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Letter to the Membership Regarding Bill Pendergrass

Dear Beefmaster Nation and Family,

A few days ago we were delivered unfortunate news regarding the health of our Executive Vice President. Bill Pendergrass suffered a stroke the night of August 10, 2017 while he was in Tennessee visiting his mother, who was in the hospital. His timing of being in the hospital during the stroke proved to be a blessing because he received immediate medical attention. The last few days have been filled with texts and phone calls with updates from the family and through God’s will, Bill is continuing to improve. To date, the swelling in his brain continues to recede and his numbers continue to stabilize with the passing of each day. The outlook, as described by the neurological team, is promising.

Currently Bill is in an ICU in Johnson City, Tenn., where he will remain until the physicians are confident that he is strong and stable enough to [...]

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Beefmasters Excel in Feed Efficiency Evaluation

 

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. Only one other breed ranked in the top five in ADG and DMI for both sexes in this study and they were below the mark set by Beefmasters.

Ranking
Breed
Steer

Ranking
Breed
Heifer

ADG,DMI

ADG,DMI

1
Limousin
0.206

1
South Devon
0.203

2
Beefmaster
0.203

2
Beefmaster
0.096

3
Chiangus
0.13

3
Hereford
0.094

3
Maine Anjou
0.13

4
Maine Anjou
0.031

4
Santa Gertrudis
0.119

5
Charolais
0.03

5
Gelbvieh
0.107

6
Shorthorn
0.025

6
Brahman
0.1

7
Limousin
0.017

7
Hereford
0.099

8
Santa Gerturudis
0.012

8
Braunvieh
0.073

9
Chiangus
0.008

9
Charolais
0.07

10
Salers
0.002

9
Salers
0.07

11
Angus
0

9
Shorthorn
0.07

12
Simmental
-0.004

10
Tarentaise
0.05

12
Red Angus
-0.004

11
Simmental
0.027

13
Brahman
-0.023

12
Angus
0

14
Gelbvieh
-0.027

13
Brangus
-0.002

15
Brangus
-0.049

14
Red Angus
-0.014

16
Braunvieh
-0.078

15
South Devon
-0.041

17
Tarentaise
-0.081

 

Details about the evaluation:

The 18 breed USMARC study evaluated 5,606 head of cattle (composed of finishing steers and growing replacement heifers) for DMI, ADG and Post Weaning Gain (PWG). DMI and ADG data were recorded over 62 to 148 day periods for both steers and heifers. PWG was calculated by dividing gain from weaning to yearling weights [...]

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New Showmanship Judge for 2017 JBBA National Show

The previously scheduled judge for showmanship classes at the 2017 JBBA National Show had to cancel due to unforeseen schedule changes and the new 2017 JBBA National Show showmanship judge is Dr. David Roper of Tarleton State University.

Dr. David Roper currently serves as the Judging Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor within the Department of Animal Science & Vet Technology at Tarleton State University (TSU). Prior to arriving at TSU in September 2016, David served as the Virginia State Extension Livestock Specialist where he had the opportunity to coach the 2015 National Champion 4-H Livestock Judging team as well as manage several state wide youth events. He and his wife, Jennifer, and three boys (Ty, Kase, and Lane) now reside in Gorman, Texas. They are actively making preparations for the start of their youth show careers and look forward to being in the ring soon.

David received his Bachelors in Animal Science [...]

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Numbers Don’t Lie: The Epley Philosophy

Raising cattle is not for the faint of heart, and this is especially true in the harsh brush country of South Texas. There are years of extreme heat and drought, so only the toughest cattle and the toughest people can survive. Rancho Tres Hijos is tucked deep in the brush just outside of Tilden, Texas and this ranch has not only survived in years of extreme drought but has thrived under the ownership of Arthur “Bub” and Nancy Epley.

The Epleys have been raising Beefmaster cattle on Rancho Tres Hijos since 1996. Over the past twenty years of being in the Beefmaster business, the Epleys have become well known for their dedication to breeding solid, performance-based cattle, while also being large contributors to the Beefmaster breed and Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.).

Bub Epley grew up in Magnolia, Ark., and he currently resides in Houston, Texas with his wife Nancy. When the [...]

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The Power of Genomics and Technology

 

By Bill Pendergrass, Executive Vice President

Genetic improvement in the beef industry is moving at warp speed. The recent Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) meetings at Athens, Ga., were truly eye opening. BIF is composed of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Meat Animal Research Center researchers, breed associations, animal scientists from every major animal science university in North America, beef extension specialists, bull studs and individual progressive commercial cattlemen. The mission of BIF is to share research among these various groups and establish guidelines for collecting and evaluating performance data for the purpose of making genetic improvement and improving profitability for the beef industry.

The slow process of genetic improvement has been amped up thanks to technology. For decades, the only tool cattlemen had to gauge genetic progress was simply scoring or evaluating the visual or phenotypic traits. In the 1960-1970 era, the first significant technology was implemented to help cattlemen improve [...]

