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American Aberdeen cattle are easy calving, good natured cattle that are very feed efficient and maintain themselves on grass. They have excellent taste, texture and tenderness beef characteristics and exceptional ribeye area per hundred pounds of body weight which translates to very high yielding, high quality, high value beef carcasses.

American Aberdeen cattle answer the challenges of both the large scale rancher and the small acreage farmers.
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Remember the last time an appliance went out at your house? While shopping at the store for the necessary dishwasher or clothes dryer, you probably noticed the Energy Star label. The yellow sticker showed you an estimate of how much you would save by buying Model A instead of Model B. Most likely, you probably looked for a quality appliance that would last a long time and cost less to operate.

Wouldn’t the cattle business be easier if each cow or bull had a yellow sticker showing how much less it would cost to maintain that animal? If you’re like most ranchers selling on a price-per-pound basis, increased ranch profitability often centers around producing a quality animal while minimizing expenses and losses. Minimizing those losses starts with a healthy, live calf.

“I’ve never made a dime off a dead baby calf,” longtime cattlemen Kirk Duff said of his reason to use Aberdeen bulls to increase calving ease. Duff said he had grown tired of staying up all night babying first calf heifers during calving season. Duff is now breeding all his Angus and Red Angus herds to Aberdeen bulls. Most of the calves are falling within a 60- to 70-lb. birth weight.

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• Northwest Aberdeen Classic Show results now posted. View them here.

• American Aberdeen Association is on Facebook. Click to go to our page.

• We are now saving Member Connection emails to our website. Find them under Member Resources | Member Connection Email News.

• Effective June 7, 2017, the reciprocal registration agreement between the American Aberdeen Association and the Australian Lowline Cattle Association has ended. This means the American Aberdeen Association will no longer accept registration pedigrees of any animals from the Australian Lowline Cattle Association not already recognized in the American Aberdeen Association registry.

On May 30, 2017, ALCA held a special board meeting to form a written offer to the American’s who aren’t happy with the name change, a short term offer to join at a lower rate and to accept American DNA test that have previously not been accepted. These offers along with some other offers to waive fees to register cattle out of our herd book were seen by the Board of Directors of the American Aberdeen Association as an attempt by the ALCA to solicit our members to remove their cattle from our herd book and move their membership and cattle to ALCA.

In response to this attempt by ALCA to encourage our members to leave, the board of directors issued a statement to ALCA to ask them to take back their offer. We also mentioned that if we couldn’t come to an agreement we may be forced to reconsider our reciprocal agreement with them. The ALCA President Gordon Guthrie responded that the letter was not an open solicitation to our members and that he was not aware of any reciprocal agreement between our associations. The American Aberdeen Association board of directors then voted to give ALCA a time limit to rescind their offer. ALCA did not rescind their offer and then promised a formal response to our request after their board meeting that was being held on Tuesday June 13, 2017. To date, we have not received the formal response from ALCA.

The reciprocal agreement that had been in effect since 1995 was very one sided in favor of ALCA. Basically the ALR would accept any animal from ALCA to our herd book as long as DNA from our current system could be provided to go on file at Geneseek. On the other hand if an animal from the ALR was to be accepted to the ALCA herd book, every animal in that animal’s pedigree that wasn’t already in their herd book must have DNA done in Australia and registered into their herd book just to get that one animal in. It is the hope of the board of directors that in the near future we can re-negotiate a reciprocal agreement between the American Aberdeen Association and the ALCA that is mutually agreeable and fair to all involved



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