New Fees Start January 1, 2019


By Collin Osbourn, Executive Vice President

As we get set to wrap up 2018 the Beefmaster office kicks into high gear. Between the last few sales and events of the year, the registrations and transfers and then the 2019 member renewals and dam inventories it has the staff working at a gallop. One thing is for sure though, we have a great crew that can handle the fast pace and get your work done!

In the past year BBU has made an investment in new technologies and programs that have allowed us to better service our members, give members better access to the registry system and improved turn around times for processing work. We have added to our field staff to better serve membership out in the field and added a JBBA program director to better facilitate our junior members and help grow their programs and events. With these investments come additional costs and the board of directors made the decision to implement price adjustments to more accurately reflect the value members get and to help pave the way for continued improvements.

Below are the pricing adjustments that have been approved through the board of directors:


All 2019 membership renewals and new memberships will be charged at following rates

Lifetime Membership – $3,000.00

Annual and Associate Memberships – $125/year

First time annual and associate members will receive a discounted cost of $60.00

Junior Membership – Will remain at $60.00/year

We will no longer offer a discounted new or first time junior membership rate


Beginning January 1, 2019 we will implement an Office Entry Rate that will be charged on a per registration work order request for registrations, in addition to the registration costs. This Office Entry Rate will be $5.00 for the first animal entry and $2.00 for each additional entry processed in the BBU office. Registrations entered online by the member will not incur the in-office fee. Registrations will be charged at the following rates

Purebred and Advancer Certificates 0- 9 months = $30.00

Purebred and Advancer Certificates 10-14 months = $35.00

Purebred and Advancer Certificates 15-18 months = $45.00

Purebred and Advancer Certificates 19 months + = $60.00


All 2019 inventory fees will be charged at the following rates

Whole Herd Reporting (WHR) = $20.00 per active dam

A free transfer is still included up to 30 months

Inventory Based Reporting (IBR) = $18.00 per active dam

A reduced transfer of $15.00 is still included up to 30 months

Animal Name Change:

The requirements to change an animal’s name has not changed and must be followed, but beginning January 1, 2019 we will implement the following animal name change charges

If an animal has no recorded progeny = $20.00

If an animal has recorded progeny = $100.00

These changes allow the association to continue to grow and add more technologies to better serve members. We encourage all members to review their herds and to look at the program that best fits their goals. We are always glad to help members select the right registration program to meet their needs, while being the most cost-effective option. If you have any questions, please give us to a call to discuss the programs and what we can do to help you!

We hope that all our members, families and friends can have some time to enjoy with their families during the Christmas season. We will be taking a few days for our staff to have some days away from the office to enjoy family and celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The BBU office will be closed Dec. 24, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019 for Christmas and New Year. Staff will return to the office on January 2, 2019 to start the New Year.

I hope that each of you will have a blessed and Merry Christmas!


Below are the pricing adjustments that have been approved through the board of directors, these new rates and fees start January 1, 2019.

Membership Fees

Fee Description Online Entry Rate Office Entry Rate
Lifetime Membership $3,000 $3,000
First Time Active & Associate $60 $60
Active & Associate Dues $125 $125
Active & Associate Jan. Renewal $125 $125
Active & Associate Feb. Renewal $135 $135
Active & Associate March Renewal $145 $145
Active & Associate Reinstatement $250 $250
Junior Dues $60 $60
Junior Jan. Renewal $60 $60
Junior Feb. Renewal $70 $70
Junior March Renewal $80 $80
Junior Reinstatement $120 $120

Registration Fees

*Office Entry Rate is charged on a per work order request basis and is the Online Entry Rate + $5 for the first animal entry, then for each additional animal entry it is Online Entry Rate + $2

Fee Description Online Entry Rate Office Entry Rate*
Purebred Certificate 0-9 months $30 $35 first entry & $32 for each additional
Purebred Certificate 10-14 months $35 $40 first entry & $37 for each additional
Purebred Certificate 15-18 months $45 $50 first entry & $47 for each additional
Purebred Certificate 19 months + $60 $65 first entry & $62 for each additional
Advancer Certificate 0-9 months $30
Advancer Certificate 10-14 months $35
Advancer Certificate 15-18 months $45
Advancer Certificate 19 months + $60
WHR inventory (per active dam) $20 $20
IBR inventory (per active dam) $18 $18
Animal Name Change $20 (NO registered progeny) OR $100 (registered progeny)

* WHR inventory and IBR inventory fees mentioned above are the charges to the dam enrolled on the WHR or IBR inventory for the respective year. For WHR and IBR programs the first calf registration per dam enrolled is FREE, when registration is completed online. WHR and IBR calf registrations entered by office staff will incur the Office Entry Rate of $5 for the first animal entry, then for each additional animal entry it is $2.

