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USLGE assists Beefmaster breed to grow demand in Thailand over the past decade

 

U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. (USLGE) supported Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) in gaining EMP funding of $145K in 2009. The program ran from 2009-2012 to introduce this American breed to beef producers in Thailand. Education to explain Beefmaster benefits was the first step.  Missions for breeders from US to Thai regional cattle shows for local and ag university seminars were conducted and a series of educational articles were developed and published in various journals from 2010 to 2011.  Reverse missions were developed for key Thai breeders and publishers to visit US cattle shows and conduct ranch tours to BBU breeders across Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado.

Initial health restrictions for frozen genetics were a restrictive obstacle and extended the time for the Thai DLD to approve our first semen shipment for import permitting.  USLGE worked with BBU for a workshop at Texas A&M University that allowed USDA and US Animal Health Officials work with DLD. This led to acceptance of CSS credentials and streamlined the protocols for testing and export. The work on protocols also affected later live animal export discussions.

The initial semen tank shipped included about 3,200 semen straws from several leading BBU member bulls. Of that amount, 1,000 straws were donated by 10 BBU breeders. Two members agreed to recover the cost of tank and shipping by selling the additional 2,200 straws. DLD assisted in distributing the donated semen to farmers in all provinces of Thailand. The first Beefmaster crossed calf was born in Thailand in December 2010.  As the initial calves matured over the next 2-3 years to deliver progeny for feeding and harvest, the demand outpaced supply.

Some breeders distributed the semen over 2-3 years, so the returns began around 2015-2016 when the mature calves started to be harvested. Breed demand strengthened during that period with live cattle coming into demand and live animal exports becoming the norm for the more influential breeders in the years to follow. Thai breeders started importing live animals in 2015. Most of the live animals were show animals from major cattle shows in USA.  As the cattle adapted well in Thailand, the shipments grew from a couple of large pallets of 6-8 head to mature bulls, pairs, bred and open heifers in packages of 100 or more per shipment.

DLD government assistance procurement has solicited 5-8 bids of 10,000 semen straws per year over the past 2-5 years, in addition to private semen sales. The pricing is usually $8-10 per straw. Elgin Breeding Service is the primary US shipper to Thailand, and they have reported that the shipments are becoming regular for individual breeders and Thai breeder associations.

In 2020, farmers and Dept of Livestock Development imported over 100 live animals and 10,000 units of semen. Top genomic seedstock are now in demand with export and cargo value exceeding $1 million for livestock and $250,000 for frozen genetics (semen and embryos) since 2009. 2020 exports were up to $920,450.00 and year to date 2021 reported sales from 5 producers total over $1.7 million and growing.

None of this could be possible without the funding provided by FAS and cooperation between USLGE and BBU. This FAS funded project has been used as a model for projects in other countries. FAS funding allowed BBU to develop a new method of breed introduction that is improving exports to other countries by BBU.

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Plan for the Future with EPDs

 

By Lance Bauer, BBU Director of Breed Improvement

As we begin a new year, it’s a great time to reflect on the last year and plan. As a breed Beefmasters experienced a great year and the demand for our cattle is high, which has been great and a testament to the work that everyone has put in as breeders. As a breed we have seen a trend in the right direction in terms of performance measures and EPDs. As we continue to move forward as a breed it is important to realize that EPDs are the best genetic selection tool that is available. An EPD is an expected progeny difference, or how we expect one animal’s calves to perform on average against another animal’s calves.

When evaluating cattle, it is important to realize that phenotype refers to all observable or measurable traits. This means that all weight and carcass traits as well as any structural or visual evaluation is considered phenotype. Phenotype is made up or genotype and environment, and the simple equation is Phenotype= Genotype + Environment (P=G+E). Genotype is simply the genes an individual possesses.  Genotype and environment can both be broken down further into different components. An EPD is designed to take out the environmental effects so that the predictions made are based on the genotype of the animal. This is done because environmental effects are not inherited by offspring.

If an animal is developed in an environment where it has all its nutrient requirements met or exceeded, it should be able to express its genetic potential better. Environment is not altering the genetic potential that we are estimating. I grew up in an environment where I had all the nutrients that I required (plus some), if I had grown up in a different environment with less nutrients, I would probably not be the same size as I am now, but my genetic potential would be the same and my ability to pass on those genetics would be the same. Taking the environment out of the equation is why sometimes animals that have “outstanding” individual performance may not excel in their EPDs, or animals with what some would consider to be lower individual performance have better EPDs.

