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Mapping the MAZE through genetics, feeding and marketing options was the focus of upper Great Plains beef cattle producers during a seminar held October 28 in Mandan, North Dakota. The event was sponsored by the American Simmental Association, the American Red Angus Association, the American Gelbvieh Association and their North Dakota affiliates.

In an unprecedented alliance, the executive officers of three national breed associations joined together to share their expertise to assist commercial ranchers in finding maximum value in their cattle. .The concept of International Genetic Solutions (IGS) was presented by Wade Shafer, ASA CEO. The responsibilities of breed associations in the success of cow-calf operations was outlined by Myron Edelman, AGA CEO. Identifying the value of feeder cattle and achieving increased profitability was the final topic presented Tom Brink, RAAA CEO.

Commercial and seedstock producers took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions during a panel discussion at the conclusion of the collaborative meeting.

Fall Focus 2016

Thank you to our Fall Focus 2016 sponsors for helping make this event possible!

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Educational Seminar

Fall Focus 2016: Teaming Technology with Tradition

Roughly 175 American Simmental Association members, academics, allied industry representatives, and breeders and staff from various IGS partners joined the ASA staff and trustees for a day-long educational event in Bozeman, MT recently.  The theme of the day was leveraging technology to enhance the tradition of breeding seedstock beef cattle.

Dale Miller, ASA Board of Trustees Chairman, kicked off the educational session, greeting the participants of the event.  Dr. Patrick Hatfield, Montana State University (MSU), spoke about beef cattle research at MSU; Drs. Wade Shafer, Lauren Hyde, Jackie Atkins, discussed the history of genetic evaluation at the ASA and shared the basic principles controlling the speed of genetic progress.  After a short break, Dr. Mahdi Saatchi, the lead genomicist for IGS— recently hired at ASA, discussed the multitude of ways genomic information could improve the beef industry by more precisely predicting an animal’s genetic merit and pedigree.

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Dr. Mahdi Saatchi, Lead Genomicist, International Genetic Solutions

Dr. Bruce Golden, part owner of Theta Solutions and a key person behind BOLT, explained how Theta Solutions takes the data, new hardware, and new computer programs to better use genomic information and IGS’s massive animal records to glean the most out of the genomic and phenotypic data.  Afterword, Dr. Dorian Garrick from Iowa State University added to the discussion about what we can learn from genomic information using human examples from 23 and me as well as the current status of the IGS genomics and genetic evaluation.  Dr. Jared Decker from the University of Missouri, writer of the Steak in Genomics, focused on using science and technology to make better breeding and selection decisions to ensure long term sustainability of beef cattle operations. The audience heard from Micah Wells, Sales Director for Neogen/Geneseek, and Nevil Speer with AgriClear, two corporate sponsors of the event.  Each gave a spotlight on the products available to breeders from their respective companies.

The day concluded with a prime rib feast in the courtyard of the Holiday Inn.  Attendees lingered long into the night around tables, sitting in the grass, and hanging out by the pool.

Thank you to all who attended this event.  Thank you for being engaged in the discussion of improving selection decisions using the best available technology.   Thank you for traveling to Bozeman to learn from others, to let your voice be heard, and to reconnect with the ASA family.  Fall Focus 2016 was a great success and we look forward to seeing everyone in North Dakota for Fall Focus 2017!

The Fall Focus homepage houses videos of all the presentations from this and past years, bios on all the speakers, presentations, and any updated information on upcoming Fall Focus events.

Grand Opening Open House

 







Reflecting on the Grand Opening, Wade Shafer, EVP said, “By all accounts, ASA’s Grand Opening and Fall Focus was a smashing success. We had great speakers, great discussion and great fellowship. A big thank you goes out to all involved. Thank you! Thank you!”

 Simmental breeders, ASA staff, and Bozeman dignitaries  mill around the main floor after a tour of the new headquarters.

To kick-off the Grand Opening ceremony, ASA hosted tours of the new headquarters all day. One mile down the road from the original   headquarters constructed in 1974, the new facility is a combination of modern-industrial and old-fashioned Western style. Tours included the three floors of the new building, highlighting on the new Board Room with the stained glass window from the old headquarters, the work spaces for ASA and ASA Publication staff, finishing on the top floor looking out at the view of the Bridger Mountains.

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ASA Grand Opening

Ribbon Cutting

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

The ceremonial ribbon cutting officially opened the ASA headquarters. Past Executive Secretary, Don Vaniman, and Executive Vice President, Dr. Earl Peterson, shared humorous memories of the beginning years of ASA, and current EVP Shafer welcomed the crowd with funny ASA moments. Bruce Holmquist, General Manager of the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA), gifted ASA with Bernie J Brown’s “Simmental Country” print, celebrating the longstanding relationship between the CSA and ASA. A pulled-pork barbeque with live music from local violinist Lilly Brogger and other festivities followed the ribbon cutting.

