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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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San Angelo Host to Successful Bull Sale

SAN ANGELO, TX – Isa Beefmasters, LLC’s 53rd Beefmaster bull sale was held October 4 in San Angelo, TX. It was an excellent sale; with 32 buyers from 7 states and Mexico taking home 110 Beefmaster bulls at an average of $4386. Isa’s President, Lorenzo Lasater, stated the sale was extremely strong from beginning to end. Auctioneer Joe Goggins of Billings, MT sold the 110 bulls in the blistering time of 1 hour, 25 minutes.

The high-selling bull, L Bar 2401, sold to Doyle and Dorothy Sanders of Double D Bar Beefmasters for $11,000. This awesome young herd sire prospect is the son of L Bar Essential and goes back to L Bar Automatic on the cow side. He was the overall performer in the offering.

Volume buyers included: Alamo Ranch, NM -15, Lykes Brothers, FL – 14; The Wedgeworth Family, TX – 12, A. Duda and Sons, FL – 9. Other volume buyers included Wingate Ranch – TX, Philip Henigan – TX, Jones Ranch – TX and Matt Rudnianyn – FL.

The sale was dedicated to the company founders, Laurie and Annette Lasater, who are retiring after 50 years of incredibly innovative leadership and service.

Current Isa president, Lorenzo Lasater, represents the 3rd generation of the family dedicated to breeding performance Beefmaster genetics. The breed was founded by Lorenzo’s grandfather, Tom Lasater, in 1937.

According to Lorenzo, “This set of bulls represents nearly 80 years of consistent, balanced selection for economically viable cattle. These bulls will produce excellent feeder calves and replacement heifers in any environment, but especially the tougher ones. With more pounds at weaning, lower input costs and the best mother-cow on the planet, Beefmasters can’t be beat.”

The Lasater family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone in attendance, especially the many repeat customers, including several second generation buyers. We are already working hard to bring you our 54th set of Beefmaster bulls on October 3, 2015.

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Impressive Education Series at BBU Convention!

The 2014 Annual BBU Convention promises to be a standout Educational event for Beefmaster Breeders. Two days-worth of useful information that can be taken home and applied to every member’s home operation are well worth the Convention Registration fee.

Thursday afternoon October 30 will kick off with Zoetis Animal Genetics who is sponsoring and will lead a workshop titled “Genomics in the Seedstock Sector”. Genomics is rapidly becoming the most important field in animal agriculture and it is creating the most accurate genetic selection tools known to man. DNA technology is not just for parentage anymore. Learn about the exciting, rapidly advancing world of Genomics. Attending this session will prepare you for the future of Beefmaster performance selection.

Emerging Selection Technologies will be the topic for Dr. Matt Spangler of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Dr. Spangler is regarded as one of the leading Animal Breeders in the world and is serving as BBU’s Consulting Geneticist where he is assisting in the development of Beefmaster selection indices, the latest, most accurate and comprehensive addition to EPD selection tools. Dr. Spangler is a guiding force for the Beefmaster breed as he helps BBU bridge the gap from traditional quantitative EPD’s over to Genomic Enhanced EPD’s.

The final workshop for Thursday will be Using Multi Media to Market Seedstock. Jeralyn Stephens BBU Communications Director and Matt Woolfolk, BBU Field Representative will lead this interesting discussion and have live, real time examples of effective uses for websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others. A key emphasis point will be incorporating video into your marketing plans.

Halloween morning will kick off with Dr. Robert Wells of the Noble Foundation, Ardmore OK as he discusses “Utilizing Heterosis, Crossbreeding with Beefmasters”. One of the key demand drivers for Beefmaster bulls has been their use by commercial cattlemen on commercial Angus influenced females. Dr. Wells and the Noble Foundation have instituted a large scale, planned crossbreeding and marketing program for their Clients in OK and TX. Learning how progressive breeding and marketing programs such as the Integrity Program works gives valuable insight into the future of crossbreeding and how Beefmaster breeders can position their programs for success.

In keeping with the theme of Beefmaster Heterosis, Travis Brown, Cattle Manager of Lykes Bros. Inc. of Okeechobee FL will be discussing how this this top flight commercial operation capitalizes on Maternal Heterosis, which is enabled by Beefmaster bulls. A perennial Cattle-Fax Top 25 Commercial Herd, Lykes Bros. sets the standard for production and efficiency in cow calf production. After hearing how and why Lykes Bros. use Beefmaster genetics, you will be able to more effectively promote your herd to commercial cattlemen.

