Building Blocks of Commercial Genetic Awareness

by Lane Giess, Director of Commercial and Nontraditional Data Programs The commercial programs offered by the American Simmental Association (ASA) are an effort to provide genetic tools to the largest sector of the beef industry— the cattle operations. These efforts are supported through multiple ASA programs and the world’s most comprehensive beef genetic database. The…

How to Become a Performance Advocate

The benefits of submitting performance data for ASA members. By Jannine Story and Emme Troendle Editor’s note: Recently, ASA’s Jannine Story and Emme Troendle teamed up with Simmental producers Dr. Michael Dikeman, Sarah Jones, and Chuck Miller to explain the benefits of submitting performance data. Encouraging Thorough Data Reporting — ASA’s Performance Advocate Program The…

Top Tips for DNA Testing

Ten things you can do to ensure a smooth DNA testing process: Familiarize yourself with ASA’s DNA testing requirements. First contact the sale, bull test, show, etc., you may participate in to be clear of their DNA requirements. Order kits early (at least two months before you need results) by contacting the ASA – DNA@simmgene.comor…

Gate Cuts: Professional Ethics for the Judge

By Paul Walker, Ph.D., DI Walker Consulting As you read this article, the summer show season has come and gone. I hope you won some and had a lot of fun. I want to boast a little as a proud father. My daughter Leslie received the AJSA Gold Merit Award (1 of 5 awarded) at…

Simmental Savvy

A Nebraska family sets themselves apart by building on a solid family foundation and raising SimAngusTM seedstock. by Lilly Platts Kearns Cattle Company began selling bulls to commercial cattlemen years before becoming a part of the registered seedstock business. This background made the transition to selling registered bulls natural, as the Kearns family had established…

IGS Releases Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT

International Genetic Solutions (IGS) has implemented a revolutionary beef genetic evaluation that uses a single-step genomic marker effects model. This new approach, referred to as the IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT, results in more precise EPD predictions, the most valid accuracy values currently possible, and widespread refinements across the board for the predictions of stayability, calving ease, and growth traits. Multi-breed, directly comparable EPDs, and weekly evaluation runs – welcome to the power of collaboration. Welcome to IGS.