Discontinued MBV Reports

Those of you who have submitted DNA samples for EPD incorporation have been receiving reports with your animals' EPDs before and after incorporation (MBV reports) for the last several years.  We have now discontinued MBV reports. 
The major reason for ceasing the reports is that, as we make our transition to high frequency (e.g., weekly) runs with our new genetic evaluation software (BOLT), these reports will no longer be relevant.  Because we will be adding all the new phenotypes and genotypes that have been submitted since the prior week, the changes between runs will be due to a myriad of reasons (e.g., new phenotypes on an animal or related animals, new DNA on an animal or related animals, etc.), rather than change being limited to DNA results on the animal.  Because of this, it won't be unusual for animals that have not had information submitted directly on them to change.   
For those of you who are interested in comparing the before and after EPDs for animals you submit DNA on, we suggest that you save your animals' EPDs prior to DNA submission.  This can be done by logging onto your Herdbook account and 1) clicking the "Herd Mgmt" tab, 2) selecting the group you would like EPDs on, 3) clicking on the "EPD Report" tab and 4) hitting the "Generate Report" tab.  This procedure will generate a spreadsheet of EPDs that you can download and save for comparing old with new EPDs.  Another option for obtaining animals' EPDs prior to blending is to email ASA's DNA department with the request.      

American Royal



Simmental Junior Heifers

Aaron Owen, Bois D’Arc, MO

Showmanship Judge:

American Royal Website

Junior's Schedule

Tuesday, September 12th
Entry and Ownership Deadline

Wednesday, October 25th
7:00 a.m. Earliest Move-In

Thursday, October 26th
8:00 a.m. Arrival Deadline
5:00 p.m. McCullough Fitting Clinic- Hale Arena

Friday, October 27th
2:30 p.m. Junior Heifer Showmanship- East Side Hale Arena
Saturday, October 28th
5:00 p.m. Simmental PTP Bull Show- East Side Hale Arena

Sunday, October 29th, 2017
8:00 a.m. Simmental Junior Heifer Show followed by PTP Female Show- East Side Hale Arena
12:00 p.m. Supreme Champion Junior Heifer Show- Hale Arena

Simmental Open Shows:

Sat.,October. 28
5:00 p.m. Simmental Progress through Performance Bull Show– East Side Hale Arena 

Sun., October. 29
8:00 a.m. Simmental Progress through Performance Female Show (immediately following the Simmental Junior Heifer Show)

East Side Hale Arena
Percentage Females
Purebred Females
Group Classes
Cattle are released immediately following the show




ASA Ring of Champions 2018-2019

Only the four major shows involved in the national show rotation

are eligible for the


Shows include:  

2018 American Royal

     Oct. 27-28, 2018

2018 North American

     Nov. 13, 2018

2019 National Western

     Jan. 20-23, 2019

2019 Fort Worth Stock Show

     Jan. 27, 2019


Award Divisions:

• Purebred Simmental Heifer of the Year

• Purebred Simmental Bull of the Year

• Percentage Simmental Heifer of the Year

• Percentage Simmental Bull of the Year

Visit: to print information.




ASA Programs

ASA Programs

SPC Important Dates

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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.

As this is part of research and development..... not a definite timeline for reporting results.  "Breeders will be notified when DNA samples from their herd have been processed by the ASA and sent to the laboratory to begin DNA testing

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.

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.

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.


CENTENNIAL, Colo., May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire      |       Ever wonder what the difference is between grass-fed and organic beef? Confused by terms like "antibiotic-free" and "raised without antibiotics"? New tools are now available to help consumers answer these and many other questions about today's beef production.  

"Today's consumer demands transparency and more information about how their food, including beef, is raised and grown," Mandy Carr, Ph.D., senior executive director of Science & Product Solutions for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. "Cattle farmers and ranchers are committed to providing answers to their questions."

Consumer research conducted by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and funded by the Beef Checkoff indicates that consumers are confused about terms commonly found on labels such as "grass-fed" and "organic." Additionally, some consumers have questions about the use of antibiotics in cattle production. Two new factsheets walk consumers through how cattle farmers and ranchers use antibiotics in accordance with Food and Drug Administration guidelines and the choices consumers have when buying beef in their local supermarket.

Decoding the Label: Know Your Beef Choices
Beef labels can be helpful, but they can also cause confusion in the meat case. Terms like grain-finished, grass-finished, certified organic and naturally raised may be confusing to some; this fact sheet breaks down the four common labels and what they actually mean, based on U.S. Department of Agriculture definitions. 

Antibiotics Use in Cattle
Antibiotic use in livestock is a hot topic with consumers. It is also top of mind for the beef producers who want consumers to know that we care about the issue and what we are doing to address it. The Antibiotic Use in Cattle fact sheet addresses consumer questions about how and why antibiotics are used and what the Beef Quality Assurance program is doing to educate producers about best practices. This tool helps consumers feel confident knowing that antibiotics are only given to cattle to treat, control or prevent disease. 

Research shows that 88 percent of the millennial parents polled approved of the new Antibiotics Use in Cattle fact sheet saying that it was meaningful and it made them feel better about how beef is raised.

"This feedback affirms these tools will be helpful as a resource for both our partners and consumers," said Carr.

To download the new tools or to find answers to other beef related questions, visit

About the Beef Checkoff 
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

About NCBA, a Contractor to the Beef Checkoff
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. The Beef Checkoff Program is administered by the Cattlemen's Beef Board, with oversight provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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