The Interns Take On a 16 Hour Roadtrip!

Kassidy Schumann – Communications Intern

As exhibitors from around the country gear up for a long haul tell us what you do to pass time on long road trips.

I sleep on roadtrips… a lot! I will also pass time with phone calls or playlists and podcasts. 

How has the first few weeks of interning been? Give us a recap or reflection!

We have been super busy at the office! In the first 3 weeks we have done a lot of work for Jr. Nationals, and I am excited to sail away with Shorthorn! I will also say I have had a great time getting to know the staff here and think they are amazing!

What is one piece of advice you have for the exhibitors as they come to compete in Maryland?

I know that Jr. Nationals can be stressful, but as the last year exhibitors know – there are only so many Jr. Nationals you get to attend so enjoy them and make lots of memories!

We have 16 hours to kill! Drop a few of your favorite songs for a road trip playlist.

  • Bring on the Rain – Jo Dee Messina & Tim McGraw
  • Love’s Gonna Make It Alright – George Strait
  • Everytime We Touch – Cascada 

Elizabeth Crumm – Registrations Intern

As exhibitors from around the country gear up for a long haul tell us what you do to pass time on long road trips.

I usually bring my laptop with me to knock out schoolwork, answer emails, and watch Netflix. After I do that, I usually turn a podcast on and take a nap!  

How has the first few weeks of interning been? Give us a recap or reflection!

The past couple of weeks have been super busy and, on the go, to get prepared for the best Junior Nationals! I have been able to get to know the staff more and their absolute best team to work with! 

 What is one piece of advice you have for the exhibitors as they come to compete in Maryland?

My best piece of advice I would give to exhibitors is to just have a blast, to get out of your confront zone and go talk to everyone because those are the best friendships you will have down the road! 

We have 16 hours to kill! Drop a few of your favorite songs for our road trip playlist.

  • Any man of mine – Shania Twain 
  • Check yes or no – George Strait 
  • Hannah Montana shuffle

Paige Van Duke – Youth Activities Intern

As exhibitors from around the country gear up for a long haul tell us what you do to pass time on long road trips.

To pass time catch up on sleep, make phone calls, listen to good music or an audio book!

How has the first few weeks of interning been? Give us a recap or reflection!

The internship has been great thus far! We have been busy at the office getting everything prepared for the show and the contests! The staff is great, and it’s been a pleasure to get to know and work alongside them! I am so excited to Sail Away with Shorthorns this week in Maryland!

What is one piece of advice you have for the exhibitors as they come to compete in Maryland?

Enjoy every moment, it goes by quicker than you think! Try something new and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone, you never know until you try.

We have 16 hours to kill! Drop a few of your favorite songs for our road trip playlist.

  • King of the Road, Randy Travis
  • Heads Carolina Tails California, Joe Dee Messina 
  • ‘Til You Can’t, Cody Johnson

American Shorthorn Association Announces National Show Animals of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (May 15, 2024) – The American Shorthorn Association announces the 2023-2024 National Show Animals of the Year. Awards will be presented to owners during the 2024 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 26th in Kansas City, Mo.

The 2023-2024 show season was comprised of two super national & five national shows occurring between April 2023 and March 2024. Qualifying animals exhibited at a minimum of two shows during the show season, acquiring points at each for their placings in class, division and overall.

“Shorthorn breeders and exhibitors alike have brought the best of the best to each show ring this past year, we are excited to recognize the efforts made by Shorthorn exhibitors.” explains Wade Minihan, Director of Shows for the American Shorthorn Association.

Claiming reign as the National Shorthorn Show Female of the Year was CF Crystal Lucy 230 RK X ET shown by Paige Wickard and Carter Wickard of Wilkinson, Ind.

Armstrong Farms of Saxonburg, Pa., Little Cedar Cattle Company of Beaverton, Mich. and The Bollum Family of Austin, Minn. campaigned BFS LCCC AFLC Direct Deposit 2254 ET and was named the National Shorthorn Show Bull of the Year.

