2018 AICA Spring Meetings March 25-26
The 2018 AICA Annual Membership Meeting, Spring Committee Meetings and Board of Directors Meetings will be held Sunday, March 25 and Monday, March 26 at a new location – Harrah’s North Kansas City. Plan to attend a reception for Hall of Fame Inductees, Harlin & Sue Hecht, Sunday evening! Annual membership meeting breakfast buffet tickets are available for $25/person. Please RSVP email@example.com by March 15. Hotel rate cut-off date is March 12. For a meeting schedule and more information, click here. Click Here for Reservations at Harrah’s North Kansas City for Spring Meetings
AICA Sire Selector Tool
Learn how to utilize the AICA Sire Selector Tool by viewing this instructional video. Brett Spader of the National Center for Beef Excellence will discuss the valuable ways to utilize the AICA Sire/Dam selector to identify genetics according to EPDs, TSI index and additional search parameters at the Commercial Committee Meeting during the Spring AICA Meetings at Harrah’s North Kansas City, March 26. Click here to use the AICA Sire Selector.
Enroll Your FemalesJanuary, February and March are enrollment months for Charolais females. Online enrollment is open for the 2018 calving year. Paper enrollment forms have been mailed. Click here for more information on AICA Enrollment program
A Brief Explanation of the AICA Data Policy set forth by AICA Board of Directors:
- The Board of Directors had been presented with inquiries on access and use of the AICA pedigree, performance and genomic database.
- It was determined that a policy was overdue that would address the rights and use of this data as the use of this information has evolved over the past several years.
- The Board considered the policy as a structure moving forward that would help to protect the integrity and value of the collective data accumulated by the membership of AICA, and to protect the overarching assets of the Charolais breed.
- • The AICA Data Policy seeks to protect the membership’s data submitted to AICA from third party access.
- As the policy states as a conclusion, “This Data Policy shall be reviewed periodically by the Board of Directors of the AICA to insure that it meets the needs and goals of the AICA and remains current and consistent with scientific and AICA policy standards then in effect.” This provides for a manageable policy that can be updated as additional considerations are brought forward.
- Complete AICA Data Policy may be viewed in the AICA Rules & Regulations Article XXIV.
Performance Deadline April 15The deadline for submitting performance data to be included in the Mid-Year 2018 Sire Summary is April 15. Please make sure calf data, weights and weigh data have been submitted online or on forms to AICA. AICA has implemented the single-step methodology with the 2018 Spring AICA Sire Summary release. The single-step methodology for genetic evaluations is a modern, proven technology used not only in the beef industry, but widely accepted in other species such as dairy, swine and poultry. This is an exciting step in ensuring that Charolais breeders and their commercial customers have improved genetic selection tools that will reliably characterize Charolais genetics moving forward. Click here to view trait leaders, breed averages and sire summary.
Collect Seasons of Charolais Prints: White on White, Maternal Pride and Call to the Herd
Limited edition of 100 prints. Image area of 14.5” x 18.5,” ideal for 20” x 24” frame. $150/print payable to AIJCA, includes shipping. Proceeds benefit the American Charolais Foundation – Youth & Education. Contact Kaitlyn Chism to order. 816-464-2474 ext. 201 firstname.lastname@example.org
Listening & Learning Industry Session Videos & Recap
The Inaugural AICA Listening & Learning Industry Session held September 13 connected commercial cattlemen, Charolais breeders and industry stakeholders from 7 states at the Noble Research Institute, Ardmore Okla. View speaker interviews and panel discussion videos here.
CHAROLAIS—VALUE, VERSATILITY & PROFITABILITY
Charolais breeders have done a great job of creating cattle with the genetic potential to get big and put on pounds. That’s good for us. We’re in the business of selling beef!” Todd Sigmon, operations manager for Dinklage Feedyards in Nebraska and Colorado, depends on Charolais and Charolais-cross cattle.