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- Open, Sire Firehouse, consigned by Steve Dodds and Don Bailey, Lexington, TN; Sold to Neal Hiatt and Tyson Clabo, Mt Ulla, NC for $5,500.

Lot 30- Pair, calf sire Firehouse, consigned by Steve Dodds, Lexington, TN: Sold to Jerry Lingo, El Reno, OK for $4,500.

Lot 37- Donor Pair, Smooth Coco, calf sire Firehouse, consigned by Steve Dodds and Painted Springs , Lexington, TN: Sold to Emmons Ranch, Fairfield, TX for $4,500.

Lot 23- Pair, calf sire, Firehouse, consigned by Steve Dodds, Lexington, TN: Sold to Alex Gonzales, Alice,TX for $4,300.


Volume Buyers-  Tony Psencik, San Antonio, TX;  Clay Floyd, Jeffersonville, GA;


Auctioneer- Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX

Sale Consultant-  Bruce Robbins, San Antonio, TX

Sale Manager-  3G Sales and Service, Franklin, GA

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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 to John and Barb Gillespie, Woodlands, TX for $10,000.

Lot 17- Open, M & M’s, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX;  Sold to Tom and Judy Bell, Shreveport, LA for $9,000.

Lot 5- Open, Amber, Adonis x Tily, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX;  Sold to Oscar Pesqueira, Nogales, AZ for $8,500.

Lot 19- Open, Precious, Adonis x Sugar Jumbles, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Ken Tews, Timpson, TX for $8,000.

Lot 36- Bred, Eleanor, Adonis x Satin Lady, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX; Sold to Windy Hills, Poplarville, MS for $8,000.

Lot 38- Bred, Starlette, Adonis x Tily, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX: Sold to Bob Siddons, Lakeway, TX for $7,500.

Lot 78- Pair, calf sire, Dream On, Consigned by Sheldon McManus,Lake Charles, LA:  Sold to Brock Clay, meridian, MS for $7,500.

Lot 3- Open, Valerie, New Dimension x Fergie, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Collier Farms, Brenham, TX for $7,250.

Lot 28- Bred, Shama, Adonis x Magical Pearl, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Steve Cogdell, Lillian, TX for $7,000.

Lot 42c- Calf, Three Times A Tiger, Tiger Britches x Futuristic, consigned by T5 Ranch, Bedias, TX:  Sold to Tanner Thomas, Needville, TX for $7,000.

Lot 58- Pair, calf sire, T5 619/4, consigned by T5 Ranch, Bedias, TX:  Sold to Jeff Garner, Blue Ridge, TX for $7,000.


Volume Buyers:  Next Gen Cattle Co., Paxico, KS; Jeff Garner, Blue Ridge, TX:  John and Barb Gillespie, Woodlands, TX:  Jim Colvin, Seguin, TX


Auctioneer- Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX

Sale Consultants-  Bruce Robbins, San Antonio, TX

Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX

Sale Manager-  3G Sales and Service, Franklin, GA

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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 past three years, the BBU Advertising and Public Relations Committee has focused on the message of heterosis or crossbreeding. Promoting the benefits of crossbreeding with Beefmasters may appear to be stating the obvious. However as of lately, it seems that sticking to that message is yielding good results. As advertising strategy for 2017-2018 is being discussed, many members are vocal in their opinions to keep the “crossbreeding” message in place because it is effective. More calves, healthier calves, heavier pay weights and cows that live longer is a message that is easy to understand.

A new drumbeat of “beef cow efficiency” is gaining momentum within the beef industry. For those of you who read this column each month, you are probably tired of me bringing it up. The reason I keep bringing it up is that improving beef cow efficiency will be the next major, long term issue that the beef industry will tackle.

To illustrate how effective the U.S., beef industry is at improving major production issues I will refer to National Beef Quality Audits that started in 1991. These audits are led by animal scientists and industry partners and were initially conducted in packing plants to determine what issues were leading to reduced beef consumption by consumers. The findings of the 1991 audit were that the industry had serious carcass quality and consistency issues that were eroding the demand for beef.

Armed with data from the 1991 audit, academia went to work conducting producer education programs through the extension services in each state, implementing Beef Quality Assurance Certification programs and driving home the message that we are producing beef, not just cattle. An essential part of these extension programs was selecting and managing cattle for more marbling was the “right thing to do”, for the good of the beef industry. I must say that their techniques were very effective.

