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Reporting disposition scores at weaning or yearling is now available under HerdBook Services. When reporting calf data, select the weaning/yearling tab and look for the column labeled DOCILITY. If you click on the column header (DOCILITY) the BIF disposition scores will appear.

1 = Docile. Mild disposition. Gentle and easily handled. Stands and moves slowly during processing. Undisturbed, settled, somewhat dull. Does not pull on headgate when in chute. Exits chute calmly.

2 = Restless. Quieter than average, but may be stubborn during processing. May try to backout of chute or pull back on headgate. Some flicking of tail. Exits chute promptly.

3 = Nervous. Typical temperment is manageable, but nervous and impatient. A moderate amount of struggling, movement and tail flicking. Repeated pushing and pulling on headgate. Exits chute briskly.

4 = Flighty(Wild). Jumpy and out of control, quivers and struggles violently. May bellow and froth at the mouth. Continuous tail flicking. Defecates and urinates during processing. Frantically runs fence line and may jump when penned individually. Exhibits long flight distance and exits chute wildly.

5 = Aggressive. Maybe similar to score 4, but with added aggressive behavior, fearfulness, extreme agitation, and continuous movement which may include jumping and bellowing while in chute. Exits chute frantically and may exhibit attack behavior when handled alone.

6 = VeryAggressive. Extremely aggressive temperament. Thrashes about or attacks wildly when confined in small, tight places. Pronounced attack behavior.

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Nancy Chesterfield

Nancy Chesterfield

National Ad Sales Coordinator
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Wade Shafer, PhD.

Wade Shafer, PhD.

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Customer Service Specialists

Customer Service Specialists

For assistance with registrations, transfers, DNA, CHR, Total Herd Enrollment, and Herdbook Services. Phone: 406.587.4531

 
Erika Tinetti
Membership, Registration, Herdbook Services - Web Entry Support
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Emme Troendle 
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Lilly Platts
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  Katelyn Nelson
Katelyn Gould

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Riley Foster
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Data Entry Support

Data Input Services


Cindy Newell
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Administration

 Administration

Wade Shafer, PhD.
Wade Shafer, PhD.
Executive Vice President
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Steve McGuire
Chief Operations Officer
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Linda Kesler
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Chief Financial Officer
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Technical and Programming Services

Technical Team 


Sheldon Ross
Senior Programmer
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Kathy Shafer
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Genomicist & Geneticist

 

Genomicist/Geneticist


Mahdi Saatchi, PhD.
IGS Lead Genomicist
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Lauren Hyde, PhD.
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ASA Directors

 

ASA Directors 

 
Chip Kemp
Director, ASA and IGS Commercial and Industry Operations
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Luke Bowman 
Luke Bowman
Director, Member Events & International Operations
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Jackie Atikins, PhD, 
Jackie Atkins, Ph.D.
Director, Science and 
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Rachel Endecott, Ph.D.
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Lane Giess
Director, Commercial & Non-traditional Data Programs and Special Projects
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Jannine Story
Director, Performance Data Programs
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Darla Aegerter
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Bill Zimmerman
Coordinator, ASA
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Bert Moore, Ph.D.
State Association Liaison
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Accounts Receivable

Accounts Receivable 


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Registration Data Submission

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INFORMATION NEEDED FOR REGISTRATION
The following is a brief explanation of the information required to register a Simmental or Simbrah animal. This information should be submitted on application forms (Herdbook Services) provided by the Association. Click here for the document. Or you can register online at: http://www.herdbook.org

CALF IDENTIFICATION
The Calf's tattoo ~ brand and location. This is a permanent identification of up to six characters put on each calf by its owner. If you have purchased a prefix, you may use over six characters. Tattoos or brands must be unique to each animal; therefore, no two animals in a herd can share the same brand or tattoo. A letter designating the year the calf was born must be included in the tattoo or brand. The only letters not used by ASA are I, O, Q and V.  Click here for more information on ASA Year-Letter Identification System.

