and Don Burnham from Prickly Pear Ranch, Helena, MT. The Burnhams stopped in to visit the ASA headquarters on their way home from TX.

 

Montana State University Animal Science students visit the ASA headquarters and listen to a presentation by Wade Shafer.

 

Wade Shafer, ASA EVP; Bob Patacini

Bob Patacini, Patacini Cattle Company, Moses Lake, WA, stopped by the ASA headquarters for a quick visit on his way to Montana State University. In addition to raising seedstock cattle, Patacini is also an ultrasound technician.

Industry News

  • By Josh Maples, Mississippi State University      |       It was reported last week that China has agreed to allow beef imports from the U.S. for the first time since 2003. This announcement follows a very similar announcement made in September of 2016, though no actual trade has occurred yet. Gaining access to the most populated country in the world would be a very positive development for the U.S. beef industry. China represents a multibillion-dollar market and has the greatest growth potential for beef consumption of any country in the world. China has a large and growing middle class and has experienced steady increases in beef consumption. China and Hong Kong combined to be the largest beef importers in the world in 2016. While the U.S. already
  • Grandin says, “When the opportunity arises, you got to go for it.      |       Temple Grandin, a world-renowned professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University for the last 26 years and outspoken advocate and role model for people with autism, will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in September. Grandin barged through many barriers in the science world both as a woman and as somebody diagnosed with autism. She is a pioneer in the field of animal welfare, the author of several books and articles, and was portrayed by Claire Danes in the 2010 HBO film, “Temple Grandin.” On her way to speak to graduate students in Edinburgh, Scotland, Grandin, 69, discussed her work, where she believes the future of education is
  • By : Ryan Sterry, UW Extension Agent- St. Croix County Agriculture Agent      |       After a long winter, most of us relish the first few warm and sunny days of spring. For our beef farmers, those first spring days also signal that our pastures will be greening up soon. Making the transition from winter feeding to spring pasture often represents our most economical and labor efficient feeding of the year. While both farmers and their cows may be excited to get on the first grass of the year, recent research shows that easing the transition from stored feeds to pasture can impact the herd’s reproductive performance. At the 2017 Driftless Beef Conference, Travis Meteer of the University of Illinois-Extension outlined three challenges with lush spring pastures
  • By Beef Improvement Federation       |       When your passion in genetics and seedstock marketing sparks during your grade school years, you have more time than most to make a mark on the industry. This year’s Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) President Martin “Marty” Ropp has spent his lifetime making a difference in the livestock business and in recent years specifically the beef industry. Marty will end his one-year term as president at the 2017 BIF Research Symposium and Convention May 31 to June 3 in Athens, Georgia. (See sidebar about this year’s symposium and convention.) “Marty has been a visionary leader,” says Jane Parish, BIF executive director. “While on the board he has always looked to the future and considered what we need to be doing
  • The CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar will be on May 24, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. MT.  Have the lows been established for the cattle industry? With the magnitude of the breaks and rallies that we have experienced across the entire cattle industry thus far that question is on everyone’s mind. An upcoming, free CattleFax webinar will address that question as well as provide an outlook for the cow-calf and entire beef industry for 2017.CattleFax analysts will discuss a variety of topics in the one-hour session, including: -- Cattle and feedstuff market projections for the next 12 to 18 months -- Calf market outlook through Summer and Fall of 2017 -- Analysis of a recent Cow-Calf Survey conducted by CattleFax Register here

              

Upcoming Events

  •   April, 2017 Board Meeting - Bozeman, MT April 20 - April 22. April 20  --  Board Meeting Begins:  Staff Presentations / Morning                            Committee Meetings (BIC and P&P)
  • IGS Youth Leadership Conference August 3-6 2017, Lincoln, NA Hosted by the American Junior Simmental, Shorthorn, and Gelbvieh Associations   This summit is open to all youth in the beef industry ages 14-22. Online registrations opens April 1 at www.InternationalGeneticSolutions.com The
  • 2017 Regional and National Classic information at www.juniorsimmental.org
  • For nearly 50 years the Beef Improvement Federation has hosted our annual research symposium and convention. The convention serves to facilitate discussion and provide education on current issues facing the beef industry. This past summer, over 600 cattlemen, academics and
  • September 17-20, 2016 Bismarck, ND Hosted by: ND Simmental Association Ramkota Hotel Headquarters 800 South 3rd StreetBismarck, ND 58504(701) 258-7700Room Block Name:  "Fall Focus"Deadline for room block is Sept. 4, 2017.

