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BIF Honors Dr. Wade Shafer

Dr. Wade Shafer and Steve Whitmire, President of BIF

During the Beef Improvement Federation Awards Luncheon, June 19, in Lincoln, NE, Wade Shafer received the prestigious Continuing Service Award for 2014. Willie Altenburg long-time friend of Shafer and the American Simmental Association presented the award on behalf  of his colleagues in the beef industry, extension services and research professionals.


Wade received his Master's in Animal Science from Colorado State University in 1989 and also received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 2003 with a major in Animal Breeding and Genetics/Beef Systems.  Wade also served as a teaching Assistant, Colorado State University, from1986 to 1990.


Wade assisted in teaching Principles of Animal Breeding, Population Genetics, Selection Index Theory/Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (BLUP), Advanced Cattle Breeding, Reproductive Physiology while at Colorado State University.


In reviewing his scientific publications list includes names like Drs. Doyle Wilson, Gene Rouse, John Pollak, Dick Quaas, John Paterson, Dennis Crews, Janice Rumpf, Mark Enns, Rick Bourdan, Kent Anderson, Bruce Golden, Jim Brinks, Jon Beever, Bob Weaber, Mike Mc Neil, Jerry Lipsey ~ and the list goes on of a very prestigious group BIF iconic names.


He joined the American Simmental Association in 2004 as director of Performance Programs, working closely with Dr. Jerry Lipsey.  As a team they were unstoppable leading Simmental forward in the areas of carcass testing and total cow- herd indexing.  In 2011, upon the departure of Dr. Lipsey from the leadership of the ASA, Wade was selected to assume the reins as Executive Vice President of the American Simmental Association.


For those who know Wade know he is avid proponent of BIF, what it stands for, the use of performance tools and the use of total trait indexing.  He is a strong advocate, but also a strong mentor and teacher, and most deserving of the BIF most prestigious Continuing Service Award.


Wade and his wife, Kathy, live in Bozeman, Montana.


Other award recipients:

Pioneer Award
Gary Bennett
Merlyn Nielson
Steve Radakovich

Continuing Service Award
Larry Kuehn
Wade Shafer
Warren Snelling
Susan Willmon

Commercial Producer of the Year
CB Farms Family Partnership

Seedstock Producer of the Year
Schuler Red Angus

Ambassador Award

John Mayday



First Annual Educational Session/Fall ASA Board Meeting - Register Today

Join us September 8-11, to kick off the first annual educational session held in conjunction with the Fall ASA Board meeting. Join us September 8, for a free daylong symposium on applied information in beef cattle genetics with the following key speakers:

Dorian Garrick, PhD, Jay Lush endowed Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics, Iowa State University

Dorian Garrick was appointed to the Jay Lush endowed Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics at Iowa State University in August 2007 following five years at Colorado State University and fifteen years at Massey University where he has held the A.L. Rae Chair since 1994.  He received a First Class Honors degree in Agricultural Science from Massey University in New Zealand and a PhD from Cornell University.  Dorian has been integrally involved in the development and implementation of national animal evaluation programs, performance recording databases and breeding schemes.  He has worked in the design of experiments to detect major genes and to exploit them in breeding programs.  His recent work has focused on theoretical and applied aspects of using genomic information to predict performance.  Dorian views animal breeding in a systems context, involving the integration of knowledge and understanding of business goals, production systems, processing and marketing, in concert with quantitative and molecular genetics.  Dorian has worked with a variety of genetic improvement programs, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, dual-purpose sheep, fine-woolled sheep, pigs, elk, salmon and tree breeding.  Dorian works well with other researchers and equally enjoys working with enthusiastic producer and industry groups that seek to include animal breeding approaches in the attainment of their farm or ranch business goals.  Dorian is a Director of the US National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium that focuses on the development and application of methods that use genomic information to predict genetic merit in beef cattle.

Bruce Golden, PhD, Department Head and Professor, Dairy Science Department, Cal Poly

Prior to coming to Cal Poly Dr. Golden was the chief executive officer of a livestock and pet technology company he founded after a 19-year career on the faculty at Colorado State University where he was a full professor of animal breeding and genetics. Dr. Golden's research and service to industry have resulted in numerous awards and publications including a series of patents related to animal identification and diagnostic instruments. While at Colorado State he was the founder of the Center for Genetic Evaluation of Livestock, a provider of genetic evaluations for breed organizations and breeding companies worldwide. He has extensive international experience in livestock production including working in China, Brazil, Venezuela, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and Australia. Dr. Golden attended Washington State University in Pullman, WA, where he received both Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in Animal Science. Dr. Golden received his Doctorate degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.


Matt Spangler, PhD, Associate Professor, Extension Beef Genetics Specialist, University of Nebraska

Matt Spangler grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in south-central Kansas where his family still farms and has a cow/calf operation. After receiving his B.S. degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University (2001) he attended Iowa State University and received his M.S. degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics in 2003. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in Animal Breeding and Genetics (2006) and is currently an Associate Professor and Extension Beef Genetics Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He works as part of a collaborative team with colleagues at UNL and US MARC to develop and evaluate methods related to genomic selection and is currently part of a collaborative effort funded by the USDA competitive grants program to develop genomic predictors for feed intake and efficiency in beef cattle.

