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JBBA Updates and Reminders

1)      JBBA Board of Officers and Directors will be hosting a hospitality room in the meeting room of Barn 4 during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo on Friday, January 23, 2015 immediately following the Junior Heifer paper check in.

2)      E6 heifers will be allowed to show at the 2015 JBBA National Show and Convention. E6 Heifers and Advancer Heifers will show together and follow all JBBA heifer show and national show rules.

3)      Performance class will be added for both the heifer show and bull show at the 2015 JBBA National Show and Convention. Cattle will be carcass ultra-sounded during the 2015 convention for the performance class. Members will also be allowed to scan any animal that wish to have scanned during nationals. Proper age for animals to be scanned is between 320 and 550 days of age. Animals ultra-sounded less than 320 days and more than 550 days of age will not be included in the BBU database for EPD calculations.

4)      The Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) A.I. program is changing its format for the JBBA AI Program. In the past we have relied on donations of semen from breeders across the country for our junior members. This year breeders are allowed to nominate their top bulls to the JBBA A.I. program. Breeders will pay a nomination fee of $150 and fill out a form and return both back to the JBBA office by January 15, 2015. The JBBA office will then put a list of bulls that have been nominated with breeders contact information, pedigree and performance information together.  JBBA members will be allowed to purchase semen on these bulls for $15 per straw from March 1, 2015 through May 1, 205. If you have any questions on how the new JBBA A.I. program will work please feel free to contact Allison Wells at or at 979-251-0325.

5)      Anyone planning on attending the 2015 JBBA National Show and Convention in Bryan/College Station are encouraged to book your rooms early due to other events being held in Bryan/College Station the same week. JBBA room blocks are being held at: Best Western Premier at Old Town Center (979) 731-5300 and Courtyard Marriott (979) 695-8111.

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New Year, New Heights

By Matt Woolfolk, Field Representative & Commercial Marketing Director

To say 2014 has gone by quickly is an understatement!  With less than two weeks until 2015, it’s a time that many will use to reflect on the past 12 months, while preparing for the upcoming year.  Personally, this past year has been one full of transition.  The big transition from a graduate student to a working professional was tough at times, but the most difficult transition for me was trading my Tennessee driver’s license for a Texas edition!  All kidding aside,  I’m ready to see what 2015 brings starting with Live Oak, then the stock show season, then spring sales will kick off.  What a fun and busy time it will be!

The past year has been a year of transition for the cattle industry, as well as our breed.  A surging cattle market held steady through the fall sale season.  Lucky for us, the Beefmaster bull demand is at an all-time high.  The commercial cowman is excited about our product, and we are sitting on the edge of a great time for Beefmaster genetics in the commercial sector.  As the highest priced range bull breed on the market in 2014, we can look back and be proud of the work done to get to this point.  The ground work for becoming a lead player in bull market has been laid, but 2015 is the time to improve our product and maintain our position.  Collecting and providing more relevant performance data to commercial bull customers is a great way to increase the value of your bulls, while also providing you with information which can be used to influence and improve your breeding program.

As we head into 2015, I’d like to encourage everyone out there to set new goals for your operation, aiming higher than ever before.  Make it a priority to surpass your 2014 productivity.  Register more calves, begin collecting more performance data, invest last year’s profits in a better herd bull or AI, or make that facility improvement that will increase your operation’s efficiency.  Make an effort to improve not just as a cattleman, but also as a member of BBU.  Travel to a sale you may have never attended, support our juniors at the nearest JBBA show, or become involved in a committee when the opportunity presents itself.  If every member becomes just a little more involved, the results would be outstanding!

I hope that all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  If there’s anything that I can do for you and your Beefmaster operation, please do not hesitate to give me a call.  I look forward to working with you during the coming year.  See you at Live Oak!

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Guest Blog: NCBA-PAC Auction

By: Anna Lee, NCBA-PAC

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Political Action Committee (NCBA-PAC) will once again be holding our annual Silent Auction in conjunction with NCBA’s 2015 Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, the week of February 4-7th.  The NCBA-PAC Silent Auction has always been a major source of revenue for our PAC.  We need your help to make our auction a successful one!

