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Cowboys, Cattle & the Colorado River

 

Huebner Brothers Cattle Company of Bay City, Texas has been crossing their cattle across the Colorado River, from their winter pastures on the 11-mile Matagorda Island that runs from Matagorda to Port O’Connor, for over 100 years. The part where the cattle cross the river is about 200 yards across and 15 feet deep, just at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico.

Before the cattle are driven across the island and across the river, the cowboys rope the smallest calves and load them in a trailer so they can ship them across on a river barge. Most of the calves can make the swim across the river, but we were on boats prepared to help the calves that struggled with the swim or got confused and swam the wrong way. No cows or calves were lost from the drive or swim.

On April 3rd I got to experience this cattle drive [...]

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JBBA Leaders Attend Youth Beef Industry Conference

The 2018 Youth Beef Industry Conference (YBIC), hosted by the American Angus Association, was held in Ohio. “What an incredible experience building tomorrow’s leaders today,” exclaimed Bonnie Ramirez, JBBA Youth Director. Approximately 160 youth leaders representing 18 different breed/cattle associations participated in this year’s YBIC. “JBBA had four young ladies who proudly represented the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association at the conference,” Ramirez added. JBBA leaders that attended YBIC included Braylee Mackie – District 5 director, Amanda McCoskey – Reporter, Kodi Stapp – District 2 Director and Caitlin Vargas – District 4 Director. According to the YBIC coordinator, this year denoted one of the larger YBIC events ever held.

YBIC participants appreciated an energetic, powerful and inspirational keynote presentation by A’Ric Jackson. His mission is to teach, inspire, and encourage all those who hear him, and to take the challenge of helping others pursue their goals and dreams. “He really energized [...]

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SEBBA Dixie National Sale Report

 

Tunica, MS 3-31-18

3 Bulls $13,250  avg $4,417
2 3n1 $5,800  avg $2,900
2 Pair $6,100  avg $3,050
14 Bred $33,900 avg $2,421
18 Open $46,650 avg $2,592
2 Picks $8,000 avg $4,000
1 Semen $25,00
1 Embryo Lot $4,525
43 Lots $120,725 Avg $2,808

Top Bull

Lot 14- Sire, CHRK Sledgehammer, consigned by brock Clay, Meridian, MS:  Sold to Ty Reeves, Carthage, MS for $7000.

Top Females

Lot 4- Bred to CF Brock, consigned by Bailey Farms, Pinson, TN:  Sold to Windy Hills, Poplarville, MS for $4500.
Lot 43- Open, Sire, EMS Captain Britches, consigned by Gerry Stricklin, Savannah, TN:  Sold to Next Gen Cattle Co., Paxico, KS for $4500.
Lot 3- Open, Sire,m EMS Fire House, consigned by Bailey Farms, Pinson, TN:  Sold to Ken Gooch, Jackson, TN for $4000.
Lot 36- Pair, Calf Sire, Panther Creek Partners 495, consigned by Panther Creek, Bells, TN:  Sold to Steven Anderson, Amarillo, TX for $3800.
Lot 11- Bred to BCF’s Hopes Hammer, consigned by Brock Clay, Meridian, [...]

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Frequently Asked Questions: New Online Registry System

 

With any new system, comes many questions. Here are some pointers/reminders and our answers to the most common questions we have received about the new online registry system.
How do I login?

Before you can login you must have a temporary password. To receive your temporary password, email Donna your name and membership number at dhenderson@beefmasters.org. You must submit request by email, if you call the office the staff will direct you to send an email. Here is a video on how to login and register an animal.

How do I register an animal?

View this video tutorial

Make sure to switch the “Calving Year” at the top of the “My Calving” registration page so that is matches the year of birth of the calf you are adding.  If you are registering different year calf crops at one sitting, you must make sure to change the “Calving Year” at the top.

Why am I [...]

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Beefmaster Promotion Group International Beefmaster Gala Sale Report

 

Beefmaster Promotion Group International Beefmaster Gala Sale – Houston, Texas – 3/3/2018

Lots
Type
Gross

Average

4
Bull
$10,050.00

$2,512.50

3
Bred Heifer
$8,450.00

$2,816.66

8
Open Heifer
$38,700.00

$4,837.50

1
Frozen Embryo
$1,125.00

$1,125.00

1
Flush
$6,000.00

$6,000.00

2
Semen
$5,125.00

$2,562.50

19
Total Lots
$69,450.00

$3,655.26

 

 

 

Category
Description
Price
Consignor
Purchased by

Open
Lot 21 – 707 RGB Vivian – Logan x Baby Lisa
$6,750
Rafter G Bar
DK 5 Bar Ranch, TX

Lot 16 – 17/17 WR Dakota – Pinnacle x Roxie’s Duramax
$6,500
Blue Ribbon
Poco Velasco, MX

Lot 22 – 1616 – EMS King George x Sister Grove 1226
$6,100
Sister Grove
Emmons Ranch, TX

 

 

 

Flush
Lot 6 – 35/534 Lyssy’s Vogue  – Maverick x Hilltop 665-0
$6,000
Lyssy Beefmaster
Steven & Lyn Anderson, TX

 

 

 

Bred Heifer
Lot 12 – -G 16/99 – EMS Headliner x 3G 3574 Exposed to VFF Mr. ADV. 31-4
$4,000
Troy Glaser
Emmons Ranch, TX

 

 

 

Bull
Lot 9 – 9206 HL Fire in the Hole – EMS Fire House x T5 596-4
$3,750
Lindsey Ranch
Steven & Lyn Anderson, TX

Lot 10 – 25 Painted on Smooth – EMS Smooth Cavalier x Amazing Jade
$3,700
Moreno Ranches
Cade Judd, TX

 

 

 

Semen
Lot 4 – EMS [...]