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Lilly Brogger, Violinist

The following days, ASA members, commercial cattlemen, and staff gathered for a combined-weekend educational symposium and ASA board meeting. The title of the Fall Focus 2016 was “Teaming Technology with Tradition” and featured a distinguished panel of speakers focusing on tying the tradition of breeding and raising seedstock cattle with the new available technologies. Trailing the educational portion of the schedule, Chairman Dale Miller convened an open Board meeting, and participants took advantage of the opportunity to listen and interact with board members and ASA staff on a wide range of subjects.

 

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Grand Opening Barbecue





Reflecting on the Grand Opening, Wade Shafer, EVP said, “By all accounts, ASA’s Grand Opening and Fall Focus was a smashing success. We had great speakers, great discussion and great fellowship. A big thank you goes out to all involved. Thank you! Thank you!”

 Simmental breeders, ASA staff, and Bozeman dignitaries  mill around the main floor after a tour of the new headquarters.

To kick-off the Grand Opening ceremony, ASA hosted tours of the new headquarters all day. One mile down the road from the original   headquarters constructed in 1974, the new facility is a combination of modern-industrial and old-fashioned Western style. Tours included the three floors of the new building, highlighting on the new Board Room with the stained glass window from the old headquarters, the work spaces for ASA and ASA Publication staff, finishing on the top floor looking out at the view of the Bridger Mountains.

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ASA Grand Opening

Ribbon Cutting

In the American Simmental Association’s ongoing efforts to encourage local and regional promotion of SimGenetics, promotional pull ups are being made available for purchase by any State Association that wishes to secure one. These popular items have been used by ASA representatives at sales and events they attend. State Associations have also been able to have them that shipped from ASA headquarters for display in booths and at other programs to have a SimGenetic presence. The cost of these pull ups is $250.00 but qualifies for a 70-30 Cost Share reimbursement leaving the “out of pocket” cost to each Association of only $75.00. This can make it much more convenient for displays whenever a SimGenetic presence is needed and also will eliminate added shipping costs. Each Association can choose from the examples that most effectively represents their area of the country. Once your order has been made with appropriate shipping instructions, your State Association will be billed $250.00. This will then qualify for the 70% reimbursement by the ASA.  

Place your orders directly to Nancy Chesterfield (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or if you have questions contact Bert Moore, ASA State Association Liaison (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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The Kentucky Simmental Association hosted a Field Day on August 13th at Long Ridge Farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Over 100 Simmental breeders and beef cattle enthusiasts gathered in the event barn at Rob and Michelle Canning's farm for an afternoon of educational speakers touching on a variety of beef topics. Jim Akers, COO of Bluegrass Stockyards, Warren Beeler, Director of Ag Policy for the Governor's Office, and Gordon Jones, Red Hill Farms and retired Western Kentucky University professor addressed the group. Lunch was provided by the Shelby County Cattlemen's Association, and sponsored by Merial, CPC Commodities, and MultiGen Reproductive Solutions. Cattle from Long Ridge Farm were on display for a walking tour before the event, and the show barn welcomed breeders to view show stock and cattle consigned to upcoming sales. 

     


 

Information meeting September 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM mountain time.

The American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) recently released its new junior program, the Steer Profitability Competition (SPC). The SPC is designed to provide members of the AJSA meaningful exposure to the opportunities and challenges associated with cattle feeding. The SPC will not only allow participants to measure and compare the profitability of their own animal(s), but of greater importance will introduce young beef enthusiasts to peers, mentors, industry advocates, and experiences that are exceedingly difficult to acquire for any beef producer. Participants in the SPC program will be powerful voices as they transition from junior membership to adult participation within the beef industry.

AJSA youth interested in entering the SPC must hold an active AJSA membership, and can enter one, two or three head of steers. The SPC is a terminal contest, marketed on a grade and yield grid. Steers must be entered in the American Simmental Association (ASA) database, with one parent registered in the ASA database. An informational meeting will be held on September 27 for any youth interested. All animals must have an ownership deadline of October 1, and be entered into the SPC no later than October 15, although earlier entry is encouraged. Steers will be picked up at regional locations and transported to Chappell Feedlot in Chappell, Nebraska, on November 1, 2016. Steers must have a birth date of January 15 to April 15, 2016, and weaned August 15 to October 15, 2016. All animals must be castrated, horn-free, weigh 500-750 pounds at pick up, and have a docility score of 1-3. Steers must also meet a health prerequisite prior to pick up. Slaughter will occur in early May at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Exhibitors must agree to attend mandatory monthly online meetings and submit monthly reports.  Profitability will be determined by subtracting accrued cost from final valuation. Awards will be presented for the top-three animals overall, as well as the top-three Pen of 3 overall at the 2017 National Classic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Exhibitors interested in entering the SPC, should contact ASA Youth Director Emily Lochner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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This video captures a highlight of the IGS Cattlemen's Seminar at the 2016 BIF.  Dr. Bruce Golden of Theta Solutions, LLC discusses how the new BOLT system empowers commercial beef producers with the next generation of Genomically Enhanced Genetic Evaluation.

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