LOBBA Bull Development Test Accepts Bulls on June 1, 2013
The Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association (LOBBA) Bull Development Test that was approved back in February 2013 is scheduled to begin receiving bulls next week on June 1, 2013. Two tests per year will be held at the Tom Brothers Ranch in Campbellton, Texas. The bull tests will begin January 1 and June 1 of each year. Tom Brothers Ranch will be receiving bulls from June 1 through June 15. Therefore, all bulls to be tested on this test must be delivered to Campbellton by June 15, 2013. This test is scheduled to finish around November 21, 2013. The bulls will then have a two week "cool down" period after the test before being sold and/or taken back to the owner's ranch. The tests will end in time to allow consignors the option to consign their bulls to the LOBBA Beefmaster Bull Sale in January each year if they choose.
Jennie Lee Zipperer - Just getting started . . . for the second time around
By the time most cattle producers reach their 78th birthday, they are looking for ways to slow down and retire from the cattle business. But Jennie Lee Zipperer is an exception to that rule. She is just getting started...for the second time around.
"Figure that one out," she laughs.
When you look at Zipperer's journey through the cattle business, it is easy to see that she has never been one to do things the conventional way. Her journey has been filled with many firsts in the Beefmaster breed.
Space Still Available for Beef 706 Meetings
Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU), with support from the Texas Beef Council and Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is hosting four days of educational courses for Beefmaster breeders as part of the Beef 706 program. The first part of the program was held April 29, 2013 however there are still plenty of spots available for the July and September meetings.
The second part of the program will take place on July 25, 2013 in College Station, Texas at the Texas A&M University campus. This intermediate meeting will focus on gain and feed efficiency, while also taking a deeper look into the importance of animal health. Even though the July meeting does not require pre-registration, as there is no limit to the number of people who can attend, BBU does encourage participants to inform BBU staff members of their planned attendance.
The program is completed with a two-day course hosted on Sept. 17-18, 2013 in College Station, Texas at the Texas A&M University meat science laboratory. This final part of the educational course will allow Beef 706 participants to see the finished product of the fed cattle they chose at the first meeting in Gonzales. During this hands-on meeting, participants will learn about carcass fabrication and how to evaluate the value of a beef carcass. Cattle industry experts will discuss the advantages and disadvantage of marketing cattle on a grid versus live basis. This third meeting does require registration due to limited available space.
For more information about the Beef 706 Program and to sign up for the September meeting, please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132.
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Take advantage of your Association benefits! Enroll in the BBU Hotel Savings Card program from CLC Lodging and receive guaranteed savings of 20-40% off hotel rates. Free cell phone app makes hotel searches possible from anywhere. Save time with efficient online billing and reporting features. A few of the hotel brands you can select: Days Inn, EconoLodge, Super 8, Hyatt Place, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, Ramada Inn and Best Western.
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To self-enroll, go to www.clclodging.com. Select Join. Set up a username/ password and register your preferred credit card. Note: To waive the $9.95 enrollment fee you must type BBU in the box titled "key code/promo code".
Call 1.866.857.9747 (Select Option 1) Note: To waive the $9.95 enrollment fee, tell the representative your promo code is BBU. CLC Savings Card membership requires a valid credit card. A $4.95 per room night transaction fee applies when you choose to save money at a participating hotel.
29th Annual JBBA National Convention and Junior Heifer Show
The 2013 Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) National Junior Heifer Show is scheduled for July 22-27, 2013 in Bryan/College Station, Texas. The registration packet has been released and is currently posted on the JBBA website.
Entries are due to the JBBA office by Monday, June 3, 2013! All entries and pre-registrations must be received (not post marked) at the JBBA office no later than June 3, 2013 or you will pay the late animal entry and late convention registration fees. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED WITH NO EXCEPTIONS!
Send entry forms to: JBBA by mail at 6800 Park Ten Blvd., STE 290W, San Antonio, TX 78213, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 210-732-7711.
The JBBA National Convention will be hosting a wide array of contests and events. For more information on contests and events available for JBBA members to participate in please download the JBBA Nationals Packet. Please note that JBBA members should study the material listed below for the steer quiz and herdsman quiz. JBBA members are also selling Beefmaster t-shirts for a JBBA fundraiser that are only available for a limited time and will only be ordered once. Click here to view the t-shirt and order form.
