Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Set For October

Registration for the Ohio event ends Sept. 12.

Cattle producers will gather for a Cattlemen’s Boot Camp, Oct. 7-8 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

The Cattlemen’s Boot Camp, which is hosted by the American Angus Association® in partnership with The Ohio State University, provides purebred and commercial producers timely information presented by academic and industry professionals.

Open to all cattle producers, the event is funded by the Angus Foundation and features 1 ½-days of educational materials and speakers.

“We will focus on nutrition and its impact on reproduction as well as discuss our usual Boot Camp topics like marketing, communications, selection tools and the end product,” says Shelia Stannard, American Angus Association director of activities and events. “We are looking forward to bringing this Boot Camp to Ohio State, where attendees will have the opportunity to learn from top-rated animal and meat scientists.”

Producers will also have a chance for hands-on training labs to learn more about body condition scoring, permanent identification and animal handling.

Click here for more information or visit Registration, which costs $75 per person, includes meals and educational materials. Registration forms are due Sept. 12 and can be sent to Misty Taylor at the American Angus Association, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO, 64506; or registrations are accepted online. Late and walk-in registrations are not accepted.

A tentative schedule follows:

2011 Cattlemen’s Boot Camp

Oct. 7-8, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, October 7

8 a.m. Registration

9 a.m. Welcome

Cow Nutrition in the Four Stages of Production, Dr. Francis Fluharty, Ohio State


Late Gestation Nutrition’s Impact on Fetal Programming and Colostrum Production, Dr. Francis Fluharty, Ohio State

Communicating a Positive Image in the Beef Industry, Shelia Stannard, American Angus Association & Elizabeth Harsh, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association


Enhancing Reproductive Performance, Dr. Mike Day, Ohio State

3:00 p.m. Lab at Ohio State Beef Facility

Animal Handling, Dr. Steve Boyles, Ohio State

Identification Basics, Marty Mussard, Ohio State

Body Condition Scoring, John Grimes, Ohio State

Phenotypic Selection, John Grimes, Ohio State

Marketing Through Branded Beef Programs, Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef LLC


Case Study: Sale Time - Which Bulls Fit Your Needs?

Bill Bowman, American Angus Association

Saturday, October 8

8 a.m. Evaluating Carcasses for Quality & Yield Grade, Dr. Henry Zerby, Ohio State

Utilizing Carcass EPDs, Bill Bowman, American Angus Association

Determining Carcass Value (Cut out values in carcass), Dr. Henry Zerby, Ohio State


New Beef Products and Value Added Cuts, Mark McCully, CAB & Dr. Henry Zerby, Ohio State

Noon Lunch & Evaluations

The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving approximately 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

For More Information Contact:

Crystal Albers at (816) 383-5134 or [email protected]

Shelia Stannard, director of activities and events at, 816-383-5100 or [email protected]

Carrie Gilliam, public relations and communications intern, at 816-383-5100 or [email protected]