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2018 Beef on Forage Beefmaster Bull Sale Report


Brenham, TX 10-20-18

156 lots for $1,106,000 to avg. $7,090


Top Selling bulls:

Lot 2 from Frenzel sold to John Gillespie, TX $29,000

Lot 3 from Lairmore sold to Blau Ranch, TX $25,000

Lot 17 from Miller sold to Trueheart, TX $25,000

Lot 1 from Miller sold to Chris Hearn, TX $22,500

Lot 5 from Vaughn sold to Lyssy Beefmasters, TX $22,000

Lot 6 from Eubank sold to Wallen/Holden, MO $20,500

Lot 8 from Lairmore sold to Ervin Allen, TX $20,000

Lot 7 Brown sold to Whiskey River, KS $16,000

Lot 11 Wallen sold to Larry Herd, TX $13,000

Lot 54 Blau sold to Frenzel Beefmasters, TX $12,500

Lot 13 Lairmore sold to Vaughn Farms, MO $12,000

Lot 22 FMC sold to Hood Hidden Hollow, OK $12,000

Lot 29 Brown sold to Whiskey River, KS $12,000

Lot 12 Frenzel sold to Gary Long, FL $11,000

Lot 14 Frenzel sold to MMM/Ronnie Felts, TX $11,000

Lot 20 Frenzel sold to Schneider and Sons,TX $11,000

Lot 15 Miller sold to Cory Hines, TX $10,000

Lot 16 Lairmore sold to Vinson/Cherry Glenn, CA $10,000

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President’s Council Sale Report 2018




OCTOBER 29, 2018

  • 1 Bull $3,500
  • 2 Pairs $17,500 Avg $8,750
  • 8 Bred $35,500 Avg $4,438
  • 6 Open $34,050 Avg $5,675
  • 2 Picks $15,000 Avg $7,500
  • 1 Semen lot $19,300
  • 2 Embryo lots $15,200 Avg $7,600
  • 22 Lots $140,050 Avg $6,366

Top Lots

  • 9- Pair, calf sire BF’s Gold Strike, consigned by Bailey Farms, Pinson, TN:  Sold to Windy Hills, Poplarville, MS for $11,000.
  • 10- Open, sire, Sugar Britches, consigned by Bailey Farms, Pinson, TN:  Sold to Roger and Beverly Austin, Marshville, NC for $9,500.
  • 3- Bred to Sugar Britches, consigned by Painted Springs Beefmasters, Thompson Station, TN:  Sold to C & M Beefmasters, Kershaw, SC for $8,000.
  • 13- Open, sire McAlester, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Brody Mason, Brownstown, IL for $8,000.
  • 22- Open, sire, El Guapo, consigned by Golden Meadows Ranch, Cotulla, TX:  Sold to Jim and Pam Colvin, Seguin, TX for $8,000.

Other Lots

  • 5B- Sugar britches semen, consigned by Painted Springs Beefmasters, Thompson Station, TN: 25 units sold for $11,300 to average $452 per unit.
  • 5A-  Captain Sugar semen, consigned by Painted Springs Beefmasters, Thompson Station, TN:  10 units sold to J-T Farm, Henderson, TN for $8,000.

Volume Buyer; C & M Beefmasters, Kershaw, SC


Auctioneer- Gerald Bowie, West Point, GA

Co- Sale Manager- Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX

Co- Sale Manager- Bruce Robbins, San Antonio, TX

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

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Beefmaster breed to be introduced at EuroTier 2018


BOERNE, Texas – The Beefmaster breed, a unique American beef breed, will be introduced to cattlemen attending EuroTier 2018. Beefmaster breeders will be available to discuss the benefits that Beefmasters can provide to improve beef quality and efficiency among Bos indicus or Bos taurus cattle. The breed is coming to the attention of European Union (EU) dairy operators for improving revenue of beef production from dairy herd operations as well.

Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) will be represented at EuroTier 2018 by Doyle and Dorothy Sanders of DBL D BAR Ranch in New Ulm, Texas, USA. They will be joining the U.S. Livestock Genetics Export (USLGE) Team at the U.S. Livestock Pavilion led by Enrique Gandara of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture at EuroTier in Hanover, Germany from November 12-16, 2018. This is billed as the largest cattle show in the world with exhibitors and participants from across the globe. Beefmasters are the only known U.S. beef breed to be represented at this show.

