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Beefmaster Embryos For Sale!

RARE OPPORTUNITY!!  This is the first time in Beefmaster history that an embryo tank of this caliber embryos has been put together to sell at auction.  There are 41 embryos in this tank that can set your ranch apart from the rest.  Never have breeders dug so deep into their programs to offer these amazing genetics.  There are embryos in here from 4 “Breeders of the Year”.  Hiding in this tank are donor quality females, herd sire prospects, show ring winning females, and the list goes on.  This opportunity may never happen again; it will not be a yearly occurrence, so don’t put it off.  Buy it now and be at the top of the game.

All of the embryos are in a brand new XC 20/20 nitrogen tank ready for the buyer to take with him from the sale.  The paper work is on hand and goes with the tank.  All of the leg work has been done for the buyer.

This great opportunity will be sold at the Beefmaster Promotion Group International Beefmaster Gala sale at the Houston Livestock Show on Saturday, March 7 at 5:00 pm.  If you can’t be at the sale, you can be on the phone or call Bruce Robbins and place your bid.  This lot is a fundraiser for the Beefmaster Promotion Group, who continually haul and promote Beefmaster cattle all over the country.  Thanks for your support.

Click here to view and download information about the embryos > BPG Embryo Donation Lots.

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Junior Members Making BBU Proud

By: Matt Woolfolk

By the time this article reaches your inbox, it will be junior show day at the San Antonio Stock Show.  This will be the third major stock show I’ve been able to attend this year.  At the Fort Worth Stock Show, Beefmasters were the talk of the barns all week!  When all the junior show entries were counted, the biggest show belonged to the Beefmaster breed.  As the show started at 1pm, there was not a seat to be found anywhere in the Watt Arena, with people standing all along the top of the stands fighting to see the 230-head heifer show.  With an average class size of 20 head, judge Chris Cassidy had his work cut out for him!  When the champion female was selected at 7:30pm, most of those ringside seats were still full!

In Jackson, Miss., at the Dixie National Junior Show, judge Mark Johnson was very complimentary of the depth of quality females in the heifer show, as he evaluated nearly 50 entries.  It was exciting to see Beefmaster at the top of the American breed rankings, as well as being one of the five largest breeds of the whole show.  In a state dominated by British cattle, the Beefmaster junior program is making great strides.

While the cattle in the show ring have been impressive, it’s the ones on the halter that have been superb.  I’ve had the chance to walk through the barns at these shows and visit with many of these junior members and their families.  I’ve met many polite, intelligent, hard-working young people who have a great interest in the future of our breed and the beef cattle industry.  These kids and their families work together to take care of the cattle, everyone pitching in to do their part of the work.  And while the competition can get pretty high in the show ring, these young people are forming great friendships back in the barns.  I’ve watched kids talking, laughing, playing and sometimes even working together to help each other get chores done.

I encourage each of you to find the nearest JBBA show this spring and see what these kids have to offer.  Get to know some of them and their families.  Like you, they really enjoy Beefmaster cattle and being involved in the breed.  Upcoming shows include:

San Angelo, TX: February 22

Houston: March 13

Oklahoma Youth Expo (OKC):  March 15

Tunica, MS: March 21

Austin, TX: March 27

Shreveport, LA: April 4

Crockett, TX: April 18

Brenham, TX: April 25

Swinging B/T5 Sale (Salado, TX): May 16

Groesbeck, TX: June 20

If you really want to be impressed, start making plans to be in College Station, Texas on July 20-26 for the JBBA National Show and Convention.  The largest gathering of Beefmaster cattle in 2015 will be at the Brazos County Expo Center for this exciting week-long event.  It’s worth the drive from wherever you call home to witness such an assembly of fine Beefmaster kids and cattle.

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Life on the Farm: The Gate Test

By: Dave Loftin

Buying a new cow can be a daunting experience. Where did she come from? Where has she been? Will she fit into your program? Can she raise a good calf? Will she be gentle and easy to handle? All of these questions are good to have the answers to before spending good money on what may be a lemon. The first three can be answered by getting to know the seller and visiting their ranch to see how their program compares to yours and what they may or may not be doing differently.  If things are compatible, it is likely she will work for you as well.

