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ANGUS ASSOCIATION TO CONDUCT 125TH ANNUAL MEETING

American Angus Association members will meet formally for the 125th time during the 2008 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), Nov. 15-18 in Louisville, Ky. A full slate of educational and commemorative activities is planned for attendees to the American Angus Association's 125th Annual Convention of Delegates and the 2008 Super Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show. In addition to the usual business, the history of the breed and the organization will be celebrated.

Registration for the event will begin Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Executive West Hotel, and will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., that day. Registration will also be available Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Monday from 7 to 10 a.m. All delegates and Angus guests can pick up their name badges, show passes and purchase banquet tickets at the registration desk.

The American Angus Auxiliary will conduct two meetings on Saturday. The Executive Committee meeting begins at 2 p.m., followed by the annual membership meeting at 3 p.m. Members and those interested in learning more about the Auxiliary will discover several new and potential programs, elect officers and the first regional directors and be given the opportunity to provide input to Auxiliary leadership.

The Angus Foundation will host its Supporter Recognition Event and Fundraiser on Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m. at the Executive West. The recognition event is by invitation to those who have contributed $250 or more to the Angus Foundation during this fiscal year.

Numerous activities occur on Sunday, Nov. 16, including the junior Angus heifer show in Freedom Hall. Please check at the Angus registration desk or with show personnel for the order of breeds to be shown.

This year the Association and its entities will conduct educational seminars during the day in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC) South Wing C – upper level, same as in 2007. The Angus seminars will be held Sunday and Monday prior to the meetings and forums. Watch the Angus Web site and the hotel lobby for specific times and topics.

The American Angus Auxiliary will hold its annual breakfast at the Executive West at 8 a.m., on Sunday. Tickets for the breakfast, “Angus for All Seasons,” are $15, and can be purchased at the registration table in the lobby or at the door. Advanced ticket sales are not available this year.

A slight shift in the previous schedule will occur Sunday afternoon. The candidate forum will begin at 1 p.m., and will be an opportunity for all voting delegates and members to hear from the candidates to the board of directors. Immediately following the candidate forum, an Angus celebration is planned—commemorating 125 years of the American Angus Association with a historic perspective, “I am Angus.” Retired Chief Executive Officer John Crouch will also be recognized during this celebration that is open to all Association members and their guests.

Sunday's activities conclude at the Executive West. The Angus reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Monday, Nov. 17, the Super Point ROV Angus Show will begin at 8 a.m. in Freedom Hall. Charles Boyd II, Mayslick, Ky., is evaluating the cattle. Bulls and cow-calf pairs will show on Monday. The 2009 Miss American Angus will be chosen from a group of five candidates selected by the American Angus Auxiliary and will be crowned prior to the selection of champion bull.

The Annual Convention of Delegates will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the KFEC South Wing C – Rooms 202-204. President Paul Hill, Bidwell, Ohio, will preside over the meeting. A total of 402 delegates from 45 states, the District of Columbia and Canada will conduct the business of the Association, including electing officers and five directors. The day will conclude with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by the Angus Banquet at 7 p.m., at the Executive West.

The banquet will feature Certified Angus Beef® product sponsored by U.S. Premium Beef. Inductees into the Angus Heritage Foundation will be honored, and the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) Outstanding Leadership Award winner will also be recognized. No entertainment is slated for this year's banquet.

The 2008 Super Point ROV Angus female show will begin at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Freedom Hall.

In addition to the scheduled events, the Angus Foundation, Auxiliary, and 2009 National Junior Angus Show hosts will sell a variety of items in the Holiday Room at the Executive West.

For those who cannot attend the Angus events in Louisville, Angus Productions Inc., will provide online coverage on its Web site. Log on to www .angusjournal.com/louisville for show results, award winners and newly elected officers and directors of the Association.

For a list of delegates to the annual meeting and for updates to the schedule, go to www.angus. org. For more information about any of the activities going on during the Angus events at the NAILE, contact the American Angus Association at 816-383-5100 or go to www.angus.org.

The American Angus Association is the world's largest beef breed organization, providing programs and services to thousands of commercial producers and more than 36,000 members nationwide. Its headquarters are located in Saint Joseph, Mo.

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