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That’s a Wrap

Successful 2017 Angus Convention, featuring announcement of new acquisition and new Angus-specific genomic profile, concludes.

With almost 2,500 attendees, the three-day 2017 Angus Convention was a resounding success. The American Angus Association celebrated a year full of progress and innovation, including two ground-breaking announcements during the convention.

Allen Moczygemba, Association CEO, announced the acquisition of Verified Beef and its Reputation Feeder Cattle® program during the Opening General Session Saturday, Nov. 4. The deal is a pivotal decision that will grow the value and relevance of the Angus breed today and in the future.

The Association also introduced a new genomic profile, Angus GS™, which offers breeders an affordable tool to empower genomic selection. The Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) team developed the tool specifically for Angus cattle and designed it to genotype the whole herd, not just bulls.

“This year’s Angus Convention was a tremendous success thanks to our dedicated membership and talented staff,” Moczygemba said. “It was truly a monumental year of innovation and progress for the Association and will set up 2018 to be an even more successful year. The Angus breed enjoys a leadership position today because of the collective efforts of producers, industry partners and Association supporters.”

The Convention kicked off Friday, Nov. 3, with the National Angus Tour hosted by the Texas Angus Association. Almost 450 attendees headed to a pair of unique operations in the heart of Texas. Hoofstock Genetics was first on the list, welcoming seven buses packed with Angus enthusiasts eager to learn more about the embryo transfer (ET) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) services Hoofstock offers. The second stop, Wilks Ranch, served up a hearty lunch and displayed Angus cattle from breeders across the state.

Meanwhile, the Beef Blitz Product Tour hosted by Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) took 40 attendees on a tour from packer to plate. The bus departed for a tour at Buckhead Dallas, an industry-leading protein supplier that stocks one of the largest inventories of Certified Angus Beef® (CAB)® brand product in the United States. The tour then headed to Silver Fox, a traditional steak house in Fort Worth. After lunch, the tour headed east to Brookshire’s Retail Store for their final tour.

Friday evening, the Angus Foundation celebrated a year of generous donors at the Angus Foundation Supporter Recognition Event. Donations directly support Angus youth, cutting-edge research and education. Almost 900 donors contributed to the Foundation, helping to grow total assets to a record $20.49 million. In addition, four new scholarship funds were created.

The 2017 Convention was a true educational experience. Attendees had the opportunity to attend workshops, demonstrations and the one-of-a-kind trade show. Speakers included Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax; Lowell Catlett, a futurist and retired regents professor at New Mexico State University; Edd Hendee, owner and operator of the renowned Houston-based Taste of Texas restaurant; and other industry leaders.

An impressive 1,500 Convention attendees entered to win a Priefert and Tru-Test Complete Cattle Handling System and a one-of-a-kind, custom-built Angus Cat 289 Compact Track Loader. David Lutchka of Grass Lake, Mich., took home the cattle-handling system, valued at $27,000. Northpoint, Ala., native Keith Ergle was the lucky winner of the Cat track loader, a $90,000 piece of equipment.

Judging contest results were announced, and winners of the three divisions took home a hat from contest sponsor Greeley Hat Works, a $650 value. Colter Pohlman of Texas took home high honors in the youth division, and Cooper Dube of Texas won the young adult division. Kansas native Jeff Nemecek won the adult division and was named overall champion.

Following the giveaway drawing, Grammy award-winning Asleep at the Wheel provided classic country swing entertainment in true Texas style.

Auxiliary Activities
The American Angus Auxiliary hosted several events in conjunction with the Angus Convention, including its Executive Committee and Executive Board meetings, its Annual Meeting, the 65th Annual Auxiliary Breakfast and a past presidents’ luncheon.

Five young scholarship winners competed during the convention for the title of Miss American Angus, a contest hosted by the American Angus Auxiliary. Competing were Lydia Dance, Hillsboro, Ohio; Caroline Cowles, Rockfield, Ky.; Claire Hawthorne, Westby, Wis.; Kallie Knott, Laotto, Ind.; and Haley Greiman, Perry, Iowa. Knott was crowned the 2018 Miss American Angus at the Awards Recognition Breakfast Monday, Nov. 6.

New leadership taking the reins at the 66th Annual Auxiliary Breakfast include Leslie Mindemann, Sullivan, Wis., president; Cindy Ahearn, Wills Point, Texas, president-elect; and Gina Hope, Berryville, Va., secretary-treasurer.

Recognition breakfast
The highly anticipated Awards Recognition Breakfast highlighted some of the Association’s best and brightest. Award winners included:

Rounding out the Convention was the 134th Annual Convention of Delegates. Delegates representing 40 states and the District of Columbia elected five directors, all incumbents seeking a second term, to the Board:

The delegates also elected Board leadership:

At their September Board Meeting, Board members elected:

The 2017 Angus Convention wouldn’t be possible without the support of generous sponsors, including

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Angus Convention scheduled for Nov. 3-5 in Columbus, Ohio. We’ll be celebrating CAB’s 40th anniversary in the state where it all began. Registration and lodging reservations open July 1, 2018. For more details about this year’s Convention, visit

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Editor’s Note: Ali Luety is a communications specialist for the American Angus Association.







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