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Isa Beefmasters Holds 57th Annual Bull Sale

 

Isa Beefmasters, LLC’s 57th Beefmaster bull sale was held October 6th in San Angelo, Texas. It was an excellent sale; with 41 buyers from 9 states, Mexico and Costa Rica taking home 137 Beefmaster bulls at an average of $4372. Isa’s President, Lorenzo Lasater, stated the sale was strong, with excellent demand for good Beefmaster genetics. Auctioneer Joe Goggins of Billings, MT sold the 137 bulls in the blistering time of 1 hour, 45 minutes.
The high-selling bull, L Bar 7301, sold to Doyle and Dorothy Sanders, Dbl D Bar Ranch, Industry Texas for $15,500. This awesome young herd sire prospect is the son of L Bar 1525 and was one of the overall top performers in the offering.
Volume buyers included: Lykes Brothers, FL – 14, A. Duda and Sons, FL – 14, Alamo Ranch, NM – 11, and Rafter T Ranch, FL – 10.
Current Isa president, Lorenzo Lasater, represents the 4th generation of the family dedicated to breeding performance Beefmaster genetics. The breed was founded by Lorenzo’s grandfather, Tom Lasater, in 1937. This year marks the 81st anniversary of the breed.
According to Lorenzo, “This set of bulls represents over 80 years of consistent, balanced selection for economically viable cattle. These bulls will produce excellent feeder calves and replacement heifers in any environment, but especially the tougher ones. With more pounds at weaning, lower input costs, more longevity and the best mother-cow on the planet, Beefmasters can’t be beat.”
The Lasater family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone in attendance, especially the many repeat customers, including several second generation buyers. We are already working hard to bring you our 58th set of Beefmaster bulls on October 5th, 2019.

 

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Flint Hills Classic Sale Report

 

Flint Hills Classic

Paxico, KS

September 29, 2018

  • 116.75 Beefmaster Bulls $438,600 avg $3757
  • 34 Charolais Bulls $95,050 avg $2796
  • 1 Semen $33,125
  • 187 Commercial Females $267,475 avg $1430
  • Gross Sales $834,250

Top Bulls

  • Lot 1- McAlester, sire, J K 1001, consigned by Next Gen Cattle Co., Paxico, KS; Sold to Swinging B Ranch and Clark Jones Beefmasters, Axtell, TX and Savannah, TN for $75,000, for 3/4 interest.
  • Lot 55- Sire, EMS ring of Fire, consigned by Clark Jones, Savannah, TN;  Sold to Hurla Farms, Paxico, KS for $18,500.
  • Lot 2-  Sire, Ace of Spades, consigned by Next Gen Cattle Co., Paxico, KS:  Sold to Randy Mason, Brownstown, IL for $15,000.

Other Lots

Lot 1A- McAlester semen, sold 435 units $31,125

 

Volume Buyer:  Roaring Springs Ranch, Kalama , WA

 

Auctioneer-  Doak Lambert, Decatur, TX

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

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Performance Article Series: Part 6 EPDs

 

By Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement & Western Field Representative

The past articles in this series have all been leading up to this, a basic overview of Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs): what they are and how they are calculated. EPDs are designed to be used to show differences in the genetic potential of an animal when compared to another animal or to an average. EPD calculations take into account an animal’s individual performance, the performance of related animals and the estimated relatedness of animals. The environment is factored out of an EPD because of the manner in which they are calculated. The calculation of EPDs is based on C.R. Henderson’s Mixed Model Equations, which utilize a method called Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (BLUP). The key word in BLUP is unbiased, an EPD is an unbiased prediction based on the information that is used in the genetic evaluation.

The first part of an EPD calculation requires phenotypic records. These are the records that have been discussed before such as growth traits, ultrasound scan traits and anything else that is recorded. Without these records there is no way to proceed with a genetic evaluation and calculate EPDs. It is also very important to keep these records on all animals in order to provide more data that provides for better evaluation and comparison between the animals. These records should all be taken in groups so that there is a means of comparing. This leads to another portion of EPD calculations, which is contemporary groups.

Contemporary groups are important because they allow for animals to be compared to other animals that are raised in a similar environment. Contemporary groups are formed for birth weight by when a calf is born and where. Then weaning weight contemporary groups are formed by the weaning group and these groups stay together through yearling weight and scan data. Animals can be taken from the weaning group before yearling weight, but cannot be added. To calculate EPDs the differences within the group are used. This is another reason it is important to record all animals until they are culled. Recording only certain animals creates biased data and does not give as much credit to high performing animals.

The other part of the EPD equation is the animal’s relatedness to other animals in the evaluation. This step is done by analyzing the enormous pedigree file of the breed and seeing how related any two animals are based solely on a pedigree estimate. Relatedness seems simple, half from the sire and half from the dam, but in a breed all animals are related in some way and animals can be more related to one relative than to another. Knowing how related animals perform and how related they are is used in the calculation of EPDs.

