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Four Trustee Positions Open


A total of four Trustee positions are open in three of the four regions as follows:

Eastern Area: No election for 2015-2016.
North Central: Dr. Calvin Drake, Manhattan, KS (term limited; not eligible for re-election).
South Central: Tim Smith, Giddings, TX (eligible for re-election).
Western: Bob Lanting, Twin Falls, ID (not eligible for re-election, but can serve an additional year as immediate past chairman).
Susan Russell, Sugar City, CO (term limited; not eligible for re-election).

ASA ruled and Bylaws provide that if a Trustee serves as Chairman of the Board dur- ing the final year of the second term, that Trustee will be able to serve an additional year as a voting member of the Board. Thus, Bob Lanting, as outgoing Chairman, qualifies to serve an additional year on the Board.



DoubleTree Is Denver Headquarters

Once again, the DoubleTree Hotel Denver, 3203 Quebec Street will serve as headquarters for the ASA Annual Meeting, Foundation Auction, and ASA Board Meetings. A special Stock Show rate of $104 is available to ASA members; to reserve your rooms, please call 303.321.3333 and ask for the "Simmental" block.

A complimentary shuttle service is provided to the NWSS; schedules will be available in December.

Facts About Beef Website Debunking Myths About Beef

Myth: Beef doesn’t have a place on my plate as part of a healthy diet. Fact: Beef still has a place on your plate, and you can feel confident that there are a variety of ways to include beef on your plate as part of a healthy diet.  Read more.

Myth: Big beef uses antibiotics without regard for animal welfare or human health. Facts: Antibiotics are just one tool beef farmers and ranchers use to keep cattle healthy by treating and preventing the spread of illness. Cattle can pick up illnesses, just like humans, whether they’re out on pasture or in a feedlot with other ... read more.

Myth: Vegetarian diets are healthier than diets that include meat

The Facts: Experts agree that the healthiest diets include a balance of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and moderate portions of nutrient-dense lean meat and skinless poultry. In fact, there are some risks associated with vegetarian diets that don’t ensure adequate intake of important nutrients. A recent Glamour article notes a plant-based diet, plus lean meats and fish, is the diet that will make you feel your best.According to a recent Gallup poll, only 5% of American adults consider themselves to be vegetarians. However,  vegetarian diets are a frequent topic of conversation in the news and in daily conversations. With all the chatter about vegetarianism, you may want to find out if vegetarian diets really are healthier than diets that include meat.

Learn more about how incorporating lean meat, like beef, into your diet can ensure good health.

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Feed Intake Project

The ASA Foundation's Feed Intake Project

  • -The collection of feed intake data is difficult and expensive—prohibitively so for most breeders.

  • -By working together, we can develop the means to leverage DNA in the genetic prediction of intake.

  • -ASA currently has intake records on roughly 3,500 head, collected largely on carcass merit program cattle fed at the University of Illinois.

  • -This project came to a close 5 years ago. Very little intake data have been submitted since the University of Illinois project.

  • -To develop effective DNA predictions, we must ramp up our collection of intake data.

  • -The ASA aims to collect feed intake data coupled with the carcass merit program starting in 2015 and we need your help.

  • -We ALL will benefit from the collection of this data—ASA members, member's customers and the industry.

  • -Donate to the American Simmental Simbrah Foundation earmarked for the Feed Intake Project and help make collecting feed intake data a reality for the ASA.


Call or email Fred Schuetze for more information. 817.894.0563

ASA New Headquarters Photo Diary



The construction of the American Simmental Association (ASA) state-of-the-art headquarters building located on a 4.3 acre lot one mile north of its current location is making significant headway.

Click here to view our photo diary. Pictures will be updated as the building progresses.

eBEEF is the beef genetics/genomics community of practice with eXtension.


Our mission is to foster a research and outreach community, engage beef cattle producers and ag professionals through trainings and publications, and support research and outreach projects.


2015 Fall Focus: Confidence Builds Success - Click to register

Educational Session and ASA Board Meeting

"Confidence Builds Success"

September 14-17,  2015

Gettysburg, PA

Hosted by:

The American Simmental Association

and the Pennsylvania Simmental Association

Although there is no registration fee for Fall Focus, registration is required to plan for meals, breaks, and room set up.


