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ASA's Spring Trustee meeting

ASA's Spring Trustee meeting was recently held at ASA headquarters in Bozeman, MT. The board met from Wednesday evening to Saturday morning. The meeting covered a wide array of topics and was very productive. During the meeting, Trustees visited the construction site of ASA's new state-of-the-art headquarters building located on a 4.3 acre lot less than a mile north of ASA's current location.

Since 1973, the ASA headquarters has been located at the original, Swiss-style building in Bozeman, MT, but due to a series of favorable events ASA will be moving to the updated three-level facility—an investment in the cattle industry.

“A favorable building climate, high value real estate property, and available funds have created an opportunity too good to pass up.” said the Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Lanting, commenting on the decision to build a new national ASA facility. “Approval to build is the most important financial decision this organization has made in years”

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

 

Information Sheet

Classic Rules

Online Registration

Sally Simmental

Susie Simbrah

 

 



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


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National beef symposium heads to Biloxi in 2015

BILOXI, Miss. -- A national organization dedicated to improving the beef industry will hold its annual meeting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in June and bring together cattle producers from across the world.

The 2015 Beef Improvement Federation Convention, themed “Rebuilding a Cowherd,” will take place June 9-12 at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Conference Center in Biloxi. The annual conference allows participants to discuss issues involving genetic improvements, new technologies, and management practices to aid profitability in beef production.

Brandi Karisch, a Mississippi State University Extension Service animal scientist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, is coordinating the event.

“This is a great opportunity for researchers, industry representatives and beef producers from across the Southeast to attend the international meeting in their backyard,” Karisch said. “Participants will exchange ideas and receive information from experts on beef cattle and the industry from across the country and beyond.”

The schedule of events features speakers from across the country, including several preconference symposiums, a post-conference tour, and a spouse tour. Awards will honor the Commercial Producer of the Year and Seedstock Producer of the Year. Award honorees will also receive pioneer awards and continuing service awards.

“The facilities, food and hospitality of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are second to none,” Karisch said. “We are excited to showcase what the beef producers of Mississippi have to offer.” The organization’s website with updated conference information, including hotel accommodations, is http://beefimprovement.org.

Dr. Beever, University of Illinois, has confirmed 1SM00131 W/C WIDE TRACK 694Y is a Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA) carrier

Dr. Beever, University of Illinois, has confirmed 1SM00131 W/C WIDE TRACK 694Y is a Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA) carrier, also known as Fawn Calf Syndrome (FCS).

For more information, please go to the American Simmental Association website and learn more about genetic defects and CA,  click here.
This is a simple recessive and only half of the offspring from Wide Track will be a carrier. An affected calf will occur only one in four times when two carrier animals are mated. If an effort is made to avoid inbreeding, the mating of a carrier sire to potential or known carrier dams, you would not expect to have any affected calves.
According to the Genex policy, this is classified as a Class 4 defect. This is a non-lethal defect but seriously impairs production or has economically significant effect on production or reproduction.
Policy 638 GNX - Genetic Recessives in Proven Sires - If a sire is found to carry a Class 4 defect: The sires value to the breed and cooperative will be reviewed by the COO and the Associate Vice President of Beef Programs, followed by a recommendation for Board approval to continue service or disposal. The appropriate breed association shall be notified and the cooperative shall make public announcements to its employees, members and customers.
The decision has been made to remove Wide Track from the marketing lineup, and all semen under direct control of the cooperative will be destroyed. A settlement offer will be made to owners of semen from the sire. Settlements will be limited to semen returned to the cooperative that was purchased within the previous 24 months to the announcement. No settlement will be for semen which has already been used. Customers should contact their sales representative for credit on existing Wide Track semen.
This does not affect the ability to register calves with the American Simmental Association. DNA testing for CA is available through the American Simmental Association, American Angus Association, GeneSeek and Zoetis.

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!

Ways You Can Stay Informed at the ASA through Newsletter, Forum, and Blogs

Subscribe to our weekly eNews to keep informed on ASA news and events delivered straight to your email inbox.

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Visit our Science Forum.

Join Drs. Lauren Hyde and Jackie Atkins in discussions about the latest topics.  They welcome your questions.

Forum topics include:

  • DNA Testing
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Genetic Evaluation

 

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tReg is an extended electronic version of he Register reaching beyond the bounds of print to delve deeper into the stories of Simmental and SimGenetics producers and programs.

It's easy to follow our blogs to receive new post notifications.

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Have You Herd? Stay tuned for the latest on Total Herd Enrollment and DNA Services. Follow the Blog to receive instant notifications in your email when Leoma posts a new entry in her Blog.

The goal of this blog is to keep members informed on issues pertaining to Total Herd Enrollment(THE) and DNA services.

Read about posts like these:
  • When Does ASA Require DNA Testing?
  • Looking for Holb Semen Donation
  • Grab a Keyboard – It’s Time to Report Calf Data
  • Approved as AI Sire/Donor Dam? Now at Your Fingertips
  • DNA Parentage Results – What if animal doesn’t qualify?

 

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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

 


 

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Ways We Keep You Informed at the American Simmental Association

Subscribe to our weekly eNews to keep informed on ASA news and events delivered straight to your email inbox.

eNews: Our weekly informational newsletter

Sales Call: Bi-monthly upcoming sales and events delivered by email.

eLink: eBlast announcements from our advertisers

AJSA Newsletter: Keeping you informed on AJSA events and happenings!

Visit our Science Forum.

Join Drs. Lauren Hyde and Jackie Atkins in discussions about the latest topics.  They welcome your questions.

Forum topics include:

  • DNA Testing
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Genetic Evaluation

 

Read the forum discussions without registration.

OR

Be active in the discussion when you register as a user.

tReg is an extended electronic version of he Register reaching beyond the bounds of print to delve deeper into the stories of Simmental and SimGenetics producers and programs.

It's easy to follow our blogs to receive new post notifications.

Just look for the "Follow My Posts"  on the right sidebar of the post, located  under the list of recent posts.  Click on the "Sign me up!" button and input your email address to receive new post notifications.

Be sure to click on the confirmation link in the email that we send you. Until you’ve confirmed your subscription request, you won’t receive email notifications for new posts and updates.

Have You Herd? Stay tuned for the latest on Total Herd Enrollment and DNA Services. Follow the Blog to receive instant notifications in your email when Leoma posts a new entry in her Blog.

The goal of this blog is to keep members informed on issues pertaining to Total Herd Enrollment(THE) and DNA services.

Read about posts like these:
  • When Does ASA Require DNA Testing?
  • Looking for Holb Semen Donation
  • Grab a Keyboard – It’s Time to Report Calf Data
  • Approved as AI Sire/Donor Dam? Now at Your Fingertips
  • DNA Parentage Results – What if animal doesn’t qualify?

 

Start following Have Your Herd?, tReg, and Herd Data Makes Cent$

Herd Data Makes Cent$

The "Go To Blog" for ASA data submission, news, deadlines, and events.

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

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