Belief in His Breed

South Dakota Simmental producer begins role on board of national group. By: Janelle Atyeo, Tri-State Neighbor The barn on the Eichacker farm near Salem, S.D., gets plenty of use. This time of year, it’s a cozy place for newborn Simmental and red Angus calves, but it also has served as a space for family gatherings and…

Night in the Rockies, Foundation Gala Auction

The 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…

Fall Focus 2016: Teaming Technology with Tradition

By Jackie Atkins, PhD. Roughly 175 American Simmental Association members, academics, allied industry representatives, IGS partners and breeders joined the ASA staff and trustees for a day-long educational event in Bozeman, MT recently. The theme of the day was leveraging technology to enhance the tradition of breeding seedstock beef cattle. Dale Miller, ASA Board of Trustees Chairman, kicked…

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…

An Unprecedented Collaboration

by Emme Troendle “In the first few decades of national cattle evaluation, universities performed evaluations for the beef industry. The universities largely underwrote the research and development, establishing the software and the methodology to advance genetic evaluation for the beef breeds,” said Wade Shafer, CEO of ASA, when asked about the origins of International Genetics…

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…

The Cattleman’s Science Dictionary

The Cattleman’s Dictionary The Science Behind Genetic Selection By Dr. Jackie Atkins Recently, the ASA has gathered terms for an online glossary in order to help our members understand the science behind genetic selection a little better.  While this does not make for exciting reading, we hope these definitions will help our members have a…