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Cow Herd DNA Roundup

 CHR is a research project with GeneSeek

60% OFF Genomic Testing (50K) On Females For A Limited Time Only.  A Win For Breeders and A Win For the Breed!

In this time of rapid technological advancement, animal breeding is entering a new era. As demonstrated in the pig and dairy industries, gathering and incorporating vast amounts of genomic data into the genetic evaluation accelerates progress. Holsteins, for example, have genotyped 1.6 million cattle and subsequently doubled their genetic improvement rate.

Female genotypes are rare and valuable, especially to predict maternal traits such as stayability and maternal calving ease. Furthermore, genotyping entire herds improves genomic evaluations by reducing bias created when only the best cattle are genotyped. Therefore, gathering massive amounts of genotypes on entire cow herds will significantly improve the genomic predictions and rate of genetic progress.

Considering these facts, the ASA Board of Trustees passed an innovative resolution to invest in the future of genomic technology for ASA members. In August, the Board of Trustees voted to offer a $20 genomic profile (50K including parentage) to members who test their entire cow herd (a $30 savings). Wait, there’s more! Breeders who submit cow weights with either body conditions scores or hip heights receive an additional $5 off per test — an amazing price of $15/sample for something breeders currently pay $50 per test for. This offer is for a limited time only — samples must be submitted to ASA by December 15, 2018. Don’t wait until next December 2018 to join this movement, there is a capped budget for this project so breeders need to submit samples early to ensure these discounts.

Benefits to participating members:

1. Genomic testing is most valuable in cattle with low accuracy EPDs. Typically, all cows have low accuracy EPDs because they don’t have enough calves in a lifetime to gain enough records to reach moderate or high accuracy EPDs. Therefore, adding genomic results to EPDs of the cow herd will markedly improve the accuracy of their EPDs allowing breeders to make better decisions.

2. At $20, if someone has 100 cows, they can test the entire herd for $2,000. Furthermore, if they submit cow weights, they would only pay $1,500. Based upon ASA’s current fee structure, the same allotment of funds would only be enough to GE-EPD 30-40 head and the whole herd would not benefit from the testing.

3. Parentage included — current error in parentage is estimated at 7%. Large scale testing will reveal and help correct errors in the pedigrees resulting in better EPD predictions.

4. Parentage markers will be in the database making future parentage testing easier.

5. In the future, maintaining a fully tested herd will only require testing yearling heifers.

6. Additional trait testing optional in conjunction with the CHR.

Benefits to the ASA and all members:

1. Harnesses the membership’s collective strength to bargain a better price with DNA companies.

2. Feeds large amounts of genotypes into BOLT and single step genetic evaluation, which improves the predictive power of our genetic evaluation.

3. Continues development of new and better DNA markers for even more accurate future tests.


Rules and restrictions:

• $20/test for ASA members who submit DNA on their entire cow herd (with a 10% window).

• $15/test if members also electronically submit mature cow weights and either body condition scores or hip heights on the herd. There is a finite budget for the reduced price so act fast.

• The above prices are a one-time opportunity. Samples must be received at the ASA by December 15, 2018 to qualify.

• Cows must be recorded in the ASA database.

• As this is part of research and development, the timeline for results is uncertain. Breeders enrolled in this program acknowledge there is not a definite timeline for reporting results.

• Breeders will be billed after results are completed.

• Donor cows and bulls do not qualify for this project.

• Breeders may submit DNA on heifers but they must recognize the uncertain timeline for results. If you are working your cattle this fall, consider joining the Cow Herd DNA Roundup. Jump on board and be a part of this maternal revolution. Contact Leoma Wells or Jackie Atkins for more information:

406-587-4531 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


$20 Genomic test including parentage     |     |

You've come to expect ASA to leverage all its resources to provide the industry with the best prices and most robust science.  The Cowherd DNA Roundup is a perfect example of a breed association that works for you.  
Breeders who submit a DNA sample on their entire cowherd can get genomically enhanced EPDs and parentage for $20/test.  Like how that sounds?  There's more!  Breeders who submit cow weights with either body conditions scores or hip heights get an additional $5 off per test - an amazing price of $15/sample.

This project marks a major investment from the ASA towards research and development.  The $15 test is only available for the first 15,000 samples with phenotypes submitted.  There is no estimate of when the results will be available on samples submitted.  Donor cows and bulls do not qualify.  

