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Update Your BBU Directory Information 

In preparation for the 2015 BBU Directory, you will be receiving a directory information update letter. Please make sure you respond by April 17th with any changes. If you do not receive the letter, please notify Mary at the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or

Beefmaster Embryos For Sale at HLSR

RARE OPPORTUNITY!! This is the first time in Beefmaster history that an embryo tank of this caliber embryos has been put together to sell at auction. There are 41 embryos in this tank that can set your ranch apart from the rest. Never have breeders dug so deep into their programs to offer these amazing genetics. This great opportunity will be sold at the Beefmaster Promotion Group International Beefmaster Gala sale at the Houston Livestock Show on Saturday, March 7 at 5:00 pm.

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Whole Herd Reporting News 

The 2015 WHR inventories have been mailed out. These inventories must be completed and returned to the BBU office by May 1, 2015 to avoid the $5 late fee per head. An additional fee per head will be assessed for the WHR inventories that are returned after May 1, 2015. Per the Board of Director's approval in July 2014, the price for 2015 WHR has increased to $18 per head. Please note if you are participating in a spring sale, your WHR inventory needs to be updated and returned prior to registering any animals born in 2015. BBU members who are interested in enrolling in the WHR program but are not currently participating please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or

Junior Members Making BBU Proud

By: Matt Woolfolk  

By the time this article reaches your inbox, it will be junior show day at the San Antonio Stock Show.  This will be the third major stock show I've been able to attend this year.  At the Fort Worth Stock Show, Beefmasters were the talk of the barns all week!  When all the junior show entries were counted, the biggest show belonged to the Beefmaster breed.  As the show started at 1pm, there was not a seat to be found anywhere in the Watt Arena, with people standing all along the top of the stands fighting to see the 230-head heifer show.  With an average class size of 20 head, judge Chris Cassidy had his work cut out for him!  When the champion female was selected at 7:30pm, most of those ringside seats were still full!

In Jackson, Miss., at the Dixie National Junior Show, judge Mark Johnson was very complimentary of the depth of quality females in the heifer show, as he evaluated nearly 50 entries. It was exciting to see Beefmaster at the top of the American breed rankings, as well as being one of the five largest breeds of the whole show. In a state dominated by British cattle, the Beefmaster junior program is making great strides.

While the cattle in the show ring have been impressive, it's the ones on the halter that have been superb. I've had the chance to walk through the barns at these shows and visit with many of these junior members and their families. I've met many polite, intelligent, hard-working young people who have a great interest in the future of our breed and the beef cattle industry. These kids and their families work together to take care of the cattle, everyone pitching in to do their part of the work. And while the competition can get pretty high in the show ring, these young people are forming great friendships back in the barns. I've watched kids talking, laughing, playing and sometimes even working together to help each other get chores done.

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San Antonio All Breeds Bull & Female Sale: Beefmaster Results

  • High Grading Beefmaster Bull - Collier Farms
  • First Place Beefmaster Open Females - Nolan Ryan Ranches
  • First Place Bred Beefmaster Females - H.T. Chapman
  • First Place Beefmaster Pairs - Collier Farms
  • High Grading Pen of Beefmaster Females - Nolan Ryan Ranches
  • Second Place Grading Pen of Beefmaster Females - Collier Farms

Past BBU President Zipperer Passes Away at 79

Jennie Lee Wheeler Zipperer
February 18th 1935 – February 7th 2015

Jennie Lee Wheeler Zipperer, beloved wife and cherished mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 7 in Ft Myers, Florida. She will be greatly missed by all. She is survived by her husband of over 62 years, John O Zipperer Jr.; Her four children: John O Zipperer III (Amy), Dianne Zipperer Streid (Delbert Streid, deceased), Robert Douglas Zipperer (Catherine), Jennie Elizabeth Zipperer; eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, youngest sister, Mary Howard DeBiase, and countless friends and acquaintances.

Jennie Lee was born on February 18, 1935 in Ft Myers, FL to Howard Lloyd and Nadi Frances Wheeler. She was their first child, and eldest of three daughters. Her family continued to reside in Ft Myers, where she was a graduate of Ft Myers High School, before training in science and genetics while attending the University of Florida.

Her agricultural legacy began upon meeting and marrying her husband in 1953, then a student in the College of Agriculture at the University of Florida. Together, as partners, they played an invaluable role in making Florida farming what it is today.

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Save the Date for the 2015 BBU Convention

October 29-31, 2015 - Galveston, Texas 

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

Seven Hope Boulevard

Galveston, Texas 77554 

Reservations:  888-388-8484

Ask for the Beefmaster Rate of $129.00 plus tax. Self-parking is complimentary. Valet parking is $18 per night.

Moody Gardens Convention Center is nestled among 242 acres of lush tropical gardens on historic Galveston Island, Moody gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center is the ultimate destination for business and pleasure. With 428 luxurious new guest rooms and 103,000 square feet of combined convention and meeting spaces, the full-services resort provides the backdrop for an unforgettable experience.