This chart represents what goes into the calculation and what comes out:

EPDs are calculated twice a year for Beefmaster Breeders United, once in the spring and once in the fall. In-between evaluations the association has implemented Interim EPDs or “I” for animals that are not included in the evaluation. Animals that are registered and have data recorded between evaluations will receive Interims (I), which are more accurate than a pedigree estimate (PE) since they take into account an individual’s performance in a contemporary group. The equation for calculating interims is I= ½ Sire EPD + ½ Dam EPD + ½ Mendelian Sampling Effect. These Interim EPDs will be replaced with actual EPDs after a genetic evaluation is finished.

These are the very basics to EPD calculation. EPDs help to provide an unbiased prediction of how an animal’s progeny will perform based on phenotypic records, pedigree and contemporary groups. EPDs are a tool that producers can use to improve and continue to move forward with their breeding decisions. In the next article I will discuss the use of EPDs.

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Beefmaster Network Performance Sale Report

 

Beefmaster Network Performance Sale

Franklin, TN

September 8, 2018

  • 5 Bulls $19,200  avg $3,840
  • 3 3n1′s $28,750 avg $9,584
  • 3 Pair $16,250 avg $5,417
  • 23 Bred $82,950 avg $3,607
  • 12 Open $37,250 avg $3,105
  • 3 Picks $14,750 avg $4,917
  • 1 Flush $6,500
  • 1 Semen lot $6,325
  • 3 Commercial lots $24,500 avg $8,167
  • 54 Lots $236,475 avg $4,380

Top Bulls

  • Lot 23- Sire, Hi Profile, consigned by Channarock Farm, Rockfield, KY:  Sold to Mike Savage, Hamilton, MS for $5,700.
  • Lot 37- Sire, Adonis, consigned by Hiatt Diamond H, mt. Ulla, NC:  Sold to Perry Harris, Mooresboro, NC for $4000.

Top Females

  • Lot 22- 3n1, calf sire, McAlester, consigned by Channarock Farm, Rockfield, KY: Sold to Mason cattle co. Brownstown, IL for $15,000.
  • Lot 3-  ET pair, calf sire Genesis, consigned by Channarock Farm, Rockfield, KY: Sold to Bar G, Rogers, TX and Casey Ballard, Bryan, TX for $10,000.
  • Lot 32- 3n1, calf sire The Republican, consigned by Hiatt Diamond H , MT Ulla, NC ; Sold to Clay Floyd, Jeffersonville, GA FOR $10,000.
  • Lot 8- Exposed to Lights Out, consigned by Channarock Farm, Rockfield, KY; sold to Hiatt Diamond H , MT Ulla, NC FOR $7500.

 

Volume buyers: Wayne Mullins, Bradyville, TN: Mason Cattle Co, Brownstown, IL

 

Auctioneer- Tim Haley, Bowling Green , KY

Sale Consultant- Bruce Robbins, San Antonio, TX

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

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Performance Article Series: Part 5 Contemporary Groups

 

By Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement & Western Field Representative

Starting with this article I will discuss the other factors that go into the calculation of EPDs, other than the measured traits that have been mentioned previously. These factors are what allow us to take out environment and estimate relatedness, in order to calculate EPDs. The first factor that I will discuss is contemporary groups, and basically a contemporary group are animals of approximately the same age and sex that have been managed the same. By properly forming contemporary groups the environmental effects can be taken out in the calculation of EPDs. In the calculation of EPDs the difference of the measured trait against contemporaries is what is important. For example, if there is a 50 pound difference between weaning weights of two animals it does not matter if the weights are 550 pounds and 600 pounds, or 750 pounds and 800 pounds the EPD calculation will not change. This is why it is important to properly form groups, so that accurate comparisons can be made.

Contemporary groups for birth weight are based on the owner of the cow at the time of birth, the sex of the calf, the birth year, the birth type, and the age of the dam. It is a good idea to try to keep calves born to cows/heifers that are managed the same in the same contemporary group, provided they are all born within a reasonable calving season. The easiest way to deal with birth contemporary groups is to have a defined calving season and use that as a contemporary group. Embryo Transfer (ET) calves are treated differently and will be in a contemporary group of one, unless the breed of the recipient dam is noted. If there are several calves out of the same recipient dam breed, then they can be in a contemporary group together. Calves that are the first progeny of a dam are grouped differently than calves out of cows that have had a calf previously. A breeder can also define contemporary groups by providing a birth group.

