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Beefmaster Excels in USDA Feed Efficiency Evaluation

 

BOERNE, Texas – 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.

The USMARC study evaluated a group of 5,606 head of cattle and the group was composed of both finishing steers and growing replacement heifers. The study collected data for DMI, ADG and Post Weaning Gain (PWG). DMI and ADG data was recorded over 62 to 148 day periods for both steers and heifers. PWG was calculated by dividing gain from weaning to yearling weights by the number of days between the weights. Individual animal feed intake data was measured daily, as a key component of the evaluation. All animals used [...]

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Beefmasters Win Big at San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo All Breeds Show and Sale

SAN ANTONIO - The 22nd Annual San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo All Breeds Bull and Commercial Female Sale proved to be a successful event for three Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) members. The Beefmaster breeders were recognized prior to the sale held on Wed., Feb. 13, 2013 after being selected as top-placing cattle during the show held on Tues., Feb. 12, 2013. This sale features purebred bulls and commercial heifers consigned by premier Texas and New Mexico ranches.

Rancho Dos Vidas Ltd., Moore, Texas was recognized before the annual sale as the Overall Grand Champion Pen of Females after also winning first place Beefmaster pen. Don Mullins is the owner of Rancho Dos Vidas Ltd., and Lane Roberson is the ranch manager. Mullins is one of the first ranchers to utilize the Beefmaster breed, dating back to the 1960s.This pen consisted of a super set of moderate framed, easy fleshing BBU certified [...]

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New Team Member for Beefmaster Breeders United

SAN ANTONIO – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) has added a new team member; Jeralyn Stephens will be serving as the Communications Coordinator. Stephens will serve the BBU organization by promoting the general functions of BBU with an emphasis in media and website promotion, as well as advertising development. Her responsibilities include managing the bi-monthly newsletter Beefmaster E-News, managing electronic media including social media platforms, writing news releases and assisting with video development. Additionally, she will serve as the liaison between BBU and the agriculture trade media in an effort to increase breed recognition with beef cattle industry publications.

Stephens grew up in McKinney, Texas where she was active in her local FFA and 4-H chapters. She was involved in each program through exhibiting market goats and breeding beef heifers while also participating in several leadership programs. She received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural services and development with an [...]

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Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation to Fund Genomic Sequencing of Beefmaster Sires Through the University of Missouri

SAN ANTONIO – At its January 2013 meeting the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) Board of Directors finalized funding for a research project at the University of Missouri for genomic sequencing of Beefmaster bulls. This sequencing is meant to enhance the understanding and genetic prediction of Beefmaster cattle performance.

The $27,500 research study was recommended for funding to the board by Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Long Range Planning Committee and will be awarded to the University of Missouri’s Dr. Jerry Taylor who serves as the wurdack chair of animal genomics and curators’ and a professor of genetics and animal sciences.

Taylor expressed that the B.E.E.F., funding will be used in tandem with funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to deep sequence the genomes of high-impact bulls to identify variation in growth, carcass quality, feed intake, disease resistance and early embryonic loss.

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