Please direct donation inquiries to Linda Kesler at 406-587-4531    Printable Donation Form       Donate Online


Join the ASF Auction Following the Foundation Gala, Sunday Evening, January 20, 2019, in Denver at the DoubleTree Hotel (3203 Quebec Street).
The auction will be online at LiveAuctions.tv.

Auction Items:

Ultimate Alaska Fishing Lodge Experience donated by Rainbow King Lodge, Iliamna, Alaska
2-people/5-day fishing at their Nush Lake Camp.


Napa Valley for Two - Tour and Wine Tasting donated by Paul and Ailene Tarap / Ward Ranch Livestock & Chris Harnois, Rebecca Laird and Jullian Harnois
4 nights at the Stewart Ranch guest house, Napa Valley, CA; Food and Wine Pairing, Jackson Family Wines and Tour, Barrel and Wine Tasting, Laird Family Winery.


Eagle Pass Ranch - Pheasant Hunt donated by Eagle Pass Lodge
2-person pheasant hunt. 2-day, 3-night stay at Eagle Pass Lodge, Ree Heights, South Dakota. Additional hunters can be added for $500/person per day. Dates of the hunt between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2019.


Benelli Raffaello 50th Anniversary Limited Shotgun donated by Eichacker Simmentals
To celebrate 50 years of producing semiautomatic shotguns, Benelli created a limited edition 12-gauge semiautomatic shotgun (only 750 were made). It is their newest Ethos model with a nickel-plated receiver, oil finished grade walnut stock and forend that make it a shotgun of unrivaled elegance.    Decorated with luxury finishes and fine engravings. Ten commemorative Swiss Cow Bells with be auctioned off. The purchasers of the cowbells will each have a chance in a drawing to win the Benelli Raffaello 50th Anniversary gun.


Foundation DrawDown:
Participate in bidding for one of ten commemorative Swiss Cow Bells for a chance in a drawing to win a Benelli Raffaello 50th Anniversary gun!

Custom Saddle Blanket donated by Karla Schwoerer, Oakdale, CA

Saddle Blanket customized with buyer's brand 


Custom-made Bits donated by W.Chance Claude of Valley Home, CA

Bit customized with the buyer's brand.


Original Design - 50th Anniversary Belt Buckle donated by the Foundation

Designed by Emily Brinkman


50th Anniversary Belt Buckle donated by the Foundation


Semen Package donated by Robert Thoman / T&T Cattle, Riverton, WY
WS Beefmaker (3) / Dream On (1) / Olie (3) / Shear Force (2)


Handmade Natural Turquoise and Heishi Beaded Necklace
About 35", adjustable.


Framed Art donated by Triple S Land & Cattle / Mark & Debbie Smith

21 1/2" by 21 1/2" Authentic Mississippi made barn wood frame with Mama cow print. 


 

American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage by public or private contribution, support of worthwhile educational and charitable projects that are of interest and benefit to devotees of the American Simmental Association. Further to receive, maintain, use and apply donated funds for such purposes; and to implement such educational and charitable projects, including, but not limited to:

  • Support of ASA's youth program through scholarships or program sponsorship.
  •  Continuing education programs for beef enthusiasts and members of the youth program. 
  • Expanded educational programs for ASA and members of the beef industry in the areas of performance testing, leadership, and bovine management.
  • Research grants to qualified colleges and universities, for documentation of bovine performance, and research into the prevention of, or cure for cattle diseases.
  • Other projects or activities as may be determined by the parent association.

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Contributions designated for this endowment will be invested as part of good financial planning to ensure the Foundation will stay strongly committed to its mission and to ensure ASA continues to advance and maintain its leadership in the industry.

Previous donations to the Foundation were invested by the current and past Foundation board members to create this endowment.  The endowment is a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding which allows stability for the future and will provide a steady source of income over time.  The Foundation may commit a percentage of the invested capital each year toward an educational, research or youth program.