Leoma Wells, ASA's DNA and Total Herd Enrollment (THE) Specialist, will transition from DNA Services to ASA's point person for the Cowherd DNA Roundup project. When asked about the transition, Wells says, "I am excited and grateful to be a part of this revolutionary project. It combines two of my favorite areas, DNA and data collection on females. The wheels are turning and I absolutely can't wait to get started and smash the goals we have set."  In September, ASA will welcome Carolyn Wild to the DNA department to help with the daily DNA services.  

Contact Leoma Wells or Jackie Atkins for more information 406-587-4531.

North Dakota is a strong agricultural and beef cattle state, and many Simmental breeders call it home.  The Bismarck and Mandan area provides a variety of activities for the entire family including the Heritage Center, Missouri River, Fort Lincoln, and many more attractions.
The North Dakota state capitol is a beautiful site to see. It is located next to the Heritage Center, which includes a variety of artifacts and pieces of North Dakota's history, dating back 600 million years. The Missouri River, the landmark that separates Bismarck and Mandan, offers numerous recreational activities. Fort Lincoln, just south of Mandan, is a fascinating historical site offering military and Native American history. Tour the On-A-Slant Indian Village with reconstructed earth lodges or walk through Custer's house to step back in time. The North Dakota Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park are a 90 minute drive  west of Bismarck and Mandan. Additionally, ND offers elite fishing, golfing, rugged biking, fine shopping, dining, and so much more!

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) will be hosting the 2017 Simmental Federation of Americas meeting. It will be held in conjunction with the National Simmental Show during the Canadian Western Agribition, November 20-25th, in Regina, Saskatchewan. US Simmental breeders and affiliated industries are invited to attend. A block of rooms is available until October 20, 2017, at the Double Tree by Hilton Regina. Registration is at a discounted rate before September 15. Go to to register and find the schedule of events.

The Texas Junior Simmental Simbrah Association (TJSSA) held their 45th State Futurity June 8-11, 2017 at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan, Texas. Futurity activities included contests to prepare participants for the National Classic, cattle show, director elections, Queen/Sweetheart contest, and the awarding of $19,000 in scholarships. It was a record breaking year with 143 youth competing in the events, and 193 head of cattle shown.  
The TJSSA Board of Directors conducted officer elections, electing Payton Meuth, Floresville, President; Amelia Stavinoha, Eagle Lake, Vice President; Claire Godwin, Round Rock, Secretary; Wyatt Jackson, Blum, Treasurer; Andrew Cano, Edcouch, Reporter; Megan Rogers, Lockhart, Historian; and Colton Franks, Emory, Parliamentarian. Amelia Stavinoha was selected TJSSA Queen and Mia Barba, Rosharon, was selected TJSSA Sweetheart.

by Tori R. Perkins, Texas Tech University       |       

When you hear the term American-breed cattle, you often think about their distinctive ear and underline. Well in the early 1990s, when a producer heard “Brahman influence,” it often meant a 10 to 12 percent discount per pound at payday. At the time, the Certified Angus Beef Program was gaining national popularity, and cattlemen were being discouraged from using Brahman genetics in their production. The discount at payday and misrepresentation of Brahman and Brahman-influenced cattle sparked the idea Jim Reeves’s mind that the American breeds needed to come together and advocate for the cattle they produce.

“Despite several nay-sayers, my fellow [breed] executives agreed to join together in the effort to better compete with the onslaught of British and Continental Breeds,” said Reeves, co-founder and honorary lifetime member of the American Breeds Coalition (ABC). “The rest was history.”

The ABC is an organization that is comprised of breed associations that look to promote American-breed cattle and further the interests of their producers. Reeves began the coalition in the early 1990s with the help of Dr. Charles Graham, Nolan Ryan, and Wendell Schronk. Over the years, ABC has continued to grow and effectively promote American breeds cattle.

The ABC began with four original association members and has grown to seven members. These members include the American Brahman Breeders Association, Beefmaster Breeders United, the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA), United Braford Breeders, Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, the American Red Brangus Association, and the American Simmental Association.

"Simbrah and now SimAngus Ht (SimAngus with at least 1/8 Bos Indicus) feel right at home with the other Brahman influenced breeds in this cooperative effort to promote our cattle,” said Beth Mercer, member of ABC. “All of the breeds that make up ABC have their individual strengths but the common Brahman component with its heat tolerance and adaptability is the one that makes our cattle desirable and necessary in so many parts of the country and the world.”

The coalition also offers three different types of memberships. The first is an association membership, which costs $250.00 per year. The second is an affiliate membership, which is for those who are in the feeding, processing, marketing or promoting of Brahman-influenced cattle. The dues for an affiliate membership are $250.00 per year. The third type of membership is an individual or producer membership. Individual memberships are for individuals, partnerships and corporations that are actively involved in the production of Brahman-influenced cattle. The dues for individuals are $50.00 per year. Membership dues are invested in the education, promotion and marketing practices in which ABC is involved.

