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Spring Sire Summary Posted

The 2015 Spring Sire Summary is now available electronically on the BBU website. You can download and print the sire summary or if you would like a hard copy mailed to you, please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 for a complimentary copy.

Click here to download the current sire summary


Mailing Semen Straws for DNA Genotyping  

We are getting a great response from breeders participating in the DNA Genotyping program and sending in DNA samples. BBU greatly appreciates the participation! We want to remind people that when sending straws of semen as a DNA sample via mail it is very important that the straw is protected in some form or fashion. Whether it is an empty semen cane that the semen originally came in, or it could be something as simple as an ink pen casing. As long as the straw is protected by something hard and the ends are taped closed. This will ensure that the semen straw can be mailed without the straw cracking. Also, in the case of the straw cracking, place the straw and its casing in a Ziploc baggie to prevent leakage onto paperwork or other samples.  

If you have any questions please contact Kelsey or Collin at the office 210-732-3132. Thank you!


Commercial Beefmaster Field Day Hosted in Missouri  

On July 11, 2015 the Central States BBA, Arkansas BBA and Ozark & Heart of America BBA together hosted a Commercial Beefmaster Field Day at Jerry Glor Beefmasters in Halfway, Mo.

Lunch was served to 240 attendees of both commercial and purebred breeders. Even some Thailand breeders attended this event after buying 13 heifers and two bulls to ship to Bangkok. Guest speakers included Dr. Robert Wells from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Bill Pendergrass. A panel consisting of purebred and commercial producers offered personal experiences and addressed questions from the crowd.  

Click here to see photos. Photos taken by Brittni Drennan. 


How to Collect DNA Samples

Collecting a DNA sample is easy, but collecting a good DNA sample is crucial to receiving prompt and accurate results. As a Beefmaster breeder it is required that DNA samples be collected and processed through Zoetis or Geneseek on all embryo and semen donor dams and sires. The process of collecting quality DNA blood or hair samples is important to understand for all Beefmaster breeders. If a bad DNA sample is provided then the DNA-testing lab can not efficiently extract the DNA. If you currently, or plan to in the future, collect DNA samples please become familiar with the "how to" instructions in our blog post.  

If you are more of a "see-then-do" learner, please view the Hair Sample How to Video or the Blood Sample How to Video.

Need to order a DNA hair or blood kit? Contact the office at 210-732-3132 or kcrenshaw@beefmasters.org.  

Learn how to collect good DNA samples


BBU Convention Raffle: Kawasaki Mule 

Don't miss your opportunity to win a 2015 Kawasaki Mule 4010 TRANS 4X4 or an All Seasons Feeders Fire Pit! The Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association (LOBBA) is sponsoring a raffle that will offset 2015 BBU Convention expenses.

$100 per ticket

Only 250 tickets will be sold and they are going quickly!

The raffle drawing will be held at the Awards Luncheon at the 2015 BBU Convention and you need not be present to win! To purchase your tickets contact Lawrence Lyssy at 210-648-0517 or 210-414-2266 OR Bob Siddons at 512-217-3400.


A Moment with Matt: Borrowing Others' Ideas

I'll be honest: coming up with a topic to write about is much harder than I thought! After some unsuccessful brainstorming, I decided to take a different approach this time. I'm going to share with you three quotations that I have read lately. I think there's beneficial information in all three.

Purebred cattle producers have a large number of tools available when making their selection decisions. EPDs are one of the more powerful tools (maybe that's why Mr. Ward compares them to a Skil saw). Whether it's building a barn or breeding cattle, having and utilizing a wide variety of tools will help you create a higher quality product. However, relying on only one tool will make a complicated job, such as carpentry or cattle raising, almost impossible to complete.

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Beefmaster Feature on RFD-TV Coming September 7th     

Don't miss the Beefmaster episode that will premiere Mon., Sept. 7, 2015 at 8 p.m. CST on RFD-TV's The American Rancher! The television show will feature commercial cattlemen discussing how Beefmaster heterosis crossbreeding produces superior replacement females. You will hear testimonies from cattlemen who are personally using Beefmasters in their commercial operations. The episode will re-air on RFD-TV on Wed., Sept. 9 at 12 a.m. CST and Sun., Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. CST. Check with your cable or satellite provider for your RFD-TV listings. The video will also be available for viewing on the on Beefmaster social media sites and www.beefmasters.org.