 

ASA Year-Letter Identification System


APPENDIX 2.2, INTERNATIONAL YEAR/LETTER DESIGNATIONS FOR
ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION
International letters are designated for each year of birth. This option is easy to use in conjunction with numbers.
For example, S001 and S002 might be used to indicate the first and second calf born in the year 2006.

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
S T U W X
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Y Z A B C
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
D E F G H


The calf's birth date and sex
Single or multiple birth code: Please designate the type of birth for this animal. If you have twins TO is twin of the opposite sex and TS is twin of the same sex. Frozen embryos use FE and fresh embryos use ET. There are special DNA typing requirements for the dam and sire of embryo transplant offspring. See ASA Rules and By Laws.

PARENTAGE
Dam's ASA registration number: This is a unique number assigned by the Association to a dam at the time she was registered. If the dam is not registered with ASA, then a permanent ASA identification # is assigned. Required information needed is Tattoo #, year of birth, and her percentage breeds such as 100 Angus or 1/2 Angus and 1/2 Hereford (name of animal is not a valid identification marker).
Sire's ASA registration number: This is a unique number assigned by the Association to the sire at the time he was registered. The sire must be registered in the ASA, Herdbook Services before a calf can be registered. Breeders using sires of another breed can register calves as Simmental provided the other breed sire is registered with: (a) the breed association for the sire; (b) with ASA; and the dam is a registered Simmental.

WEIGHTS
Weaning weights: The calf's actual weaning weight and date are no longer required for registration; the breeder is encouraged to report this information if they have it. Weaning is recommended between 160 and 250 days of age. For contemporary groups, weaning must be taken the same day.
Yearling weights: Breeders are encouraged to supply this information if they have it providing they have also reported the weaning weight and date. Yearling is recommended between 330 and 440 days of age. Here again for contemporary groups, yearling must be taken the same day for all calves.

AUTHORIZATION
Signature of the owner: The signature (of an authorized representative) of the person requesting registration verifies the accuracy of the information and gives the Association authority to enter this animal into the ASA, HerdBook Services.
Signature of the breeder: The breeder's name and signature (of an authorized representative), if different than the person registering the calf, are required. The breeder is the person who owned the dam at the time she was bred. If breeding or calf-at-side information was supplied at the time of transferring the dam, the breeder's signature is not required on the ASA, Herdbook Services application. If the calf is the result of an embryo and the breeder is not the applicant, then the calf has to be parentage verified by DNA analysis. Click here for information on testing process and parental validation.


Requesting registration certificate: A registration certificate will be issued if a check is placed in the registration (Reg) column, on the far right-hand side of the form. By placing a "T" instead of a check, you may request to register and transfer this animal.
The buyer's name, address and date of sale must be filled in on the application below the calf's information. If your transfer animal is a cow, breeding information is required.


Naming the calf: Now is the time to report a name for the calf; keep in mind, you are allowed to use only twenty-four characters including spaces. Names should be letters only; characters not eligible for use within an animal’s name are, ", ',?, ,,@, #, ^, *, (), +, =,;,:,!, %, $, <, >. Also, if you are using a prefix, it has to be available and approved by ASA; the fee for purchasing a fix is $10.00.Please contact our processing team for additional details at 1-406-587-4531.

PAYMENT
Self-billing worksheets: These worksheets are available to help determine the current fees. Since ASA operates on a cash basis, processing cannot be completed until payment is received; we do accept Visa, Discover, and Master Cards. The performance calculation fee will be charged on all calves submitted for the first time; however, if the calf is dead, no fee is incurred.

OTHER
Performance calculations: The registration application is also a form that is used to supply herd performance records. Breeders are encouraged to list data on all calves in the herd, not just the ones to be registered. By reporting information on all calves born (steers, heifers and bulls) breeders get a more complete picture of the performance of his herd, is more likely to qualify for the performance advocate award program and contributes to ASA's breed-wide evaluation system. The ASA performance registry system automatically calculates adjusted weights, within-herd ratios and Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) on all animals submitted.

