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Beefmasters Win Big at San Antonio Livestock Show All Breeds Sale

 

Boerne, Texas – The 27th Annual San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo All Breeds Bull and Commercial Female Sale proved to be a successful event for five Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) members, with two of the breeders taking top honors. Rancho Dos Vidas Ltd., Moore, Texas won Overall Grand Champion Pen of Females with their first place Beefmaster/E6 Certified Bred Heifers. Collier Farms Beefmasters, Brenham, Texas won Overall Reserve Champion Pen of Females with their second place Beefmaster/E6 Certified Bred Heifers.

The Beefmaster breeders were recognized prior to the sale held on Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 after being selected as top-placing cattle during the judging held on Tues., Feb. 13, 2018. All of the cattle consigned to the sale are judged by a panel of twelve judges. This sale features purebred bulls and commercial heifers consigned by premier Texas ranches.

Rancho Dos Vidas won grand champion with their consigned pen of Beefmaster/E6 Certified bred heifers with Red Angus sired calves. This pen consisted of a super set of moderate framed, easy fleshing Red Angus x Beefmaster replacement females. Don Mullins is the owner of Rancho Dos Vidas Ltd., and Lane Roberson is the ranch manager. Mullins is one of the first ranchers to utilize the Beefmaster breed, dating back to the 1960s.

“This is our seventh year to compete in the San Antonio All Breeds Sale. We started breeding our BBU registered females to Red Angus bulls eight years ago in an effort to clean up their underlines, get moderate sized calves and to become more functional as commercial cattle,” said Roberson.

Collier Farms Beefmasters won reserve champion with their consigned pen of Beefmaster/E6 Certified bred heifers with Angus sired calves. The ranch is owned by Mike and Rhonda Collier and Trey Scherer is the ranch manager. Since 1987, the Collier family has bred exclusively Beefmaster and Beefmaster influenced cattle, marketing and promoting the breed both domestically and internationally. Collier cattle are bred and raised to fit the demands of today’s commercial cattle industry.

“This is the third time for Rancho Dos Vidas to win Grand Champion Pen of Females with their Red Angus x Beefmaster females – 2013, 2014 and now 2018,” said BBU Executive Vice President Collin Osbourn. “However, this year is extra special because Beefmaster cattle not only took home the top honor, but also won the second top honor. It was a great day for the Beefmaster breed and our members.”

Three more Beefmaster honors went to well-known Texas ranches and prominent members of BBU. The first place Beefmaster/E6 Certified Cow/Calf Pairs award was presented to H.T. Chapman Cattle Company, Rockport, Texas. The first place Beefmaster/E6 Certified Open Heifers was awarded to Golden Meadows Ranch, Cotulla, Texas. The High Grading Beefmaster Bull award was presented to Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, Texas.

For more information on utilizing Beefmaster genetics for commercial crossbreeding contact Bill Pendergrass at 210-464-6002 or visit www.beefmasters.org/commercial. Stay connected to BBU through Facebook, follow us on Instagram, view our videos on YouTube, and follow us on Twitter. Receive our news updates through joining our mailing list.

 

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Beefmaster Breeders United is a not-for-profit breed registration organization that provides programs and services for its members. Beefmaster, Beefmaster Advancer and E6 cattle are selected on the “Six Essentials” of disposition, fertility, weight, conformation, milk production and hardiness.

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FAQ: B.E.E.F. Foundation for the Future Campaign

 

1) What is the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation [B.E.E.F]?

Established in 2009, as a tax-exempt corporation, B.E.E.F., serves as the official education and scientific research affiliate of Beefmaster Breeders United [BBU].  It accomplishes this through scientific research and both public and industry education of the benefits of the Beefmaster breed as a superior meat product animal.

 

2) How does the foundation differ from Beefmaster Breeders United [BBU]?

While BBU serves as the official trade association of the Beefmaster breed in providing a variety of membership benefits and representing the breed regionally, nationally and internationally — B.E.E.F., serves as the breeds education and scientific research affiliate. All donations to the Foundation are 100% tax-deductible as provided by law.