EPDs also consider all data in the BBU database and all relationships within the database. All animals in the database are related somehow, no matter how distant. Using these relationships helps in the calculation of EPDs by establishing genetic relatedness. EPDs are more accurate than analyzing individual phenotypes and using the phenotypes of parents because these ratios and phenotypes still have an environmental effect to them. Therefore, it is important to have an accurate pedigree and preferably a genotype on animals, to make this portion of EPD calculation more accurate.

As we move into the next year and continue to focus on continual progress, remember that EPDs are the most accurate tool that we have for genetic selection of animals. By using EPDs the environmental effects on phenotype are taken out so that producers can use just the genetic portion of the P=G+E equation in the selection of animals. Environment can play a large role in the observed phenotype, especially if an animal has all it needs to reach its genetic potential vs one that may not have enough to reach its true genetic potential. This is the reason that some people say an animal’s observed phenotype does not match the EPD, the other reason is that all data and relationships are used to calculate EPDs. Remember houses are not built with simple handsaws and hammers anymore, they are built with the best and most efficient tools available, so it is important in cattle breeding to use the best tools available for genetic selection.

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McIntosh Joins the Beefmaster Team

 

Boerne, Texas  – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) welcomed Kylie McIntosh, Boerne, Texas, as the membership coordinator on December 6.

Kylie McIntoshIn this role, McIntosh will serve as a liaison between the organization and its members, as well as manage the current membership database and help execute successful strategies to recruit and orient new members.

“I am eager to assist the members of the Beefmaster breed and help the association grow exponentially,” McIntosh says. “The Beefmaster breed has an exciting future, and I am proud I get to be part of the team moving us forward.”

Originally from Boerne, Texas, McIntosh grew up raising and showing swine and Brahman cattle through the Texas Pork Producers and American Brahman Breeders Association. She currently owns and operates LK Brahmans with her younger sister.

Prior to joining BBU, McIntosh studied Agriculture Services and Development at Tarleton State University. She completed an internship with The Brahman Foundation, where she served as their bookkeeper and scholarship coordinator.

“Kylie has a solid cattle background, and I am confident that she will serve our members well,” says BBU Executive Vice President Collin Osbourn. “Her knowledge of the cattle industry and foundation management will be valuable to our membership. We are excited to have Kylie as part of the Beefmaster family.”

McIntosh can be contacted at (210) 732-3132 or by email at kmcintosh@beefmasters.org.

For more information or to contact the BBU staff members call the office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. Stay connected to BBU through Facebook, follow us on Instagram, view our videos on YouTube, and follow us on Twitter. Receive our news updates through joining our mailing list.

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2021 OHOA Fall Roundup Sale Report

 

Springfield, MO – November 13, 2021

  • 8 BULLS $27,900 AVG $3,488
  • 6 3Nl ‘S $21,200 AVG $3,533
  • 4 PAIRS $12,000 AVG $3,000
  • 11 BRED COWS $25,300 AVG $2,300
  • 23 BRED HEIFERS $56,400 AVG $2,452
  • 26 OPEN HEIFERS $75,500 AVG $2,904
  • 78 TOTAL LOTS $218,300 AVG $2,799

TOP BULLS

  • LOT 76- SIRE, WPR’S POLLED LEGACY, CONSIGNED BY WALLEN PRAIRIE RANCH, LOCKWOOD, MO; SOLD TO SCOTT BURNES, MT VERNON, MO FOR $7,500.
  • LOT 31- SIRE, WPR’S DESTINATION, CONSIGNED BY CEDAR SPRINGS, CONWAY, MO; SOLD TO PAUL FENSKE, MONNETT, MO FOR $4,000.
  • LOT 23- SIRE, WPR’S SUPERMAN, CONSIGNED BY THE UDDER FARM, SP ARKS, OK; SOLD TO MICHAEL FLESHMAN. VERNON, MO FOR $3,500.

