February 22, 2006


For More Information Contact:

Shelia Stannard at (816) 383-5152 or sstannard@angus.org



Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Set April 28-29 at Cal Poly


            The American Angus Association, in partnership with the Angus Foundation and California Polytechnic State University, is conducting its second Cattlemen’s Boot Camp April 28-29 at San Luis Obispo, Calif.  The event is open to all cattle producers and offers perspective on all industry segments including production practices, marketing and end product merit.

            The Boot Camp begins at 1 p.m. on April 28, at the Cal Poly Animal Science Pavilion and is designed for newer cattle producers, as well as veterans.  Attendees will get the opportunity to participate in numerous interactive learning stations that will cover genetic selection, animal identification, beef carcass grading and marketing programs.  An Angus Skills Lab will precede the Boot Camp on the morning of April 28.  The Skills Lab covers the very basics about registering cattle and submitting performance information, permanent identification and basics of handling.  Enrollment is limited to new Association members.

            “Boot Camp is a continued effort to work with universities to provide information to producers at a regional level,” says Jim Shirley, American Angus Association vice president of industry relations.  “It is one of the educational efforts supported by the Angus Foundation.”

            Registration for Boot Camp is just $75, which includes meals, but space is limited so register today by contacting the Association.  Registration forms can be obtained from Linda Campbell at the American Angus Association, (816) 383-5143 or online at www.angus.org.  Registration deadline is April 11.  A hotel block is available at the Best Western Somerset Inn.  Call 805-544-0973 and ask for the American Angus block to get the negotiated rate.



A tentative schedule follows:


Cattlemen’s Boot Camp

April 28-29

San Luis Obispo, Calif.


Friday, April 28


            1 p.m.              Welcome


                                    Emerging Industry Trends

            Determining Value

                                    Creating a Supply Chain Mentality & Communicating Value


                                    Interactive Stations

                                    Interpreting a Feedlot Closeout



                                    Branded Beef Programs




                                    Interactive Stations

                                    Quality Grade/Yield Grade

                                    Interpreting a Kill Sheet

                                    Integration of ID & Management

                                    Longevity & Convenience Traits of the Cow Herd




                                    Case Study: It’s Sale Time

                                    Interactive session on Genetic Selection Tools


Saturday, April 29


            8:30 a.m.          Creating a Quality Mentality at the Ranch


                                    Nutritional Management for Optimum Production


                                    Developing a Marketing Plan   


            Noon               Lunch