The American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation thanks you!
A special thank you to Werning Cattle for their purchase of the TransOva Genetics donation at the SimMagic on Ice for $3,000. This donation will go directly to providing scholarships for our AJSA members.
Pictured left to right are representatives from TransOva Genetics, Lori Eberspacher, Holli Hatmaker, Emily Brinkman, Jared Werning of Werning Cattle, John Walston, Kiersten Jass, Clay Sunberg, Fred Schuetze, and Greg Burden.
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:
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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.
Foundation Wall (picture of branded wood)
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
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.
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
Please direct donation inquiries to Linda Kesler 406-587-4531
American Simmental~Simbrah Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.