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Beefmasters Represented in Miami, Fla.

Bill Pendergrass was in Miami, Fla., this past week at the Miami International Agriculture, Horse and Cattle Show! While Beefmaster Breeders United was exhibiting at the trade show, Gil Evaristo of Colombia stopped by to visit about Beefmaster cattle. We are growing in popularity, local and abroad! Emmons Ranch also had their bull EMS Fire Chief on display at the Miami cattle and trade show.

JBBA National Show Schedule Posted   

The tentative schedule for the 2015 JBBA National Show and Convention has been posted at! The National Show packet will be posted the week of April 20 and the entry deadline is June 5, 2015.

Successful Sale for OHOA 

It was a full house in Springfield, Mo., for the Ozark & Heart of America (OHOA) spring sale on April 11, 2015. Bidding was heated until the final animal sold, as over 100 lots went through the ring (including 70 bulls, most of which went into commercial cattle operations). Congratulations to all the consignors and OHOA members who worked hard to make this a top notch event!

Directory Updates are Due Today!

In preparation for the 2015 BBU Membership Directory, you should have received a directory information update letter. Please make sure you return this letter by today, April 17th with any changes. The letter can be scanned and emailed to or faxed to 210-732-7711. If you did not receive the letter, please notify Mary at the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or The 2015 BBU Membership Directory will be published as part of the June 2015 issue of The Beefmaster Cowman.   

Tales From The Road 2.8  

This is the sequel to the previous "Tales From The Road" video, which covered lessons 101 and 201. This week's video covers lessons 301 and 401. Collin and Bill provide educational information about ultrasound and phenotype classification!

Click here to view Tales From The Road 2.8 via YouTube!

Starting this Spring, BBU will be hosting educational programs the day before select sales to educate the membership on EPDs, Genomics and Selection. For more information contact Bill or Collin at 210-732-3132. Visit Beefmasters online at

International Semen Marketing Opportunity

Beefmaster Breeders United has recently formed a Genetics Combine to facilitate the marketing of Beefmaster Semen at the International level. This optional program is designed to build a large inventory of exportable semen from performance oriented Beefmaster sires that can be marketed in large volume at commercial prices to interested customers from several different nations.

Member Qualifications

  • Enroll in the BBU Go International Team ($100 annual dues)
  • Participate in Whole Herd Reporting
  • Consign a minimum of 100 units of CSS Certified semen from qualified bulls, in 50 unit lots per sire

Sire Qualifications

  • Semen to be collected at CSS Certified facility and accompanied by appropriate documentation for CSS export
  • Bulls must be "U" Classified
  • Bulls must have a minimum of weaning and yearling weights. Additional data like ultrasound is strongly encouraged.
  • Bulls must have above average EPD's in at least 5 of the 10 BBU published EPD's.
  • A high quality digital photo of the bulls is required.

Nominated bulls which fit the requirements will be included in an online catalog to be used for marketing purposes.  

Complete the nomination form and enroll in the Genetics Combine today! Click here to download the nomination form. Please contact Bill, Collin or Matt at the BBU office for details.

Honoring Jennie Lee Zipperer

Fort Myers Lee County Garden Council along with Jasmine Garden Club  will be dedicating a Desert Cassia Tree in honor of Jennie Lee Zipperer on Arbor Day. The event will take place Friday, April 24th at 2 p.m. in the Butterfly Garden of the lovely Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida. In addition to her many contributions to the Beefmaster industry, Jennie Lee was Florida's 2003 Woman of the Year in Agriculture and was a past president of Jasmine Garden Club.

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

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 

and the due dates are for this spring and summer! Apply soon and share the information with your fellow BBU and JBBA members.  

JBBA A.I. Program Purchases Due May 1, 2015

Junior members are reminded that the Junior A.I. Program is going on now through May 1, 2015. JBBA members need to contact the breeder/contact person that is listed in the 2015 JBBA A.I. Program catalog to purchase semen.

 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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  2015 JBBA Nationals Hotel Arrangements

JBBA members are reminded to make their hotel reservations early if they are planning on attending the 2015 JBBA National Convention and Shows. Room are filling up at the two host hotels and Bryan-College Station has other events going on during the 2015 Nationals.

 Room reservations can be made at:

Best Western Premier at Old Town Center

  • 1920 Austin's Colony Parkway
  • Bryan, Texas 77802
  • (979) 731-5300
  • The block of rooms are reserved from July 19-26, 2015
  • Run of House- $99.99 + tax
  • Reservation deadline is 6/21/2015
  • Please tell them you are with JBBA or the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association when making reservations.

Courtyard Marriott

  • 3939 SH 6 South
  • College Station, Texas 77845
  • (979) 695-8111
  • The block of rooms are reserved from July 19-25, 2015
  • Run of House- $99 + tax
  • Reservation deadline is 6/5/2015
  • Please tell them you are with JBBA or the National Junior Beefmaster Show when making reservations.


Welcome to BBU!

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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