2016 Angus Convention
November 5-7

Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

Angus Convention

From outstanding educational seminars to nationally known entertainment, the 2016 Angus Convention is an event you won’t want to miss. More than 2,100 cattlemen participated in the 2015 Angus Convention. And, as plans take shape for the 2016 Angus Convention, there’s even more in store for Angus producers and their partners.

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Register until October 31 for $125.
Discounted hotel blocks close
September 30.

Schedule of Events

  1. Registration Open

    Wabash Lobby

  1. Registration Open

    Wabash Lobby

  2. National Angus Tour Registration

    Marriott, Indiana Ballroom Lobby

  3. National Angus Tour

    Buses Depart & Return Marriott Downtown

    Sponsored By:

    Merck Animal Health
    Zoetis

    Members of the Indiana Angus Association will host the National Angus Tour Friday, November 4, prior to the official start of the 2016 Angus Convention.

    The National Angus Tour is an opportunity for Angus producers all over the country to see Midwest genetics, management and feed resources.

    Tour stops include: Willer Timber Ridge, Greencastle; Stewart Select Angus, Greensburg; Coverdale Angus, Frankton; and The Hoosiers Gym built by the Knightstown Community. Guest exhibitors include: GHG Angus; Wilson Cattle Co.; Grubbs Angus; Horstman Cattle Co.; Double R Bar Angus; Linz Heritage Angus; Les Craft Angus; Newman Angus; BCII; Bar-Water Angus; Carr Angus; Wilson Angus; Sherman Angus; Gerber Land & Cattle; and Sankey Angus.

    Tour buses will depart from the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown at 6:45 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. A full lunch plus drinks and morning and afternoon snacks are included. The National Angus Tour is a ticketed event that requires advance registration of $75 to ride the bus.

  4. Beef Blitz Product Tour

    Bus Departs & Returns Marriott Downtown

    Beef Blitz Product Tour

    Beef doesn’t just appear on the restaurant table or grocery store shelf. You know that, but do you really know how it gets from packer to plate? The Beef Blitz Tour will start at the very first Sysco house to partner with the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand and will include a unique look at beef marketing in a metropolitan grocery store as we head to Meijer. Lunch will, of course, feature the CAB® brand. Join us and get a glimpse of what goes on in between the producer and consumer hats you wear.

    Complimentary registrations are limited to first 30 pre-registrations by selecting the “Beef Blitz” as a Friday, November 4, agenda item. Registration for this event will open October 5. Register for the Angus Convention at www.AngusConvention.com. Already completed your registration? Go to www.AngusConvention.com and modify your registration, or call (816) 383-5255. Bus departs from the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m.

  5. Angus Foundation Supporter Recognition Event

    Marriott, Indiana Ballroom

    Angus Foundation Supporter Recognition Event

    Angus supporters who have contributed $250 or more between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016, are invited to attend this event, hosted by the Angus Foundation. The Certified Angus Beef® dinner will be at 6 p.m., at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in the Indiana Ballroom.

    The evening’s program will include recognition of Lifetime Giving Honorees, Special Supporters and Angus Foundation highlights from the past year. The Angus Foundation has numerous “Champions” supporting our mission and we appreciate your continued support and generosity! The program will also include at live auction — the Brian Asher original artwork “Concerned Mothers.”

  1. Registration Open

    Wabash Lobby

  2. Welcome General Session

    Sagamore, Ballroom

    Welcome General Session

    Welcome to the third annual Angus Convention and welcome to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

    As you participate in the education, meetings, workshops, social activities and networking opportunities, we hope you leave here with what you need to grow your business to its full potential.

    The Angus breed sets the pace in the cattle industry and to stay at the forefront, we need to keep pushing the boundaries. We hope you embrace the inventive and forward-thinking ideas that will be presented here and take them home and let them improve the quality and profitability of your business.

  3. International Genomics Symposium, sponsored by Neogen GeneSeek Operations

    Sagamore, Ballroom

    International Genomics Symposium

    The American Angus Association® and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) will host the second International Genomics Symposium as part of the 2016 Angus Convention.

    The event will provide cattle producers with cutting-edge information about advancements in genomics technology — and how these advances impact their businesses.

    The symposium is sponsored by Neogen GeneSeek Operations, a leading provider of comprehensive genomics solutions to the cattle industry.

    Dr. John Pollak, director of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb., will lead us through the morning’s sessions, which are focused on a futuristic perspective on the beef industry and include exploring genomic technology’s impact on quality beef production.

    Keynote speaker Juan Enriquez is a brilliant thinker and entrepreneur who unlocks the extraordinary promise of the new life sciences. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits of genomic research.

