It is with much excitement that I invite you to participate in the 2006 National Angus Conference & Tour. The American Angus Association is pleased to host this event and encourages all members to make their way to “The Great Northwest Gathering.”

The event will be packed with opportunities to rekindle friendships and build new relationships, all while taking in some top industry speakers who will talk about increasing productivity and efficiency in your operation. In addition, you’ll discover the beauty of the Northwest region of our great nation.

Like the pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail more than 150 years ago, people in the beef industry realize the importance of moving forward in order to succeed and prevail. A “Back to the Basics” program preceding the Conference will update you on programs the Association has developed to keep our membership moving in the right direction.

The Idaho and Oregon Angus associations have planned a top-notch tour that will showcase the diversity of the Northwest. From the sagebrush-covered desert to the rugged mountains, this tour will cover a wide range of scenery. In addition to seeing Angus genetics from various herds, we’ll also discover other aspects of agriculture and tour an Oregon Trail interpretive center.

We are extremely pleased to have Purina Mills and Alpharma Animal Health on board as our major sponsors of this year’s event. They have also partnered with the Angus Journal in providing online coverage of the conference at www.nationalangusconference.com.

We do hope to see you Sept. 26-28 in Boise, Idaho, for “The Great Northwest Gathering.”

Happy Trails,

John Crouch
Executive Vice President
American Angus Association

Dear Angus friends,

 On behalf of nearly 4,600 Purina Mills dealers across the United States, I would like to welcome you to the 2006 National Angus Conference & Tour.

Purina Mills, along with our strong corporate partner, Alpharma Animal Health, are pleased to be the major sponsors for this conference. We appreciate the great working relationship Purina Mills continues to have with the American Angus Association and its excellent staff. We believe the American Angus Association is a leader in developing programs and support mechanisms to help improve the competitive advantage of its breeders. Again this year, the Association staff has assembled an excellent agenda that should make this conference a very wise investment of your time.

At Purina Mills, we share in your vision for the future of the cattle industry. With unsurpassed research and technical support, we lead the industry in providing America’s cattlemen with innovative products and programs to help you make more efficient use of your resources of land, labor, capital and management. This is accomplished through Purina Mills’ exclusive Intake Modifying Technology,® found in products like Accuration® Cattle Limiters; Sup-R-Lix;® Sup-R-Block;® and Impact® starters, growers and finishers. We are confident that selecting these programs, along with sound advice from your local Purina dealer, can help you achieve the performance and financial goals of your operation.

Purina is happy to share our sponsorship for this progressive event with one of our key corporate partners, Alpharma Animal Health, makers of such great products as Aureomycin,® AS700,® Bovatec® and Deccox.® As part of a sound nutritional program from Purina Mills, these products help you protect your investment.

If you have questions about Purina products or want to find the location of your nearest dealer, you can call 1-800-227-8941, or visit our Web site at www.cattlenutrition.com.

Again, welcome, and have a great conference and tour.


Rod Nulik
Purina Mills Marketing Manager