- 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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