Weaning weight contemporaries are based on the original herd, the sex of the calf, the year of birth, the management group and management code, and ET vs natural calves. Calves that are raised the same and are of the same sex at weaning are an easy way to make a weaning contemporary group. When creating a weaning contemporary a breeder can assign contemporary groups using a management code and custom weaning group. Management codes define how the calf was raised until weaning, whether the calf had access to creep feed, if the calf is an ET calf or if the calf was raised by a foster dam. Again, calves out of recipient dams will be grouped alone, unless a breed of dam is provided for the recipient. The weaning group is defined by the breeder and each group should have a different letter or number designation. Making sure that there are several calves in a contemporary group is important for information to be valuable for the genetic evaluation.

Yearling contemporaries are based on the original owner, the sex of the calf, year of birth, the management group and management code, the type of calf, and previous contemporary group. Calves that are weaned at the same time and managed the same until yearling weights are taken can be kept in the same contemporary groups. If some of the calves weaned together are taken to another pasture and raised differently then they will become their own contemporary group. Animals that are in a weaning contemporary group can stay in a group through yearling as long as they are raised the same way until that point.  New animals cannot join a yearling contemporary group. The management codes for yearling weights deal with how much if any the calves in the group were fed from weaning until yearling, and management groups are breeder defined groups. Since many breeders scan at the same time that they take yearling weights, scanning groups are very similarly defined. However, if a breeder weighs some animals but does not scan the animals, then those animals that are scanned will be in a group together for scanning with other animals that have the same yearling group.

Contemporary groups are extremely important in allowing comparisons of animals that are raised the same, and allow the genetic evaluation to remove environmental effects. To be in a contemporary group animals must be the same sex, approximately the same age and managed in the same way. The differences in the performance of animals in the group are what matters in the genetic evaluation, making it important to have several animals in a contemporary group so that these valuable comparisons can be made. Forming proper contemporary groups is extremely important in terms of having an accurate genetic evaluation. In the next article I will discuss how traditional EPDs are calculated and how they can be used.

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The Full Story: Cowboys, Cattle and the Colorado River

 

Modern day Lonesome Dove happens twice a year, just outside the quiet fishing town of Matagorda, Texas. Can you picture it? It is a sight straight out of the Old West, but with a 21st century spin; iPhones in the shirt pockets belonging to sweaty cowboys and motorboats assisting swimming calves. Even with modern technology, this century-old tradition still takes place for the Huebner Brothers Cattle Company of Bay City, Texas. For over 100 years, this ranch has been driving its cattle from their winter pastures located on the 30-mile Matagorda peninsula, which runs from the mouth of the Colorado River in Matagorda to the Port O’Connor ship channel, to their summer pastures located at the Huebner headquarters south of Bay City. The ranch runs approximately 700 cows, primarily Beefmaster and Beefmaster influenced cows that are bred to registered Beefmaster bulls.

Keith Meyer, a member of the Huebner family and an operator at Huebner Bros., says “the main thing we appreciate about the Beefmaster breed is their hardiness, their fertility, and their ability to grow. It works in our program because of where we are located and the kind of country we are putting them on.”

While on the peninsula during the winter, the cows graze on salt grass and thrive in the harsh coastal climate. Meyer says that their Beefmaster cows really hold up well in the harsh country found on the peninsula, they thrive during the winter despite only grazing on saltgrass, dealing with flies and the humid climate.

“We bring the cows down here in early to mid-November, depending on the weather and growing conditions at home. They do very well during the winter and that allows us to rest our pastures at home. They [the cows] do know when it’s time to come home. When you start getting into spring, with warmer days, the flies get a little tougher on them,” says Meyer.

Not only does the heat and flies encourage the cows to go home, but the cowboys have to make sure to get the cows moved before the storm and hurricane season rolls in during the summer. So each year, around Easter, a dozen or so cowboys round up the cattle on the island and gather them in a holding pen. From there the smallest calves are loaded into a trailer so they can ride a barge across the Colorado River, which lies between their winter home and summer home. Then the cows and bigger calves are driven down the island to where the mouth of the Colorado River meets the Gulf of Mexico.

To finish their journey, the cows and big calves must swim across the river, which is 200 yards across and 15 feet deep. According to Meyer, “every swim is a little bit different”. For example, this year 53 head of older, lead cows voluntarily swam across the river a few weeks early, so it took a little more pushing from the cowboys and horses to get the swim started. However, once the front cows made the plunge, the whole group followed suit and the swim was completed with no cows or calves being lost. To ensure that the calves make it across safely, there are two or three boats in the water watching the calves closely and assisting those that are too tired or swimming in the wrong direction. This year about five calves were pulled from the water onto the boats, they completed their journey in luxury and were reunited with their moms at the holding pens. This drive is still considered the oldest cattle drive in Texas, but recently lost the title of longest cattle drive in Texas. Until a few years ago, the cattle were driven by horseback all the way to the pastures in Bay City. However, with the construction of a nearby bridge, it became too dangerous for the cattle and the community. So now after the cattle swim across the river, they are held in pens overnight so that cows and calves can pair up, then they are loaded into trailers the next day to complete the journey to Bay City.