Beefmaster breeders are now in Italy, Poland, UK/ N. Ireland and expanding into Portugal, Spain, and Turkey. United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service in Berlin has assisted with contacts in Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Czech Republic. Interested beef breeders from Africa, Asia, Russia, and Kazakhstan have also expressed interest in learning more about this unique American breed of cattle. Beefmasters are increasingly being used for crossbreeding with other Bos indicus or Bos taurus bulls to improve fertility, weight gain, conformation, milk ability, disposition, and hardiness. Those economic traits are supplemented with scientific research proving Beefmasters are the leading beef breed for feed efficiency and retained hybrid vigor (heterosis).

For more information about Beefmaster Breeders United please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit Stay connected to BBU through Facebook, view our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and receive our news updates through joining our mailing list.




Beefmaster Breeders United (, located in Boerne, Texas, is a not-for-profit breed registration organization that provides programs and services for its members. Beefmaster, Beefmaster Advancer and E6 cattle are selected on the “Six Essentials” of disposition, fertility, weight, conformation, milk production and hardiness.

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Beefmaster Honor Outstanding Cattlemen at Convention


BOERNE, Texas – The 58th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention “Beefmasters Gone Country” was hosted in Franklin, Tenn., at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Hotel and Conference Center from October 24 – 27, 2018. The official kick-off of the 2018 convention was highlighted with award winning speeches from the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association members Saige Tassin, Braeden Lee and Weston Brooks, followed by featured speaker and radio personality Shawn Parr.

During the convention, BBU held their general membership meeting and BBU members elected new Board directors and officers. Robert “Bob” Siddons of Lakeway, Texas, was elected president and J.C. Thompson of Bedias, Texas, was elected vice-president. The following individuals were elected to the BBU Board of Directors with a three year term: Trey Scherer of Brenham, Texas, James Skelton of Springdale, Ark., Brian Melloan of Rockfield, Ky., and Tony Psencik of San Antonio, Texas.

Convention attendees enjoyed seminars and fellowship with other cattlemen and women. The educational seminars were sponsored by the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (BEEF). The educational seminars featured BBU staff members Jeralyn Novak and Donna Henderson demonstrating the new online registration system. Maddy Ruble of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) educated attendees on how NCBA is working on beef issues and how producers can protect the reputation of the beef industry. Dr. Justin Rhinehart from the University of Tennessee spoke about reproductive efficiency and how Beefmaster breeders can help their customers produce more pounds of beef product. The Noble Research Institute’s Dr. Robert Wells discussed EPDs and how the utilization of EPDs and DNA can improve a cattleman’s herd. Wendy Sneed from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture educated Beefmaster breeders on how they can build repeat customers through seedstock marketing programs. The convention also featured a panel discussion with Beefmaster sale managers Anthony Mihalski, Derek Frenzel, Dave Loftin, Bruce Robbins and Mike Green. The panel answered questions from the audience on various seedstock marketing topics, such as sale preparation and advertising.

The evening activities provided members the opportunity to meet and greet with other members during a reception hosted by Beefmaster breeder Kix Brooks at his Arrington Vineyards. Kix Brooks also hosted a skeet shoot “Boot Shoot Boogie” at the Nashville Gun Club. On Friday night the convention committee raised funds and BEEF through selling exclusive items during the auction. The night ended with members dancing the night away to the tunes of Danny Ray and the Curious Longhorns sponsored by Painted Springs Beefmasters.

On Saturday, the annual awards luncheon honored the Beefmaster breed membership award winners. The late Andy Boudreau and his wife Kim of Richmond, Texas were announced as the member of the year. Swinging B Ranch owned by Loran “Mackie” and Norma Jean Bounds of Axtell, Texas was announced as performance breeder of the year and the environmental member of the year was awarded to San Pedro Ranch of Carrizo Springs, Texas. Breeder of the year was awarded to Collier Farms owned by Mike and Rhonda Collier of Brenham, Texas. Beefmaster Cattlewoman of the year was awarded to Kathy Skinner of Katy, Texas. Last, but not least, Gerry Holmes of Falkville, Ala., was presented the Legends Award. The Legends Award is awarded to members who have been raising Beefmaster cattle for 50 years or more. The convention concluded with the annual President’s Council Sale and a great performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.

