2018 Convention Fundraiser


CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and these signs would be a great gift for a good cause.

As many of you know the 2018 BBU convention will be in Franklin, Tenn., on October 25 – 27, 2018 and hosted by the Southeastern Beefmaster Breeders Association (SEBBA).

Part of having a successful convention is fundraising, so SEBBA will be selling these BEEFMASTER signs that are made of steel. One is the natural color that you can paint your favorite color. The others are red and turquoise. The cost is $500 each which includes shipping and the donation is tax deductible. SEBBA will mail you a receipt for your purchase.

To place your order or to ask questions please contact Amber Earl Leatherwood at 615-293-7491 or

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Attention Go International Team (GIT) Members

It’s time to reserve your ad space in the 2018 International Semen Directory. The semen directory is a publication produced by Beefmaster Breeders United and dedicated to serving international cattlemen. This internationally driven directory will feature A.I. sires that have semen for sale and marketed specifically to foreign and international cattlemen. The directory was founded to assist the Beefmaster cattle industry with effective advertising to the international cattle market. The footnotes will be printed in English and Spanish. THIS ADVERTISEMENT OPPORTUNITY IS EXCLUSIVE TO GIT MEMBERS.

Single copy distribution & digital distribution
Frequency: Once per year – Spring
Distribution: International Events and Trade Shows
Print Date: February 15th (January 15 Space Deadline)
Audience: Foreign/International Cattlemen
Format: Full-Color 5.5 X 8.5 Magazine

Full page (one bull per page): $500
Business Card: $125
Directory Listing: FREE for ALL GIT members

2018 BBU International Semen Directory Media Kit

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Collier Farms Sale Report


Collier Farms Performance Beefmaster Bull Sale

Brenham, Texas – Washington County Fairgrounds

November 18, 2017

103 top-quality Beefmaster bulls sold for an average of $9,274 each.
Bulls sold from $4,500 to $29,000 giving buyers at every level a shot at owning these premium genetics.
Of the bulls, 35 went to registered programs and 68 went to commercial operations.
8 bulls sold from $20,000 to $29,000. 9 bulls sold from $15,000 to $20,000.
5 bulls sold from $10,000 to $15,000. 39 bulls sold for $7,000 to $10,000. 41 bulls sold for $4,500 to $7,000.

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Record Your Mature Cow Weights


> Mature Cow Weight Spreadsheet <

We are currently asking members to record and submit their mature cow weights to BBU, in order to help in the formulation of a new EPD. Mature cow weights are tied to cow efficiency and will help us to prove that we are THE maternal breed. A mature cow weight can be tied into the $M index and make the maternal index an even better tool in the selection of replacement females.

These weights are simple to collect, as they will be collected when calves are weaned. When weaning calves, run the cows belonging to the weaned calves, across the scale and collect a weight and a Body Condition Score (BCS). Body condition scores are recorded on a 1-9 scale with 1 being emaciated and 9 being severely obese. You can refer to the diagram below for a visual representation of BCS.

The cow’s identification number and [...]

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Panama Reverse Trade Mission


A recent Beefmaster Panama reverse trade mission was hosted in Missouri and by all accounts, exceeded expectations. Last week nine Panamanian guests visited several Beefmaster ranches throughout Missouri. This trip was coordinated by Andrea Powell and Kayla Otto with the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the BBU International Committee. The nine Panama guests were Jaime Cano, Ney Pimentel, Cristobal Coronel, Eduardo Chiu, Armando Chiu, Feliciano Gonzalez, Diccon Curry, Roderick Alexander Gonzalez Murray and Blanca Gomez.

Thank you to our Beefmaster breeders who graciously hosted the guests at their ranches: Wallen Prairie Ranch (Paul & Rhonda Wallen) of Lockwood, Mo., St. Clair Beefmasters (Craig & Karen Johnson) of El Dorado Springs, Mo., Cedar Springs Beefmaster (Dr. Roger and Cindy Holden) of Conway, Mo., and Jerry Glor Beefmasters of Halfway, Mo.

Through this reverse trade mission it is the hope of the international committee to encourage trade between the United States and Panama [...]

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B.E.E.F. Giving in 2017


Invest in supporting the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) before January 1, 2018 & save money!

As you may know, at Beefmaster Breeders United’s (BBU) recent annual convention in Galveston, Texas, our breed’s Foundation (B.E.E.F.), in cooperation with BBU launched the “Foundation for the Future” endowment campaign. This is one of the most important initiatives the Beefmaster Breed has ever undertaken.  By establishing a permanent financial base for our Foundation it will enhance our breed’s ability to secure verifiable scientific data on the benefits of the Beefmaster breed, enable the industry to disseminate this information both among BBU members and to the public, and continue to grow the breed.

Your investment, your donation before year’s end, will greatly help us reach our goal!


The end of the year can be a good time to review important financial matters, including charitable gift donations to your [...]

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Apply for a Beefmaster Summer Internship


Apply for one of the most sought-after experiences in agricultural communications.

The Livestock Publications Council is pleased to partner with Beefmaster Breeders United 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.

Gain Experience In:
Editorial writing • Design • TV script writing • Videography • Social media • Event management

• Resume
• References
• Pertinent work samples
• Statement of interest in agricultural communications

Submit materials or questions to Jeralyn Novak, Beefmaster Breeders United, Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017

College juniors or seniors are encouraged to apply.

Membership in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) is preferred but not mandatory.

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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.

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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.

A [...]

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