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Angus Convention

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. Read more.

David Gazda
David Gazda

Association Perspective

The eyes and ears of the Association are a valuable resource.

The American Angus Association is recognized as the nation’s largest breed organization, having a membership of more than 25,000 breeders who, in fiscal year (FY) 2016, registered in excess of 320,000 head of cattle.

The Association also holds the distinction of having the largest field staff of any beef breed organization, employing 13 full-time regional managers who travel extensively in their respective territories throughout the year representing the American Angus Association and its membership. These individuals are not only knowledgeable of the Angus breed, they possess a thorough understanding of the Association and its four entities, rules and policies, and all programs and services offered by the organization. Read more.

Future Angus Stockmen Scholarship Awarded

Catie Wharton, Syracuse, Kan., selected as this year’s $1,000 scholarship recipient.

The American Angus Association launched the Future Angus Stockmen program to encourage the next generation of commercial cattle producers. This program awards a $1,000 scholarship annually thanks to support from Allflex. Catie Wharton, Syracuse, Kan., was awarded the scholarship during the 2017 Angus Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.

Wharton is a freshman at Texas Tech University studying animal science with an emphasis in production. She fell in love with the beef industry as a young girl raising her first Angus bucket calf and now aspires to become a beef producer. Read more.

What’s Inside …

In this December edition of the Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA, you'll find valuable articles devoted to the management, marketing, and health and nutrition of your beef enterprise. Select from the tabs at the top of the page to access this month’s entire offering by category. A few select features include:

News Briefs …

The American Angus Association and its subsidiaries generate a wealth of information to keep members and affiliates informed of what's happening within the industry, as well as with the programs and services they offer. Click here for easy access to the newsrooms of the American Angus Association and Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Angus Journal Daily archive available in the API Virtual Library.

Ag Census Under Way

Surveys have been sent, and responses are needed by Feb. 5.

Farmers and ranchers across America will have their voices heard in the USDA Census of Agriculture, and the data collected in the coming months will certainly help shape agricultural policy for years to come.

The census began in 1840 and is conducted every five years to get a complete picture of American agriculture.

Farm operations that produced and sold at least $1,000 of agricultural product in 2017 are included. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) started mailing surveys to producers of all sizes in December, and responses should be collected by Feb. 5. Read more.


Your Health

Research to Help Opioid Crisis

Separating side effects could hold key for safer opioids.

NIH-funded scientists may have revealed brain functions in preclinical research that widen the safety margin for opioid pain relief without overdose.

Opioid pain relievers can be extremely effective in relieving pain, but can carry a high risk of addiction and ultimately overdose when breathing is suppressed and stops. Scientists have discovered a way to separate these two effects — pain relief and breathing — opening a window of opportunity to make effective pain medications without the risk of respiratory failure. The research, published in Cell, was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. Read more.