|ASA Fall Focus 2017 Willie Altenburg|
The educational speakers included the following: Dr. Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University (NDSU), who gave an overview of the state's agricultural industry; Dr. Lauren Hanna, NDSU, who explained the basics of animal breeding and genetic selection; Dr. Rick Funston, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL), who spoke about increasing productive efficiency in cattle; Dr. Matt Spangler, UNL, who spoke to how genetic advancements can be used to create an ideal system for beef cattle breeding; and Dr. Mitch Abrahamsen, past Vice President of Research and Development at Cobb-Vantress, spoke about the poultry industry, highlighting the rapid genetic advancement the industry has seen, and how beef cattle breeders can apply those principles to keep up with a growing population. A panel of breeders spoke to using economic selection indexes to aid in genetic selection for profitability in beef cattle. ASA staff provided project updates, including progress on the feeder profit calculator, cow herd DNA roundup, the genetic evaluation using BOLT, state association programs, and more. Videos of the educational presentations can be viewed at www.fallfocus.org .
The 2018 Fall Focus will be held at the ASA National Headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, August 25th through 27th. The event will include a 50 year celebration, educational day, and interactive meetings.