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News Update

December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

The American Angus Association and Angus Productions Inc. offices will be closed at 12:30 p.m. CST Dec. 24 and will remain closed for the Christmas holiday, until Monday, Dec. 29.

National Western Angus Bull Sale Approaches

The American Angus Association will host its annual Angus Bull Show and Sale Wednesday, Jan. 14, during the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo. An annual tradition, it is the only Association-managed sale hosted throughout the year.

“Denver always brings an impressive showing of registered-Angus bulls during the sale,” says Association Regional Manager David Gazda, who also serves as sale manager. “Prior to the sale, bulls will be evaluated and judged by a three-person panel at the National Western. It promises to be another great event for the Angus breed.”

Browse the NWSS Angus Bull Sale book online to read more about the 43 bulls being sold Jan. 14. The event begins at noon in Stadium Arena, where the following judges will evaluate the bulls: Chris Styles, Brentford, S.D.; Bruce Stertzbach, Louisville, Ohio; and Joe Myers, Harrodsburg, Ky. They will rank the animals using a composite system to determine sale order.

After the grand and reserve grand champions are selected, attendees will be invited into the showring, where prospective buyers can preview the bulls before the sale.

Then activities move over to the Beef Palace Auction Arena at the NWSS Complex. Immediately following the auction of the 2015 Angus Foundation Heifer Package, which starts at 3:30 p.m. MST, the NWSS Angus Bull Sale will begin. Rick Machado, Arroyo Grande, Calif., will serve as auctioneer.

Real-time bidding via the Internet will also be available on LiveAuctions.TV.

For more information on Angus events at the 2015 NWSS, go online or contact the Association office at 816-383-5100. Stay tuned to for the latest show results and news from the show.

Whitley Joins Noble Foundation’s Agricultural Division

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation has selected Evan Whitley, as manager of the Center for Advanced Agricultural Systems and Technologies (CAAST).

“The Noble Foundation is uniquely positioned to assist in the many challenges facing the agriculture industry,” Whitley said. “The Noble Foundation’s mission and goals directly relate to my personal goals. This was an opportunity to be a part of great work that I couldn’t pass up.”

Whitley received his bachelor’s degree in range management, his master’s degree in range nutrition and his doctorate in beef cattle science, all from Texas A&M University. He has spent the last three years working as a private consultant and contract researcher. Whitley previously worked for Dakota Beef as the director of livestock operations and executive vice president.

“Evan brings a wealth of knowledge to the Noble Foundation,” said Billy Cook, director of the Agricultural Division. “His experience in consultation and research provides us with a skill set that will have immediate and long-term impact on the growth of CAAST and help the agriculture industry maintain sustainability.”

CAAST is one of the Noble Foundation’s Centers of Excellence, which are focused on specific areas of research to help produce information applicable to agricultural producers. CAAST will conduct applied research focusing on agronomy, grazing systems, cover crops and cropping systems, range management, soil health, and beef cattle management and technologies.

As manager, Whitley will coordinate the center’s research efforts and provide information to agricultural producers, researchers and strategic partners.

Whitley grew up in the farming community of Pilot Point, Texas. He and his wife, Kristy, have three daughters.

Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show
Feb. 11, 2015

The 30th annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, located at 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna, Fla. Registration and the Trade Show open at 7:30 a.m. CST, the program starts at 8:15 a.m., and concludes with a steak lunch. There is a $5 per person registration fee for the event, payable at the door.

The focus of the beef conference this year will be “Investing in the Future of Your Herd.” The speakers will be sharing ideas to guide ranchers on investments worth consideration during the good years, to prepare for leaner times in the future. Topics will include improving pasture management, pasture weed control, supplement feeding systems, herd performance, financial management and herd reproduction.

The beef conference will also feature a trade show of businesses and agencies that offer goods and services to cattle producers in the region. Time will be provided to visit with the company representatives to learn about products and services offered for beef cattle operations.

For more information, please view the Angus Journal Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events here.


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