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2019 SEBBA Dixie National Sale Report

 

Tunica, MS March 30, 2019
6 Bulls $15,650 avg $2,608
4 Pair $8,200 avg $2,050
15 Bred $28,600 avg $1,907
23 Open $45,450 avg $1,976
6 Semen lots $38,165 avg $6,361
5 Embryo lots $44,550 avg $8,910

59 Lots $180,615

Average $3,062

Top Bulls: Lot 29- Sire, Black Bayou, consigned by Mason Cattle co., Brownstown, IL; Sold to Britt Parker, Montrose, GA for $5,000.
Lot 24- Sire, CHRK Generator, consigned by Channarock Farm and Hiatt Diamond H, Rockfield, KY: Sold to Ricky Cornelison, Iuka, MS for $3,600.
Lot 13- Sire,, Sugar Britches; consigned by South Oaks Beefmasters, Lexington, TN; Sold to Walt McKellar, Senatobia, MS for $2,750.

Top Females:
Lot 26- Open, sire, Cl’s Lovemaker, consigned by Clark Jones, Savannah, TN; Sold to Santa Anna Ranch, MCAllen. TX for $8,000.
Lot 51- Open, sire, Ace of Spades, consigned by T5 Ranch, Bedias, TX; Sold to Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX for $3,750.
Lot 27- Bred to Cl’s Sure Fire, consigned by Clark Jones; Savannah, TN; Sold to Hurla Farms, Paxico, KS for $3,500

Other Lots
Lot 42- Sugar Britches Semen; 120 units sold for $28,125

Volume Buyers: Victor Jiminez, Mexico; Clark Jones, Savannah, TN; Jason Hearn, Henderson, TN

Auctioneer- Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX
Sale Consultant- Bruce Robbins, San Antonio, TX
Sale Manager- 3G Sales and Service, Franklin; GA

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Data Collection Tips #2

 

We recommend that our members and Beefmaster breeders do the following at weaning time…

  1. Collect weaning weight on calves

– Calves should be between 140 and 270 days old when weaning weights are recorded

– Contemporary groups are formed by calves born within 60 days of each other

 

  1. Collect mature cow weight and Body Condition Score on cows (this should be recorded with BBU when completing the calf’s registration)

 

  1. Submit and record weaning weights with BBU using the online system or weaning worksheet
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Emmons Ranch Bull Sale Report

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Data Collection Tips #1

 

We recommend that our members and Beefmaster breeders do the following at calf’s birth…

Birth Weight:

  • Take the weight of the calf within 24 hours of birth
  • Use a consistent weighing method and have the same person weigh calves
    • Use a scale or tape, do not guess weights
  • Report all weights on calves to avoid biased data

Calving Ease:

  • Record calving ease at the same time Birth Weights are collected
  • Use the scale provided on the BBU Reference codes form
    • No difficulty/No assistance
    • Minor difficulty/Some assistance
    • Major difficulty/Calf puller used
    • C-Section
    • Abnormal Presentation
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Performance Article Series: Purpose of Technology

 

By Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement & Western Field Representative

In the past couple of decades technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in almost every industry. With new technology we have more access to more data faster than we ever have before. The cattle industry is no different and technology is rapidly increasing and helping producers to make even more informed decisions than they have ever been able to before. Many people think that the cattle industry is behind the times when it comes to technology, but this is far from the truth. First producers took and recorded weights on their cows and calves, then other measurement technologies came along such as, ultrasound carcass scanning and now even measurements of feed intake and efficiency. These measurements have all gone into the calculation of EPDs, and EPDs have advanced more with the advent of DNA testing. What is the purpose of all of this technology though? All of these technologies help breeders make the most informed breeding decisions they can to maximize profits and move their cattle in the correct direction.