TOP FEMALES

  • LOT 63- OPEN, SIRE, WPR’S RYDIN LUCKY, CONSIGNED BY T J RAINWATER, STRAFFORD, MO; SOLD TO MASON CATTLE CO., BROWNSTOWN, IL FOR $11,000.
  • LOT 29- OPEN, SIRE, WPR’S RYDIN LUCKY, CONSIGNED BY CEDAR SPRINGS, CONWAY, MO; SOLD TO SOLD TO MASON CATTLE CO., BROWNSTOWN, IL FOR
    $4,750.
  • LOT 32- OPEN, SIRE, FMC FLINT, CONSIGNED BY CARAH HOOD, GENTRY, AR; SOLD TO BRIAN KNEPP, SEYMOUR, MO FOR $4,500.
  • LOT 78- 3Nl, CALF SIRE, WPR’S TOP TIER, CONSIGNED BY WILLETT RANCH, TIMBO, AR; SOLD TO DEWAYNE ROGERS, APPLE SPRINGS, TX FOR $4,000.
  • LOT 27- OPEN, SIRE, EMS MOSES, CONSIGNED BY CEDAR SPRINGS, CONWAY, MO; SOLD TO RICK KNOX, SMITHTON, MO FOR $4,000.

OTHER – 39 BUYERS FROM 11 STATES

VOLUME BUYERS- JARRETT CORLEY, BARNSVILLE, GA; MASON CATTLE CO, BROWNSTOWN, IL; CEDAR SPRINGS, CONWAY, MO; ANGRY CROW RANCH, BOLIVAR, MO; DEWAYNE ROGERS, APPLE SPRINGS, TX;

AUCTIONEER- CHARLY CUMMINGS, YATES CENTER, KS
SALE MANAGER- 3G CATTLE SALES & CONSULTATION, FRANKLIN, GA

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BBU Hall of Fame: Fred and Judy Long

 

The Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Hall of Fame has been established to honor the exceptional, visionary men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the Beefmaster breed. Fred and Judy Long, owners of the L2 Ranch in Beeville, Texas were inducted into the 2021 BBU Hall of Fame.

For the Longs it is clearly a great honor to be inducted into the BBU Hall of Fame at the 2021 BBU Convention.

Fred joined BBU in 1976. His goal was to breed a Beefmaster herd that was phenotypically correct and carried solid performance traits based on “The Six Essentials”. In the development of his program, he added an additional essential trait to represent the importance of predictability of the animal’s phenotype and performance traits which he calls the Seventh Essential. This balanced in breeding is a focus on every evaluative trait. He identifies their breeding program as L2 7 Essentials Total Balance Performance Breeding. The herd was developed on the strength of the maternal cow and that bulls and females would have to carry at least 15 generations of breed dominant productive dams both top and bottom in the pedigree for reproductive repeatability. Today, their genetics carry these many generations.

All Long cattle, both bulls and females, have been weight performance evaluated and carcass data collected for every calf crop since 1990.

Fred and Judy have dedicated 47 years to the challenge of improving the Beefmaster breed and the genetics within their own herd. The commitment to superior quality and uniformity is the cornerstone of their breeding program.

“First and superior to all traits is visual appraisal this is the X-Factor. It is an extremely important trait in our cattle, they must be structurally sound and ideal in visual quality. If they do not excel in this quality trait, nothing else is important. We then focus on a balance in EPDs and performance, improvement in carcass traits and a uniformity in solid red color of our cattle,” said Long.

The Long’s identify these look alike balanced qualities as “Signature L2” and it’s proven over the years to appeal to both purebred and commercial buyers, domestically and internationally, seeking to improve their breeding programs with consistent and predictable genetics.

The Longs currently run 150-200 brood cows and 150 recipients in their program on 2,600 acres and can trace much of their top genetic lines back over 55-60 years.

Breeders will recognize the names of respected animals produced by L2 synonymous with the Signature L2 program that appear in herds throughout the breed – bulls like Red Sugar, Synergy, Infinity, Captain Sugar, Captain Jack, Captain Lucey, Sugar Jack, Bushwacker, Prodigy, High Velocity, Sugarman, Turbo 21, L2 Malone, Max, Crimson, Enco, Knockout, L2 Warrior, Synco, and others, and special females such as Sugar Ann, the 293/3 Cow Family, Farrah Lady, Infinite Lady, Simply Sugar, Peggy Sue, Vanna 2000, Fairy Tale, Jezebelle, Crimsom Lady, Portrait of a Lady, Jacklin, Carmenett Porsha and many more.

