AJSA Member Wins National Essay Contest

Coordinated by Emme Troendle Grace Erickson, AJSA member and high school student from Bolivar, MO, recently won an essay competition sponsored by BEEF magazine. The contest was hosted by Jered Decker, author of the blog A Steak in Genomics, and sponsored by BEEF magazine, Zoetis, and GeneSeek. The essay contest is part of the “Identifying…

Teaming Technology with Tradition

Teaming Technology with Tradition Interview with Jackie Atkins, Coordinator of Fall Focus 2016 by Emme Troendle Tell me a little bit about Fall Focus 2016, Educational Symposium and Board Meeting. “This year there are a lot of exciting, new things at the Fall Focus. We are having the ASA headquarters Grand Opening, which is exciting…

The Full Story Behind W/C Wide Track 694Y

This spring, a high-impact Simmental bull, W/C Wide Track 694Y, was erroneously named a carrier of Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA), also known as fawn calf syndrome. After further investigation, it became clear that Wide Track was in fact free of the defect. What happened to lead to such a monumental mistake? Here is the full story from American Simmental Association (ASA), Genex Cooperative, Inc. and the Werning family.

Investing in the Next Generation of Animal Breeders

Investing in the Next Generation of Animal Breeders Jackie Atkins, PhD, American Simmental Association and Sue Finley, The Midwest Herdsman As a teenager, Robert Walton’s goal was to breed cattle “homozygous for all the good genes”.  Walton pursued this mission as an exchange student with Dr. Ivan Johansson in Sweden followed by a doctorate in…