The National Beef Quality Audit is conducted every five years. Increasing marbling or Quality Grade was the main thrust of the educational campaign. Note the overall increase in Quality Grade achieved over the years according to the USDA: 55% Choice in 1991, 49% Choice in 1995, 61% Choice in 2011 and today 70% of the weekly kill is Choice or Prime. My point is that once academia sets its sights on improving a beef industry issue, they develop highly effective educational programs to “correct” said issues.

“Fixing” the carcass quality issue was fairly simple because selecting for terminal traits, such as carcass merit, is pretty straight forward. By single trait selecting for marbling and growth through using Angus genetics (because they had more data than anyone else) over a 25 year period, we have jumped the percentage Choice in our weekly kill almost 20%.

There is a great lesson here. If we issue a major industry challenge to academia, they will arm themselves with technology and data, then develop producer education programs through the extension service which then uses the technology and data to correct the “problem”. I say these things not be negative about academia or the extension service, but rather to point out how effective these programs are.

The emerging beef cow efficiency issue will be the next great battle ground in the beef industry. Academia is already at work on the issue. The difference between beef cow efficiency and carcass quality is that maternal traits are much more complex than carcass traits. This means that academia will be even more reliant upon technology and data to identify and “fix” the problem(s). Once the problem and the fix are identified, you can get prepared for the massive extension education programs that will follow. The good news is that Beefmasters are ideally suited for the efficiency issue. We have the opportunity to be on the “right” side of this issue.

At the Plains Nutrition Council spring conference, the USDA Meat Animal Research Center presented across breed comparisons for efficiency by using post-weaning gain and average daily gain during feed intake data collection. In this 18 breed evaluation, for both steer and heifer ADG/DMI, Beefmasters ranked second. While complex, the data suggests that Beefmasters gain more weight and use less feed to accomplish the gain. This type of information is not new and is seen in Growsafe Systems LLC trials across the country.

Why am I talking about feed conversion in a discussion about beef cow efficiency? The University of Illinois has Growsafe Systems data that suggests the same rankings for cattle developed on forage then moved to concentrate diets, and vice versa. If that is the case, the same cattle that are efficient converters on grain are also efficient convertors of forage. This means that Beefmasters can leverage feed efficiency into the cow maintenance and annual cow cost arguments. This is truly good news for Beefmasters.

Beefmaster may also finally have some good things to talk about in terms of carcass value. Since the vast majority of fat cattle are sold on pricing grids to packers, hitting the value drivers for those grids is important. The first value driver of any grid is hot carcass weight, which is a direct correlation to the dressing percentage. Over the years, as the percentage of Angus cattle has increased in the daily kill, the plant average dressing percentage has decreased. This is in part due to body deposition because Angus cattle are growing very large internal organs, which are considered offal and are a detriment to dressing percentage. Packers are openly talking about dressing percentage issues now and Beefmasters excel in this grid driving trait.

In a recent Certified Angus Beef article, a staff writer went into detail using current carcass pricing statistics, showing the value of dressing percentage. For every 1% increase in dressing percentage on an 850 pound carcass, you would expect to gain an additional $28 per head (using current grid values). With a 62.5% plant average for dressing percentage and BBU data suggests that Beefmaster sired steers average 65.5% (BBU Director James Skelton is averaging 65.5% on his Beefmaster sired steers fed at Irsik and Doll Feedyard) it is easy to assume that good, higher yielding Beefmaster steers will earn an extra $84 per head, just off of dressing percentage. That earns back more money than the vaunted Choice/Select spread. If the cattle grade Choice and Yield Grade 3 or better, they are worth a lot to the packer. This doesn’t even factor in feedyard performance and feed conversions.

Beefmaster breeders, you have a lot to be excited about. The more research that is conducted on efficiency, the better Beefmasters look. We encourage you to invest in your future and embrace the technologies that are making our product look really good. The interconnected web of performance data, genomics, ultrasound scans, genetic evaluations, Growsafe systems, heterosis and whatever comes next is a friend of Beefmasters. These technologies are proving what you as breeders have known for some time, Beefmasters are truly efficient at all stages. It’s time to secure our future.

