By: Matt Woolfolk
I was recently reminded of an old Tractor Supply Company (TSC) slogan, made known by George Strait. In these TSC commercials, the king of country would always end with, “whether you have one acre or 1,000, we’ll help you get the job done.” Tractor Supply or your local farm supply store of choice is known for having a diverse array of products to meet the many needs of customers. However, I feel that, as a breed and as an organization, Beefmasters is a product that meets the many needs of cattlemen.
It’s no secret that the past six months have seen a strong increase in demand for Beefmaster genetics. Sale averages reflect the strong market we’re currently enjoying. The calls and interest I have received in the last month has been nothing short of encouraging and many breeders that I have visited with are getting more calls and selling out of bulls earlier than ever! While our bulls are the most sought after product, a spike in interest for Beefmaster-influenced commercial females is also evident here lately. I feel this is in large part due to our cattle meeting the needs of progressive commercial cattlemen. They’re looking for cattle that grow well and can make an outstanding momma cow when she reaches her second birthday. When they start looking for the pieces to make that happen in their operation, Beefmaster immediately rises to the top for their ability to get the job done!
As a Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) member, our organization also fits the bill for having many diverse programs that members new and old can become active and enhance their Beefmaster experience. There are several committees that lead and develop the programs that BBU has to offer. You don’t have to be a big breeder or a full-time rancher to get involved in these committees! The wide array of committees mean there is something for everyone’s interests. Regional satellite associations offer you a chance to get involved on a local level and interact with breeders in your area. Each satellite has their own unique membership, and many of our members are involved in several satellites, as they have made friends in other parts of the country by getting involved. Help your kids get involved in Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA), as the satellites host heifer shows at many of the sales. For our younger (and young at heart) breeders, the South 40 group is a great way to get involved with the next wave of Beefmaster leaders and innovators.
As you can see, our cattle and our people are able to get the job done. Whether you have one acre or 1,000, BBU is the organization for you! If there’s anything I can do to help you find your perfect fit, please contact me at 210-464-0923 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As spring sales are in full swing, I’ll be on the road attending several sales in the next few weekends. If you are unable to attend a sale and would like assistance in purchasing new Beefmaster genetics, please give me a call. I’ll be at the following sales:
- Louisiana BBA (Shreveport, LA): April 3-4
- OHOA Spring Sale (Springfield, MO): April 10-11
- East Texas/Louisiana (Crockett, TX): April 17-18
In addition, I have gone through the Collier Advantage Female Sale offering. I will not be at the sale (April 11th in Giddings, Texas), but can answer any questions you might have about the females.