The Pennsylvania Simmental Association will host the American Simmental Association’s Fall Board Meeting, September 14 to 17 at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

In addition to the Board Meeting, the “Fall Focus: Confidence Builds Success” event aims to arm seedstock breeders and commercial cattlemen with information to confidently make genetic selection decisions, market their product, promote the beef industry, and plan for security of future generations. All cattlemen are encouraged to attend this free event.

Fall Focus speakers on Monday, Sept. 14, include Frank Lucas, U.S. Congressman and member of the House Committee on Agriculture; Russell Redding, PA Secretary of Agriculture; Wade Shafer, EVP, American Simmental Association; Lauren Hyde, Lead Geneticist, International Genetic Solutions; Jackie Atkins, Director of Science and Education, American Simmental Association; Gordon Jones, Red Hill Farms and former Professor of Animal Science, Western Kentucky University; Scott Greiner, Professor of Animal and Poultry Science, Virginia Tech; Michael Baker, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University; Ben Williamson, Animal Science Instructor and Advisor, Pennsylvania State University; Alex White, Adjunct Professor, Department of Dairy Science, Virginia Tech, and operator for A. White Enterprises; and Daren Williams, Senior Executive Director of Communications, The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Education topics include:

– Using DNA to Advance Genetic Evaluation

– Get the Most Out of Your Data

– Bull Selection

– Agriculture Advocacy

– Marketing Options for Small Farms

– Farm Succession and Retirement Planning.

Fall Focus is expected to draw many prominent Simmental breeders, including a significant number of owners and representatives from the major western-based Simmental farms and ranches. The Simmental breeders of the Northeast are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase their operations to these producers from across the country.

Attendees are invited to join ASA trustees to discuss critical issues in committee meetings on September 15, 16, and 17. The Board meeting is scheduled to adjourn by 10 a.m. on September 17.

In addition to the education session and board meeting, participants are invited to attend a guided three-hour tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield, guided three-hour tour of the Eisenhower National Historic Farm, a guided two-hour tour of the Historical Shriver House in Downtown Gettysburg, and a farm herd walk with Pennsylvania-raised Simmental cattle.