Cory Poser is the MT Angus Association President and we wanted to pull him aside to talk a little bit about the association and what the MT Angus Tour does for it and the angus breed. We asked him a few questions on what’s been going on in the association and where things are headed.
KR: Can you give us a general recap on things that have happened in the MT Angus Association this year as a whole?
Things were different this year because we lost our junior advisors so we had to hire new junior advisors as well as our Executive Administrator. That’s a pretty big deal because that is a lot of new people being added.
KR: Why is the Montana Angus Tour important to the association & what does it mean for the industry?
It’s been a tradition for 46 years. For some this tour acts as some of these ranchers’ vacation and another part is that it allows people to see operations that are in a different part of the state that you would never see otherwise. Now genetics change so quick that every seven years when it comes around, that operation is going to be completely different than the last time you were there, and it’s a great chance to go see all those cattle. Different sire groups and different cattle vary around the state and it’s really interesting to see the variety.
KR: What’s coming up next for the MT Angus Assoc. and what are some things that are coming up in the future?
The next big event coming up is the NILE which is a MT Angus Assoc sponsored sale and I encourage you all to go and see the cattle that are going to come through.
KR: Why is the Angus breed important to you?
Well, that’s how we make our living. 9/10 people on the tour make their living from angus cattle. Angus cattle are the best because they can fit every operation whether you’re in Texas, Montana, Nebraska, there is something in the angus genetics that will work for you. People want angus and you can’t get enough of certified angus beef. Angus are hands down the best.
KR: What can we expect to see from your cattle at Hilltop Angus?
In Kansas and areas like that you’ll see a lot of genetics driven towards the end product. In Montana, you’ll see way less of that and more focus on phenotype here. We have a lot of big open country up here so cattle have to move a lot and be easy fleshing. I used to get asked all the time about calving ease and low birth weight whereas now it’s docility. Everyone is getting older or maybe you don’t have the money to hire extra help so it’s just you and your wife working these cattle and docility is huge. I get asked about docility probably three times more than any other question regarding my cattle. Our sale is April 14, 2020 and we have 120 bulls and 80 commercial replacement heifers.