Night in the Rockies, Foundation Gala Auction

assf_foundationgala_theregister_2016_11_15.inddThe American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation (ASF) welcomes you to a Night in the Rockies, Foundation Gala Auction, January 15, in Denver, Colorado. The featured entertainment for the evening is Trent Loos, Agriculture Advocate.

Recently appointed to President-Elect, Donald Trump’s Agricultural Advisory, Trent Loos will share a night of laughter with insight on America’s agriculture story and how farmers and ranchers can work together to ensure a bountiful future for US agriculture.

Trent’s passion for promoting agriculture was born out of the reality that people were spreading vicious untruths about the industry he grew up in and dearly loves, and nobody was setting them straight. Listen as Trent shares stories from his worldly travels about the amazing people that are making a difference in so many fields in countless different ways.

Join us for a night of festivities, and support several worthy causes through the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation Auction. Whether you are coming straight from the Stockyards, the ASA annual meeting, or Chairman’s reception, all are welcome to join in the celebration. Heavy appetizers are provided and cash bar available throughout the event.

You can also bid for these auction pieces online at LiveAuction.tv. Thank you to our generous donors for their contributions of unique auction items!

Click here to view the event brochure highlighting auction items, entertainment information, and more.

View auction item gallery  here.

ASF Funded Programs:

Feed Intake Project

The ability to predict differences in feedlot intake of sires’ offspring is an important component in the assessment of differences in profitability between sires.  The Feed Intake Project will support collecting feed intake data on calves of known sire groups to improve our ability to predict feed intake and thus improve our ability to predict differences in profit. Goal $30,000/year.

Steer Profitability Contest

The AJSA Steer Profitability Competition (SPC) is designed to provide members of the AJSA meaningful exposure to the opportunities and challenges associated with cattle feeding.  The SPC will not only allow participants to measure and compare the profitability of their own animal(s), but of greater importance, will introduce young beef enthusiasts to peers, mentors, industry advocates, and experiences that are exceedingly difficult to acquire for any beef producer.

Fall Educational Symposium

Each fall the ASA hosts an educational session in conjunction with the fall board meeting. Since 2014, this symposium has educated nearly 450 participants from all over the country and a few international guests. The day-long event features recognized experts in livestock genetics, animal breeding, and other key topics for beef cattle. Seedstock producers, commercial cattlemen, industry personnel, other breed associations and academics come together for this session and following social. Join us in hosting the 2017 Fall Focus in Bismarck, ND by donating funds to this event.

Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant

Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant supports graduate education with emphasis on genetic improvement of livestock.  The fund originally started by Jim Berry of Wildberry Farms, honors Dr. Bob Walton’s lifelong efforts in animal breeding and raising Simmental cattle.  Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant supports graduate education in research programs to directly improve applied livestock genetics and help build future experts in animal breeding.  There are two awards — one for $5,000 and a second for $3,000 for graduate education programs; each recipient will contribute to ASA Publication regarding their research for both SimTalk and the Register.

Young Canadian Exchange Project

Each summer, two AJSA Board of Trustee members will be randomly selected to attend the Young Canadian Simmental Association National Classic.  This is more than just an opportunity to travel, but rather an opportunity for AJSA members to learn about international agriculture, new ideas to progress the association, and gain new friends in an attempt to build their resume and personal experience.

Youth Merit Awards

Dollars for scholars. Established in 1981, the Merit Award is designed to provide recognition to junior members who have made “significant contributions to their community, home, family, school and the Simmental or Simbrah breeds of cattle.”  As college tuition continues to increase, the Foundation continues to support 16 AJSA members each year by awarding over $25,000 in scholarships, 11 Silver Merit Awards and 5 Gold Merit Awards, to help them continue their collegiate educational endeavors.

Youth Eastern and Western Regionals

Together as one team, our junior programs will flourish! The Eastern and Western Regions have each formed state unit groups to fundraise for their yearly Regional Classics.  The Eastern Regional group hosts a fundraiser at the NAILE each year, allowing states in the east to step up more freely to host classics, due to a lower financial cost.  Following suit of a previously successful regional group, the Western Region formed their own group.  Led by John Walston, the key is to see states within a specific region as one unit, rather than individuals.  The establishment of these regional groups is to raise funds for the Eastern and Western Regional Classics, despite which state holds the classic.

Youth National Classic

Each year your state associations play host to the largest SimGenetics event in the country, one of the most prestigious youth livestock events, the AJSA National Classic.  With each year’s National Classic bigger than the last, more and more SimGenetic enthusiasts attend the National Classic and purchase SimGenetics; at the same time, state associations are saddled with a growing financial responsibility in hosting.  The American Simmental Association and the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation are working to lighten the load and ensure many years of AJSA National Classics to come.