Keeping up with the Joneses

A split seedstock and commercial operation focuses on data and efficiency within the cow herd. By Emme Troendle “We do a little bit of everything,” says Grant Jones, speaking for the family’s Chundy Land and Cattle operation, located 26 miles north of Haigler (population 147), in the southwestern corner of Nebraska. “We are a diversified…

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…