PTP Event Calendar

ASA

Women of ASA - Sally Buxkemper

A pioneer for the Simbrah breed and a fervent believer in science, the late Sally Buxkemper made a lasting impact on the Simmental breed and beef industry.

Sally Buxkemper had the right prescription in mind when she started crossing Simmental cattle with Brahman at RX Simbrah. The ranch brand was registered by Buxkemper’s grandmother, Lucy Kuhn, who went to medical school and ran a drug store. Sally chose to focus on these principles of improvement, experimentation, and advancement symbolized by her grandmother’s RX brand throughout her impactful career in the cattle business. Women have always been a present force on many successful ranches, however, Buxkemper took this involvement a step further by pursuing higher education, moving into leadership positions rarely held by a woman, running her own operation, and reaching industry milestones not often sought by women of her time. Buxkemper was born in West Virginia and moved with her family to Michigan where she was raised. During this time, Buxkemper gained a love and appreciation for livestock, spending summers with her grandmother, Lucy, and her great uncle, Stanley Kubel, on ranches in Texas. She attended Michigan State University (MSU), where she was the only woman on the livestock judging team. Transferring from MSU to Oklahoma A&M University, she became the first woman to graduate with a degree in Animal Husbandry in 1954. In her studies, she also became the first woman to be certified in Artificial Insemination by the American Breeders Service.     Buxkemper went on to earn a Master’s of Science degree in Molecular Biology from the University of North Texas, studying the bovine genome. A commitment to science remained a major focus for her, acting as an early champion of crossbreeding and one of the first to fully explore its principles in her own herd. This commitment led to her being honored by the Beef Improvement Federation Pioneer Award in 2012.     Buxkemper took over the family’s ranch in the 1960s, which became RX Simbrah. At the time, Hereford cattle were prominent and she saw a major issue in the pink eye typically going through the herd. She crossed the Hereford cows with a Brahman bull to manage this issue, which became evidence for her belief in crossbreeding to eliminate negative traits in breeds. With the principles of heterosis she had been studying in mind, she soon started crossing Brahman cattle with Simmental, being one of the first to develop Simbrah cattle. In her role as a seedstock producer, Buxkemper utilized science to its fullest potential. Early on, she saw the benefit of DNA testing and was an early proponent of removing genetic defect risk in herds through testing.     Buxkemper served several terms on the ASA Board of Trustees and frequently contributed writing for ASA about science and beef cattle.     She was honored with numerous awards and distinguishments, but even upon reaching these milestones she continued to focus on raising cattle. Buxkemper passed in 2017, and her commitment to improving the Simmental breed continues to inspire and contribute to the efforts of those in the Simmental industry. 

51st Annual Meeting, Denver Colorado

The 51st Annual Meeting was held at the DoubleTree Hotel, Denver, Colorado, on Saturday, January 19, 2019.  Highlights of the past year’s board and committees’ work were presented along with two new options this year.

The Annual Meeting was broadcast live for members who were unable to attend.  This option will be available every year.  You’ll need to register in order to attend.  Notices will be sent to every adult, active member on their Call to the Meeting, and in December and January (through eNews) with a link to register.  The Annual Meeting was also recorded and posted for your review.

One amendment to the Rules and Bylaws was approved during the annual meeting.  There are now 30 letters, numbers and/or spaces (also includes prefixes and dashes or slashes) to be used for the name of an animal. 

This was the first time members were able to vote electronically through Herdbook Services!  More members participate in voting for this rule change than we have had in years voting for trustee open positions or a rule change.  Many members have responded to the ease this provided to vote electronically.  One of the board’s missions is to have more members participate in the Trustee elections and for any rule or bylaw change.

 

2019 January Board of Trustees’ Meeting, Denver Colorado.

The 2018 Board of Trustees started their year with an intensive strategic planning session in Denver last January.  This January they continued with this commitment preparing for not only 2019 but into the future as well.   The Trustees spent an extra day in Denver for committee meetings prior to their January Board Meeting.

Here are highlights – watch for more details as these programs and projects progress.

