Angus Convention hits the road to Indianapolis

Now Media Group

Quality-focused cattle producers are invited to save the date for the 2016 Angus Convention, Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis, IN. The American Angus Association's three-day event offers industry-leading education, keynote speakers and entertainment.

This year's convention is the first to be hosted in the nation's Corn Belt, and there's much in store for participating cattlemen and women.

'The 2016 Angus Convention starts a new format of holding it on the first weekend in November,' said Becky Weishaar, creative media director for Angus Media and lead contact for the convention. 'The new format creates more opportunity for cattle producers to fully participate in the Angus Convention, and capitalize on expanded educational sessions, networking and entertainment.'

More than 2,100 attendees participated in the 2015 Angus Convention in Overland Park, KS, and Weishaar said the American Angus Association looks forward to building on that success at new locations across the country.

Indianapolis will be a meeting place for Angus breeders and commercial cattlemen with one common goal: increasing high-quality beef production.

'The main message we'd like to share is that the event isn't just for seedstock Angus producers,' Weishaar said. 'We really want to open the doors and invite commercial cattlemen who are interested in being part of the quality-beef movement to participate in the Angus Convention.'

The Angus Convention will feature expanded workshops that cover a variety of topics, including genomics, business and herd management, marketing and sales techniques. Nationally-recognized speakers, American Angus Association staff and other experts will be on-hand to provide participants with practical applications for the farm or ranch.

In addition, the three-day trade show featuring allied industry partners will offer cattlemen a chance to browse through the latest in products and services available to the beef industry and to visit with Angus breeders from throughout the country.

Convention highlights include the following:

·A preconvention Indiana regional cattle tour to be hosted by the Indiana Angus Association Friday, Nov. 4;

·A full day of genomics discussion Saturday, Nov. 5, during the International Angus Genomics Symposium, sponsored by GeneSeek Neogen Operations, which will bring together leading experts in the field of DNA technology;

·Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, featuring a daylong seminar with keynote speakers and break-out sessions exploring quality cattle and quality beef Sunday, Nov. 6;

·An expansive trade show, which kicks off Saturday, Nov. 5, featuring exhibitors ranging from animal health providers to equipment dealers to Angus breeders to nutrition companies; and

·Plenty of social events, including nationally known entertainment the evening of Sunday, Nov. 6.

'We truly believe that events such as the Angus Convention provide valuable face-to-face opportunities to build relationships and share ideas,' Weishaar said. 'To accomplish that mission, we schedule plenty of time for cattle producers to meet new people and learn about different operations.'

Early registration is $75 per person, and you can sign up online at starting July 1. Registration increases to $125 after Sept. 1 and $150 after Nov. 1.

Included in the full registration is access to all educational sessions — including the International Angus Genomics Symposium and Angus University — the trade show, entertainment and four meals featuring the Certified Angus Beef brand.