SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Drought has impacted beef producers in a wide area and many have reduced herd sizes. This magnifies the importance of reproductive efficiency in the animals that remain as well as for herd expansion when conditions allow. Understanding how to use advancing reproductive technologies and proper management decisions to improve the quality and efficiency of beef production is the theme of a conference set for Dec. 3-4 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Details are available at http://muconf.-missouri.edu/ARSBC-SouthDakota/ or from Kansas State University's K-State Research and Extension offices around the state, as well as most Extension offices in surrounding states.
"This has just been a great conference to be associated with over the years. We started these here in Kansas 10 years ago and their popularity has never diminished," said Sandy Johnson, K-State Research and Extension livestock specialist in Colby, Kan.
The conference begins daily at 8:30 a.m. The fee to attend is $200. More information is available by contacting South Dakota State University Extension beef specialist George Perry at 605-688-5456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angus elects new board members and officers
The American Angus Association announced new members and officers for its Board of Directors during the 129th annual meeting in Louisville, Ky. Those serving for three-year terms are Charlie Boyd, Mays Lick, Ky.; Scott Foster, Niles, Mich.; Philip Howell, Winchester, Ind.; Vaughn Meyer, Reva, S.D.; and Don Schiefelbein, Kimball, Minn.
Phil Trowbridge, Ghent, N.Y., was elected president and chairman of the board. He succeeds Jarold Callahan, Edmond, Okla. Gordon Stucky, Kingman, Kan., was chosen by delegates to serve as vice president and vice chairman. Cathy Watkins, Middletown, Ind., will serve as treasurer.
More than 311 elected delegates from 41 states, Canada and the District of Columbia represented association members during the meeting held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Super-Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show.
Stucky and his family own Stucky Ranch, west of Wichita, Kan. He is past director and president of the Kansas Angus Association, and is chairman of its commercial female sale. He has also been active in Beef Improvement Federation, his local Extension council, the Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association.
Top Angus awards presented at banquet
The American Angus Association honored outstanding Angus leaders during its annual awards banquet in conjunction with North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) events in Louisville, Ky.
Roll of Victory award winners included:
Sire of the Year - B C Lookout 7024, William Conley, Clarksdale, Mo., McCurry Bros., Sedgwick, Kan., Limestone LLC, Perkins, Okla.
Dam of the Year - Sankeys Erica 525, Chris and Sharee Sankey, Council Grove, Kan.
Junior Bull Calf Champion of the Year - Sankeys Justified 101, Chris and Sharee Sankey, Council Grove, Kan.; Foster Campbell II, Bossier City, La.
Senior Champion Female of the Year - McCurry Miss Wix 9081, Jackson Wingert, Ottawa, Kan.
USCA annual meeting Dec. 11 in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Members of the U.S. Cattlemen's Association (USCA) will gather Tuesday, Dec. 11, at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas for the organization's annual membership meeting.Ê The day-long agenda includes legislative updates from Washington, D.C. officials, congressional staff, and the Cattlemen's Beef Board in addition to policy review and adoption. Board elections and officer nominations will also be held.
Topics for the meeting include an update regarding anticipated post-election changes for 2013, status of the 2012 farm bill, ongoing efforts against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and beef checkoff reform.