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We sadly inform you that the world lost two great men and Beefmaster breeders recently. J.C. Thompson of Bedias, Texas and Greg Lemke of Gentry, Ark., both passed away on January 23, 2020. Please send your thoughts and prayers to their families as they navigate this difficult time. We are a Beefmaster family and may we all send our love and warmth to them as we all mourn the loss of two outstanding, thoughtful and kind men. The Beefmaster Breeders United association will miss them dearly.

A memorial service for JC Thompson, Jr. will be held Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, College Station, Texas.

A memorial service for Greg Lemke was held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Mosaic Community Fellowship, Siloam Springs, Arkansas.



All memberships will soon be receiving a letter/form requiring members to select an Animal I.D. Prefix and then return the form to make their formal request. So members, be on the lookout for this letter in the mail. The letters were mailed out Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Q: What is an Animal ID Prefix?

A: An Animal ID Prefix is a combination of letters and numbers that precede the name or ID number of an animal. For example: CRO 15/22 or CRO Big Red


Q: How short or long does the Animal ID Prefix need to be?

A: This prefix must be a minimum of two (2) characters and up to a maximum of eight (8) characters (including spaces). Your Animal ID Prefix can only be a combination of letters and/or numbers, symbols or punctuation are NOT allowed. Please remember that animal names are limited to 25? characters, including the Animal ID prefix.


Q: Why has the Animal ID Prefix been established?

A: To help recognize and maintain recognition of the original owner of an animal.


Q: I have been using an Animal ID Prefix for many years now, do I still need to submit the form?

A: Yes, every member including Lifetime, Annual, Associate, Junior and International MUST complete and return the Animal ID Prefix form to FORMALLY REQUEST their membership’s Animal ID Prefix.


Q: Can I submit the form early to ensure that I get the requested Animal ID Prefix?

A: The requests are not done on a first-come, first-serve basis. As long as the BBU office receives your form by January 31, 2020 then your request will be considered on the same parameters as the other forms received on or before January 31, 2020. Animal ID Prefixes will be assigned based on historical use and/or length of continual membership status. They are not assigned based on who sent the form in first.


Q: How do I submit the form?

A: Once you receive the letter in the mail, you can submit the completed form by returning it to 118 W. Bandera Road, Boerne, TX 78006. Mail is the preferred return option, but emails and faxes will be accepted. The BBU office must receive the completed form NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2020.


Q: What if I miss the deadline or do not request an Animal ID Prefix?

A: If an Animal ID Prefix is not established, then a random prefix will be assigned to the membership account.


Q: How does the Animal ID Prefix work when registering an animal?

A: At the time of the animal’s registration, the registry system will automatically prepopulate the animal name with the Animal ID Prefix followed by the animal’s ID number (example: CRO 15/22). At that time of initial entry, you may replace the animal’s ID number in the name field with a name like “Big Red”, but the prefix will always stay at the beginning of the animal’s name (example: CRO Big Red). Please remember that animal names are limited to 25 characters, including the Animal ID prefix. ANY name change after initial entry will incur the appropriate name change fees.



It's time to renew your Beefmaster Breeders United membership!

We encourage you to renew your membership online here.

Please note that all active, associate and junior memberships are renewable every January, with the exception of Lifetime members and NEW members that have joined since October 1, 2019. Memberships can also be renewed via mail, if you wish to renew through the mail and send a check please include your membership number AND name to ensure the funds are applied correctly.

ATTENTION!!! You will also be receiving a membership renewal letter in the mail soon and along with this letter you will also receive your official Animal ID Prefix request form. Make sure to not automatically trash your renewal letter if you renew online because the Animal ID Prefix form is in the envelope also. Every member including Lifetime, Annual, Associate, Junior and International MUST complete and return the Animal ID Prefix form to FORMALLY REQUEST their membership’s Animal ID Prefix.

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Animal Name Change FAQ

So, you have purchased an animal with no name or you would like to change the name, so what do you do now?

To change a name on an animal, the office must receive written permission from the Breeder-Member-First Owner that is listed on the Certificate of Breeding in order to make the name change. Our rules state, that an animal has a name if there is anything listed in the “Named” section of the certificate, this includes an ID number. The fee to change an animal name for an animal with NO PROGENY is $20. The fee to change an animal name for an animal WITH PROGENY is $100. The best and most efficient way to change the name of an animal is for the member requesting the name change to directly contact the Breeder-Member-First Owner and obtain the written/emailed permission from them. Once the written/emailed permission is obtained, the letter/email can be mailed in along with the certificate for reprint (additional $10 fee) or the email can be forwarded along with payment information to our office staff members for update and billing. No new certificate will be issued unless the old certificate is returned. If the animal was purchased in a sale, the consignor may not be the Breeder-Member-First Owner of the animal. You will need to contact the Breeder-Member-First Owner for written permission to change the name and you will need to provide payment for the name change before it will be done. The BBU staff members will also need to know which sale it was purchased at.

To add a name for an animal with no name listed in the “Named” section of the breeding certificate, please return the certificate with the requested name written in the “Named” section and the office will add the name and reprint the certificate for a $10 fee. There is no fee to add a name to an animal with no previous name, only a fee to reprint the certificate. You can also email a BBU staff member the certificate number of the animal and the name you would like to add. The office will add the name into the system and the new name will print onto a new certificate when the original breeding certificate is returned for transfer or requested reprint.


WHR & IBR News

The 2020 WHR (Whole Herd Reporting) and IBR (Inventory Based Reporting) inventories are now online for participating members.

The IBR inventories must be completed and posted through your online account by February 1, 2020. An additional $5 per head will be assessed for the IBR inventories returned after February 1, 2020.

The WHR inventories must be completed and posted through your online account by May 1, 2020. An additional $5 per head will be assessed for the WHR inventories returned after May 1, 2020.

If you would prefer completing your 2020 WHR/IBR inventory via hard copy and NOT online, please contact our office for a hard copy version of your inventory. Please note, hard copy inventories will not be mailed out unless requested by the member. 

Please note if you are participating in a spring 2020 sale, your WHR or IBR inventory needs to be updated and posted online prior to registering any animals born in 2020. BBU members who are interested in enrolling in the WHR or IBR programs, but are not currently participating, please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or jnovak@beefmasters.org.

Beefmaster Caps for Sale

We have several different styles of caps for sale that have our new logo on them! The caps cost $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.

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