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The ASA and ASA Publication office will be closed on July 3 and July 6 in recognition of the holiday.

Meet the Newest Members of the ASA Staff:

Meet the Newest Members of the ASA Staff:
Welcome Emme Troendle and Callie Griffin

Emme Troendle
Emme Troendle
Emme grew up in the Pacific Northwest raising and showing a variety of livestock through her 4-H and FFA years. She recently graduated with a degree in English Literature from Montana State University, and comes to us with a strong background in writing and livestock.

Emme works as a member of the Processing and Web Entry Support team. She also works for the ASA Publication, Inc.,  under Dan Reider, as an editorial assistant and writes for the blog, tReg. Emme is excited to join the ASA team, and looks forward to working with ASA members in Processing and as a part of the ASA Pub staff.



Callie Griffin
Callie grew up on a commercial cow/calf operation in Eastern Montana where her family raises SimAngus cattle. She studied Animal Science and Agricultural Business at Montana State University, and comes to us with a strong background and interest in the cattle industry and production agriculture.

Callie is working with DNA, THE, and Web Entry Support, so if you have a question in one of those areas, feel free to call the office and ask for her ­ she is always willing to help and find an answer for you! Callie is excited to join the ASA team and hopes she will contribute to ASA's success in helping you raise cattle with superior SimGenetics.

AJSA Intern, Dakota Thomas- Giving Back

AJSA Intern, Dakota Thomas-Giving Back By Emme Troendle Dakota Thomas’s roots, passion for cattle classics, and desire to give back, feed her love for the cattle industry. In an interview, Dakota, the 2015 AJSA Intern, says, “When you grow up raising livestock, showing on the local, state, and national level, the lifestyle becomes an addiction, and…  read more

ASA's genetic evaluation system hot topic at Beef Improvement Federation Convention.

The 2015 BIF Research Symposium and Convention Symposium PowerPoint/Audio Presentations
If you missed out on this years convention - Click to view speaker presentations.

For nearly 50 years the Beef Improvement Federation has hosted our annual research symposium and convention. The convention serves to facilitate discussion and provide education on current issues facing the beef industry. Get convention details and schedule.
Dr. Dorrian Garrick
Dr. Wade Shafer
Dr. Larry Kuehn
ASA's genetic evaluation system hot topic at Beef Improvement Federation Convention.

For nearly 50 years the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has hosted an annual research symposium and convention. The convention serves to facilitate discussion and provide education on the most pertinent and current issues pertaining to beef cattle improvement.
At the recent BIF symposium held in Biloxi Mississippi, ASA's genetic evaluation was a topic on the minds of many. With the growth experienced over the last few years, ASA's International Genetic Solutions database is now the largest in the industry--both in the number of total animals and also in the number of new animals added annually. Besides the massive size of the IGS database, ASA's ongoing "Quantum Leap" project with Drs. Dorian Garrick and Bruce Golden of Theta Solutions, LLC was discussed in presentations as well as in the halls.  Though we don't have documentation of what was said in the halls, you can listen to the presentations given by Drs. Garrick, Kuehn and Shafer pertaining to ASA's evaluation though the following links:



AJSA Classic Results - LiveCoverage Blog and FB

Click for Live  Coverage Blog of AJSA Regional Results

AJSA Facebook page has event photos

North Central

The largest AJSA Regional Classic in Simmental history took place in Austin, Minnesota this week with 155 AJSA members from as far as Colorado gathered at the Morrow County Fairgrounds. Congratulations to overall junior, Sawyer Naaz of North Dakota and overall senior, Mallory Early of Missouri.

View the complete results from the cattle show and educational contests at www.simmental.org/livecoverage.

This week the AJSA Regional Classics head to Bozeman, Montana for the Western Regional Classic and Springfield, Massachusetts for the Eastern Regional Classic.


 

South Central

It was a successful week at the AJSA South Central Regional in Springfield, MO. 120 exhibitors and 173 cattle gathered at the event hosted by the Missouri Junior Simmental Association to kick of the AJSA Classic season.

Congratulations to the high point overall junior, Bailey McCalister of MO and the high point overall senior, Dulcie Fields of TX.
Congratulations to Tanner Howey on taking home both Champion Purebred and Percentage Heifer honors.
View the complete results at www.simmental.org/livecoverage
Safe travels to those headed to the North Central Regional in Austin, MN next week!

2015 Fall Focus: Confidence Builds Success - Click to register

Educational Session and ASA Board Meeting

"Confidence Builds Success"

September 14-17,  2015

Gettysburg, PA

Hosted by:

The American Simmental Association

and the Pennsylvania Simmental Association

Although there is no registration fee for Fall Focus, registration is required to plan for meals, breaks, and room set up.

