BOERNE, TEXAS – More than 200 Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members gathered the week of July 15-21, 2018, at the Four States Fairgrounds and Holiday Inn Convention Center in Texarkana, Ark., for a fun-filled week at the 2018 JBBA National Show and Convention.
In addition to the cattle shows, the event also included contests, leadership training, engaging speakers, a live and silent auction fundraiser, family fun night, the annual awards banquet and dance and other exciting activities.
Bonnie Ramirez, JBBA Coordinator, said if she had to describe the week-long event in a few words they would be “An Awesome Experience.”
“Though it was a long, hot and tiring week; the fellowship, fun and comradery experienced was one like no other,” Ramirez said. “I am so proud of the Beefmaster youth. They did great participating in contests, showing their animals, meeting and making new friends, and working. It takes a village to execute [...]
Boerne, Texas – Emily Horton has been selected as the 2018 Livestock Publications Council (LPC) summer intern for Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU). Emily is a senior in agricultural communications at Oklahoma State University and will graduate in December 2018. Horton began her internship duties on June 4 at the BBU office in Boerne.
Emily’s family has owned and operated a cow-calf operation for more than 120 years in Hardeman County, Texas on the historic Bar A Ranch. For more than 40 of those years, Emily’s family has raised Beefmaster cattle and she is incredibly passionate about the breed. She is also a very talented writer, photographer and enjoys public relations and event management.
This summer she will work with the BBU communications team, helping to plan and coordinate the production of the fall issue of The Beefmaster Pay Weight, as well as assist in capturing content for use in marketing pieces. She [...]
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 [...]
Boerne, Texas – The 27th Annual San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo All Breeds Bull and Commercial Female Sale proved to be a successful event for five Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) members, with two of the breeders taking top honors. Rancho Dos Vidas Ltd., Moore, Texas won Overall Grand Champion Pen of Females with their first place Beefmaster/E6 Certified Bred Heifers. Collier Farms Beefmasters, Brenham, Texas won Overall Reserve Champion Pen of Females with their second place Beefmaster/E6 Certified Bred Heifers.
The Beefmaster breeders were recognized prior to the sale held on Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 after being selected as top-placing cattle during the judging held on Tues., Feb. 13, 2018. All of the cattle consigned to the sale are judged by a panel of twelve judges. This sale features purebred bulls and commercial heifers consigned by premier Texas ranches.
Rancho Dos Vidas won grand champion with their consigned pen of Beefmaster/E6 [...]
Boerne, Texas – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Integrity Beef Alliance. In December 2017 Beefmaster bulls became the most recent bull breed approved by the Integrity Beef’s board of directors for inclusion in the program. Beefmaster bulls are the newest addition to the program and join the already approved bull breeds of Angus, Charolais, Hereford and Red Angus.
“This past year has been an excellent year of growth for the Integrity Beef Alliance, both in participation numbers, but also marketing opportunities for members,” says Executive Director of Integrity Beef Dr. Robert Wells. “Additionally, Alliance leadership has taken numerous steps to further guarantee the future success of the program. Some of the changes that have been made are inclusion of more approved bull breeds.”
Established in 2000 by the Noble Research Institute (formerly the Noble Foundation), Integrity Beef is the culmination of best management practices [...]
Boerne, Texas – The Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Board of Directors held a meeting on Jan., 4 in San Antonio Texas. During the meeting the board approved a restructure to the organizational leadership within BBU. The restructure appointed Collin Osbourn as the Executive Vice President and Bill Pendergrass as the Vice President of Marketing and Research.
“These changes in staff leadership come after several months of discussion among the board members and staff. Unfortunately, Bill Pendergrass suffered a stroke in August 2017 and this limited his ability to serve in full capacity in his previous role as Executive Vice President,” says BBU President Steve Carpenter. “Bill expressed his concern of not meeting the demands of the job and prompted the need for restructure within BBU leadership.”
Lance Bauer was also assigned by the Executive Vice President to serve as the Director of Breed Improvement and Western Field Representative. All other organizational staff [...]
Boerne, Texas – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is comprised of satellite organizations and marketing groups that host Beefmaster cattle sales throughout the year, among many other events. One of the satellites, the Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association (LOBBA), held their premier annual bull sale on Saturday, Jan., 6 at the Live Oak County Fairgrounds in Three Rivers, Texas. This sale is the longest running sale in the Southwest, offering high quality Beefmaster bulls to commercial and purebred cattlemen and women. This year 104 lots were offered, which included Beefmaster bulls from Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Louisiana. Several international buyers were present and purchased quality Beefmaster bulls. The Live Oak Bull Sale grossed $587,050 and the average was $5,645 per head. The two high selling bulls sold for $30,000 each.
All bulls were graded on phenotypic make-up by a select panel of graders. Prize money was awarded to [...]
Boerne, Texas – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is proud to announce the hiring of Yvonne “Bonnie” Ramirez as the JBBA/International and Membership Coordinator. Her duties include managing the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) program, BBU memberships and the U. S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., (USLGE) portion of the BBU international marketing program.
Ramirez grew up in the small south Texas town of Encino and now resides in the Sutherland Springs/Floresville, Texas area. She joins the BBU team after most recently working for the International Brangus Breeders Association. Ramirez received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, with an emphasis in animal science and a minor in communications, from Sam Houston State University. Prior to working for the Brangus association, she worked for the Producers CO-OP Association’s La Vernia Country Store in La Vernia, Texas and served as director of communications for the Texas Animal Health Commission. Her other work experience includes [...]
Boerne, Texas – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is proud to announce that Dusty Pendergrass of Bryan, Texas, has joined the BBU staff as the Eastern Field Representative. Pendergrass will provide field assistance to Beefmaster breeders and commercial beef producers that are located east of Interstate-45 in Texas, as well as Oklahoma and all states to the east. Lance Bauer will continue to serve as the Western Field Representative/Commercial Marketing Director and will continue to cover all areas west of Interstate-45 in Texas and west of Oklahoma.
Dusty Pendergrass will provide ranch consultation services to members, as well as guidance through the Pro Services program. BBU members who utilize Pro Services will receive a ranch visit from a field representative twice a year for a one-on-one consultation and assistance with the most complicated aspect of the purebred industry: record keeping. Through Pro Services, Dusty Pendergrass will assist participating members in updating their [...]
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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