Last year’s convention was attended by over 9,000 people.  Donating an item(s) to the auction not only gives you the opportunity to showcase your state, your participation will help raise the necessary funds that will enable NCBA-PAC to reach its goal of becoming a 1.25 Million Dollar PAC.  In these volatile times, it is of the utmost importance that we continue to raise the level playing field in the political arena for the cattle industry. The money raised from our annual auction will be strategically used to support those who support the interests of the cattle industry.  Investing is a strong PAC will enable us to have a powerful impact with the policymakers who ultimately make the decisions that affect our future.

Please return the attached 2015 PAC Item Donation Form For Silent Live Auction form by Monday, January 5, 2015 to ensure your item(s) are showcased in our online Auction Catalog hosted by Lowderman Auctions prior to the convention. Bidding will begin in mid-January with a continuation at the convention.  We are very excited with our new approach to increase the level participation in our convention activities this will enable NCBA-PAC to raise the revenue needed to increase our level playing field in Washington, DC. This will allow those who are unable to attend the convention to participate in the auction.  Please include a detailed description of the item(s) you are donating, with a video if possible, and your organization’s logo.   If you are planning on shipping you item(s) prior to the convention we are ask that you ship them directly to the address below:


C/O Anna Lee

1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 300

Washington, DC 20004

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me in the Washington office at (202) 879-9129 or  I look forward to working with all of you in the upcoming months to ensure the success of our event!

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Utilizing AI: The Perfect Gift for Your Cow Herd

By: Matt Woolfolk, Field Representative & Commercial Marketing Director

Ready or not, the Christmas season is here!  I hope that each of you get to take the time to enjoy your favorite traditions, whether it’s decorating your homes, singing Christmas carols, or just enjoying the time with your family and friends.

Personally, I enjoy watching a good Christmas movie.  My all-time favorite is without a doubt National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, starring funnyman Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold.  In a film full of one-liners, my personal favorite comes from the character known as “Cousin Eddie”.  After Clark receives his Christmas bonus from his company, he’s disappointed to learn that the year’s bonus is a one-year subscription to the “Jelly of the Month” club.  Without missing a beat, Cousin Eddie looks Clark in the eye and proudly exclaims, “Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year!”

As Beefmaster breeders, there’s a gift under the tree that keeps on giving the whole year, waiting to be opened: artificial insemination (AI).  The perfect gift for cow herds from 1 to 1,000, bringing AI into the herd allows for increased genetic diversity and greater options when planning next year’s matings.  First and foremost, AI gives you as a breeder access to some of the breed’s greatest bulls whose genetics could not otherwise be brought into your herd.  You may not have been able to afford those high-selling bulls you fell in love with at the sales last fall.  But through AI, you can bring their genetics into your herd for a fraction of his purchase price!  Using AI also gives you access to trait leading sires with proven performance and progeny records, providing predictability and quality you might not find in your young herd bull.

Utilizing AI as part of an estrus synchronization protocol (also known as a timed AI program) leads to a shorter calving season, as well as a more uniform calf crop when it comes time to market.  Having a set of calves of approximately the same age and size is especially enticing for feeder calf and commercial bull customers, adding value to your cattle and money to your pocket.  Additionally, a tighter calving window from using AI streamlines herd management, thus saving time, labor, and costs for you as a producer.  Instead of bringing several small groups of calves to the pens for processing every month, herd work becomes a one-time affair with a uniform set of AI-sired calves.

If improving the quality of your calf crop is at the top of your wish list this season, AI is the tool you need to make it happen.  Availability of superior genetics and use of a timed AI program can help you produce a better, more uniform, and more marketable calf crop.  The added value that using AI brings to your operation truly is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.

