Seventh Annual American Akaushi Association Convention held in San Marcos, Texas
Bubba Bain retires as Executive Director, Kaci Carrales named new Executive Director
The 2018 “Moving On” American Akaushi Association Convention was recently held October 26-28, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in San Marcos, Texas.
The annual gathering featured some 275 Akaushi enthusiasts, breeders and many other allied industry partners.
All in attendance enjoyed an informative and eye opening “ranch to table” experience beginning with a tour of Sysco Central Texas headquarters in New Braunfels. Sysco is one of the largest distributors of HeartBrand’s Certified Akaushi Beef.
The convention theme “Moving On”, was further enhanced with several selective educational program sessions presented by both the American Akaushi Association and HeartBrand Beef.
Speakers included: Colin Woodall – NCBA, Dr. Stephen Smith – Texas A & M , Lisa Bard – Blue Print Media, John Genho – Livestock Genetics Services, Dr. Matt Spangler – University of Nebraska , Dr. Elisa Marques – AgFront, Bubba & Janie Bain – American Akaushi Association, Ronald Beeman, HeartBrand Beef.
As a featured part of the presentation by John Genho, two new performance index measurements were introduced for use by Akaushi breeders. These new indexes will measure Carcass Composition Value and
Growth Value Index. Genho explained the Carcass Composition Value is measured via ribeye, backfat and marbling. The Growth Value Index is measured via birth weight, weaning weight, milk and carcass weight.
“We also tried some new technology at our event this year with great success and it provided instant responses from the audience using an internet based system called Mentimeter. No doubt, the questions and information we posed to the crowd gave us some credible and instant results that I know will be of benefit to Kaci Carrales, new Executive Director and the future of the association,” said former Executive Director, Bubba Bain.
Several awards are presented annually at the convention including the 2018 “Securing the Legacy” Award. This unique award is given to the individual, family, or ranch each year that has provided key leadership and marketing efforts for the American Akaushi.
Rancho Espuela, Fort Davis, Texas owned by Jim Dyer and family, was selected to receive the 2018 “Securing the Legacy” award.
Another prestigious award named “Prime Plus” was presented by Jordan Beeman, President of HeartBrand Beef to Taco Deli of Austin, Texas. This award highlights an individual or company that has been supportive of the Akaushi breed, American Akaushi Association, promotes Beef in a positive manner, and actively markets Beef as HeartBrand or Certified Akaushi Beef.
The inaugural Hall of Fame awards were presented to recognize and honor the exceptional men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the American Akaushi Association and the Akaushi breed.
The Class of 2018 includes Ronald Beeman, Bill Fielding, Lanny Binger, Elgin Breeding Service and Ernie Gill.
“All of these awards made it an exciting night and the special slide presentation for Janie and I was a very special moment of recognition for our family and years in the cattle industry. Definitely a night we will always remember,” Bain said.
The annual banquet also featured keynote speaker, Paul Marchant of The Progressive Cattleman with some great stories of his travels in and out of the Beef business.
Other popular convention activities included a Trade Show, Taste of Akaushi Dinner, “S’mores the Merrier” around the campfire, fun auction, and Country Church.
“With the torch passed to me, I am excited for the future of the American Akaushi Association and will do everything possible to continue and expand the momentum and positive influence the Akaushi breed has established in the Beef industry,” said Kaci Carrales, newly appointed Executive Director.
The American Akaushi Association and Certified Akaushi Beef is a proven model for higher grading quality carcasses with increased profit potential in the Beef business. Certified Akaushi Beef adds even more integrity with DNA Source Verification so breeders build herds confidently and consumers achieve healthier lifestyles with Nature’s Healthy Beef®.
Please visit www.Akaushi.com for information about the American Akaushi Association.