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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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2018 Convention Fundraiser

 

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and these signs would be a great gift for a good cause.

As many of you know the 2018 BBU convention will be in Franklin, Tenn., on October 25 – 27, 2018 and hosted by the Southeastern Beefmaster Breeders Association (SEBBA).

Part of having a successful convention is fundraising, so SEBBA will be selling these BEEFMASTER signs that are made of steel. One is the natural color that you can paint your favorite color. The others are red and turquoise. The cost is $500 each which includes shipping and the donation is tax deductible. SEBBA will mail you a receipt for your purchase.

To place your order or to ask questions please contact Amber Earl Leatherwood at 615-293-7491 or AmberE@williamson-tn.org.

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Attention Go International Team (GIT) Members

It’s time to reserve your ad space in the 2018 International Semen Directory. The semen directory is a publication produced by Beefmaster Breeders United and dedicated to serving international cattlemen. This internationally driven directory will feature A.I. sires that have semen for sale and marketed specifically to foreign and international cattlemen. The directory was founded to assist the Beefmaster cattle industry with effective advertising to the international cattle market. The footnotes will be printed in English and Spanish. THIS ADVERTISEMENT OPPORTUNITY IS EXCLUSIVE TO GIT MEMBERS.

Single copy distribution & digital distribution
Frequency: Once per year – Spring
Distribution: International Events and Trade Shows
Print Date: February 15th (January 15 Space Deadline)
Audience: Foreign/International Cattlemen
Format: Full-Color 5.5 X 8.5 Magazine
 

Full page (one bull per page): $500
Business Card: $125
Directory Listing: FREE for ALL GIT members
 

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Collier Farms Sale Report

 

Collier Farms Performance Beefmaster Bull Sale

Brenham, Texas – Washington County Fairgrounds

November 18, 2017

  • 103 top-quality Beefmaster bulls sold for an average of $9,274 each.
  • Bulls sold from $4,500 to $29,000 giving buyers at every level a shot at owning these premium genetics.
  • Of the bulls, 35 went to registered programs and 68 went to commercial operations.
  • 8 bulls sold from $20,000 to $29,000. 9 bulls sold from $15,000 to $20,000.
  • 5 bulls sold from $10,000 to $15,000. 39 bulls sold for $7,000 to $10,000. 41 bulls sold for $4,500 to $7,000.
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Record Your Mature Cow Weights

 

> Mature Cow Weight Spreadsheet <

We are currently asking members to record and submit their mature cow weights to BBU, in order to help in the formulation of a new EPD. Mature cow weights are tied to cow efficiency and will help us to prove that we are THE maternal breed. A mature cow weight can be tied into the $M index and make the maternal index an even better tool in the selection of replacement females.

These weights are simple to collect, as they will be collected when calves are weaned. When weaning calves, run the cows belonging to the weaned calves, across the scale and collect a weight and a Body Condition Score (BCS). Body condition scores are recorded on a 1-9 scale with 1 being emaciated and 9 being severely obese. You can refer to the diagram below for a visual representation of BCS.

The cow’s identification number and BBU breeding certificate number are needed, as well as the weight, BCS and the recorded date. Records that do not tie in with a weaning record will not be recorded. We ask that you record these data points on the spreadsheet linked here and return the completed spreadsheet to the BBU office via lbauer@beefmasters.org.

For more information contact Collin Osbourn or Lance Bauer at 210-732-3132.

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Panama Reverse Trade Mission

 

A recent Beefmaster Panama reverse trade mission was hosted in Missouri and by all accounts, exceeded expectations. Last week nine Panamanian guests visited several Beefmaster ranches throughout Missouri. This trip was coordinated by Andrea Powell and Kayla Otto with the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the BBU International Committee. The nine Panama guests were Jaime Cano, Ney Pimentel, Cristobal Coronel, Eduardo Chiu, Armando Chiu, Feliciano Gonzalez, Diccon Curry, Roderick Alexander Gonzalez Murray and Blanca Gomez.

Thank you to our Beefmaster breeders who graciously hosted the guests at their ranches: Wallen Prairie Ranch (Paul & Rhonda Wallen) of Lockwood, Mo., St. Clair Beefmasters (Craig & Karen Johnson) of El Dorado Springs, Mo., Cedar Springs Beefmaster (Dr. Roger and Cindy Holden) of Conway, Mo., and Jerry Glor Beefmasters of Halfway, Mo.

Through this reverse trade mission it is the hope of the international committee to encourage trade between the United States and Panama and to sell Beefmaster genetics to the cattlemen and women of Panama. The tentative and preliminary trade numbers are in from this reverse trade mission and the international committee believes these numbers are going to be enhanced even further, as more transactions are currently being discussed.

At least 18 animals, 600+ straws of semen and 10 embryos are going back to Panama with an estimated cost of over $60,000. This will be a big boost to BBU’s relationship with MDA and, hopefully, set the stage for more joint missions.

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B.E.E.F. Giving in 2017

 

Invest in supporting the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) before January 1, 2018 & save money!

