08-17-17 “Sizing up Profit” to Be the Focus of the RAAA Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium in Colorado Springs – AUDIO AVAILABLE

“Sizing up Profit” to Be the Focus of Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium in Colorado Springs




Commerce City, Colorado – Cattlemen and women will gather in Colorado Springs in September to take advantage of insight offered by industry experts on pressing issues affecting beef producers today. The Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium, hosted by the Red Angus Association of America as part of the National Red Angus Convention, is a one-day event focused on equipping producers with the knowledge and guidance they need to take their management skills, and ultimately, profits, to the next level. Appropriately, this year’s symposium will focus on “Sizing up Profit” and will take place Wednesday, September 13, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Tom Brink, RAAA CEO, expressed his enthusiasm about the symposium’s speaker lineup, noting that the event is always a highlight of the National Red Angus Convention.

“This year’s lineup of speakers is outstanding. They will be covering a host of topics designed to help producers improve their productivity and create better bottom line results. Cattlemen and women who choose to attend will no doubt leave the symposium with renewed passion and dedication for raising the best beef in the world.”

The variety of industry experts who will be discussing important issues should appeal to beef producers and stakeholders from all backgrounds and segments of the industry. Topics to be presented include sustainability and resource availability, cow size and efficiency, and U.S. beef exports in relation to the Chinese marketplace. Among others, the symposium will feature Dr. David Lalman, Oklahoma State University, Dr. Tim Holt, Colorado State University, Paul Clayton, U.S. Meat Export Federation, and a producer panel comprising representatives from the Wagonhound, Christensen and Price ranches.

The RAAA trade show will be open throughout the day and the symposium will conclude with a reception and social dinner. The event is free and open to producers from all breeds, however registration is required for accurate meal preparation. For more information and to see a full speaking schedule, interested parties should visit RedAngus.org for the symposium details andclick here to register for the event.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

The event begins with the Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium, “Sizing Up Profit,” on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Industry leaders will address cow size and efficiency, sustainability and resources, high-altitude concerns and beef export markets.

The event is free and open to commercial producers of all breed interests that are seeking methods to add profitability to their beef business. The Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium includes a complimentary lunch and attendees are invited to stay for the no-charge Colorado Social Dinner and Red Angus Foundation Inc. fundraiser that evening. Preregistration at RedAngus.org is requested to assist staff in meal planning.

The RAFI Auction Fundraiser offers a unique opportunity to purchase the pick of any female – heifer calf, bred heifer or mature cow including donors – from Mushrush Red Angus’ spring and fall inventories totally over 1,000 head. The event aids the Foundation’s mission to support the Red Angus breed and its stakeholders through investments in leadership development, scientific research and educational opportunities.

Attendees may also bid on additional auction items and the fundraiser will be broadcast live over the internet.

Thursday, Sept. 14

The business of RAAA will commence Thursday with the general session, President’s Message, State of the Association report and keynote by Dr. Gary Sides of Zoetis. Chairpersons will report on their respective committee’s endeavors, and candidates for the RAAA Board of Directors will introduce themselves to the convention assembly.

Attendees will bus to the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy that evening for a social, dinner and admission into the center.

Friday, Sept. 15

Committee chairs and staff will wrap up reports on Fridaymorning and RAAA members will break into their respective area and regional caucuses for Board of Director elections. The general session will conclude with the presidential election and any final business.

Attendees will enjoy a social and awards banquet Fridayevening, recognizing Red Angus’ honorees for the year as well as Grid Master Award winners.

Registration is accessible online at RedAngus.org. Early bird registration ended on August 1st. A link to reserve a room at the DoubleTree Hotel, the convention headquarters, is also available at this site or by calling 719-576-8900. The block rate is available until Aug. 21st.

The Red Angus Association of America serves the beef industry by enhancing and promoting the competitive advantages of Red Angus and Red Angus-influenced cattle. The RAAA provides commercial producers with the most objectively described cattle in the industry by seeking and implementing new technologies based on sound, scientific principles that measure traits of economic importance. For more information, visitwww.RedAngus.org.