 

 

Sponsorship Opportunity

Foundation Wall (picture of branded wood)
“Brand Yourself in Simmental History”; be included in the ASA newly built office building, through a personalized branded wall plaque, or landscape by dedicating a tree outside the building. Several levels of sponsorship exist, with all proceeds going to the Foundation.  You may designate which of the three pillars you wish to support by tagging your donation to a specific project.

 

Specific Objectives

 

Education

Fall Educational Symposium. Each fall the ASA will host an educational session in conjunction with the fall board meeting.  The 2014 session was very successful with nearly 150 attendees.  The day-long event featured genetically oriented talks from nationally recognized experts in livestock genetics and animal breeding.  Seedstock producers, commercial cattlemen, industry personnel, other breed associations, and academics participated in the session and following social.  Join us in hosting the 2015 Educational Session by donating funds for this event. Goal $10,000/year.

Steer Profitability Contest
The AJSA Steer Profitability Competition (SPC) is designed to provide members of the AJSA meaningful exposure to the opportunities and challenges associated with cattle feeding. The SPC will not only allow participants to measure and compare the profitability of their own animal(s), but of greater importance, will introduce young beef enthusiasts to peers, mentors, industry advocates, and experiences that are exceedingly difficult to acquire for any beef producer.  

 

Research

Feed Intake Project.
The cost of feed is the number one cost to the beef industry annually (65% of the production cost of beef). The ability to predict differences in feedlot intake of sires’ offspring is an important component in the assessment of differences in profitability between sires. The Feed Intake Project collects individual feed intake data on calves of known sire groups to improve our ability to predict feed intake and thus improve our ability to predict differences in profit. Goal $30,000/year.

Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant supports graduate education with an emphasis on genetic improvement of livestock. The fund originally started by Jim Berry of Wildberry Farms, honors Dr. Bob Walton’s lifelong efforts in animal breeding and raising Simmental cattle. Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant funds graduate education in research programs to directly improve applied livestock genetics and help build future experts in animal breeding. There are two awards - one for $5,000 and a second for $3,000 for graduate education programs; each recipient contributes to ASA Publication regarding their research both SimTalk and the Register.

Youth

AJSA Canadian Exchange Project. Each summer, two AJSA Board of Trustee members will be randomly selected to attend the Young Canadian Simmental Association National Classic. This is more than just an opportunity to travel, but rather an opportunity for AJSA members to learn about international agriculture, new ideas to progress the association, and gain new friends in an attempt to build their resume and personal experience.

National Classic Facility Support. Together as one team, our junior programs will flourish! The Eastern and Western Regions have each formed state groups to fundraise for their yearly Regional Classics. The Eastern Regional group hosts a fundraiser at the NAILE each year, allowing states in the east to step up more freely to host classics, due to a lower financial cost. Following suit of a previously successful regional group, the Western Region formed their own group. The key is to see states within a specific region as one unit, rather than individuals. The establishment of these regional groups is
to raise funds for the Eastern and Western Regional Classics, despite which state holds the classic.


Merit Awards.
Dollars for scholars. Established in 1981, the Merit Award is designed to provide recognition to junior members who have made “significant contributions to their community, home, family, school and the Simmental or Simbrah breeds of cattle.” As college tuition continues to increase, the Foundation continues to support 16 AJSA members each year by awarding over $26,250 in scholarships, 11 Silver Merit Awards and 5 Gold Merit Awards, to help them continue their collegiate educational endeavors.  Click here


Eastern and Western Regional Classics.
Together as one team, our junior programs will flourish! The Eastern and Western Regions have each formed state groups to fundraise for their yearly Regional Classics. The Eastern Regional group hosts a fundraiser at the NAILE each year, allowing states in the east to step up more freely to
host classics, due to a lower financial cost. Following suit of a previously successful regional group, the Western Region formed their own group. The key is to see states within a specific region as one unit, rather than individuals. The establishment of these regional groups is to raise funds for the Eastern and Western Regional Classics, despite which state holds the classic.

 

Click here to make a donation to the ASA-Simbrah Foundation.

Please direct donation inquiries to Linda Kesler  406-587-4531

American Simmental~Simbrah Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

 

                      

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