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American Simmental Association episode on American Rancher

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Next airing scheduled on September 14, 2014 at 11;00 AM Central time on RFD TV and Rural TV

Seeking samples on bulls with shear force accuracy

"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 / Board Meeting Recordings

Fall ASA Board Meeting: Held September 8-11, 2014
Moderator: Dr. Jackie Atkins

Video recording and PowerPoint Presentations Provided Below.

September 8, 2014 - Educational Symposium

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

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

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

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


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


Learning From Pigs ~ Marty Ropp (Allied Genetic Resources)


Q and A ~ Panel Discussion ~ Guest Speakers

September 9 - Open Committee Meetings

Board Meeting Begins, Chairman Jim Butcher
➢ Approval of the Agenda
➢ Announcements
➢ Financial Report, Treasurer Dale Miller

Breed Improvement Committee, Chairman Calvin Drake: Part I
Breed Improvement Committee, Chairman Calvin Drake: Part II
Activities and Events, Chairman Tim Smith
Growth & Development, Chairman Jon Willis
Simbrah Committees, Chairman Blake Nelson
Policy & Procedures, Chairman Roger Finke

Patent Challenge/Lawsuit Update Legal Counsel Gene Summerlin/EVP Wade Shafer

September 10 – Board Meeting Continues

Statistics & Measurements/How Are We Doing ~Steve McGuire

Committee Updates and Presentation of Resolutions.
Activities & Events, Chairman Tim Smith
Policy & Procedures, Chairman Roger Finke
Simbrah, Chairman Blake Nelson
Foundation Update, Chairman Nancy Tom

➢ Pub Board Report, Chairman Bob Lanting

➢ Building & Grounds, Chairman Scott Cowger
Simmental Way and Campbell Rd Property Discussion.
Chairman Jim Butcher

Finance, Chairman Dale Miller - no video
Breed Improvement, Chairman Calvin Drake
Growth & Development, Chairman Jon Willis
Staff Presentations

September 11 Board Meeting Continues

➢ Approval of the Minutes
➢ Voting on Resolutions
➢ General Discussion regarding new Fall Format ~ Educational Session and Open Meeting Concept


➢ Closing Comments, Chairman Jim Butcher



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10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production

Geneticists from around the world converged on Vancouver, British Columbia last week for the tenth World Congress on Genetic Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP). The conference is an opportunity for geneticists working in various species (including humans) to exchange information on the latest technology in quantitative and molecular genetics. Held only once every four years, 1583 delegates representing 58 countries were in attendance at WCGALP. The ASA was well represented at the event. Ongoing work funded by ASA on genetic evaluation was presented by Dorian Garrick. Several ASA members, collaborators and friends were in attendance.

Pictured above:
Sally Buxkemper (RX Simbrah Ranch; longtime ASA member and former ASA Trustee)
Dr. Lauren Hyde (ASA/RAAA employee; MB-ICE Lead Geneticist)
Dr. Dorian J. Garrick (Iowa State University Professor; ASA collaborator on genetic evaluation project)
Dr. Mike Bishop (Animal Agriculture Specialist Illumina Inc.; ASA member and cofounder of Infigen)
Dr. Peter Parnell (CEO Angus Australia; frequent ASA visitor)
Dr. Bruce Golden (Cal Poly Department Head; ASA employee and collaborator on genetic evaluation project)
Dr. Wade Shafer (ASA CEO)
Dr. Tom Rathje (Chief Technical Officer DNA Swine Genetics; ASA member)
Dr. Caitlyn Abell (Geneticist DNA Swine Genetics: former ASA intern) 
Dr. Heather Koshinsky (Eureka Genomics; collaborator with ASA on $450,000 USDA funded genotyping grant)

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.

We pride ourselves in the programs we have available for your advantage, and our friendly customer service staff are just a phone call away.


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

*Submit this sheet to ASA for kits/paperwork to be generated



Eight Steps to International Business:


Will Townsend
Director of Commercial and Industry Operations
During a recent trip to Colombia, I had the opportunity to accompany a number of cattlemen who have experienced varying degrees of success in the international cattle business. I tried to act as a sponge during the trip, taking in methodology and tactics for cattlemen with an interest in pursuing business in Colombia and on other international fronts. After a number of interviews, lots of observation, and some research, I established some basic steps that business men and women can utilize to get started with their international program or at least to investigate the potential of establishing an international program. Most of these principles directly apply to seedstock producers but many of them can be applied to other portions of the cattle industry.

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.

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