  1. Commitment to ASA’s Mission Statement and Core Policies.  Here is the link to access.
  2. Financial Review. ASA’s commitment to sound financial practices.  ASA is in a financial position to support and expand ASA’s leadership in the industry and support programs and projects which will bring value to ASA members’ customers.
  3. ASA Publication – remains strong with its commitment to promote and distribute ASA’s messages to the industry and members.
  4. American Simmental~Simbrah Foundation. Continues to grow and support more programs and projects each year.  2019 is starting off even more successful than last year with the events in Denver raising $111,145.  All contributors are able to designate where the funds should be used.
  5. 2019 Regional and National Classic Rules have been approved and will be posted on the website. Excitement is building for these events!
  6. Cow Herd Roundup (CHR) Program. The initial phase of this program is wrapping up. Watch for more information in the near future if we have not met the 50,000 sample goal.  This program is designed to promote whole-herd DNA testing. An option to receive an additional cost reduction ($5) with specific data reported on at least 90% of their herd (cow weights with either body condition scores or hip heights).
  7. Carcass Expansion Program. The budgeted amount has expanded for this fiscal year and the board has made commitments to continue this program for the next 5 years.  This program is designed to benefit all members through increasing carcass accuracy across the breed and make genomic tests more impactful.
  8. GGPLD rebate. Guidelines have changed for this program.  ASA will maintain a genomic incentive program for individual feed intake records.  This DNA genotyping incentive will only apply when the DNA test is completed on the same animal as the feed intake record.
  9. Steer Profitability Contest – in its second season has 25 juniors (9 states) participating in this program.
  10. PTP Herdsman Award – program brought back in 2018 and will continue in 2019 and future years. This award is given to an individual who supports and promotes the SimGenetics industry on a personal and professional level while gently commanding the respect and upholds the honor and dignity of respectable cattlemen.  Recipients are selected by their peers through an electronic voting process and honored prior to the selection of the Champion Simmental Female at the National Show.
  11. ASA Lifetime Promoter Award – inaugural year. This award will recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of the Simmental/Simbrah breeds.
  12. Regional and National Classic – Calvin Drake Genetic Evaluation Quiz. The ASA and AJSA Board have named the genetic evaluation quiz to the Calvin Drake Genetic Evaluation quiz in honor of Mr. Drake who was a strong supporter of breed improvement, research and science.
  13. Cost Share Program – two additional items will be added to receive reimbursement to states who advertise and promote the Simmental/Simbrah breeds. Inserts and editorial.  The inserts and/or editorial must follow the general guidelines (percentage of general promotion of the breed, does not promote a sale) and must be pre-approved prior to placement.
  14. Advertising and Promotion. ASA will seek outside professional services to assist in developing a full-range, multiple venues/options, long-term campaign for the promotion and marketing of SimGenetics.
  15. Recording phone conversations. Processing and DNA Services phone calls will be recorded starting February 2019.  This will assist in management/consistent messaging of phone calls and for training purposes.
  16. Junior membership and annual services fees reduced. Starting July 1, 2019, a new junior membership and junior annual service fees are reduced to $40/per membership.
  17. Registration certificates: all current color, polled and genomic EPD test information that is listed on the website will now print on the registration certificate.
  18. Simbrah Summit 2019. Planning will start for this year’s Simbrah Summit.

 

ASA Board of Trustees and Staff are committed to working in the best interest of all ASA members and invite you to become/stay involved!  The April Board Meeting is scheduled for April 24 – 28 in Bozeman, Montana and the Fall Board Meeting is scheduled for August 23 – August 27 in Manhattan, Kansas.  Kansas Simmental Association has events plannied for Friday, August 23; Fall Focus is on Saturday, August 24; committee meetings on August 25 and the board meeting continues August 26 – 27 (concluding the morning of the 27th).  We hope you will join us.

Press Releases - ASA News

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.

 Full story      Image


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.

Full story      Image


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.

Full story    Image


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.

Full story    Image


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.

Full story    Image


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.

Full story   Image


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.

Full story    Image


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.

Full story        Image

Annual Meeting & Event Photos

2019 Meet & Greet at the NWSS Yards

Posting photos now.  Check back for Gala and Annual Meeting photos

  Click photos to enlarge.  

          
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
          
          
          
          
        
       

2019 Meet & Annual Meeting

          
          
          
       

2019  Foundation Gala and Auction

          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
       

The latest beef industry news, ASA alerts, SimTalk  & the Register magazines, Sire Source, press releases, industry events, deadlines, educational articles, and the ASA's Youtube channel - all in one place. Sign-up to receive push notifications to receive immediate announcements tailored to your needs!

