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Stephen F. Austin State University Department of Agriculture Heifer Development Program

About the program:

Stephen F. Austin State University is preparing for its Heifer Development Program. The program is designed to assist producers in selecting and managing for replacement heifers. It offers producers relief from providing additional facilities, labor, and feed to retain young heifers. The program is designed for heifers ranging in weight from 400-700 lbs. Heifers are entered into the program in mid-October and fed through May. Producers are issued a monthly report on the performance of each heifer in the program with information including BW, ADG, REA, RF, and IMF. Additionally, heifers can be entered into the breeding program and be artificially inseminated at the conclusion of the feeding period. Heifers should gain 1-3 lbs per day in the program.

Requirements

1. Heifers must be weaned and bunk broke for a minimum of 2 weeks.
2. Ear tag identification is required indicating owner and calf number.
3. Heifers must be dehorned or tipped (no longer than 2 inches).
4. Vaccination for brucellosis is recommended.
5. Heifers must be dewormed and deloused a minimum of 30 days prior to entry.
6. Heifers must be free of active Pinkeye, ringworm and warts.
7. Any bull exposure must be disclosed before entry.
8. Vaccination for the following must be completed according to the manufacturer’s specifications a minimum of 2 weeks prior to entry.
  • IBR, PI3, BVD I / II, BRSV (MODIFIED LIVE WITH BOOSTER)
  • 7-way Clostridium
  • Haemophilus Somnus
  • Pasteurella H&M
  • Lepto and Vibrio
  • Moraxella bovis (Pinkeye)

9. Unsound heifers will be reported to the owners and will either be treated at the owner’s expense or removed from the program.

Program Timeline

The 2016-2017 program is accepting heifers for fall 2016. Heifer calves weighing between 400-700 lbs are eligible for the program. Acceptance into the program will be first come first serve, based on availability of space. Contact Dr. Erin Brown (936)468-6948 or Chris Koffskey (979)224-8178 for reservations.

  1. 1. Sign-up prior to October 1st
  2. 2. Drop off heifers on October 8th, 14th or 15th between 8 am and 5 pm with prior notification.
  3. 3. Feeding trial starts November 4th
  4. 4. Weights recorded monthly November- April
  5. 5. Ultrasound for carcass data (if desired by producer)
    1. 6. End Feeding trial end of April
    2. 7. A.I. program begins end of April
    3. 8. Synchronize and breed eligible heifers by timed A.I.
    4. 9. Ultrasound for conception mid- June
    5. 10. A.I. heifers go home mid to late June

Program Cost

Cost will be figured by entry weight starting at $2.00/day for a 400 lb heifer. An additional $0.15 will be charged for each cwt above 400 lbs. The cost will remain fixed for each individual heifer throughout the program. In other words, a heifer coming in at 600 lbs will be charged $2.30 per day until it leaves the program.

Example

Entry Wt Cost/day
400-499 lbs $2.00
500-599 lbs $2.15
600-699 lbs $2.30
700-799 lbs $2.45

Price is subject to fluctuation with market values of feed. Additional costs include medical treatment or veterinary care if deemed necessary by the SFASU staff. Unthrifty heifers will be brought to the attention of the owner before consideration for removal from the program. Billing is conducted on a monthly basis. All bills must be paid before cattle are allowed to leave the facility. For more information or to visit the facility contact:

Dr. Erin Brown (936)468-6948 or Chris Koffskey (979)224-8178

Stephen F. Austin State University, SFASU Beef Farm 442 CR 123, Nacogdoches, TX 75965

Click here to download program agreement form: SFA Heifer Development Program 2016

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A Moment with Matt: Go For The Win

By Matt Woolfolk

As we roll out of summer and into fall, it’s time to gear up for the season of sales. I’ve written about this before, but fall is also the exciting start of the college football season. As many of us live in SEC country, we understand the importance of kicking off the three months of battle on the gridiron. There’s nothing more fun than winning a friendly wager with a buddy who happens to be a fan of a rival opponent and nothing hurts worse than having to pay up when your alma mater doesn’t hold up their end of the bargain.

