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Record Your Mature Cow Weights

 

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We are currently asking members to record and submit their mature cow weights to BBU, in order to help in the formulation of a new EPD. Mature cow weights are tied to cow efficiency and will help us to prove that we are THE maternal breed. A mature cow weight can be tied into the $M index and make the maternal index an even better tool in the selection of replacement females.

These weights are simple to collect, as they will be collected when calves are weaned. When weaning calves, run the cows belonging to the weaned calves, across the scale and collect a weight and a Body Condition Score (BCS). Body condition scores are recorded on a 1-9 scale with 1 being emaciated and 9 being severely obese. You can refer to the diagram below for a visual representation of BCS.

The cow’s identification number and [...]

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Panama Reverse Trade Mission

 

A recent Beefmaster Panama reverse trade mission was hosted in Missouri and by all accounts, exceeded expectations. Last week nine Panamanian guests visited several Beefmaster ranches throughout Missouri. This trip was coordinated by Andrea Powell and Kayla Otto with the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the BBU International Committee. The nine Panama guests were Jaime Cano, Ney Pimentel, Cristobal Coronel, Eduardo Chiu, Armando Chiu, Feliciano Gonzalez, Diccon Curry, Roderick Alexander Gonzalez Murray and Blanca Gomez.

Thank you to our Beefmaster breeders who graciously hosted the guests at their ranches: Wallen Prairie Ranch (Paul & Rhonda Wallen) of Lockwood, Mo., St. Clair Beefmasters (Craig & Karen Johnson) of El Dorado Springs, Mo., Cedar Springs Beefmaster (Dr. Roger and Cindy Holden) of Conway, Mo., and Jerry Glor Beefmasters of Halfway, Mo.

Through this reverse trade mission it is the hope of the international committee to encourage trade between the United States and Panama [...]

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B.E.E.F. Giving in 2017

 

Invest in supporting the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) before January 1, 2018 & save money!

As you may know, at Beefmaster Breeders United’s (BBU) recent annual convention in Galveston, Texas, our breed’s Foundation (B.E.E.F.), in cooperation with BBU launched the “Foundation for the Future” endowment campaign. This is one of the most important initiatives the Beefmaster Breed has ever undertaken.  By establishing a permanent financial base for our Foundation it will enhance our breed’s ability to secure verifiable scientific data on the benefits of the Beefmaster breed, enable the industry to disseminate this information both among BBU members and to the public, and continue to grow the breed.

Your investment, your donation before year’s end, will greatly help us reach our goal!

SAVING  &  INVESTING, WHILE  GIVING IN  2017

The end of the year can be a good time to review important financial matters, including charitable gift donations to your [...]

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Beefmaster Breeders United is now accepting internship applications

 

BOERNE, Texas – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is now accepting applications for the summer communications internship. The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) is pleased to partner with BBU to offer the 2018 LPC Summer Internship. One student communicator will receive $4,500 and the chance to work for a leading cattle breed organization.

The selected intern will assist with projects in the communications department, production of The Beefmaster Pay Weight and assist in association event management.

The internship will provide experience in writing, design, social media, videography, photography, editing, proofing, communicating with clients and managing projects.

College juniors or seniors are encouraged to apply and membership in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) is preferred but not mandatory. Writing and editing skills are highly recommended, along with knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, InDesign, Photoshop and AP (Associated Press) style.

The internship will span from approximately mid-May to mid-August, with specific start and end dates depending on the [...]

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Apply for a Beefmaster Summer Internship

 

Apply for one of the most sought-after experiences in agricultural communications.

The Livestock Publications Council is pleased to partner with Beefmaster Breeders United to offer the 2018 LPC Summer Internship. One student communicator will receive $4,500 and the chance to work for a leading cattle breed organization.

Gain Experience In:
Editorial writing • Design • TV script writing • Videography • Social media • Event management

Requirements:
• Resume
• References
• Pertinent work samples
• Statement of interest in agricultural communications

Submit materials or questions to Jeralyn Novak, Beefmaster Breeders United, jnovak@beefmasters.org. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017

College juniors or seniors are encouraged to apply.

