Climbing the Summit – BrainTrust Focuses on Ranch-Gate Profitability
Conference centered on DNA technology and tools for commercial cattlemen
"Call Ahead" Data Processing Reservations Now Being Taken
Members can pre-submit upcoming work to Member Services
Changes to Office Policy
DNA tests and FCCP tags will now be pay-as-you-go
Fall 2016 EPDs Now Available
Fall 2016 EPDs now uploaded
REDSPRo Tutorials Available
Series of short videos to assist members with data submission

Climbing the Summit – BrainTrust Focuses on Ranch-Gate Profitability

Conference centered on DNA technology and tools for commercial cattlemen

The longstanding tradition continues to provide a forum for cattlemen to consider innovative opportunities as the Red Angus Association of America’s annual BrainTrust event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The workshop will begin at 1:30 p.m. MST. Members unable to attend in person are invited to view the program live on DVAuction.com.

BrainTrust serves as a platform for innovation where seedstock breeders and commercial cattlemen join to discuss the use of science and technology to boost ranch-gate returns. 

Click here for the complete schedule of speakers.

 

"Call Ahead" Data Processing Reservations Now Being Taken

Members can pre-submit upcoming work to Member Services
Fall is setting in and that means deadlines for the Member Services department. We know that it is a busy season for members as well who will be submitting weaning dates and calf weights, downloading sale catalog data extracts, transferring sale animals, and of course, turning in data for the processing of the NCE.
 
With that said, we are still working through the database migration which has improved but still leaves the National Office with a backlog of work to complete. To help improve the flow of work into the office with the goal of preventing an excessive backlog of jobs to process, we have launched a “Reserved Seating” process – taking the cue from the restaurant industry, keeping the patrons happy and having an open table available when desired.
 
We are currently working seven to eight weeks out on the date-received order for processing members’ work. This is an improvement from this time last year, but we are striving to do better. To get a jumpstart on processing data during this busy season, reservations are now being taken for data that will be submitted this fall.
 
For example, if you have calves on the ground now and are waiting for those calves to be weaned in the next four to six weeks, you can submit the pre-registrations with a request for a reservation. We will place your data in a job and then assign a reservation job number to you.
 
Once the calves are weaned, return to the pre-registration file previously submitted and update the weaning data. Re-send that document to the RAAA attaching the assigned reservation number in the e-mail subject line. The new data will be placed in your reserved job and it will be processed in date-received order from the date of your initial reservation, not when your weaning information was submitted, thus “speeding up the clock.”
 
We will also offer this service for other data including sale transfers. Under this scenario, a complete list of animals being sold should be submitted (pending buyers). Once again, when the list has been received, a reservation job number will be assigned, and once your sale has occurred, please update the information with the buyer information and return to the RAAA with the reservation number in the subject line for final processing. The request for a reservation on transfers does not “stop the clock” on days from the date of sale to the submission of data. If the list of completed buyers is not received into the RAAA within 60 days of the sale date, you will still be subject to any applicable late fees.
 
All requests for reservations must be made in writing and can be submitted to the office via email, the mail or fax. No reservations will be taken by phone.

Changes to Office Policy

DNA tests and FCCP tags will now be pay-as-you-go

In action taken at the June Board of Directors meeting in Denton, a new payment policy was established. Customers will now be asked to pre-pay for FCCP tags or any DNA tests being requested.  The change in policy takes effect July 1, 2016, the beginning of the RAAA Fiscal Year.

Please contact the office for any questions regarding this change in office policy.

Fall 2016 EPDs Now Available

Fall 2016 EPDs now uploaded

Making critical decisions about the future of your breeding program demands the very best tools and up-to-date information available. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has released the 2016 Fall EPDs that evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. The suite of numbers includes tools to select cattle with optimum economic relevance such as stayability, heifer pregnancy and maintenance energy requirements. GridMaster and HerdBuilder indexes offer a comprehensive tool to help cattlemen achieve their breeding goals.

For more information on EPDs, visit the “Genetics” page on the RAAA website, RedAngus.org. Producers can also access individual animals’ EPDs and breed percentiles, or calculate the projected EPDs of specific matings on the website.

REDSPRo Tutorials Available

Series of short videos to assist members with data submission

Member services has recorded a series of short videos to provide information and assistance to the membership as they use the templates downloaded from REDSPro to electronically submit data, registration and transfer information to the National Office. Please check out these tools.  

These videos provide an "on-demand" source of help as needed. Each video is short, and addresses some of the most frequently asked questions that the staff answer.  By using these tools, it allows office staff to continue to process work within the office with fewer distruptions.

The tutorials can be found under Data Searches & Tools - or directly on the Red Angus You Tube channel.



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