S/T CULL Dream of Me 3011 ET exhibited by Whitney Swaim of Rockville, Ind. claimed the title of National ShorthornPlus Show Female of the Year.

TESCC Almighty Zeus 755J ET owned by Mitchell Barros of Owasso, Okla. garnished the National ShorthornPlus Show Bull of the Year award.

More information regarding the ASA Show System, including participating shows and point distribution may be found at https://shorthorn.org/24-25-asa-shows/

Ownership provided is reflective of ownership during the awarded show season.

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The American Shorthorn Association’s mission is to serve all members, protect the integrity of the herdbook and database; enhance and communicate the value of the Shorthorn breed, and expand the use of Shorthorn genetics in the U.S. beef industry.

Bull Pen Podcast – Ep. 13

Georgia native Josh White has lived and breathed the beef industry his entire life. Described as “cattle crazy” by his family, Josh now leads efforts at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s as Senior Executive Director of Producer Education and Sustainability, overseeing programs like the Beef Quality Assurance program. Learn more as he outlines the many opportunities for producers to learn about connecting with beef consumers — a skill needed for the survivability of the industry.

To view all the podcasts visit YouTube and search ShorthornASA or on shorthorn.org under News > Shorthorn Bull Pen Podcast

Changes to the Growth EPD Evaluation

by Matt Woolfolk, ASA Director of Performance Programs

Our genetic evaluation provider, International Genetic Solutions (IGS), recently made adjustments to the mechanics and models that tabulate the weekly EPD runs. IGS facilitates the largest weekly beef cattle EPD run on the planet. With the growing volume of data entering the IGS evaluation from over 20 worldwide breed associations, adjustments were needed to improve the efficiency of the weekly runs. As data volume increases, time to complete the eval also increases. We used to be able to get our new EPDs every week on Monday afternoon, but that has slid back later in the week over time. The computer power that IGS uses for the tabulations couldn’t keep up with the influx of data from around the globe without some adjustment to the models.

Implemented with the run conducted the week of December 11, the changes center around adjustments to the breed comparison tools used within the evaluation, how that comparison data is handled through the evaluation, as well as updates to the EPD bases that are in place. As a true multi-breed evaluation, these comparisons are necessary to the function of the IGS eval and need to be updated from time to time. With these changes to the models, breeders should expect to see changes in their EPD values for BW, WW, YW, and MILK EPDs. While values may change, there is minimal shuffling of where cattle rank for these traits. Changes in EPD values are occurring across all the IGS member breeds with these updates to the model. So what we anticipate you seeing is a quicker, more efficient evaluation run each week with some slight differences in the values of your growth EPDs. Unfortunately, due to the timing of the announcement from IGS and the deadlines for Shorthorn Country, the earliest we could discuss these changes in print comes after the fact with this article. The initial announcement can be found in the December 5 Shorthorn Insider e-mail newsletter.

Our partnership with IGS allows us to bring you the strongest genetic prediction tools found in the beef industry. Our involvement in IGS allows Shorthorns from around the globe (Australia, Canada, and the United States) to all have EPD profiles that are directly comparable to each other. Participating in the cooperative, or any genetic evaluation for that matter, will come with occasional changes as the science teams work to improve the product they distribute to the breed association. I was once told that if you’re trying to make improvements and nothing changes, then you didn’t make improvements. We expect to see improvements in the genetic tools we can offer you with this round of updates from IGS, even if the numbers look a little different.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me (matt@shorthorn. org) to further discuss these new models. Happy New Year!

American Shorthorn Association Honors National Show Animals of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (November 3, 2023) – Members of the American Shorthorn Association gathered for the 2023 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 21st, 2023 in Kansas City, Mo. During the Awards Luncheon, the 2022-2023 show animals of the year were recognized for their accomplishments.

The 2022-2023 show season was comprised of two super national & five national shows occurring between April 2022 and March 2023. Qualifying animals exhibited at a minimum of two shows during the show season, acquiring points at each for their placings in class, division and overall.

