ASA’s Open House and Grand Opening

By Emme Troendle Reflecting on the Grand Opening, Wade Shafer, EVP said, “By all accounts, ASA’s Grand Opening and Fall Focus was a smashing success. We had great speakers, great discussion and great fellowship. A big thank you goes out to all involved. Thank you! Thank you!”   To kick-off the Grand Opening ceremony, ASA…

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…

“It Can Be Done, But It’s Not Easy”

A Story of Uncommon Perseverance with Darryl McNair of Spanish Rose Simmentals By Courtney Wesner Last year, I was privileged to hear one of the most truthful stories of perseverance, heart, and guts that I have ever heard ~ it is the story of Darryl McNair of Spanish Rose Simmentals. Let me share with you…

ASA’s New Website

  Have you heard the buzz? The American Simmental Association has a new website! The redesign of the ASA’s informational website is mobile friendly for phones and tablets. It features a consolidated navigation system making it easy to find the information you need throughout the website.     New features to look for: Easy to…

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…

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…