November 4-6, 2017
Fort Worth Convention Center
Fort Worth, Texas

From outstanding educational seminars to nationally known entertainment, the 2017 Angus Convention is an event you won’t want to miss. Nearly 2,000 cattlemen participated in the 2016 Angus Convention. And, as plans take shape for the 2017 Angus Convention, there’s even more in store for Angus producers and their partners.

Registration and hotel blocks open July 1, 2017.

2017 Convention Guide

Grand Prize Giveaway

The 2017 Angus Convention will be one you don’t want to miss, as we’re giving away more than $100,000 in grand prizes to two lucky attendees!

Priefert & Tru-Test Complete Cattle Handling System

Designed for approximately 35 head, this corral features a solid sweep with a straight working alley that is adjustable to one of four widths and leads to a Priefert Model S04 Squeeze Chute. To complete the system, capture the wide range of animal information you need to make the right decisions with the Tru-Test XR5000 Indicator, HD1010 load bars, scale mounting brackets and XRS2 EID stick reader. An added bonus is the new Tru-Test WaterWell automatic waterer. The energy-free ball waterer can accommodate up to 100 head.

Priefert and Tru-Test Complete Cattle Handling System

Cat 289 Compact Track Loader

This one-of-a kind, custom-made Cat 289D Compact Track Loader is tailored with black paint and Angus finishing touches. The Cat 289D provides Angus producers the versatility to help multitask with ease, so you can move bales, clean pens, mix feed and more. Increase your productivity by moving through daily chores more quickly with this multi-function machine with outstanding power and a comfortable cab.

Cat 289 Compact Track Loader

RED STEAGALL, native Texan, recording artist, songwriter, TV personality, radio host and author will serve as the Angus Convention emcee. Steagall’s 37 year career has included more than 200 songwriting credits, 26 singles, 22 albums, four books, hosting the nationally televised National Finals Rodeo, and hosting a one-hour syndicated radio show that broadcasts on more than 160 stations in 34 states. The Former Chairman of the Board of the Academy of Country Music also serves on the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation Board of Directors.

Schedule

  1. Registration Open
  1. Registration Open
  2. National Angus Tour
    National Angus Tour

    The Texas Angus Association will host this year’s National Angus Tour on Friday, Nov. 3, just prior to the 2017 Angus Convention.

    Participants will have the opportunity to tour two stops: Hoofstock Genetics, Ranger, Texas; and Wilks Ranch, Eastland, Texas. They will learn about the operations, hear from speakers and, of course, view outstanding Angus cattle.

    Hoofstock Genetics is an elite embryo transfer (ET) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) facility. Hoofstock Genetics represents the beef cattle industry’s most innovative reproductive science. The tour will feature educational speakers and sessions, including a look at genetic programs and services through the American Angus Association.

    At around 11 a.m., the tour will depart for the Wilks Ranch. The group will enjoy lunch in the wide-open spaces of the ranch’s beautiful landscape. Several members of the Texas Angus Association will have cattle on display and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and gain an understanding of the various breeding programs.

    Tour buses will depart the Fort Worth Convention Center at 7:15 a.m., Friday, Nov. 3, and return around 4:15 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 or $40 to drive yourself. You can reserve your place when registering online.

    National Angus Tour
  3. Trade Show Move-in
  4. Angus Foundation Supporter Recognition Event (by invitation only)
    Angus Foundation Supporter Recognition Event

    Angus supporters who have contributed $250 or more during the fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2017) are invited to attend this event hosted by the Angus Foundation. The Certified Angus Beef® brand dinner will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, at the Omni Hotel. Donations can be made when registering.

  1. Registration Open
  2. Trade Show Welcome Reception
  3. Welcome General Session
  4. International Genomics Symposium, sponsored by Neogen GeneSeek Operations®
    International Genomics Symposium

    An exciting general welcome session and the International Genomics Symposium sponsored by Neogen GeneSeek Operations will lead off the 2017 Angus Convention. The session will explore how the future of technology will impact the Angus business, followed by a dynamic panel discussion by Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI), discussing how the breed's innovative genetic tools continues to progress.

    Lowell CatlettDR. LOWELL CATLETT is a futurist whose knowledge of technologies and their implications on the way we will live and work is addressed in his varied and upbeat presentation. His vast knowledge astounds corporate and association audiences both nationally and internationally. His presentation will be thoughtprovoking and highly entertaining. Lowell retired in July 2015 as Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University.

    This engaging panel discussion will feature Dr. Dan Moser, AGI president; Dr. Stephen Miller, AGI genetic research director; and Kelli Retallick, AGI genetic service director.

    Dr. Dan Moser
    Dr. Stephen Miller
    Kelli Retallick

    The team will lead a discussion on how genetic technology is progressing at an ever-increasing rate — and how that will impact your Angus herd on a daily basis.

  5. Trade Show Grand Opening
  6. Lunch in trade show featuring Certified Angus Beef®
  7. Trade Show Open
  8. Innovation Workshops sponsored by Zoetis
    Innovation Workshops

    Using genomic selection tools as part of a comprehensive animal breeding and selection strategy, cattlemen have the opportunity to accelerate their production goals. Understanding how to interpret these genomic tools is an investment that pays dividends with more precise breeding and selection decisions.

    During the Innovation Workshops sponsored by Zoetis, three successful Angus breeders will discuss how genomic testing strategies combined with interpreting genomic data has exponentially improved their herds. Participants will also evaluate the economic value of live Angus cattle and explore how to use genomic data as a valuable tool.