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Live Oak BBA Bull & Heifer Gain Tests

Dear LOBBA Member:

In preparation for upcoming gain test opportunities I have met with the folks at Tom Brothers Ranch and your Board has approved three different calf development options. There is limited space for each option so we need to get a response from our members on your level of commitment to each option.

Option 1: As last year we will be starting our 2014 spring born Bull Development Gain Test for Bulls weaned this fall on February 1, 2015. These calves should be delivered in mid January. We have reserved 2 pens and can accommodate about 80 bulls. As we did last year we will attempt to make it possible to keep the top end of these Bulls all the way through to the 2016 Bull Sale with special recognition at that sale for all Bulls completing the test.

Option 2: A special heifer development program is being offered for 2014 spring born heifers that are being weaned this fall. This test will also begin on February 1, 2015 and will run for 112 days and will include Sonogram and performance  data. We only have one pen available and can accommodate 40 to 50 heifers.

Option 3: This is a real experiment, and if you read Bill Pendergrass’s article in the October Cowman about the lack of commercial bull sales in the spring of the year you will understand where we are going. We would like to round up about 40 Bulls born in the Fall of 2013 to go on a gain test beginning in early December. This test would end in March and the top end of these Bulls would be sold in a special offering after our Derby Sale May 2, 2015 at the Carr Sale Facility.  These Bulls would be sold at 18 to 20 months of age with complete Sonogram and performance  data. They would get their BSE at the Tom Brothers Ranch and be fitted and delivered to the Carr facility for the Sale.

Please, your prompt response to any or all of these options will help us plan and assure you of a place in these programs as space is limited at the Tom Brothers Facility. You may call Bob Siddons at 512-217-3400 or Anthony Mihalski at 210-415-0888 with any questions or to reserve space in these programs.

Thank you for your consideration,

Bob Siddons

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Central States BBA Performance Bull Test & Sale

Dear Beefmaster Breeders:

The Central States Beefmaster Breeders Association would like to invite you to consign your 2014 spring born bull calves to the inaugural CSBBA Beefmaster Performance Bull Test and Sale.  Our goal is to place 200+ bulls on test and sell 150+ bulls on sale day.

The 300 day test will begin on January 3, 2015 at Rose Bud Feeders, LLC. located in Rose Bud, AR. The sale will be held on Friday November 6, 2015 at the Cleburne County Livestock Auction located in Heber Springs, AR. The Cleburne County Livestock Auction has a great facility and will be very user friendly for the sale activities and auction. We invite all breeders to be part of the CSBBA sponsored sale.

As Beefmaster breeders and consignors, we encourage you to raise the bar and consign your best genetics. We are looking for performance pedigreed cattle with good EPD’s and exceptional quality. This sale will offer a variety of Beefmaster genetics including blacks, reds, Purebreds and Advancers.

Remember this is an opportunity to promote your breeding program and to promote Beefmaster cattle. So offer your best to make the sale a big success! We are looking forward in seeing each of you in Arkansas. The enthusiasm and interest in Beefmaster bulls is stronger than ever, so again we encourage being a part of the CSBBA Beefmaster Performance Bull Test and Sale, support your association by consigning.

If you have questions as to whether your bull calves qualify for the test and sale contact Justin Rhodes at 785-969-7619.

Please complete the attached Bull Sale Field Sheet and Bull Sale Entry Form. All animals must have registration papers prior to delivery to Rose Bud Feeders. If you have any questions, please call CSBBA President Davin Vaughn at 417-793-1830. Again, please consign your best to make the CSBBA Beefmaster Performance Bull Test and Sale a positive and successful event.


