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 now open.

2017 Convention Official Guide

If you can’t make it to the 2017 Angus Convention, follow along with comprehensive coverage provided by the Communications Group and Angus Media by visiting the Convention Newsroom.

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

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  1. Trade Show Move-in

    Exhibit Hall

  2. Registration Open

    Exhibit Hall C

  1. Registration Open

    Exhibit Hall C

  2. National Angus Tour

    Convention Center, 12th Street Entrance Lobby

    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. Beef Blitz Product Tour, sponsored by the Certified Angus Beef®
    Beef Blitz Product Tour

    Join us on Friday, Nov. 3 for the Beef Blitz! 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? Join the Certified Angus Beef team and get a glimpse of what goes on between the producer and consumer hats you wear.

    This tour is limited to the first 40 pre-registrations when registering for the Angus Convention. Tickets are $25. Buses depart from the Fort Worth Convention Center, 12th Street Lobby at 8 a.m. and return approximately 3 p.m.

  4. Trade Show Move-in

    Exhibit Hall

  5. Angus Foundation Supporter Recognition Event (by invitation only)

    Omni, Texas Ballroom

    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

    Exhibit Hall C

  2. Trade Show Open and Welcome Reception sponsored by RFD-TV and The Angus Report

    Exhibit Hall

  3. Welcome General Session

    Convention Center, Ballroom

  4. International Genomics Symposium, sponsored by Neogen GeneSeek Operations®

    Convention Center, Ballroom

    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

    Exhibit Hall

  6. Lunch in trade show featuring Certified Angus Beef®

    Exhibit Hall, Certified Angus Beef Dining Area

  7. Beef Leaders Institute Alumni Lunch (by invitation only)

    Convention Center, Room 202A-B

  8. Trade Show Open

    Exhibit Hall

  9. Innovation Workshops sponsored by Zoetis

    Exhibit Hall, Live Cattle Demo Area

    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.

  10. NJAA Ambassador Contest Presentations

    Convention Center, Room 203

  11. Auxiliary Annual Meeting

    Convention Center, Room 201

  12. American Angus Association Board of Directors Candidate Forum

    Convention Center, Ballroom

    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

    Exhibit Hall C

  2. Angus Auxiliary Breakfast

    Omni, Texas Ballroom

    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

    Convention Center, Ballroom

    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

    Convention Center, Ballroom

    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®

    Exhibit Hall

  6. Trade Show Open

    Exhibit Hall

  7. Livestock Judging Contest sponsored by Greeley Hat Works

    Exhibit Hall, Live Cattle Demo Area

    Judging Contest
    Greeley Hat Works
    Texas Tech University Department of Animal and Food Sciences

    It’s your turn to be the judge at the 2017 Angus Convention Judging Contest. Evaluate four Angus classes and compete against fellow Angus Convention attendees for prizes and bragging rights. Dr. Ryan Rathmann of Texas Tech University will conduct this year’s judging contest. With seven national championships, Rathmann is the alltime winningest coach in the 100-plus year history of collegiate livestock judging.

    • 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)
  8. Angus University sponsored by Merck Animal Health

    Convention Center, Rooms 201-203

    Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health

    Genetic Selection Room: 201 (A-C)

    EPDs 101
    Join the team at Angus Genetics, Inc., for an introductory course in navigating the Angus suite of EPDs.

    Speakers:
    Dan Moser, Ph.D &
    Stephen Miller, Ph.D, Angus Genetics, Inc.

    EPDs 401
    Part two of AGI’s educational series, this session takes an advanced look into the world of Angus EPDs.

    Speakers:
    Dan Moser, Ph.D &
    Stephen Miller, Ph.D, Angus Genetics, Inc.

    Simplifying Bull Selection on Sale Day
    This session explores traits of economic importance and the genetic predictors used to select for them based on your mating system, ranch management and marketing endpoints for your calf crop.

    Speaker:
    Mark Johnson, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University/J&J Cattle Co.

    Maternal Value 203 (A-C)

    Selecting Fertile Heifers
    Selecting the right heifers pays dividends in the long run for your operation. Dr. Patterson will discuss the use of different technologies to select fertile heifers drawing from experiences of Missouri’s Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program.