SimmAPP get it at Google Play, Apple Store and Amazon APPs

            

 

Aegerter Joins ASA

Darla Aegerter has joined the American Simmental Association as the Youth Programs and ASF Foundation Manager. Aegerter’s main responsibilities will be 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 supporting their fundraising activities. Aegerter has an extensive background in the purebred cattle business, including operating her own livestock photography business, managing livestock advertising sales, being the Nebraska State Fair Beef Superintendent, and assisting with special projects at the American Hereford Association and Hereford Youth Foundation.

Aegerter resides in Seward, Nebraska, with her husband, Jeff. They have a son, Kane, who is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University. Together they operate a small purebred cattle herd and market cattle in an annual production sale. The entire family has been very involved in youth cattle organizations, and Aegerter realizes the value in educating young people and providing great family experiences.

Aegerter looks forward to meeting and growing future relationships with everyone in the Simmental family. She especially embraces the challenge of working to further develop, grow, and strengthen both the outstanding AJSA program and enhancing the efforts of the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation. Aegerter will assume her duties on February 4. 

eNews

THE-CM

What is it? 

Recently, the American Simmental Association (ASA) Board of Trustees passed a directive to put significant effort into the collection of sire-identified carcass phenotypes. This is an understandably large undertaking and we need your help.
 
Let's face it if you are a seedstock breeder we do not expect to receive a significant amount of carcass data from your herd, as the bulk of your animals become breeding stock.  Rather, the path to increased carcass collection lies in the customers of yours who trust your genetics and retain ownership through slaughter. It's likely you are already thinking of those couple producers you sell bulls to that retain ownership.
 
It wasn't that long ago that ASA rolled out the commercial Total Herd Enrollment (THE-CM) option, specifically geared for the commercial cattlemen. This option was designed to offer a home for those commercial cow-calf operators who wanted more in terms of genetic awareness on their cowherd.
 
This is where we believe we can help. For those commercial producers who are already taking on the risk of retaining ownership, who are data-driven, and interested in better understanding the genetic merit of their cowherd we would like to assist them by enrolling their cowherd into THE-CM.
 
For just $500/per year, with no limitation on herd size, the ASA will provide membership, access to Herdbook and Active Herd management software, EPD's and selection indexes powered by BOLT on the producer's entire female population, and the opportunity to take advantage of the many other programs offered by ASA.
 
This is an opportunity for your customers to take their herds to the next level, benefit the ASA genetic evaluation, and even better they will help prove your genetics faster. That's right. By introducing additional contemporary groups tracing back to your genetics, your own EPDs will become more accurate.
 
More powerful predictions, improved accuracy, and more meaningful carcass EPD's can all be achieved on your cowherd by integrating your customers' cowherds into THE-CM.  Call Lane Giess or Jannine Story at 406.587.4531 if you have customers who may be interested.
 

 

DNA Update

DNA Invoicing
Starting September 1, 2018, DNA invoicing will be completed at the time of requesting the tests (instead of when results are received).  This will increase efficiencies and reduce the number of invoices members currently receive.

Since it takes time to order kits and for the sample to complete testing, other types of processing (registrations, THE enrollment, transfers) will not be delayed pending DNA payment for a period of time.

New Genetic Condition Panel Pricing
The Genetic Conditions Panel is undergoing changes to include all 7 of the genetic defects tracked by the American Simmental Association. These defects are: AM, NH, CA, DD, OS, PHA, and TH. The new Genetic Conditions Panel will only be available with GGP-LD or GGP-HD testing and the add on price for the panel will be $25. If the animal is not undergoing a GGP-LD or GGP-HD test, then defect testing will be $25 per defect.  If requesting the genetic conditions panel after a GGP-LD or GGP-HD test is complete, then the testing will be billed at single defect rates, which is $25 per defect.
 

 
 

Educational Promotion of ASA's Services and Programs

 
 ASA has expanded the opportunities for you to request a knowledgeable person to an event.  This may be in a formal presentation, one of the speakers at an event, or a few minutes in front of the crowd with an invite to consult one-on-one about ASA's programs and services.  We are seeking members who would like an event to be considered; here are the parameters to determine possible ASA attendance for education and program awareness.