ABC’s activities include educational programs and events, research projects and presentations, promotional materials, marketing, and more. The coalition is a past sponsor of the Beef Improvement Federation Convention, where they provided a steak dinner featuring Nolan Ryan Tender Aged steaks. ABC, also, sponsors the Famous Texas Aggie Prime Rib Dinner during the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, where it is represented by active participants in the conference’s trade show every year. 

“We have a lot of good feedback, and we have some good booth locations down at the Beef Cattle [Short Course] conference,” said Charles Graham, DVM, founder and owner of Southwest Stallion Station and president of the ABC. “We get exposed to a lot people there, because that is the largest beef cattle conference in the United States.”

In the future, the ABC will continue to conduct research projects, put on educational events, and promote American cattle on various new platforms. They will continue to educate cattlemen about American-breed genetics and how utilizing a Brahman-influence can benefit production. Educating these cattlemen will take place during the many field days the American breed associations put on throughout the southern region of the United States.

“We have to stay up and be involved with the new technology and keep telling our story to the commercial cattlemen that our breeds can help them be more profitable and efficient,” said Publisher and Editor of Gulf Coast Cattleman and ABC Member E.C. Larkin. “We need to get more research and make it available to the beef industry to back up what we know to be true.”

The ABC is dedicated to promoting the extraordinary performance and genetics of American-breed cattle. By working together, Brahman-influenced breeds can prove that their cattle can compete with any other breed and prosper in any climate. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about the coalition, visit, or contact individual breed association leadership to become a member.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: While growing up, Tori Perkins was an active member in both 4-H and FFA. In her 10-plus years in various youth programs, she exhibited market steers, beef breeding heifers, market lambs, market swine and poultry (Bantams). Her early show years occurred through the 4-H program while living in Springfield, Missouri. She continued showing as an FFA member in La Vernia, Texas, as well as participated on the junior chapter conducting team and the meats evaluation team. A recent graduate of South Plains College in Levelland,Texas, Tori is currently a senior agricultural communications major at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.


Visitors at ASA Headquarters

Wade Shafer, ASA EVP with Safety Agents from The National Farm Bureau. The ASA Headquarters was one of their stops along their annual convention.



Two Australian commercial producers, Doug Houston, Wombat Hills Simmentals, and Scott Worthington, Wombat, New South Wales, visited ASA Headquarters on their tour through the US. Left to right: Doug Houston, Leoma Wells, ASA Staff, and Scott Worthington.


Steve & Penny Radakovich, Radakovich Cattle Company, Earlham, IA, visited the office recently while on vacation. Left to Right: Penny Radakovich, ASA’s Director Jackie Atkins, Steve Radakovich.


Wesley and Kelsey Nicholson, and their son Oliver, made a stop by the ASA office while on vacation in Montana. The family is part of C Diamond Inc. in Dawson, ND, and received a tour of the headquarters from ASA's Erika Tinetti.


New Simmental breeders Tom and Tonya McLeod, Columbus, IN, dropped by the headquarters while they were in town visiting family and friends.


Terry with ASA's Lilly Brogger

Terry Hedeman, Lockwood, Missouri, stopped by the ASA headquarters on his way through town on vacation. His family raises commercial cattle, regularly using SimAngusTM bulls.


Bradley Gibbs of Gibbs Farms, Ranburne, Alabama, stopped by to see the new ASA headquarters for the first time. Gordon Hodges, ASA Trustee, accompanied him. The two were passing through after a week attending bull sales from Minnesota to Montana.

(Pictured left to right:  Bradley Gibbs, Leoma Wells, ASA staff, and Gordon Hodges)

Left to right: Wade Shafer, CEO, Shane, Coy, Beth Temple, Kellen Wilson, and Jimmy 
Shane, Beth, and Coy Temple from T-Heart Ranch along with ranch hand, Jimmy Stewart, and family friend, Kellen Wilson, of Hulett, Wyoming, dropped by to visit the new ASA headquarters.
T-Heart Ranch, located just outside Center, CO, is known for producing genetics that resist the deadly brisket disease, often associated with grazing cattle up to timberline at 11,000 feet of higher. Recently, in conjunction with NWSS, the Colorado Simmental Association recognized the T-Heart Ranch as the 2016 Breeder of the Year.

Nancy Chesterfield, ASA Pubs ad sales manager, visits with Nancy and Don Burnham from Prickly Pear Ranch, Helena, MT. The Burnhams stopped in to visit the ASA headquarters on their way home from TX.


