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Angus Link scoring system describes genetic potential of feeder cattle, communicating value throughout the system.

Take a half hour to watch a satellite video auction, or sit for an afternoon at a sale featuring load lots of quality calves. Amongst the thousands touted as black on black or even Angus on Angus, how do you know which calves have the genetic potential to perform profitability?

Sure, breed, reputation and history matter, as do vaccination and program status, but they don’t account for the genetic potential — or lack thereof — of the calves or yearlings being sold. A switch in the bull battery can make a huge difference in the performance and grading potential of calves from one calf crop to the next. Read more.

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Angus Beef Bulletin Advances with Redesign

Angus Media modernizes publication focusing on commercial cattlemen.

Cattlemen and women receiving the Angus Beef Bulletin will notice a totally new look in their mailboxes in the coming week. The redesign, which features color throughout, a new editorial mix and a new vision, reflects the emphasis the board of directors and staff of the American Angus Association place on those who purchase registered Angus genetics.

“The heart of the Angus business is commercial cattlemen buying registered Angus bulls,” said Shauna Rose Hermel, editor, referring to the Angus Beef Bulletin as the commercial cattleman’s Angus connection. “We make our members successful by making their customers profitable.” Read more.

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Association Perspective

Plan ahead and manage.

During the past year, buyers of registered Angus bulls spent an average of $4,831 per bull. This data set is generated from the regional managers who report the gross and average of all sales they service during both sale seasons, spring and fall. The data set includes 50,568 bulls that were sold at auction during the last year. Thus, this is a fairly accurate average selling price of registered Angus bulls sold at auction for 2018.

It’s safe to say progressive commercial cow-calf operators make a significant investment in genetics. With that said, I think it is a nice reminder for all to take good care of your bulls, especially after their first breeding season. Operations that don’t manage bulls properly are usually those with a few more open cows, or bulls that underperform and do not meet the expectations of the buyer. This mismanagement includes everything from not having enough bulls to properly cover the number of cows exposed to a lack of nutrition after the breeding season. So, plan ahead! Read more.

Angus Needs Your Input

Commercial cattlemen invited to provide input on Association’s $Value indexes.

The American Angus Association has launched a survey that is important to the future of the Angus breed, and we need your input. The survey is a critical component of a project to review the Angus dollar value indexes ($Values). These indexes, beef value ($B), weaned calf value ($W), feedlot value ($F), grid value ($G), cow energy value ($EN), etc., were first implemented in 2004.

Although economic factors have been updated annually, the base models behind the $Values are now 14 years old and remain relatively unchanged since their inception. With new expected progeny differences (EPDs) now in place, such as heifer pregnancy and docility, their impact on the $Values could be included in an updated model.

However, rather than simply adjusting the current models, Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) is reviewing Angus $Values to ensure that we accurately meet the needs of both purebred breeders and commercial cattlemen. We have teamed up with AbacusBio Ltd. for this important project.

AbacusBio is a New Zealand-based agricultural science consulting company working across a broad spectrum of the agricultural industry and is a trusted world leader in the development of economic selection indexes for livestock species.

This is your opportunity to collaborate in the review. Please take the time to complete the survey via a link on You will need to set aside up to 30 minutes to complete the survey, but the value of doing this is that your opinion will be heard and will guide our team to develop the most useful tools possible. Respondents will be entered in a drawing for a $250 Cabela’s gift card.

To take survey, visit

Editor’s Note: Dan Moser is the president of the Angus Genetics Inc.

Carcass Contest Deadline Nears

Angus carcass competition deadline is Sept. 7.

Online entry is open until Sept. 7 for the Angus Value Discovery Contest (AVDC). The nationwide contest highlights commercial Angus producers aiming for the high-quality beef target. The AVDC is especially meant for those who use best practices, retain some ownership of calves and receive carcass data.

It’s easier than ever to enter. Kara Lee, production brand manager for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), says producers can self-nominate this year. Read more.

What’s Inside …

In this August 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.


Livestock Haulers Receive One-year ELD Extension

On Aug. 1, the Senate passed the Minibus Appropriations bill with an amendment sponsored by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) that would delay the implementation of the electronic logging devices (ELDs) mandate for livestock haulers by one more year. Livestock haulers are already operating on a delay until the end of the fiscal year, but this amendment would extend that delay to Sept. 30, 2019. Read more.

Your Health

Certain Tick Bites Can Cause Food Allergies

Recent study shows odd side effect of specific tick bite.

Can you really develop an allergy to red meat from a tick bite?

That depends. In certain cases, with a certain tick, in some people and in some states — yes.

According to a recent article about a study on lone star ticks and allergies that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), some people who have been bitten by a lone star tick have gone on to develop an allergy to eating red meat and, in some cases, dairy. Read more.

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