Davin Vaughn, President

Central States Beefmaster Breeders Association

Bull Test & Sale Specifics

*Receiving Date:  January 3, 2015

*Receiving Location: Rose Bud Feeders

Contact: Keith Cagle for directions 501-940-0299

*Sale Date: November 6, 2015

*Sale Location: Cleburne County Livestock, Heber Springs, AR


Bulls entered into test must sale if they qualify (no test only option)

  • Purebreds and Advancers
  • DOB-group 1: January 1-March 31, 2014;  group 2 April 1-June 30, 2014
  • Sheath score- no greater than 3+
  • Horn status- Polled, Scurred, Dehorned (must be healed prior to arrival)
  • Color- Solid colors preferred, no paints See guideline (Sale Management to have final say)
  • Registered with BBU as purebred or advancer
  • BW or Calving Ease must be on file with BBU
  • WW and 205 must be on file with BBU

*Vaccination Schedule

  • 2 rounds (live or killed)
  • IBR, BVD (types 1 and 2), PI3, BRSV, Clostridials, Pasturella, Clostridium chauvoei, Cl. Septicum, Cl. Novyi, Cl. Sordellii, Cl. Perfingens types C and D, and H. Somnus.

*Weaned 30 to 45 days prior to receiving


  • Fed twice a day
  • Ryegrass/Oat Silage + corn + soy hull + DDG + Gluten + Purina Vitamin pack
  • Warm up 10 to 14 days
  • Push 100 to 120 days
  • Collect YW, carcass data and BSE at end of push
  • Sale ready starting 60 days prior to sale date.

*Test Costs

  • $125/bull deposit (to be applied toward test costs)
  • $0.09/lb for silage (variable to be determined by market prices)
  • $1.00/day yardage
  • $15.00/animal for scan data
  • Miscellaneous day labor and veterinarian expenses if so needed.
  • Estimated total Test Costs per animal of $950.00
  • Invoiced monthly for feed and Misc costs
  • Total feed fed to group divided by # bulls on test equals feed costs/bull/month

*Sale Management

  • American Marketing Services, LLC
  • Mark Cowan-Sales Manager 903-495-4522

*Sales Consultants

  • Keith Cagle 501-940-0299
  • Justin Rhodes 785-969-7619
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Beefmasters, Blues and BBQ on Beale Street

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 4, 2014) – The 54th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention wrapped up on Sat., Nov. 1, 2014, with the annual awards banquet and open Beefmaster show. The annual convention “Beefmasters, Blues and BBQ on Beale Street” was hosted in Memphis, Tenn., from October 30 – November 1, 2014. The convention kicked off with BBU hosting a Farm to City Day, in coordination with the Tennessee Farm Bureau, Tennessee Beef Industry Council and the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA). The farm to city day welcomed over one-hundred students from a Memphis public school and the students were taught about agriculture through interactive “ag in the classroom” stations. This event was created to give back to the convention host city.

During the general membership meeting BBU members elected new Board of Director members and officers. The BBU president is Loran “Mackie” Bounds of Axtell, Texas and Steve Carpenter, Tecumseh, Okla., was elected BBU vice-president. The following individuals were elected to the BBU Board of Directors with a three year term: Chris Kauffman of Searcy, Ark., Tony Psencik of San Antonio, Texas, Sue Pierson of Vacaville, Calif., and JC Thompson of Bedias, Texas. Lastly, the general membership approved the proposed language change pertaining to the position of Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer located in section three of the BBU By-Laws.

Beefmaster breeders from throughout the United States attended this year’s convention. Attendees enjoyed seminars and fellowship with other cattlemen and women in the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. This year’s convention participants learned about new genomic technologies in the seedstock sector during the Zoetis Cattlemen’s Marketplace, as well as learned about emerging selection technologies from Dr. Matt Spangler, Associate Professor / Beef Genetics Extension Specialist at the University of Nebraska. Several more educational seminars sponsored by the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation were held during the convention and focused on marketing, crossbreeding and heterosis. Dr. Robert Wells of the Noble Foundation educated convention attendees on how to effectively use planned crossbreeding and heterosis.

