As most of
you know by now, the North American International Livestock Exposition is on!
It was announced on September 18th that they are planning to move
forward and have the show, which makes us all happy after hearing Denver had
postponed. With that being said, it is going to look a little different at
NAILE this year. Please find the information below for what we know will be
happening at NAILE. There is always possibility of change. As we get more
information, we will do our best to pass along information to our
must enter through Gate 1. It will be the only open gate!
inspections will be conducted at the time of arrival at the grounds. All
animals must have a valid health paper with official USDA 840 EID Tag.
cattle shall be reported Negative on an ELISA or BVD-PI test and can be listed
on the health paper.
will then be directed to the lot right there next to Gate 1 to receive your
packet that will include all your passes.
Badges will be provided to exhibitors. This will be by the amount you enter so
keep that in mind.
with 1-5 head will receive 3 passes.
with 6-10 head will receive 5 passes.
with 11-15 head will receive 7 passes.
with 16+ head will receive 8 passes.
Barn Badges will be like lanyards, where you can take them off and give to
another person. These will be to get into the barn. If you do not have one on
you will not be allowed in the barn, but you can be out at tie-outs or the
trailer. The facility is limited on the number of people allowed in the barns
at a time and this is how they plan to control that.
will not be able to enter the facility without completing the Covid-19 document
provided by NAILE.
will be required.
Pavilion (where Shorthorns are normally stalled), is partially being used for
Covid-19 things. With that being said, there is a possibility we will be
stalled somewhere different.
will be the same as last year and we will be following our Stalling Policy. Please
see that policy below.
will be pre-bedded. They will disinfect in-between each breed but will not be
able to re-bed, so be respectful when loading out and clean up trash. This will
allow them to rotate breeds quicker.
are lucky enough to be on the same schedule, meaning we will be one of the
first breeds in and out of the barns. We will show Junior cattle on Saturday
and Sunday, and Open cattle will show on Monday. We will start Monday with
ShorthornPlus Bulls followed by ShorthornPlus Females. Then continue with
Purebred Bulls followed by Purebred Females.
will be NO Spectators allowed in the show ring. Only people with barn badges
will be allowed.
will be restrictions on the number of people allowed in the make-area with each
animal. We do not know this number yet.
are considering opening up the Sale Arena for a certain number of spectators
during sales only, but this has not yet been confirmed. This does not mean that
those people will be allowed in the barn.
this is what we know as of now but there is possibility this could change. We
wanted to get this information out to our Shorthorn Breeders to try and stop
rumors and help you make decisions before entries close. Entries close on
October 1st with late entries being October 10th.
Policy; we will be
following the NAILE stalling policy.
NAILE uses our entries from the previous year to plan how much stalling
we receive for our breed. They will take a percentage away from our previous
year entries and then take a percentage away for no shows of current entries.
So, what does this mean for you?
We get less stalls assigned for Shorthorns
than what are entered. We advise that you enter more head then what you plan to
bring because we will cut down on your stall space from what you enter by the
same percentage that we are cut by NAILE. Please add space for tack to your
entries. (NAILE does not allow any tack space when assigning breed stalling
If you have any stalling request, we will take them, but
we cannot promise that you will get them as we will be stalling where you fit
best. Stalling request need to be in by November 1st to Emily at email@example.com,
in order for them to be taken into consideration. Also, please contact Emily if
you are coming or not coming to the show. Stall space will be made solely off
of number of head entered.
The Steer Profitability Competition (SPC) is designed to provide junior members meaningful exposure to the opportunities and challenges associated with cattle feeding. The SPC will not only allow participants to measure and compare the profitability of their own animal(s), but of greater importance, it will introduce young beef enthusiasts to peers, mentors, industry advocates, and experiences that are exceedingly difficult to acquire for any beef producer. Participants in the SPC program will be powerful voices as they transition from junior membership to adult participation within the beef industry.
By the International Genetic Solutions Science Team
A new definition of contemporary
groups based on the age of the dam.
Regardless of how users designate contemporary groups (CG), all calves born from first-calf dams will be placed into a separate CG from calves out of mature cows. Given the vast majority of producers actually man- age this age group separately, it is reasonable to define their calves as their own CG. Handling these as separate CG will reduce the environmental noise caused by differ- ent management strategies and biological constraints for this age group.
2. Milk modeling updates.
The magnitude, and even
direction, of the correlation between weaning weight direct and milk, has been
long debated in scientific circles. In fact, there is a wide range of estimates
that exist in the scientific literature. Given that, the science team developed
a model that assumes milk and weaning weight direct are independent (i.e., genetic correlation of 0). In addition, with some of the other proposed updates, it was discovered that the evalua- tion solved more effectively when genomics were removed for Milk EPDs. In light of this discovery, the IGS Milk EPD will not use genomic information for the time being.
