BBU News Releases

Dusty Pendergrass, New Field Representative for Beefmaster Breeders United


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 [...]

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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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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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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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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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Kentucky Cattleman Selected as Beefmaster New Member of the Year


BOERNE, Texas – Brian and Becca Melloan, Channarock Farm of Rockfield, Ky., were announced as the 2017 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) New Member of the Year during the 57th Annual BBU Convention “Beefmasters on the Bay” in Galveston, Texas.

Brian and Becca, along with their son Garrett, are lifetime members of BBU and the Southeastern Beefmaster Breeders Association (SEBBA). They participate in whole herd reporting and they DNA test all of their embryo donor cows. They also ultrasound and measure all animals on the farm, use artificial insemination and embryo transfer significantly, and they are proud supporters of the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA). Brian is on the SEBBA Board of Directors, BBU International Committee, South 40 Committee, Chair of the SEBBA Executive Sale Committee, and the manager of the first SEBBA bull test.

“The Melloans are in this for the long haul and are making every effort to be successful,” said [...]

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Tennessee Cattleman Selected as Beefmaster Performance Breeder of the Year


BOERNE, Texas – Clark Jones, Jones Beefmasters of Savannah, Tenn., was announced as the 2017 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Performance Breeder of the Year during the 57th Annual BBU Convention “Beefmasters on the Bay” in Galveston, Texas. The award was presented to ranch owner Clark Jones and ranch manager Justin Williams during the awards luncheon.

Performance, phenotype and functionality are the main goals of Jones’ breeding program. Jones has submitted over 4,000 records to BBU since 1992 and evaluates his cattle for birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, carcass merit, scrotal and cow productivity. Over the past 30 years Jones has striven to produce the best Beefmaster cattle he can, by utilizing new technology and proven methods. Jones and Williams record performance data on all heifers and use that information to select replacements from the group. Females with poor performance in growth, as well as carcass data, will be culled from [...]

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Texas Cattleman Selected as Beefmaster Member of the Year


BOERNE, Texas – Trey and Mona Scherer of Brenham, Texas, were announced as the 2017 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Member of the Year during the 57th Annual BBU Convention “Beefmasters on the Bay” in Galveston, Texas.

Trey has been a member of BBU since 1986 and has produced Beefmaster cattle for over 30 years. Trey and Mona work as a team to manage Collier Farms Beefmasters and they both serve on multiple BBU committees. Trey currently serves on the BBU Board of Directors and the Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association (LOBBA) Board of Directors. Trey is a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Matagorda County Cattleman’s Association. Scherer has also served on the board of the Washington County Cattleman’s group, which operates through Texas AgriLife to produce an annual Cow/Calf Clinic open to all of Central Texas.

Scherer has been [...]

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Texas Ranch Selected as Beefmaster Environmental Award Winner


BOERNE, Texas – Whitwell Ranches of Cotulla, Texas, was announced as the 2017 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Environmental Award winner during the 57th Annual BBU Convention “Beefmasters on the Bay” in Galveston, Texas.

The ranch consists of 3,174 acres, which is made up of 17 pastures. Mike Whitwell and his family run 100 Beefmaster cows, which is one cow to every 31.74 acres. Being located in an area where it often forgets to rain, the Whitwells are stewards of the land and manage their wildlife and pastures in order to conserve the moisture they do receive. This award reminds Beefmaster breeders that they are not only cattle producers, but also conservationists.

“My family has always been stewards of the land. We have raised cattle for a living all my life, but we are really in the grass growing business,” said Whitwell. “That means you never eat it all the way to the [...]

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Beefmaster Breeders United Honor Outstanding Cattlemen at Convention


BOERNE, Texas – The 57th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention “Beefmasters on the Bay” was hosted in Galveston, Texas at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center from October 26 – 28, 2017. The official kick-off of the 2017 convention was highlighted with award winning speeches from the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association members and our fun and motivational feature speaker, Retired Sheriff J.B. Smith.

During the convention, BBU held their general membership meeting and BBU members elected new Board directors and officers. Dan A. Gattis of Hutto, Texas, was elected secretary and Chris Kauffman of Searcy, Ark., was elected treasurer. The following individuals were elected to the BBU Board of Directors with a three year term: Sue Pierson of Vacaville, Cali., Larry Lairmore of Foreman, Ark., Dr. Jim Colvin of Seguin, Texas and Jerry Thomas of Henderson, Tenn.

Beefmaster breeders from throughout the world attended this year’s convention. Convention attendees [...]

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