“Confidence Builds Success”
by Emme Troendle
Fall Focus 2015 ~ Confidence Builds Success, co-hosted by Pennsylvania Simmental (PSA) and American Simmental (ASA), will convene in Gettysburg, PA, September 14-17. This annual event combines an educational symposium with the fall ASA Board of Trustees’ meeting; Simmental members and their customers, along with allied industry are invited and encouraged to attend again this year. The 2014 event was held in Bozeman, MT, with the goal to rotate this meeting so that members in all regions will be able to attend.
The aim for this year’s Fall Focus is to arm seedstock breeders and commercial cattlemen with information to confidently make genetic selection decisions, market their product, promote the beef industry, and plan for security of future generations. Topics include, Nuts and Bolts of Genetic Improvement; Crossbreeding for Seedstock and Commercial Producers; Perspectives on Designing Genetics and Bull Selection for Seedstock Breeders, Commercial Cattlemen and Show Ring Enthusiasts; Becoming a Confident Beef Advocate; Creating Market Share for SimGenetic Cattle; The Value of SimGenetics to Retail Carcass; Keep/Cull Decisions for a Successful Operation.
On Monday, the educational symposium kicks off the three-day event, followed by Open Committee meetings on Tuesday and the ASA Board of Trustee meeting on Wednesday. This event is designed to allow Simmental breeders an inside look at issues affecting the beef industry, and the work being done to address these issues on behalf of ASA membership. Tom Vossler, PSA Coordinator says, “These are the people, board, and committees that establish the policies and procedures that we maintain our Simmental herds by. This is your chance see how ASA runs and voice your opinion.” Monday evening, Pennsylvania Simmental will host a dinner for the group,with guest speaker US Congressman Frank Lucas, addressing “Crafting the 2014 Farm Bill through the Legislative Process.”
ASA members, historically, have supported educational programs through attendance and financial commitments. Once again several breeders have stepped up with financial sponsorships for this event. Current sponsors are Pine Ridge Ranch, TX; Gibbs Farms, AL; Gateway Simmentals, MT; Tom Brothers Ranch, TX; McDonald Farms, VA; and Buzzard Hollow Ranch, TX. Sponsors can make donations to the Foundation and tag the funds for education, and more specifically for Fall Focus.
Gettysburg is an excellent historical experience for anyone interested in US history, and is a fascinating blend of the past and the present. The three historical tours offered are a guided three-hour Gettysburg Battlefield tour, a guided Eisenhower National HistoricFarm tour, and a guided two-hour of the historic Shriver House in downtown Gettysburg. Attendees are also invited on a self-guided visit of the Farm Herd Walk with Pennsylvania-raised Simmental cattle located at Mountain View Farms. Gettysburg is conveniently located to four major airports, allowing attendees to incorporate additional vacation time in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Hersey and many other historic places.
There is no registration fee to attend the Fall Focus; however, registration by August 21st is required for meal and refreshment preparation. If you have any more questions or want to register visit www.fallfocus.org.