 

 

 

Videos

Using EPDs and Indexes to Produce More Profitable Feedlot Cattle
IGS in Manhattan, KS
Vaccination Protocols and Best Management Practices in Beef Cattle
Veterinary Feed Directive
What I Learned From Pigs: Marty Ropp
Improving Profit Via Genetics: Dr. Wade Shafer
From Phenotypes to EPDs The Genetic Model
IGS Cattlemen's Seminar BIF 2016 : Bruce Golden
Effects of Implants and Additives. Dr. Doug Hufstedler
Understanding Slides, Shrink & Overall Marketing of Feeder Cattle vs Retained Ownership

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TReg Blog

  • Still Water, Green Pastures

    TREG Apr 20, 2017 | 11:17 am

    Still Water, Green Pastures By Bailey K. Toates, republished courtesy of Georgia Cattleman, April 2017. Psalm 23:1-3 reads The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;[…]

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  • From the Ground Up

    TREG Mar 20, 2017 | 10:21 am

    From the Ground Up A performance driven South Dakota seedstock rancher builds a legacy for the next generation. By Emme Troendle When he purchased his first Simmental at the age of 12, Mike Stavick of Veblen, South Dakota, knew that he wanted to be[…]

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  • Multi-breed Stayability EPDs: Here’s what you need to know

    Feb 2, 2017 | 14:30 pm

    Multi-breed Stayability EPDs: Here’s what you need to know 1.) Multi-breed stayability: The new stayability EPD is calculated for all cattle in the database (not just for purebred and fullblood Simmental).  As stayability is a very important economically relevant trait for female production, the ability to have stayability calculations[…]

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  • ASA releases the first evaluation with BOLT and Single Step genomic enhanced EPDs!

    Dec 28, 2016 | 12:06 pm

    ASA releases the first evaluation with BOLT and Single Step genomic enhanced EPDs! The Spring 2017 EPDs were released on 12/22/16 including a Multi-breed Stayability prediction using BOLT and single step genomic evalution (evaluating the genomics, pedigree, and phenotype information in one process rather than blending in the genomics later).  This marks the[…]

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  • Montana State University Steer-A-Yeer Program

    Oct 24, 2016 | 15:51 pm

    Montana State University Steer-A-Yeer Program BOZEMAN — Montana State University’s College of Agriculture is seeking donations of steers for its Steer-A-Year program, which allows students to continue their hands-on learning of the beef industry. Donated steers provide students with applied learning experiences in courses such[…]

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Upcoming Sales

22 Apr 2017
Heartland With Performance with Class Bull Sale
Waverly, IA
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22 Apr 2017
Sunset View Farms' Family Traditions Female Sale
Auburn, KY
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29 Apr 2017
Southern Blend Online Sale

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30 Apr 2017
Southern Blend Online Sale

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01 May 2017
Southern Blend Online Sale

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04 May 2017
Nelson Simmental/SimAngus Bull Sale
Glasgow, MT
05 May 2017
Collier Diamond C Ranch's Diamond Jubilee
Stephenville, TX
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05 May 2017
Southern New England Simmental Association's Annual Sale
Springfield, MA
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06 May 2017
Circle M Farms's Dispersal Sale, Part I
Grand Saline, TX
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06 May 2017
Collier Diamond C Ranch's Diamond Jubilee
Stephenville, TX
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06 May 2017
Stars and Stripes Sale
Gettysburg, PA
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13 May 2017
Shenandoah's Shining Stars Spring Sale
Quicksburg, VA
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20 May 2017
Buzzard Hollow Ranch Designer's Classic
Granbury, TX
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20 May 2017
Sloup and Hilltop Simmentals Spring Turn Out Sale
Seward, NE
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