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Education Session

August 24, 2019

"Focus on You. Focus on Success. Focus on Profit"

Our Goal

To arm seedstock breeders and commercial cattlemen with information to confidently make genetic selection decisions, market their product, promote the beef industry, and plan for the security of future generations.

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Board Meeting and Events

Interactive Committee Meetings

Join the ASA Trustees to discuss critical issues in each of the five Standing Committees.

Hotel and Area Information

Fall Focus 2019

Manhattan, KS.

Hilton Garden Inn

410 South 3rd Street
Manhattan, Kansas 66502


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Holiday Inn Expess & Suites

115 Blue Earth Place , Manhattan, Kansas 66502

call: 785-320-7454 or

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Candlewood Suites

210 Blue Earth Place Manhattan, Kansas 66502

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Fall Focus Educational Day Agenda

Fall Focus 2019 offers a unique opportunity to capitalize on the plethora of beef cattle expertise in Manhattan, KS.   Here is the program for the educational day on Saturday, August 24, at the Manhattan Conference Center.   

Registration is free but required for meal counts.  Register for Fall Focus.

 

Schedule

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Packet pick-up and registration 

 

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Welcome Gordon Hodges, ASA Chairman of the Board of Trustees

 

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Comments Dr. Michael Dikeman, Kansas State University

 

Session I: Moderated by Dr. Lauren Hyde

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Genetics of Fertility 

Drs. Bob Weaber, Megan Rolf, and Jennifer Bormann, Kansas State University 

 

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Novel Trait Advancements 

Drs. Bob Weaber, Megan Rolf, and Jennifer Bormann, Kansas State University 

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break with sponsor spotlight from Allflex®

 

Session II: Moderated by Dr. Jackie Atkins

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. New developments in IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation.  

ASA/IGS Science Team

 

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch with sponsor highlight from GeneSeek® and guest speaker, Coach Bill Snyder, retired KSU football coach.

 

Session III: Moderated by Dr. Wade Shafer

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Showring’s Role in the Beef Industry

Panelists include: Dr. Bob Hough, Dr. Scott Shaake, Donnell Brown, Tim Smith, and John Griswold 

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break

 

Session IV: Moderated by Chip Kemp

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Considerations for Seedstock Breeders to Help Commercial Cattle Operations be Successful, Charly Cummings, Superior Livestock Auctions 

 

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Feedyard Perspectives, Recipe for a Profitable Feeder Calf.

Craig Uden, Darr Feedlots

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lessons Learned from Feeder Calf Market Data.

Dr. Ken Odde, Kansas State University 

 

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Wrap up

 

6:00 p.m. Evening Dinner and Social at the Flint Hills Discovery Center

 

Fall Focus 2019 Highlighting Local Expertise in Manhattan, KS.

Eisenhower Library  

Eisenhower Library

 

Flint Hills Discovery Center  

Flint Hills Discovery Center

 

Fall Focus 2019 is nestled in the heart of cattle country.  Surrounded by the Flint Hills of western Kansas, Manhattan is a beautiful town with many local attractions.  One of the main attractions for ASA members is the sheer number of Simmental seedstock operations headquartered nearby.  Several of these operations have opened their doors to tours this year on Friday, August 23 and Tuesday, August 27 (see the list of ranch tour directions and contact information).

Friday evening (August 23) the Kansas Simmental Association invites you to the Stanley Stout Center on the Kansas State University campus for dinner, conversation, and viewing cattle on display from breeders listed below.  Dinner has a nominal fee ($10) so bring some cash and an empty stomach.

See a selection of cattle on display Friday night from the following breeders:

  • Brooks Simmentals, Manhattan, KS
  • Cline Simmentals, Onaga, KS
  • Dikeman Simmentals, Manhattan, KS
  • Kansas State University Purebred Beef Unit, Manhattan, KS
  • Schaake Farms, Manhattan, KS

Manhattan is home to Kansas State University (KSU) and we will all benefit from the expertise of the KSU faculty.  Several of the speakers during the educational day are affiliated with KSU including Drs. Michael Dikeman, Bob Weaber, Megan Rolf, Jennifer Bormann, Ken Odde, and Scott Schaake. We are fortunate to have former K-State football coach Bill Snyder, the winningest coach in the history of K-State football, and Dr. Kenneth Burton from the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility as keynote speakers during lunch Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Flint Hills Discovery Center, located next to the meeting headquarters, is a great place to learn about the area.  The Kansas Simmental Association will host dinner and a social here Saturday night (August 24) after the educational symposium.  Additionally, Manhattan and nearby communities have a laundry list of activities like the Eisenhower Presidential Library, wine tasting, shopping, and fine dining. For more local activities check out https://cityofmhk.com/ or www.visitkc.com

 

Manhattan promises a family-friendly and beef-centric 2019 Fall Focus. Register today for Fall Focus.

 

 

Fall Focus 2019 Highlighting Local Expertise in Manhattan, KS.

Fall Focus 2019 promises to deliver new and exciting information for seedstock breeders, commercial cattle producers, and allied industry partners.  This year’s speakers will cover the genetics of fertility, advancements made in novel trait predictions, a panel discussion on the show ring's role in the beef industry, and how seedstock breeders can help commercial cattle enterprises be successful with feedyard perspectives and data from feeder calf sales.  

Kansas Simmental Association has arranged special local flavor including tours of nearby Simmental breeders, a cattle display, dinner at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, and local guest speakers including Coach Bill Snyder, former Kansas State University football coach, and Dr. Kenneth Burton, Coordinator of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.  

 Speakers include:

Dr. Michael Dikeman, Kansas State University

Dr. Bob Weaber, Kansas State University

Dr. Megan Rolf, Kansas State University

Dr. Jennifer Bormann, Kansas State University

Craig Uden, Darr Feedlots

Charly Cummings, Superior Livestock Auctions

Dr. Ken Odde, Kansas State University

Various ASA Staff

Panelists include:  Dr. Bob Hough, Dr. Bob Weaber, Dr. Scott Schaake, Tim Smith, and John Griswold

Registration is free but required to help with meal counts.  You can register today at fallfocus.org.

The main meetings and conference headquarters are set at the Hilton Garden Inn and the attached Manhattan Conference Center.  A block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn is reserved for August 22 - August 27, 2019. The special room rate will be available until July 23 or until the group block is sold out.  Book your reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn by following this link.

http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/M/MANGIGI-SIMFF-20190822/index.jhtml

Interested in sponsoring Fall Focus 2019?  Contact Bill McDonald at 540-230-6225 or email mcdonaldfarms.bulls@gmail.com.  To be included in the Fall Focus Program, you must commit by June 21.   

State associations interested in hosting Fall Focus 2020 should apply at fallfocus.org.  The application deadline for 2020 Fall Focus is August 1, 2019. The selected location will be announced at this year’s Fall Focus.

Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors 

       
 

 

Mark Barnell Cattle Company

  Bill and Penny Zimmerman Fred Smith Company 
http://www.simmental.org   Kansas Simmental Association