3. Different variances for different sexes.
Males usually have a higher growth potential than females simply due to gender. As a consequence, the variation associated with their weights also tends to be greater. This difference in the amount of variation between the sexes are set to a male scale in the up-dated growth trait predictions.
4. New DNA Marker subset.
As the number of
genotyped animals has increased, so has our ability to estimate marker effects
and identify subsets that are more predictive. Relative to growth traits, a new
(and larger) subset of markers has been identified to add more accuracy to EPD.
for different birth weight collection methods.
When we began looking into growth trait data, we discovered that not all birth weights followed expected amounts of variation. Some of the examples of reduced variation included weights rounded to the nearest 5 pounds, reduced variation when hoof tapes were used, and likely-fabricated data with little to no variation. Some of these data are useful, but they are clearly on a different scale and need to be treated appropriately. Dr. Bruce Golden developed a way to use machine learning to recognize unique features of each class of birth weight observation and predict how it was obtained. By accounting for the various categories, the genetic evaluation is still able to use submitted records that fall out of biological expectations for most scenarios, while more accurately accounting for different practices of collecting the weights.
Results of Updates to Growth Model
With these proposed changes, a considerable amount of work went into testing if the new models improved growth trait predictions. One of the most common procedures for evaluating updates to EPD systems is to exclude a certain portion of the phenotypes available, run the evaluation, and compare the correlation of the EPD from two systems to the phenotypes that were removed from the evaluation (higher correlation is bet- ter). For these updates, this procedure was used where all animals born after 2018 were excluded from the evaluation system and then comparisons between the current growth trait EPDs and the updated EPDs were made to this phenotypic information. The results for each of the analyses are presented in the following table.
Pearson correlation between parental average EPDs and excluded phenotypes from animals in the IGS genetic evaluation that were born in 2018 or later.
The results in the table
above show the evaluation updates had higher correlations to phenotypes
than the previous growth trait models.
This equates to more precise EPDs for
Birth, Weaning, and
An additional trait that is evaluated with the growth analysis is the Milk EPD. A Milk EPD represents the genetic difference in calf weaning weight based on the maternal environment provided by the dam. Due to the nature of this trait being the maternal component of weaning weight, a different validation strategy must be used to evaluate the updated predictions. To evaluate the updated Milk predictions an expected weaning weight for the excluded animals was formed using the following equation:
This predicted weaning
weight was then correlated with the excluded weaning weight phenotypes. Again, the updated predictions of Milk had higher correlations compared to the previous
Milk EPDs (0.42 vs. 0.39, respectively). These results show that the updated
predictions more precisely predict the weaning
weight of an animal than the currently published
Breeders may notice
reranking of animals with the release of the growth trait updates. While the
change may be unsettling, the end results by every measure have shown an
improvement in the precision of the growth trait predictions.
This Friday is our last day in the ASA office and although we are sad, we
have thoroughly enjoyed our time here! Today we had a potluck lunch with
everyone in the office and we selected the Alabama Tropical Tri Tip Fajitas to
make! Kendall did the cooking since Cassidy and I aren’t as handy in the
kitchen. We have each put a little bit about our time here and we included the
recipe we prepared also!
Our time here is winding down, as Friday is our last day in
the office. In my final remarks, I want to thank all of the American Shorthorn
Association staff for having me in the office. These past couples of months
have been a blast, and I have learned many new skills that will help me in the
future. I came back to the breed that got me started showing, and I have
enjoyed every moment. I will soon pack up and head back to Stillwater to finish
my last semester at Oklahoma State University as an agricultural communications
major. I just wanted to thank ASA, the members, and everyone else for making this
a successful NJSS and summer for myself.
As our time in the office comes to
an end, I would just like to express how thankful I am for this breed and the
people in it. Shorthorns were my first love and to have the opportunity to
serve this breed is one that I will forever cherish. I have learned so much
these past few months and I am sad that my time in the office is coming to an
end. As I prepare to head back to Starkville, I would like to thank the ASA
Staff, members, and AJSA members for allowing this experience to be as amazing
as it has been. Thanks everyone and, hopefully, I’ll see everyone soon at the
In just two more days we will be wrapping up our time here in the ASA office
and these past few months have been awesome. I am really thankful to everyone
here, especially Shelby, for working so hard to make sure that we got to have
an internship amidst all of the crazy stuff going on in the world. I know that
I’ll look back on this experience and cherish the memories I have made. I have
learned so much during my time here and although I started off with Simmentals,
the Shorthorn breed will now always have a special place in my heart! Thank you
again to all of the staff and ASA/AJSA members who make this breed so great!
Alabama Tropical Tri Tip Fajitas Recipe:
1 Tri Tip, 1 ½ – 2 lbs.
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup soy sauce
½ cup pineapple juice
2 bell peppers, 1 red and 1 green
1 small onion
1 pineapple split in half, save pulp
1 tbsp. cilantro
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. Adobo
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Marinade steak for 2-8 hours in soy sauce and pineapple juice. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook steak on griddle for 6-8 minutes per side. While the steak cooks, add bell peppers to grill and turn occasionally to char.