After the educational seminar, stay for the Fall ASA Board meeting. Since all ASA meetings have an open format this will give you an opportunity to also attend committee meetings, as well as the official meeting. Join us for a barbecue at the ASA headquarters, and a chance for our members to share ideas and learn about new programs in the ASA.


For Hotel Reservation
Holiday Inn Bozeman
5 East Baxter Lane | Bozeman, MT 59715

Phone | 406.587.4561
Reference "ASA" or "American Simmental" for the special $85 rate

Register here
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~ There is no fee ~ but we need you to register so we can plan for meals.

Welcome to the American Simmental Association!

The American Simmental Association would like to thank you for joining our Association.

At ASA, we take our mission statement seriously,

The success of the American Simmental Association is dependent on the success of our members. In turn, our members’ success is dependent on their cattle making an important and significant contribution to the beef industry. Our highest priority is to maintain and nurture services and products which bring value to ASA members customers.

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2014 Membership Directory

ASA Membership Forms Adult Membership Application

Junior Membership Application

Membership Change Form

Animal Registration Forms

Registration Application

Data Registration key

Self-billing Worksheet

Standard Codes

Genetic Testing Forms

DNA Bar Coded Card Request Form

Genetic Abnormality Reporting Form

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National Classic Results Coming Soon

National Classic results coming soon!

Results are in from the 2014 North Central Regional, click here to take a look. Many thanks to the Kansas Junior Simmental Association and coordinators, Marsha Stromgren and Jeff Houck for having us! Make plans to drive north to the backdrop for the 2015 North Central Regional in Minnesota. Photos from the event will be available for purchase at

ASA Experience with Incorporating Genomics into Genetic Evaluation


Last December, Dr. Lauren Hyde presented ASA's experience with blending genomic data into our genetic predictions at BIF's 10th Genetic Prediction Workshop in Kansas City.  Dr. Hyde discussed the history of GE-EPDs within the ASA, the discovery of a problem with GE-EPD methodology that artificially made animals with good EPDs look even better and animals with bad EPDs look even worse, and the steps ASA and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium have taken to address the problem.

Read Dr. Hyde's report

Handouts available here

New! Science Forum - What criteria do you use to select bulls?

Check out our new ASA Science Forum.
Join Drs. Lauren Hyde and Jackie Atkins in discussions about the latest topics.  They welcome your questions.


We started an ASA Forum that is science based with communication boards on Genetic Conditions, Genetic Evaluation, and DNA Testing. Dr. Lauren Hyde and I are moderating the forum and we would love to hear your input. You can find the forum by going to our homepage and clicking on the ASA Forum button (between the Membership Directory and the Sire Source). Once on the forum, you can read through the posts for information on topics provided. You can also login and post replies to any of the subjects. It is the sincere hope of the ASA that our members will use this forum not only to educate themselves but to post their own questions or comments. We want to hear what you think about these topics and which areas you would like more information about. If you have questions about a topic that is not yet posted, send me an email jatkins@simmgene. com and I will do my best to address this issue on the forum.

Latest Post: Bull Selection -   What criteria do you use to select bulls?

Breeding for Profit - A Cattleman Producer's Guide

Breeding for Profit ~ A Producer's Guide: This newest ASA brochure addresses what animal breeders and industry professionals have long understood ~ that crossbreeding is the number one component affecting profitability in any genetic program. Hybrid vigor has the largest impact on economically important traits within a cowherd like fertility, longevity and overall cowherd efficiency. Although the beef industry as a whole has been slow to adopt this science, many have realized outstanding profit through the use of structured crossbreeding programs. This brochure will be used at trade shows, state association event, educational events as well as for individual distribution.

The Flipbook version is on the website, we hope you will enjoy it ~ click here.

World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation World Congress, July 18-24, 2014, Convenes in Colombia:

Asociacion Simmental - Simbrah, the Simmental Association in Colombia, extends an invitation to all Simmental enthusiasts to the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation World Congress 2014 being held in Colombia this year from July 18-24th.
For full details on the Congress, schedule and fees, please visit the
Asosimmental ~ Simbrah, has designed a schedule that will allow participants to know a part of the Colombian culture, visiting the capital city (Bogotá), where they will have the opportunity to participate in the National Fair Simmental Simbrah, with the exhibition and judgment of more than 500 animals, tourist places like Monserrate, la Candelaria and the gold Museum. Also, tours of a religious monument built by miners in the area known as the Cathedral of Salt and three farms specialized in the production of Simmental breed genetics.!! In Cartagena de Indias, the participants will tour the walled city, they will join in the development of union meetings and presentations of the breed, then, they will shift to the savannas of Bolivar to a farm specialized in the production of genetic crossing between Simmental with the Gyr breed, in addition enjoying moments of folklore amenities with the Congress attendees and Colombian farmers.

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