Most of you know by now that I’m the biggest Mississippi State fan in the Beefmaster business (followed closely in second by John Long of the Swinging B Ranch). I love my alma mater and will support them no matter the circumstances. The head coach of my Bulldogs, Dan Mullen, is arguably the best coach Mississippi State has ever had. Last fall, I wrote an article about how Coach Mullen took Mississippi State from bottom of the league to #1 in the country. However, he is by no means a perfect football coach.  He has a flaw that annoys me to no end as a State fan. When a “big game” pops up on the schedule my beloved Bulldogs play differently, and not in a good way.  Everything changes from a “play to win” mentality against the week 1 small schools to a “play it safe” style when the big time rivals come to play.  Everything on the field, from play calling to leadership, changes when Alabama, Texas A&M, or Ole Miss is the opponent. Simply put, Coach Mullen and the Bulldogs play like they are afraid to make a mistake instead of trying to make the plays to win.  And after seven years of this philosophy in Starkville, it’s clear that playing scared doesn’t work against the big boys.

We, as Beefmaster breeders, can learn from Coach Mullen. In the cattle business, a lot of us play it safe.  We do things the way we always have and we don’t really want to try something new. A big reason that we don’t want to try something new is the fear that it won’t work. Whether it’s football, cattle, or business nobody has the perfect game plan for success. Mistakes will be made on the way to victory.  However, those that are willing to branch out and push their limits are often the ones with the biggest reward at the end. You can settle for the field goal to tie the game or go for the winning touchdown.  You can use the same management program that has kept your herd in the same spot for years or you can try that new idea you’ve always wanted in an effort to move your program forward. It may not work, but you will never know if you never take the opportunity to try.

As you settle in on a Saturday night this fall to watch your favorite team on the field, take notice of the attitude of the teams that are winning the big games. The teams that are well-prepared by their coaches, execute their game plan and takes some smart, calculated risks are usually the ones doing the victory interview with ESPN. The coaches that have their teams uptight and playing afraid of making a mistake on the big stage? Well, that team is probably supported by a lot of disappointed fans.

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Beefmaster Juniors Compete in National Contests

SAN ANTONIO – One hundred and seventy two Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members and their families traveled to the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La., for the 32nd Annual JBBA Convention and National Show from July 17-23. This week-long event hosted Junior Beefmaster breeders from Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

“The contests in West Monroe were very successful and congratulations to all the exhibitors, we look forward to seeing you next year in Wichita Falls, Texas,” said Matt Woolfolk, Junior Program Coordinator. “Also a huge thank you to our numerous sponsors for supporting the future of the Beefmaster breed. This junior program is possible because of the support from businesses and families.”

During the convention JBBA members elected the following individuals to represent them as the 2016-2017 JBBA Board of Directors and Officers.
  • President: Seth Byers of Decatur, Texas
  • President-Elect: Cristian Samano of Decatur, Texas
  • Secretary: Raleigh Scherer of Brenham, Texas
  • Treasurer: Emily Martin of New Ulm, Texas
  • Reporter: Kane Ozment of Tecumseh, Okla.
  • District 1 Directors: Amelia Buckley of Collins, Miss., and Saige Tassin of Bush, La.
  • District 2 Directors:  Kylee Henderson of Checotah, Okla., and Kodi Stapp of Shawnee, Okla.
  • District 3 Directors: Haley Hartman of Porter, Texas and Nicholas Flanery of New Caney, Texas
  • District 4 Directors: Richard Longoria of Mission, Texas and Sierra Rhodes of Raymondville, Texas
  • District 5 Directors: Coby Pritchett of Combine, Texas and Amanda McCoskey of Simms, Texas

The annual event consisted of several competitions including public speaking, photography, power point presentation, livestock judging and herdsman quiz.

The winners of the public speaking contest are as follows:
  • Junior 1st place – Kayl Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Intermediate 1st place – Abigail Hooper, Joaquin, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Saige Tassin, Bush, La.
The winners of the photography contest are as follows:
  • Junior 1st place – Cade Horner, Paradise, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place – Jacqueline Rand, Lindale, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Jarrett Mackie, Lott, Texas
The winners of the power point presentation contest are as follows:
  • Junior 1st place – Creed Rand, Lindale, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place – Jacqueline Rand, Lindale, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Kyle Barnett, Decatur, Texas
The winners of the livestock judging contest are as follows:
  • Junior 1st place – Emme Dallmeyer, Ledbetter, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place – Gabby Eskew, Sealy, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Chelsea Ross, Hooks, Texas
The winners of the herdsman quiz contest are as follows:
  • Junior 1st place – Dusti Ozment, Tecumseh, Okla.
  • Intermediate 1st place – Caeden Scherer, Brenham, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Rebecca Herrera, Azle, Texas

The JBBA members also participated in multiple cattle competitions during the week in West Monroe, six different shows took place for members to exhibit their cattle. The six shows included an ultrasound carcass contest, showmanship competition, a bred and owned heifer show, a bred and owned bull show, the E6/Advancer heifer show and the JBBA National Heifer Show.

