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New Beefmaster Commercial Tool: Igenity Beefmaster

 

By Lance Bauer, Beefmaster Breeders United Director of Breed Improvement

A seedstock producer’s main goal is to produce animals that will help the commercial cattleman increase his profits and continually improve his cattle. Seedstock producers should be making choices to improve their cattle, so that the commercial cowman can use those cattle to improve his herd. Seedstock producers regularly select cattle for performance and they use EPDs to help improve in areas that their herd is lacking. Commercial cattlemen can use EPDs to select bulls with the performance they need to work on their cow base. With Beefmaster bulls many of these cattlemen are retaining the heifers and using them as replacements. What if there was a way to offer the commercial cattle producer another selection tool for these replacement females?

There is now a way! Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is releasing a commercial female chip that will be a tool for […]

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Texas A&M Requesting Nomination of Beefmaster Genetics

 

Dear Beefmaster Breeder,

We need your help! Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, Texas is making a change in direction for their beef cattle herd. They have made the decision to upgrade with two new breeds, Beefmaster and Red Angus. We have been planning since the end of 2018 with TAMU leadership on the parameters and timelines for nominating Beefmaster embryos. This is very exciting news for the Beefmaster association. Beefmaster cattle are being recognized for outstanding maternal traits, growth, efficiency and adaptability. We are proud that Texas A&M has decided to build a Beefmaster herd!

Texas A&M is seeking embryos to be placed in University-owned recipient females during the spring of 2020 (so time is of the essence)! Their goal is to source at least 120 embryos of high genetic merit, based on the included EPD parameters, to build an early spring calving herd. Their second new breed (Red Angus) […]

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Texas A&M University and Beefmaster Breed Join Forces

 

BOERNE, Texas – Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, Texas is making a change in direction for their beef cattle herd. They have made the decision to upgrade with two new breeds, Beefmaster and Red Angus. Beefmaster Breeders United has been working with TAMU leadership since the fall of 2018 on this project. This partnership demonstrates that Beefmaster cattle are being recognized for outstanding maternal traits, growth, efficiency and adaptability not just in Texas, but globally.

“There are multiple reasons why we decided to initiate a herd with Beefmasters,” said TAMU Animal Science Department Head Dr. Cliff Lamb. “Globally, about 70% of the world’s beef cattle are in tropical or sub-tropical regions. It is certainly a reason to have a breed that is associated with the ability to adapt to those climates.”

Dr. Lamb is determined to make the Texas A&M Beef Center a highlight for the Animal Science Department. Lamb and […]

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Junior Beefmaster Breeders Compete at “Beef in the Heart of Texas”

 

BOERNE, TEXAS – Approximately 215 Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members and approximately 460 head of cattle from all over Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi gathered the week of July 21-26, 2019 at the Bell County Exposition Center in Belton, Texas for a fun-filled week at the 2019 “Beef in the Heart of Texas” JBBA National Show and Convention.

In addition to the cattle shows, the event also included contests and new competitions; Beef Skillathon and “Tell Your Beefmaster Story” video contest. The inaugural year of the video contest had an impressive 41 entries. A leadership conference, silent and live auctions, family fun night, awards banquet, and dance were also part of this annual event.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to all sponsors, junior leaders, BBU staff, JBBA Adult committee, BBU members and other volunteers for all of their support and contributions,” said JBBA Director of Youth Programs Bonnie […]

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2019 Clark Jones & Cottage Farms Southern Tradition XIX Beefmaster Production Sale Report

Clark Jones & Cottage Farms Southern Tradition XIX Beefmaster Production Sale Report

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2019 Swinging B Ranch and Friends Sale Report

Swinging B Ranch and Friends Sale

Tenroc Ranch, Salado, TX

May 18, 2019

4 Bulls $13,150 avg $3,288.00
7 Exposed $47,250.00 avg $6,750.00
30  Opens $134,000.00 avg $4,467.00
24 Bred $152,500.00 avg $6,355.00
3 Pair $11,250.00 avg $3,750.00
2 Picks $16,000.00 avg $8,000.00
1 semen lot $18,720.00
1 embryo lot $5,000.00
72 lots $397,870.00 avg $5,526.00

