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

Education Session

August 26, 2018

"Embrace the Past, Imagine the Future"

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 the security of future generations.

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View presentation recordings here.

Board Meeting and Events

Interactive Committee Meetings

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


Hotel and Area Information

Fall Focus 2019 to be held

in Manhattan, KS.

Date and hotel accommodations coming soon.




Ben Williamson

Instructor of Animal Science, The Pennsylvania State University.

Williamson is originally from Cedarville, OH, where he was brought up on a diversified farming operation raising Simmental cattle,  in addition to grain and commercial hogs.   After graduating high school, Williamson went on to receive his Bachelors of Animal Science from Morehead State University in 2009,  and then enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Arkansas.  

While in grad school, Williamson spent his first year concentrating on research and serving as a technician for the USDA – Agricultural Research Service in Booneville, AR, before moving to campus to complete his course work.  Upon graduating with his Master’s, emphasizing in beef cattle reproductive physiology, he had the opportunity to return to Morehead State as an instructor, teaching introductory and production courses.  In addition to these responsibilities, Mr. Williamson also assisted in managing the university’s livestock enterprises including their registered Angus cattle and offered a service to the region as a certified ultrasound technician.  

Williamson’s current responsibilities at Penn State position him in a role of teaching and extension.  His primary responsibilities include teaching production courses, coaching the Livestock Judging Team, and providing education and service to stakeholders through events and programs such as chairing the technical committee for the Pennsylvania Bull Test.


Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors

Back Row: Ryan Thorson President of Montana Simmental Association, Dale Miller with Miller Simmental, Bill McDonald with McDonald Farms, Dan Lehrman with Lehrman Family Simmentals, Fred Smith, Clay Lassle with Lassle Ranch Simmentals, and Wade Staigle with Mandan Lake Simmental.
Front Row: Kevin Thompson with TNT, Jim Butcher with Gateway Simmental, Erika Kenner with Kenner Simmentals, Willie Altenburg with Select Sires, Mike Foreman with Trinity Farms.
Not pictured: Genex, Geneseek, Allflex, and Gibbs Farms.



                AllFlex Mandan Lake Simmental

Dakota Express Simmentals

Mark Barnell Cattle Company