The first piece of technology that has been around for many years are scales, producers have been weighing calves and making selections based on these weights for a very long time. There are now scales that collect weights and transmit them directly to a computer or even cell phone with the use of an EID tag. It is important to take weights because these weights will go into the calculation of EPDs. Weights are important to every producer because the end product, beef, is marketed by the pound. Ultrasound technology has allowed producers to take images of the carcass without having to harvest the animals. Ultrasound measurements are also used to create EPDs that are used in progressing a herd. Weight traits and carcass traits are easy to improve because they are moderately to highly heritable.

The calculation of EPDs has been discussed in previous articles and the technology used has advanced, especially in the past few years with the advancement of DNA. The purpose of EPDs is to help both Seedstock and commercial producers make choices that make economic sense. DNA has been used in Single Step GE EPD calculations to make the initial EPDs more accurate. This calculation has been discussed in a previous article by John Genho.

DNA has been one of the largest and fastest growing advancements in the industry. The DNA technologies that are used have changed rapidly from using STRs to determine parentage to looking at thousands of SNPs to gather parentage as well as other information about the animal being tested. DNA is also being used on commercial cattle to calculate molecular breeding values for commercial producers and allow them to make decisions on keeping heifers with more information than they have previously been able to utilize.

All of the technology that is used within the industry has a purpose, and that purpose is to help make breeding decisions that will positively affect the bottom line of the producer. It is important in the cattle industry to keep up with technology and not get left behind. The world around us is constantly advancing and to stay in the game we need to advance with the rest of the industry. Use all the tools and technology available to make the most informed breeding decisions possible. Remember that the purpose of the Seedstock industry is to continue to advance and technology is the key to advancement.

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2019 Houston Magic XIX Sale Report

 

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Beefmaster Heifer Takes Top Honors at Houston Livestock Show

 

BOERNE, Texas – On Saturday, March 9 Caeden Scherer, a sixteen-year-old from Brenham, Texas, exhibited his Grand Champion Beefmaster heifer “BeBe” and claimed not only American Division Champion at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Breeding Heifer Show, but won Supreme Reserve Grand Champion Junior Breeding Heifer. The champions were selected from more than 2,000 head of cattle and exhibitors at the 2019 show.

According to Karl Hengst, Managing Director of Livestock Competitions at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, this is the first time a Beefmaster was one of the top two heifers in the junior breeding heifer show.

Scherer is a sophomore at Brenham High School and is a member of the Brenham FFA chapter where he serves as the chapter secretary. He has been an active member of the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) for seven years and during those years he has been among the Top Ten All-Around Champions at the annual JBBA National Show.

“I have been truly amazed and blessed by this experience,” says Scherer. “It is an accomplishment I never dreamed of and I want to thank my family and the entire Collier Farms team for making this possible!”

Scherer shared that this honor was the result of years of planned breeding, hard work and believing in Beefmaster cattle. He added, “I hope this win inspires all JBBA and BBU [Beefmaster Breeders United] members in their breeding programs and reminds us all that nothing is impossible.”

The Beefmaster female exhibited by Scherer, CF BeBe 795/7, is 22 months old and sired by CF Riptide. Her dam is Sugar Shana and she is bred to Red Eagle, expected to calve in May 2019. “BeBe” competed against 219 Beefmaster heifers when she claimed Champion Beefmaster during the Junior Breeding Beef Heifer Show.

Scherer’s mother, Mona, expressed the following after the big accomplishment, “Our ranch-raised kid took his ranch-raised heifer to Houston last week and made Beefmaster history.”

According to Mona, they don’t raise “show cattle”, they just focus on raising good-quality, functional Beefmasters and “this one just happened to end up in the spotlight”.

“When academics and respected cattle people from Kansas, New Mexico, and Missouri proclaim to the audience that this heifer, referring to Caeden’s, is the kind of female the entire beef industry needs in order to move forward, the impact is real,” says Scherer’s father, Trey. “They acknowledged that this red-hided, American breed female could compete in any arena and put her ahead of some of the most sought after British and Continental genetics in the world.”

