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"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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Join the ASA staff and Board of Trustees at Fall Focus 2019.  Board meetings start Sunday, August 25 with a welcome from ASA Board Chairman, Gordon Hodges, and EVP, Dr. Wade Shafer.  Hear the "How are We Doing" stats and other staff reports on a number of key programs like the Cow Herd DNA Roundup, Carcass Expansion, Feeder Profit Calculator, and Progress Through Performance shows.  

Herdbook Tutorial at 2019 Fall Focus 

Members of ASA's Processing Team will again hold a Herdbook tutorial session during the 2019 Fall Focus event in Manhattan, KS. The tutorials will take place on August 23 from 2 pm to 4 pm, and will cover the best utilization of the reports function, creating groups, generating DNA reports, how to upload and download files, Active Herd, and more. Whether you are a seasoned professional with Herdbook, or just getting started, ASA Staff will be focused on helping everyone in attendance learn how to use Herdbook to its fullest potential. Additionally, if you attended last year's session in Bozeman, this year will be focused on more in-depth use of reports, which ASA believes to be vital for the best utilization of your data.

 

 

 

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

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Candlewood Suites

210 Blue Earth Place Manhattan, Kansas 66502

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Beef Extension Specialist, Cornell University

Education

Year

Degree

Institution

2003

Ph.D.

Cornell University

1985

M.S.

West Virginia University

1980

B.S.

Juniata College

With 30 years of experience working at the county, regional and state level, Baker’s program has emphasized development and implementation of marketing programs for small farms typical of the Northeast. For 15 years, he directed and led the Cornell Value Discovery Program, a feedlot and carcass evaluation program of cattle consigned from different farms. In addition to traditional performance, carcass and economic analysis, feed efficiency for individual animals was predicted based on the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System. Access to natural markets allowed for the evaluation of animal production and profitability of natural and conventional feeding and management regimens.

Over 2,250 head of cattle from five states were evaluated. Establishing a value-added market for finished cattle has also been a priority.  Use of niche markets, co-product feeds, grass finishing and locally available Holstein steers has been evaluated. Current work is focused on training extension educators to develop feeder calf pools that will optimize feeder calf value from small herds and in the use of the FINPACK software to assist producers in analyzing their business. Research over the last two years has focused on determining retail value of finished cattle. A model has been developed to predict retail value based on basic carcass measurements. Results are shared with producers to improve their management and genetic selection.With 30 years of experience working at the county, regional and state level, Baker’s program has emphasized development and implementation of marketing programs for small farms typical of the Northeast. For 15 years, he directed and led the Cornell Value Discovery Program, a feedlot and carcass evaluation program of cattle consigned from different farms. In addition to traditional performance, carcass and economic analysis, feed efficiency for individual animals was predicted based on the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System. Access to natural markets allowed for the evaluation of animal production and profitability of natural and conventional feeding and management regimens.

 

 
 
Focus on Board Meetings
 
Join the ASA staff and Board of Trustees at Fall Focus 2019.  Board meetings start Sunday, August 25 with a welcome from ASA Board Chairman, Gordon Hodges, and EVP, Dr. Wade Shafer.  Hear the "How are We Doing" stats and other staff reports on a number of key programs like the Cow Herd DNA Roundup, Carcass Expansion, Feeder Profit Calculator, and Progress Through Performance shows.  
 
Dr. Mike Heaton, USMARC scientist, will present an update on the Simmental Genome Assembly Project and Eric Grant from the Grant Marketing Company will give an update in the Growth and Development Committee meeting.
 
Herdbook Tutorial at 2019 Fall Focus 
August 23 2-4PM
 
 

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 

NCBA

  Fred Smith Company 
       
 

 

    Bill and Penny Zimmerman Mark Barnell Cattle Company  
http://www.simmental.org   Kansas Simmental Association