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Shafer accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - not just one bucket

Shafer accepts the bucket challenge from Parke and passes it onto the ASA trustees and staff.

Wade Shafer accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Educational Symposium Fall Schedule

Educational Symposium
Fall ASA Board Meeting: September 8-11, 2014
Applied Genetics in Beef Cattle
Moderator: Dr. Jackie Atkins
Location: Gallatin Room (across from the pool), Holiday Inn, Bozeman
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September 8

7:30 am

Registration desk opens (just outside The Gallatin Room)
9:00 am~ 9:30 am Introduction and Welcome: Chairman Jim Butcher and EVP Dr. Wade Shafer
9:30 am~ 11:00 am Crossbreeding Talks in 2014: Why They're Still Needed ~ Dr. Bob Weaber (Kansas State University) and Dr. Matt Spangler (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
11:00 am ~ 11:15 am Break
11:15 am~ noon Selection Decisions Using Economically Relevant Traits: The Pathway to Indexes ~ Dr. Bruce Golden (Cal Poly)
12:00 pm ~ 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm ~ 1:45 pm Understanding Conventional and Genomic EPDs ~ Dr. Dorian Garrick (Iowa State University)
1:45 pc ~ 2:30 pm The Future of Genetic Prediction: A Quantum Leap ~ Drs. Bruce Golden and Dorian Garrick
2:30 pm ~ 2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm ~ 3:30 pm Learning From Pigs ~ Marty Ropp (Allied Genetic Resources)
3:30 pm ~ 4:30 pm Q and A ~ Panel Discussion ~ Guest Speakers
4:30 pm ~ 5:00 pm Wrap Up: Dr. Wade Shafer and Board Chairman Jim Butcher

All attendees are invited to join us from 5:15 pm- 6:30 pm for a social hour (cash bar)
followed by an ASA-hosted barbeque at 6:30 pm at the Holiday Inn Courtyard.



September 9 Open Committee Meetings ~ Gallatin Room, Holiday Inn

8:00 am ~ 9:00 am

Board Meeting Begins, Chairman Jim Butcher
➢ Approval of the Agenda
➢ Announcements
➢ Financial Report, Treasurer Dale Miller



9:00 am ~10:45 am Breed Improvement Committee, Chairman Calvin Drake
10:45 am ~11 am Break
11:00 am ~ Noon Activities and Events, Chairman Tim Smith
Noon ~ 1:00 pm ASA-hosted Lunch
1:00 pm ~ 2:00 pm Growth & Development, Chairman Jon Willis
2:00 pm ~ 2:45 pm Simbrah Committees, Chairman Blake Nelson
2:45 pm ~ 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm ~ 4:00 pm Policy & Procedures, Chairman Roger Finke
4:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm Patent Challenge/Lawsuit Update Legal Counsel Gene Summerlin/EVP Wade Shafer
5:00 pm

Wrap up by Chairman Jim Butcher and EVP Wade Shafer

Dinner on your own




September 10 – Board Meeting continues

7:00 am ~ 8:00 am Nominating Committee Meets (Executive Session)
8:00 am ~ 8:30 am Statistics & Measurements/How Are We Doing ~Steve McGuire



9:00 am ~ noon Committee Updates and Presentation of Resolutions.
➢ Activities & Events, Chairman Tim Smith
➢ Policy & Procedures, Chairman Roger Finke
➢ Simbrah, Chairman Blake Nelson
➢ Foundation Update, Chairman Nancy Tom
➢ Pub Board Report, Chairman Bob Lanting



Noon ~ 1:00 pm ASA-hosted Lunch



1:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm

Committee Updates and Presentation of Resolutions.
➢ Building & Grounds, Chairman Scott Cowger
➢ Simmental Way and Campbell Rd Property Discussion.
Chairman Jim Butcher
Finance, Chairman Dale Miller
Breed Improvement, Chairman Calvin Drake
➢ Growth & Development, Chairman Jon Willis
➢ Staff Presentations
➢ Executive Session ~ Present Board Candidates, Chairman Bob Lanting
➢ Executive Session ~ Golden Book Awards



