BBU Announces New Executive Vice President and Restructure
Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) welcomes Bill Pendergrass to the team as the new Executive Vice President. With an interest and genuine care for cattlemen and the beef industry, Pendergrass expresses that his life's work is advocating for ranchers, helping the purebred sector embrace the future and actively establishing the importance of the Beefmaster breed for the benefit of its breeders and the beef industry in general.
BBU is also proud to announce that the position of Executive Vice President has been restructured to reflect the new objective of teamwork. With Pendergrass taking on the roll of Executive Vice President he will focus on commercial marketing, field services, the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association and representing the Beefmaster breed at industry events. Collin Osbourn, formerly the Chief Operating Officer, will now serve as the Chief Financial Officer and his responsibilities will include overseeing the financial and office operations that occur within BBU. In simple terms, the Executive Vice President position's responsibilities were spread between Pendergrass and Osbourn to create a more efficient and well oiled Beefmaster machine. Pendergrass and Osbourn, along with the rest of the BBU staff, will work closely as a team to ensure that Beefmasters remain "The Best of Both Worlds".
Beefmasters Represented at USLGE Conference
Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) International Committee Co-Chairman Doyle Sanders of Industry, Texas represented the Beefmaster breed at the 2014 United States Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., (USLGE) conference. The conference was held February 19-21 in Kansas City, Mo.
For several years, USLGE has provided the funding for BBU's international committee on a cost sharing basis. We dedicate manpower and staff costs and under the USDA they provide our funding. BBU does not fund anything to the International Committee and BBU members sponsor the efforts to provide the annual dues to USLGE then we request funding for programs in foreign countries. The annual dues are about $5,000 and the International Committee receives about $40,000 per year for travel and reverse missions to promoting the Beefmaster breed internationally.
At the conference, Mike Phillips introduced Sanders to Dr. Martin Sieber representing US Livestock Export Association who will be escorting a group of five officials representing Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Latvia that are scheduled to visit US dairy, swine, and agricultural research stations early in March. The trip will include three days in Houston for the Livestock Show and Rodeo. The US Embassy in Warsaw has recommended that their trip include a visit to Sexing Technologies in Navasota, Texas and to Sanders DBL D BAR ranch in Industry, Texas on March 13, 2104 for a presentation on Beefmaster cattle and display of bulls, cow/calves, and heifer development. This is the only beef venue included in their visit. Sanders has arranged for an Italian rancher near Rome, Italy to discuss his reasons for selecting Beefmasters for his cross breeding with his native purebred Marremano cattle.
Beefmasters Featured in Polish Magazine
The Beefmaster breed was highlighted in the Polish Association of Beef Cattle Breeders fourth quarter issue of their magazine. The title of the article is: "Beefmaster- American Dream" and the article was featured in the section of the magazine: "Breeds that we do not know" (Rasy, ktorych nie znamy).
Scholarship Applications Available
Did you know that the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association offers several scholarships throughout the year to junior Beefmaster breeders? Several scholarship applications are now available on the Junior page of www.Beefmasters.org and the due dates are for this spring and summer! Check them out and share with your fellow BBU members.
Signature Buck Knife Collection Selling to Support the 2014 BBU Convention
You have an unique opportunity to support the 2014 BBU Convention. Twenty-five genuine Buck Knives signed by Chuck Buck, owner of Buck Knives will be selling at Beefmaster Sales throughout the year. Our selection includes various models, including limited editions. If you are interested in a model being offered at a participating Beefmaster Sale, be there to bid or contact the sale manager.
A signed Limited Edition Frontiersman knife sells at the Houston Magic XIV Sale on March 7, 2014. The Frontiersman - For 110 years, Buck Knives has brought you beautiful handcrafted Legacy models from unique and natural materials. A Legacy knife often reminds us of our heritage; a time where working with one's hands was a way of life. An age-old craft, Buck's Legacy collection exhibits such exceptional quality and unique designs that each piece often becomes a family heirloom, a treasured item for many generations to enjoy. Only 250 crafted.
A signed Ironwood Ranger Skinner knife sells at the STBBA Houston Classic Sale on March 7, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Ironwood Ranger Skinner - Form the Heritage Collection one of only 250 crafted. The Ironwood ranger Skinner is a beautiful stylish combination of some of Buck's most famous hunting Knives.
A signed Folding Hunter knife sells at the International Beefmaster Gala Sale on March 8, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Folding Hunter - The famous features of the 110 Folding Hunter, first made in 1964 launched the popularity of the Buck knife to the most well known knife in the world.
2014 JBBA National Convention and Show Room Blocks
July 28- August 3, 2014
Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center
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Several International Guests Expected at Houston Sales
March will be an exciting month for the Beefmaster breed due to several sales being hosted at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This year all of the events and sales are moving back to the Reliant Arena showgrounds at the heart of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Beefmaster Breeders United is expecting several international guests at the Houston events and these events will be a great time to interact with our international breeders.
We invite all breeders to come take part in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Beefmaster events such as the Houston Magic XIV Sale, STBBA Houston Futurity and Sale, the Beefmaster Promotion Group (BPG) Open Show and the BPG International Beefmaster Futurity and Gala Sale. Come out to the show and sales to visit with our international guests and network with prestigious commercial cattlemen, we would love to see you there supporting the Beefmaster breed.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Beefmaster Events and Sales
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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