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Life Tribute to Andy Boudreau

 

Andy Boudreau, a young 83-year-old, met life’s challenges head-on, but he could not overcome an aggressive lung cancer and its side effects no matter how hard he fought. Andy lost his final challenge and passed away with close family and friends at his side on May 24, 2018.

Andy was born on December 18, 1934, in Beaumont, Texas. He attended parochial schools with his siblings, commuting from their rural Lumberton home.  During his teen years, he participated in all sports, excelling in football, basketball, and baseball.  He attended Wharton County Junior College, and then Andy, a mathematics wizard, went on to receive a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lamar University.  Relocating to Houston in the mid ‘60’s and later to Richmond in 1979, Andy spent his professional career constructing gasoline plants all over the world, retiring from Mustang Engineering three years ago.

During the mid ‘80s, Andy discovered his true passion when [...]

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Performance Article Series: Part 3 Other Traits Measured at Birth and Weaning

 

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

There are several other traits that are measured either at the time of birth or when calves are weaned. These include a calving ease score and udder scores at birth, then mature cow weight at weaning. These traits are important for the survival of the calf, the longevity of the cow and the efficiency of the cow. A live calf every year is the goal of most producers and having low maintenance cattle that are able to produce calves for many years are very valuable. By measuring these traits there is information provided for calculating both direct and maternal calving ease, as well as the development of new EPDs for udder scores and mature cow weights. These are all traits that are important for maternal ability and can possibly be incorporated into the calculation of $M index.

Calving ease is an [...]

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Emmons Ranch JBBA Show Results

Freestone County Fairgrounds in Fairfield, TX
May 19, 2018

17 exhibitors
33 heifers entered

Show Winners
Calf Champion- Dylan Simons, Gilmore’s Heavenly Grace
Reserve Calf – Kaylee Beason, Lyssys Marie Laveau

Junior Champion- Braylee Mackie, Miss Legit
Reserve Junior- Reece Wrobleski, CHRK Wildfire

Senior Champion- Rebecca Small, Miss KK
Reserve Senior- Braylee Mackie, Ms Opal

Overall Champion- Dylan Simons, Gilmore’s Heavenly Grace
Reserve- Kaylee Beason, Lyssys Marie Laveau

Bred and Owned Champion- Emily Martin, 4M Firefox
Reserve- Ryan Wrobleski, RMW Penny

Showmanship
Junior- Kyndall Rhodes
Intermediate- Kaylee Beason
Senior- Braylee Mackie

Top Ten Exhibitors
Ryan Wrobleski
Kaylee Beason
Braylee Mackie
Dylan Simons
Weston Brooks
Kevin Paris
Rebecca Small
Lane Hendricks
Emily Martin
Kyndall Rhodes

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East Texas/Louisiana Beefmaster Marketing Group Spring Fling JBBA Heifer Show Results

April 21, 2018 in Crockett, Texas

54 exhibitors
98 heifers entered

Show Winners
Calf Champion- Saige Tassin, Ellis’ Elizabeth
Reserve Calf – Kaylee Beason, Miller 785

Junior Champion- Braylee Cowan, Lukes Cold Heart
Reserve Junior- Amelia Buckley, BR Selena

Senior Champion- Travis Glaser, Annabelle
Reserve Senior- Rebecca Small, Miss KK

Overall Champion- Braylee Cowan, Lukes Cold Heart
Reserve- Saige Tassin, Ellis’ Elizabeth

Bred and Owned Champion- Braylee Cowan, Lukes Cold Heart
Reserve- Amelia Buckley, BR Selena

Showmanship
Junior-Mackenzie Low
Intermediate- Kaylee Beason
Senior- Saige Tassin

Top Ten Exhibitors
Amelia Buckley
Kolten Brady
Raymie Emmons
Reece Wrobleski
Mackenzie Low
Rhaina Emmons
Travis Glaser
Saige Tassin
Braylee Cowan
Kaylee Beason

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BIF Celebrates 50 Years

By Lisa Bard, BluePrint Media | BIF Sponsor

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) is celebrating 50 years in 2018. Themed “Elevating the Industry,” the Annual Meeting and Research Symposium is poised not only to celebrate the last 50 years but launch into the next 50.

BIF was officially founded in 1968, but its formation began the previous January during a meeting at the National Western Stock Show. At that time, a group of producers and researchers – spearheaded by Colorado cattle producer, lawyer and performance evaluation advocate Ferry Carpenter, and Frank Baker, the federal Extension livestock specialist in 1967 – met with the goal to move the cattle industry from its historical basis of visual appraisal to one of evaluation based on performance.

Thus began a very powerful and intentional “performance movement” in the cattle industry that continues and thrives today. Fifty years later, the 2018 BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium [...]

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Ozark and Heart of America Spring Sale Report

 

A standing room only crowd witnessed the 40th Annual Ozark and Heart of America Spring Sale in Springfield, Mo., on April 14th. There were 209 registered buyers from 11 states competing for the 180 lots. Cattle went to Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Kansas and Alabama.

Thirty yearling futurity bulls averaged $2,606, 57 tested bulls averaged $3,170, 36 pairs averaged $2,427, 29 yearling futurity heifers averaged $2,484, 19 bred heifers averaged $1,989, and 9 bred cows averaged $1,833.

There were 68 consignors with 17 being first time consignors to the sale. Thank you to all the buyers and consignors that helped make this such a successful sale.

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2018 Collier Farms Advantage Sale Report

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 – GIDDINGS, TEXAS

 

39 OPEN HEIFERS AVERAGED $12,179.49

27 BRED HEIFERS AVERAGED $13,129.63

18 PAIRS AVERAGED $13,305.56

2 BULLS AVERAGED $12,500.00

SEMEN SALES TOTALED $38,060.00

EMBRYO SALES TOTALED $33,800.00

 

TOTAL SALES: $1,165,860.00

SALE AVERAGE: $13,248.41

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Performance Article Series: Part 2 Weight Traits

 

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

The traits of birth weight, weaning weight and yearling weight are all economically important to cattlemen. Birth weight is one of the leading causes of dystocia in cattle and can cause the loss of cow and/or calf. This leads many cow-calf producers to look for bulls with low birth weights. The majority of calves in the United States are also sold at weaning and are sold by the pound, so weaning heavy weaning weights are important to these producers. Other producers will retain ownership of calves through the feed yard and yearling weight can be an indicator of how well they will perform there. By measuring these weights on your cattle and recording the weights with the BBU registry system, you provide more information for the calculation of EPDs.

Birth weights are the first weights that should be recorded and should [...]

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Skaggs Sweeps at Major Stock Shows with Beefmaster Heifer

 

By: Yvonne (Bonnie) Ramirez

BOERNE- Seventeen-year old Shawn Skaggs, a junior at De Leon High School had a great show season this year as he claimed top honors at every major stock show in Texas. Shawn, a member of the De Leon FFA started his streak at the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth by taking the Grand Champion Beefmaster honors with his heifer, WR Queen Elizabeth. He followed that accolade with being named Grand Champion Beefmaster heifer at the San Antonio Stock Show.  An exciting honor to add to his San Antonio win was that Shawn’s heifer was also named the Reserve Grand American heifer! This is a big achievement for the Beefmaster breed.

Shawn continued his winning show streak by claiming the Grand Champion Beefmaster title at the Houston Livestock Show. He ended his 2018 show season by claiming the Grand Champion Beefmaster title at Rodeo Austin where [...]

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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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