Dinner on your own



September 11 Board Meeting Continues ~ Starting 7:00 am ~ All Resolutions must be voted on by 10:00 am

7:00 am ~ 10:00 am ➢ Approval of the Minutes
➢ Voting on Resolutions
➢ General Discussion regarding new Fall Format ~ Educational Session and Open 
➢ Meeting Concept ➢ Closing Comments, Chairman Jim Butcher

10:00 am Adjournment





We thank our sponsors:

10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production

Geneticists from around the world converged on Vancouver, British Columbia last week for the tenth World Congress on Genetic Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP). The conference is an opportunity for geneticists working in various species (including humans) to exchange information on the latest technology in quantitative and molecular genetics. Held only once every four years, 1583 delegates representing 58 countries were in attendance at WCGALP. The ASA was well represented at the event. Ongoing work funded by ASA on genetic evaluation was presented by Dorian Garrick. Several ASA members, collaborators and friends were in attendance.

Pictured above:
Sally Buxkemper (RX Simbrah Ranch; longtime ASA member and former ASA Trustee)
Dr. Lauren Hyde (ASA/RAAA employee; MB-ICE Lead Geneticist)
Dr. Dorian J. Garrick (Iowa State University Professor; ASA collaborator on genetic evaluation project)
Dr. Mike Bishop (Animal Agriculture Specialist Illumina Inc.; ASA member and cofounder of Infigen)
Dr. Peter Parnell (CEO Angus Australia; frequent ASA visitor)
Dr. Bruce Golden (Cal Poly Department Head; ASA employee and collaborator on genetic evaluation project)
Dr. Wade Shafer (ASA CEO)
Dr. Tom Rathje (Chief Technical Officer DNA Swine Genetics; ASA member)
Dr. Caitlyn Abell (Geneticist DNA Swine Genetics: former ASA intern) 
Dr. Heather Koshinsky (Eureka Genomics; collaborator with ASA on $450,000 USDA funded genotyping grant)

Sponsors of the educational seminar September 8, in Bozeman.

Trinity Farms Joins in Support of Education: Paulette and Mike Forman, Trinity Farms, Ellensburg, WA, have joined Wendell and Nan Gibbs, Ranburne, AL, and Bill and Jane Travis, Dallas, TX, as sponsors of the educational seminar September 8, in Bozeman. If you would to join them, please call Nancy Tom at 210.487.0661 or contact Paulette at the ASA office, for more details.

Registerations for September Educational Seminar: John, Grande, Martinsdale, MT; Bill Begger, Wibaux, MT, Annie Allen, Custer, MT; Wailes Allen, Custer, MT; Becky and Craig Hays, Maryville, MO; Paul and Lois Rydeen, Clearbrook, MN; David Berry, Canton, TX; Brent and Darcy Nelson, Wibaux, MT; Tom and Renee Nelson, Wibaux; Curtis Russell, Sugar City, CO; Jim Wulf, Starbuck, MN; Colton Buus, Salem, SD; Lora Rose, Colville, WA;  Dr. Kent Anderson, Denver, CO, Andy Roberts, Miles City, MT; Mark Peterson, Miles City, MT; Greg Burden, Grand Saline, TX; Erroll and Peggy Cook, Walsh, CO; Ben Spitzer, Justin, TX; Mike and Margo Alley, Culver, OR; Fred and Judy Schuetze, Granbury, TX; Clay and Marianne Lassle, Glendive, MT; Ryan and Sara Thorson, Glendive, MT; John Hall, Carmen, ID; Wayne Smith, Carmen, ID; Nicole Gray, Havre, MT; Dwight and Susan Keller, Mandan, ND, and Marko Manourkian, Malta, MT; Bob Weaber, Manhattan KS; Gordon Jones, Bowling Green, KY; Jim Berry, Scales Mound, IL; Kevin & Stacy Elliott, Clifford, ND; Jennifer Thomson, Bozeman, MT; Andrew Williams, Bozeman, MT; Rachel Endecott, Bozeman, MT; Sally Buxkemper, Ballinger, TX; Dan Lehrman, Spencer, SD; Bill Zimmerman, Foley, MN; Dr. Bert Moore, Elkhorn, NE; Tim and Tam Clark, Turtle Lake, ND; Willie and Sharon Altenburg, Fort Collins, CO; Michael Bishop, Rio, WI; Luke Bowman, Green Forks, IN, Paulette and Mike Forman, Ellensburg, WA; Charles Honeycutt, Mabank, TX; Brian House, Plain City, OH; Sarah and Bart Jones, Lafayette, TN; Dawn and Bradley Leen, Thrall, TX; Marty Ropp, Normal, IL; Fred Smith, Clayton, NC; Kevin and Lynette Thompson, Almont, ND; Bill and Jane Travis, Dallas, TX; John and Connie Miller, Clare, MI; Andy and Lynn Salinas, Marion, MI; plus, ASA Trustees and Staff.

