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News Update

July 13, 2016

Virginia Woman Named NJAA
2016 Advisor of the Year

Serving as a model of leadership is why Sarah McCall was nominated for the Advisor of the Year award through the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA). McCall was recognized for her leadership, professionalism and compassion at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Grand Island, Neb.

“For over three years, Dr. Sarah McCall has served the Virginia Junior Angus Association (VJAA) with exceptional dedication,” says William Fiske, former National Junior Angus Board (NJAB) member from Virginia. “Mrs. McCall and her family have embraced the activities and opportunities of the NJAA to not only encourage new members in their community, but across the entire state of Virginia.”

Even while shouldering many responsibilities, McCall is noted to greet each junior and parent with a smile. Her calm, problem-solving presence and humor can diffuse the most difficult of situations, according to a nomination letter. Mrs. McCall’s desire to reach out and make herself available to members and families has truly set her apart as a mentor in Virginia, Fiske adds.

Read more in the Angus news release online.

Australia Ramps-Up Beef Production

Along America’s Angus Trails has often joined the sometimes-intense voice of American cattlemen in lamenting the rising import of beef from the land down under, Australia. The cry is more muted in times like the present, when U.S. cattle numbers are so short, due to drought and the economy — but the underlying current is still there.

The other salve for the beef import bugaboo is that it’s largely lower quality grass-fed product, largely ground up and served at fast food hamburger joints like McDonald’s. This country is short of sufficient numbers of used cows at the moment, so there’s not much we can do about it.

But I can tell you from some 42 years in this business: Let U.S. cattle numbers rise to a surplus, and see how fast beef imports quickly become a hot industry topic again.

And just as a matter of passing interest, production is going up with a new industry entering beef production in Australia, adding to the pressure.

To continue reading, access the Angus Media news article online.

Beef Reproductive Task Force Service to Industry Award

The Service to Industry award was developed to recognize outstanding contributions by individuals working in the artificial insemination (AI) industry towards the application or increased use of AI and estrous synchronization by beef producers.

The successful nominee’s work should show strong evidence of efforts towards the goals outlined by the Beef Reproduction Leadership Team. The nominee may be an AI service technician of a company, a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) or work independently with producers to implement AI programs. Individuals may nominate themselves.

Up to two nominees shall be recognized annually during an Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) meeting. Winner(s) will be awarded a cash prize. For more information, contact Sandy Johnson at

H.J. Baker Expands Sales Team in Central Plains

With a growing line of products in its animal health and nutrition division, H.J. Baker is pleased to announce that Scott McGregor has joined the company as its newest sales representative for the Central Plains region of the United States.

Bringing McGregor onboard is a direct result of the company’s desire to be where its customers are, and to ensure they know of the new products and innovations the division is creating.

As account manager for the Central Plains states, McGregor is charged with growing sales of H.J. Baker’s precision nutrition products such as SafeGain™, MetaboLys™ G3 and Vegain™. His territory covers the Midwest and Northern Plains states.

For more information, view the H. J. Baker news release online.

New Select Sires Employees Participate in Orientation

More than 30 employees from eight member cooperatives, Select Sires GenerVations and Select Sires Inc. took part in Select Sires’ employee orientation hosted June 21-22 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. AI technicians, sales representatives, Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) genetic consultants, Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialists, communications and marketing staff and interns attended the two-day event where they received superior education to better serve Select Sires’ customers. Following orientation, a majority of the attendees participated in an additional two days of extensive sales training.

The participants learned in-depth information about Select Sires’ programs including Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™), SRS, SMS, StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies™ (ART™), CowManager®, Breeding to FeedingSM and Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™).

For more information, view the Select Sires 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.


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