In addition to seminars, luncheons and galas the convention attendees interacted with JBBA members that presented award winning speeches and exhibited award winning cattle. The convention was concluded with the annual awards banquet where top honors were announced. Neal C. Hiatt of Salisbury, N.C., was selected as new member of the year. T5 Beefmasters, owned by JC and Teri Thompson, of Bedias, Texas, was selected as Beefmaster breeder of the year. Dave Loftin of Nixa, Mo., was announced as member of the year and environmental member of the year was awarded to Farm and Ranch Beefmasters, owned by Kito and Leti Saenz of San Isidro, Texas. Performance breeder of the year was awarded to Skelton Farms, owned by James and Mary Ann Skelton, of Springdale, Ark. A new award category was created to recognize commercial cattle producers that utilize Beefmaster genetics and the commercial producer of the year was awarded to Wes and Tracy Carlton of Fort Pierce, Fla. The BBU commercial producer will compete at the national level at the 2015 annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) convention in Biloxi, Miss.

On behalf of the BBU staff, officers, board members and the convention committee, thank you to all our generous sponsors, trade show partners, auction participants and knife buyers. Join BBU at their 55th Annual Convention held in Galveston, Texas on October 29 – 31, 2015.

For more information about Beefmaster Breeders United and its convention please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit 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 Feature to Re-Air on RFD-TV’s The American Rancher

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 3, 2014) – On September 15, 2014 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) and RFD-TV’s The American Rancher premiered an episode featuring the Beefmaster cattle breed and it received positive feedback by Beefmaster breeders, RFD-TV viewers and the general public. Due to the huge success of the episode’s premiere, the two groups have decided to re-air the episode once again on Mon., November 17, 2014 at 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST). The Beefmaster feature will also be broadcasted on the Wed., November 19 episode of The American Rancher at 12 a.m. CST and on Sun., November 23 at 11 a.m. CST. BBU invites the public, cattle industry professionals, all BBU members, Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members and potential Beefmaster breeders to learn more about the Beefmaster breed and how the breed is positively influencing the beef cattle industry. The episode is also available for viewing 24 hours a day online at the BBU website, BBU’s Facebook page and BBU’s YouTube channel.

“We had a great response from our breeders who expressed that the episode did a wonderful job portraying the breed and educating the public about high performing Beefmasters,” said BBU Executive Vice President Bill Pendergrass. “We are excited that the episode will be re-aired and more cattle producers will be introduced to this outstanding breed.”

The Beefmaster episode on The American Rancher will explore the history of the breed and take an in-depth look at the Six Essentials – weight, conformation, milk production, fertility, hardiness and disposition; that the Beefmaster breed was founded on over 60 years ago by Tom Lasater. The episode will feature purebred and commercial cattlemen as they discuss how the Beefmaster breed’s hybrid vigor and maternal heterosis produces superior crossbred females. The show will also examine the importance of the Beefmaster breed to the cattle industry as a whole and how Beefmaster bulls are the best of both worlds through producing extremely fertile, functional and docile females to rebuild America’s cowherds, as well as producing profitable feeder calves that deliver results in the current market place. Tune into the re-airing of this outstanding episode to learn from true blue cattlemen and how their ranches embrace the Beefmaster breed.

“The show had an outstanding response. The Beefmaster office received several calls inquiring about crossbreeding with Beefmasters the day after the show premiered and our website also experienced increased traffic,” said Pendergrass “We hope to receive even more inquiries after the November episodes.”

This Beefmaster feature was made possible by these outstanding sponsors: Bounds Swinging B Ranch, Collier Farms, Emmons Ranch, Isa Beefmasters, Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association, Lyssy Beefmasters and South Texas Beefmaster Breeders Association. These sponsors are featured on the episode and can be contacted for Beefmaster genetics.

The American Rancher is in its tenth year of broadcasting on RFD-TV. The series began in the fall of 2004 and brings audiences in touch with the people and places that make ranching an American lifestyle. Show episodes premiere each Monday night at 8:00 p.m. CST on RFD-TV and re-air again on Sundays at 11 a.m. CST. Contact your local cable or satellite provider for RFD-TV channel information.

