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  • Save the Date: Fall Focus 2018 in Bozeman, MT. Celebrating our 50th Anniversary
  • 2018 AJSA Classics and the IGS Summit - Dates and Information Available
  • The World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation Congress will be held in Ft Worth Texas at the Historic Stockyards

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  • Management Perspectives: No hype: EPDs work
    Management Perspectives: No hype: EPDs work
    By Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ correspondent | Due to objective genetic predictions such as EPDs (expected progeny differences) and indexes, the cattle industry has made tremendous progress in production and efficiency. However, as the models that produce the predictions become more sophisticated and producers understand less of the mathematics behind them, some people are turning off from the technology. This is a problem because, although calculation of modern genetic predictions has become complicated, the precision and reliability of the EPDs have likewise improved. An EPD is defined as the difference in expected performance of future progeny of an individual, compared…
  • Get to Know Your American Simmental~Simbrah Foundation Board
    Get to Know Your American Simmental~Simbrah Foundation Board
    Tonya Phillips grew up in Iowa and was a member of the Iowa Junior Simmental Association. She and her brother were fortunate enough to exhibit two Simmental heifers across Iowa and attend regional and national events. Phillips absolutely loved her time in the AJSA and also served on the AJSA Board of Trustees. She met her husband Chan while attending one of the National Classics. Phillips shares, “We both realized the value of the AJSA and the lifelong skills that juniors learn. We knew that we wanted our children involved as well. There are many areas that donors can designate…
  • Noble Research Institute Junior Beef Excellence Program Carcass Contest
    Noble Research Institute Junior Beef Excellence Program Carcass Contest
    Alli and Maddi Willis, Marietta, Oklahoma, won first and second place in the Noble Research Institute Junior Beef Excellence Program carcass contest. A total of 56 steers from 12 counties were entered in the 23rd annual contest. Alli’s SimGenetics steer topped the contest, winning the senior in high school $2,000. Her younger sister, Maddi, was a close second winning $1,500 with a steer raised by her family’s Simmental operation. Alli and Maddi are the daughters of Jon, past ASA Board Member, and Wilma Willis.
  • Promoting Simmental Genetics
    Promoting Simmental Genetics
    On March 24, Michael Dikeman attended the Ozark Spring Festival at the Ozark Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri. This was in conjunction with the Missouri Simmental Association booth maned by Terry Nicholas and Kenneth Loomer. The purpose of the booth was to promote Simmental genetics.
  • What's Your Score
    What's Your Score
    It’s that time of year! The Performance Advocate breeder scores will be pulled August 1, 2018 for 2016 Fall and 2017 Spring. Is Data Needed Anymore? Many wonder, with BOLT in place that calculates EPDs more accurately and DNA testing that can blend into EPDs to make them more accurate, is phenotypic data needed anymore? Yes! Animals cannot achieve high accuracy with genomic data alone. The fuel that makes all of this work is DATA. Is all of your calving data in? Check – by logging into your account - Select Data Entry / Online Select Inventory Select Season and…
  • DNA Update
    DNA Update
    DNA Invoicing: Starting September 1, 2018, DNA invoicing will be done at the time of requesting the tests (instead of when results are received). This will increase efficiencies and reduce the number of invoices you currently receive. This is the first step to automate DNA kit requests - in the future you'll be able to order kits online. Since there is a time element from ordering the kits to the completion of the testing - other type processing (registrations, THE enrollment, transfers) will not be delayed pending DNA payment for a period of time (to be determined). Starting September 1,…

 

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