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April 25, 2021
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Register Now for 2021 BIF Research Symposium and Convention

June 22-25, 2021 • Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa Registration is NOW open. Register by May 14 to save $50. The BIF Symposium features two and a half…
April 16, 2021
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National Classic Preview

By Lilly Platts with Classic Coordinator Diane Duren | National Classic June 26 - July 2, 2021 The 2021 AJSA National Classic will mark the 41st year of…
March 27, 2021
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Fall Focus – 2021 and 2022 Updates

Pandemic – it is not a four-letter word, but the response is probably the same. You wonder what is coming after that word is said. There are still challenges…

ASA Spotlight

May 07, 2021

Built on Balance

by Lilly Platts | Bichler Simmentals raises high-quality seedstock in North Dakota, with a focus on balanced traits and consistent improvement. Doug and Maria…
April 16, 2021

Kenner Simmentals Focused on Developing Better Beef

By Emme DemmendaalEditor’s Note: This article was originally published by Tri-State Livestock News, reprinted with permission. As Simmental and SimAngus TM…
March 27, 2021

A Successful Cattlemen's Congress

SimMagic On Ice, Volume 12, was held Sunday, January 10 at Cattlemen's Congress. The sale kicked off with donations lots for the American Simmental-Simbrah…

Continuation of a Classic

Mar 27, 2021 ASA Spotlight
By Lilly Platts | Jason and Nikki Gress raise Fleckvieh cattle for the modern producer at Little Creek Cattle, Inc. Editor’s note: The Gress family was featured in ASA’s Stand…

Producing Top SimAngus Beef

Mar 12, 2021 ASA Spotlight
By Emme Demmendaal | When our first quarter-blood Simmentals hit the ground, they were just exceptional,” shares Arlen Katterman of Kattle Bell Farm, Hale, Michigan, describing…

Welcome Our Latest Addition to the ASA Educational Specialist "SimSpecialist" Team, Dr. Jack Whittier of Scottsbluff, NE

By Luke Bowman       |      

Many of you may be familiar with Jack from your tenure in the beef industry either as a producer or your previous work in higher education. Jack's first sale with ASA is Sandy Acres Simmental in eastern Nebraska in mid-February.

 

A little about Dr. Jack Whittier

Whittier was raised on a diversified livestock and crop farm in Northeastern Utah.  He received degrees from Utah State University and the University of Nebraska. He was on faculty at the University of Missouri for 9 years. In 1995, he joined the faculty in Animal Sciences at Colorado State University where he was the State Beef Cattle Extension Specialist.  During his academic career, he was actively involved in applied research of beef cow nutrition and reproductive management. Jack and colleagues developed some of the first ovulation synchronization protocols that facilitated increased use of timed artificial insemination across the beef industry.  Training graduate students was a key passion for him and watching his students progress into successful careers of their own has been especially satisfying.  In 2014 he was hired as Director of the Panhandle Research and Extension Center for the University of Nebraska located in Scottsbluff, NE. He retired in August 2020.  Dr. Whittier and his wife, Robynn, have two grown sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law and five ambitious grandchildren.  Jack and Robynn also own a small-scale seedstock beef herd to produce SimAngus bulls and replacement heifers.


I cannot say enough about the addition of Dr. Whittier to our already strong team. The expertise amongst this group is immeasurable and unmatched in the industry. ASA is very fortunate to have each of the SimSpecialists that we have. Each of you is well recognized as being the go-to experts on industry knowledge in your given region and are respected as breeders, educators -- and the younger cohort -- the new leaders of the beef industry. Along with these attributes you bring to bear, we want to make sure that you are well-equipped with the tools needed to "hand out the hymnals and preach the gospel" of the ASA. 
 
 
Thanks again for all that you do. We'll see you down the road......
 
Welcome, Dr. Whittier!
 
-Luke
 
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