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Annual Meeting - January 16-21, 2015
|Double Tree Denver ~ ASA Headquarters Hotel
Call for Reservations: 303-321-3333 • $93 Flat Rate in the Simmental block
Shuttle Service to and from NWSS
3203 Quebec Denver Colorado
Cut-off Date ~ December 10
Join us in Denver for Tons of Fun ~
• ASA Board Meeting
• Annual Business Meeting
•Chairman’s Reception •Foundation Auction
• Meet & Greet at the NWSS ~ New this Year
• Plus, the National Western Stock Show
• Cattle Shows
• The One Sale, Volume XXII
• SimMagic on Ice
• Wild, Wild West Sale
• January 16-21, 2015
American Simmental Association episode on American Rancher
Watch it here
New episode scheduled to air November 3 on RFD TV and Rural TV.
Seeking samples on bulls with shear force accuracy
|"Want to help improve our prediction for tenderness and carcass traits? The American Simmental Association is collaborating with Dr. Jared Decker at the University of Missouri to learn more about the genetic control of tenderness in many different breeds. Dr. Decker and his team is working to create breed-specific and multi-breed genomic predictions for tenderness and other carcass traits. Dr. Decker plans to genotype approximately 168 Simmental bulls for this project in exchange for the pedigree and EPD data from the ASA. We need help to collect samples. Please review the list of qualifying bulls and send us some DNA if you have it. The lab would prefer to work with semen (just one straw is needed and you can send it protected in a regular envelope). Send samples c/o Jackie Atkins at The American Simmental Association, 1 Simmental Way, Bozeman, MT 59715. Thanks for your help!"
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.
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)
Welcome to the American Simmental Association!
Eight Steps to International Business:
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 www.simmental.org 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.