    Dr. Ben Hayes leads the ‘1000 Bull Genomes Project’. He will take a worldwide look at how DNA profiles are turning into real data to make better breeding decisions that lead to more productive animals.

    The morning will wrap up with a roundtable discussion with industry experts Drs. Ben Hayes, Dan Moser and Stephen Miller discussing how genomics is rapidly reshaping the way we produce livestock, and providing producers with the best information available that will not only help us improve quality and consistency, but also make our industry more competitive.

  4. Trade Show Grand Opening

    Exhibit Hall

  5. Lunch, featuring the Certified Angus Beef® brand

    Exhibit Hall

  6. Beef Leaders Institute (BLI) Lunch

    Room 124

  7. Trade Show Open

    Exhibit Hall

  8. Innovation Workshops, sponsored by Zoetis

    Priefert Cattle Demonstration Arena, Exhibit Hall

    Innovation Workshops

    It’s not hard to understand why cattle producers should care about consumer preferences. After all, dollars spent at the meat counter represent the beef industry’s only source of new money. Consumer dollars trickle back through the production chain, but do consumer preferences really influence the kind of cows found in this nation’s commercial cow outfits? How do cattlemen interpret the genomic test results and genomic-enhanced EPDs to make breeding decisions?

    The Innovation Workshops sponsored by Zoetis lead cattle producers through the process of creating breeding plans. Along with the Angus Genetics Inc. team, Dr. Dan Shike, University of Illinois, and Dr. Kent Andersen, Zoetis, the audience will participate in the evaluation of registered and commercial Angus. Though each breeder will prioritize traits differently based on their needs and environment, these sessions will help cattlemen identify their trait priorities and understand the data so when scouring sale books and websites researching bulls, the genomic data will be a useful tool.

    Using genomic selection tools with a testing strategy, cattlemen have the opportunity to further the production of calves that yield the kind of beef that a growing percentage of consumers prefer. Understanding how to interpret these genomic tools is an investment that pays in a lifetime of more precise breeding decisions.

    To learn more about the speakers visit the Education page.

  9. Auxiliary Annual Meeting

    Wabash 2 & 3

  10. Trade Show Social and Dinner, featuring the Certified Angus Beef® brand

    Exhibit Hall

  11. American Angus Association Board of Directors Candidate Forum

    Sagamore, Ballroom

    American Angus Association Board of Directors Candidate Forum

    The Candidate Forum will be the feature activity on Saturday evening, November 5, with a dessert and coffee bar. This Forum gives delegates and members the opportunity to hear from those running for the Association’s Board of Directors. Each candidate will give a 10-minute presentation, followed by a question-and-answer period. This is a must-attend event for the voting delegation.

    For complete candidate biographies, visit the Association Business page.

  1. Registration Open

    Wabash Lobby

  2. Angus Auxiliary Breakfast

    Marriott, Indiana Ballroom

    Angus Auxiliary Breakfast

    All Angus enthusiasts are invited to start their Sunday morning at the Annual Auxiliary Breakfast. This ticketed event includes a delicious breakfast, entertainment, updates from the Auxiliary officer team and presentations by retiring president Shally Rogen and Miss American Angus Jera Pipkin. $25 advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Interested individuals may check with the Convention registration desk for availability during the Angus Convention.

  3. Nondenominational Church Service

    Sagamore Ballroom

    Nondenominational Church Service

    Start Sunday morning with your friends and song and praise with Jeff Gore, cowboy minister. Jeff and his wife, Donna, will entertain at the Angus Auxiliary Breakfast and then provide inspiration during a nondenominational church service.

  4. Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health

    Sagamore Ballroom

    Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health

    Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, headlines the Angus Convention activities on Sunday, Nov. 6, and encourages cattle producers to expand their perspectives and consider what it takes to supply high-quality beef worldwide. The morning discussion spotlights the future of the cattle industry and how producers can creatively adapt to what the future holds.

    Moderator Larry Corah will lead us through the morning’s sessions, which are focused on the opportunity for business leadership and innovation in the beef industry. The thought-provoking discussions will include exploring how business culture impacts quality beef production. As the retired vice president of supply development for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), Corah has played a central role in educating producers about the importance of consumer orientation and the value-added benefits of producing quality.

    The keynote speaker for Angus University will be Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Airlines. Putnam and his team tripled the revenues and profitability in three years at Southwest Airlines, and the company’s culture and policy became a game-changer for the airline industry, casting traditional models out the window. He has published a book titled The Winds of Turbulence, and will share his insights into leading-edge business practices.