Halloween morning will conclude with a rapid fire panel discussion including all of the presenters from both Thursday and Friday. All topics are fair game and as everyone knows, panel discussions are the most entertaining and interesting way to quiz program presenters and engage them in discussion. This is a talented group on industry experts that can offer very sound advice for improving your program.

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Growing Interest in Beefmaster Worldwide

- Website Hits Going Great Across the Globe

By M. Doyle Sanders, BBU International Committee Co-Chairman

When Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) updated the www.beefmasters.org website a few years ago, one of the features that was included allowed for monitoring the performance of the website from interested internet readers who access the site.  By early 2013, BBU had received queries from over 100 countries around the world.  For this reason, the BBU International Committee launched a market study to assure proper focus on target countries and markets to benefit from the Beefmaster breed.  The results of that study have confirmed the importance of our existing markets but also highlighted other areas that could be lucrative to BBU.

By mid- 2014, the website attention has achieved very powerful results.  This is attributed to the RFD-TV documentary features on Beefmasters, the BBU public relations and media support, and our BBU advertising efforts.  The Beefmaster benefits to the beef industry is also providing a very powerful message when beef professionals seek improvement in beef quality and efficiency with strong heterosis.

Using annual rates for 2012-2014 ending each July, the BBU website has grown in hits -just in the USA- going from 6370 in 2012, to 59,258 in 2013, and 74,830 in 2014.  As expected due to market share of the Beefmaster breed in the countries of Mexico and South Africa, these respectively provide the second and third largest number of hits around the world.

After USA, Mexico and South Africa, the number of hits on the BBU website are growing annually with highest rankings in order from Poland, Colombia, Canada, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Thailand.  Most recent trends reflect the growth of Beefmaster Breeder Associations in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Thailand.

Today, Australia is growing in interest and several European countries are expressing repeated interest in the Beefmaster breed.  These European countries include United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Turkey, with Poland and the Balkans in that mix.  Countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Nigeria, and Morocco are also interested due to the acceptance in South Africa.  The work in Thailand has led to interest in Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, and India.

This interest across the internet worldwide will continue to influence the growth and acceptance of the Beefmaster breed as the Best of Both Worlds – Worldwide.

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Meet & Greet with Matt Woolfolk

By: Matt Woolfolk, Field Representative & Commercial Marketing Director

Although I’ve only been working for Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) for a few weeks, I’ve already been able to meet and visit with quite a few breeders. For those I haven’t had the chance to meet yet, consider this note my informal introduction.

I was raised on my family’s registered and commercial Hereford operation in Jackson, Tenn. We run about 175 mature cows, as well as approximately 30 acres of hay and 200 acres of crop land. Every spring I would select a couple heifers from our program and show them in state and national Hereford shows. I was fortunate to serve a three year term on the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board of directors, including a one-year term as Chairman.  It was my time serving the NJHA that helped me realize how much I enjoyed working with cattle people. I’ve yet to find a group of people that are more dedicated and passionate about their way of life than cattlemen. I knew being a part of the cattle community was how I wanted to spend my professional life, and I am fortunate that BBU has given me to opportunity to join the Beefmaster family. I’ve been blown away by how openly I have been received by everyone I have met so far!

When I was in San Antonio after accepting the position with BBU, Kathy Pendergrass asked me if I had any hobbies. I had to think a little to come up with something besides cattle (I do enjoy SEC football and baseball seasons), but the cattle business really is my favorite pastime. Reading the newest cattle magazine or sale catalog was my way to relax going through graduate school. The chance to travel the country visiting with Beefmaster breeders, touring their operations and attending sales every weekend is an opportunity to do something I love while trying to make a positive contribution to the Beefmaster community.

Whenever I am in your area, I would love to set up a time for any BBU services you may need, especially classification and herd visits. I encourage you to coordinate with breeders near you and set up visits at the same time. It helps me make the most of my travel time, as well as allows you to share the service fees with another breeder. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be attending the following sales:

September 19-20 – Arkansas BBA Sale, Conway, AR

September 26-27 – Live Oak BBA Sale, Three Rivers, TX

October 3-4 – Painted Springs Beefmasters, Thompson’s Station, TN

I have dates set aside to visit area breeders before or after each of these sales, but slots are filling up quickly!  Give me a call at 210-464-0923 to schedule your visit, or if you just want to talk cows (or SEC football).  I can also be reached via email at mwoolfolk@beefmasters.org.  I’m looking forward to formally meeting each of you real soon!

