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WASHINGTON STATE TO HOST CATTLEMEN'S BOOT CAMP IN JANUARY

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.

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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 &

Angus Foundation

Program Overview Kris Johnson, WSU

Developing and maintaining a business mentality

Shannon Neibergs, WSU

Break

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

Margaret Benson

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

Fed Beef

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

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