As you may know, at Beefmaster Breeders United’s (BBU) recent annual convention in Galveston, Texas, our breed’s Foundation (B.E.E.F.), in cooperation with BBU launched the “Foundation for the Future” endowment campaign. This is one of the most important initiatives the Beefmaster Breed has ever undertaken.  By establishing a permanent financial base for our Foundation it will enhance our breed’s ability to secure verifiable scientific data on the benefits of the Beefmaster breed, enable the industry to disseminate this information both among BBU members and to the public, and continue to grow the breed.

Your investment, your donation before year’s end, will greatly help us reach our goal!

SAVING  &  INVESTING, WHILE  GIVING IN  2017

The end of the year can be a good time to review important financial matters, including charitable gift donations to your breed’s Foundation.  For many BBU members this will be especially true in 2017.  The past year has seen changes in tax laws and other factors that can influence when and how we make our charitable gifts.  Careful planning today can help you balance your personal and philanthropic goals for the remainder of this year and beyond.

Act Now for Tax Savings

Now is an opportune time to examine the amount and timing of your investment donations to B.E.E.F., in order to maximize your tax savings for 2017. Your charitable deductions are one of the few tax-savings opportunities that are totally within your control. Recently enacted tax law changes have reduced tax rates for most Americans.  By carefully planning your charitable gifts — like those to B.E.E.F. — and completing them by December 31st, you may find you can further reduce the amount of tax you will owe on April 15th 2018.

What Can You Give?

*Cash. 100% of your donations to B.E.E.F., are tax deductible. If you itemize your tax deductions, gifts of cash can serve to eliminate tax on up to 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI).

*Appreciated Property. Giving securities (individual stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds) and certain other types of property that have increased in value can bring extra tax savings — and provide multiple tax benefits_ Not only are they generally deductible from income tax at fair market value if owner longer than one year — giving this way also enable you to bypass capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if the donated assets were sold.  Gifts of such assets are deductible in amounts up to 30% of AGI.  You may also benefit from deducting losses should the security decline in value in the future.

*Depreciated Property. If you own an investment that has decreased in value since you have owned it — consider selling it and making a charitable gift of all or a portion of the cash proceeds to B.E.E.F.  In addition to an income tax deduction for the cash contribution — this creates a loss you may be able to deduct from other taxable income.  The combined amount of the deductible loss and the charitable donation to B.E.E.F., could actually total more than the current value of the investment.

Over the next month, before Dec. 31st, why not plan on saving on taxes this year while investing in the future of our breed — make a 100% tax deductible donation to the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) and help make YOUR BREED’S FOUNDATION A FINANCIALLY SECURE AND PERMANENT REALITY … it’s your investment in your future!

We invite you to contact B.E.E.F., and see how you can save & invest while giving in 2017.

THE BEEFMASTER EDUCATIONAL ENDOWMENT C/O

“The Foundation for the Future Campaign”

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

 

Gerald Galbraith

Campaign Special Gifts Coordinator

1802 Elmwood

Abilene, TX  79605

[P] 325-692-7540 * [F] 325-676-1808

[e-mail] gerald.galbraith@wfadvisors.com

 

***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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Beefmaster Breeders United is now accepting internship applications

 

BOERNE, TexasBeefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is now accepting applications for the summer communications internship. The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) is pleased to partner with BBU to offer the 2018 LPC Summer Internship. One student communicator will receive $4,500 and the chance to work for a leading cattle breed organization.

The selected intern will assist with projects in the communications department, production of The Beefmaster Pay Weight and assist in association event management.

The internship will provide experience in writing, design, social media, videography, photography, editing, proofing, communicating with clients and managing projects.

College juniors or seniors are encouraged to apply and membership in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) is preferred but not mandatory. Writing and editing skills are highly recommended, along with knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, InDesign, Photoshop and AP (Associated Press) style.

The internship will span from approximately mid-May to mid-August, with specific start and end dates depending on the applicant’s availability. Applications are due Dec. 1.

Communications internship applicants can send a resume, references, pertinent work samples and a statement of interest in agricultural communications to Jeralyn Novak, BBU Communications Coordinator, jnovak@beefmasters.org. For more information, contact Novak at 210-732-3132.

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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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Apply for a Beefmaster Summer Internship

 

Apply for one of the most sought-after experiences in agricultural communications.

The Livestock Publications Council is pleased to partner with Beefmaster Breeders United to offer the 2018 LPC Summer Internship. One student communicator will receive $4,500 and the chance to work for a leading cattle breed organization.

Gain Experience In:
Editorial writing • Design • TV script writing • Videography • Social media • Event management

Requirements:
• Resume
• References
• Pertinent work samples
• Statement of interest in agricultural communications

Submit materials or questions to Jeralyn Novak, Beefmaster Breeders United, jnovak@beefmasters.org. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017

College juniors or seniors are encouraged to apply.

Membership in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) is preferred but not mandatory.

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