Genomic Enhanced EPDS: Coming this March

The first genetic evaluation to include genomically-enhanced EPDs is slated for this month.

  1. Traits evaluated include Birth Weight, Weaning Weight, Yearling Weight and Carcass Weight
    1. For the March evaluation, EPDs will be calculated using the usual software, then genomic information is incorporated into the evaluation after it is run.
    2. Known as “two-step” or “blended” genomically-enhanced EPDs.
      1. Breeds that currently have genomically enhanced EPDs are using this method.
      2. The blended method impacts the animals who have been DNA tested.
      3. The EPDs for these traits WILL be comparable to other IGS breeds, as they were calculated through the same system, then the Shorthorn genomic information was added.
    3. In the future, we will be moving to newer technology (single step method)
      1. BOLT software
      2. Will combine pedigree, phenotypic data, and genomic information into the genetic evaluation simultaneously
      3. Single step genomically enhanced EPDs not only impact the animal that has been DNA tested, but also related animals.
  2. The goal at IGS is to introduce single-step genomically enhanced EPDs for growth traits first, followed by carcass traits and maternal traits.
  3. The new Stayability EPD will be calculated using single-step methods.

Insider 8.9.16 Information

EPDs are Updated in the Registry

The North American Shorthorn Genetic Evaluation for Fall 2016 is now updated in the registry.

Delegate Election Process

Each state will become a separate district to be recognized as a state delegation and Canada will be considered the equivalence of a state. The number of delegates from that state will be determined by the number of members in good standing at the time the ballots for delegate election are mailed.
Delegate ballots will be mailed from the ASA office in August of each year to members in good standing as of August 1 of that year. In order for members to make informed selections, a list of members in good standing from that state or district will accompany ballots. Only one ballot or delegate will be allowed per membership vote per entity or membership. The ballots mailed for each state or district will include the number of delegates allocated to their state or district. All ballots must be returned to the ASA office by the Tuesday after Labor Day in September of that year. They are due September 6, 2016. 
All delegates will be contacted to confirm their willingness and ability to serve as soon as possible after the ballots have been returned to the ASA office and counted.  Delegates will be notified at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting. Delegates will serve as their state or district representative from October 1 to September 31 of each year.
Annual Meeting will be December 3, 2016 at the Argosy Hotel and Casino. Check future Insider and Shorthorn Country for registration information. 
For more detailed information about the election process visit the website.

NAILE Information

–   Ownership deadline NAILE Junior Show is Sept. 15
   Entry deadline NAILE National & Junior Show Oct. 1

Schedule Change at NAILE

Saturday November 12th
  Junior ShorthornPlus Show
Sunday November 13th
  Junior Purebred Show
Monday November 14th
  Jack C Ragsdale National Shorthorn Show
  Jack C Ragsdale National ShorthornPlus Show

Hotel Information

NAILE | Lousiville, Kentucky- 
Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport, 2735 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY 40209. Rooms from 11/9/16-11/14/16, double and king rooms are available for $169 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 502-318-2346 and asking for the American Shorthorn Association Block or by calling Rachel at the office at 816-599-7777.

National Junior Shorthorn Show 2017 Dates

The correct NJSS dates are July 3-8, 2017. Cattle can move into barn on the 3rd. Cattle and contest check-in will be on July 4th. Mark your calendars for attending NJSS in Tulsa, Oklahoma!

Hotel Information

For National Junior Shorthorn Show | Tulsa, Oklahoma – 
Embassy Suites Hotel, 3332 South 79th East Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74145 (Approximately 4 miles from fairgrounds). Rooms are available from 7/2/17-7/8/17, double suites are $109 per night and king suites are $104 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 918-622-4000 and asking for the American Shorthorn Association Block or by calling Rachel at the office at 816-599-7777.
Expo Inn Hotel, 4531 E. 21st St., Tulsa, OK 74145 (Located on Fair Grounds). Rooms are available from 7/3/17-7/8/17, double kings and double queens are available for $99 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 918-858-3775 and asking for the American Shorthorn Association Block or by calling Rachel at the office at 816-599-7777.
Country Inns & Suites, 3209 South 79th  East Ave., Tulsa, OK 74145. Rooms are available from 7/2/17-7/9/17, double and king rooms are available for $69 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 918-663-1000 and asking for the American Shorthorn Association Block or by calling Rachel at the office at 816-599-7777.