Calf raising is just a guess until you can see a calf by her side. The most gorgeous, prize winning heifer may not produce babies that look as good as her. The plain Jane cow may raise an outstanding calf. That is why my preference at sales is to look at cows with a calf at side. Even if the calf is just a few weeks old, you can see if it is filled out and thriving or thin and scruffy. The cow’s udder when nursing a young calf will tell you a lot also. These are some of the reasons I prefer, when buying, to purchase young cows with a calf at side.

A gentle disposition is also a necessity at our place. My wife does the chores and is around the cows at calving time almost as much as I am. The kids were little when we first started buying. No matter how good a calf she can raise, a trampled wife or flattened child are not worth it.

Many years ago, when we would go to sales, I would study the catalog looking for the age of the cow when she calved, the calving intervals, EPDs, and any other information I could get.  We would walk the aisles stopping at each pen containing a prospective purchase and I would ask my wife her opinion of the cow. “It has a cute face” was her most frequent response. Seeing me just shake my head, she learned to look at other things. After a few sales, she would walk the aisles by herself. I was very surprised and pleased when she came to me before a sale and suggested I should look at lot 17 on the back aisle as a prospect. “The baby is good and the cow is gentle” were her main reasons. I asked how she knew the cow was gentle and she said “I gave her the gate test”. “I opened the gate and started to walk into the pen and the mama with a new baby did not try to kill me”. It was then that I knew she really had been learning the business. From then on, any cow we bought was subjected to the “Gate Test”.

Years have passed and my wife doesn’t come to as many sales as she used to. Not when there is a chance to baby sit grand kids. She still helps with chores and the grand kids are frequent visitors so gentleness is still a priority. That is why, at a recent sale, I found myself opening gates and walking into pens to look at babies and udders and to use the gate test.

The sale was in Springfield, Mo., and some of the large pens had three or more two year old pairs all with young calves less than a month old. Most of these were complacent mothers that kept an eye on their baby but were not too upset when I walked into the pen. There was one cow that wanted no part of strangers getting near her baby. If folks stood too long outside the gate she would charge the bars and back them off. She was getting a reputation for a while until she backed off into a corner of the large pen to nurse her baby. There was another pair in the pen that I was pretty interested in but I had not been able to get a good look at the baby. It was laying down on the far side of the pen from the protective mama so I took advantage of the nursing break to ease open the gate and walk back to the sleeping calf. I had one hand on the fence in case I had to climb in a hurry and one eye on the bovine Godzilla across the pen but she just watched as I crept along the far fence. I made it back to the sleeping calf and stepped away from the fence to get it up. As I touched the calf, its mother just watched and chewed her cud. That is why the sound of a freight train took a second to register. The nursing mother had abandoned her own baby and was charging across the pen to protect another. I tried to get back to the fence but as I turned, my foot found a fresh cow pie and with a slip and slither I was down with Mad Mama almost on top of me. She skidded to a stop and then, with a shake of her head, blew snot all over me and just walked away as if I wasn’t worth her time to smash. Needless to say, she failed the gate test. If the high ankle sprain and brace I wore for several weeks weren’t enough of a reminder, a line from a Jim Stafford song is: “You have to watch your step when the chips are down”.

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Past BBU President Zipperer Passes Away at 79

Jennie Lee Wheeler Zipperer
February 18th 1935 – February 7th 2015

Jennie Lee Wheeler Zipperer, beloved wife and cherished mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on Saturday in Ft Myers, Florida. She will be greatly missed by all. She is survived by her husband of over 62 years, John O Zipperer Jr.; Her four children: John O Zipperer III (Amy), Dianne Zipperer Streid (Delbert Streid, deceased), Robert Douglas Zipperer (Catherine), Jennie Elizabeth Zipperer; eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, youngest sister, Mary Howard DeBiase, and countless friends and acquaintances.

Zipperer enjoying a visit with BBU Executive Vice President in June 2014

Jennie Lee was born on February 18, 1935 in Ft Myers, FL to Howard Lloyd and Nadi Frances Wheeler. She was their first child, and eldest of three daughters. Her family continued to reside in Ft Myers, where she was a graduate of Ft Myers High School, before training in science and genetics while attending the University of Florida.

Her agricultural legacy began upon meeting and marrying her husband in 1953, then a student in the College of Agriculture at the University of Florida. Together, as partners, they played an invaluable role in making Florida farming what it is today.

Filled with compassion and interest in others, Jennie Lee made friends easily and maintained contact with many. As a leader in her community, she was instrumental in guiding and establishing numerous councils and civic organizations while promoting and cultivating the advancement, beautification, and success of Fort Myers and its surrounding areas.