    Speaker:
    David Patterson, Ph.D., University of Missouri

    Breeding Systems for Profit
    Increasing production efficiency through reproductive management: the importance of early conception in your breeding season and the factors that influence it.

    Speaker:
    Rick Funston, Ph.D., University of Nebraska

    Managing Females for the Long Term
    Most beef producers replace up to 20 percent of their mature cows each year with heifers. Heifers that conceive early in the breeding season provide the greatest long-term potential for productivity in the herd. Development and management of heifers should provide proper conditions to conceive, maintain full-term pregnancies, calve without assistance, wean a healthy calf and conceive again as first-calf heifers.

    Speaker:
    G. Cliff Lamb, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

    Best Practices 202 (C-D)

    Balancing Environmental and Consumer Demand in Today’s Cowherd
    A functional cow must adapt to a variety of ranch environments while producing genetics to satisfy the consumer’s demand for high-quality beef. A panel of ranchers from across the U.S. will discuss how they navigate this challenge in their operations.

    Speakers:
    Brian McCulloh, Paul Bennett,
    Manny Encinias & Justin Sexten

    First Class Feeder Cattle Marketing
    If you build it, will they come? If you or your customers are raising high-quality Angus feeder cattle, you may have more work to do. In this session, Paul Dykstra will discuss considerations for merchandising a premium calf crop in a commodity marketplace.

    Speaker:
    Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef®

    Effective Parasite Control for Today & Tomorrow
    For one of the largest profit robbers in the cowherd, parasite control is a known best practice. This session will present options to help your program keep up with today’s challenges while ensuring future effectiveness.

    Speaker:
    Harold Newcomb, DVM, Merck Animal Health Technical Services Veterinarian

    End Product 202 (A-B)

    The Beef Consumer of 2017
    Consumer preferences are always changing, and the beef consumer is no different. Explore the time-tested demand drivers for beef at the retail and foodservice levels as well as new criteria that families are factoring into their purchase decisions.

    Speaker:
    Melissa Brewer, Certified Angus Beef

    $1.20/lb. Cattle and $25/lb. Tendorloins
    Have you ever looked at the price of beef in the grocery store and wondered how it can differ so much from the price you receive for your cattle? This session will dive through the pricing dynamics of beef and help answer those questions.

    Speaker:
    Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef

    Hot Trends in BBQ
    Learn more about one of the fastestgrowing segments of foodservice, what types of cuts and products are most sought after and how this segment drives overall beef demand for cattlemen.

    Speakers:
    Jay Riscky, Newport Meat of Dallas &
    Joe Riscky, Joe Riscky’s BBQ

    Live Cattle Demo Exhibit Hall

    Low-stress Cattle Handling
    Do you like change and stress in your life? Your cattle don’t like it either. Dr. Ron Gill, a professor and Extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension, will demonstrate low-stress cattle handling and penning techniques and how it relates to animal well-being.

    Speaker:
    Ron Gill, Ph.D, Texas A&M University

    Chute-side Protocol
    Learn how to be efficient and effective when using BQA protocols chute side. Co-sponsored by Beef Quality Assurance.

    Speaker:
    Arn Anderson, DVM, Cross Timbers Veterinary Hospital

    Skeletal Correctness and Foot Scoring
    Strong foundations and skeletal structure are key ingredients for a successful commercial or registered operation. Ryan Rathmann has coached numerous national champion livestock judging teams at Texas Tech, where skeletal build was at the top of his priority list. Gather up for an informative session.

    Speakers:
    Ryan Rathmann, Ph.D, Texas Tech University &
    Kelli Retallick, Angus Genetics, Inc.

  9. Miss American Angus speeches

    Convention Center, Room 204

  10. Trade Show Gala & Dinner featuring Certified Angus Beef®

    Exhibit Hall

  11. Livestock Judging Contest Results & Grand Prize Giveaways sponsored by Greeley Hat Works, Priefert, Tru-Test & Caterpillar

    Exhibit Hall, Live Cattle Demo Area

    Grand Prize Giveaway
    Greeley Hat Works
    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

    Convention Center, Ballroom

    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

    Exhibit Hall C

  2. American Angus Association Awards Recognition Breakfast

    Convention Center, Ballroom

    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

    Convention Center, Ballroom Foyer

  4. 134th Annual Convention of Delegates

    Convention Center, Ballroom

    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 now open.