 

3) How is the foundation governed?

The foundation currently has six elected volunteer BBU members on its Board of Directors via national regional elections.  As the foundation grows and in accordance with the foundation’s by-laws the board will be expanding its membership to better represent its national and corporate donor base.

 

4) What is the focus of the foundation?

Two-fold: (1) Scientific research to provide sustainable and credible data on the benefits of the breed, and (2) education of the industry’s leadership, BBU members and the general public of the benefits of the breed. In addition, continued support of youth scholarships, BBU youth and JBBA.

 

5)  What is the goal of the “Foundation for the Future Campaign”?

To establish an initial multi-million endowment corpus which will remain inviolate and from which the foundation will utilize the earnings from the corpus investments to fund identified and appropriate research and educational initiatives. It will accomplish this through both immediate cash investments and pledges which may be paid over a 5-year period.

 

6) What is the amount raised to date?

We are very pleased to announce, that with the campaign just having recently been publicly launched, over $1,000,000 has been raised through direct contributions and secured pledges within a five-year period.

 

7)  Why give to the foundation?

1)  To provide a secure and permanent financial base for B.E.E.F.

2)  Enable the foundation to fund viable, useable, proven scientific data favorable to the breed & provide information to the public and BBU members on its benefits.

3)  Eliminate the need for total dependency on annual and unpredictable fundraising.

4)  Giving something back to the breed

5)  Leaving a legacy for future generations.

6)  Investment support is 100% tax-deductible.

 

8)  Are contributions tax deductible?

Yes. The foundation has been designated a 501(c)(3) corporation. Anything of value may be donated with full tax-deducible IRS credit as provided by law.

 

9)  Do pledges have to be paid all at once?

No. Pledges may be paid within a 5-year period.

 

10) How are contributions recognized?

All contributions are recognized in accordance with the level of amount of the donation.

Contributions/pledges in the amount of $25,000 & up are designated special recognition as Founding Members of the foundation’s Legacy Society with numerous recognition benefits as indicated in the Campaign Prospectus.

 

11) What portion of the donations will be spent on administration costs to run the foundation?

The foundation serves primarily as a funding mechanism, while engaging major research universities and professionals in accomplishing its goals. Thus, eliminating the need for extensive administration cost and allowing the monies to go to results. On the recommendation of the Endowment Investment Committee, the B.E.E.F., Board of  Directors has chosen to commit 100% of endowment monies to the lasting endowment.

 

12) How will the endowment be invested and what will be the return?

All contribution monies will be invested in secured conservative investment accounts overseen by the Investment Committee comprised of qualified members of BBU and managed by professional investment managers.

 

13)  When can I expect to see programs being funded?

Programs are already being funded and completed such as the recently announced Development of Beefmaster GE-EPDs to help build a diverse panel of Beefmaster genetics to be the foundation for the calculation of the GE-EPDs. We will see   additional program funding as monies are donated and invested with full funding once all pledges are fulfilled within a 5 year period.

 

14)  What is the process to get programs funded?

A formal Funding Request with prescribed details must be submitted to the foundation’s Program Committee who will evaluate the request and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for consideration. The foundation will work with BBU staff in evaluating  the appropriateness and value of the request as it applies to the mission and goals of the Foundation and BBU.

 

15)  How can I get further information on the foundation?

Contact any member of the National Campaign Committee, B.E.E.F, Board of Directors  or BBU Senior Staff.  Also,

Roger Fuller

Campaign Finance Director

1955 CR  106

Paige, TX  78659-4210

[P] 512-659-5428 [F] 888-870-2404 [E-mail]: rfuller2316@gmail.com

 

Receive Free Campaign Prospectus by contacting:

Sarah Davis

BBU Staff Campaign Coordinator

“Foundation for the Future Endowment Campaign”

118 W. Bandera Rd.

Boerne, TX  78006

sdavis@beefmasters.org |  210-732-3132

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Beefmaster Bulls Included in Integrity Beef Alliance Program

 

Boerne, Texas - Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Integrity Beef Alliance. In December 2017 Beefmaster bulls became the most recent bull breed approved by the Integrity Beef’s board of directors for inclusion in the program. Beefmaster bulls are the newest addition to the program and join the already approved bull breeds of Angus, Charolais, Hereford and Red Angus.

