In a year where few things have been normal, the American Angus Association was glad to carryout business as normal during the 137th Annual Convention. Angus cattle producers are focused on genetic selection and commercial herds. Immediate Past-President and Kimball, Minnesota rancher Don Schiefelbein says the association is working on an entirely new genetic condition called haplotypes. “That is a condition where the cow’s pregnancy shuts off and never really matures. It really has an impact on fertility, but thanks to DNA collection over the past ten years we are able to wrap our arms around this condition.” The Angus Association is also continuing to connect with commercial cattlemen. Schiefelbein says the data is striking. “Our Angus Link program is the marketing arm of the association that assists commercial cattlemen. The demand for documented Angus genetics is incredible, up to $5 per hundredweight higher than the average genetics of backgrounded cattle being sold.” Read the Letter from the President and the Annual Report. Also, be sure to listen to the full story.