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News Update

May 16, 2018

Cattlemen’s Boot Camp to be
Hosted in Starkville, Mississippi

Cattle producers, mark your calendars! A Cattlemen’s Boot Camp will take place June 7-8 at the Wise Center on the Mississippi State University (MSU) Campus in Starkville, Miss.

The educational event will be jointly hosted by the American Angus Association and MSU, and will provide purebred and commercial cattle producers with timely information presented by academic and industry professionals. Be sure to register online or download and send your application by mail before May 25 to ensure you don’t miss all that this event has to offer.

“The Cattlemen’s Boot Camp workshop is a great event for cattle producers across the country,” said Jaclyn Upperman, Association director of events and education. “The workshop offers industry-specific information from speakers and research that will offer insight into the beef business to both purebred and commercial producers.”

Generously funded by the Angus Foundation, Cattlemen’s Boot Camp is open to all cattle producers, and it features two days of educational speakers and workshops and hands-on activities to help cattlemen and cattlewomen improve their herd operations. Attendees will look forward to hearing from industry professionals on a market outlook, range and crop management tips, updates on carcass trends, and information on bull selection, source verification, genetic improvement, and general herd management.

Keep reading this Angus news release online.

New Online Contest Deadline

We understand that you may not have known about the new online contest sign-up so we have extended the deadline to Monday, May 21.

Juniors need to have an AAA Login account, so don’t wait until the last minute!

A video tutorial will walk you through the process:

CattleFax to Receive Don L. Good Impact Award

CattleFax, an organization created by cattle producers, has been selected to receive the 2018 Don L. Good Impact Award.

The award, presented by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council Inc. (LMIC), is named in honor of Good, who is a former head of the Kansas State University (K-State) Department of Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI), and recognizes positive impact on the livestock and meat industry or agriculture. CattleFax will be recognized during the K-State ASI Family and Friends Reunion, set for Oct. 12 at the Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan, Kan.

Started in 1968, CattleFax is a member-owned organization that serves producers in all segments of the cattle and beef business. For half a century, it has been a global leader in beef industry research, analysis and information. Its exclusive industry database has set the standard for market information and analysis.

Information was critical in the 1960s to cattle producers, who believed their negotiating power for marketing their animals needed improvement. The answer was partially found in mining and sharing data.

“It felt like we needed our own information and data-sharing business, where you could see some of the trends more frequently during the year, and also have our own double check on the system,” says Randy Blach, CattleFax CEO.

For more information, read the K-State news release online.

U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Elects
New Board Members and Executive Officers

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), the nation’s leading multi-stakeholder beef sustainability group, announced a new board of directors and executive officer group during the recent Fourth Annual General Assembly Meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla. Elected by USRSB’s diverse membership body of cattlemen and women, beef processors, retailers, restaurants, technology providers and environmental conservation organizations, the new USRSB board will drive the strategic direction and focus of the world’s largest collaborative beef sustainability forum.

An experienced group of beef production and sustainability experts will serve as USRSB officers for the 2018-2019 term, providing leadership and coordination of the interests of all members and stakeholders. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, director of sustainability at JBS USA and recognized beef sustainability expert, will serve as chair. Ben Weinheimer, vice president of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, a national livestock organization representing 28% of the fed cattle produced in the United States, will serve as chair-elect. Debbie Lyons-Blythe, manager of Blythe Family Farms, a multi-generational Angus cattle ranch in the Flint Hills of Kansas that has been in family hands since the 1890s, will serve as secretary/treasurer. Read this USRSB news release online.

Perdue Appoints Members to National Advisory
Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue May 15 announced the appointment of five new members and 12 returning members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI).

“It is our goal to protect public health, prevent foodborne illness and promote confidence in the U.S. food safety inspection system, which is the most reliable and well-documented in the world,” said Perdue. “These committee members, with their breadth of experience and expertise, will help inform USDA on best practices as we continue to protect public health with the latest advances in science and technology.”

NACMPI was established in 1971 by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). NACMPI is a discretionary advisory committee that advises on food safety concerns and other matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities. It also contributes to USDA’s regulatory policy development.

Learn more in the full USDA news release online.



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