The SPC provides meaningful exposure to opportunities and challenges associated with cattle feeding. It is a contest to gauge the overall profitability of a given steer or pen of steers in a commercial setting. All steers are marketed on a grade and yield basis. The SPC challenges participants, ranging in ages from 8 to 21, to measure and compare the profitability of their own animal(s), through monthly meetings, lectures, essays, and reports. Last year, 31 beef industry youths, enrolled 66 cattle from nine different states. During their involvement, they were introduced to peers, mentors, industry advocates, and experiences that are exceedingly difficult to acquire for any beef producer.
Participants in the SPC program will be powerful voices as they transition from junior membership to adult participation within the beef industry. Supporting the future of the beef industry through scholarships for youth education, the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation (ASF) is collecting donations with the goal of $12,000 to fund six scholarships for young beef enthusiasts and a portion will be leveraged to assist with expenses including capturing feed intake and carcass data, etc. By donating to the SPC, you help reward young beef enthusiasts with the courage to retain ownership of their steers and see their part in beef production all the way through to the end product- BEEF!
The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage by public or private contribution, support of worthwhile educational and charitable projects that are of interest and benefit to devotees of the American Simmental Association. Further to receive, maintain, use and apply donated funds for such purposes; and to implement such educational and charitable projects, including, but not limited to:
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Contributions designated for this endowment will be invested as part of good financial planning to ensure the Foundation will stay strongly committed to its mission and to ensure ASA continues to advance and maintain its leadership in the industry.
Previous donations to the Foundation were invested by the current and past Foundation board members to create this endowment. The endowment is a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding which allows stability for the future and will provide a steady source of income over time. The Foundation may commit a percentage of the invested capital each year toward an educational, research or youth program.
The American Simmental~Simbrah Foundation thanks Circle M Farms for their commitment to the ASF Foundation youth programs.
At their dispersal, May 6, Foundation board members and staff presented Craig McCallum, owner of Circle M Farms, with an honorary thank you plaque for outstanding service and leadership within the Simmental breed.
Pictured (left to right): Greg Burden; Foundation Board, Tonya Phillips; Foundation Board, Emily Lochner; ASA Staff, Fred Schuetze; Foundation Chairman, Craig McCallum; Circle M, Lori Eberspacher; Foundation Board.
Foundation Wall (picture of branded wood)
Fall Educational Symposium. Each fall the ASA will host an educational session in conjunction with the fall board meeting. The 2014 session was very successful with nearly 150 attendees. The day-long event featured genetically oriented talks from nationally recognized experts in livestock genetics and animal breeding. Seedstock producers, commercial cattlemen, industry personnel, other breed associations and academics participated in the session and following social. Join us in hosting the 2015 Educational Session by donating funds for this event. Goal $10,000/year.
Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant supports graduate education with emphasis on genetic improvement of livestock. The fund originally started by Jim Berry of Wildberry Farms, honors Dr. Bob Walton’s lifelong efforts in animal breeding and raising Simmental cattle. Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant funds graduate education in research programs to directly improve applied livestock genetics and help build future experts in animal breeding. There are their research for both SimTalk and the Register.
Feed Intake Project. The cost of feed is the number one cost to the beef industry annually (65% of production cost of beef). The ability to predict differences in feedlot intake of sires’ offspring is an important component in the assessment of differences in profitability between sires. The Feed Intake Project collects individual feed intake data on calves of known sire groups to improve our ability to predict feed intake and thus improve our ability to predict differences in profit. Goal $30,000/year.
Steer Profitability Contest
AJSA Canadian Exchange Project. Each summer, two AJSA Board of Trustee members will be randomly selected to attend the Young Canadian Simmental Association National Classic. This is more than just an opportunity to travel, but rather an opportunity for AJSA members to learn about international agriculture, new ideas to progress the association, and gain new friends in an attempt to build their resume and personal experience.
National Classic Facility Support. Together as one team, our junior programs will flourish! The Eastern and Western Regions have each formed state groups to fundraise for their yearly Regional Classics. The Eastern Regional group hosts a fundraiser at the NAILE each year, allowing states in the east to step up more freely to host classics, due to a lower financial cost. Following suit of a previously successful regional group, the Western Region formed their own group. The key is to see states within a specific region as one unit, rather than individuals. The establishment of these regional groups is
Please direct donation inquiries to Linda Kesler 406-587-4531
American Simmental~Simbrah Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.