Ben Spitzer attended Oklahoma State University (OSU) earning a degree in Animal Science with an animal production emphasis before finishing his graduate work in 2004 in Integrated Resource Management at ColoradoState University (CSU). After graduating from CSU, he accepted the position of Communications/Member Services Director with the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) in Denton, TX.
Bill Zimmerman, Foley, MN, has earned undergraduate degrees from Arizona State University and Utah State University as well as receiving two Master’s Degrees from both Utah State and St. Cloud State University. His work experience includes sales, education, extension economist, cattle genetics specialist and free-lance writing. Bill is published author in several research publications.
Billy Moss graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA, in 1966 and from the University of Georgia in 1968. After teaching high school agriculture for 5 years, became the Area Livestock Teacher for Agricultural Education in north Georgia and retired in 2007 after 26 years in the field. The position involved working cooperatively with Ag teachers and FFA members with their livestock programs and projects.
Chris Davis grew up on a small cow/calf operation in Central Kentucky; attended Western Kentucky University and graduated with a degree in Agriculture. Upon graduating, he moved to Hart County and now works on a fall calving cow/calf and row crop operation.
|Colton Buus grew up on a cattle and crop operation in Lennox, in southeast South Dakota, focusing on hay production and custom haying. The seedstock cow herd, B2/U Stock, is predominatly Simmental, but also includes Angus and Maine-Anjou genetics. Cattle are marketed through a private treaty show heifer sale in the fall, consignment of females and bulls to the local and state breed sales; as well as a private treaty bull sale in the spring.
Along with being a field representative for ASA, Colton also works for SDSU at the SE Research Farm as a livestock Research Assistant for feedlot cattle and confinement hogs. Colton is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in Animal Science.
Cary Crow is currently the Director of National Beef Sales for Trans Ova Genetics-one of the countries largest reproductive technologies companies, based out of Sioux Center, IA. He has been active in the Bovine reproductive field since obtaining his masters degree in Reproductive Physiology from Missouri State University in 1999. His years of experience in both the commercial and seedstock sectors of the beef industry have helped him consult with breeders from all over the country on their reproductive needs.
Crow grew up on a commercial cow/calf operation in the flint hills of Kansas and has worked for multiple purebred and commercial operations throughout the Midwest and Texas with roles extending from the showbarn to Management. Crow experienced a competitive collegiate Livestock Judging career and was a member of the 1996 National Champion Livestock Judging Team at Kansas State University. He also had the opportunity to coach several nationally competitive collegiate teams while an Animal Science instructor and Graduate Student. Crow has been judging state and national level cattle shows around the country for the past 15 years, including numerous state fairs and junior nationals along with shows in Kansas City, Louisville, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston. He maintains a small herd of registered Simmental cattle with his wife and three daughters outside of Franklin, TX. His children are active in 4-H, showing both steers and heifers.
Daniel Ulmanis ranches along side his family at the Bub Ranch in south-central Missouri, where they market registered Angus bulls to commercial producers. Daniel was the Carcass Merit Program intern for ASA in the spring of 2012. Daniel graduated from the University of Missouri in the fall of 2012 with a degree in Ag-Business Management. While at Mizzou Daniel was a member of the Livestock and Meats judging teams.
After graduation from Oregon State with a degree in Ag Economics, Dennis was an Air Force pilot for 6 years, including one tour in Viet Nam. He and his wife Paula now live and raise cattle near Cofax in central Louisiana. They have operated several cattle enterprises including an interesting stocker partnership with a friend who owned a large ranch in the Flint Hills in Kansas, their own stocker operation, and commercial cows. They now have about 150 cows which are all enrolled in ASA's THE program. For the last 13 years they have sold all of their Simmental calves to Laura's Lean Beef Co. One of their seven grandchildren is now starting to show Simmentals in 4-H.
Dr. Bert Moore
Dr. Moore has extensive contact with the beef and sheep industries having judged them at many livestock shows from coast to coast and in Canada. He has given presentations throughout the US and Canada and in Great Britain and New Zealand. He served two terms as president of the International Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team Coaches Association, was a board member for the National Pedigreed Livestock Council and has received awards for teaching and student advising from NDSU, distinguished service from several livestock and youth organizations, is a member of Who’s Who in American Education and an Alpha Gamma Rho “Brother of the Century.”
