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News Update

December 30, 2016

Bringing in the New Year

The American Angus Association wishes you all the best in the coming New Year! Thank you for your contribution to the Angus breed’s success in 2016, and we look forward to what’s in store for the coming year.

The Association’s headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, to observe the holiday.

However, you can make plans to join us Jan. 2 for a new episode of I Am Angus, our popular documentary series on RFD-TV. The program begins at 7 p.m. CST and features the history and heritage of the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo.

The Angus Media team considers it a privilege to provide news and articles for the quality-beef business, and we've rounded up a list of top stories from 2016. These were our most popular articles on the website, and we bet you’ll find a topic of interest to you and your operation.

Thought Leaders Headline Convention

“When the time to perform arrives, the time to prepare has passed.”

The 2016 Angus Convention wrapped up a month ago, yet that quote from keynote speaker Howard Putnam, former Southwest Airlines CEO, stays with those who heard it.

They may think back to opening remarks by American Angus Association CEO Allen Moczygemba, who invoked George Grant’s bringing the first three Angus bulls to Kansas in 1873. A century later, he noted, a visionary few started the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand from an Ohio garage office.

“The consumer dollar gets the demand started,” he said, “and it comes all the way to the price for your bulls today. We owe a lot to our industry leaders making the right decisions at the right time.”

People at the convention also heard from Evolving Ourselves author and futurist Juan Enriquez, on such game changers as Uber, the taxi alternative that grew from concept to a $68 billion company in 10 years and stands at the threshold of putting driverless cars and trucks into service.

Read the full Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA article online.

Apply for Angus Summer Internships

Each summer, the American Angus Association invites college students to gain real-world knowledge and hands-on skills by serving as an intern for the nation’s largest beef breed organization. The 10-week, paid internship programs offer three students the chance to gain experience in the beef cattle industry.

The member-driven organization provides internship opportunities through the events and education department, communications and public relations, and the Angus Journal editorial team. Application details are outlined below, and all materials must be received by Feb. 6, 2017.

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

Alltech Canada Harvest Analysis

The Alltech® Mycotoxin Management team analyzed corn, spring wheat, barley and triticale samples from across Canada as part of the 2016 Alltech Canada Harvest Analysis.

The results indicated a high risk for the presence of mycotoxins in total mixed rations (TMR), distillers’ dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and silage. On average, 3.8 different mycotoxins were present in the TMR and DDGS samples collected.

The 2016 Alltech Canada Harvest Analysis tested 45 TMR samples from across Canada, from June 1 to Nov. 30, at the company’s ISO-accredited Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analytical services laboratory in Nicholasville, Ky. The report showed that only 2% of the samples contained no mycotoxins. Two percent of the samples contained eight to nine mycotoxins, 20% contained six to seven mycotoxins, 29% contained four to five mycotoxins, 29% contained two to three mycotoxins and 18% contained one mycotoxin.

For more information, view the full news release online.

November Prices Received Index Up 3.5%

The November Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 83.6, increased 3.5% from October 2016.

At 81.0, the Crop Production Index increased 1.9%. The Livestock Production Index, at 86.3, increased 4.7%. Producers received higher prices for broilers, milk and cattle but lower prices for hogs, corn and apples. Compared with a year earlier, the Prices Received Index is down 8.9%. The Crop Production Index decreased 1.1% and the Livestock Production Index 18%.

In addition to prices, the indexes are influenced by changes in the monthly mix of commodities marketed. Increased monthly movement of milk, cattle, cotton and corn offset the decreased marketing of soybeans, grapes, potatoes and wheat. The Food Commodities Index, at 89.3, increased 6.1% from the previous month but is down 12% from November 2015.

For more information, view the full USDA NASS report online.

111th National Western Stock Show

The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is just one week away from the annual kick-off parade, launching its 111-year-old Colorado tradition in Denver. The historic Stock Show Parade trots through the streets of downtown Denver next Thursday, Jan. 5, at noon. The procession will be led by parade Grand Marshal Thunder.

The 2017 NWSS promises to showcase your favorite western traditions, as well as highlight the many “must see” events across the grounds. The 16-day show opens Saturday, Jan. 7, and features a BBQ Throwdown competition presented by Chevrolet, an authentic Ranch Rodeo, championship fiddle competitions, PBR bull riding, family-fun dog shows, Frontier Airlines Mutton Bustin’, Coors Western Art gallery, a nursery of baby animals, the King Soopers Petting Farm and acres of food and shopping.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, is FREE Grounds Admission Day, compliments of NWSS. Visit the NW box office to get a ticket and enjoy the day.

The National Western Stock Show is celebrating 111 years in Denver with nearly 30 professional rodeo performances, world-class horse shows and the “Super Bowl” of livestock shows.

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



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