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Leading-Edge Topics at American Simmental Association's Fall Focus

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Ranchers looking to secure better genetic outcomes should register this month for the 2019 event in Manhattan, KS.

 
"Focus on you. Focus on success. Focus on profit." That's what cattlemen attending the American Simmental Association's upcoming Fall Focus event can expect. The 2019 annual gathering takes place August 23-27 in Manhattan, KS. 
 
Fall Focus is a must-see, with ranch tours, an interactive symposium featuring expert speakers, and leading influencers discussing genetic selection, marketability, and future sustainability.
 
"It's a great event for commercial cattlemen and cattlewomen in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, or surrounding areas who are interested in seeing a microcosm of the beef business in one place, on one day, and engaging with not only serious, savvy seedstock producers, but aggressive, profit-focused commercial people at the same time," says Chip Kemp, American Simmental Association Director of Commercial and Industry Operations.
 
Kemp says research coming out of Kansas State University should draw producers to attend. "We're going to capitalize on the skill set of the K-State team," he says. "Bob Weaber, Megan Rolf, Ken Odde and many others will be involved and will talk to us about some of the new and exciting things they've been working on to directly benefit many of us in the cattle business for an awfully long time."
 
Designed to drive dialogue, the conference will feature the sharing of ideas and success stories.
 
"We'll have some marketing conversations there, relative to how we make a valuable feeder calf and how we market that calf to capture value going forward," Kemp says.
 
Most importantly, Kemp adds, "There will be takeaways for everyone - no matter where one fits in the industry." 
 
"For some people, it may be as simple as you find that contact for that next herd bull you've been looking for," he says. "Perhaps you've been waiting to shake the hand of that seedstock person you've been wanting to meet for an awfully long time. You can trap them in a corner. You can talk about some of the genetics that you want to discuss."
 
At the end of the day, it's about adding to the commercial and seedstock producer's bottom line.  If that interests you, ASA wants you at the Fall Focus meeting.
 
Cattle producers wanting to attend should visit www.fallfocus.org to register or to learn more. Room blocks are available until July 23. 
 
Seedstock members or commercial producers wanting to learn more can visit simmental.org or contact the Association at 406-587-4531.
 
 
Schedule  
 

Fall Focus 2019 offers a unique opportunity to capitalize on the plethora of beef cattle expertise in Manhattan, KS.   Here is the program for the educational day on Saturday, August 24, at the Manhattan Conference Center.   

 

Registration is free but required for meal counts.  Register for Fall Focus and find links for easy hotel room booking at fallfocus.org.

 

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Packet pick-up and registration 

 

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Welcome Gordon Hodges, ASA Chairman of the Board of Trustees

 

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Comments Dr. Michael Dikeman, Kansas State University

 

Session I: Moderated by Dr. Lauren Hyde

 

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Genetics of Fertility 

Drs. Bob Weaber, Megan Rolf, and Jennifer Bormann, Kansas State University 

 

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Novel Trait Advancements 

Drs. Bob Weaber, Megan Rolf, and Jennifer Bormann, Kansas State University 

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break with sponsor spotlight from Allflex®

 

Session II: Moderated by Dr. Jackie Atkins

 

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. New developments in IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation.  

ASA/IGS Science Team

 

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch with sponsor highlight from GeneSeek® and guest speaker, Coach Bill Snyder, retired KSU football coach.

 

Session III: Moderated by Dr. Wade Shafer

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Showring’s Role in the Beef Industry

Panelists include: Dr. Bob Hough, Dr. Scott Shaake, Donnell Brown, Tim Smith, and John Griswold 

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break

 

Session IV: Moderated by Chip Kemp

 

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Considerations for Seedstock Breeders to Help Commercial Cattle Operations be Successful, Charly Cummings, Superior Livestock Auctions 

 

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Feedyard Perspectives, Recipe for a Profitable Feeder Calf.

Craig Uden, Darr Feedlots

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lessons Learned from Feeder Calf Market Data.