  9. American Angus Association Board of Directors Candidate Forum
    American Angus Association Board of Directors Candidate Forum

    The Candidate Forum will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m. This Forum is the prime time for delegates and Association members to listen to candidates vying for the Association’s Board of Directors. Each candidate will present for 10 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.

  1. Registration Open
  2. Angus Auxiliary Breakfast
    Angus Auxiliary Breakfast

    All Angus enthusiasts are invited to start their Sunday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 a.m. at the annual Auxiliary breakfast for $35 per ticket. Enjoy a full breakfast, entertainment and fellowship as the Auxiliary hosts this highly anticipated event.

  3. Nondenominational Church Service
    George Westby

    Join us on Sunday, Nov. 5 as George Westby of the Cowboy Church located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards leads us in an uplifting non-denominational church service.

  4. Angus University sponsored by Merck Animal Health
    Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health

    The fourth-annual Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, takes place Sunday, Nov. 5. The Angus University general session will feature Edd Hendee, owner of the famous Taste of Texas restaurant, and Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax. The afternoon breakout sessions will cover subjects including bull and heifer selection; managing consumer demands and environmental regulations; EPDs; current beef consumer trends; parasite management; low stress cattle handling and more.

    Edd HendeeEDD HENDEE and his wife, Nina, own and operate the renowned Taste of Texas restaurant in Houston, which they launched in 1977. The restaurant has gained local and national acclaim for setting the standard of steakhouse excellence and for its consummate Texas hospitality. In 1984, the restaurant needed a new concept for survival. Hendee embraced the Certified Angus Beef® brand and doubled sales in three years. In 1991, they constructed their own building, leading to a 300-seat hotspot and growing fame as today’s top volume independent restaurant in the world for Certified Angus Beef®. The restaurant is truly a family business. The Hendees ’ daughter, Lisa, is the chef, while their daughter, Kristin, and her husband, Corbin, help manage the business.

    Randy BlachRANDY BLACH, CEO, CattleFax, was raised on his family ’s ranch in Yuma, Colo., and graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) with a degree in animal science. Blach received the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumni Award in 2004 and the Livestock Leader Award in 2011. In 2016, he was inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame. Blach joined CattleFax in 1981 and served as director of market analysis for 15 years, accepting his current role as CEO in 2001. Blach and his family remain actively involved in cattle ranching by managing cow/calf, stocker and finished cattle.

  5. Lunch and networking in trade show featuring Certified Angus Beef®
  6. Trade Show Open
  7. Livestock Judging Contest
  8. Angus University sponsored by Merck Animal Health
    Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health

    Genetic Selection

    EPDs 101

    EPDs 401

    Simplify Bull Selection

    Maternal Value

    Selecting Fertile Heifers

    Breeding Systems for Profit

    Managing Females for the Long Term

    Best Practices

    Balancing Environmental and Consumer Demand in Today’s Cowherd

    First Class Feeder Cattle Marketing

    Effective Parasite Control for Today and Tomorrow

    End Product

    The Beef Consumer of 2017

    $1.20/lb. Cattle and $25/lb. Tendorloins What Gives?

    Hot Trends in BBQ

    Live Cattle Demo

    Low-stress Cattle Handling

    Chute-side Protocol

    Skeletal Correctness and Foot Scoring

  9. Trade Show Gala & Dinner featuring Certified Angus Beef®
  10. Judging Contest Results
  11. Grand Prize Giveaway
    Grand Prize Giveaway
    Priefert
    Tru-Test
    Caterpillar

    The 2017 Angus Convention will be one you don’t want to miss, as we’re giving away more than $100,000 in grand prizes to two lucky attendees!

    Priefert & Tru-Test Complete Cattle Handling System
    Designed for approximately 35 head, this corral features a solid sweep with a straight working alley that is adjustable to one of four widths and leads to a Priefert Model S04 Squeeze Chute. To complete the system, capture the wide range of animal information you need to make the right decisions with the Tru-Test XR5000 Indicator, HD1010 load bars, scale mounting brackets and XRS2 EID stick reader. An added bonus is the new Tru-Test WaterWell automatic waterer. The energy-free ball waterer can accommodate up to 100 head.

    Priefert and Tru-Test Complete Cattle Handling System

    Cat 289 Compact Track Loader
    This one-of-a kind, custom-made Cat 289D Compact Track Loader is tailored with black paint and Angus finishing touches. The Cat 289D provides Angus producers the versatility to help multitask with ease, so you can move bales, clean pens, mix feed and more. Increase your productivity by moving through daily chores more quickly with this multi-function machine with outstanding power and a comfortable cab.

    Cat 289 Compact Track Loader

    The grand prize drawing will be at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. Must be present to win.

  12. Entertainment: Asleep at the Wheel
    Entertainment: Asleep at the Wheel

    On Sunday, Nov. 5, the evening will feature a fresh look and sound by Asleep At The Wheel. Ray Benson founded the group in Paw Paw, W. Va., 47 years ago. Now based in Austin, Texas, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. You’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town.

  1. Registration Open
  2. American Angus Association Awards Recognition Breakfast
    American Angus Association Awards Recognition Breakfast

    The American Angus Association will host its annual Awards Recognition Breakfast on Monday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 a.m. This $40 ticketed event honors outstanding individuals and families in the Angus business, and the new Miss American Angus will also be crowned.

  3. Closing networking and coffee break
  4. 134th Annual Convention of Delegates
    134th Annual Convention of Delegates

    No Angus Convention is complete without the American Angus Association® annual business meeting. Delegates from across the U.S. will assemble to represent nearly 25,000 Association members during the Annual Convention of Delegates on Monday, Nov. 6.

See You in Fort Worth

Registration and hotel blocks open July 1, 2017