“Recognizing our top show animals each fall allows our breeders and exhibitors the recognition they deserve for their achievements,” explains Wade Minihan, Director of Shows for the American Shorthorn Association. “Our exhibitors exceed at representing the Shorthorn breed and the type of cattle our breeders are working to produce.”

Claiming reign as the National Shorthorn Show Female of the Year was CF CSF Dream Lady 140 HC X ET shown by Miller Smith of Pendleton, Ind.

Little Cedar Currency 2146 owned by Leemon Cattle Company of Fairland, Okla., Little Cedar Cattle Company of Beaverton, Mich. and Delisle Farms of Gladwin, Mich. succeeded in being named the National Shorthorn Show Bull of the Year.

SULL Fancy Cherri 1221J ET owned by Carter Kornegay of Tulsa, Okla. claimed the title of National ShorthornPlus Show Female of the Year.

TSSC BT Limit UP 1099J ET campaigned by Schaeffer Show Cattle, Hagerstown, Ind. garnished the National ShorthornPlus Show Bull of the Year award.

More information regarding the ASA Show System, inclusive of participating shows and point distribution may be found at shorthorn.org.

Ownership provided is reflective of ownership during the awarded show season.

About ASA

The mission of the American Shorthorn Association is to serve and empower the members, protect the integrity of the herdbook and database; enhance and communicate the value of the Shorthorn breed, and expand the use of Shorthorn genetics in the U.S. beef industry. Visit www.shorthorn.org to learn more.

American Shorthorn Association | 7607 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, MO 64151 | Phone 816.599.7777

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New ASA Board Members and Officers Elected

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (November 1, 2023) – During the American Shorthorn Association Annual Meeting on October 22, 2023, delegates from across the country gathered at the Hilton Kansas City Airport to elect new ASA board members.

The nominating committee submitted three candidates for the available positions. Tyler Cates from Ind., Cory Bollum from Minn., and Mark Gordon from Ill. All three will serve a three-year term; Cates and Cory will serve their first term, Gordon will serve his second term. 

The board elected new officers for the nine-member board. The new president of the board is Toby Jordan of Ind. The vice-president is Lee Miller of Ohio and the executive director is John Sonderman of Neb. They serve alongside Jeff Bedwell of Okla., John Russell of Texas, and Rick Osterday of South Dakota.

About ASA

The American Shorthorn Association’s mission is to serve all members, protect the integrity of the herdbook and database; enhance and communicate the value of the Shorthorn breed, and expand the use of Shorthorn genetics in the U.S. beef industry. Visit shorthorn.org to learn more.

American Shorthorn Association :: 7607 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64151:: 816.599.7777

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SYDF BEEF Purchase!

The Shorthorn Youth Development Fund (SYDF) was established in 2020 to provide financial support that will sustain and expand excellent programming to develop Shorthorn youth as cattle producers and responsible, productive citizens. SYDF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a resource that allows you to directly invest in the future of the breed that is your business, your lifestyle and your passion. 

According to a survey conducted at the 2015 Shorthorn Impact Conference, 61% of the breeders in attendance started as junior members. These now active members of the American Shorthorn Association prove how important youth development is, and that junior involvement is the pathway to the future success of our breed. One example of excellent programming that SYDF supports is the National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference (NJSS). It’s an action-packed week of learning and fun that develops skills, knowledge, and confidence, along with love for the breed and lifetime friendships. The cost to produce this annual event is more than $320,000, mostly raised through sponsorships and donations. 

PURCHASING SYDF’S BRAND OF “RED, WHITE AND ROAN ALL BEEF SNACKS” IS AN EASY AND DELICIOUS WAY YOU CAN SUPPORT THE SHORTHORN BREED’S YOUTH DEVELOPMENT MISSION! 

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To learn about other ways to support SYDF, visit our website: https://shorthorn.org/sydf/

No contribution is too small, and every dollar counts!

By making the commitment to “pay it forward” through an annual contribution to the Shorthorn Youth Development Fund, today’s breeders accept responsibility of seeing to it that our youth have the opportunities they need to prepare for their time as the Shorthorn breeders of tomorrow.

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