“This past year has been an excellent year of growth for the Integrity Beef Alliance, both in participation numbers, but also marketing opportunities for members,” says Executive Director of Integrity Beef Dr. Robert Wells. “Additionally, Alliance leadership has taken numerous steps to further guarantee the future success of the program. Some of the changes that have been made are inclusion of more approved bull breeds.”

Established in 2000 by the Noble Research Institute (formerly the Noble Foundation), Integrity Beef is the culmination of best management practices developed by Noble’s agricultural consultants and recommended to producers who participate in the organization’s no-cost consultation program. Integrity Beef is a comprehensive beef production system that produces the highest quality calves possible for the next supply chain owner and the consumer, while improving returns for ranchers through value added traits.

Integrity Beef emphasizes progressive management methods, ranch stewardship and humane care of all livestock. Integrity Beef includes a terminal production system that uses a value added, preconditioning program. Through uniform and elevated standard management practices, Integrity Beef producers’ cattle far surpass industry standards for performance, quality, health and behavior.

Beefmasters are a strong compliment to the well thought out Integrity Beef program. Adding value and increasing efficiency at every turn is what Integrity Beef strives for and Beefmasters will help in those regards.

“As a piece of the Integrity Beef maternal equation, Beefmasters will capitalize on heterosis, maximize terminal crossbreeding, increase value adding selection tools and solidify commercial genomics,” says Vice President of Marketing and Research Bill Pendergrass. “All of these steps increase efficiency for the rancher, feeder, packer and ultimately the consumer, while also securing our ranches for the next generation of cattlemen and women.”

If you are a Beefmaster breeder interested in participating in the Integrity Beef Program the requirements for inclusion are as follows: for the terminal program, bulls must be in the top 20% of the breed for weaning weight (WW) and yearling weight (YW) at time of purchase by the member owner. For the replacement female program, the bull the replacement is bred to for the first calf must be in the top 20% of the breed for calving ease direct (CED), WW and YW. For those who wish to become a member of Integrity Beef, there are other requirements that must be met depending on which program a person is interested in. Please refer to www.integritybeef.org for more requirement details. For more information about joining the Integrity Beef Alliance, please contact Robert Wells at integritybeef@noble.org or 580.224.6430.

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Beefmaster Breeders United (www.beefmasters.org), located in Boerne, Texas, is a not-for-profit breed registration organization that provides programs and services for its members. Beefmaster, Beefmaster Advancer and E6 cattle are selected on the “Six Essentials” of disposition, fertility, weight, conformation, milk production and hardiness.

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Beefmaster Announces Changes to its Organizational Leadership Team

 

Boerne, Texas – The Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Board of Directors held a meeting on Jan., 4 in San Antonio Texas. During the meeting the board approved a restructure to the organizational leadership within BBU. The restructure appointed Collin Osbourn as the Executive Vice President and Bill Pendergrass as the Vice President of Marketing and Research.

“These changes in staff leadership come after several months of discussion among the board members and staff. Unfortunately, Bill Pendergrass suffered a stroke in August 2017 and this limited his ability to serve in full capacity in his previous role as Executive Vice President,” says BBU President Steve Carpenter. “Bill expressed his concern of not meeting the demands of the job and prompted the need for restructure within BBU leadership.”

