|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:
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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 http://www.huncovsky.com.
A few small changes to locations on the National Classic schedule, click here for all of the most recent information!
Contest information: Study Materials
2014 National Classic XXXIV
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville
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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.
| 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 www.simmental.org 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 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.
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 http://www.worldsimmentalcongress2014.com
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.