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News Update

February 29, 2016

Angus Names Director of Member Services

Illinois-native Jerry Cassady brings more than 20 years experience promoting the Angus breed and marketing seedstock cattle to his new role as the American Angus Association’s director of member services. Beginning March 1, Cassady will lead the team of member service representatives in Saint Joseph, Mo., and continue to grow relevance for the organization’s programs and services.

Cassady isn’t a new face to the American Angus Association. He served as a regional manager in the Midwest for many years, where he developed a keen knowledge of the organization and administered rules and policies.

“Jerry is a perfect fit for his new role, with his experience as a regional manager and vast understanding of the Angus breed and member needs,” says Allen Moczygemba, Association CEO. “He has a genuine appreciation for Association members and a drive to continue to provide breeders with the high-quality service they deserve from their organization.”

Cassady first joined the Association in 1992, representing the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Most recently, Cassady ran his own sales consulting company, JC Marketing, out of Bloomington, Ill.

For more information, please read the full Angus news release online.

Partnering with the Best? Nominate your Customers, Feeders

The Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand’s pull-through demand model first requires a consistent and abundant supply of high-quality beef. It is a team effort, but CAB recognizes a few of the standouts in that supply chain during its annual conference each fall. The brand is currently accepting nominations for those honors through March 31.

“Ranchers and feedyard managers have a way of doing things really well, even when no one else is watching,” says Kara Lee, CAB production brand manager. “We know your genetic selection isn’t made on what the neighbors might think, and a drive for a higher CAB acceptance rate is based on a sound business decision rather than an award, yet we still want to find and recognize some of the best.”

The Commitment to Excellence awards take into account the direct effect on the supply of high-quality cattle that qualify for the brand. Considerations include genetics selection, management practices, customer service, progressive use of technology and overall CAB® acceptance rate.

Nominations can be made in one of three categories: seedstock breeder, commercial producer and feedyard.

For more information, please view the full release here.

Central States Fair Inc. to host Annual Meeting

The Central States Fair Inc. will host the 2016 Annual Meeting and dinner on Monday, March 28, 2016. The dinner will be at 6 p.m. with the annual meeting scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The Central States Fair Inc. is a nonprofit, member-driven organization which manages the Pennington Country Fairgrounds and produces Central States Fair and the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo.

The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo, hosted annually the last weekend in January, is South Dakota’s second-largest event. Yearly it attracts more than 300,000 people from across the nation to the ten-day event, which features livestock shows and sales, the region’s largest western trade show, 12 different horse events, petting zoo, horse sale, sheep dog trials, ranch rodeo and ranch bronc ride.

According to S.D. Department of Tourism, the Black Hills Stock Show has a $21.9 million economic impact to the state of South Dakota.

For more information, please view the full news release online.

Audrain, Carroll Counties Lead the Way with Agri-Ready

Audrain and Carroll have become the first counties in Missouri to receive Agri-Ready designation from Missouri Farmers Care. The Agri-Ready certification announced Feb. 24, at the Audrain Agribusiness luncheon in Mexico, Mo., will encourage growth and development of local agricultural enterprises.

Established in 2015, the Agri-Ready program was developed by Missouri Famers Care to recognize counties that support the growth of agriculture and corresponding industries. The Agri-Ready designation showcases a countywide commitment to expanding current farming operations and industry entities to encourage long-term growth for local economies.

For more information, please view the full news release online.

Forage Workshop set for April 26

A forage workshop is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to noon April 26 at the Ronnie Dowdle Farm, located off East Loop 340 in Waco.

The workshop will be conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Capital Farm Credit is sponsoring the morning breakfast. A noon meal will follow the program. Two continuing education units in the general category will be given to Texas Department of Agriculture applicator license holders.

Topics and presenters include improved warm-season grass management, Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton; sprigging hay equipment demonstration, Ronnie Dowdle, McLennan County beef and forage committee member; managing weeds in grasses, Jack Leclair, Bayer plant and range specialist, Saint Jo, Texas; and economics of hay production, Olson.

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


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