Feed Efficiency Testing Offering Beefmaster Reduced Rate
The Genetic Development Center in Navasota, Texas is hosting a Summer 2013 feed efficiency test that is just around the corner. They will be accepting bulls and heifers June 10-12, 2013 for entry into their third feed efficiency. Eligible age ranges to enter the feed efficiency test are September 1 - December 15, 2012 born calves. The Genetic Development Center is offering a "Beefmaster Rate". When contacting the Center let them know you're a Beefmaster breeder and your rate will be $870.00 compared to $955.00, as well as a reduced day rate of $3.95 after the test is completed. Contact them at www.geneticdevelopmentcenter.com or 936-870-3960.
They ask that producers who are sending animals complete the Summer 2013 Entry Info Form and send it back to the Genetic Development Center via mail, email or fax. The contract and field sheets will need to be completed and are due upon animal arrival. Click here for the heifer contract/field sheets and click here for the bull contract/field sheets. The entry form helps the center get a general head count and the contract/field sheet gives us detailed information about each animal to have on our files (ranch tag, date of birth, registration #).
Beefmaster Feature to Re-Air on RFD-TV's The American Rancher
Did you miss the Beefmaster episode that premiered Mon., April 8, 2013 on RFD-TV's The American Rancher? No worries, it will re-air on RFD-TV starting on Mon., May 27 at 8 p.m. CST and will also re-air on Tues., May 28 at 10 a.m. CST and Sun., June 3 at 11 a.m. CST. Check with your cable or satellite provider for your RFD-TV listing. The video is also available for viewing on the BBU website, to the right of this paragraph.
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Do you have a great Beefmaster photo to share? Send it to us at email@example.com for the possibility of it being shared on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as being used in BBU advertisements. In your email please include...
• Photographer's Name and/or Ranch Name
• Title of Photo
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Please note that all photos submitted will become the property of Beefmaster Breeders United and that through submitting your photos you are giving permission for photos and names associated with photo to be utilized in BBU promotional materials, electronic communications, print advertisements and on social media websites.
Beefmasters United in Cowtown: Convention Hotels
The Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards Hotel - $129+tax
• Call Central Reservations: (800) 993-4805
• You can call a reservation specialist at Central Reservations and give them the BBU rate plan: G-BEEF (Be sure they know you want the Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards hotel) • Go Online: stockyards.place.hyatt.com
• You can go on the Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards website and book using the BBU Group code #: G-BEEF. You just type this number in the field that says "Corporate/Group #".
Stockyards Hotel, LLC - $169+tax (Wed./Thurs.) $224+tax (Fri./Sat.)
• Call Reservations at (817) 625-6427 or Toll Free at: 800/423-8471
• Just call in & ask for the "Beefmaster Breeders United" block to make your reservations.
• Visit their website at www.stockyardshotel.com for additional information on this historic hotel.
Overflow Hotel - Radisson Fort Worth Fossil Creek - $109 + tax
• Call Reservations: (817) 625-9911
• *Mention Beefmaster Breeders United to be put in our block & receive the discounted rate
• Overflow rooms have been secured at Radisson Fort Worth Fossil Creek, a full service hotel just 4 miles from The Stockyards. Radisson offers transportation to/from The Stockyards as well as a complimentary breakfast in a full service restaurant; free parking & internet; on-site restaurant, nightclub, indoor pool, business center.
Beefmaster cattle optimize traits necessary to rebuild the nation’s cow herd because they excel in fertility, docility and longevity. Commercial cattlemen understand the economic advantages that improvements in these traits offer a beef operation. These include, but are not limited to, higher conception rate, more weaned calf per cow and reduced replacement heifer development costs. You will appreciate the high quality females that Beefmaster bulls produce as they will excel in the hot, humid environments of the South to the wet, cool climates up north and everywhere in between.
Efficiency is also a strong attribute of the Beefmaster breed. In a recent all-breeds performance test in Texas, yearling Beefmaster bulls were the highest average daily gain (ADG) on test as well as the lowest residual feed intake (RFI) on test. Beefmaster cattle not only have high daily gains, they also consume less feed per pound of gain. Use of Beefmaster influenced cattle allows you to be a low-cost producer with reduced input levels in the cow/calf enterprise. These cost cutting measures have been built into the Beefmaster influenced female and will be necessary for cow/calf operators to survive in the developing beef industry.
Docility, fertility, efficiency, and longevity are just a few of the traits that Beefmaster cattle offer as you will also appreciate the early growth of these calves. Your weaned calves will have heavy weights at the market place and will have added value in the feedlot segment of the beef industry. Interest in Beefmaster genetics has been extremely good the past several years as the beef industry has seen the positive changes in the cattle recently. If you are looking for Beefmaster cattle don’t hesitate to call 210-732-3132 for additional information.
Tommy Perkins, Ph.D., PAS
BBU Executive Vice President
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