Fall Focus

August 25-29, 2023
Denver, CO

August 25, 2023
Colorado Ranch Gathering (bus departs from the DoubleTree in the afternoon)

1:30 PM Transportation departs for National Western Center from DoubleTree Hotel

2:00 PM Ranch Gathering co-hosted by Colorado Simmental and Colorado Cattlemen’s Associations with:

  • Live cattle displays by CSA members
  • Pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) demonstrations by Dr. Tim Holt
  • Feet and leg scoring demonstrations by Lane Giess
  • Interactive displays at CSU Spur’s VIda, Terra, and Hydro buildings

5:30 PM
Courtesy Dinner

August 26, 2023
Educational Symposium Schedule

8:00 AM Welcome -  Doug Parke, Chairman, ASA Board of Trustees

8:20 AM Walking Around the Cylinder - Jackie Atkins, PhD, American Simmental Association

8:30 AM Exploring Bovine Heart Health: BCHF and PAP;  20 minute presentations sharing foundation of each trait and different approaches to genetic improvement

8:30 AM Physiology of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Cattle - Tim Holt, DVM, Colorado State University

8:50 AM Physiology of Bovine Congestive Heart Failure - Brian Vander Ley, DVM, University of Nebraska Lincoln

9:10 AM Genetic Prediction for PAP - Mark Enns, PhD, Colorado State University, 

9:30 AM Genetic Prediction for Bovine Congestive Heart Failure - Scott Speidel, PhD, Colorado State University

9:50 AM Simplot Approach to Improving Genetics for BCHF - Justin Buchanan, PhD, Simplot

10:10 AM Break

10:30 AM Panel discussion with morning speakers

12:00 PM Lunch and sponsor highlight

1:30 PM State of the Beef Industry - Billy Schmitz, Five Rivers Cattle Feeding

2:30 PM Defining Sustainability of Beef Cattle - Steve Wooten, Owner Beatty Canyon Ranch and past chair of the US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

3:00 PM Break

3:30 PM Sustainability Panel: Sara Place, PhD, Colorado State University; John Crowley, PhD, Abacus Bio; Steve Wooten, Beatty Canyon Ranch; Scott Howard, PhD, Meyers Natural Foods; moderated by Chip Kemp, American Simmental Association

5:00 PM Closing remarks


6:00 PM Recognition Dinner and Celebration


August 27, 2023


8:00 AM Town Hall Meeting


10:00 AM Committee Meetings


12:00 PM Lunch


1:00 PM Committee Meetings


3:15 PM ASA Trustee Board Meeting begins


August 28, 2023


8:00 AM - 5:30 PM ASA Trustee Board Meeting continues


August 29, 2023


7:00 AM - 9:00 AM ASA Trustee Board Meeting concludes 


**This schedule is subject to change.