Dr. Michael Dikeman
|Dr. Michael E. Dikeman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University. His research bridged basic meat science and efficient livestock production systems. He attained national recognition for his work on the Germ Plasm Evaluation and Utilization Projects at the US MARC. He was co-investigator of a large Carcass Merit Traits Project that produced the first tenderness EPDs for three beef-cattle breed associations.|
Holliman's Circle H Cattle Company is a purebred seedstock operation with a goal of producing quality, homozygous black Simmental. Selection decisions are performance-based, using EPDs, ultrasound measurements and DNA profiles, and structural soundness. A beef industry leader, he has served as president of the Beef Improvement Federation and the Alabama Cattlemen's Association, and as president, vice president and secretary of the Alabama Simmental Association. He also served a previous three-year term on the ASA Board of Trustees, chairing the Policies and Procedures Committee and served as ASA treasurer. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Mississippi State University and spent his career with the Black Belt Research Center at Marion Junction, serving as Director since 1989 until retirement in 2013. Holliman and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of one son, Bret (Mary Ellen), who is employed by the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Austin, Texas.
John Grande is president of Grande Ranch Company, a commercial cow-calf operation based near Martinsdale, Montana. Grande Ranch has had an AI program in place since 1990 and also has an embryo transplant program utilizing Grande recipient cows to raise embryo calves for customers on a contract basis. Grande Ranch has finished their calves in custom lots and collected carcass and feeding data for 25 years.
John has served as a director of both the Montana Stockgrowers Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and has held numerous other volunteer positions in the beef industry. John is married to Hertha Lund, who operates Lund Law PLLC, a Bozeman based law firm.
|Internships while at K-State included time with the Superior Lamb Corp. located in Denver CO. Specifically his time was spent working in the marketing and procurement departments. While employed with Superior Lamb, Nathan helped develop facility improvements in conjunction with Grandin Handling Systems. Nathan returned home after graduation from K-State in 2013 to help manage the family farm. Nathan and his older brother jointly run approximately 100 head of commercial cows using Simmental genetics.Nathan Smith was born and raised on a mixed livestock farm in south central Kansas near Pratt. Nathan was active in 4-H and enjoyed working outdoors and on the family farm throughout high school. This love for agriculture drove Nathan to attend Kansas State University majoring in Animal Science with emphasis in production management. While at K-State, Nathan served on the College of Agriculture Student Council and was very active in the Block and Bridle program|
Russ Danielson has a lifetime of experience working with beef cattle and beef cattle producers. Born and raised in North Dakota, Russ was an Animal Science faculty member at North Dakota State University for 44 years, before retiring in 2010. At NDSU, Russ taught Introduction to Animal Science, Livestock Evaluation and various levels of Beef Production and Beef Systems. He was longtime faculty advisor for the Saddle and Sirloin Club, Judging Club and served as academic advisor for hundreds of undergraduates. Early in his career, he managed the University beef unit and was actively involved in establishing the University purebred Simmental herd in 1978.
Russ is well known in the US and Canada, having judged many local, state and national beef cattle shows in 26 states and four Canadian provinces. He has been recognized for his work with youth organizations, the North Dakota Stockman’s Association, the ND Livestock Endowment Foundation and The National Beef Improvement Federation.
Susan S. Russell, Sugar City, Colorado, has the distinction of succeeding her husband, Curtis, on the Board of Trustees, the first time in ASA history for that particular occurrence. The secretary-treasurer of the Colorado Simmental Association (CSA) since 1998, she has been instrumental in planning for the National Western Stock Show, the Colorado State Fair, state field days and breed outreach events. Computer-savvy, she also maintains the CSA website and facebook. Russell's Reflected R Ranch includes an 80-head registered cowherd. They market yearling bulls through a partnership SimGenetic auction. In addition to the ranch, the Russells operate a feed mill, AI service and retail store called WW Feed & Supply in nearby La Junta. A former journalist, she holds a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and master’s work done at the University of Nebraska. She is the mother of two sons, Jason and Chad, both whom were deeply involved in American Junior Simmental Association.
Perry Thomas has been involved in the Simmental cattle industry since 1978. I started ranching with my father and have continued to work with cattle. The family cattle tradition continues with the G&D Simmental ranch. We currently manage an operation with 100 cows in Northeast ND. I have been a member of the ND Simmental Association for over 30 years. I was on the board of Directors for the ND Simmental Association for 6 years.
Perry grew up in rural ND near Hansboro. During my high school years I invested in Simmental cattle and continue to enjoy the breed to this day. My wife and I started our own operation near Calvin, ND in 1982 where we farmed and ranched until 9 years ago. At that time we moved to Bismarck where we currently reside. We have 3 wonderful daughters who all have families of their own. I am blessed with 8 grandkids and am looking forward to meeting the 9 th at the end of May. My youngest daughter lives on our farm near Calvin. She and her husband continue the farming/ranching operation that I started. They have rebranded the operation as G&D Simmental.