While her involvement in business and community kept her very busy, her true devotion was to her husband above all.

For those that wish to pay tribute, Funeral Services will be held on Friday February 13th at 10:30am at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor Blvd. Presiding Pastor will be Dr. Jeff Deyoe, with Mr. John W Sheppard officiating. A viewing will be held the day before, Thursday, February 12th from 6pm – 8pm at Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd.

Zipperer and her Beefmaster cattle in June 2014

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Liver Foundation.

Through the website:
http://www.liverfoundation.org/howtohelp/donate/ and click on Memorial gift.

By mail:
Indicate on the check that the donation is in memory of Jennie Lee Wheeler Zipperer. Checks can be mailed to the address below:
American Liver Foundation
39 Broadway, Suite 2700
New York, NY 10006

or to the B.E.E.F. Scholarship, c/o Beefmaster Breeders United, 6800 Park Ten Blvd., Suite 290 West, San Antonio, TX 78213. Please notate on your check that the donation is in memory of Jennie Lee Wheeler Zipperer. Please visit www.harvey-engelhardt.com to leave a condolence to her family.

For additional information, please contact:
Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home, Renee Duncan 239-936-2177

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Introducing The Banner – Beefmaster Seedstock Directory

The Beefmaster breed has emerged as one of the most popular choices for youth livestock projects. FFA students and 4-Hers 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 make us ideal for project animals. Furthermore the benefits of 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 the junior livestock exhibitor.

With this in mind, BBU is unveiling The Banner – Beefmaster Seedstock Directory. 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 offices. Additionally, The Banner will be handed out at the major stock shows and beef industry trade shows that BBU participates in. The Banner contains articles that the junior exhibitor will find useful on topics such as selection, nutrition and management. This publication promotes the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) in order to draw new members and also promote JBBA activities and participation in leadership roles and especially scholarship opportunities.

The Banner features 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 The Banner brings will allow BBU to be more effective in promoting Beefmasters at the largest, most important level, the grassroots.

Enjoy this publication and please share, download and read as much as you like!

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Seeing Stars, Part 2: Pacesetter Program

By Matt Woolfolk

In the last newsletter, I outlined the requirements and qualifications for the Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Typesetter program. In this week’s edition, I want to bring attention to the BBU Pacesetter program. The Pacesetter program is designed to recognize Beefmaster cattle that excel in performance as part of the Weights and Measures Program. When you see one star beside the name of a sire or dam in a pedigree, this is the designation of a Pacesetter sire or dam. You may have seen these stars in the past and been unsure of what they meant. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to understand and appreciate the production goals that a sire or dam had to accomplish to receive this honored designation.

In order for a female to be recognized as a Pacesetter, she must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. She must be a Second Cross or purebred Beefmaster female.
  2. She must calve by 30 months of age, and this calf must be enrolled in the BBU Weights & Measures program to establish the cow’s age at calving, as well as calving interval data.
  3. She must have three (3) consecutive natural calves with an average calving interval of 375 days or less, OR one (1) natural calf followed by one (1) embryo calf with a calving interval of 375 days or less.
  4. She must have three (3) natural calves with weaning weight ratios of 105 or better in their respective contemporary group, OR one (1) natural calf and three (3) embryo calves with weaning weight ratios of 105 or better in their contemporary group.  To qualify, there must be at least five (5) animals in the contemporary group of each offspring.

The cow herself is not required to have individual weights and measures data for her performance of weaning weight. The cow’s calves must be enrolled in the Weights and Measures program and all of her progeny data must be entered into the program before the third calf is born.

For a sire to be recognized as a Pacesetter sire, he must sire five (5) females who have been recognized as Pacesetter dams.

As you can see, the qualifications of the Pacesetter program require a female to have her first calf on time, produce a calf that is the near the top of its contemporary group, and continue to do so in future production years. The Pacesetter program is designed to recognize hard-working, productive cows (and the bulls that sire those cows) in your herd. In order for your cattle to be recognized as Pacesetters, it’s important to be turning in your performance records to BBU! If you are not currently doing so, contact BBU today to get started on the path to Pacesetters!

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Central States BBA Beefmaster Bull Test Begins

The first annual Central States Beefmaster Breeders Association (CSBBA) Tested Bull Sale is building up steam as 194 Beefmaster bulls were delivered to Rosebud Feeders near Rosebud, Ark., on January 3 to begin the testing process. The bulls will be continuously evaluated and culled leading up to the CSBBA Performance Bull Sale on November 6 in Heber Springs, Ark.