The winners of the showmanship competition are as follows:
  • Junior Champion – Rhaina Emmons, Streetman, Texas
  • Junior Reserve Champion – Cutter Lowe, Chester, Texas
  • Intermediate Champion – Payton Herzog, Robinson, Texas
  • Intermediate Reserve Champion – Abigail Hooper, Joaquin, Texas
  • Senior Champion and Pevine Hicks Memorial Champion Showman – Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
  • Senior Reserve Champion – Austin Roebuck, French Camp, Miss.
The winners of the E6/Advancer heifer show are as follows:
  • Champion – McManus 1014 exhibited by Sage McManus, Lake Charles, La.
  • Reserve Champion – Lyssy Ruby exhibited by Ashley Smithey, Mansfield, Texas
The winners of the bred and owned bull show are as follows:
  • Grand Champion Bull – RIB Smooth Lotto exhibited by Reese Wrobleski, Anderson, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion Bull – Johnny Ringo exhibited by Andrew Horne, Brenham, Texas
The winners of the ultrasound carcass contest are as follows:
  • Class 1 Heifers – Kyndal Chapin, Elkhart, Texas
  • Class 2 Heifers – Lily Hettinger, Springtown, Texas
  • Class 3 Heifers – Travis Glaser, Rogers, Texas
  • Class 4 Heifers – Emily Paris, Azle, Texas
  • Class 5 Heifers – Lily Hettinger, Springtown, Texas
  • Class 1 Bulls – Cristian Samano, Decatur, Texas
The winners of the bred and owned heifer show are as follows:
  • Grand Champion – Caroline’s Charlotte exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion – Dollie’s Delilah exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
The winners of the JBBA National Heifer Show are as follows:
  • Grand Champion Heifer – Caroline’s Charlotte exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – Layla exhibited by Bennett Janssen, Victoria, Texas

After the heifer show was complete, JBBA members along with their families enjoyed the awards banquet and dance. All winners were announced from the contests and events held throughout the week. Overall awards were given to a JBBA member in each age division, which was determined from points earned throughout the week.

The overall awards were presented to the following JBBA members:
  • Overall Junior – Kayl Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Overall Intermediate – Abigail Hooper, Joaquin, Texas
  • Overall Senior – Amelia Buckley, Collins, Miss.

Last but not least, two very important awards were presented to the top hand junior member and top hand volunteers. The JBBA Top Hand Award was presented to Seth Byers of Decatur, Texas for all his hard work and passion for the JBBA program. As a recognition of the generous JBBA volunteers, this year the JBBA Helping Hand Award winner was the East Texas/Louisiana Beefmaster Marketing Group. Congratulations to all the JBBA members on a great week and thank you to the volunteers and sponsors for the hard work and support that made this event possible.

Mark your calendars for the 33rd Annual JBBA National Convention and Shows to be held in Wichita Falls, Texas from July 16-22, 2017.

Winner photos and show photos can be viewed online.
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Beefmaster Selection Indices Developed to Increase Profitability

SAN ANTONIOBeefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is pleased to announce the development and release of their Terminal ($T) and Maternal ($M) Indices. Commercial cattlemen now have the most powerful Beefmaster selection tools at their fingertips. The release of $T Terminal Index and $M Maternal Index now allows commercial cattlemen to target their bull selections to achieve specific production goals.

These indices were developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specifically working with Dr. Matt Spangler, Associate Professor of Animal Science/Extension Beef Genetics Specialist, and Animal Breeding and Genetics graduate student Katie Ochsner.

“These two economic indices allow users of Beefmaster genetics to select seedstock based on their genetic potential for profit and alleviate the cumbersome nature of sorting through scores of individual EPDs,” said Dr. Spangler. “Producers should clearly define their production goals and use the index that best fits them. Use of the incorrect index could lead to undesired responses given the two objectives (terminal vs maternal) emphasize different traits.”

The $T index is designed to assist buyers in selecting range bulls that will excel in live performance, feedyard and value adding, grid driving carcass traits. $T is the ideal tool for the retained ownership rancher or commercial cow herds that are aligned with supply chains that demand added performance, efficiency and carcass merit.

The $M index goes to the heart of what every commercial cattleman demands in today’s market. The Beefmaster maternal index is best explained as the dollar profit per cow exposed due to calf weaning weight accounting for costs associated with cow maintenance. The beef industry has realized the value of Beefmaster influenced heterosis and $M is another tool that will help ranchers leverage heterosis to produce more productive replacement females.

