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News Update

January 14, 2016

American Angus Auxiliary
Hosts Women Connected

The American Angus Auxiliary invites women from across the Angus industry and agriculture business to participate in its third Women Connected Conference April 2-4 at the Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) Education & Culinary Center in Wooster, Ohio.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Branding,” and attendees will participate in a variety of activities, workshops and tours that will connect them with the CAB brand, while exploring ways to build a personal brand for themselves and their businesses.

The conference, hosted every other year, is open to 20 participants, and the Angus Foundation sponsors all accommodations and meals for the three-day event. Attendees need only provide their own means of transportation to and from the event. Applications to attend Women Connected are due Feb. 15.

“We’re very excited that the Angus Foundation has approved funding for us to have the conference again this year,” said Shally Rogen, American Angus Auxiliary president. “It’s a great opportunity to come and learn more about the Certified Angus Beef® brand, and a little about the Auxiliary and leadership, as well.”

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

Angus Events & Education Intern, Caitlyn Brandt

The American Angus Association recently welcomed Clear Lake, S.D., native Caitlyn Brandt to its team as the extended intern in the events and education department. Brandt is a December 2015 graduate of South Dakota State University (SDSU) with bachelor’s degrees in agriculture education and agricultural business, with a minor in animal science.

Brandt will kick off her role at the 2016 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo., and will continue her involvement in planning activities and events until mid-August. Brandt said she’s looking forward to the entire experience.

“I’ve never been to Denver before, but from what I hear, it’s a whirlwind nine days, and I can’t wait to start my internship off there,” she said.

During her eight-month internship with the organization, Brandt will assist with planning and preparation for Association-sponsored shows and National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) conferences, and attend several events throughout the country. She will also work with the Green Coats: Coast to Coast program, assist in updating the NJAA website, contribute to the Directions newsletter, and assist with the National Junior Recognition program, as well as other NJAA programs.

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

Alltech Launches Epnix Feedlot Program at NCBA

Global animal health leader Alltech is launching a new feeding program that aims to give their cattle customers a competitive advantage in the feedyard.

Epnix stems from Alltech’s nutrigenomics and epigenetics research platforms and provides a targeted nutritional approach to improving the carcass weight and performance of feedlot cattle independent of antimicrobial or beta-agonist supplementation. Alltech, recognized throughout the beef industry for its signature product Bio-Mos®, will be launching Epnix at their booth 3917 at the 2016 National Cattleman’s Beef Association Convention in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 27- 29.

“Developed through five years of testing with accredited universities and large pen beef research institutions, Epnix is a feeding program that is nutritionally customized to fit the specific life stages of feedlot cattle,” said Vaughn Holder, Alltech beef specialist. “Using nutritional interventions specifically targeted to each stage of production, we can achieve better health, improved performance and increased profitability.”

Epnix allows producers to focus on precisely meeting the nutritional needs of both their receiving and finishing cattle. A major component of the program is powered by 100% organic trace minerals through Alltech’s Total Replacement Technology (TRT).

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

Jason Russell Joins Zinpro Corp.

Zinpro Corp. announces the addition of Jason Russell to its research and nutritional services (RNS) team as research nutritionist — beef. In this new position, he will be responsible for providing U.S. customers and sales teams with cow-calf/stocker technical services. In addition, he will help to direct and coordinate various beef research studies for the company and provide beef technical services for international markets.

Prior to joining Zinpro, Russell worked first as a beef production specialist and then as a feedlot and livestock specialist for two U.S. feed manufacturers. For the past 14 years, he has also been involved in a beef seedstock operation, Russell Family Livestock, Brooklyn, Wis.

Russell earned his doctoral degree in nutritional science — ruminant nutrition from Iowa State University, Ames; his master’s degree in animal science from the University of Missouri, Columbia; and his bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is located at the company’s corporate headquarters in Eden Prairie, and reports to Connie Larson, ruminant manager — North America, Zinpro Corp.

Bovi-Shield Gold FP® Products Earn Additional Label Claim for BVD Fetal Protection

Providing the highest level of protection against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) and bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) viruses is critical, especially for pregnant cattle. Unprotected cows exposed to BVD Types 1 and 2 viruses may experience pregnancy loss or the delivery of weak or BVD persistently infected (PI) calves. To help producers further protect the cow herd, Bovi-Shield Gold FP® 5 and Bovi-Shield Gold FP 5 HB products, recently earned an additional label claim from the USDA against fetal infection caused by BVD Types 1 and 2 viruses.

“With the value of calves in today’s market, helping protect every pregnancy has become even more important for cattle producers. The additional label claim against BVD fetal infection assures producers that our Bovi-Shield product can help protect the pregnancy through the critical stages of gestation, which is a benefit for cattle producers,” said Nathan Voris, veterinarian and senior marketing manager of cattle vaccines with Zoetis. “Continued innovations in Zoetis reproductive vaccines help keep the cow herd healthier. Healthy pregnancies lead to healthy calves and ultimately, an improved bottom line for producers.”

For more information, please view the full release here.

Three-part Beef Cattle Production Series

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Beef Council have teamed up to present a special Beef 706 program, a three-part series of hands-on sessions focusing on beef quality management and marketing opportunities.

The program is available to beef cattle producers from Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Fayette, Lee, Waller and Washington counties. Session one will be hosted Jan. 19 at Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction in Brenham. Session two will be hosted May 17 at the Texas A&M University Animal Science Teaching and Research Center in College Station, and session three will be hosted June 6-7 at the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center in College Station.

At the Brenham session, industry experts will discuss factors affecting feeder calves.

“Producers will then choose a calf to monitor through the production system at the following two sessions,” said Kara Matheney, AgriLife Extension agent for Washington County.

Session two will give producers an inside look at the feeding industry and see the progress of their chosen feeder calf in the first session.

Session three will allow producers to see their finished cattle and participate in a hands-on exercise that takes their chosen fed cattle from session one through the harvest, grading and fabrication process.

For more information, please view the full Texas AgriLife news article online.


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