The hotel's top-of-the-line amenities include a Texas-size heated tropical pool with swim-up bar, adult lounge area and cabanas, full service Spa, fine and casual dining, 24-hour room service, indoor, lap pool and fitness center, Kids Crew, complimentary WiFi in all guest rooms and hotel public spaces, Moody brews Starbucks beverage outlet, Garden Cay activity room with billiards and large screen TVs and championship golf at the Moody Gardens Golf Course.

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Renew Your Membership Today

Don't forget to renew your BBU membership! Next week is the last week to pay $110 for membership dues. Starting March 1 the dues increase to $120 and on April 1 it will cost $200 to REINSTATE your membership. Multiple-year renewals are now available for Active/Associate membership dues. If you have any questions regarding multiple-year renewals, please contact the BBU office by calling 210-732-3132. Lifetime membership is available for a one-time cost of $2,000. Memberships can be renewed via mail, online or over the phone.  


Active/Associate Member Dues

  • $110 - if paid by Feb. 28, 2015
  • $120 - if paid by March 31, 2015
  • $200 - reinstatement after March 31, 2015

Junior Member Dues

  • $70 - if paid by Feb. 28, 2015
  • $80 - if paid by March 31, 2015
  • $120 - reinstatement after March 31, 2015

Life on the Farm: The Gate Test

By: Dave Loftin  

Buying a new cow can be a daunting experience. Where did she come from? Where has she been? Will she fit into your program? Can she raise a good calf? Will she be gentle and easy to handle? All of these questions are good to have the answers to before spending good money on what may be a lemon. The first three can be answered by getting to know the seller and visiting their ranch to see how their program compares to yours and what they may or may not be doing differently.  If things are compatible, it is likely she will work for you as well.

Calf raising is just a guess until you can see a calf by her side. The most gorgeous, prize winning heifer may not produce babies that look as good as her. The plain Jane cow may raise an outstanding calf. That is why my preference at sales is to look at cows with a calf at side. Even if the calf is just a few weeks old, you can see if it is filled out and thriving or thin and scruffy. The cow's udder when nursing a young calf will tell you a lot also. These are some of the reasons I prefer, when buying, to purchase young cows with a calf at side.

A gentle disposition is also a necessity at our place. My wife does the chores and is around the cows at calving time almost as much as I am. The kids were little when we first started buying. No matter how good a calf she can raise, a trampled wife or flattened child are not worth it.

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It's Stock Show Season: Beefmaster Events

Several of the major Texas stock shows are just around the corner. Below is a schedule of the Beefmasters shows and events that are happening in Houston. 

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

  • All Breeds Registered Range Bull and Commercial Female Sale - March 5 - 9:00 am - Reliant Arena Sales Pavilion
  • Open Beefmaster Cattle Show - March 6 - 1:00 pm - NRG Center - Main Arena (West Side)
  • Beefmaster Houston Magic XIV Sale - March 6 - 9:00 am - NRG Arena Sales Pavilion
  • STBBA Houston Futurity and Classic Sale- March 6 - 1:00 pm - NRG Arena Sales Pavilion
  • Beefmaster Promotional Group Cattle Sale - March 7 - 5:00 pm - NRG Center East Arena
  • Jr. Beefmaster Breeding Beef Heifer Show - March 13 - 10:00 am - NRG Center Main Arena (West Side)

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Beefmaster cattle optimize traits necessary to rebuild the nation’s cow herd because they excel in fertility, docility and longevity. Commercial cattlemen understand the economic advantages that improvements in these traits offer a beef operation. These include, but are not limited to, higher conception rate, more weaned calf per cow and reduced replacement heifer development costs. You will appreciate the high quality females that Beefmaster bulls produce as they will excel in the hot, humid environments of the South to the wet, cool climates up north and everywhere in between.

Efficiency is also a strong attribute of the Beefmaster breed. In a recent all-breeds performance test in Texas, yearling Beefmaster bulls were the highest average daily gain (ADG) on test as well as the lowest residual feed intake (RFI) on test. Beefmaster cattle not only have high daily gains, they also consume less feed per pound of gain. Use of Beefmaster influenced cattle allows you to be a low-cost producer with reduced input levels in the cow/calf enterprise. These cost cutting measures have been built into the Beefmaster influenced female and will be necessary for cow/calf operators to survive in the developing beef industry.

Docility, fertility, efficiency, and longevity are just a few of the traits that Beefmaster cattle offer as you will also appreciate the early growth of these calves. Your weaned calves will have heavy weights at the market place and will have added value in the feedlot segment of the beef industry. Interest in Beefmaster genetics has been extremely good the past several years as the beef industry has seen the positive changes in the cattle recently. If you are looking for Beefmaster cattle don’t hesitate to call 210-732-3132 for additional information.

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