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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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Beefmaster Breeders United Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

 

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. This year’s convention was very special because two legendary men were inducted into the BBU Hall of Fame. The BBU Hall of Fame has been established to honor the exceptional, visionary men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the Beefmaster breed.

The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are the late Dale Lasater of Matheson, Colo., and Laurence “Laurie” Lasater of San Angelo, Texas. Both of these men are sons of Tom Lasater, the founder of the Beefmaster breed.

Dale Lasater was a well-known Colorado cattle rancher, conservationist and humanitarian. Dale Lasater’s life touched many people in the ranching and land stewardship community, worldwide. He was a beloved and visionary figure in his field, carrying [...]

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Beefmaster Excels in USDA Feed Efficiency Evaluation

 

BOERNE, Texas – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) conducted a feed efficiency evaluation at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Neb., on 18 beef cattle breeds. The feed efficiency test results ranked the Beefmaster breed second for Average Daily Gain (ADG) and Dry Matter Intake (DMI) in both steers and heifers.

The USMARC study evaluated a group of 5,606 head of cattle and the group was composed of both finishing steers and growing replacement heifers. The study collected data for DMI, ADG and Post Weaning Gain (PWG). DMI and ADG data was recorded over 62 to 148 day periods for both steers and heifers. PWG was calculated by dividing gain from weaning to yearling weights by the number of days between the weights. Individual animal feed intake data was measured daily, as a key component of the evaluation. All animals used [...]

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Junior Beefmaster Breeders Win in Wichita Falls, Texas

 

BOERNE, Texas – Over two hundred Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members and their families traveled to the MPEC – J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center in Wichita Falls, Texas for the 33rd Annual JBBA National Show and Convention from July 16-22. This week-long event hosted Junior Beefmaster breeders from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Along with the cattle shows and convention, money was also raised to support the JBBA program.

“A big thank you to the auction donors, live auction buyers and Calcutta auction buyers. The auctions held last week raised over $16,000 for the Junior Beefmaster Breeders program,” said Collin Osbourn, Beefmaster Breeders United Chief Financial Officer.

During the convention JBBA members elected the following individuals to represent them as the 2017-2018 JBBA Board of Directors and Officers.

President: Cristian Samano of Decatur, Texas
President Elect: Raleigh Scherer of Brenham, Texas
Secretary: Emily Martin of New Ulm, Texas
Treasurer: Seth [...]

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Junior Beefmaster National Show and Convention to be held in Texas

BOERNE, TEXAS – The schedule has been set and young Beefmaster breeders are preparing for the 33rd annual Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) National Convention and Junior Show to be held in Wichita Falls, Texas. The show and convention will take place at the J S Bridwell Agricultural Center from July 16 – 22.

Exhibitors will have the opportunity to compete with their cattle in the E6/Advancer Show, National Heifer Show, National Bull Show, Bred & Owned Heifer Show and Showmanship Contest. Matt Claeys of West Lafayette, Ind., will judge the National Heifer Show. Dr. Dave Nichols of Manhattan, Kan., will serve as the judge for the Bred & Owned Heifer Show, E6/Advancer Show and the National Bull Show. The showmanship contest judge is Jared Givens.

Claeys grew up in Atkinson, Ill., and attended Black Hawk East Community College and the University of Illinois. He was a member of the judging teams [...]

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Beefmaster releases genomic-enhanced calving ease EPDs

Boerne, Texas – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) has expanded their offering of genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (EPDs) through releasing calving ease direct (CED) and maternal calving ease (MCE) EPDs.

Calving ease is one of the most important genetic traits for producers to consider. The Beefmaster calving ease EPDs take into account the birth weight, as well as the calving ease score that producers assign to heifers and cows at calving. The CED EPD is based on the calving ease score and birth weight and can be used to evaluate how a sire will impact calving ease in heifers calving at two years of age. While the MCE EPD is used to evaluate how a sire’s heifer offspring will calve at two years of age without difficulty.

“In the past focusing solely on birth weight was a way to pick bulls that would present less calving issues, but now with calving ease EPDs [...]

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Brandi Feller Joins the Beefmaster Breeders United Staff

BOERNE, Texas – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is proud to announce that Brandi Feller of Sisterdale, Texas, is the latest BBU employee and she will focus on member services and data entry for Beefmaster breeders. Feller will provide animal registration and animal transfer assistance for the over 2,800 BBU members throughout the United States and world. She began her duties on Jan. 30, 2017, at the new BBU office located at 118 W. Bandera Road, Boerne, TX 78006. Help us in welcoming Brandi to the Beefmaster family!

Feller has been involved with agriculture her whole life and she grew up in Sisterdale, Texas, where she raised livestock on the family owned ranch – Kneupper Ranch. Feller has an extensive background in animal science and her previous work experience includes working as a Veterinary Technician at Gillespie Veterinary Clinic in Fredericksburg, Texas. As a technician she worked extensively with large animals, artificial [...]

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Beefmaster Honors Outstanding Cattlemen at Convention

 

SAN ANTONIO – The 56th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention “The Magic of Beefmasters” was hosted in Branson, Mo., at the Hilton Branson Convention Center from October 26 – 29, 2016. The official kick-off of the 2016 convention was highlighted with award winning speeches from the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association members and the pickpocket magician Gene Turner entertaining the crowd with magic tricks, laughs and ways to prevent pickpocketing.

New this year to convention was the Beefmaster Shotgun Classic sponsored by Datamars – ZTags, The Beefmaster Cowman and Creative Awards. The winning team was the Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association with team members Tony Psencik, Trey Scherer, Melvin Scherer and Anthony Mihalski.

During the convention Beefmaster Breeders United held their general membership meeting. At the meeting BBU members elected new Board of Director members and officers. Steve Carpenter of Tecumseh, Okla., was elected president and Bob Siddons of Lakeway, Texas, was [...]

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Beefmaster Juniors Compete in National Contests

SAN ANTONIO – One hundred and seventy two Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members and their families traveled to the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La., for the 32nd Annual JBBA Convention and National Show from July 17-23. This week-long event hosted Junior Beefmaster breeders from Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

“The contests in West Monroe were very successful and congratulations to all the exhibitors, we look forward to seeing you next year in Wichita Falls, Texas,” said Matt Woolfolk, Junior Program Coordinator. “Also a huge thank you to our numerous sponsors for supporting the future of the Beefmaster breed. This junior program is possible because of the support from businesses and families.”

During the convention JBBA members elected the following individuals to represent them as the 2016-2017 JBBA Board of Directors and Officers.

President: [...]

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