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BBU Fun Facts

    • Beefmasters were recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a pure breed in 1954
    • Beefmaster Breeders United was founded in 1961
    • Developed on the Six Essentials – Weight, Conformation, Milk Production, Fertility, Hardiness and Disposition
    • In 2016, Beefmaster Breeders United registered 16,900 animals
    • As of June 2017, there are 3,074 Beefmaster Breeders United members
    • Beefmaster is ranked 9th among beef cattle breed registrations (source: National Pedigreed Livestock Council)
    • The association is made up of nine satellite organizations
      • Arkansas BBA, Central Texas BBA, Central States BBA, Live Oak BBA, Lone Star BBA, Louisiana BBA, Southeastern BBA, South Texas BBA and Western States BBA
    • The association has six marketing groups that assist in marketing Beefmaster cattle
      • Beefmaster Promotion Group, East Texas / Louisiana, Mid-Atlantic, Ozark and Heart of America, Southern Alliance and Texoma Beefmaster
    • In 2009 the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) was founded and is dedicated to scientific research, scholarships and public education
    • Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) was founded in 1984 and is dedicated to providing young Beefmaster breeders education, scholarships and agribusiness opportunities
    • The Beefmaster Breeders Cattlewomen is an organization affiliated with BBU and is dedicated to assisting with junior programs and promoting the Beefmaster breed
    • The 2017 BBU Convention is in Galveston, Texas from October 26-28, 2017
    • There are fourteen BBU standing and special committees and there are twenty members of the BBU Board of Directors
    • There are seventeen BBU breeding programs: Advancer, Artificial Insemination, Carcass Evaluation, Classification, DNA Testing, E6 Female, Ear Tags, Embryo Transfer, Go International, Pacesetter, Pro Services, Ranch Visit, Typesetter, Ultrasound, Upgrading, Weights & Measures and WHR/IBR
    • The Beefmaster Cowman is the official publication of BBU and The Beefmaster Pay Weight is the commercial publication
    • There are thirteen EPDs calculated in the Beefmaster breed: Calving Ease, Birth Weight, Weaning Weight, Yearling Weight, Milk, Total Maternal, Maternal Calving Ease, Scrotal Circumference, REA, IMF, Rib Fat, $T Index and $M Index
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    Live Oak BBA Spring Sale Report






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    B.E.E.F. Sire Evaluation Program

    Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F) is hard at work laying the groundwork to prove the maternal excellence of Beefmasters in today’s rapidly changing, technology driven beef industry. Educating the beef industry about the cow efficiency advantages of Beefmaster cattle is a key responsibility for B.E.E.F. Beefmaster Breeders United’s (BBU) Sire Evaluation Program is the first step in collecting valuable genomic and feed efficiency data that will be used to position Beefmasters as the maternal breed of choice. Here are some key points to the Sire Evaluation Program.

    • 300 commercial cows in three separate test herds
      • The University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR
      • Flying B Ranches, La Pryor, TX
      • McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
    • All cows A.I. bred to Beefmaster sires from programs with the largest genetic footprint in BBU
    • All progeny will be genotyped to increase the validity and accuracy all data points collected
    • All progeny to be developed on Growsafe Systems LLC technology to compute individual feed intake and residual feed intake (RFI), feed efficiency measures
    • Steer progeny will be finished at Next Gen Feedyard(s) in Kansas and full complete individual carcass data to be collected and used to build a current carcass database for EPD development
    • Heifer progeny will return to herd of origin and be put into production for lifetime (or as long as possible) breeding and production data, breeding, calving, birth weight and weaning weight at a minimum will be submitted to BBU
    • Heifer data will be used to compute efficiency measures on Beefmaster genetics and included in $M and other new relevant EPDs
    • Heifer data and the test herds will be used to develop new genomic selection tools, such as Beefmaster commercial replacement heifer chip
    • All data will be used to improve BBU’s performance, genomic and carcass databases

    Long term these Beefmaster sired heifers will form a nucleus of genetics that BBU will use to collect invaluable fertility, efficiency, performance, carcass and genomic data. The Sire Evaluation Program is underway with the first calves from the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) already at PX Feeders in Evant, Texas undergoing Growsafe development. UAM used three Beefmaster A.I., sires and cleaned up with Angus bulls. The UAM cattle will finish Growsafe in late July 2017 and be bred in December 2017. BBU anticipates having Growsafe efficiency data back on these cattle and to be presented at convention in October 2017.

    The Flying B Ranches calf crop was born beginning in February 2017 featuring Beefmaster sired progeny from four A.I., sires and four Flying B Beefmaster bulls. These calves will begin Growsafe development in October 2017.