Dr. Ken Odde, Kansas State University 

 

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Wrap up

 

6:00 p.m. Evening Dinner and Social at the Flint Hills Discovery Center

Fall Focus 2019 - Local events and attractions

Eisenhower Library  

Eisenhower Library

 

Flint Hills Discovery Center  

Flint Hills Discovery Center

 

Fall Focus 2019 is nestled in the heart of cattle country.  Surrounded by the Flint Hills of western Kansas, Manhattan is a beautiful town with many local attractions.  One of the main attractions for ASA members is the sheer number of Simmental seedstock operations headquartered nearby.  Several of these operations have opened their doors to tours this year on Friday, August 23 and Tuesday, August 27 (see the list of ranch tour directions and contact information).

Friday evening (August 23) the Kansas Simmental Association invites you to the Stanley Stout Center on the Kansas State University campus for dinner, conversation, and viewing cattle on display from breeders listed below.  Dinner has a nominal fee ($10) so bring some cash and an empty stomach.

See a selection of cattle on display Friday night from the following breeders:

  • Brooks Simmentals, Manhattan, KS
  • Cline Simmentals, Onaga, KS
  • Dikeman Simmentals, Manhattan, KS
  • Kansas State University Purebred Beef Unit, Manhattan, KS
  • Schaake Farms, Manhattan, KS

Manhattan is home to Kansas State University (KSU) and we will all benefit from the expertise of the KSU faculty.  Several of the speakers during the educational day are affiliated with KSU including Drs. Michael Dikeman, Bob Weaber, Megan Rolf, Jennifer Bormann, Ken Odde, and Scott Schaake. We are fortunate to have former K-State football coach Bill Snyder, the winningest coach in the history of K-State football, and Dr. Kenneth Burton from the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility as keynote speakers during lunch Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Flint Hills Discovery Center, located next to the meeting headquarters, is a great place to learn about the area.  The Kansas Simmental Association will host dinner and a social here Saturday night (August 24) after the educational symposium.  Additionally, Manhattan and nearby communities have a laundry list of activities like the Eisenhower Presidential Library, wine tasting, shopping, and fine dining. For more local activities check out https://cityofmhk.com/ or www.visitkc.com

 

Manhattan promises a family-friendly and beef-centric 2019 Fall Focus. Register today for Fall Focus at fallfocus.org.

 

Highlighting Local Expertise in Manhattan, KS.

 

Fall Focus 2019 promises to deliver new and exciting information for seedstock breeders, commercial cattle producers, and allied industry partners.  This year’s speakers will cover the genetics of fertility, advancements made in novel trait predictions, a panel discussion on the show ring's role in the beef industry, and how seedstock breeders can help commercial cattle enterprises be successful with feedyard perspectives and data from feeder calf sales.  

 

Kansas Simmental Association has arranged special local flavor including tours of nearby Simmental breeders, a cattle display, dinner at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, and local guest speakers including Coach Bill Snyder, former Kansas State University football coach, and Dr. Kenneth Burton, Coordinator of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.  

Speakers include:

Dr. Michael Dikeman, Kansas State University

Dr. Bob Weaber, Kansas State University

Dr. Megan Rolf, Kansas State University

Dr. Jennifer Bormann, Kansas State University

Craig Uden, Darr Feedlots

Charly Cummings, Superior Livestock Auctions

Dr. Ken Odde, Kansas State University

Various ASA Staff

Panelists include:  Dr. Bob Hough, Dr. Bob Weaber, Dr. Scott Schaake, Tim Smith, and John Griswold

 

Registration is free but required to help with meal counts.  You can register today at fallfocus.org. 

The main meetings and conference headquarters are set at the Hilton Garden Inn and the attached Manhattan Conference Center.  A block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn is reserved for August 22 - August 27, 2019. The special room rate will be available until July 23 or until the group block is sold out.  Book your reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn by following this link.

http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/M/MANGIGI-SIMFF-20190822/index.jhtml


Interested in sponsoring Fall Focus 2019?  Contact Bill McDonald at 540-230-6225 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To be included in the Fall Focus Program, you must commit by June 21.

State associations interested in hosting Fall Focus 2020 should apply at fallfocus.org.  The application deadline for 2020 Fall Focus is August 1, 2019. The selected location will be announced at this year’s Fall Focus.

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