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Improve Carcass Merit In Your Herd

 

By Bill Pendergrass, Executive Vice President

By the time you read this, everyone will have learned that President Trump has closed a trade deal with China that will re-open their market to U.S. beef. The U.S. has been blocked out of the Chinese market since the infamous. “cow that stole Christmas” in 2003. The positive repercussions of the Chinese market opening is great for all U.S. cattlemen.

Over the past several months the U.S. market has been steadily building again. All classes of cattle, especially replacement females, have been increasing in value. Some of this is because of herd rebuilding in the southern plains and Midwest. What I think we will be seeing over the next few months is a robU.S.t market for feeder cattle, finished cattle and replacement females. This is because once we begin shipping product to China demand will increase across all classes of cattle.

Since news of this trade [...]

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Beefmasters on the Road: In Georgia and Panamá

 

By Lance Bauer, Field Representative

The past couple of weeks have been full of travel. I have gone from Athens, Ga. for the Beef Improvement Federation conference and to David, Chiriqui, Panamá for Feria De La Carne Bovina (Cattlemen’s Convention). In Athens, there were academics, as well as producers, represented and many informative presentations were presented about the future of the cattle industry in the United States. It was very evident from these presentations that we need to produce more efficient and maternal cattle. There was also a big push to use crossbreeding and take advantage of hybrid vigor. I believe that all three of these topics are strengths of the Beefmaster and make us a viable option for producers.

In Panamá, I visited the government operated experiment station called Instituto de Investigación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) and learned about their crossbreeding projects. They have recently incorporated Beefmasters into this project and [...]

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Sweet Home Alabama Sale Report

Sweet Home Alabama Sale

Cullman, AL 5-27-17

 

2 Bulls $6,500 avg $3,250

7 3n1′s $35,050 avg $5,007

18 Pair $57,375 avg $3,189

23 Bred $69,900 avg $3,039

27 Open $51,500 avg $1,907

1 Pick  $3,250

1 Semen and Embryo lot $2,925

79 Lots $226,500 avg $2,867

 

Top Bulls

Lot 83- Sire, Sugar Bear, consigned by Windy Hills, Poplarville, MS:  Sold to Tony Psencik, San Antonio, TX for $5,000.

 

Top Females

Lot 32a- Bred Donor, Sugar Britches x Jezabelle’s Goldmine, consigned by Steve Dodds and Don Bailey, Lexington, TN;  Sold to Slash Creek, Jeffersonville, GA for $1,500.

Lot 33- Pair, calf sire, Firehouse, consigned by Steve Dodds, Lexington, TN:  Sold to Randy Mason, Brownstown, IL for $9,500.

Lot 36- Bred Donor, Infinitley Buff, Infinity x Miss Buff, consigned by Steve Dodds and Painted Springs , Lexington, TN:Sold to Steven Anderson, Amarillo, TX for $7,500.

Lot 29- 3n1, calf sire Sugar Britches, consigned by Steve Dodds, Lexington, TN: Sold to Jerry Lingo, El Reno, OK for $5,750.

Lot 32b- [...]

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Swinging B, T5, SM Production Sale Report

Swinging B, T5, SM Production Sale

Tenroc Ranch

Salado, TX 5-2-17

 

2 Bulls $9,500 avg $4,750

10 Pairs $59,250 avg $5,925

12 Bred $132,500 avg $11,042

36 Open $211,750 avg $5,882

17 Picks $152,750 avg $8,958

1 semen $5,700

1 Flush $8,000

79 Lots $575,450 avg $7,284

 

Top Females

Lot 31- Bred, Cry Baby, Bulletproof x Fergie , consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX ;  Sold to Randy Mason, Brownstown, IL for $41,000.

Lot 32- Bred, League Of Her Own, Bulletproof x Fergie , consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX: Sold to Next Gen Cattle Co., Paxico, KS for $23,000.

Lot 7- Open, Hello Hooray, Adonis x Satin Lady, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Jim Colvin, Seguin, TX for $13,500.

Lot 33- Bred, Honey Love, Bulletproof x Fergie , consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX: Sold to Next Gen Cattle Co., Paxico, KS for$11,500.

Lot 65- Open, Firehouse x Glamour Girl, consigned by Sheldon McManus, Lake Charles, LA:  Sold [...]

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The Search for Superior Maternal Genetics

 

By Bill Pendergrass, Beefmaster Breeders United Executive Vice President

Spring has sprung and with it, a remarkable demand for Beefmaster cattle. As I write this column we are over halfway through the spring marketing season and despite a large number of sales with increased consignments, prices for quality Beefmaster lots are impressive.

Demand is a fickle beast, it is hard to understand and even harder to explain. However, deciphering what is creating demand is essential to future planning. The demand for Beefmaster cattle is driven by herd rebuilding predominantly in Texas and Oklahoma, with some action from Missouri thrown in for good measure. The complexion of the cow herds in these areas is very different, ranging from F1 tiger stripes on the coastal bend to straight bred Angus in the fescue country of Missouri. The common thread across these varied environments is that these ranchers are searching for superior maternal genetics.

For the [...]

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