- Matt Woolfolk

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JBBA A.I. Program

The Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) A.I. program will be changing its format this coming fall. In the past we have relied on donations of semen from breeders across the country for our junior members. This fall we are asking breeders 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. The JBBA office will then put a list of bulls that have been nominated with breeders contact information and pedigree and performance information together. JBBA members will in return contact the breeders/sales consultants/ranch manager to purchase semen from them on their bull(s) at a set price of $15 per straw. Paper work for nominating bulls will become available in October. We appreciate all of the breeders that have donated semen to our junior program. If you have any questions on how the new JBBA A.I. program will work please feel free to contact Allison Wells at amw4412@aol.com or at 979-251-0325.

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EPA Finally Hands Over Maps Detailing the Extent of their WOTUS Proposal

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released maps today of waters and wetlands the Environmental Protection Agency has to-date refrained from making public. After multiple requests, the Agency finally handed over the maps to the committee, which appear to detail the extent of the “Waters of the United States” proposal.

“Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “But EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the alarming content of these documents. While you claim that EPA has not yet used these maps to regulate Americans, you provided no explanation for why the Agency used taxpayer resources to have these materials created.”

Knowledge of the maps came as the Committee was doing research in preparation for a hearing regarding the proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The maps were kept hidden while the Agencies marched forward with rulemaking that fundamentally re-defines private property rights, said Chairman Smith.

“It is deplorable that EPA, which claims to be providing transparency in rulemakings, would intentionally keep from the American public, a taxpayer-funded visual representation of the reach of their proposed rule,” said Ashley McDonald, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association environmental counsel. “Unfortunately, it is just another blatant contradiction to the claims of transparency this Administration insists they maintain.”

These maps are very similar to the maps produced by NCBA and other agricultural groups, which also showcase the EPA’s extensive attempt to control land across the country. These maps show individual states facing upwards of 100,000 additional stream miles that could be regulated under the proposed regulation.

“This is the smoking gun for agriculture,” said McDonald. “These maps show that EPA knew exactly what they were doing and knew exactly how expansive their proposal was before they published it.”

The maps are available on the House Committee website here.

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Beefmaster Breeders United Welcomes Woolfolk to Staff

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 15, 2014)Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is proud to announce that Matthew Woolfolk of Jackson, Tenn., will be serving as the Field Representative/Commercial Marketing Director for the Beefmaster membership. Woolfolk will provide assistance to Beefmaster breeders and commercial beef producers throughout the United States. Woolfolk will provide consultation and farm visit services to members, while also increasing the Beefmaster breed’s exposure in the commercial marketplace. His responsibilities will include providing classification services, managing commercial marketing programs and supporting BBU educational programs that create visibility and demand for Beefmaster cattle.

Woolfolk grew up raising cattle with his family and they currently operate Woolfolk Farms, a Hereford and commercial female cow-calf operation in Western Tennessee. Woolfolk has an extensive agricultural background and held various leadership positions while a member of the National Junior Hereford Association. Woolfolk brings to BBU a vase knowledge of commercial cattle operations and animal genetics from his previous positions with Marshall Cattle Company of Burlington, Colo., and his education at Mississippi State University and Texas A&M University.

As a Tennessee native, Woolfolk attended Mississippi State where he studied Animal and Dairy Science and received a Bachelor of Science degree. While at Mississippi State Woolfolk worked on various cattle research projects and held several leadership roles in agricultural organizations. He continued his education at Texas A&M University where he earned a Master of Science degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics. His graduate work included teaching numerous courses on animal science and animal breeding, as well as graduating with honors. Prior to becoming a BBU staff member, Woolfolk served as the Marketing Specialist for Woolfolk Farms where he implemented seedstock and commercial marketing programs for their beef cattle operation.

“We are excited to have Matt on board,” said BBU Executive Vice President Bill Pendergrass. “Matt’s background in genetics, beef cattle production and marketing seedstock will be beneficial to the breed and its members.”

Woolfolk will begin his duties next week at the Beefmaster International Group event in Fort Worth, Texas from Aug. 18-21 and he will be attending the Southeastern Beefmaster Breeders Association Convention in Tunica, Miss., the weekend of Aug. 22-23. Please help us in welcoming Matt to the Beefmaster family. Due to his required work travel, Matt Woolfolk will be residing in College Station, Texas and will work remotely as a BBU employee. He can be reached directly via email at mwoolfolk@beefmasters.org or via cell phone at 210-464-0923.

