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May 29, 2021
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Simmental Provides Open-Breed Registration Promotion

Knowledge is a powerful tool for success. The American Simmental Association (ASA) recognizes that informed, data-driven decisions improve the bottom line for…
April 16, 2021
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National Classic Preview

By Lilly Platts with Classic Coordinator Diane Duren | National Classic June 26 - July 2, 2021 The 2021 AJSA National Classic will mark the 41st year of…
March 27, 2021
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Fall Focus – 2021 and 2022 Updates

Pandemic – it is not a four-letter word, but the response is probably the same. You wonder what is coming after that word is said. There are still challenges…

ASA Spotlight

May 21, 2021

Meeting with Moody

by Lilly Platts | ASA Board Chairman Randy Moody remarks on programs and key issues facing the ASA Board of Trustees. Platts: Tell us about your background,…
May 07, 2021

Built on Balance

by Lilly Platts | Bichler Simmentals raises high-quality seedstock in North Dakota, with a focus on balanced traits and consistent improvement. Doug and Maria…
April 16, 2021

Kenner Simmentals Focused on Developing Better Beef

By Emme DemmendaalEditor’s Note: This article was originally published by Tri-State Livestock News, reprinted with permission. As Simmental and SimAngus TM…

A Successful Cattlemen's Congress

Mar 27, 2021 ASA Spotlight
SimMagic On Ice, Volume 12, was held Sunday, January 10 at Cattlemen's Congress. The sale kicked off with donations lots for the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation (ASF). The…

Continuation of a Classic

Mar 27, 2021 ASA Spotlight
By Lilly Platts | Jason and Nikki Gress raise Fleckvieh cattle for the modern producer at Little Creek Cattle, Inc. Editor’s note: The Gress family was featured in ASA’s Stand…

Producing Top SimAngus Beef

Mar 12, 2021 ASA Spotlight
By Emme Demmendaal | When our first quarter-blood Simmentals hit the ground, they were just exceptional,” shares Arlen Katterman of Kattle Bell Farm, Hale, Michigan, describing…

The Tale of Three Buildings

Hospital Builds on Former ASA Property         |     

by Dan Reider

In 1974, the five-year-old American Simmental Association capitalized on rapidly expanding demand for its services to build an 11,250-square foot building costing $281,000. For 42 years, the Swiss chalet-style facility, nestled adjacent to heavily traveled Interstate 90, housed as many as 55 employees, along with a self-contained print shop, a completely equipped mail room, a constantly growing computer system, a waterproof walk-in safe, and a board room that converted to a small theater for slideshows and informational movies.

“In the mid-2010s, Bozeman was in the midst of a growth explosion and the demand for well-located property presented a win-win opportunity for the Association,” ASA Executive Vice President Wade Shafer explained. “We received an offer from a speculator on our existing property that was well above any expectations we might have had, setting in motion a plan that greatly benefited the Association.”

The original 40-year-old building was in need of a sizable injection of cash for maintenance and remodeling to bring it up to code. “This was a business opportunity that we just couldn’t afford to pass up,” Shafer emphasized.

The Association then purchased 4.3 acres of land about one mile north of the original property and promptly constructed a modern, state-of-the-art office building. The new facility consists of 16,124 square feet on three levels.

Total cost, including land, building, and planning, added up to $3.3 million, allowing ASA to place a welcome infusion of excess money in savings. In February this year, the old building and a freestanding storage building were razed to make way for new construction.

A new building, called b2 UrgentCare on North 19th, is going up under the auspices of Bozeman Health, the local hospital that serves more than 150,000 people from a 100-mile radius. In an announcement, medical officials described the addition: “The building will open on Bozeman Health-owned land between North 19th and Simmental Way next to a rest area. The location provides convenient access to Urgent Care services for those traveling on I-90 and to the growing northwest side of Bozeman.” Construction will begin this summer and is expected to be fully complete by fall of 2022. 

“We are very pleased with the way these transactions played out,” Shafer concluded. “We have a new state-of-the-art building with stunning views of the Bridger Mountains and additional land for future expansion or sale while adding a substantial sum to our investment portfolio. The icing on the cake is that our original property will be utilized to provide much-needed health care to the rapidly growing population of Bozeman.”



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