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Now Using Fall 2015 EPDs

Now Using Fall 2015 EPDs
New EPD:  Post weaning Average Daily Gain (ADG)

EPDs from the recently completed genetic evaluation are now in place. New EPDs are displayed on the web site and will print on registration certificates and other reports. (Effective 7/21/2015).

Breeders will notice a new EPD in this evaluation, the post weaning Average Daily Gain (ADG) EPD. The ADG EPD is expressed in lbs. per day. ADG represents the rate of growth after weaning.

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Dr. Gary Updyke to fill the South Central Region ASA Board of Trustees Vacancy

Dr. Gary Updyke to fill the South Central Region ASA Board of Trustees Vacancy.


Dr. Gary Updyke

Gary and his wife, Cindy, reside in Checota, Oklahoma, where they run Updyke Simmentals and custom hay bailing, a family owned and operated registered Simmental cow/calf operation.   They strive to improve the EPDs of their 100 mature cow herd by breeding for performance.


Following his service in the United States Marine Corps (1958-1962), Updyke attended Oklahoma State University where he received his B.S. degree in Animal Science (1967).  He continued his education at Oklahoma State University earning his M.S. (1971) and Ed.D (1974) degrees in Agricultural Education.


Updyke's most recent professional experience  includes Vice-President of Institutional Services (1997-2001),  Vice-President of Academic Services (1990-1997), Dean of Academic and Student Affairs (1987-1990) and Dean of Agriculture and Technical Education (1979-1987) at Conners State College, Warner, OK.


In addition to serving as a past president of the Oklahoma Simmental State Association (OSSA) board of directors, he is an active member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, and currently serving his twelfth year as president of the McIntosh Cattlemen's Association.


Dr. Updyke will replace Blake Nelson of Warner, OK who is stepping down after serving five years on the ASA Board of Trustees.  Blake has been hired to replace John Boddicker as the Executive Vice President (EVP) of the American Maine-Anjou Association (AMAA) and will start August 1.


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.

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.

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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!

Educational Symposium Recordings and PowerPoint Presentations


We thank our sponsors:


First Educational Symposium is a huge success.

Nearly 150 SimGenetic enthusiasts from 25 states and 2 Canadian provinces met in Bozeman this past week for the first annual Educational Symposium held in conjunction with the fall ASA Board Meeting.

The Monday schedule was packed with up-to-the-minute information from beef industry experts from around the country. Drs. Bob Weaber, Kansas State; Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Bruce Golden, Cal Poly; Dorian Garrick, Iowa State; and John Hall, University of Idaho, along with Marty Ropp, Allied Genetics and ASA’s own Dr. Shafer gave presentations that sparked good discussion with the attendees.

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Introduction and Welcome: Chairman Jim Butcher and EVP Dr. Wade Shafer


Crossbreeding Talks in 2014: Why They're Still Needed ~ Dr. Bob Weaber (Kansas State University) and Dr.Matt Spangler (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)


Selection Decisions Using Economically Relevant Traits: The Pathway to Indexes ~ Dr. Bruce Golden (Cal Poly)


Understanding Conventional and Genomic EPDs ~ Dr. Dorian Garrick (Iowa State University)


The Future of Genetic Prediction: A Quantum Leap ~ Drs. Bruce Golden and Dorian Garrick


Learning From Pigs ~ Marty Ropp (Allied Genetic Resources)


Dr. John Hall (University of Idao) - UI and ASA Cooperative Projects and Q and A ~ Panel Discussion Part I


Q and A ~ Panel Discussion Part II~ Guest Speakers


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