Angus Education Center
The Angus Education Center is your online resource for educational materials
relating to programs and services offered by the American Angus Association.
Information is updated often, so please check back to access new educational
If you have trouble downloading the files, please
Your Association: Your Business - How the American Angus Association functions
Understanding the Performance Registration Certificate (PRC)
Getting to Know Your Association: Committees
Called to Order
Seat on the Board
Submitting a Ballot
Genetic Selection Decisions
AIMS (Angus Information Management Software)
AIMS Introductory Video
- This introductory video explains the AIMS program. (plays in browser)
- This informative four page brochure explains the AIMS program and includes
screenshots (PDF file)
External Information Services- Interactive PDF containing links to information published by industry specialists, universities and Cooperative Extension outlets.
External Publications and Resources- Link to electronic publications and resources; includes information to guide beef herd management decisions.
Angus Beef Chart - A great reference for meat cuts and how they relate to a beef
animal. This revised version includes recommended cooking methods. This file
requires Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher to view. You can also request color
reprints which are "11x17", folded and three-hole punched.
Poster size available upon request.
Angus Beef Chart - Spanish version
Angus Advantages - This brochure explains how Angus genetics can work in producer's herds to
improve demand, boost profits and take some of the work out of cattle
Developing a Registered Angus Herd- A beginning guide that highlights basic strategies necessary to develop a
registered Angus herd. Also suggests ways to use Association resources and other
information outlets to enhance planning, managing and marketing.
Beef Nutrition Fact Sheet- Basic overview of beef cattle nutrition.
Animal Handling Fact Sheet- Overview that highlights proper animal handling for beef cattle on a farm or ranch.
Beef Cow Efficiency
- This Angus Productions Inc. (API) topic site includes articles and other resources of
interest on perhaps the single biggest factor affecting producer profitability—efficiency. This link provides useful information on feeding and management practices.
Body Condition Score
- Use the photos, video clips and definitions on this link to learn more about body condition scoring (BCS), vital to your herd’s reproductive health and nutrition. The site also provided by API, also provides useful articles and other information about BCS.
Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)
- Another API topic site that is a one-stop news hub for all information related to Country of Origin Labeling.
Dealing with Drought
- This API topic site is a resource for those throughout the country dealing with the prolonged dry conditions. Links from this page are categorized by cattle, feeding, water and management, and perhaps the most useful tool is a hay/feed finder that links to numerous states where feed resources are still available.
National Junior Angus Association
Leading by Example – A series of fact sheets for local and regional junior Angus associations;
includes suggestions about organizing a successful meeting, officer
responsibilities and successful meeting ideas.
Guide to Success
- A comprehensive handbook that includes information for getting started in the Angus breed.
A free, printed version is also available at www.angus.org.
Each section can also be downloaded and viewed by clicking on the following links.
National Junior Angus Association (NJAA)
- This section gives a brief overview of the opportunities for junior members available through the NJAA. (PDF file)
American Angus Association
- This section gives an overview of the Angus breed. It provides guidelines to selecting a heifer and reasons why Angus is a wise investment. (PDF file)
- This section provides an overview of the nutritional requirements of cattle and the different feeding programs to meet those requirements. (PDF file)
- This section provides information about preparing and showing Angus cattle, a portion of the NJAA that is fun and rewarding for junior members. (PDF file)
- This section teaches youth the proper methods to present yourself and animal in the best form possible.
- This section explains the process of a livestock judging competition, and the mechanics of judging cattle which is the key to raising and buying high-quality cattle. (PDF file)
Outside the Showring
- This section explains the lifelong skills the NJAA has to offer beyond the showring.
- Glossary of terms used in the Guide to Success brochure. (PDF file)
Permanent ID Fact Sheets - Provides information about permanent identification methods and using permanent ID in your herd
Tattooing Module - This module gives step by step instructions on how to plan and implement a
simple but effective tattoo system. (Plays in browser)
Freeze Branding Module - This module offers narrated illustrations of how to implement an
effective freeze branding system. (plays in browser)
Performance Programs: EPDs, $Values, and more and more
EPD Definitions -
Definitions are given for the Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) published by
Interim EPDs -
Interim EPDs are calculated during the time period between the
AAA National Cattle Evaluations. This link will explain Interim EPDs.
Multi-trait selection indexes provide an important tool for commercial and
seedstock producers. This link will explain how the $Values are calculated and
how they can be used as a selection tool.
Grouping- Proper contemporary grouping is important for
accurate genetic evaluation. This link will explain the key to proper
This link will explain how to calculate the frame score of your cattle.
Body Condition Score (BCS) - Body
condition scoring serves as a useful, easy-to-use management tool to assess the
nutritional needs of a cow herd. This link provides a full explanation of the
Priorities First - In fulfilling the mission to provide programs and services that will aid
commercial cattle producers to achieve profitability, the American Angus
Association commissioned an in-depth study to provide a blueprint for
prioritizing profit drivers in today’s cattle operations. Priorities First:
Identifying Management Priorities in the Commercial Cow-Calf Business Business, by
Tom Field, Ph.D., Fort Collins, Colo., includes the responses of more than 200
successful producers and industry specialists from diverse geographic locations.
A downloadable version is available by
American Angus Association’s Producer Priority Finder
This interactive program is designed to help commercial
cow-calf producers identify the most important management priorities for their individual operations.
You can improve the profitability of your cow-calf business by placing greater management emphasis
on the priorities identified here. Click here to complete a brief self-evaluation of current management
strengths and weaknesses.
1-Page Fact Sheets
Priorities First: Identifying
Management Priorities It is a one-page easy-read document that identifies the
objectives and key messages designed to assist commercial cow-calf producers.
The first in a series, this fact sheet was developed as part of a comprehensive
Priorities First: Managing
Costs and Making Wise Investments It is a one-page easy-read document that
identifies a key area important to commercial producers in controlling costs.
The second in a series, this fact sheet was developed as part of a comprehensive
Priorities First: Herd Health is
High Priority in Cow-Calf Business It is a one-page easy-read document that
identifies the objectives and key messages designed to assist commercial
cow-calf producers. The third in a series, this fact sheet was developed as part
of a comprehensive study.
Priorities First: Effective
Cow Herd Health It is a one page easy-read document that identifies the
objectives and key messages designed to assist commercial cow-calf producers.
The fourth in a series, this fact sheet was developed as a part of a
Priorities First: Marketing Value Begins in the Pasture It is a one-page easy-read document that identifies the objectives
and key messages designed to assist commercial cow-calf producers. The fifth in a series, this fact sheet was developed as
part of a comprehensive study.
Priorities First: Value in Marketing Cull Bulls & Cows It is a one-page easy-read document that identifies the objectives and key messages designed
to assist commercial cow-calf producers. The sixth in a series, this fact sheet was developed as part of a comprehensive study, Priorities First: Identifying Management Priorities in the
Commercial Cow-Calf Business, conducted by Tom Field, Ph.D., Fort Collins, CO.
Results draw from responses of more than 200 successful producers and industry
specialists from diverse geographic locations.
Additional copies of the full report or any of the 1-page fact sheets of
Priorities First are available for use as a resource or as an educational tool
in the classroom or beef cattle meetings. To receive free additional copies or
speak to a staff member, contact the American Angus Association office at 816-383-5100.
Paper Registration - This module will explain the different paper forms that are available from AAA
for registering your Angus cattle. (plays in browser)