Davin Vaughn (left) and Bill Pendergrass (right) evaluating some of the bulls at Rosebud Feeders.

“I am excited by the overall quality of the bulls in these kind of numbers,” said BBU Executive Vice President Bill Pendergrass.

Majority of the bulls participating in the test are registered purebred Beefmasters, with approximately 30 bulls being registered Beefmaster Advancers. For more information, please contact CSBBA President Davin Vaughn at 417-793-1830 or via email at dvdruggest@yahoo.com.

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Seeing Stars: The BBU Typesetter Program

By: Matt Woolfolk

As you study Beefmaster sale catalogs, you will notice cattle throughout pedigrees with anywhere from one to three little stars beside their names. What does all this mean? These are designations of cattle that qualify for the Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Pacesetter and Typesetter programs. Animals with one star are designated Pacesetters (more on this program at a later date). Sires and dams with two stars are Typesetters, and those lucky enough to have three stars are both Pacesetter and Typesetter qualifiers. In this article, we will focus on what it takes for an animal to become a Typesetter sire or dam.

The Typesetter program allows breeders to identify cattle who have consistently produced offspring that achieved certain scores for conformation and underline in the BBU Classification program. Many Beefmaster breeders see Typesetter cattle in a pedigree and immediately think predictability. The ability of a sire or dam to consistently produce quality offspring and become a Typesetter adds documented proof of performance and value to their offspring.

For a bull to become a Typesetter sire, he must have 50 offspring that have been classified “U” with a conformation score of 1 or 2, with an underline score of 1, 2, or 3. There are several opportunities for a cow to become a Typesetter dam. Females who only have natural calves can qualify, as well as cows used as donors in an embryo transfer program.  For a cow to reach the Typesetter designation, she must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Three natural offspring that are classified “U” with a score of 1 or 2 for conformation and an underline score of 1, 2, or 3.
  2. One natural and four embryo offspring that are classified “U” with a score of 1 or 2 for conformation and an underline score of 1, 2, or 3.
  3. Two natural and two embryo offspring that have been classified “U” with a score of 1 or 2 for conformation and an underline score of 1, 2, or 3.

As you can tell, the key to having your animals designated as Typesetters is to participate in the BBU Voluntary Classification program. In order to be classified with conformation and underline scores, cattle must be at least 13 months of age. Registration certificates or applications for registration must be available to the classifier at the time of classification. If at all possible, cattle should be penned in a working corral, to make it easier to evaluate animals up close.

Fees for classification are $350 or $5/head, whichever is greater. If you and another nearby breeder would like to work together and schedule a visit at the same time, fees for visits can be split between both parties. To schedule a classification visit, feel free to contact me at 210-464-0923 or by email at mwoolfolk@beefmasters.org.  Before long, you’ll be seeing stars in your own herd!

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Schwartz Joins the Beefmaster Staff

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 8, 2015)Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is proud to announce that Kelsey Schwartz of San Antonio, Texas, will be serving in a new position at the San Antonio office that will focus on member services and data entry. Schwartz will provide breed registration assistance for the over 2,800 BBU members throughout the United States and world. She began her duties at the office on Jan. 5, 2015. When calling the office, please help us in welcoming Kelsey to the Beefmaster family.

Schwartz grew up in Brenham, Texas, where she raised and showed cattle with her family. Her family currently operates Triple S Ranch, a cow-calf and replacement female operation, as well as operates Cattleman’s Brenham Livestock Auction in Brenham, Texas. Schwartz has an extensive background in Animal Science and her previous work experience includes working at a veterinary clinic in College Station, Texas.

She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. While at Texas A&M, Schwartz was active in various campus organizations. Beefmaster members are very lucky to have a dedicated employee join the staff and focusing on serving our members, while also improving our animal registration process.

“Kelsey is a bright young lady who will provide our members with superior service,” said BBU Chief Financial Officer Collin Osbourn. “BBU is dedicated to our members and providing the best member service in the cattle industry, Kelsey will ensure this continued dedication.”

For more information or to contact the BBU staff members call the 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. Receive our news updates through joining our mailing list.

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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 they 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 A.I. 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, 2015. 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.

5)      Anyone planning on attending the 2015 JBBA National Show and Convention in Bryan/College Station is encouraged to book hotel 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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