According to Trey, who serves on the Beefmaster Breeders United Board of Directors, it is his hope that with accomplishments like this and those of other high-quality Beefmaster cattle now being produced, that Beefmaster breeders will continue pushing our breed to its utmost potential – making Beefmaster genetics the most desirable in the entire industry.

It was an important day for the Beefmaster breed, at one of the most prestigious and esteemed major livestock shows in the nation. Congratulations to Caeden and the Beefmaster breed for making history.

For more information about Beefmaster Breeders United please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. Stay connected to BBU through Facebook, view our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and 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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2019 South Texas BBA Houston Futurity Sale Report

 

STBBA HOUSTON FUTURITY SALE

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO

MARCH 1, 2019

 

23 BULLS $144,500  AVG $6,283

2 3N1 $8,500 AVG $4,250

4 PAIR $17,000 AVG $4,250

15 BRED $88,250 AVG $5,883

24 OPEN $81,300 AVG $3,388

2 PICK $21,000 AVG $10,500

1 SEMEN/EMBRYO LOT $6,880

71 LOTS $367,430 AVG $5175

 

TOP BULLS

LOT 73- SIRE, PANHANDLE DREAM, CONSIGNED BY STEVEN AND LYN ANDERSON, AMARILLO, TX;  SOLD TO FLYING B RANCH, LAPRYOR, TX FOR $23,000.

LOT 55-  SIRE, WPR’S CHICK MAGNET, CONSIGNED BY PAUL AND RHONDA WALLEN, LOCKWOOD, MO.;  SOLD TO JERRY VORDENBAUM, SEGUIN, TX FOR $22,000.

LOT 82-  SIRE, SUGAR BRITCHES, CONSIGNED BY KAREN AND TONY PSENCIK, SAN ANTONIO, TX;  SOLD TO IRACHETA, MEXICO, FOR $8500.

LOT 62- SIRE, COLLIER 3760, CONSIGNED BY SEVEN C ANDERSON CATTLE CO, VICTORIA, TX;  SOLD TO BAR M LAND AND TIMBER, BEAUMONT, TX FOR $7500.

LOT 61- SIRE L2 MAX, CONSIGNED BY TYLER GWOSDZ AND DANIEL DOMINGUEZ, ORANGE GROVE, TX;  SOLD TO KEN WALTHER, HOUSTON, TX FOR $7250

 

TOP FEMALES

LLOT 45- BRED TO BROCK, CONSIGNED BY GWOSDZ BEEFMASTERS, ORANGE GROVE, TX;  SOLD TO HOMERO MARTINEZ, MX FOR $15,000.

LOT 41- BRED TO DREAM ON, CONSIGNED BY SHELDON MCMANUS, LAKE CHARLES, LA;  SOLD TO RODRIGO RODRIGUEZ, MX FOR $10,000.

LOT 40- BRED TO MR SUPERIOR, CONSIGNED BY STEVEN AND LYN ANDERSON, AMARILLO, TX; SOLD TO LYSSY BEEFMASTERS, SAN ANTONIO, TX FOR $8,500.

LOT 47- BRED TO GALVESTON, CONSIGNED BY GWOSDZ BEEFMASTERS, ORANGE GROVE, TX; SOLD TO JOHN AND SHEILA MUNDINE, SEGUIN, TX FOR $8500.

LOT 31- OPEN, SIRE, DREAM CATCHER, CONSIGNED BY STEVE DODDS, LEXINGTON, TN;  SOLD TO GOLDEN MEADOWS, SAN ANTONIO, TX FOR $7500.

 

VOLUME BUYERS

IRACHETA BEEFMASTERS, MEXICO; ELIESER AMPARON, MEXICO; DAVID AND SHEILA MUNDINE, SEGUIN, TX

 

AUCTIONEER AND CO SALE MANAGER- ANTHONY MIHALSKI, SAN ANTONIO, TX

SALE MANAGER- 3G SALES AND SERVICE, FRANKLIN, GA

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Organize that paper trail

 

By Gilda V. Bryant for Progressive Cattleman – original article

Today’s seedstock producers face the daunting task of organizing massive amounts of data from veterinary records, animal marketing reports, as well as collection and sales of semen and embryos.