Hotel Information for National Western

National Western | Denver Colorado –
Double Tree by Hilton Denver, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207. King and Double rooms will be available 01/08/17 – 01/17/17 for $116 per night. For Reservations you may call the hotel at 303-321-3333 and ask for the American Shorthorn Association Block or contact Rachel at the office at 816-599-7777.

All Century Club members registrations need to be done by August 31.

Intern Update: Junior National

Hey guys!

It is Abbey & Taylor again. It has been a little while since we have updated y’all with the latest happenings. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but we managed to survive! Hopefully each of you enjoyed Jr. Nationals as much as we did, and have caught up on all your missed sleep; pretty sure we are still working on that part! We just wanted to take a minute and share with you guys some of our favorite parts of the week and thank everyone for making the 2016 National Junior Shorthorn Shows & Youth Conference a huge success.


It is hard to believe my time in the office is starting to come to an end. It seems like just last week I was starting my first day at ASA, nervous, and excited for the summer to get started. Now, here I am a few weeks away from being done, Jr. Nationals behind me, and only KEY Conference standing before me.

Jr. Nationals was a whirlwind and one that I will always remember. A lot of inside jokes, funny stories, passionate exhibitors, and great cattle come to mind when I think back on the week. It was awesome to see the hard work and preparation leading up to the event all come together. I have a lot of favorite moments, but I think the icing on the cake would be all the friendships I made. I actually had the chance to put a face to the hundreds of names I have read over & over. I got to work with some pretty awesome Jr. Board members, go on a round up with the sidekicks, and even drink some tea with the lassie princesses. On top of it all, I got to be a part of Gwen’s last Jr. National and if you know her, you know just how special those juniors are to her. To see her pour her whole heart into these kids is something I will always admire her for.

I may be a little tired still, my feet are still sore from wearing boots for hours, and I may still have to unpack, but my first Jr. Nationals was certainly one for the books!!


I have to reiterate a bit on Taylor’s thoughts. How is it even possible that we only have three short weeks left as the ASA interns? It was so wonderful to experience my first Jr. Nationals. I know my experience working it is nothing compared to those of you that exhibited. However, y’all are absolutely awesome. Seeing so much passion for the breed from the junior members, and the enthusiasm everyone has for what they are doing was simply the best.

While it is hard to pick a favorite moment, the team fitting contest is definitely up there in my book. The way everyone (and it really was everyone) helped to move the intermediate contest into the cattle barn to keep everyone safe was IMG_1447phenomenal teamwork. Again, like Taylor said, finally putting faces to names was a great thing. For me it was being able to meet all the outgoing members that took their time to help me out and showcase them in the exhibitor folder.  I’m sitting here trying to think of something to add about Gwen, but I think we will have to write another entry in a few weeks dedicated to her. She deserves one all about her because her dedication to her job was all about you members.

I don’t think Taylor and I were really prepared for what the week would bring, we had an idea but it ended up being so much more! A big thanks to all the exhibitors, parents, volunteers and staff that helped keep the week an amazing experience




Join An ASA Committee Today!

The American Shorthorn Association would like to extend an offer to its members to join any of the following committees:
  • ASA Commercial Acceptance Committee
  • ASA Genetic Evaluation Committee
  • ASA ShorthornPlus/Composite Committee
  • ASA Promotion Committee
These committees will meet via a one-hour conference call approximately four to five times a year.
If you wish to join, you may contact the ASA office at 816-599-7777 or send your name, contact information, and which committee you would like to join to

Non-Certificate Bulls List Updated

The list of Non-Certificate Bulls has been updated as of June 22, 2016. It is available in the Quick Links section on or by clicking here and is updated regularly.

Members have the option to designate AI sires as non-certificate AI bulls. Doing so, means that an AI certificate will not be required to register the resulting AI calf. Instructions on how to designate a bull as non-certificate can be found here.