 1. Audience Qualifier.  Must have a minimum of 25 individuals in attendance; highlighting ASA program(s); event must align with ASA goals and programs; ASA personnel must be the focus for at least 30 minutes or 50% of the event. 
 
2. $3,500 in business with ASA (within a fiscal year) per membership; must allow some form of education or program awareness.

 3. $2,000 in advertising with ASA Publication.  Must be a singular membership/account or a collaborative sale; must allow some form of education or program awareness.
 
4. $500 "Buy-a-Day"; must allow some form of education or program awareness.
 
5. State Associations. State associations receive two free days per year for ASA attendance; must allow some form of education or program awareness; one of the two days must be commercially oriented.
 
Contact Luke Bowman at 765.993.6681 for more information.

Go to www.simmental.org/book to order your copy.

Excerpt from the Foreword written by Dr. John Pollak.                             

"The reader of this book will gain knowledge of the history of the Simmental breed, the Association and the people behind the breed. Embracing the story of Simmental in the United States beef industry may help create a sense of accomplishment and relevance that current membership can take pride in as they carry the banner of the breed forward. But there is also value in studying history. Generations of cattle and of the ranchers and farmers who produced those cattle have come and gone over the past 50 years. They faced cyclical cattle markets, environmental and social issues, and challenges that come from moving an organization and a diverse membership forward. They made mistakes and at times got off course, yet learning from these miscues prepares today's leaders for making future decisions. Bold decisions were made that created positive change and should instill confidence in future leadership as they seek to be innovative in new endeavors. The constant threat in the past is that they continued to adhere to the core principle of data collection and utilization. Hence, I encourage all who read this book to keep in mind how knowledge of this history will help in addressing current aspirations for producing better cattle while addressing new challenges that face not just Simmental but the entire cattle industry".  

 

I’ve read my copy three times. Amazing job done! I appreciate learning the vast amount of history, and specifically what happened to the breed through the 1980's". Craig Johnson.
"Loved the presentation! I too would encourage everyone to take the time and read the book, it is a great and honest synopsis of the history of the ASA and a truly thoughtful piece. History has its greatest value when its lessons help shape our future. Congratulations Bob and thanks for all of your efforts!" Marty Ropp

 

“Simmental's American Journey' tells the story of a great breed of cattle that originated in Switzerland but crossed the Atlantic ocean in the late 60's! Thanks to Dr. Bob Hough, Paulette Cochenour and others who put over 70,000 words and 400 photos into this great book! Only $25 and available from the American Simmental Association! No doubt if you're an Ag educator you need this book as a reference in your classroom! In fact, if you are a breeder of Simgenetic cattle this would be a great gift for your local Ag teachers or County Agent!" Billy Moss

 

“Simmental's American Journey isn't a pretentious stroll through history. Dr. Hough candidly tackles the breed’s history through good times and tough years. He stresses the lessons learned at FOCUS 2000 and its pivotal role in our breed’s re-alignment with industry needs. He emphasizes Simmental’s science and performance roots and frankly depicts the leadership’s strengths and visions. This book accurately conveys the association’s struggles and vitality. It is a must-read for ag history buffs, as well as future cattlemen.” says Susan Russell, Sugar City, CO, Colorado Simmental Association Secretary and Treasurer.




Multi-breed Evaluation

 

IGS Releases Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT

Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT 

 

FAQs: IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT


What to Expect with Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT


The Value of DNA Information in the Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT


Multi-breed Stayability: First EPDs Using BOLT


Are the New BOLT-Derived EPDs More Accurate Than Previous Cornell EPDs?

International Genetic Solutions (IGS) is an unprecedented collaboration between progressive breed associations fervently committed to enhancing commercial profitability.  The collaboration has yielded the world’s largest genetic evaluation of beef cattle with over 17 million animals and 120,000+ genotypes.

In keeping with our commitment to the cattle industry, IGS is pleased to announce the IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT.  The new genetic evaluation provides more predictive EPDs, better use of genomics, more accurate accuracy reported with EPDs, all with weekly evaluations.  The announcement ushers in a new era in genetic evaluation — an era made possible by a genetic evaluation system dubbed BOLT (Biometric Open Language Tools, owned by Theta Solutions, LLC).  

Click to read:  
IGS Releases Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT
 
Page 1 of 15

                      

Top