While many purebred producers utilize spreadsheets and custom-designed computer software, this approach may not work for breeders with small herds.

Craig Bieber runs Bieber Red Angus Ranch near Leola, South Dakota. Lorenzo Lasater raises Isa Beefmaster cattle outside San Angelo, Texas. Jonathan Perry, general manager of Deer Valley Farm, raises Angus cattle near Fayetteville, Tennessee.

These producers share the filing systems that work for them, the various paperwork challenges they have faced and advice for other producers.

Q. How do you keep veterinary health records, sales and other information organized?

Bieber: We think electronically is the best way. We scan everything but keep and file all papers. We store files on the computer using eartag numbers by year and by sale. All of our breeding soundness exams (BSE) are in an electronic spreadsheet. Our vet sends health papers electronically.

We use Midwest MicroSystems Herd Management software to maintain a record of all customer purchases, referenced by lot number and ID. Our calving records are written in a Red Angus book and updated electronically once a week, while treatments, treatment codes, weights and dates are put into our software.

Lasater: Spreadsheets work great because I can design them exactly as I want. My spreadsheet has 35 data points, such as expected progeny differences (EPDs), sonograms, pedigrees, birth and weaning weights. The laborious part is when I pregnancy test, and groups of cattle are split and sold; it’s a manual process to update those. Each herd is broken down by age like first-calf heifers, yearling heifers, mature cows or groups of sales cattle.

Perry: Keeping track of papers is an ongoing challenge. We keep good field notes at the chute, and we have a filing system in our office. Every bull has a folder with his semen certificate, BSE and trich (trichomoniasis) test; we track that with electronic identification (EID) tags.

We have ID-driven field notes that correlate to an EID tag. The computer has the EID system, and we have a hard filing system in the office that houses the same information. Our veterinarian sends trich, BSE and other information in spreadsheet format.

Q. What filing system hasn’t worked for your operation?

Bieber: Because of our size, trying to chase a bunch of papers is impossible. We needed to move to a quick-search electronic system. We still file all health papers, but we don’t look at them very often.

Lasater: I’m trying CattleMax software this year, but I can’t let go of the spreadsheets because there’s more information on them than I get out of CattleMax at this stage. I’m using this new program to build a historical record of individual animals’ sale dates and their veterinary records. It does a good job of listing bulls the females were bred to five years ago, when they were sold three years ago or who their calf was in 2013. It’s a true database function. I’m trying to digitize all that with modest success.

Perry: We try to send paperwork from the office to the chute. We rely on the field staff maintaining records there. The form doesn’t matter, as long as data arrives at the office. Information can be on a cardboard box, a flap from an eartag bag or on the legs of my crew members’ coveralls.

Q. What is your worst paper trail nightmare?

Bieber: In the beginning, we had to weigh a couple of sets of cattle twice because we didn’t know or understand how to properly save information. That’s not a problem anymore. At the time, we should have kept more of a paper trail until we became comfortable saving data.

Lasater: We sell semen and embryos internationally. They are collected on different levels, like domestic, the EU or Australia certifications, or the CSF (cooled, sex-sorted, frozen thawed), which producers in other countries use. The inventory is hard to keep up with because it adds a bull as semen is collected or an embryo that qualifies at different levels depending on the test I’m investing in. Then, I sell 10, 15 or 20 at a time. I had four manila folders just to manage semen and embryo inventory and collection. Sapi LLC created a custom online software solution for my semen and embryo management. It organizes data all in one place and is an efficient solution for my record-keeping nightmare.