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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Junior Beefmaster Breeders Compete at 30th Annual National Show & Convention

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 8, 2014) – One hundred and forty three Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members and their families traveled to the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in Shawnee, Okla., last week for the 30th Annual JBBA National Convention and Heifer Show from July 28 through August 3. There were six states (Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas) represented at the 2014 convention and the association celebrated 30 years of building leaders and still counting.

This year’s convention focused on the aspect that JBBA members are leaders in their communities and in the cattle industry. The convention hosted a leadership conference where JBBA members learned about leadership skills and building good character. In an effort to give back, these future leaders donated toiletry items at the national convention which will be donated through a mission service that serves countries overseas. Junior members also learned about cattle marketing, photography and cattle ultrasound technology in the various educational sessions that were hosted at the annual convention.

“We were excited to host the 30th annual JBBA nationals in Oklahoma and it proved to be a successful event, thanks to our generous sponsors,” said Allison Wagner Wells, Junior Program Coordinator. “This was our biggest junior nationals to date and we hope to have even more participants at the 2015 nationals in College Station, Texas.”

The six day event consisted of several competitions including public speaking, photography, power point presentation, livestock judging, a herdsman quiz, a coloring contest and an autograph contest.

The winners of the public speaking contest are as follows:

  • Junior 1st place – Jacqueline Rand, Tyler, Texas
  • Junior 2nd place – Kayl Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Intermediate 1st place – Saige Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Intermediate 2nd place – Cory Sinkule, Abbott, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Reese Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Senior 2nd place – Lacey Anderson, Checotah, Okla.

The winners of the photography contest are as follows:

  • Junior 1st place – Halle Duplichain, Alto, Texas
  • Junior 2nd place – Jacqueline Rand, Tyler, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place – Braylee Mackie, Lott, Texas
  • Intermediate 2nd place – Todd Duplichain, Alto, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Kasey Mitchell, Katy, Texas
  • Senior 2nd place – Jarrett Mackie, Lott, Texas

The winners of the power point presentation contest are as follows:

  • Junior 1st place – Clayborne Janssen, Victoria, Texas
  • Junior 2nd place – Lillian Hettinger, Springtown, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place – Cory Sinkule, Abbott, Texas
  • Intermediate 2nd place – Brock Collins, Rockfield, Ky.
  • Senior 1st place – Christy Petry, Azle, Texas
  • Senior 2nd place – Rebecca Herrera, Azle, Texas

The winners of the livestock judging contest are as follows:

  • Junior 1st place – Raymie Emmons, Streetman, Texas
  • Junior 2nd place – Kayl Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Intermediate 1st place – Saige Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Intermediate 2nd place – Brock Collins, Rockfield, Ky.
  • Senior 1st place – Houston Myers, Alvord, Texas
  • Senior 2nd place – Nate Compton, Bellville, Texas

The winners of the herdsman quiz contest are as follows:

  • Junior 1st place – Jacqueline Rand, Tyler, Texas
  • Junior 2nd place – Kayl Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Intermediate 1st place – Cory Sinkule, Abbott, Texas
  • Intermediate 2nd place – Faith Martin, New Ulm, Texas
  • Senior 1st place – Raney Lovorn, Como, Texas
  • Senior 2nd place – Trenton Glaser, Rogers, Texas

The winners of the coloring contest are as follows:

  • Age 6 and younger: 1st place – Creedon Rand, Tyler, Texas
  • Age 6 and younger: 2nd place – Haiden Lee
  • Age 7 and 8: 1st place – Kayl Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Age 7 and 8: 2nd place – Dusti Ozment, Tecumseh, Okla.
  • Age 9 and older: 1st place – Kourtnie Hood, Alvord, Texas

The winner of the autograph contest was Camrin Byers of Henrietta, Texas.

The JBBA members also participated in multiple cattle competitions during the six days in Shawnee, Okla.; the six day convention hosted five different shows for members to exhibit their cattle. The five shows included a showmanship competition, a bred and owned heifer show, a haltered bull show, a Beefmaster Advancer heifer show and the JBBA National Heifer Show. The shows had an excellent turnout with 331 Beefmaster heifers, 101 bred and owned Beefmaster heifers, 37 bulls and Beemaster Advancer heifers.