It is important for ranchers to know the difference between these two indices. $T will help cattlemen select for high performing, fast growing genetics that by their very nature tend to be large, faster growing animals. $M should be used if a rancher is producing replacement females and is concerned with fertility, cow maintenance and associated costs, while adding weaning weight to the calf crop.

Cattle producers can access and review index values on the Beefmaster animal search database.

For more information or questions please contact Beefmaster Breeders United at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org.

Learn more and see examples at Beefmaster $Values Indices

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Beefmaster Signals Change with New Logo, Website Redesign

SAN ANTONIOBeefmaster Breeders United (BBU) has unveiled a redesigned website and a new association logo at www.beefmasters.org. The release of a new logo and a fresh website design signals a change within the Beefmaster breed and positions them as the top American cattle breed. This new logo marks a dramatic change in its visual identity since 1961. Using a distinctive Beefmaster bull head and bold lettering, the new logo reflects the modern look and marketability of the Beefmaster animals seen in today’s cattle industry.

“Our new logo better communicates what Beefmaster Breeders United stands for today,” said BBU Executive Vice President Bill Pendergrass. “We’ve kept visual elements that reflect our heritage but we emphasized our forward-thinking mindset and objective to achieve strong growth, drive innovation and focus on sustainability.”

The redesigned website presents a new visual identity for the company and was developed to meet the modern needs of members, clients and commercial cattlemen. The new homepage welcomes visitors with bold bright colors, a clean uncluttered design, and highlights content focused on specific audiences. In order to enhance site navigation, the website is now mobile device responsive and allows visitors to search the site using keywords. The website also houses two new features: Find a Breeder and a media center. These features allow cattlemen to locate a Beefmaster breeder in their area using Google maps, as well as view Beefmaster publications, stock photos and educational videos.

The new logo and website were designed by EDJE of Iowa.

For more information call the office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org.

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Bauer Joins Beefmaster as Second Field Rep

SAN ANTONIOBeefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is proud to announce that Lance Bauer of Bryan, Texas, has joined the BBU staff as the Western Region Field Representative. Bauer provides field assistance to Beefmaster breeders and commercial beef producers that are located west of Interstate-45 in Texas and west of Oklahoma. Matthew Woolfolk continues to serve as the Eastern Field Representative and covers all areas east of Interstate-45 in Texas, as well as Oklahoma and all states to the east.

Bauer began his responsibilities on July 1st and provides ranch consultation services to members, while also increasing the Beefmaster breed’s exposure in the commercial marketplace. His responsibilities include promoting and supplying support for BBU programs, while also encouraging breeder education and improving breeding plans.

Bauer grew up in Kerrville, Texas, and is currently completing his PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics at Texas A&M University. He has an exemplary animal science background and an extensive knowledge in animal breeding research. Bauer has conducted and assisted with multiple research projects including; breed and sex influence on calf birth weight in purebred and crossbred Angus and Nellore calves, as well as temperament studies at Texas A&M University Research Center in McGregor, Texas. His research project even took him to South Africa to further his education. His research studies were also complimented by his multiple Animal Science teaching roles. At Texas A&M he taught Beef Cattle Production and Animal Breeding, with focus on EPDs and expected cross bred performance. Bauer has completed the research and teaching requirements of the PhD program and is currently defending his thesis. He is expected to graduate in May 2017.

“Lance has joined the Beefmaster team during an exciting time. He will provide our association with a wealth of knowledge in the realm of animal genetics and enhancing breeding programs,” said BBU Executive Vice President Bill Pendergrass. “We are thrilled to have Lance as the Western Field Rep, which will allow our association to reach more breeders and cattle producers through field services.”

For more information or to contact the BBU staff members call the office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org.

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Genomic Update: 170 Animals Added

UPDATE JULY 1, 2016
Another 170 genotypes have been added to the BBU animal database which has yielded a total of 704 animals with genotypes and GE-EPDs. They have all been loaded into the search engine and are identified by the “Beefmaster Genomics” logo.

Click here to download the Beefmaster GE-EPD Evaluation: July 1, 2016

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Advertise in The Beefmaster Pay Weight

Don’t miss your opportunity to advertise your cattle operation and production sale in Fall 2016! We are currently selling advertisement space in the upcoming issue of The Beefmaster Pay Weight. For more information or to reserve your space today call 210-732-3132.

The Beefmaster Pay Weight Fall 2016 issue will be published September 2016. It is a publication produced by Beefmaster Breeders United and dedicated to serving commercial cattlemen. The newspaper features the latest beef cattle industry news, innovative discoveries in the industry and discussions about the latest cattle trends and technologies. The Beefmaster Pay Weight was founded to assist the Beefmaster cattle industry with effective advertising and a communication tool with commercial cattlemen throughout the country.