Top lots

Lot 27- Exposed, sire SWB Earthrocker, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Mason Cattle Co., Brownstown, IL for $20,000.00

Lot 28- Exposed, sire, VFF Torq’d, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Everardo Canales, Mission, TX for $12,000.00

Lot 46- Bred to SWB Luckenbach, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Jim Colvin, Seguin, TX for $12,000.00

Lot 31- Bred to Mcalester, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Everardo Canales, Mission, TX for $10,500.00

Lot 76- Sire, Painted Tiger, consigned by Tony and Karen Psencik, San Antonio, TX:  Sold to Bill and Dusty Carr, laredo, TX for $10,000.00

Lot 30- […]

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2019 Emmons Ranch Production Sale Report

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Purpose of an Index

 

By Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement & Western Field Representative

In previous articles I have mentioned that the purpose of the seedstock industry is to continually advance and make animals that fit into the commercial industry and make them more profitable. I have also mentioned the tools that are available to producers to help them make informed breeding decisions that should lead to increased returns. A key component to informed decisions is that a producer should never select on just one criterion, in other words avoid single trait selection. When looking at Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) it can sometimes be difficult to avoid single trait selection because a producer may become too focused on one trait, such as birth weight. To help producers avoid this, many breeds including Beefmaster, have implemented one or more indices that weight EPDs appropriately for different production systems. The use of index selection has been […]

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2019 Springtime in Texas Beefmaster Sale Report

 

Brenham, Texas –  April 27, 2019

5 Bulls $20,700 avg $4,140.00
1 3n1 $2,200.00
13 Pairs $30,300 avg $2,331.00
19 Bred $36,850.00 avg $1,940.00
32 Opens $68,600.00 avg $2,144.00
2 Picks $18,250.00 avg $9,125.00
1 Semen $1,900.00
1 Embryo Lot $3,600.00
74 Total Lots $182,400.00 avg $2,465.00

Top Bulls

Lot 53- sire, Tiger Britches, consigned by Carl and Fran Ditta, Cleveland, Tx:  Sold to Jeff Davis, Burton, TX for $6,250.00.
Lot 69- sire, Cain 15Z, consigned by Karisch Cattle Co., LaGrange, TX:  Sold to Steve McFaull, Cameron, TX for $5,000.00.
Lot 14- sire, Red Bayou, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX;  Sold to Jim Candler, Iola, TX for $3,750.00.
Lot 13- sire, CF Sugar Britches, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX;  Sold to Jim Candler, Iola, TX for $3,750.00.

Top Females

Lot 2a- open, sire, CF Sugar Britches, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX; Sold to Jon and Michelle Colburn, College Station, TX for $5,500.00.
Lot 3- open, sire, CF Sugar Britches, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, […]

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2019 SEBBA Dixie National Sale Report

 

Tunica, MS March 30, 2019
6 Bulls $15,650 avg $2,608
4 Pair $8,200 avg $2,050
15 Bred $28,600 avg $1,907
23 Open $45,450 avg $1,976
6 Semen lots $38,165 avg $6,361
5 Embryo lots $44,550 avg $8,910

59 Lots $180,615

Average $3,062

Top Bulls: Lot 29- Sire, Black Bayou, consigned by Mason Cattle co., Brownstown, IL; Sold to Britt Parker, Montrose, GA for $5,000.
Lot 24- Sire, CHRK Generator, consigned by Channarock Farm and Hiatt Diamond H, Rockfield, KY: Sold to Ricky Cornelison, Iuka, MS for $3,600.
Lot 13- Sire,, Sugar Britches; consigned by South Oaks Beefmasters, Lexington, TN; Sold to Walt McKellar, Senatobia, MS for $2,750.

Top Females:
Lot 26- Open, sire, Cl’s Lovemaker, consigned by Clark Jones, Savannah, TN; Sold to Santa Anna Ranch, MCAllen. TX for $8,000.
Lot 51- Open, sire, Ace of Spades, consigned by T5 Ranch, Bedias, TX; Sold to Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX for $3,750.
Lot 27- Bred to Cl’s Sure Fire, consigned by Clark Jones; Savannah, […]

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