Lance Bauer was also assigned by the Executive Vice President to serve as the Director of Breed Improvement and Western Field Representative. All other organizational staff members will remain in their current leadership roles. The communications and international teams will be housed under the Marketing and Research department, reporting to Bill Pendergrass. The field representative team will be housed under the Breed Improvement department, reporting to Lance Bauer. The DNA and registration team will report to Office Manager Donna Henderson. The Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association and membership teams will report directly to Collin Osbourn.

“This restructure has created a team that is going to be better for the membership and will push the association to the next level,” says Carpenter. “Staff, BBU members, directors and officers are all essential to this team. Each person is important to the success of the breed and we need to pull together to move forward. Team Beefmaster is an unstoppable force and Beefmasters will become the American breed of choice.”

For more information or to contact the BBU staff members call the office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. Stay connected to BBU through Facebook, follow us on Instagram, view our videos on YouTube, and follow us on Twitter. Receive our news updates through joining our mailing list.

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Beefmaster Breeders United is a not-for-profit breed registration organization that provides programs and services for its members. Beefmaster, Beefmaster Advancer and E6 cattle are selected on the “Six Essentials” of disposition, fertility, weight, conformation, milk production and hardiness.

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Junior Beefmaster Breeders Excel at Annual Live Oak Bull Sale

 

Boerne, TexasBeefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is comprised of satellite organizations and marketing groups that host Beefmaster cattle sales throughout the year, among many other events. One of the satellites, the Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association (LOBBA), held their premier annual bull sale on Saturday, Jan., 6 at the Live Oak County Fairgrounds in Three Rivers, Texas. This sale is the longest running sale in the Southwest, offering high quality Beefmaster bulls to commercial and purebred cattlemen and women. This year 104 lots were offered, which included Beefmaster bulls from Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Louisiana. Several international buyers were present and purchased quality Beefmaster bulls. The Live Oak Bull Sale grossed $587,050 and the average was $5,645 per head. The two high selling bulls sold for $30,000 each.

All bulls were graded on phenotypic make-up by a select panel of graders. Prize money was awarded to the top ten grading bulls. Placing in the top 25 were two active Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members. JBBA secretary Emily Martin of New Ulm, Texas sold the 5th place bull which sold for $30,000. JBBA member Cayden Carpenter of Tecumseh, Okla., also had a top placing bull. His bull placed 22nd and sold for $4,500. Emily’s two-year-old bull, ENM Future Info 1115 was one of the two high selling bulls at this year’s LOBBA sale.

“JBBA offers young people the opportunity to improve the Beefmaster breed,” said JBBA adult volunteers Casey Ballard and Darrell Glaser. “Through technological advances like AI, embryo transfer and carcass ultrasound, their cattle are quickly improving. Young breeders recognize the direction the breed is headed and they are leading the way.”

JBBA was founded in 1984 and is one of the fastest growing junior beef breed associations in the country. There are approximately 700 active JBBA members. JBBA members gain valuable knowledge about every phase of the cattle business and become better prepared to contribute to the beef cattle industry and agribusiness as adults through their involvement in the program.

For more information on the JBBA program contact Bonnie Ramirez at 210-464-4711 or visit www.beefmasters.org. Stay connected to BBU through Facebook, follow us on Instagram, view our videos on YouTube, and follow us on Twitter. Receive our news updates through joining our mailing list.

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Beefmaster Breeders United (www.beefmasters.org), located in Boerne, Texas, is a not-for-profit breed registration organization that provides programs and services for its members. Beefmaster, Beefmaster Advancer and E6 cattle are selected on the “Six Essentials” of disposition, fertility, weight, conformation, milk production and hardiness.

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B.E.E.F. MAKING A YEAR-END IMPACT … LEAVING A LEGACY!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! There’s a lot going on right now and this is a busy time of the year, but B.E.E.F. , your breed’s education/research foundation, is doing some really great things to enhance the scientific validation and public information regarding the exceptional benefits of the Beefmaster breed.

Would you consider a tax-deductible year-end investment/donation to the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation’s campaign?

Would you consider increasing your initial 5-year pledge and move to a new higher giving recognition level?