Registration is Available — Online

First Annual Educational Session/Fall ASA Board Meeting - Register Today

Join us September 8-11, to kick off the first annual educational session held in conjunction with the Fall ASA Board meeting. Join us September 8, for a free daylong symposium on applied information in beef cattle genetics with the following key speakers:

Dorian Garrick, PhD, Jay Lush endowed Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics, Iowa State University

Dorian Garrick was appointed to the Jay Lush endowed Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics at Iowa State University in August 2007 following five years at Colorado State University and fifteen years at Massey University where he has held the A.L. Rae Chair since 1994.  He received a First Class Honors degree in Agricultural Science from Massey University in New Zealand and a PhD from Cornell University.  Dorian has been integrally involved in the development and implementation of national animal evaluation programs, performance recording databases and breeding schemes.  He has worked in the design of experiments to detect major genes and to exploit them in breeding programs.  His recent work has focused on theoretical and applied aspects of using genomic information to predict performance.  Dorian views animal breeding in a systems context, involving the integration of knowledge and understanding of business goals, production systems, processing and marketing, in concert with quantitative and molecular genetics.  Dorian has worked with a variety of genetic improvement programs, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, dual-purpose sheep, fine-woolled sheep, pigs, elk, salmon and tree breeding.  Dorian works well with other researchers and equally enjoys working with enthusiastic producer and industry groups that seek to include animal breeding approaches in the attainment of their farm or ranch business goals.  Dorian is a Director of the US National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium that focuses on the development and application of methods that use genomic information to predict genetic merit in beef cattle.

Bruce Golden, PhD, Department Head and Professor, Dairy Science Department, Cal Poly

Prior to coming to Cal Poly Dr. Golden was the chief executive officer of a livestock and pet technology company he founded after a 19-year career on the faculty at Colorado State University where he was a full professor of animal breeding and genetics. Dr. Golden's research and service to industry have resulted in numerous awards and publications including a series of patents related to animal identification and diagnostic instruments. While at Colorado State he was the founder of the Center for Genetic Evaluation of Livestock, a provider of genetic evaluations for breed organizations and breeding companies worldwide. He has extensive international experience in livestock production including working in China, Brazil, Venezuela, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and Australia. Dr. Golden attended Washington State University in Pullman, WA, where he received both Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in Animal Science. Dr. Golden received his Doctorate degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.


Matt Spangler, PhD, Associate Professor, Extension Beef Genetics Specialist, University of Nebraska

Matt Spangler grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in south-central Kansas where his family still farms and has a cow/calf operation. After receiving his B.S. degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University (2001) he attended Iowa State University and received his M.S. degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics in 2003. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in Animal Breeding and Genetics (2006) and is currently an Associate Professor and Extension Beef Genetics Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He works as part of a collaborative team with colleagues at UNL and US MARC to develop and evaluate methods related to genomic selection and is currently part of a collaborative effort funded by the USDA competitive grants program to develop genomic predictors for feed intake and efficiency in beef cattle.

