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The American Angus Association®, Angus Foundation and Iowa State University will conduct a Cattlemen's Boot Camp, December 18-19 at Kildee Hall on the Iowa State University Campus, Ames, Iowa. 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.

This is the seventh Cattlemen's Boot Camp sponsored by the Association and Foundation. It is open to all cattle producers, but enrollment is limited, so producers should sign up in advance.

“The Cattlemen's Boot Camps are designed to be interactive sessions that will benefit all cattle producers,” 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.”

Iowa State University animal science professors, Association and Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) staff will present the program. Small groups will be formed to allow for more hands-on interaction.

The event is set to begin at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Kildee Hall on the Iowa State Campus. The Boot Camp will conclude on Wednesday, Dec. 19. 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.

Several hotels are located near campus. Two of those include the Best Western University Park Inn at 515-296-2500, and the Holiday Inn Ames Conference Center at 515-268-8808. Indicate that you are attending a University event to check on special room rates.

Registration forms are available online at An additional Boot Camp is planned for Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., on Jan. 3-4, 2008.

For more information about either Boot Camp or to register, contact Shelia Stannard or Monica Jordan 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 Boot Camp schedule follows:

Tuesday, December 18 – ISU Animal Science Department, Kildee Hall

9 a.m. -- Registration

10 a.m. – Welcome -- Don Laughlin, American Angus Association

Current Industry Changes: How They May Impact Your Future, John Lawrence, Iowa State University (ISU).

So You're a Seedstock Producer – What's Your Plan for the Industry - A Producer Panel.

Noon -- Lunch

Building Better Genetics: Knowledge Session 1 -- Knowledge in Successful Cow Reproduction – rotation of 3 sessions

A –Knowing and Understanding Reproductive Tracts and the Estrus Cycle, Curt Youngs, ISU.

B – Basics to Excel in AI, Marshall Ruble, ISU.

C – Techniques and Tools in Estrus Synchronization, Daryl Strohbehn & Garland Dahlke, ISU.


Building Better Genetics: Knowledge Session 2 -- Knowledge in High Quality Efficient Beef Production –3 sessions

A – Target End Product Goals – Relating Live Animal to End Product, Darrell Busby, ISU.

B – The Impact of Marketing on Final End Product, J.R. Tait, ISU.

C – What We are Seeing with CAB Feedlots, Gary Fike, Certified Angus Beef LLC.

Kickin' Clods & Socializing

6:30 p.m. -- Dinner

7:30 p.m. -- It's Bull Selection Time – Can You Buy'em Right? Bill Bowman, American Angus, Brad Skaar, ISU.

Wednesday, December 19 – ISU Animal Science Department, Kildee Hall

8 a.m. -- Building Better Genetics: Knowledge Session 3 -- Knowledge in Live Animal Techniques – rotation of 3 sessions

A – Ultrasound for Carcass Trait Improvement, Patrick Wall, Centralized Ultrasound Processing Lab.

B – Body Condition Scoring and Disposition, Daryl Strohbehn and Bill Bowman.

C – Identification: Past, Present and Future, Brantley Ivey, ISU, Ty Groshans, American Angus.


Building Better Genetics: Knowledge Session 4 -- Knowledge in Cow Herd Management - rotation of 3 sessions

A – Strategies for Maintaining a Healthy Seedstock Operation, Vickie Cooper, ISU.

B – Feed Quality and Cow Herd Nutrition, Garland Dahlke, ISU.

C – Corn Co-Products – Do They Fit Your Nutrition Program? Dan Loy, ISU.

Today and Beyond: A Path We Must Prepare For, Ty Groshans.

Noon -- Lunch

12:45 p.m. -- American Angus Association forms & procedures (Optional for Association members) Bill Bowman.


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