Ways AI Pays: High-Dollar Bulls Build Better Heifers


By Boyd Kidwell
Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor – Original Post on Progressive Farmer

Mike Mutch uses bulls worth six figures on his beef farm near Silk Hope, North Carolina. That may not be unheard of in the cattle industry, but for a part-time producer with 38 cows, it’s a definite point of pride. What makes it possible? Artificial insemination (AI). The technology allows producers like Mutch to tap into the country’s best beef genetics. He credits it for his top-notch Angus cow herd, built over the past 15 years.

Mutch has a unique business plan. He AIs commercial Angus cows with semen from top sires. He then breeds heifers from the cross and keeps the young females for one or two calves. After that, he sells proven three- to four-year-old cows to other cattlemen building herds.

“I’m focused on the replacement female [...]

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Welkener Selected as Beefmaster Cattlewoman of the Year


Marie Welkener of Kenedy, Texas, was announced as the 2017 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Cattlewoman of the Year during the 57th Annual BBU Convention “Beefmasters on the Bay” in Galveston, Texas.

Marie Welkener is a woman dedicated to the Beefmaster breed and has been an intricate part of the Beefmaster Breeders Cattlewomen (BBC) for many years. Welkener is currently the BBC president and has served on numerous BBU committees over the years. She most recently was the convention committee chair and led the association to yet another successful convention.

BBC is an organization dedicated to assisting Beefmaster Breeders United in promoting the Beefmaster breed, educating the public to the merits of the breed, assisting the junior programs, and participating in any other projects deemed appropriate by the members. Each year a Cattlewoman of the Year is selected by her peers and she is a representative of the hard [...]

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Mind-boggling differences between South Africa and Australia


By JENNY KELLY, The Weekly Times

Story Originally Published by The Weekly Times

Staff supervision: Farm manager Jurie De Wet from Shawe Beefmasters at Dundee and (below) a stockman moves cattle. Picture: Jenny Kelly

Traveling around South Africa, it quickly becomes apparent that staffing levels and people management are the eye-opening differences between farming here and in Australia.

Labour is so cheap that the classic Aussie story of multiple council workers leaning on a shovel to fill in a pothole is more like 20 people over here.

Soon after arriving here the tour bus ran into roadworks and, on my count, it took three people to move a little gate across the road like a stop/go sign.

And then you visit farms and find out details about labour and wages and the reaction is … “seriously?”

A dairy farm at Dundee milking 850 cows had 100 permanent employees.

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Beefmaster has strong presence at Ozark Farmfest


On Oct. 6, 7 and 8, visitors descended upon the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Mo., for the largest farm and ranch show in the Ozarks featuring the latest in agricultural technology and rural living products and services. With 800 booths and over 500 head of registered livestock at the show, visitors found plenty to see during the Farmfest weekend. Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) was one of the trade show booth participants at this year’s Farmfest. As part of the booth, several BBU breeders had Beefmaster cattle on display. The following breeders displayed their cattle: Lawrence and Connie Shuey: Berachiah Beefmasters, Paul and Rhonda Wallen: Wallen Prairie Ranch, Craig and Karen Johnson: St. Clair Beefmasters, and Jared and Brandi Gentry: Gentry Family Farms. Vaughn Family Farms also had a booth on display without cattle and Berachiach Beefmasters also had a booth on display next to the [...]

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President’s Council Sale Report


President’s Council Sale in Galveston, TX on October 28, 2017

8 Bulls $83,000 avg $10,375
1 3n1 $7500
1 pair $20,000
6 bred $51,250 avg $8,542
8 open $38,050 avg $4756
5 picks $83,050 avg $16,610
29 lots $282,850 avg $9754

Top Bulls

Lot 5- sire, New Dimension, consigned by Collier Farms, Brenham, TX: sold to Las Perlas Ranch, Mexico for $45,000
Lot 21- sire, Painted Tiger, consigned by Emmons Ranch, Fairfield, TX:  sold to Xavier Pena, Edinburg, TX for $8000
Lot 13- sire, Lyssy’s Pinnacle, consigned by Lyssy Beefmasters, Stockdale, TX: sold to Double B farms, Lake Arthur, LA for $7500

Top Females

Lot 26- Pair, calf sire, Fire and Smoke, consigned by Steven and Lyn Anderson, Amarillo, TX:  sold to Fred Moran, Greensburg, LA for $20,000
Lot 9a- open, sire, Sugar Britches, consigned by Don Bailey, Pinson, TN;  sold to Lyssy Beefmasters and H E Beefmasters, Stockdale, TX for $19,000
Lot 2- bred to L2 Bushwhacker, consigned by L2 Beefmasters, Beeville, TX:  sold [...]

