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Posted on November 29, 2018 by Bob Brown, animal science instructor.

Courtesy: Bob Brown From left: Animal Science Faculty Member Bob Brown with DelVal students Jazmin Markey, Jasmine Coleman, Melissa Nothstein, Samantha Campbell, Emily Cullen, Tarrah Freund, Amanda Goslee, Heather Oeltjen-Bruns, Lindsay Smith, Janel Beer, Emily Hunter, and Amanda Rees.

The 2018 National Angus Convention and Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio drew in a crowd of nearly 2,000 cattle producers, industry professionals, Angus breeders and also included 12 students from Delaware Valley University for a three-day event.

The convention commenced with the National Angus Tour, hosted by the Ohio Angus Association. The first stop on the tour was Claylick Run Farm in Newark, Ohio. At the farm, a representative from Select Sires Inc. spoke to participants about the benefits of an artificial insemination program and how bulls owned by the company are cared for. Additionally, cattle from Ohio and West Virginia were on display.

The second stop on the tour was the Certified Angus Beef headquarters in Wooster, Ohio. We enjoyed a hearty Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand lunch. Participants were free to tour the CAB campus. Chef Tony Biggs demonstrated proper cooking techniques to attendees at the Culinary Center. We also watched a carcass breakdown and learned how Certified Angus Beef is marketed throughout the country. 

The 2018 National Angus Convention was a dynamic educational experience. Attendees had the opportunity to attend workshops and demonstrations at the Angus Genomics Symposium, sponsored by Neogen GeneSeek. The Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health encompassed an assortment of breakout sessions from genetic advancement, disease control, cattle handling techniques and marketing practices. The Trade Show was an educational experience in itself, displaying all of the new products and genetic innovations coming to the beef industry. Additionally, this year marked the first-ever Angus Convention Meat Judging Contest, hosted by the Ohio State University and CAB. The convention was a unique and valuable opportunity for our DelVal animal science students. 

About the Author
Bob Brown is an animal science faculty member at Delaware Valley University. He comes to DelVal from Penn State where he represented Penn State and the College of Agricultural Sciences in interpreting, applying and disseminating the latest research findings in youth development, volunteer management, and science and technology.