CEO Allen Moczygemba Says Angus Assoc. Set to Debut New Initiatives to Advance Breed's GoalsFri, 17 Aug 2018 14:53:44 CDT
The Express Ranches Big Event Annual Production Sale kicked off at its headquarters in Yukon, Okla. Friday. Attending the event, was special guest and Chief Executive Officer of the American Angus Association Allen Moczygemba, who spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the Angus business and where the association is headed. You can listen to that complete interview by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
Like most in the Angus business, Moczygemba was very excited to have the opportunity to attend the sale, one which he says is one of the “premiere” sales in the nation. According to him, producers are feeling optimistic about the upcoming season, with confident expectations of another moderate increase in average sale prices - as they did last year. In addition, he says the industry is enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead. Several initiatives being undertaken by the American Angus Association reflect that enthusiasm and innovative spirit that Moczygemba says is inherent among Angus producers.
“Here in a couple of weeks, we’ll be introducing our new feeder calf program called, Angus Link,” he said, remarking that a recent test run had delivered promising results. “The concept is simply this - we want to allow commercial cattlemen to be able to identify the genetic potential of their angus-based calves.”
He explained that producers will be able to enroll their calves in the program and based on the information collected will be returned three scores - a total beef score, a feedlot performance score and a grid score. This will allow cattle feeders and buyers to compare scores and determine the extra value that the calves might have.
According to Moczygemba, this is just another innovation that has stemmed from the advancements in genomic research being conducted by the American Angus Association, which he says continues to become more and more precise.
“Right now, we’re averaging about 150,000 genomic tests a year. That’s a huge advantage for us because it allows us to build our database more rapidly and ultimately allows our breeders to make more informed decisions, more quickly.”
Later this fall, other innovations and advancements like this will be widely discussed and showcased at the association’s annual convention. This year’s event will take place the first weekend in November in Columbus, Ohio - the hometown of Certified Angus Beef, Inc. - part of the association’s celebration of the brand’s 40th anniversary. Moczygemba encourages everyone to join them there.
“It’s going to be the first time we’ve been in Columbus and we’re going to be spending a lot of time talking about the 40 years of Certified Angus Beef, but there will be a lot more, too,” he said. “We’re going to be focusing on genomics and how that side of the business continues to grow. We’re going to have some great motivational speakers and we’re hoping to have a surprise guest we think everyone really likes. So, mark your calendar.”
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