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Beef on Forage Sale Report


This past Saturday, October 21st in Brenham, Texas the Beef on Forage Beefmaster Bull Sale sold 187 bulls to 8 states for $1,151,250 total, for an average of $6,156. Congratulations to the bull breeders and thank you to the buyers.

Country music star Tanya Tucker was even one of the many bull buyers.

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Carr Ranch Gathering


Bill and Dusty Carr, owners of Hilltop Beefmasters, hosted a ranch gathering on October 20th and over 75 cattlemen and cattlewomen were in attendance. The ranch gathering was held at their Wilson County ranch, which is 8 miles west of Floresville, Texas.

The ranch gathering offered continuing education units and beef quality assurance credits to those in attendance. Speakers included Dr. Brodie Miller of the Texas Animal Health Commission, Dr. Rick Machen of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, Dr. Bob Lyons a Range Specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension, Collin Osbourn of Beefmaster Breeders United, Dr. Scott Stevens of Deason Animal Hospital and Bryan Davis of Wilson County – Texas AgriLife Extension.

Dr. Miller discussed the current status of the Cattle Fever Tick outbreak in Live Oak County and update attendees on fever tick prevention. Dr. Machen discussed the common traits of successful ranches and gave a beef cattle market update [...]


Check Challenges: Cashier’s Checks Aren’t Always As Good As Cash


by Kristin Lewis Hawkins

When it comes time to sell your calves every year, do you accept cashier’s checks?

Many people assume a cashier’s check, which is a check issued by a bank and payable to a specific person, is as good as cash. By using a cashier’s check, a buyer is guaranteed those funds by the issuing bank instead of gambling on the legitimacy of a personal check.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) special rangers want to remind cattle owners that this is not always the case. Thieves can create fake checks with a home computer and printer that would fool most people. Here are eight tips to avoid cashier’s check fraud.

Know Your Buyer
Refuse cashier’s checks from strangers. Make other arrangements for payment, such as a wire transfer.

Trust Your Gut
Does something feel a bit off about the transaction? Has the buyer insisted on changing the agreement or has a litany [...]

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Isa Beefmasters, LLC’s 56th Beefmaster Bull Sale Report

Isa Beefmasters, LLC’s 56th Beefmaster bull sale was held October 7th in San Angelo, Texas. It was an excellent sale; with 46 buyers from 8 states and Mexico taking home 140 Beefmaster bulls at an average of $4821. Isa’s President, Lorenzo Lasater, stated the sale was extremely strong, with unprecedented demand for good Beefmaster genetics. Auctioneer Joe Goggins of Billings, MT sold the 140 bulls in the blistering time of 1 hour, 50 minutes.

The high-selling bull, L Bar 6209, sold to Dwight Bertrand and Danny Fuller of Louisiana for $12,000. This awesome young herd sire prospect is the son of Lasater 1759 and was one of the overall top performers in the offering.

Volume buyers included: Lykes Brothers, FL – 17, A. Duda and Sons, FL – 11, Alamo Ranch, NM – 10, Jeff Cole, LA – 9. Other Volume Buyers included Goff Ranch – AZ, Rio Ranch – FL and [...]

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Cattlewomen Custom Ranch Door Mat Fundraiser


Beefmaster Breeders Cattlewomen are selling CUSTOM, HAND PAINTED Ranch Doormats!


YOUR RANCH – YOUR BRAND! Cattlewomen’s Ranch Mat Order Form!


These personalized ranch doormats are also the perfect gift for that someone on your list who seems to have everything! Taking Christmas Orders Now!


The custom ranch door mats are $100 each. Order now for FREE delivery to you at the BBU Convention in Galveston, Texas! Payment for orders must be received BEFORE October 16, 2017, to qualify for FREE delivery. If you are not going to convention please add $10.00 per 2 mats for shipping.


Cattlewomen’s Ranch Mat Order Form! There are several designs to choose from and you can choose between a red or black Beefmaster on your mat. Don’t forget to add the date your herd was established.

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