"Island Time for Beefmasters"

The 2015 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Annual Convention is just around the corner and we are excited for a little tropical "island time" in Galveston, Texas. Join us and enjoy some "Island Time for Beefmasters" at the beautiful paradise resort, Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center from October 29 - 31, 2015. Make time to relax, connect with friends, enjoy convention activities and attend the President's Council Beefmaster sale. The opportunities are endless on Galveston Island! 

This year's convention promises to be as informative and entertaining as ever. The Convention Committee and the BBU staff have planned an outstanding convention agenda that will host informative speakers and thrilling entertainment. While you are connecting with old friends, you can make some new friends, learn about innovative BBU programs, view cattle, visit with vendors, hear award winning Junior Beefmaster Breeder Association speakers, enjoy great food and dance to the music of Gary P. Nunn!

Along with the convention entertainment, you will also enjoy educational seminars presented by cattle industry leaders. The seminars will educate, inform and entertain while giving you an opportunity to ask questions and interact in roundtable discussions.

This convention is a unique, fun environment for cattle industry members to come together to network so be sure that your ranch or cattle related business is recognized as a sponsor. There are many sponsorship opportunities available and we invite you to refer to the sponsorship form . Our prestigious sponsors will be recognized for their commitment to the Beefmaster industry in numerous and various ways, as described on the form. We truly value your support and count on your involvement to make this convention an outstanding event for the attendees. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 361-813-9035 or Marie Zirkel at 210-732-3132.

Thank you for your commitment to the Beefmaster breed and we look forward to seeing you on Galveston Island!

Regards,

Marie Welkener - 2015 BBU Convention Chairperson


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 Beefmaster Thrives in the High Desert of Eastern Oregon

During mid-July 2015 BBU staff members, Bill Pendergrass and Jeralyn Novak, traveled to the high desert of Oregon to visit with commercial cattlemen. Roaring Springs Ranch is a 1.5 million acre ranch located in the sweeping Catlow Valley on the high desert of southeastern Oregon in Harney County. The ranch is a contiguous block of land located between Adel, Fields and Frenchglen. These photos only show a small portion of the ranch that uses Beefmaster bulls and females in their commercial cow operation to provide beef for their branded beef program, Country Natural Beef. Country Natural Beef is one of the nation's leaders in natural beef production.  

Beefmasters are important to the success of Roaring Springs Ranch says the ranch's General Manager Stacy Davies. "We need a cow that doesn't just survive but thrives in the high desert" of the Northwest and "Beefmasters and Beefmaster cross cattle thrive for us" at Roaring Springs Ranch.     

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Cooking with Beef: FRESH TOMATO, BEEF & BOW TIE PASTA

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 pound Ground Beef
  2. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  4. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  6. 1-1/2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta, cooked
  7. 2 tablespoons sliced fresh basil
  8. 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef and garlic; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, salt and pepper; cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pasta and basil; toss. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

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2015 UF/IFAS Beef Cattle Economics Webinar Series

Southeast beef cattle producers are encouraged to tune-in to the upcoming UF Beef Cattle Economics Webinar Series, hosted by the Range Cattle Research and Education Center and the South Florida Beef-Forage Program. The webinar series is being conducted to discuss ways to increase your herd's production, performance, and profitability. Cattle producers saw record feeder calf prices and profits in 2014 that changed the dynamics of the cow-calf industry. The goal of this webinar series is to provide timely production and economic information that can help producers operate in this volatile marketplace.

This series of presentations will take place on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:00 pm (EST) July. The following lists all the scheduled webinars:

  • July 29th, 2015 - Replacement Heifer Economics

Participants will be able to interact with the presenter by submitting questions and comments, and will be able to make recommendations for topics at future webinar sessions. Each program can be viewed on your personal computer with access to the internet. Registration is open and free to all, but is limited to the first 100 participants. To register please visit:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2518271221683912450 . If any problems occur while registering please contact Chris Prevatt at prevacg@ufl.edu.

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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