    Tom Walter is a “serial entrepreneur,” author, speaker and a principal in numerous companies. He is best known as the Chief Culture Officer (CCO) of Chicago-area Tasty Catering, a suburban corporate caterer and event planner that was recently named a Forbes Best Small Company in America; however, over ten years ago, a sibling war for control led two young employees to make the bold statement, “Either you change, or we’re leaving.” Listen to Walter’s story about Tasty Catering’s shift from a command-and-control work environment to an employee-generated culture, including the lasting effects that shift has had on the employees and the success of the company a full decade later.

  5. Trade Show Open

    Exhibit Hall

  6. Lunch and Networking, featuring the Certified Angus Beef® brand

    Exhibit Hall

  7. Judging Contest

    Priefert Cattle Demonstration Arena, Exhibit Hall

    Judging Contest

    Sponsored by Greeley Hat Works, Valley Vet Supply and Purdue University

    It’s your turn to be the judge at the 2016 Angus Convention Judging Contest. Evaluate four Angus classes and compete against fellow Angus Convention attendees for prizes and bragging rights.

    • Age Divisions:
    • Youth (13 and under)
    • Young Adult (14-21)
    • Adult (22 and over)
    • Prizes for each division:
    • Greeley Hat Works Custom Beaver 20 ($650 value)
      Valley Vet $250 Gift Card
    • Valley Vet $150 Gift Card
    • Valley Vet $100 Gift Card
    • Valley Vet $75 Gift Card
    • Valley Vet $50 Gift Card
  8. Angus University Workshops, sponsored by Merck Animal Health

    See Education page for locations

    Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health

    Angus University Workshops offer participants a chance to zero in on specific management disciplines, and learn how they can more effectively manage their cattle operations with value in mind. Divide and conquer these diverse sessions with your friends, family, co-workers and employees to maximize the educational opportunities.

    To learn more about the Educational opportunities, and speakers, visit the Education page.

  9. Trade Show Gala and Dinner, featuring the Certified Angus Beef® brand

    Exhibit Hall

  10. Miss American Angus Speeches

    Wabash 1

  11. Judging Contest Results

    Priefert Cattle Demonstration Arena, Exhibit Hall

    Judging Contest

    Sponsored by Greeley Hat Works, Valley Vet Supply and Purdue University

    Join us at the Priefert Cattle Demonstration Arena for the results of the Judging Contest.

    • Age Divisions:
    • Youth (13 and under)
    • Young Adult (14-21)
    • Adult (22 and over)
    • Prizes for each division:
    • Greeley Hat Works Custom Beaver 20 ($650 value)
      Valley Vet $250 Gift Card
    • Valley Vet $150 Gift Card
    • Valley Vet $100 Gift Card
    • Valley Vet $75 Gift Card
    • Valley Vet $50 Gift Card
  12. Sawyer Brown Concert

    Sagamore Ballroom

    Sawyer Brown Concert

    Country music legend Sawyer Brown will get you out of your seat and rockin’ in the aisles with classics like Shakin’, Betty’s Bein’ Bad, Step That Step, and Puttin’ The Dark Back Into the Night. While at the same time, they can put a lump in your throat with emotional ballads like The Walk, The Dirt Road and All These Years.

  1. Registration Open

    Wabash Lobby

  2. American Angus Association Awards Recognition Breakfast

    Sagamore Ballroom

    American Angus Association Awards Recognition Breakfast

    Celebrate another successful year for the Angus breed during the Awards Recognition Breakfast. Attendees help recognize this year’s Miss American Angus, top animals in the Roll of Victory program, Heritage Angus Foundation inductees, Century Herd Award winners, the National Junior Angus Association Jim Baldridge Outstanding Leadership Award recipient, and retiring members of the Association’s Board of Directors.

  3. Trade Show Closing Session

    Exhibit Hall

  4. Closing Networking and Coffee Break

    Exhibit Hall

  5. Priefert and Tru-Test Grand Prize Giveaway

    Priefert Cattle Demonstration Arena, Exhibit Hall

    Priefert and Tru-Test Grand Prize Giveaway

    One lucky convention attendee will win a complete livestock management handling system. Gather in the Priefert Cattle Demonstration Arena area to see who the grand prize winner is! Must be present to win.

    Learn more about this prize.

  6. 133rd Annual Convention of Delegates

    Sagamore Ballroom

    133rd Annual Convention of Delegates

    The 133rd Annual Convention of Delegates will convene at 10 a.m. Join fellow members of the American Angus Association as the business for the upcoming year is conducted. Delegates representing each state will be seated together as they elect five new directors, a president and chairman of the board, and a vice president and vice chairman of the board. All other Association business will also be conducted at this time.

    For complete candidate biographies, visit the Association Business page.

All events in the Indiana Convention Center unless otherwise noted.
*Schedule subject to change

Enjoy Highlights From Last Year

The Angus Report joins more than 2,000 cattle producers to report from the 2015 National Angus Convention in Overland Park, Kan.