Membership in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) is preferred but not mandatory.

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Beefmaster Foundation Launches National Endowment Campaign

- Exceeds Phase One Goal of $1 Million

BOERNE, Texas – During Beefmaster Breeders United’s (BBU) recent convention in Galveston, Texas, national campaign co-chairs Mackie Bounds and Bob Siddons, announced the public launch of the “Foundation for the Future” endowment campaign, 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, which 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 phase one goal of the campaign was to secure $1 million in pledges, which may be paid over five years, at the time of the public launching of the campaign.

“We have now already made history with over $1 million having been committed at the launch of the campaign today and that the committee is now moving forward to the [...]

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Ways AI Pays: High-Dollar Bulls Build Better Heifers

 

By Boyd Kidwell
Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor – Original Post on Progressive Farmer

Mike Mutch uses bulls worth six figures on his beef farm near Silk Hope, North Carolina. That may not be unheard of in the cattle industry, but for a part-time producer with 38 cows, it’s a definite point of pride. What makes it possible? Artificial insemination (AI). The technology allows producers like Mutch to tap into the country’s best beef genetics. He credits it for his top-notch Angus cow herd, built over the past 15 years.

Mutch has a unique business plan. He AIs commercial Angus cows with semen from top sires. He then breeds heifers from the cross and keeps the young females for one or two calves. After that, he sells proven three- to four-year-old cows to other cattlemen building herds.

“I’m focused on the replacement female [...]

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Wittenburg Honored with Beefmaster Legends Award

 

BOERNE, Texas – Hans Wittenburg of Edna, Texas was presented the Legends Award by Nolan Ryan during the 57th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention “Beefmasters on the Bay” in Galveston, Texas. The Legends Award was started in 2002 by then BBU president Nolan Ryan and is awarded to members who have been raising Beefmaster cattle for 50 years or more. There have been eight previous Legends Award recipients prior to Hans Wittenburg.

Wittenburg grew up in Lockhart, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry and was commissioned second lieutenant in the United States Army. As a young man fresh out of college, Hans married his wife Mary Ann on January 28, 1951, and went to work for Green Valley Cattle Co. in San Marcos, Texas. During this time, he saw his first Beefmaster cattle, and their performance at the feedlot made [...]

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Welkener Selected as Beefmaster Cattlewoman of the Year

 

Marie Welkener of Kenedy, Texas, was announced as the 2017 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Cattlewoman of the Year during the 57th Annual BBU Convention “Beefmasters on the Bay” in Galveston, Texas.

Marie Welkener is a woman dedicated to the Beefmaster breed and has been an intricate part of the Beefmaster Breeders Cattlewomen (BBC) for many years. Welkener is currently the BBC president and has served on numerous BBU committees over the years. She most recently was the convention committee chair and led the association to yet another successful convention.

BBC is an organization dedicated to assisting Beefmaster Breeders United in promoting the Beefmaster breed, educating the public to the merits of the breed, assisting the junior programs, and participating in any other projects deemed appropriate by the members. Each year a Cattlewoman of the Year is selected by her peers and she is a representative of the hard [...]

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Oklahoma Cattleman Selected as Beefmaster Breeder of the Year

 

BOERNE, Texas – Tom and Deidra Hood, Hidden Hollow Beefmasters of Tahlequah, Okla., were announced as the 2017 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Breeder of the Year during the 57th Annual BBU Convention “Beefmasters on the Bay” in Galveston, Texas.

Tom and Deidra have been BBU members since 1984 and are active members of the Central States Beefmaster Breeders Association (CSBBA), Arkansas Beefmaster Breeders Association, Central Texas Beefmaster Breeders Association, Louisiana Beefmaster Breeders Association and the Ozark and Heart of America Beefmaster Marketing Group (OHOA). The Hoods played an important role in the success of both OHOA and CSBBA for more than a decade, serving as sale manager for their annual sales and serving in multiple leadership roles, including on the board of directors. Tom also served on the BBU board of directors from 2014 to 2016 and this dynamic duo has worked for over three decades marketing Beefmaster cattle throughout the [...]

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