February 1, 2019

ASA WELCOMES AEGERTER TO STAFF

 Bozeman, MT — Darla Aegerter, Seward, Nebraska, has joined the American Simmental Association as the Youth Programs and ASF Foundation Manager. Aegerter’s main responsibilities are to coordinate the AJSA Regional and National Classics, other assigned youth events, work closely with the AJSA Board, and become immersed with the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation as liaison with the Foundation Board and support their fundraising activities.

Aegerter has an extensive background in the purebred cattle business, including operating her own livestock photography business, managing livestock advertising sales, serving as the Nebraska State Fair Beef Superintendent, and assisting with special projects at the American Hereford Association and Hereford Youth Foundation.

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January 25, 2019

NORTH CAROLINA CATTLEMAN ELECTED NATIONAL SIMMENTAL BOARD CHAIRMAN

Bozeman, MT — Gordon Hodges of Hamptonville, North Carolina, a member of the American Simmental Association (ASA) Board of Trustees Executive Committee, has been elected Chairman of the Board, succeeding Tim Smith of Giddings, TX.  Hodges has served on the ASA Board of Trustees twice, elected in 1990 and 2014.

Hodges, who served on the ASA Board of Trustees for the first time from 1990 to 1996, has been breeding Simmental cattle since 1970 and operates Pineview Farms. His SimAngusTM and Simmental seedstock herd of 60 cows has operated for the past five years in a management partnership with Bradley Gibbs. Hodges has also served as a Genetic and Marketing Manager for Gibbs Farms since 2006, a SimAngus & Simmental operation of 800 cows in Ranburne, AL.

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January 25, 2019

MILLER NAMED ASA’S LIFETIME PROMOTER RECIPIENT

Bozeman, MT- Ron Miller been named the recipient of the American Simmental Association’s (ASA) 2019 Lifetime Promoter Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of the Simmental/Simbrah breeds. The Lifetime Promotor is one of the highest awards given by the ASA.

For more than five decades, Ron Miller has been an effective voice for the beef industry, including Simmental. Growing up on a farm/ranch at Cambridge, Nebraska, his work with beef cattle began at a very early age. Immediately after high school in the 1960s, he established his own fitting and showing enterprise, exhibiting his own cattle along with those of his clients.

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Janurary 25, 2019

BRUNE NAMED AS ASA 2019 GOLDEN BOOK RECIPIENT

Bozeman, MT- J.W. Brune been named the recipient of the 2019 Golden Book Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of the Simmental/Simbrah breeds. The Golden Book is given on behalf of the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (WSFF) and is the most prestigious award given by the American Simmental Association.

Brune and his wife, Carol Lyon Brune, DVM, are the owners and managers of White Star Cattle Company. They maintain both a spring and fall-calving herd consisting of purebred to percentage cattle marketed by a variety of means, including private treaty, bull test sales, and breeder group sales. A member of both the Missouri and Kansas Simmental Associations, Brune is also active in numerous other livestock organizations. A veteran of the US Army, he served a tour of duty in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

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January 25, 2019

LASSLE RE-ELECTED TO AMERICAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Bozeman, MT — Clay Lassle of Glendive, Montana has been re-elected to the American Simmental Association (ASA) Board of Trustees and will continue to represent the Western region.

Lassle’s affiliation with Simmental cattle dates back to 1974 when the Lassle Ranch introduced the breed through AI. This past year, Clay’s daughter, Sarah, and her husband, Ryan, and their two daughters came back the ranch full-time. Clay’s wife, Marianne, keeps the books and “keeps everything running,” and their other two children, Stephanie and Travis, help as time allows. Their herd of 300 cows ranges from purebred Simmental to SimAngusTM. Genetics are sold through an annual bull sale, and held the second Thursday in February, while select females and replacement heifers are sold through various outlets.

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January 25, 2019

CURRAN RE-ELECTED TO AMERICAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Bozeman, MT — Tim Curran, Ione, California has been re-elected to the American Simmental Association (ASA) Board of Trustees and will continue to represent the Western region.

Tim Curran and his wife, Jill, maintain Circle Ranch, a herd of primarily SimAngus™ females in the foothills of California’s rugged, majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. Cattle winter at lower elevations, but summer above 5,000 feet. His cow herd is comprised of 80% seedstock while 20% are commercial females. Genetics are marketed through the Beef Solutions Bull Sale, held annually on the fourth Thursday of September in conjunction with an area Angus breeder, Bruin Ranch. Curran sells 100 SimAngusTM bulls through the sale and another 60 SimAngus bulls by private treaty.

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January 25, 2019

BRUNE ELECTED TO AMERICAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Bozeman, MT — J.W. Brune, of Overbrook, Kansas, has been elected to the American Simmental Association (ASA) Board of Trustees and will represent the North Central region.

Brune and his wife, Carol Lyon Brune, DVM, are the owners and managers of White Star Cattle Company. They maintain both a spring and fall-calving herd consisting of purebred to percentage cattle marketed by a variety of means, including private treaty, bull test sales, and breeder group sales. A member of both the Missouri and Kansas Simmental Associations, Brune is also active in numerous other livestock organizations. A veteran of the US Army, he served a tour of duty in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

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January 25, 2019

WALTHALL ELECTED TO AMERICAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Bozeman, MT — Greg Walthall, of Windsor, Missouri has been elected to the American Simmental Association (ASA) Board of Trustees and will represent the South Central region.

The owner/operator of WW Cattle Company, Greg Walthall, has been active in the Simmental business for a total of 47 years. The WW cow herd currently consists of 50 head of purebred Simmental and SimAngus™ females. Through the utilization of in-vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, and artificial insemination, his focus is primarily on producing and developing low-input, forage-utilizing females. Cattle are marketed through a variety of methods, including consignment sales, online, and by private treaty.

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