Get price details in our Media Kit!

View previous issues of The Beefmaster Pay Weight!

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Beefmaster Genomic-Enhanced EPDs Evaluation

Welcome to the Beefmaster breed’s first ever genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) evaluation. This is a project that was envisioned by the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) in 2009 and many Beefmaster breeders worked hard to ensure that the Beefmaster breed achieved the goal of GE-EPDs.

GE-EPDs are the most effective genetic selection tool developed to date. The ability to include DNA derived information in combination with traditional performance EPDs has led to greater genetic improvements at a faster pace, in other species and in other cattle breeds. GE-EPDs will no doubt have the same impact on the Beefmaster breed.

In order to make these first-ever Beefmaster GE-EPDs as visible possible we are posting all of the GE-EPDs together in this document – Beefmaster GE-EPD Evaluation: June 6, 2016. You will also find specific animal GE-EPDs by searching animal names or registration numbers through the search function at www.beefmasters.org. Please be sure to use the search link provided here, due to a new search system and disregard any previous search links that you may have bookmarked or cached. In the search feature all of the animals with GE-EPDs are identified by the “Beefmaster Genomics” logo, which will display on their pedigree.

We understand with GE-EPDs being new to the Beefmaster breed there will be questions. The most basic point to understanding GE-EPDs is that the accuracy values for young animals are greatly enhanced. Just because an animal has been genotyped and has GE-EPDs does not mean its EPDs are “better”, it means those animals EPDs are more accurate. Increasing the accuracies of EPDs leads to much faster genetic improvement and more buyer confidence. This improved accuracy is why discriminating buyers are demanding GE-EPDs.

Secondly, in this GE-EPD evaluation the ONLY animals included are the ones that have been HD genotyped. This first GE-EPD evaluation is composed of 545 HD genotyped animals. There are some HD genotyped animals that were not included in this first evaluation, for reasons beyond Beefmaster Breeders United’s (BBU) control. BBU is working with its genomic vendors to include ALL genotyped animals in the next available genetic evaluation.

If a breeder wants to have GE-EPDs calculated on an animal the breeder must submit at a minimum: birth weight and weaning weight, according to the Weights and Measures program guidelines, in addition to the animal being genotyped. BBU recommends that all animals be HD genotyped, however in the near future BBU will accept and include LD genotyped animals. For more information about Beefmaster GE-EPDs, please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or info@beefmasters.org.

Click here to download the Beefmaster GE-EPD Evaluation: June 6, 2016

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Beefmaster Releases Genomic-Enhanced EPDs

SAN ANTONIO (June 6, 2016) – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) has released the breed’s first-ever genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) evaluation. GE-EPDs utilize genomic test results in addition to pedigree, performance and progeny data for increased reliability of an animal’s EPD. GE-EPDs are the most effective genetic selection tool developed to date. The ability to include DNA derived information in combination with traditional performance EPDs has led to greater genetic improvements at a faster pace, in other species and in other cattle breeds. GE-EPDs will no doubt have the same impact on the Beefmaster breed.

Development of Beefmaster GE-EPDs has been in progress at BBU since 2009, as a project that was envisioned by the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.). This project helped to build a diverse panel of Beefmaster genetics to be the foundation genetics for the calculation of the GE-EPDs.

“B.E.E.F. and its leadership is to be commended for their vision, dedication and tenacity for taking on this project several years ago and seeing it to fruition,” says BBU Executive Vice President Bill Pendergrass. “Were it not for the foresightedness of B.E.E.F.’s leadership and the generosity of breeders who have donated to B.E.E.F. and its research efforts, the Beefmaster breed would have fallen way behind our competition in the genomics arena.”

As part of the project, BBU began asking breeders to HD genotype animals in June 2015. What began as a slow measured drumbeat of interest from a small group of breeders, blossomed into a very impressive display of the Beefmaster breed’s most dominant animals being represented in the Beefmaster GE-EPD database. The accuracy of Beefmaster genetic selection tools is about to increase dramatically.

The Beefmaster GE-EPDs evaluation is available for download at beefmasters.org/genomics. GE-EPDs for a specific animal can be found by searching the animal name or registration number through the animal search function at www.beefmasters.org. When using the online search feature, the animals with GE-EPDs are identified by the “Beefmaster Genomics” logo on their pedigree.

For more information about Beefmaster Breeders United and its GE-EPDs please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org.

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