Perry: There are cases when papers are thrown on the pickup dash or the Gator and don’t make it back to the office. My crew will tell you I’m the worst recordkeeper. My right-hand man asks for my papers before I leave. Our vet keeps separate records we can request if needed.

Q. What advice do you have for other seedstock producers?

Bieber: Don’t get behind. If you get a mountain of information you don’t file, enter or scan, it takes forever to catch up. Make sure you have a good electronic backup off-site. We backup nightly and then backup totally every Sunday night. We remove the tape to an off-site location so if there were ever a fire or catastrophe, we’d still have records. I’m not sure a breeder with 100 or fewer cattle should invest in software. Be on the leading edge, not the bleeding edge.

Lasater: Organization is a struggle for everybody, but it’s partly a matter of scale. If you’ve got 20 cows, you have 20 certificates in a folder and notes on their yearly performance. It’s simple to keep track. If you have 200 or more, it’s more complicated, but software and apps are getting easier to use. As you have more domestic and complicated international sales, it takes additional recordkeeping.

Perry: Filing data is imperative. At the end of the day, without records and data, all we have are commercial cattle. If we don’t do our jobs keeping those records and data, there’s no way we can ever realize all the benefits of purebred cattle and see a benefit in price when we sell them. As we go forward, records are going to be more important than they’ve ever been. If you’re not willing to go to the trouble to take the extra step to organize data, then you won’t survive in the purebred business.

 

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Performance Article Series: Purpose of the Seedstock Industry

 

By Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement & Western Field Representative

Last month I wrote about breeding with a purpose, and I think that in order to breed with a purpose it is vital to understand the purpose of the Seedstock or Purebred industry. While it is nice to sell bulls for $20,000 and females for $10,000, the purpose of the Seedstock industry is not that, it is to produce cattle that will help the commercial producer become more profitable in what they do. Whether it is a small producer that just sells calves by the pound at the local auction barn or a large producer that sells pot loads of steers or even retains ownership of the cattle. Seedstock producers need to know their target audience and produce a product that will help the bottom line of their commercial customers.

A Seedstock producer needs to be in touch with the commercial industry while also keeping up with the latest technology that will help them advance their cattle for future generations. Most commercial operations get paid for pounds of product, either as a live calf or as a carcass. Seedstock producers need to realize this and make sure that the cattle they offer to commercial producers helps increase weight gain and efficiency. EPDs are a great way to do this and should be considered when making breeding decisions. There are also feed tests that Seedstock producers can take part in that can help prove efficiency and help with future breeding decisions. Commercial producers that take the product all the way to the rail can make or lose money based on carcass quality grade and/or yield grade. Ultrasound technology for scanning carcasses on live animals is a great way to estimate how an animal will perform and again goes into the EPDs that can be used for breeding decisions. It is very important to use the technology available as a Seedstock producer because that same technology is being used by commercial producers.

There are also commercial producers that are in the market of making commercial replacement females. These commercial producers focus on using the best genetics available to them to make cows that will go out and generate profit for other commercial producers. The Seedstock producer can help with this by making bulls and females that are fertile, sound and functional, while not sacrificing a large amount of weight or carcass traits. Beefmaster cross females are highly sought after because they are able to go out work and make great calves for commercial producers. This is an area that Beefmaster breeders should try to capitalize on and continue improving on. A good cow is the foundation for great calves that generate a profit.

As Seedstock producers it is crucial to pay attention to the commercial cattleman and his needs, if the cattle that are being produced do not meet the needs of the commercial man then why are they being produced. It is also important to stay on the edge of technology so that the Seedstock cattle being produced not only meet the goals of the commercial industry but will also help advance it into the future. Part of the Seedstock industry is also the elite of the purebreds going back to Seedstock producers, however that is a small part. The overall purpose and focus should be to produce cattle that work for the commercial producer. The flow chart illustrates how the cattle industry works and it is very important to keep in mind when making breeding decisions. Next month’s article will focus on the purpose of the various technologies we use.

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