A new educational program called ‘Learn from the Best’ was started by RAAA in October 2020. The goal of this program is to expose young Red Angus breeders to established and successful breeders via online discussion sessions designed to share knowledge and insight from older to younger seedstock producers in an informal setting. Participation was limited to 24 younger breeders to keep group size manageable.
During the 12 monthly sessions, 7 different established breeders shared about their own journeys in the seedstock business and discussed the practices and approaches that made their operations successful over time. The other 5 sessions were dedicated to the following topics: EPDs and herd improvement, cattle feeding, social media marketing, understanding grids and factors affecting Red Angus bull prices.
Participants gave the program high marks overall, with an average satisfaction score of 4.8 out of 5. Thanks to Nolan Woodruff for spearheading this program during its initial year of operation.
Dr. Kim Heller, RAAA director of education, will oversee year two of this innovative program, which will kick off in December 2021. We are making a few changes and improvements as a result of the feedback we received from first-year participants. Therefore, we expect Year Two to be even better.
The program is designed to serve Red Angus breeders aged 45 years and younger. The cost is $100 per participant. To find out more, contact Kim Heller at email@example.com. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.