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ANGUS GENETICS INC. NAMES NEW GENETIC SYSTEMS DIRECTOR
Source: American Angus Assn news release

Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) has announced its newest employee, Genetic Systems Director Brian Brigham. Brigham will be working on a wide array of AGI projects, including new-trait development, genomic research and data collection systems.

"I'm looking forward to exploring new-trait developments and designing new systems to help Angus breeders," Brigham says. "No other opportunity like this exists in the cattle industry."

Brigham earned three degrees up to the doctorate level from Colorado State University (CSU). His undergraduate study was in molecular genetics, but he soon realized that life under the microscope was not for him. To return to his farm roots, Brigham studied animal breeding and genetics at the post-graduate level.

No stranger to the Angus community, Brigham started working with AGI as a part-time researcher while earning his advanced degrees.

"We are fortunate to have Brian join our staff full-time," says Bill Bowman, AGI president and American Angus AssociationŽ chief operating officer. "His experience with genetic evaluations at CSU brings a unique set of skills to AGI."

Brigham has explored a long list of cattle topics, which range from calculating EPDs to implementing genomic technology. During his time with AGI, his focus has been on the longevity evaluation of Angus cattle. Brigham will be instrumental in the promotion and execution of the recently launched MaternalPlus program.

"I have always been impressed with the Angus database," Brigham says. "It is the largest and best in the world, and there is so much potential for continued growth."

Brigham continues to participate in research endeavors at the Association to incorporate a systems approach to breeder data collection that encompasses traits from conception to carcass end product.

About the American Angus Association
The American Angus Association is the nation's largest beef organization, serving nearly 30,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association's programs and services, visit www.angus.org.


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