This same process is completed in reverse order around Thanksgiving each year. And if you are wondering, this cattle swim can be viewed by the public. Groups of people gather at the Matagorda Bay Nature Park, which is managed by Lower Colorado River Authority, to watch this scene out of an old western movie. So if you’re in the area of the Matagorda Bay peninsula around Easter or Thanksgiving, make sure to bring your camera and enjoy this century-old tradition.

Now keep in mind, driving cattle is not the sole purpose at the Huebner Brothers ranch, it is only a piece of the puzzle. The ultimate goal of any ranch is to make money and grow superior cattle. Huebner Brothers is no different. Their goals are to produce heavy weight yearling steers and superior replacement females and the Beefmaster breed has allowed them to accomplish both goals: weight and maternal traits.

“Most of the weaning weights on these Beefmaster influenced calves are going to be between 650 and 700 pounds in the fall. We will wean a lot of these calves and hold on to them and ship them as yearlings in the spring. We try to get them up to 750 to 800 pounds as yearlings,” says Meyer.

In the past the ranch has used Charolais and Gelbvieh bulls on their cows, but the move over to Beefmaster bulls has been significant in improving the ranch’s ability to replace with their own heifers. According to Meyer, they wanted to get the Brahman influence back into their cattle and the Beefmaster breed has been beneficial in allowing them to accomplish that. This is a ranch rich with history and tradition, and Beefmaster cattle is their breed of choice.

Whether your cattle operation is just starting or you have been running cows for decades, Beefmaster cattle will produce you extremely fertile, functional and docile females that the beef industry needs to rebuild America’s cow herds. While also producing profitable and efficient feeder calves that deliver results in today’s volatile marketplace. Adding Beefmasters to your program will offer proven maternal traits, proven efficiency and proven heterosis. Just ask the Huebner Brothers Cattle Company.

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SEBBA Convention Sale Report

 

SEBBA Convention Sale

Tunica, MS

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

Top Bulls

  • 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.

Top Females

  • 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 Dominguez, Austin, TX;  Mark Gober, Seminole, OK;  Ty Reeves, Carthage, MS; Hiatt Diamond H, Mt. Ulla, NC

 

Auctioneer- Gerald Bowie, West Point, GA

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

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Reproductive EPDs

 

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 and use the form to record your cow/heifer pregnancy data. Then submit the form to Lance Bauer at lbauer@beefmasters.org. If you have any questions feel free to contact Lance Bauer 210-732-3132.

2018 Pregnancy Worksheet

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Stephen F. Austin Heifer and Bull Development Programs

 

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.

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Beefmaster Uniformity Initiative

 

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 more distinct and positive identity should aid in the marketability and desirability of Beefmaster genetics and thus grow the membership and herd book of registered Beefmaster cattle. In furtherance of these goals, the BBU Board of Directors has adopted the following plan of action:

Member Input and Education Program Period

Beginning immediately and continuing for a period of approximately 12 months, BBU staff, directors, task force members, and others will engage in a grass-roots Member Input and Education Program at the request and direction of the BBU Board of Directors, focusing on members, Satellites, Marketing Groups, and the JBBA. This Member Input and Education Program will concentrate on industry concerns and requests as pertaining to the need for more uniform cattle. It will also highlight the tremendous gains Beefmaster breeders have already made, while emphasizing the endless potential for further industry expansion through the production of more uniform cattle with respect to both visual concerns, such as color and breed character, as well as consistency in carcass performance.

A Path to Achieve the Goal of a More Uniform Beefmaster

At the conclusion of the Member Input and Education Program period, the BBU Board of Directors will develop a Uniformity Initiative with the goal of creating a voluntary path to achieving a more uniform Beefmaster product over a 15-year period of education, promotion, and breeder participation. It is believed that this 15-year period will provide ample time for members to adjust without financial loss or radical changes to their breeding programs that could cause single trait selection or other unintended results. It is anticipated that this Uniformity Initiative will include: (i) continued education as to industry trends and demands pertaining to seedstock genetics; (ii) publication of diagrams and visual aides that will help breeders to better understand the end goal; (iii) field days and breeder tours that provide information on how to achieve the goal of more uniform and productive cattle; and (iv) the identification of achievement levels or goals that help members gauge their progress beyond that of just market results. The BBU Board of Directors acknowledges that future changes in the industry demand could cause this Uniformity Initiative to evolve, requiring continuous communication to keep breeders aware at all times of directional shifts or changes in order to stay relevant to the beef industry. The ultimate goal of this Uniformity Initiative is to develop a more identifiable Beefmaster animal and an even more educated, unified, and directed association of members.

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