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American Angus Association's Jeff Mafi Optimistic as 2021 Ends and 2022 Begins

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 10:02:42 CST

American Angus Association's Jeff Mafi Optimistic as 2021 Ends and 2022 Begins Despite 2021's challenges, the year has proved to be a prosperous one for the American Angus Association. Jeff Mafi, regional manager of Kansas and Oklahoma for AAA, told Ron Hays, director of Radio Oklahoma Ag Network that registrations were up this year.

"Registrations were up this year - just a little bit over 300,000 nationwide," Mafi said. "We surpassed 1 million genotypes submitted through (Angus Genetics Inc.) for enhancing the accuracy of those (expected progeny differences.)

On top of all that, regional bull sales have also been up this fall thanks to long-awaited improving cattle prices.

"Fed-cattle prices continue to get a little better every day," Mafi said. "Optimism is really high over the next two to three years, so things feel pretty good right now."

A driver of Angus beef demand is the Certified Angus Beef program, an alternative marketing agreement. Mafi said CAB's year-end figures showed 1.2 billion pounds of Angus products produced and marketed in 2021.

"Those premiums were rewarded back to those producers who brought those cattle to harvest," Mafi said. "Our Angus Link feeder cattle marketing program's retention rate is up 3% this year. That gives us a pretty good signal that that program is working, putting extra dollars back into those producers' pockets who have made that genetic investment."

Looking forward, the second annual Cattlemen's Congress is coming up soon, which Mafi said AAA leaders and members are both looking forward to.

"That event is going to get kicked off Jan. 2 through 7," Mafi said. "We will have several different sales featuring high-quality Angus females and we will also have our National Angus Bull Sale at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2022."

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