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2015 Classic Event Registration and Information

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2015 National Classic


July 6-11, 2015

Judge: Jack Ward, Plattsburg, MO
Brazos County Expo Center · 5827 Leonard Road,

Bryan, TX 77807

 

Information Sheet

Classic Rules

Schedule

Facility Map

Novice Schedule

Health Requirements

Online Registration

Sally Simmental

Susie Simbrah

AJSA Classics Information Packet
What's new for the 2015 Classics
Tips for first-timers
Online entry help information
Classic contest guide.
Get it here!


 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Eastern Regional Classic

 

June 24-27, 2015
Judge: Brandon Callis, Brenham, TX
Big E Fairgrounds

1305 Memorial Ave · West Springfield, MA 01089

 

Information Sheet

Classic Rules

Online Registration

Sally Simmental

Susie Simbrah


 

 

 

2015 North Central Regional Classic

June 16-19, 2015
Mower Country Fairgrounds
700 12th ST. SW
Austin, MN 55912

Information Sheet

Classic Rules

Online Registration

Sally Simmental

Susie Simbrah


 

 

2015 South Central Regional Classic


June 7-10, 2015
Judge: Brandon Callis, Brenham, TX
Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

3001 N Grant Avenue · Springfield, Missouri 65803

 

120 exhibitors and 173 cattle gathered at the event hosted by the Missouri Junior Simmental Association to kick of the AJSA Classic season.

Congratulations to the high point overall junior, Bailey McCalister of MO and the high point overall senior, Dulcie Fields of TX.

Congratulations to Tanner Howey on taking home both Champion Purebred and Percentage Heifer honors.   View the complete results at www.simmental.org/livecoverage.
Safe travels to those headed to the North Central Regional in Austin, MN next week!

 

 

 



2015 Western Regional Classic Registration

 

June 26-28, 2015
Gallatin County Fairgrounds

901 N Black Street · Bozeman, MT 59715 

Information Sheet

Classic Rules

Online Registration

Sally Simmental

Susie

Simbrah


 

Sire Source
Seeking Semen Samples

The ASA is looking for DNA samples on  Black Bear (ASA # 1667313), LBS THE FOREMAN 702T (ASA #2417975), and Remington Secret Weapon 185 (ASA #2551350)
We would use these samples to get SNPs on file for parent verification. If you have a sample and would like to donate some DNA to the ASA, please contact the ASA at DNA@simmgene.com. By donating, you can also get a tax deduction for a charitable donation to a non profit organization.
Shear Force Accuracy Bulls
Want to help improve our prediction for tenderness and carcass traits?  The American Simmental Association is collaborating with Dr. Jared Decker at the University of Missouri to learn more about the genetic control of tenderness in many different breeds.  Dr. Decker and his team is working to create breed-specific and multi-breed genomic predictions for tenderness and other carcass traits.  Dr. Decker plans to genotype approximately 168 Simmental bulls for this project in exchange for the pedigree and EPD data from the ASA.  We need help to collect samples.  Please review the list of qualifying bulls and send us some DNA if you have it.  The lab would prefer to work with semen (just one straw is needed and you can send it protected in a regular envelope).  Send samples c/o Jackie Atkins at The American Simmental Association, 1 Simmental Way, Bozeman, MT 59715.  Thanks for your help!

Educational Symposium Recordings and PowerPoint Presentations

 

We thank our sponsors:

 

First Educational Symposium is a huge success.

Nearly 150 SimGenetic enthusiasts from 25 states and 2 Canadian provinces met in Bozeman this past week for the first annual Educational Symposium held in conjunction with the fall ASA Board Meeting.

The Monday schedule was packed with up-to-the-minute information from beef industry experts from around the country. Drs. Bob Weaber, Kansas State; Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Bruce Golden, Cal Poly; Dorian Garrick, Iowa State; and John Hall, University of Idaho, along with Marty Ropp, Allied Genetics and ASA’s own Dr. Shafer gave presentations that sparked good discussion with the attendees.

Click for Speaker bios.


Introduction and Welcome: Chairman Jim Butcher and EVP Dr. Wade Shafer

PowerPoint


Crossbreeding Talks in 2014: Why They're Still Needed ~ Dr. Bob Weaber (Kansas State University) and Dr.Matt Spangler (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

PowerPoint


Selection Decisions Using Economically Relevant Traits: The Pathway to Indexes ~ Dr. Bruce Golden (Cal Poly)

PowerPoint


Understanding Conventional and Genomic EPDs ~ Dr. Dorian Garrick (Iowa State University)

PowerPoint

The Future of Genetic Prediction: A Quantum Leap ~ Drs. Bruce Golden and Dorian Garrick

PowerPoint

Learning From Pigs ~ Marty Ropp (Allied Genetic Resources)

PowerPoint

Dr. John Hall (University of Idao) - UI and ASA Cooperative Projects and Q and A ~ Panel Discussion Part I

PowerPoint

Q and A ~ Panel Discussion Part II~ Guest Speakers

 

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