The American Angus Association®, Angus Foundation and Washington State University will conduct a Cattlemen's Boot Camp, January 3-4, 2008, in Pullman, Wash. The Boot Camp is open to all cattle producers and will overview the various segments of the beef industry as well as gives perspective on emerging technologies.
The Association and Foundation have hosted several Boot Camps across the country, and this will be the first located in the Northwest. Boot Camp is open to all cattle producers, but enrollment is limited, so producers should sign up in advance. “The American Angus Association is excited to bring this Boot Camp to Washington State,” says Shelia Stannard, director of communications and events for the Association. “Boot Camp is a great refresher course for long-time producers and gives beginners an insight to the industry.”
Washington State University animal science professors, Association and Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) staff will present the program. A variety of topics will be covered, including interactive sessions with live cattle and carcass comparisons in the meats lab.
The event will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, January 3, in CUE 203 in the Smith Education Center on the Washington State campus. The Boot Camp will conclude on Friday, January 4. Following the Boot Camp, Association staff will offer an optional session about specific Association processes and procedures for any member that wants to participate.
Registration is just $75, which includes meals and materials for the Boot Camp. Enrollment is limited, so sign up today, by contacting the Association for registration materials.
Rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express in Pullman. Contact the hotel directly at 509-334-4437 and ask for the Angus Boot Camp block. Reservations must be made by December 19 to secure the negotiated rate.
Registration forms are available online at www.angus.org. An additional Boot Camp is planned for Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, December 18-19, 2007. For more information about either Boot Camp or to register, contact Shelia Stannard or Kris Sticken at 816-383-5100.
The American Angus Association, with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., provides programs and services to more than 36,000 members and thousands of commercial cattle producers nationwide. The Angus Foundation is a 501(c) 3 affiliate of the Association, and provides support to education, youth and research.
A tentative schedule of events follows:
Thursday, January 3, 2008, CUE 203 (Smith Education Center)
8:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome Dr. Margaret Benson, Washington State University
Rod Wesselman, American Angus Association &
Program Overview Kris Johnson, WSU
Developing and maintaining a business mentality
Shannon Neibergs, WSU
Consumer preferences for beef products
Rob Noel, Washington Beef Commission
Functional Genetics—Effective use of new and existing methods
Holly Neibergs & Charles Gaskins, WSU
12:00 p.m. Lunch
Calf health management Steven Parish, DVM, WSU
By-product feeding—Carcass quality implications
Mark Nelson, WSU
Move to Beef Center
Skills session (3 rotations)
Animal identification systems
Lab work: Tatooing, Freeze branding
Body condition scoring
5:00 p.m. Dinner with Speaker at Beef Center (Catered)
Research to Benefit the Beef Industry in Animal Sciences at WSU
Sale Time—What Bulls will you buy?
Bill Bowman, American Angus
Friday, January 4, 2008
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Communication Skills in Crisis Times
Charlie Powell, WSU
Marketing Alternatives—Branded products
Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef LLC
Source Verification Programs
Ty Groshans, American Angus Association
More Marketing alternatives—Natural Programs, Organic & Grass
Panel discussion moderated by Don Nelson, WSU
Move to Meats Lab
Carcass Quality Differences
Jan Busboom & Dan Snyder, WSU
Wrap up Kris Johnson, WSU
12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. American Angus Association forms & procedures
(Optional for Association members) Bill Bowman