SEBBA Convention Sale
August 25, 2018
4 Bulls $10,650 avg $2,663
9 3n1′s $25,100 avg $2,789
6 Pair 11,400 avg $1900
22 Bred $52,650 avg $2,394
10 open $21,850 avg $2,185
1 pick $5,200
52 lots $126,850 avg $2,440
Lot 45- Sire, Sugar Britches, consigned by Gerry Stricklin, Savannah, TN: Sold to mark Gober, Seminole, OK for $5,750.
Lot 21- Sire, Walker Red, consigned by Ken Dougan, Tignall, GA: Sold to Mark Gober, Seminole, OK for $2000.
Lot 8- Bred to Brock, consigned by Bailey Farm, Pinson, TN: Sold to Gerald Ellenburg, Danville, AL for $5500.
Lot 24- 3n1, calf sire, Dr Love, consigned by Rick Everett, Dresden, TN; Sold to Clay Mills, Mt Airy, NC for $4300.
Lot 49- 3n1, calf sire, Maximum Jack, consigned by Windy Hills, Poplarville, MS; Sold to mark Gober, Seminole, OK for $4250.
Lot 3- Open, sire Spartacus, consigned by Bailey Farm, Pinpon, TN : Sold to Paul Wallen, Lockwood, MO for $4000.
Volume buyers; Ernie [...]
The Breed Improvement Committee discussed different measures of fertility that could be measured and used to help producers make selection decisions. One of the traits that was discussed was heifer pregnancy. Heifer pregnancy is a measure that many breeders already take and can be even more informative in the form of an EPD. To look at heifer pregnancy is simple, the animals are recorded and a all that is needed is a simple bred or open call. To get even more in depth an AI date and bull turn out date, as well as a calving date can be recorded to help calculate an EPD for days to calving.
If you have any of this data collected historically it would be helpful in calculating these reproductive EPDs, which will help us in developing and improving our $M index to be the best index in the industry. Please download the form below [...]
SFA Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that we will host their heifer and bull development program again this fall. Weaned heifers weighing between 400-700 lb will be accepted into the program beginning mid-October with a start date of November 1st. The bull development program is scheduled to begin January 11th. It’s not too early to start planning for fall weaning.
Producers needing to deliver cattle at an earlier date may do so by contacting farm manager Dustin Black. Information on the programs along with the signup sheets are available for download below.
SFA Heifer Development Program 2018
SFA Spring 2019 Bull Development Program
For more information contact Dustin Black (281)750-6270 or (936)468-6948 or Dr. Erin Brown (936)468-4433.
Beefmaster Breeders and Members,
First we want to thank the task force for its time and work on reaching a decision that all members felt was in the best interest of the Beefmaster breed and the association’s members moving forward. The BBU Board of Directors received the following recommendations on the 2018 Color Policy from the appointed task force and has acted to accept those recommendations. 1.) The board of directors has voted to rescind the 2018 Color Policy as previously passed in the June meetings. 2.) The board of directors has voted to set a goal of reaching a more uniform breed identity in 15 years; through a voluntary pathway described as a Uniformity Initiative.
Beefmaster Uniformity Initiative
In the endeavor to further advance the position of Beefmaster cattle in the commercial beef industry, BBU recognizes the need to create a more consistent and uniform Beefmaster animal to enhance breed identity. A [...]
By Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement & Western Field Representative
The end goal of the cattle industry is to produce beef to feed a growing population. At harvest there are many measurements that are taken to determine the value of a carcass. Some of these traits are; rib eye area, marbling and fat thickness. These traits are all higher in their heritability (0.4-0.6) than many of the other weight and production traits that are measured (0.1-0.4). This means that you can make fairly rapid genetic progress for carcass traits. However, it is hard to measure carcass traits without harvesting an animal, so we use ultrasound to estimate REA, intramuscular fat (IMF), as well as rib and rump fat. The ultrasound will have to be done by a certified ultrasound technician and should be done between 320 and 550 days of age for the data to be included in the genetic [...]
Beefmaster Members: The task force has been contacted and set for the discussion on the color uniformity guidelines and they will begin meeting as soon as possible. After the task force has had a chance to meet and discuss the guidelines they will start setting up meetings across the entire Beefmaster footprint in the US to get input from membership before any recommendations are submitted to the BBU Board of Directors.
The task force members are as follows:
In response to the concerns voiced by a portion of the membership about the adoption of the proposed color policy by the BBU board of directors, the board has met and voted unanimously to incorporate into the education and grace period a broad review and reconsideration of the BBU color policy as proposed by the Long Range Planning committee and as edited and approved by the board. In addition, the board has unanimously passed a motion directing the President to appoint a task force of BBU members equitably representing all views and aided by outside industry resources, that is charged with the task of proposing potential options, edits, or revisions to the color policy that was passed by the board. The board regrets that incorrect versions of the policy were leaked prior to the official announcement and presentation of the policy to the membership in its approved and final form. [...]
by Dave Loftin
Dad’s call for help came right at calving time. The old brindle was in obvious distress. Of course we couldn’t get close enough to help much so we called for the vet and started moving her toward the barn and working pens. This turned into quite a merry go round with the vet impatiently waiting while we would herd her up to the gate only to have her turn back and run for a few acres. The vet finally said to call him if we ever caught her and he would come back. All this time, she was nervously splattering fresh green stuff everywhere.
We finally set up a wing of panels curving around the barn and my brother brought his horse and ran her into the wing where she rounded a corner and was caught before she had a [...]
Dear Beefmaster Breeders United members, Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association members, and other concerned individuals:
It is well understood that any viable pure breed of cattle in America today cannot exist without the demand for their genetics in the beef industry and by the commercial cattleman. Over the past ten years the Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Board of Directors, staff, and BBU leadership have been very involved with the beef cattle industry and have represented the Beefmaster breed domestically and around the globe in a professional and honorable manner. This has included representation at many state cattlemen association meetings and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, as well as visits and conferences with major commercial feed yard operators, packers, sale barn owners and various academic organizations, institutes, and agricultural universities from around the country. Through the countless hours spent in these endeavors, the BBU team has promoted the breed to the fullest extent [...]
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