Make a 2017 year-end gift/investment and join other breed leaders as “founding members” of the foundation’s endowment … or increase your current 5-year pledge to a higher level by contacting us:

Roger Fuller – Campaign Finance Director

1955 CR 106, Paige, TX  78659-4210

[P] 512-659-5428 * [F] 888-870-2404

rfuller2316@gmail.com

 

Gerald Galbraith – Campaign Special Gifts Coordinator

1802 Elmwood, Abilene, TX  79605

[P] 325-829-3883 * [F] 325-676-1808

gerald.galbraith@wfadvisors.com

 

Bob SiddonsNational Campaign Co-Chair

724 Vanguard, Lakeway, TX  78734

[P] 512-261-5327

rcsiddons@gmail.com

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Ramirez Joins Beefmaster Breeders United Staff

 

Boerne, Texas Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is proud to announce the hiring of Yvonne “Bonnie” Ramirez as the JBBA/International and Membership Coordinator. Her duties include managing the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) program, BBU memberships and the U. S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., (USLGE) portion of the BBU international marketing program.

Ramirez grew up in the small south Texas town of Encino and now resides in the Sutherland Springs/Floresville, Texas area. She joins the BBU team after most recently working for the International Brangus Breeders Association. Ramirez received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, with an emphasis in animal science and a minor in communications, from Sam Houston State University. Prior to working for the Brangus association, she worked for the Producers CO-OP Association’s La Vernia Country Store in La Vernia, Texas and served as director of communications for the Texas Animal Health Commission. Her other work experience includes the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, D&D Farm and Ranch, Wilson County News, and Ultimate Genetics-Sire Services.

Ramirez is very involved in her local community and the agriculture industry. She is currently an active member of the San Antonio Ranch Rodeo Finals committee and she and her family produce the annual Forget Me Not Benefit Alzheimer’s Team Roping. She has judged multiple public speaking and skill contests at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, as well as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She was one of the original partners in the South Texas Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association. Ramirez serves as a freelance writer for The Ag Mag. Previously she also freelanced for the Texas High School Rodeo Association and Extreme Team News. Her professional accolades include Texas Farm Bureau “Excellence in Journalism” and outstanding volunteer of the year for the San Antonio Stock Show Ranch Rodeo Committee.

“Bonnie is passionate about agriculture and is a goal-oriented individual,” says BBU Chief Financial Officer Collin Osbourn. “Her knowledge and background in stock show management will be valuable to JBBA and she will bring great energy to the junior program. She will also serve as a great role model for our junior members and will be dedicated to our Beefmaster breeders in every capacity. We are excited to have Bonnie as part of the team.”

Ramirez can be contacted at (210) 732-3132 or by email at bramirez@beefmasters.org.

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Beefmaster Breeders United (www.beefmasters.org), located in Boerne, Texas, is a not-for-profit breed registration organization that provides programs and services for its members. Beefmaster, Beefmaster Advancer and E6 cattle are selected on the “Six Essentials” of disposition, fertility, weight, conformation, milk production and hardiness.

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Dusty Pendergrass, New Field Representative for Beefmaster Breeders United

 

Boerne, TexasBeefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is proud to announce that Dusty Pendergrass of Bryan, Texas, has joined the BBU staff as the Eastern Field Representative. Pendergrass will provide field assistance to Beefmaster breeders and commercial beef producers that are located east of Interstate-45 in Texas, as well as Oklahoma and all states to the east. Lance Bauer will continue to serve as the Western Field Representative/Commercial Marketing Director and will continue to cover all areas west of Interstate-45 in Texas and west of Oklahoma.

Dusty Pendergrass will provide ranch consultation services to members, as well as guidance through the Pro Services program. BBU members who utilize Pro Services will receive a ranch visit from a field representative twice a year for a one-on-one consultation and assistance with the most complicated aspect of the purebred industry: record keeping. Through Pro Services, Dusty Pendergrass will assist participating members in updating their herd inventory, registering calves and entering performance data. His responsibilities will also include promoting and supplying support for other BBU programs, while also encouraging breeder education and improving breeding plans.

