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News Update

July 7, 2016

Register Soon for
the Angus Convention

Registration for the 2016 Angus Convention opened July 1. The three-day event will take place Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis, Ind. Visit the convention website,, to reserve your place and make hotel reservations for this industry-leading event.

Register online before 5 p.m. (CDT), Friday, July 8, and your registration could be on us! Participants who register by the deadline will be entered in a drawing to win a free registration and hotel stay. One grand prize winner will receive a full refund on Convention registration and complimentary lodging at the hotel of his or her choice.

The Angus Convention will feature industry leaders including representatives from the seedstock, commercial and feeding sectors. Convention attendees will have the opportunity to sit in on educational seminars, conduct Association business, listen to top-notch speakers and network with industry professionals.

Now in its third year, the event will feature expanded workshops that cover a variety of topics, including genomics, recordkeeping, herd management and performance tools. Industry-leading speakers, American Angus Association staff and other experts will be among the presenters.

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

Seeking Member Input

The American Angus Association seeks member input in order to establish the long-range plan and strategic vision of the nation’s largest beef breed organization. Members were emailed questionnaires, which are also available within AAA Login (

Survey responses submitted online will be accepted through July 31, and respondents may enter to win a cash drawing. The Association’s long-range initiative encompasses insight from all areas of the beef cattle business, and member input is vital and appreciated.

Contact the Association at if you have questions regarding the survey.

Angus Breeder Attends Elite Cattle Industry Conference

Representing the American Angus Association, Cody Sankey participated in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) 2016 Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). More than 50 cattle producers from across the country and industry attended the conference. Each year, the Angus Foundation sponsors one young leader to attend on behalf of the Angus breed.

“Throughout the YCC experience, we’ve had really great interaction with our fellow producers — young people who will make an impact on the industry moving forward,” said Sankey, who was elected chairman for YCC’s 2016 class. “We’ve been offered the opportunity to learn about all segments of the beef industry, from the cow-calf operation to the feedyard, and ultimately the harvest facility and consumer.”

A lifelong cattle producer, Sankey currently lives near Economy, Ind., and raises registered-Angus cattle with his wife, Lindsay. He is the director of key accounts for Biozyme Inc. and holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition from Oklahoma State University.

Prior to moving to Indiana, Sankey was manager of the Michigan State University Beef Cattle Center and the livestock judging team coach.

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

House Agriculture Committee Examines
Impact of Error Rates and Fraud on SNAP

On July 6, the House Agriculture Committee hosted a hearing to discuss ways in which program integrity measures can be improved within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Members heard from a panel of witnesses who discussed what tools are used to report on quality control measures, the differences between error rates and fraud, what factors determine the reported rates, and how these measurements are used to better the program. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s top-to-bottom review, known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP.

“Today we examined ways in which SNAP can be improved for the millions of Americans who rely on food assistance, while ensuring the program is transparent and accountable to the American taxpayer. Two ways in which we hold SNAP accountable to the taxpayer is by requiring states to report on how effectively they disseminate benefits and administer the program, as well as an assessment of dollars being used illegally. As we continue this review, it will be imperative we understand this data so we are able to make meaningful improvements to SNAP,” said Chairman K. Michael Conaway.

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

BIVI Hires Cathy Kleiven as
Executive Director of Supply Chain Management

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI), a global leader in the animal health industry, announced that Cathy Kleiven has joined the company as executive director of supply chain management.

Kleiven comes to BIVI from Zoetis Inc. where she served as senior director of supply chain excellence and operations management.

“We are pleased to welcome Cathy Kleiven to our team,” said Albrecht Kissel, president and CEO of BIVI. “Cathy brings outstanding experience in developing innovative supply chain practices and processes to her new role, and is an ideal fit with our culture of continuous improvement and innovation.”

She holds a master’s degree in management information systems from Fairleigh Dickinson University and undergraduate degrees in computer science and mathematics. She has APICS certification in production and inventory management, and is a certified supply chain professional.

“I am thrilled to join the BIVI family,” Kleiven said. “I look forward to leading the supply chain organization and delivering maximum results on our key business objectives.”

Kleiven and her husband, Keith, have two adult children, Thomas and Kimberly, who are completing their graduate and undergraduate degrees in Boston and Pittsburgh.



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