September 17-20, 2017


Bismarck, ND

Co-hosted by: ND Simmental Association & American Simmental Association

Education Session

September 17, 2017

Our Goal

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.

Educational Session Schedule


Fall Focus 2016 Videos

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Session I :  Drs. Lauren Hyde, Jackie Atkins, and Wade Shafer  American Simmental Association

Session II:  Dr. Mahdi Saatchi, IGS

Session III: Dr. Bruce Golden, Theta Solutions LLC and Dr. Dorian Garrick, Iowa State University 

Session IV: Dr. Jared Decker, University of Missouri 

ASA Board Meeting

September 18, 2017

Interactive Committee Meetings

Join the ASA Trustees to discuss critical issues in each of the five Standing Committees.


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Hotel and Area Information

Ramkota Hotel Headquarters

800 South 3rd Street
Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 258-7700
Room Block Name:  "Fall Focus"
Deadline for room block is Sept. 4, 2017.


Travel Information:

Bismarck, ND Airport Free shuttle to and from the airport — use the courtesy phone in luggage area.

Area Information

The Bismarck/Mandan area provides a variety of activities for the entire family. The North Dakota state capitol is a beautiful site to see. It is located next to the Heritage Center, which includes a variety of artifacts and pieces of North Dakota’s history, dating back 600 million years.  The Missouri River separates Bismarck and Mandan and offers a variety of recreational activities.  Fort Lincoln, just south of Mandan, is a fascinating historical site offering military and Native American history.  Tour through the On-a-Slant Indian Village with reconstructed earth lodges or walk through Custer’s house to step back in time.  The North Dakota Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park lie west of Bismarck/Mandan about 90 minutes by car.  North Dakota has elite fishing, golfing, rugged biking, fine shopping, dining, and so much more! For more area information:


Abraham Lincoln State Park

Downtown Bismarck ND

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park - Indian Village

General George Custer House

Hawktree Golf Course

Lewis and Clark Riverboat

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

Train Bridge over the Missouri River

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Wade & Merri Staigle  Roger Finke  Quissell's A.I. Service