Pendergrass grew up in Bryan/College Station, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and a minor in agronomy. Pendergrass joins the BBU staff after most recently working for Irsik and Doll Feedyard in Garden City, Kan. Prior to supervising the feedyard department members at Irsik and Doll, he worked in the Texas A&M Animal Science Department where he administered animal health protocols in feedlot, stocker, and cow-calf research herds. His other work experience is comprised of working for Turner Crop Consulting in Hearne, Texas and managing sales at Outfront Cattle Services in College Station, Texas.

“Dusty will provide our association with a wealth of knowledge in the realm of cattle herd management and assisting our membership in Pro Services consultation,” said BBU Chief Financial Officer Collin Osbourn. “Dusty is part of an exceptional family and has the same strong work ethic as his father Bill Pendergrass, we are lucky to have him as part of the team.”

Dusty Pendergrass can be contacted at (210) 464-0923 or by email at dpendergrass@beefmasters.org.

For more information or to contact the BBU staff members call the office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. Stay connected to BBU through Facebook, follow us on Instagram, view our videos on YouTube, and follow us on Twitter. Receive our news updates through joining our mailing list.

 

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Beefmaster Breeders United is a not-for-profit breed registration organization that provides programs and services for its members. Beefmaster, Beefmaster Advancer and E6 cattle are selected on the “Six Essentials” of disposition, fertility, weight, conformation, milk production and hardiness.

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Stephen F. Austin Bull Development Program

 

Stephen F. Austin State University is preparing for its Bull Development Program set to begin January 2018. The program is designed to assist producers in selecting and managing bulls. It offers producers relief from providing additional facilities, labor, and feed to retain young bulls. The program is designed for bulls born January 1, 2017to May 31, 2017. Bulls entered into the program are fed through mid-October. At the end of the development program, bulls may be consigned to the Purple Premium Sale scheduled for November 2018. Producers are issued a bi-monthly report on the performance of each bull in the program with information including BW, ADG, and carcass ultrasound traits. The bulls are developed for 120 days on a grain-based diet and finished on forage with supplementation (depending on forage conditions). Information on the program can be downloaded here.

For more information contact Chris Koffskey or Dr. Erin Brown

(979)224-8178  or (936)468-6948

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Have You Rolled Over Yet?

Here’s a great way for you to make a huge difference in the future of the Beefmaster breed through your foundation and be a significant recognized donor to the Foundation for the Future Endowment Campaign before the end of the year.

If you are at least 70 ½ years old, you can transfer up to $100,000 directly to the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) for education and research in our breed from a traditional or Roth IRA without paying income tax on the withdrawal — and help meet your required minimum distribution … annually! In addition, you can deduct the entire amount from your annual gross income … a tremendous benefit to you and to your breed!

To discuss your IRA Charitable Rollover, simply notify your IRA Administrator or contact us at either:

Roger Fuller – Campaign Finance Director

1955 CR 106, Paige, TX  78659-4210

[P] 512-659-5428 * [F] 888-870-2404

rfuller2316@gmail.com

 

Gerald Galbraith – Campaign Special Gifts Coordinator

1802 Elmwood, Abilene, TX  79605

[P] 325-829-3883 * [F] 325-676-1808

gerald.galbraith@wfadvisors.com

 

Bob SiddonsNational Campaign Co-Chair

724 Vanguard, Lakeway, TX  78734

[P] 512-261-5327

rcsiddons@gmail.com

 

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B.E.E.F. is not engaged in rendering legal or tax advisory service. For advice and assistance in specific cases, the services of an attorney or other professional advisor should be obtained. The purpose of this article is to provide general gift, estate, and financial planning information. Watch for tax revisions. State laws govern wills, trusts, and charitable gifts made in a contractual agreement. Advice from legal counsel should be sought when considering these types of gifts.

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