Once steak is done to your likeness, set aside to rest.
In a skillet, add olive oil, garlic, and onion. Cook until the onion is opaque. Then add sliced bell pepper, cilantro, cumin, adobo, pepper flakes, paprika, and cook 3-5 minutes until the seasoning is well blended.
Slice steak into strips. Add to skillet with the previous mixture. Add ½ cup pineapple juice and pulp from hollowed pineapple. Cook until steak is warm, and juice is thick.
Add mixture to the hollowed pineapples and serve on flour tortillas with pineapple sales.
2 lbs. pineapple, diced
10 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup cilantro, chopped
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
2 tbsp. lime juice
Salt and pepper
Hot sauce (optional)
Mix all ingredients well, season with salt and
pepper to taste
Hey everyone! Hope you are all doing well! We are coming down to our last couple weeks here and the office and we are pretty bummed. We have really enjoyed our time here this summer as we got to know the staff and ASA members, and since you all have gotten to know us a little, we decided to come up with a fun activity for this week’s blog post! We have created a Buzzfeed.com quiz called “Which intern are you?” We hope you guys have as much fun with this as we did. Feel free to drop your results in the comments!
We are back in the office with the Junior National’s blues. We had an incredible week in Abilene and hope that you are all back home getting some much needed rest! For this week’s post, each of us reflected on some of our favorite moments of the week.
Junior Nationals is over and I am sad! It was such a great week being with those who make this breed great. I was excited to get to meet all of our exhibitors and see them compete throughout the week. Although I spent a lot of my time in the office, I enjoyed getting to venture out to see some of the contests and walk through the barns. After growing up in this breed, it was exciting to know contest results before anyone else and I was so happy to everyone succeed in their contests. Flatland Cavalry was a big highlight of my week, but I have to say seeing the excitement on our exhibitors faces as they came to a “normal” junior nationals was the best thing I witnessed all week. Congratulations to everyone who attended!
NJSS was truly one of the best weeks I have had in a long time. I loved the atmosphere and finally getting to meet the juniors after contacting and looking at their names for a month before nationals. I want to thank the Shorthorn breed and families for always making me feel welcome. I had the pleasure to capture many of the contest from behind a camera and loved being a fly on the wall. I had a good time just being able to help out wherever I was needed. I hope the juniors had as much fun as I did at the 2020 NJSS in Texas. Congratulations to all of the junior members and wish you best of luck in the future show seasons!
We are finally back in the office after Junior Nationals! It was a super fun-filled week and I hope all of you guys enjoyed it as much as we did. I loved getting to meet everyone and I especially loved getting to photograph the extremely talented youth of the Shorthorn breed. From speeches to fitting to showing, the talent you all possess is unreal. Both parents and exhibitors should be very proud of all your hard work! If you saw me throughout the week, you probably noticed that my face was pretty much glued to my camera, so it only seemed fitting that for this week’s blog post I included a few of my favorite shots. Thanks for a great week everyone!
MANHATTAN, Kan. (June 8, 2020) —The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) announced new directors and officers June 8 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium, hosted virtually this year.
Joe Mushrush, Strong City, Kansas, was introduced as the 2020-2021 BIF president during the Monday session. Matt Perrier, Eureka, Kansas, is the new vice president. New directors elected to serve on the BIF board were producers John Irvine, Manhattan, Kansas; Troy Marshall, Burlington, Colorado; and Joy Reznicek, West Point, Mississippi. New association representatives elected were Shane Bedwell, American Hereford Association; Kelli Retallick, American Angus Association; and Matt Woolfolk, American Shorthorn Association.
Bob Weaber, Kansas State University professor, was announced as the new BIF executive director. Weaber will be taking the reins from Jane Parish, Mississippi State University, who served as executive director from 2015-2020.
“Jane has been a great leader for the organization, and we are grateful for the years she dedicated to BIF,” says Tommy Clark, 2019-2020 BIF president. “Under her leadership, BIF has raised the bar in member services, as well as its communication and marketing efforts to members, the board and the organization’s partners.”
Also retiring from the staff after 18 years of service to BIF is Lois Schreiner. From 2002-2020, Schreiner served as executive assistant to several directors and has been integral in BIF’s success.
“Lois is phenomenal,” says Weaber. “She has been the heart and soul of BIF, and the behind-the-scenes contribution she has made to BIF for the past 18 years is immeasurable.”
More than 1,300 beef producers, academia and industry representatives registered to participate in the organization’s 52nd Annual Research Symposium — Online. BIF’s mission is to help improve the industry by promoting greater acceptance of beef cattle performance evaluation.