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ASA Board of Trustees

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Front row left to right: Mike Foreman, Dr. Wade Shafer, Tom Hook, Erika Kenner, Gordon Hodges, Dr. Gary Updyke, Tim Curran, Cliff Orley, J.W. Brune.
Back row left to right:  Tim Smith, Greg Walthall, Clay Lassle, Tom Nelson, Steve Eichacker, Jim Ligon, Randy Moody, Fred Schuetze (not pictured: John Griswold).

Mission Statement
 
The success of the American Simmental Association is dependent on our members' cattle making a significant genetic contribution to the beef industry.  By utilizing the most advanced science, the highest priority is to maintain services and products which bring value to ASA members' customers.

Core Policies

Science Commitment to science and development of the most effective selection tools.  Advance ASA in the industry.
Membership Development, registration, and promotion of SimGenetics.
Youth Support Junior programs. Guide the junior membership and their programs to learn life skills, science and use the technology, and financial responsibilities.  Involve the Foundation.
Collaboration Commitment to partnerships with industry leaders and universities to advance research and science.  Advancing selection tools, DNA-enhanced EPDs, and monitoring genetic defects.
Promotion Promotion and marketing to enhance our members' market share.  Ensure that SimGenetics continues to appeal to the commercial industry.
Data Growth Offer the most advanced genetic evaluation services with the largest genetic evaluation services with the largest database regardless of breed.
Financial Stability ASA will maintain sufficient financial reserves to assure leadership in the beef industry, funds for continued research and development, and a thriving breed association.
Services Offer programs relating to all beef production segments.  Be leaders. Step outside traditional practices and offer opportunities for our members to grow in the industry.
Education For advancement and profit or our members and their customers.

 

Meeting Minutes

2018

Jan 11     |    April 20     |    June  26     |    August 27

2017

July 31    |  September 18-20    |  April 20    |      April 4    |   January 13

 2016

December 6   |   August 21-23  |   July 16, 2016    |    April 21, 2016  |  January 15, 2016 

2015

December 8   |   November 23   |   September 13  |  May      |      April   |  March 31   |   January 16  |  January 7    |   January 5

2014

September 9  |  August 27  |  May 29  |  April 24-26   |      January 14

  

Board Committees

Board Committees

Activities & Events -  Rachel Endecott, Staff

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J. W. Brune

Jim Ligon

Cliff Orely

John Griswold

Tim Smith

Tom Nelson

Clay Lassle


Breed Improvement -  Jackie Atkins, Staff"

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J. W. Brune

Tim Curran

Tim Smith

Clay Lassle

Tom Nelson

Cliff Orley

 Fred Schuetze

 


Growth & Development - Chip Kemp, Staff

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Tim Curran

Randy Moody

Fred Schuetze

Gary Updyke

Greg Walthall

Fred Schuetze

Tom Hook

Erika Kenner

Policies & Procedures - Steve McGuire, Staff

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Erika Kenner

Gary Updyke

Jim Ligon

John Griswold

Greg Walthall

Steve Eichacker

Mike Forman

 


Simbrah - Luke Bowman, Staff

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Fred Schuetze

John Griswold

Randy Moody

Tim Smith

Tim Curran

J.W. Brune

Greg Walthall

 


ASA Publication, Inc. Board - Linda Kesler,  Staff

Tim Curran, Chairman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Erika Kenner

Randy Moody

Gordon Hodges

Mike Forman


 

 

Foundation Board -  Linda Kesler, Carla Stephens, Wade Shafer, Staff

Note: All terms expire on 12-31.