On behalf of the BBU staff, officers, board members and the convention committee, thank you to all our generous sponsors, trade show partners and auction participants. Join BBU at their 59th Annual Convention held in San Antonio, Texas from October 24 – 26, 2019.

View Award Winner Photos >

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Ozark and Heart of America Fall Round Up Sale Report


October 13, 2018 – Sycamore Springs Ranch – Locust Grove, OK


  • 56 different buyers from 8 different states purchased 135 lots sold that averaged $1,983/lot.


  • 28 pairs averaged $2,444/lot, 39 bred heifers averaged $2,073/lot, 38 open heifers averaged $1,591/lot, 15 bred cows averaged $1,793/lot, and 16 bulls averaged $1,946/lot.


  • 135 lots totaled $276,825
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Performance Article Series: Part 7 Using EPDs


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

As discussed in the previous article EPDs are Expected Progeny Differences, and the calculation of EPDs was discussed. In order to effectively use EPDs as a tool you must understand how to use them correctly, you wouldn’t use a screw driver instead of a hammer to put in a nail. EPDs are to be used as a tool to compare animals to each other or to compare against an average. EPDs are an estimate, based on pedigree and performance, of how an animal’s progeny should perform on average when compared to the progeny of another animal or against a breed average. They offer a quick and efficient way to compare how an animal’s progeny should perform because of genetics. They are not the only tool that you need to use in cattle evaluation, but they are very useful. You wouldn’t build a house just using one tool, but many different tools are required to build a sturdy functional house.

EPDs can help improve traits that are measured and of economic relevance to a producer. They can be used as a tool in selecting both bulls and females for production. When deciding between two or more animals the way to compare is to simply take the difference between the two in order to find the expected average difference between the animals’ progeny for the trait that is being selected for. With this in mind it is important to make sure that you do put all of your emphasis on a single trait and fall into single trait selecting. Single trait selection can lead to issues in the future because most of the traits that are measured have a genetic correlation to other traits. If you select on the single trait of low birth weight, then many times you will bring the other growth traits down, that is not to say that there are not animals that have low birth weight and have large weaning and yearling weights.

When looking at EPDs the top line is the EPD and the line below that is the accuracy value. Accuracy values range from 0.0 to 1.0 with an accuracy of 1.0 never being attained. Accuracies will increase as more records are reported on an animal, and if an animal has genomic data. Even with lower accuracies EPDs are still the best genetic tool that is available, they are better than actual weights, adjusted weights and ratios. It is like using a hand saw vs a power saw to cut a board, both methods are better than using a tool that isn’t built for the job.

Now that you know how to use EPDs here is a simple example using two bulls, Bull A and Bull B, and in your visual appraisal both of these bulls are sound functional animals that you can use. In your operation you are trying to increase your weight traits and your carcass traits and this bull will be bred to mature cows. When you are selecting the bull you will be looking at Weaning Weight, Yearling Weight, REA, and MARB. If you focused just on one you would be single trait selecting and could lead to issues down the road. Looking at the Weaning weight of the bulls Bull A has a WW EPD of 42.0 and Bull B has a WW EPD of 50.0, with this information we expect Bull B’s calves to be 8 pounds heavier on average at weaning. The next trait is Yearling Weight and Bull A has a YW EPD of 65.0 and Bull B’s YW EPD is 82.0, so we would expect Bull B’s calves to be 17 pounds heavier on average at yearling weight. Looking at REA next Bull A has a REA EPD of 1.02 and Bull B has a REA EPD of 1.12, meaning that Bull B’s calves should have .10 in2 more REA on average than Bull A’s calves. Now for the final trait in this selection, MARB Bull A has an IMF EPD of 0.25 and Bull B has an MARB EPD of 0.05, meaning that Bull A’s calves should average 0.20 percent more IMF than Bull B’s calves. In this scenario looking at all of the traits used it would be my choice to use Bull B.

In order to properly use EPDs you need to determine the needs of your operation and what traits need improving, while making sure that you do not single trait select. It is also important to remember that cow EPDs matter, as well as bull EPDs. EPDs are the best genetic tool that we have for selection and should be used as a tool with the purpose of genetic improvement as the goal. They are one of several tools that are used in selecting cattle, if selecting cattle is compared to building a house, it is very difficult to build a house with just one tool, the same can be said about making breeding decisions in cattle. The next article in this series will be a guest article about how genomics factor into EPDs and GE-EPDs, by John Genho, and the next will be about using indexes by Dr. Matt Spangler.

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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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