Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Planned

The American Angus Association and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host the next Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Nov. 29-30 in Ardmore, Okla.

The popular event, which is sponsored by the Angus Foundation, is geared toward both beginning and veteran producers and will include 1½ days of speakers, educational materials and hands-on labs.

Cattlemen’s Boot Camps are open to all cattle producers and feature Association, academia and industry experts presenting a variety of topics.

Minnie Lou Bradley of Bradley 3 Ranch in Memphis, Texas, will begin Monday presentations by discussing business mentality in the beef industry. The Noble Foundation’s Clay Wright will then speak about reproductive performance, while Deke Alkire will discuss optimal cow herd nutrition.

Shelia Stannard, American Angus Association, will explain how to communicate a positive beef industry image, followed by hands-on labs for identification basics, body condition scoring, artificial insemination (AI)/palpation, and phenotypic selection.

Ryan Reuter and Bryan Nichols of the Noble Foundation will discuss feeding byproducts and feed efficiency, while Robert Wells will explain effective herd health programs.

The American Angus Association’s Bill Bowman will conduct a presentation on genetic selection tools, followed by a case study on selecting bulls at sale time.

Tuesday morning will begin with sessions on quality and yield grades, carcass values, and marketing through branded beef programs, all presented by Certified Angus Beef staff.

Matt Caldwell, Association regional manger, will discuss adding value through source verification and customer service, and a question-and-answer session is also planned.

“We’re pleased to partner with Noble Foundation to bring the Association’s 14th Boot Camp to Oklahoma,” Stannard says. “We have a great slate of speakers who will make this a must-attend educational opportunity for all cattle producers in this region known for its high concentration of progressive cow-calf producers.”

Registration, which includes meals and educational materials, is $75 per person and is due to the American Angus Association Nov. 5. Late or walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

Area hotels include: LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 1502 Woerz Way, 580-220-2990; and Springhill Suites, 2501 Centennial Dr. North, 580-226-7100.

For more information or to register, visit or call 816-383-5100.

The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef organization, serving more than 30,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit


Cattlemen’s Boot Camp

Noble Foundation — Ardmore, Okla.

Nov. 29-30, 2010

Monday, Nov. 29

8 a.m. Registration

9 a.m. Welcome, Shan Ingram, Noble Foundation

Matt Caldwell, American Angus Association

9:30 a.m. Developing a Business Mentality in the Beef Industry

Minnie Lou Bradley, Bradley 3 Ranch, Memphis, Texas

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Maintaining Reproductive Performance,

Clay Wright, Noble Foundation

11:15 Cow Herd Nutrition for Optimal Performance,

Deke Alkire, Noble Foundation

12 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. Communicating a Positive Image in the Beef Industry,

Shelia Stannard, American Angus Association

1:30 p.m. Skills Lab – break into 2 or 3 groups

Identification Basics: Tattooing & Freeze branding

Body Condition Score


Phenotypic Selection

4 p.m. Feeding Byproducts & Feed Efficiency

Ryan Reuter & Bryan Nichols, Noble Foundation

4:45 p.m. Establishing an Effective Herd Health Program

Robert Wells, Noble Foundation

5:30 p.m. Genetic Selection Tools

Bill Bowman, American Angus Association

6:15 p.m. Dinner

7 p.m. Case Study: Sale Time—Which Bulls Fit your Needs

Bill Bowman, American Angus Association & Deke Alkire, Noble Foundation

Tuesday, Nov. 30

8 a.m. Quality Grade & Yield Grade

David O’Diam, Certified Angus Beef – invited

9 a.m. Determining Carcass Value (Cut out value in Carcass)

David O’Diam, Certified Angus Beef – invited

10:15 a.m. Marketing through Branded Beef Programs,

David O’Diam, Certified Angus Beef – invited

11 a.m. Adding Value through Source Verification & Customer Service

Matt Caldwell, American Angus Association

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Q & A with the American Angus Association