Eight New Registrations for September Fall Focus 2015 ~ Confidence Builds Success:  Jeanne White, Groton, NY; Ben Spitzer, Justin, TX; Nathan Smith, Macksville, KS; Dennis Courtright, Colfax, LA; Colton Buus, Canova, SD; John Grande, Martinsdale, MT; Danny Ulmanis, Koshkonong, MO; Chris Davis, Munfordville, KY; joining Don Trimmer, Baraboo, WI; Earl, Brenda and McCall Griffith, Boonsboro, MD; Laurie Meyers and Annie Duncan, Halifax, PA; Nancy Shirley and Bill McDonald, Blacksburg, VA; Michael Dikeman, Manhattan , KS; Bill and Jane Travis, Dallas, TX; Gordon and Susan Jones, Bowling Green, KY; Cody Christensen, Stillman Valley, IL; Gary and Stephanie Bertrand, Auburn, MA; John and Cynthia Bertrand, Auburn, MA; Nancy Tom, Campbellton, TX; Luke Bowman, Greens Fork, IN; Dan Lerhman, Spencer, SD; Luke Lingemann, Spencer, SD; William Shoemaker, Manns Choice, PA; Paulette Richardson, Manns Choice, PA; Eric and Carol Arnold, Jefferson, MD; Jimmy and Kathleen Holliman, Marion Junction, AL,  plus, ASA Trustees and Staff. Registration is Available - Online at
Two More Breeders Join in Support of Fall Focus 2015:
Again this week, two more ASA members have stepped up to sponsor Fall Focus 2015 ~ Confidence Builds Success, to ensure that educational programs continue to be available to ASA members.
Thank you Brant Farms, Hinckley, MN; and Lehrman Family Simmentals, Spencer, SD;
who are joining Trinity Farms, WA, and Lanting Enterprises, ID, who have joined Pine Ridge Ranch, TX; Gibbs Farms, AL; Gateway Simmentals, MT; Tom Brothers Ranch, TX; and McDonald Farms, VA, by donating to the Foundation and tagging the funds for education, and more specifically for Fall Focus.
If you would like to join this group of supporters, please contact Bill McDonald at 540-230-6225; or send your Foundation gift to the ASA office and tag it for Education/Fall Focus. We will update you each week in eNews with new commitments.   For more information on becoming a sponsor  click here.

Fall Focus 2015, in Gettysburg, PA, will be co-hosted by the Pennsylvania Simmental Association (PSA) and the ASA, September 14-16.

Click here to register for Fall Focus





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Sire Source
Seeking Semen Samples

The ASA is looking for DNA samples on  Black Bear (ASA # 1667313), LBS THE FOREMAN 702T (ASA #2417975), and Remington Secret Weapon 185 (ASA #2551350)
We would use these samples to get SNPs on file for parent verification. If you have a sample and would like to donate some DNA to the ASA, please contact the ASA at By donating, you can also get a tax deduction for a charitable donation to a non profit organization.
Shear Force Accuracy Bulls
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!

Upcoming Sales

  9/5/2015 NC Fall Harvest Sale Union Grove, NC map
  9/12/2015 Silver Towne Farms 29th Annual Production Sale Winchester, IN map
  9/13/2015 Field of Dreams Production Sale Hope, IN map
  9/16/2015 Bullseye Breeders Bull Sale Modesto, CA map
  9/19/2015 KenCo Family Matters Auburn, KY map
  9/26/2015 Head of the Class Sale Louisburg, KS map
  9/28/2015 The Genetic Harvest Sale Janesville, WI map
  10/2/2015 Bar 5 Extravaganza Fall Production Sale Markdale, ON map
  10/3/2015 Buckeye's Finest Sale Belle Center, OH map
  10/4/2015 The Harvest at Krieger Farms Universal, IN map
  10/10/2015 Belles of the Bluegrass Mt. Sterling, KY map
  10/12/2015 Burlap and Barbed Wire Female Sale Clay Center, KS map
  10/16/2015 MN Beef Expo-White Satin On Ice Minneapolis, MN map
  10/17/2015 76th IBEP Performance Tested Bull Sale Springville, IN map
  10/17/2015 21st Annual New Direction Sale Seward, NE map
  10/17/2015 Route 66 SimGenetics Road to Success Sale Strafford, MO map
  10/23/2015 Buckles and Banners Sale West Point, IA map
  10/24/2015 Midwest Made and Friends Simmental Sale Ames, IA map
  10/25/2015 Heartland Simmental Performance with Class Sale Waverly, IA map
  10/31/2015 7P Ranch 40th Annual Production Sale Tyler, TX map
  10/31/2015 The Magnolia Classic 2015 Starkville, MS map
  10/31/2015 Lady Diva Production Sale Centerville, IA map
  11/1/2015 Hawkeye Simmental Sale Bloomfield, IA map
  11/6/2015 Ludvigson Stock Farms Herdbuilder Bull Sale-Fall Edition Shepherd, MT map
  11/7/2015 Land of Lincoln Altamont, IL map
  11/7/2015 Irvine Ranch 11th Annual Production Sale Manhattan, KS map
  11/14/2015 Gibbs Farms' 10th Annual Bull & Replacement Female Sale Ranburne, AL map
  11/14/2015 Trauernicht Simmental Nebraska Platinum Standard Sale Beatrice, NE map
  11/14/2015 JRW Farms' 3rd Annual "Fall Harvest" Private Treaty Bull Sale Seminary, MS map
  11/15/2015 Hudson Pines Farm Living Legacy XI Sale Campbellsburg, KY map
  11/16/2015 North American Select Simmental Sale Louisville, KY map
  11/20/2015 "Southern Excellence" Bull Sale Wadley, AL map
  11/21/2015 Timberland Cattle's Best-of-the-Black Angus & SimAngus Bull Sale Vernon, AL map
  11/21/2015 Shenandoah's Shining Stars Quicksburg, VA map
  11/22/2015 Red Dirt Divas Joint Female Production Sale Marshall, OK map
  11/28/2015 Genetic Perfection Sale Fremont, NE map
  11/28/2015 Foxy Ladies Bred Heifer Sale West Point, NE map
  11/28/2015 Grass-Lunning Simmentals' Female Sale LeRoy, MN map
  11/29/2015 Ruby Cattle Co. "Livin' The Dream" Production Sale Murray, IA map
  11/29/2015 Cowtime Sale Wahoo, NE map
  11/29/2015 The Chosen Few at Janssen Farms Gilmore City, IA map