After the educational seminar, stay for the Fall ASA Board meeting. Since all ASA meetings have an open format this will give you an opportunity to also attend committee meetings, as well as the official meeting. Join us for a barbecue at the ASA headquarters, and a chance for our members to share ideas and learn about new programs in the ASA.


Bob Weaber, PhD, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, Kansas State University

Bob Weaber’s nationally recognized extension programming has resulted in more than 145 publications and more than $13 million from 42 awards of grants and gifts for research and extension programming. Weaber’s extension program leadership has been recognized with MU Provost’s Innovative Extension Programming by New Faculty, the MU CAFNR J.W. Burch State Extension Specialist Award, and the Beef Improvement Federation’s Continuing Service Award.

Weaber grew up on a cow-calf operation in southern Colorado and went on to earn a BS in animal science followed by a Master of Agriculture degree in the Beef Industry Leadership Program at Colorado State University. He completed his doctoral studies in the Animal Breeding and Genetics Group at Cornell University. While there, he served as the Interim Director of Performance Programs for the American Simmental Association for three and a half years. Previously, Weaber was Director of Education and Research at the American Gelbvieh Association. Bob, his wife, Tami, and their young children, Maddie, Cooper and Wyatt, reside near Wamego, KS.

For Hotel Reservation
Holiday Inn Bozeman
5 East Baxter Lane | Bozeman, MT 59715

Phone | 406.587.4561
Reference "ASA" or "American Simmental" for the special $85 rate

Register here
Click for tentative schedule
~ There is no fee ~ but we need you to register so we can plan for meals.

Welcome to the American Simmental Association!

The American Simmental Association would like to thank you for joining our Association.

At ASA, we take our mission statement seriously,

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. Our highest priority is to maintain and nurture services and products which bring value to ASA members customers.

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2014 Membership Directory

ASA Membership Forms Adult Membership Application

Junior Membership Application

Membership Change Form

Animal Registration Forms

Registration Application

Data Registration key

Self-billing Worksheet

Standard Codes

Genetic Testing Forms

DNA Bar Coded Card Request Form

Genetic Abnormality Reporting Form

*Submit this sheet to ASA for kits/paperwork to be generated



Eight Steps to International Business:


Will Townsend
Director of Commercial and Industry Operations
During a recent trip to Colombia, I had the opportunity to accompany a number of cattlemen who have experienced varying degrees of success in the international cattle business. I tried to act as a sponge during the trip, taking in methodology and tactics for cattlemen with an interest in pursuing business in Colombia and on other international fronts. After a number of interviews, lots of observation, and some research, I established some basic steps that business men and women can utilize to get started with their international program or at least to investigate the potential of establishing an international program. Most of these principles directly apply to seedstock producers but many of them can be applied to other portions of the cattle industry.

ASA Experience with Incorporating Genomics into Genetic Evaluation


Last December, Dr. Lauren Hyde presented ASA's experience with blending genomic data into our genetic predictions at BIF's 10th Genetic Prediction Workshop in Kansas City.  Dr. Hyde discussed the history of GE-EPDs within the ASA, the discovery of a problem with GE-EPD methodology that artificially made animals with good EPDs look even better and animals with bad EPDs look even worse, and the steps ASA and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium have taken to address the problem.

Read Dr. Hyde's report

Handouts available here

New! Science Forum - What criteria do you use to select bulls?

Check out our new ASA Science Forum.
Join Drs. Lauren Hyde and Jackie Atkins in discussions about the latest topics.  They welcome your questions.


We started an ASA Forum that is science based with communication boards on Genetic Conditions, Genetic Evaluation, and DNA Testing. Dr. Lauren Hyde and I are moderating the forum and we would love to hear your input. You can find the forum by going to our homepage and clicking on the ASA Forum button (between the Membership Directory and the Sire Source). Once on the forum, you can read through the posts for information on topics provided. You can also login and post replies to any of the subjects. It is the sincere hope of the ASA that our members will use this forum not only to educate themselves but to post their own questions or comments. We want to hear what you think about these topics and which areas you would like more information about. If you have questions about a topic that is not yet posted, send me an email jatkins@simmgene. com and I will do my best to address this issue on the forum.