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Houston Magic XVIII Sale Report

 

Houston Magic XVIII – Houston, Texas – 3/2/2018

Lots
Type
Gross

Average

6
Bull
$29,500.00

$4,916.67

30
Open Heifer
$134,550.00

$4,485.00

14
Bred Heifer
$57,000.00

$4,071.43

2
Pairs
$8,500.00

$4,250.00

3
Bred Cows
$7,700.00

$2,566.67

5
Semen
$13,690.00

$2,738.00

4
Frozen Embryo
$22,700.00

$5,675.00

64
Total Lots
$273,640.00

$4,275.63

 

 

Category
Description
Price
Consignor
Purchased by

Open Heifer
Lot 53 – L2 67/17 – L2 Bushwacker x L2 Peggy Sue
$24,000
L 2 Ranch
Timber Ridge, TX

Lot 52 – L 2 69/17 – L 2 Captain Jack x Touch of Sugar
$8,000
L 2 Ranch
Cissna Ranch, TX.

Lot 27 – cf 851 – L 2 Infinity x CF Oasis
$7,000
Cottage Farm
Island Beefmasters, TX

Lot 26A – cf 856 – CF Sandman x CF Oasis
$6,500
Cottage Farm
Kacer Farms Inc., KY

Lot 7 – 127 ANS Sweet Thang – Panhandle Dream x Sweetwater 28
$6,500
Anderson Beefmaster
NextGen, KS

 

 

Bull
Lot 8 – BF 1631 – CF Sugar Britches x Super Sensation
$11,000
Bailey Farms
Farm & Ranch Beefmasters, TX

 

 

Bred Heifer
Lot 51 – L2 79/16 – L2 Bushwacker x Mimi L2 112/09  Bred to L2 Turbo 21
$9,000
L 2 Ranch
Stakes Ranch, LA.

Lot 61 – RH 54 – El Patron x Maxie L2 5/13 [...]

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Isa Beefmasters Wins Efficiency Test

 

Isa Beefmasters, LLC of San Angelo, Texas, is proud to announce that one of their Beefmaster heifers, L Bar 7102, recently won the Fall 2017 Efficiency Test at the Genetic Development Center (GDC) in Navasota, Texas. She had the highest Efficiency Index among 335 animals of 17 different breeds.

Gustavo Toro, manager at the Genetic Development Center, awarded L Bar 7102 the MVP (Most Valuable Performer) trophy of the test. According to Toro, “on top of that, Isa Beefmasters had four of the top ten animals by Efficiency Index and six of the top 11 animals for Residual Feed Intake (RFI). Congratulations to Isa Beefmasters for the outstanding performance of their animals.”

Feed efficiency is the talk in the beef industry right now. According to the GDC, “it’s no mystery the public wants ranchers to produce more environmentally efficient animals, but just as important is that rancher’s ability to stay profitable. Drought, [...]

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South Texas BBA Houston Futurity Sale Report

 

NRG Park Houston, Texas

March 2, 2018

 

27 Bulls $173,750 avg $6,435

5 Pair $21,500 avg $4,300

16 Bred $87,750 avg $5,484

30 Open $128,500 avg $4,283

1 Pick $6,750

2 Semen $15,780 avg $7,890

81 Lots $434,030 avg $5,358

 

Top Bulls

Lot 79- Sire, CF Sugar Britches consigned by Wallen Prairie Ranch,  Lockwood, MO;  Sold to Terry Chambers, Terrell, TX for $18,500.

Lot 77- Sire, Red Bull 511, consigned by V7 Ranch, Meyersville, TX:  Sold to Carlos Rascon, MX for $14,000.

Lot 73-  Sire, New Dimension, consigned by Collier Farms, Brenham, TX:  Sold to Tyler Gwosdz, Orange Grove, TX for $12,500.

Lot 67-  Sire, CF Sugar Britches, consigned by Bailey Farm, Pinson, TN:  Sold to Tommy Brittingham, Laredo, TX for $10,000.

Lot 64-  Sire, Red October, consigned by Flying B Ranch, LaPryor, TX:  Sold to Steven Carpenter, Tecumseh, OK for $9,000.

 

Top Females

Lot 33- Open, sire, Sheldon McManus, Lake Charles, LA:  Sold to Buddy Raney, Groveland, FL for $15,000.

Lot 39-  Bred to CF Brock, [...]

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B.E.E.F. Foundation for the Future Campaign Issues Matching Challenge

 

The “Foundation for the Future” endowment campaign launched in October 2017 and is an initiative to secure a permanent financial base which will enable the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) to aggressively accomplish research and education. This endowment campaign will help to both enhance the breed and provide credible scientific research and information for BBU members and the public on the benefits of the Beefmaster breed.

The goal for phase one of the campaign was to secure $1 million in pledges and this goal was completed prior to the public launch in October 2017. We are now in phase two of the campaign and the goal is to raise $2 million in pledges, which may be paid over five years, in 2018.

To reach this goal, B.E.E.F. has issued a matching challenge through an anonymous donor. The donor is offering a matching pledge of up to $10,000 and will match [...]

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Performance Data, EPDs & Indices: Part 1

 

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

Since the domestication of animals, humans have been on a quest to improve animals for specific purposes. For example, breeding dogs for hunting or working livestock, as well as developing oxen for work or food. Different methods of improvement have evolved over time with improvements in the areas of science and technology.

Initially animal selection was made based solely on phenotype or visual evaluation. For work purposes, the larger more fit animals were selected and for milk purposes the animals who looked to produce the most milk were selected. This visual evaluation is still a part of the selection process today, but many other tools have been developed to provide more information to the breeder.

Pedigrees were used by people once they realized that animals tended to resemble their parents and other relatives. People selected certain sire and dam combinations to improve [...]

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