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News Update

July 5, 2017

Angus Convention Registration Opened July 1

Registration opened Saturday, July 1 for the 2017 Angus Convention, which will take place Nov. 4-6 in Fort Worth, Texas. Visit the convention website,, to register and make hotel reservations for the three-day event.

During the Angus Convention, Angus breeders and commercial cattlemen are invited to learn from world-class speakers and educational seminars, network at the trade show and enjoy social events and entertainment with fellow cattle producers from across the country.

Highlights of the week’s events include the International Angus Genomics Symposium, sponsored by Neogen GeneSeek® Operations, where keynote speaker and futurist Lowell Catlett will discuss technology and its implication on how we live and work; Innovation Workshops, sponsored by Zoetis, discussing genomic selection tools and genomic data interpretation; and Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, featuring guest speakers Edd Hendee and Randy Blach and workshops on EPDs, bull selection, breeding systems and more. Country group Asleep at the Wheel will entertain the crowd on Sunday, Nov. 5.

“We are very excited to bring the 2017 Angus Convention to Texas,” says Clint Mefford, executive marketing associate and lead contact for the event.

Learn more in the Angus news release online.

Angus Juniors Give to Ronald McDonald House

Each year at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), junior members have the opportunity to give back to the community through a charity project. This year’s chosen organization, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), provides a home environment and resources to support families who have children in the hospital.

Juniors are asked to donate pop tabs during check-in at the NJAS. The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) has launched a competition between state associations to see which state can donate the most items for this deserving organization. The state that donates the most pop tabs will win a “cool” treat.

The NJAA has a history of engaging in community service for each of their events as a way to inspire the next generation of agricultural producers and impress on them the importance of giving.

RMHC provides children and their families the vital care and resources they need while being treated by leading hospitals. Families across the globe can gain access to houses, family rooms, mobile care, grants and scholarships through the charity.

Continue reading this Angus news release online.

In China, Perdue Welcomes U.S. Beef back to Market

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue June 30 joined with U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad to slice a Nebraska prime rib in a Beijing ceremony, formally marking the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market after a 13-year hiatus. Perdue celebrated the reintroduction of American beef products to China after shipments were halted at the end of 2003. The return of U.S. beef and beef products is a part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action Plan announced by the Trump administration May 11, 2017, with the first shipment of U.S. beef arriving in China on June 19, 2017.

“Beef is a big deal in China and I’m convinced that when the Chinese people get a taste of U.S. beef, they’re going to want more of it. These products coming into China are safe, wholesome and very delicious. This is also a good harbinger of the kind of relationship that can be developed. We hope there are other things we can cooperate on and we’re going to use U.S. beef as the forerunner.”

For more information, read the USDA news release online.

Daily Livestock Report

Pasture and range conditions for the United States this spring, on average, have declined slightly more than a typical year.

Deteriorating conditions are most evident in the Dakotas and Montana. An accelerated decline in conditions in the Dakotas started in the last week in May. The percentage of pastures rated very poor during that week increased by 5% in both South and North Dakota. Over the course of the following two weeks, percentages of pastures rated very poor increased by 12%-15%. Ratings stabilized for the third week of June, but in the last week, another sizable increase in very poor pastures was noted.

United States’ pasture and range conditions still look good compared to longer term averages. Texas and Oklahoma pastures are similar to the very favorable ratings of a year ago.

Read the full report online at

Webinar to Address Weed Treatments in Rangeland

Chemical Brush and Weed Treatment Basics will be the topic of the July 6 natural resources webinar conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit.

The webinar is a part of the Texas Range Webinar Series scheduled the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m., said Pete Flores, AgriLife Extension webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi.

James Jackson, AgriLife Extension range program specialist, Stephenville, will be the presenter.

“This webinar will review the proper techniques for mixing herbicides, calibrating sprayers and conducting stem and cut-stump treatments to control noxious brush plants,” Jackson said.

For more information, visit the Angus Journal Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events.



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