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ASA Welcomes Rachel Endecott ~ Director of Youth Development and Special Projects

23 October 2017
"We are elated to have Dr. Endecott joining our team. She will certainly bring a unique dimension to our already potent youth development programs, as her breadth of experience and educational background is extraordinary. " ~ Wade Shafer


Rachel Endecott
Rachel Endecott
Dr. Rachel Endecott has been hired to fulfill the position of Director of Youth Development and Special Projects. Endecott grew up on a red baldy cow-calf operation near Ennis, MT, and remains an integral part of the operation. She received her B.S. in Animal Science at Montana State University (MSU) and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition at New Mexico State University. She has served as the MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist located off campus in Miles City, MT, for five and a half years, in addition to Beef Cattle Specialist in Bozeman since 2012. Endecott's Extension program focused on adult and youth education in beef cattle nutrition, genetics, reproduction, and management. She also administered the statewide 4-H/FFA Steer of Merit contest and facilitated county agent trainings in carcass grading as well as other beef cattle professional development opportunities.

In addition to Extension work, she taught beef cattle management and livestock feeding classes during her time at MSU. She was also involved with student extracurricular activities where she advised both the Collegiate Stockgrowers at MSU and the Academic Quadrathlon team. Under her guidance, the Collegiate Stockgrowers club has been effective in building young beef cattle industry leaders, several of whom now hold positions of leadership in the Young Stockgrowers group of the Montana Stockgrowers Association.
            
Endecott developed the MSU AQ program, which is a four-part animal science contest where four-person teams compete in an oral presentation, written exam, hands-on lab practicum, and a double-elimination quiz bowl. Since reviving MSU's participation in this contest in 2012, her teams have won the regional contest twice, which earned them the right to compete at the national contest against schools whose animal science departments are much larger than MSU's entire College of Agriculture. Only four teams compete at the national contest, where MSU's best finish has been second overall.
            
Looking forward to assuming her ASA duties in the beginning of January to work with youth and adult members of ASA alike she says, "The American Simmental Association is well known for their practical focus on science-based information and educational outreach. I'm excited for the opportunity to work with such a progressive group. I am passionate about leadership development and building young leaders for the beef cattle and broader agriculture industries. ASA's investment in youth development is admirable and I look forward to building on that success in the future."

Luke Bowman
Luke Bowman
While Endecott takes on the responsibilities for the youth program, Luke Bowman, Director, Commercial and Industry Operations will be handling the Progress Through Performance (PTP) program. Bowman shares, "PTP is one of the most progressive systems to evaluate high-type cattle today. It is the best balance in the industry to combine visual appraisal with genetic merit. Once again, the ASA continues to lead the world in appreciation for equitable cattle that are destined for greatness. There simply is not a program that can compare to our visionary outlook with PTP."