Board Approves Change To Length of Animal Names

The ASA Board of Directors has approved a change in the length of the name of animals in the registry.

As of September 1, 2016, this change allows up to 35 characters in the name of an animal registered with the American Shorthorn Association.

All other mandatory rules that effect the name of an animal registered stay in effect, such as having ET at the end of the name of all embryo transplant registered animals.

Intern Update: Favorite Show Memories

Hey Y’all,
Abbey and Taylor back again. Just two more weeks and we will be on our way to St. Paul! We are so excited for Junior Nationals to begin.

First a little update on our work. Decorations, banners, Swag bag items and more keep coming in for us to take with us. Abbey is almost done with the exhibitor folder. A big thanks to all of those that have gotten back to her with information! Be watching your email, as you should receive a confirmation packet from Taylor soon!

Today’s blog is going to be about our favorite show memories, as preparing for this event is pretty nostalgic as you might guess.

abbey_steer1I participated in 4-H for 11 years (Welcome week for college kept me from being able to show my 12th year), and never at a level higher than the county show. This was because my main goal was the carcass contest, but looking back I wish I had pushed myself to travel more and compete at a high level. Anyways, that’s beside the point. My favorite showing memory is from my first time showing at the Arkansas Valley Fair in Rocky Ford, CO.
It was my ninth year in 4-H and I had just moved to Rocky Ford from Kansas. At this point all I showed was a steer and a heifer, as my sisters were all in college and I was not about to have two of every animal. I was so far out of my comfort zone having to join a new club and had zero idea what I was up against. It didn’t help that everyone that talked to me about what 4-H was like in the area made comments that I shouldn’t get my hopes up about placing very well.

You see there was this kid that supposedly won Grand Champion Market Steer every year. He had a special designed cooler for his animals, while my mom believed that the right fan and washing my animal every day would still give my steer nice full hair. (That philosophy never failed me.)

So here I was, the new girl in the country that nobody talked to and thinking that everyone was watching to see how low I would place. My steer was in a different weight class than the other kid, and we both won our class. Then in the final drive, us first five had barely gotten our steers set when the judge walked up while giving his reasons for his Grand Champion pick and shook my hand. I was so shocked that I didn’t know what to do. But winning the overall market steer, when no one thought I had a chance, gave me back my confidence when showing and taught me that it didn’t matter where I was showing because I loved it and that’s all that mattered.


TAylor_entry3_1When I first began showing, at the age of 10, I had no idea I would fall so in love. My initial thoughts were; raise a steer, do decent at county fair, and just collect a paycheck. Little did I know I would end up spending a great deal of my time in the barn and traveling on the weekends because I enjoyed it that much.
I believe one of the most rewarding portions of showing cattle is the “show family” you make and it seemed many of our family vacations were spent in the show ring. The stories you remember, the friends you make, and the lessons you learn are somethings you will always hold dear to your heart; I know I do. My absolute favorite memory from showing dates back to 2012. My sister is the complete opposite of me: blonde hair, blue eyes, makeup always just perfect. She’s not afraid to get dirty, but I am pretty certain she will even be dressed up to play in the mud. Needless to say, the idea of her showing cattle was something never really discussed. My dad had mentioned it a time or two, but she showed no interest; that was until my sophomore year of high school. The day she came to me and said “Tay, I think I want to show this year”, just a few tears of joy were shed.

taylor_entry3_2Being able to spend time together both in and out of the ring is something I look back on now and don’t take for granted. Of course with any siblings, we had the fights regarding whose turn it was to wash or she needed to walk a few more laps, you know the typical show family arguments, but Mama always made us hug it out and we would move right on. By the way, even when I am back in Florida for a visit and there is an argument, she still makes us hug!
I am a strong believer that somethings are just priceless and quality time is one of those. No ribbons, no buckle, no money, can compare to the strong friendship bonds you make through showing livestock.

With Jr. National’s right around the corner we hope you are looking forward to making lots of memories. We can’t wait to see, hear, and be a part of this year’s show!

-Abbey & Taylor