Latest Post: Bull Selection -   What criteria do you use to select bulls?

Breeding for Profit - A Cattleman Producer's Guide

Breeding for Profit ~ A Producer's Guide: This newest ASA brochure addresses what animal breeders and industry professionals have long understood ~ that crossbreeding is the number one component affecting profitability in any genetic program. Hybrid vigor has the largest impact on economically important traits within a cowherd like fertility, longevity and overall cowherd efficiency. Although the beef industry as a whole has been slow to adopt this science, many have realized outstanding profit through the use of structured crossbreeding programs. This brochure will be used at trade shows, state association event, educational events as well as for individual distribution.

The Flipbook version is on the website, we hope you will enjoy it ~ click here.

Upcoming Sales

  9/6/2014 NC Fall Harvest Sale Union Grove, NC map
  9/13/2014 Silver Towne Farms 28th Annual Production Sale Winchester, IN map
  9/14/2014 Rock Creek Ranch Fall Private Treaty Bull Sale Allen, KS map
  9/14/2014 Field of Dreams Production Sale Hope, IN map
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  9/25/2014 Circle Ranch Beef Solutions Bull Sale Ione, CA map
  9/27/2014 Ferme Gagnon & Guests 18th Annual Simmental Production Sale Cheneville, QB map
  9/27/2014 Martin Farms "Open House at the Farm" Sale Lyles, TN map
  9/27/2014 47th Annual Black Harvest Calf Sale Valparaiso, IN map
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  10/8/2014 40th Annual R.A. Brown Ranch Bull Sale Throckmorton, TX map
  10/11/2014 Belles of the Bluegrass Mt. Sterling, KY map
  10/11/2014 Mark Yazel Cattle Co.'s "The Fall Finale" Sale Vinita, OK map
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  10/12/2014 Factory Direct "Retirement Sale" West LaFayette, IN map
  10/17/2014 MN Beef Expo-Icons on Ice Minneapolis, MN map
  10/18/2014 MN Beef Expo-Simmental Sale Minneapolis, MN map
  10/18/2014 20th Annual New Direction Sale Seward, NE map
  10/18/2014 Little Creek Farm's The Magnolia Classic Starkville, MS map
  10/18/2014 Indiana Beef Evaluation Program Bull Test Sale Springville, IN map
  10/18/2014 Route 66 SimGenetics Road to Success Sale Strafford, MO map
  10/18/2014 Tennessee Fall Showcase Lebanon, TN map
  10/19/2014 The Black Label Event, Volume V Grandview, TX map
  10/24/2014 Buckles and Banners Sale West Point, IA map
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  10/25/2014 7P Ranch Annual Fall Bull & Female Sale Tyler, TX map
  10/25/2014 Flying H Genetics Fall Bull Sale Lowry City, MO map
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  10/25/2014 Midwest Made and Friends Simmental Sale Prairie City, IA map
  10/25/2014 Pennsylvania Fall Classic Sale Waynesburg, PA map
  10/26/2014 Heartland Simmental Performance with Class Sale Waverly, IA map
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  10/27/2014 Rust Mountain View "Queens of the Pasture" Sale Turtle Lake, ND map
  10/28/2014 Williams Cattle Company's Show Heifer and Donor Prospect Sale Follett, TX map
  10/31/2014 20th Annual Hokie Harvest Sale Blacksburg, VA map
  11/1/2014 Land of Lincoln Altamont, IL map
  11/1/2014 Yon Family Farms Bull and Female Sale Ridge Spring, SC map
  11/1/2014 Professional Beef Genetics Bull Sale Windsor, MO map
  11/1/2014 Pigeon Mountain Simmental's Fall Bull Test Sale Rome, GA map
  11/1/2014 Irvine Ranch 10th Annual Production Sale Manhattan, KS map