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    Springtime in Texas Sale Report

    Springtime in Texas – April 22, 2017 – Brenham, TX

    • 6 bulls $16,250.00 avg $2,700.00
    • 5 pair $18,500.00 avg $3,700.00
    • 15 bred $47,650.00 avg $3,177.00
    • 27 open $69,400.00 avg $2,570.00
    • 4 picks $29,200.00 avg $7,300.00
    • 57 lots $181,000.00 avg $3,175.00

    Top Bulls

    • lot 18- sire, Bulletproof, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX: sold to Charles Gajeske, Brenham, TX for $3500.00
    • lot 19- sire, Red Bayou, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX: Sold to Cory and Ashley Hooper, El Campo, TX for $3000.00
    • lot 51- sire, Dream Catcher, consigned by Cain Cattle Co., Gulfport, MS; sold to Ray Walker, Big Spring, TX for $3000.00

    Top Females

    • lot 1b- open, sire, Sugar Britches, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX; sold to T5 Ranch, Bedias, TX for $6000.00
    • lot 40b- open, sire, captain britches, consigned by Steven and Lyn Anderson, Amarillo, TX; sold to Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX for $6000.00
    • lot 32- pair, calf sire, VFF Torq’d, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX; sold to Windy Hills Farm, Poplarville, MS for $5000.00
    • lot 40a- open, sire, captain britches, consigned by Steven and Lyn Anderson, Amarillo, TX; sold to Larry Waschsmann, Lincoln, TX for $5000.00
    • lot 27- bred to SWB Luckenbach, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX; sold to Andrita Ranch, Richmond, TX for $4750.00
    • lot 29- bred to VFF Ttorq’d, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX; sold to Randy Tiemann, Industry, TX for $4500.00

    Volume Buyers – Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX; T5 Ranch, Bedias, TX; Jim Darling, Houston, TX; Jim and Linda Lewis, Cleveland, TX

    Auctioneer – Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX

    Sale Manager – 3G Sales and Service, Franklin, GA

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    Beefmaster Social at TOPGOLF SAN ANTONIO

    After a long day of meetings let’s unwind with great food, good friends and whole lot of fun! At the conclusion of the committee meetings on June 29th, BBU will be hosting a dinner and social at San Antonio’s Topgolf.

    The dinner and social is open to all BBU members. Call 210-732-3132 or email Sarah at to reserve your Topgolf social spot. The deadline to reserve a spot is Monday, June 19th.

    For just $30 per person, you will enjoy a delicious dinner and three hours of unlimited golf playtime: 7 – 10 pm. Payment can be made by credit card on file, credit card over the phone or by mailing in payment.

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    Beefmaster Ear Tag Program

    The Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) ear tag program is designed to add more value to your high quality Beefmaster and Beefmaster cross calves. These “Original Z1 No-Snag-Tag” one-piece Z Tags are available through the BBU office and they will help identify the calves you sell as being Beefmaster and/or Beefmaster influenced animals.

    Superior retention. Foolproof one-piece ear tag design ensures that back of tag will not snag and pull out or break off. No more torn ears.
    Outstanding readability. Dark laser printing and long neck calf tags make Z Tags easier to read from front or back.
    Easier application. Patented Z1 No-Snag-Tagger is designed for fast and easy tagging. Unique pivoting Z1 No-Snag-Tagger pin makes loading ear tags easy while eliminating ripped ears.
    Reduced risk of infection. Exclusive self-piercing tag tip makes a clean, precise incision to prevent infection and promote faster healing.

    Beefmaster Ear Tag Program

    Benefits include:

    • Breed identification anywhere, anytime
    • The front of the tag is available for you to write your own ID numbers.
    • Potential to increase market value
    • Provides advertisement for the Beefmaster breed

    Ear tags are currently available through contacting the BBU office at 210-732-3132. These Beefmaster ear tags cost $1.75 each plus shipping. Please note that these tags are one-piece Z Tags and require a specific tagging gun. Tagging guns are available for $25.00 plus shipping through the BBU office also. The minimum ear tag order is 25 tags and the ear tags will be shipped when payment is received.

    For more information please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or

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    Ozark and Heart of America Spring Sale Report

    The 39th Annual Ozark & Heart of America Beefmaster Sale was held this past Saturday, April 8th in Springfield, Mo. The sale had 162 registered buyers from over six different states. Thank you to all the buyers and consignors!

    Sale Averages:
    Tested bulls averaged over $3,300 per lot
    Pairs averaged over $3,000 per lot
    Bred heifers averaged $2,200 per lot
    Bred cows averaged $2,700 per lot
    Futurity Bulls averaged over $2,600 per lot
    Futurity Heifers averaged over $2,200 per lot

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