Montana State University Animal Science students visit the ASA headquarters and listen to a presentation by Wade Shafer.


The Northeast Community College Livestock Judging Team was in Bozeman visiting Montana State University and stopped by the ASA headquarters for a tour and lecture lead by Wade Shafer, EVP.


Morgan and Kyle Wadsworth, Dows, IA, toured the office courtesy of Leoma Wells. The Wadswoths dropped by on their way to see Yellowstone National Park.


Wade Shafer, ASA EVP; Bob Patacini

Bob Patacini, Patacini Cattle Company, Moses Lake, WA, stopped by the ASA headquarters for a quick visit on his way to Montana State University. In addition to raising seedstock cattle, Patacini is also an ultrasound technician.


Wade Shafer, Nancy Chesterfield and JR Aufforth

JR Aufforth, Aufforth Northern Plain Simmental, Bowbells, ND, toured the ASA headquarters.


Wade Shafer, Nancy and Tom Hill, Leoma Wells

Nancy and Tom Hill, Stanford, MT swung by the office while they were in town celebrating a family member's graduation from MSU.


Pictured left to right:  Wade Shafer, Jannine Story, Norma and Joe Hoagland 

Joe and Norma Hoagland from Leavenworth, KS stopped in the ASA headquarters this week.  As the birthplace of Black Herefords, J&N Ranch is located along the Missouri River northwest of Kansas City and is home to the Hoagland family’s cattle seed stock business.


Wade Shafer, ASA EVP with Safety Agents from The National Farm Bureau. The ASA Headquarters was one of their stops along their annual convention.


Baraboo, Wis. (June 13, 2017) – The boards of directors for Select Sires Inc., and Accelerated Genetics have reached a unanimous decision to unify the two cooperatives. Under the planned agreement, Select Sires will acquire the assets of Accelerated Genetics, joining forces of employees and independent sales representatives in each of their geographical member organizations. This decision coincides with an already collaborative business relationship that began in 2001, where each shares ownership of World Wide Sires, Ltd. World Wide Sires serves as the international marketing arm for both companies in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania.

Accelerated Genetics and Select Sires Inc., are built upon the same cooperative business principles and share similar operating structures. Each organization stems from a root of innovative breeders, who had a common vision to move the dairy and beef industries forward. Both cultures value the input of their member-owners and recognize the importance of their guidance in driving the need to produce superior genetics and outstanding reproductive programs.

On June 22, 2017, Accelerated Genetics delegates will come together to cast the final vote on the direction of the cooperative. The goal is to create a unified cooperative that is second-to-none in the market place dedicated to the producer.

This impending endeavor will create a well-rounded genetics program and solution-based animal health care product line that will fit the needs of dairy and beef producers worldwide. Producers can expect to continue working with highly qualified, passionate individuals, who know and understand the cattle breeding industry.

For more information contact Angie Lindloff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Accelerated Genetics, a producer-owned cooperative, provides solutions focused on genetics and value-added products, programs, and services to dairy and beef customers worldwide, fostering strong relationships and shared success. With a focus on People, Products and Pride, the Accelerated Genetics vision is to be the producer’s trusted first choice.

By John Maday, Editor, Bovine Veterinarian June 09, 2017      |          
Ranchers place a high priority on heifer pregnancy rates, while also understanding that, at some level, high development costs can cancel out the economic advantage of a small increase in pregnancy. They also recognize that heifers bred to calve early in the calving season set themselves up for future productivity and longevity in the herd.
While the "best" heifer-development system depends on market trends and an individual ranch's resources, several studies have shown that low-input, range-based systems compare favorably with more intensive drylot development. Results of a recent University of Nebraska trial, reported in the 2017 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report, helps reinforce that concept.

In the four-year trial, researchers managed 400 heifers in four development groups. Beginning at an average of 518 pounds, the groups were grazed on native range, grazed on corn residue or placed in a feedlot on either high-energy or lower-energy ration. The native-range and corn-residue groups were supplemented with 1 pound per day of dried distillers' grains with 29% crude protein.


Following the 170-day development period, all heifers were managed together in a drylot during estrus synchronization and AI. To compare the systems, the researchers monitored weight gains at several stages, pregnancy rates and calving dates.


Not surprisingly, the heifers in the high-energy drylot system gained weight the fastest and were heavier at breeding compared with those in the other development systems. After breeding, the other groups gained faster and the weight differences narrowed, although the drylot heifers remained somewhat heavier at final pregnancy diagnosis.


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