Angus University headlines convention Nov. 6

Farm Forum

Continuing education and collaboration are two missions behind the American Angus Association’s annual Angus Convention. Hosted this year in Indianapolis, Ind., thousands of cattle producers will gather Nov. 5-7 for three days of knowledge-building workshops, business meetings and networking. Among the convention’s most popular sessions is Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health.

Angus University headlines activities on Sunday, Nov. 6, and encourages cattle producers to expand their perspectives and consider what it takes to supply high-quality beef worldwide. It’s a daylong discussion on the beef cattle industry’s future, and how producers can creatively adapt to what that future holds.

“Angus University has been a centerpiece of the American Angus Association’s annual convention for three years, and it is a day of learning and exploration for all areas of the beef business,” says Becky Weishaar, Angus Media’s Creative Media director and lead contact for the convention. “We appreciate Merck’s continued support of Angus University, and look forward to participants engaging in another insightful event.”

Angus University begins with keynote speaker Howard Putnam, former CEO for Southwest Airlines. Putnam and his team tripled the revenues and profitability in three years at Southwest Airlines, and the company’s culture and policy became a game-changer for the airline industry, casting traditional models out the window. He has published a book titled The Winds of Turbulence, and will share his insights into business and thinking creatively. Putnam grew up on a farm in Iowa, where he learned to fly in a pasture.

“This year’s line-up of speakers is truly fantastic,” Weishaar says. “They are experts and leaders you won’t want to miss, and are sure to offer encouragement and practical applications for your farm or ranch.”

More than 20 afternoon sessions offer participants a chance to focus on specific management disciplines and learn how they can improve their operations with quality in mind. Topics include: asset protection, business growth, genetic evaluation, marketing, economics, commercial cattle production, herd health and live cattle demonstrations.

Registration for the 2016 Angus Convention is available online, and for the best value, register before Aug. 31 for full-access to convention activities, education, entertainment and meals for only $75 per person. For more information, visit