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Interim EPDs

In an effort to increase the accuracy of EPDs between genetic evaluations when an animal has data turned in or a change in parentage due to DNA BBU has started to use Interim EPDs (I). "I" stands for interim, and means that the animal has had data turned in on it between genetic runs. This is an estimate of the EPD based on the pedigree estimate (PE) and how the animal performed in its contemporary group and improves the accuracy from a traditional PE. Pedigree estimates= ½ Sire EPD + ½ Dam EPD and Interims= ½ Sire EPD + ½ Dam EPD + ½ Mendelian Sampling Effect. The Mendelian Sampling Effect is calculated using data from the genetic evaluations and an animal’s individual performance. These interim EPDs are not an actual EPD but are more representative than a pedigree estimate. There will be more written on these as well as many other topics in upcoming issues of The Beefmaster Cowman. If you have additional questions on Interims EPDs, or performance please contact BBU we will be happy to discuss and help with any questions you may have. Lance Bauer:  lbauer@beefmasters.org or (210) 464-1309.

Read Latest Issue of The Beefmaster Pay Weight

As you read this, the fall 2018 issue of The Beefmaster Pay Weight has been mailed out to over 12,000 cattlemen and women. If you did not receive a hard copy, you can view and read it online at beefmasters.org in the media center! We encourage you to share the digital version with your friends, family and other cattle producers you do business with. Of course, we are happy to mail you more hard copies to share with your friends. If you would like more hard copies, please email Jeralyn at jnovak@beefmasters.org or call us at 210-732-3132. We hope you enjoy the fall issue of The Beefmaster Pay Weight!

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Beefmasters Gone Country! Pre-Register by October 5

Join us for the 2018 BBU Convention and enjoy Beefmasters Gone Country in Franklin, Tennessee from Wednesday, October 24 through Saturday, October 27, 2018. Our convention will be held at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.

Convention packets are being mailed out this week at their normal time and should arrive in your mailbox soon. Please use this packet to vote via proxy if you can not attend convention. The packet also has hotel and registration information, and much more!

Convention registration is now open, to register please use the registration form on our website (link below) or found in your convention packet. Complete the convention registration form and return it to the BBU office with your check payment. If you would like to pay with your credit card on file, please indicate this on the registration form.Please note that the discounted pre-registration deadline is October 5, 2018.

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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.

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Junior Members Double Check Your Registration Papers

Heifer and steer validation will be happening soon for many 4-H and FFA students. Get your transfer of ownership paperwork sent in and any pending registrations completed ASAP! Don't wait to the last minute because rush fees are $25 per certificate. Before you head to validation or process major show entries, be sure to double check your registration papers to make sure there is no prefix name listed below the owner name and that the owner is listed correctly. When we switched registrations systems back in February and March there were several junior member papers that were processed with a prefix name. Most major shows will only accept registration papers that only list the junior member's name as the owner and no prefix name is allowed.

Beefmaster on RFD-TV

The new Beefmaster video feature premiered on Monday on RFD-TV’s The American Rancher! If you missed the new episode you can now view it online 24/7 at www.beefmasters.org or on the Beefmaster Breeders United Facebook page. You can also request a DVD copy of the episode for a small fee by calling 210-732-3132.

Next Genetic Evaluation Run

We will be running the next Beefmaster breed genetic evaluation in early 2019. In order for animals to be included in this genetic evaluation, our office must have the animal's performance data and registration application submitted by December 14th. Please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 if you have any questions.

Beefmaster Caps and Cups Make Great Gifts!

We have several different styles of caps for sale that have our new logo on them! Cap options are in photos below - $20 each plus shipping. If you would like to order a cap please call Jeralyn at 210-732-3132 to pay with a credit card over the phone. You can also email jnovak@beefmasters.org to order.

We are also selling Beefmaster Breeders United RTIC 30 Oz Stainless Steel Tumbler cups for $30 each plus shipping. 

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Order Your Ear Tags Today!

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.

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 info@beefmasters.org.


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Order Your BBU Membership Sign

We have updated the BBU Membership Sign with the new association logo. If you would like to order a BBU Membership Sign please contact our official sign distributor: City Silk Screen.

City Silk Screen

Attn: Nat Garcia

375 Hawthorne

San Antonio, TX 78214  


210-532-7889 fax


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