The winners of the showmanship competition are as follows:

  • Junior Champion – Raymie Emmons, Streetman, Texas
  • Junior Reserve Champion – Braylee Cowan, Dodd City, Texas
  • Intermediate Champion – Calli West, Paris, Texas
  • Intermediate Reserve Champion – Jolene Bouchard, Azle, Texas
  • Senior Champion and Pevine Hicks Memorial Champion Showman – Devon Wilson, Chico, Texas
  • Senior Reserve Champion – Hagen Davis, Chico, Texas

The winners of the Beefmaster Advancer heifer show are as follows:

  • Champion – B Bar Tess exhibited by Seth Byers, Decatur, Texas
  • Reserve Champion – Tyra’s Heidi exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas

The winners of the haltered bull show are as follows:

  • Calf Champion – MDH Captain Tuff exhibited by Madisyn Horndt, Ellinger, Texas
  • Reserve Calf Champion – EMS King George exhibited by Reagan Emmons, Streetman, Texas
  • Junior Champion – MJ Leonidas exhibited by Halle Duplichain, Alto, Texas
  • Reserve Junior Champion- Red Thunder exhibited by Blair Low, Alto, Texas
  • Yearling Champion – Legend of Zeus exhibited by Kylee Henderson, Checotah, Okla.
  • Reserve Yearling Champion- Eagle’s Cain Cannon exhibited by Isaac McFarland, Keithville, La.
  • Grand Champion – Legend of Zeus exhibited by Kylee Henderson, Checotah, Okla.
  • Reserve Grand Champion – MJ Leonidas exhibited by Halle Duplichain, Alto, Texas

The winners of the bred and owned heifer show are as follows:

  • Grand Champion – Jackies Marsha exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion – Ellis Miss Louise exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas

The winners of the JBBA National Heifer Show are as follows:

  • Calf Champion – EMS Pistol Annie exhibited by Reagan Emmons, Streetman, Texas
  • Reserve Calf Champion- Meggans Cora exhibited by Kalli Ellis, LaWard, Texas
  • Junior Champion – Jackies Marsha exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
  • Reserve Junior Champion- Diamond RB Sassy Girl exhibited by Devon Wilson, Chico, Texas
  • Senior Champion – Meggan’s Black Jewel exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
  • Reserve Senior Champion- EMS Cash’s Gypsy exhibited by Reagan Emmons, Streetman, Texas
  • Champion Pair – WR Baby Lisa exhibited by Shawn Skaggs, De Leon, Texas
  • Reserve Pair- Gilmore’s Escalade exhibited by Isaac McFarland, Keithville, La.
  • Grand Champion – Meggan’s Black Jewel exhibited by Kalli Ellis, La Ward, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion – EMS Cash’s Gypse exhibited by Reagan Emmons, Streetman, 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. To round out the evening of awards, over $30,000 in scholarships were awarded to senior JBBA members.

The overall awards were presented to the following JBBA members:

  • Overall Junior – Raymie Emmons, Streetman, Texas
  • Overall Intermediate – Saige Tassin, Bush, La.
  • Overall Senior – Reese Tassin, Bush, La.

The scholarship awards were presented to the following JBBA members:

  • Beefmaster Breeders Cattlewomen’s Scholarships
    • Trenton Glaser, Rogers, Texas
    • Walker Eskew, Sealy, Texas
    • Rebecca Herrera, Azle, Texas
  • Kenneth Lewis Memorial Scholarships
    • Joshua Price, Moody, Texas
    • Metz Branch, Paris, Texas
  • B.E.E.F. Scholarships
    • Trenton Glaser, Rogers, Texas
    • Raney Lovorn, Como, Texas
    • Christy Petry, Azle, Texas
    • Michael Buckley, Collins, Miss.
  • East Texas/Louisiana Beefmaster Marketing Group Scholarships
    • Michael Buckley, Collins, Miss.
    • Ryan Seelye, New Caney, Texas
    • Kane Ozment, Tecumseh, Okla.
    • Zachary Byers, Henrietta, Texas
    • Trenton Glaser, Rogers, Texas
  • Brian Murphy Memorial Scholarship
    • Trenton Glaser, Rogers, Texas
  • JBBA Scholarships
    • Christy Petry, Azle, Texas
    • Rebecca Herrera, Azle, Texas
    • Tanner Jones, Alto, Texas
    • Kane Ozment, Tecumseh, Okla.
    • Michael Buckley, Collins, Miss.

Congratulations to all the JBBA members on a great week. Thank you to the volunteers and sponsors for the hard work and support that made this event possible. The 31st Annual JBBA National Convention and Shows will be held in College Station, Texas, July 20-26, 2014.

For more information about Beefmaster Breeders United and its Junior Program please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. Stay connected to BBU through Facebook, follow us on Instagram, view our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, as well as receive our news updates through joining our mailing list.

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