For more information about Beefmaster Breeders United please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit 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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Introducing The Beefmaster Banner

The Beefmaster breed has emerged as one of the most popular choices for youth livestock projects. FFA and 4-H students from across the country have recognized the value of Beefmaster show calves.  In Texas and Mississippi the Beefmaster junior shows are consistently the largest or second largest breed exhibited. In Texas alone, over $1.2 million of Beefmaster show heifers will be sold in 2015.

Beefmaster docility, performance, structural correctness and eye appeal makes the breed ideal for 4-H and FFA project animals. Furthermore, the benefits of Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) membership add value to the FFA and 4-H youth when one considers the scholarship, educational, leadership and fellowship opportunities. Simply put, the purchase of a Beefmaster show calf opens the door to a multitude of opportunities for a junior livestock exhibitor.

With this in mind, Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is unveiling The Beefmaster Banner. This publication is designed to reach FFA and 4-H students at the grassroots level to promote Beefmasters in the FFA classroom and county 4-H extension office. Additionally, The Beefmaster Banner will be handed out at the major livestock shows and beef industry trade shows that BBU participates in. The Beefmaster Banner will contain articles the junior exhibitor will find useful on topics such as selection, nutrition and management. JBBA will be promoted to help draw new members, while promoting JBBA activities, participation in leadership roles and scholarship opportunities.

The Beefmaster Banner will feature articles about how Beefmaster genetics add profitability to the commercial cattlemen with a strong emphasis on maternal heterosis and planned crossbreeding programs. The targeted marketing approach that The Beefmaster Banner brings will allow BBU to be more effective in promoting Beefmasters at the largest, most important level: the grassroots.

BBU staff will be selling advertising space for The Beefmaster Banner. This is the only publication that specifically reaches into the classroom and county extension offices for the promotion of the Beefmaster breed. Every FFA Chapter in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi will receive a copy of The Beefmaster Banner. Every county extension office in the Southeastern United States will receive a copy. Needless to say, The Beefmaster Banner will be the most direct and cost effective advertising method to promote your Beefmaster program.

The advertising deadline is December 1, 2014, so be sure to secure your space today. Please call BBU Field Representative Matt Woolfolk at (210) 464-0923 or BBU Junior Program Coordinator Allison Wells at (979) 251-0325 to secure your space today.

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Just Getting Warmed Up

By: Matt Woolfolk

Fall sale fever has spread across Beefmaster territory!  Starting with the Southeastern Beefmaster Breeders Association (SEBBA) sale in Tunica, Miss., through this past weekend at Beef on Forage in Brenham, Texas, Beefmaster breeders have seen excellent prices and a strong demand for their genetics.  I have no doubt that this momentum will carry into Memphis and the President’s Council Sale to be held Nov. 1, 2014 .  After seeing many of the consignments headed to Beale Street, I think you will be impressed with the offering!

While times are good throughout the cattle industry, I think this is only the beginning for the Beefmaster breed!  Now is the time to begin putting yourself in prime position for the future.  With feeder calf prices at record highs, it’s tempting to sell heifers at weaning.  However, I think now is the time to keep quality replacement heifers.  Producing the right kind of bull starts with a strong, high-quality cow herd built on young, strong replacements.  As sales have indicated, “the right kind of bull” is in high demand!  Bulls with complete performance records are the kind that attract the progressive commercial cattlemen.  Collecting data from birth through sale day is very important.  Measuring weights, gains on test, ultrasound data and scrotal circumference, while paying close attention to Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs), will go a long way in improving your bull market. Performance records and EPDs are the tools to utilize for making breeding decisions to continually build and improve a cow herd.

As I continue to travel the country this fall, please give me a call at 210-464-0923 to schedule a ranch visit.  I’m looking forward to seeing you all in Memphis for what will be a great convention and I would be glad to visit with you about what I can do to help your operation.

Upcoming sales I will be traveling to include:

10/28- 11/1  – BBU Convention and President’s Council Sale, Memphis, Tenn.

11/6-11/8  -  Louisiana BBA Cowboy Classic Sale, Lake Charles, La.

If you’re unable to attend and would like for someone to evaluate sale lots for you, do not hesitate to give me a call.

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