John Walston, 2014 (2017) Lori Eberspacher, 2015 (2018) Bill McDonald, 2016  (2019) Gordon Jones, 2014 (2017) Mark Smith, 2015 (2018) Tonya Phillips, 2015 (2018) Emily Brinkman 2017 (2020) Aaron Owen Cheyenne Allen 2017 (2020) Greg Burden  Holli Hatmaker 2017 (2020) Mikell Davis 2017 (2020)

 

Executive Committee - Linda Kesler, Staff

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Tim Curran, Chairman-Elect 

Randy Moody, Treasurer

Erika Kenner

Mike Forman

Wade Shafer (EVP)

 


Nominating Committee - Linda Kesler, Staff

Tim Curran, Chairman - pvfghodges@yadtel.net

Mike Foreman
 
Cliff Orley
 
Fred Schutze
 
Erika Kenner

Assets/Finance - Linda Kesler,  Staff

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Gordon Hodges

Tim Curran

Steve Eichacker

Tim Smith

 

 

Rules & Bylaws, Annual Report, Financial Statements

Rules & Bylaws, Annual Report, Financial Statements

ASA Rules and Bylaws, April 2019

Annual Report

Financial Statements

Board Officers

Board Officers
Brain DeFreese

Chairman, Gordon Hodges

Vice Chair, Tim Curran

Treasurer, Randy Moody

Executive Vice President

Wade Shafer, EVP

 

 

Board of Trustees

Eastern Region

    Jim Ligon    

Gordon Hodges  (2020)

1025 Pineview Farms Drive

Hamptonville, NC 27020

336.469.0489

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Randy Moody (2020)

811 Frank Hereford RD

New Market, AL   35761

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Jim Ligon  (2021)

1362 Dyer Creek Road

Cookeville, TN 38501

931.510.3328

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Cliff Orley (2021)

1486 Mount Wilson RD

Lebanon, PA 17042

717.269.0128

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North Central Region

             

       

Erika Kenner   (2020)

440 6th Avenue SE

Leeds, ND 58346

406.581.1188

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Tom Hook  (2021)

11333 180th ST 

Tracy, MN 56175

507.829.5283

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Steve Eichacker (2020)

445th Ave

Salem, SD  57058

605.421.1152

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J.W. Brune (2022)

414 E 700 Road

Overbrook, KS, 66524

785-8656624

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South Central Region

             

       

Fred Schuetze  (2018)

P.O. Box 968

Granbury, Texas 76048

817.894.0563

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Dr. Gary Updyke (2020)

107030 S. 4250 Road

Checotah, OK 74426

918.843.3193

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John Griswold (2021)

5922 S Brush Creek Rd 

Stillwater, OK 74074

405.780.3300

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Tim Smith (2019)

PO Box 330

Giddings, TX 78942

512-587-7896

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Greg Walthall (2022)

1051 NE 500

Windsor, MO 65360

660.525.9921

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Western Region

             
           

Clay Lassle (2019)

42 Road 245

Glendive, MT  59330

406.939.1348

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Michael Forman  (2022)

2451 Number 81 Rd

Ellensburg, WA 98926

509-929-0312

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Tim Curran (2019)

1000 Cook Rd

Ione,  CA  95640

209-765-1815

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Tom Nelson  (2020)

5831 Highway 7

Wibaux, MT 59353

406.939.1252

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Wade Shafer, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President

 Bozeman, MT  59718

406-570-6795

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Our Vision

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The American Simmental Association believes the best way to serve its members, its members’ customers and the beef industry is through continual improvement and use of genetic and associated technologies.   As such, the Association will continue to be a worldwide leader in the development and integration of these technologies for the beef industry.  The Association will initiate and foster relationships with like-minded entities to enhance our ability to achieve this objective.  The Association will be widely recognized as having an unyielding commitment to scientific principles and as a hub for the industry's most progressive seed stock producers  –  an organization that is extremely cooperative with all facets of the industry and devoted to the success of its members and its members' customers.
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