Dr. Mahdi Saatchi, American Simmental Association (ASA) and International Genetic Solutions (IGS) Lead Genomicist, recently traveled to Aotea Centre Auckland, New Zealand, to attend the 11th annual World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP). Held every four years, the WCGALP draws scientists together from around the world to attend the scientific program and network with colleagues. Over 1,400 attendees representing 70 countries were at the event held in February.
Dr. Saatchi gave an oral presentation and took part in a poster session to display his work. In addition to giving presentations, Dr. Dorian Garrick, who along with Dr. Bruce Golden developed ASA’s new genetic evaluation software program (BOLT), was heavily involved in the management of the event. Frequent ASA collaborators, Drs. Matt Spangler and Bob Weaber were also in attendance.
Bozeman, MT- Susan and Curtis Russell, Reflected R Ranch, Sugar City, Colorado, and Fred and Phyllis Swain, Swain Select Simmentals, Louisville, Kentucky, have been named the recipients of the 2018 Golden Book Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of the Simmental/Simbrah breeds. The Golden Book is given on behalf the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (WSFF) and is the most prestigious award given by the American Simmental Association.
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01-Left to Right: Curtis, & Susan Russell, and Lois Schlickau, Susan's mother at the ASA Chairman's reception on January 14, where Russell's Reflected R Ranch received the World Golden Book Award.
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Fred and Phyllis Swainat the ASA Chairman's reception on January 14, where Swains Select Simmentals Ranch received the World Golden Book Award.
Bozeman, MT - The American Simmental Association (ASA) is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Ring of Champions contest. The Ring of Champions program recognizes cattle that have been consistently successful at ASA's major Progress Through Performance (PTP) shows, reflecting an industry reality where producers routinely balance between phenotypic evaluation and scientifically relevant EPDs and Indexes.
The PTP shows included in the Ring of Champions are: the American Royal, Kansas City, MO; North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville KY; National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO; and Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Fort Worth, TX.
"The lengths these cattlemen go to exhibit and showcase their genetics is truly admirable," says Luke Bowman, ASA's Director of Membership and PTP Operations, "Their skill in the off-season of selecting the appropriate cattle to show, the work behind the scenes to prepare the cattle for their full potential visually, the expense to travel all these distances to compete at the greatest venues while consistently placing at the top is certainly something that should be recognized. We are proud these cattle carry the SimGenetics brand; these represent us all very well."
Bozeman, MT - The American Simmental Association (ASA) has launched a new research project in partnership with GeneSeek, Inc.®, aimed at collecting female genotypes from whole herds. The Cow Herd DNA Roundup (CHR) offers ASA members the opportunity to genotype entire cow herds at a fraction of the regular cost, with the goal of incorporating vast amounts of genomic data into the ASA genetic evaluation. Female genotypes are rare and valuable, especially to predict maternal traits such as Stayability and Maternal Calving Ease. Only genotyping the best cattle can create bias in the genomic prediction; therefore, genotyping the entire cow herd is very valuable to the genetic evaluation.
By Will Townsend and Chip Kemp
The Register Magazine, February 2017 Issue
Imagine you had to find bulls for your operation but you didn’t know any breeders, nobody used EPDs, or even shared actual data. It’s obvious to anyone interested in building quality cattle and maximizing profit this would be a major blow to the bottom line. Yet, this is how the feeder calf business exists today. Frequently, when purchasing quality feeder calves, we can receive crucial information regarding environmental factors such as management and health protocols, weights, etc. However, when it comes to genetic awareness, color and polled status are often asked to substitute for true knowledge.
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