To achieve the superior genetics seen in animals such as these, the Longs have remained committed to line breeding and the strength of their maternal herd.

“We like for people to recognize our cattle, and I’ve always believed the only way you can achieve a superior animal with superior qualities is through line breeding. It has achieved our goals in our program.”

They also attribute much of the success in improving their genetics is through extensive embryo transfer work over the years.

“I’ve always thought that Beefmasters were an excellent beef breed and that’s why I joined BBU many years ago,” Fred stated. Long says that the Beefmaster breed has made tremendous amounts of improvement over the past years, and they had the opportunity to participate in such improvement.

L2 has hosted many production sales over the years, but their preferred marketing of their cattle, semen and embryos today is by private treaty. A ranch visit is beneficial and allows the visitors to see cattle that are pasture raised on their mother’s milk and developed in pasture after weaning. Visitors can see like kind performance and predictability with their genetic lines.

Fred and Judy have promoted the Beefmaster breed domestically and with their travels in Mexico and South America. They have hosted many foreign guests with field days and have displayed their cattle at the Houston Livestock Show International Week for several years. Their genetics are utilized by breeders in the United State, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Southeastern Asian countries.

In recognition of their commitment to improving and supporting the breed, the Longs in 2015 were honored with the Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association (LOBBA) Legend Award. President Bob Siddons said, “the members of LOBBA and I are proud to recognize them as True Legends of the Beefmaster Breed, together they have produced a herd with L2 bloodlines that are sought after not only in Texas, but throughout the United States and many foreign countries. The L2 Brand is known and respected throughout the Beefmaster breed.”

The Longs appreciate that the satellite sales provide an excellent avenue for the smaller breeder to promote their individual programs as well. The Longs have been avid supporters of other satellites and have been active volunteers within BBU as members. Both have served on the BBU Board of Directors, with Fred serving four terms as Treasurer and Judy serving two terms as Secretary. They both have been active on all BBU committees, working behind the scenes to improve the entire breed and have been instrumental in helping members achieve success within their individual programs. In 1988 they received the BBU Breeder of the Year Award, in 2006 the BBU Environmental Stewardship Award, in 1997 BBU Performance Award, and in 2015 the Live Oak Legend Award. Despite these incredible honors the Longs aren’t ready to slow down yet.

“We are never going to stop being aggressive about making our herd and the breed better. We are very honored that our peer group would recognize us. We really don’t consider ourselves Legends but we do consider our cattle legends. We are still working toward producing better bulls and females. We are always striving for improvement. Judy and I like the challenge and satisfaction of producing better Beefmasters,” Long stated.

“We like it when people buy our cattle and take them home and we get positive feedback. It gives you a sense of satisfaction that you have achieved a better Beefmaster.”

The Longs declared, “to be selected to go into the BBU Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor.”

After 47 years of breeding Beefmasters, it acknowledges the Long family for breeding quality genetics and the continued improvement for the Beefmaster breed. The L2 brand and genetics are satisfaction of such improvement. Fred and Judy are sincerely honored and grateful to be the recipients of this award.

 

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2021 Beefmaster Breed Registration Leaders

 

Top 10 Breeders by Registration
• MIKE & RHONDA COLLIER – BRENHAM, TX
• CASEY BEEFMASTERS – ALBANY, TX
• THE DALE LASATER RANCH – MATHESON, CO
• CRAIG & KAREN JOHNSON – EL DORADO SPRINGS, MO
• SCHNEIDER BEEFMASTERS – PREMONT, TX
• NEXTGEN CATTLE COMPANY – PAXICO, KS
• FRENZEL & MEACHAM LLC – TEMPLE, TX
• PAUL G SR AND RHONDA WALLEN – LOCKWOOD, MO
• CEDAR SPRINGS BEEFMASTER – CONWAY, MO
• LORENZO LASATER – SAN ANGELO, TX

Top 10 Breeders by Transfer
• CASEY BEEFMASTERS – ALBANY, TX
• FRENZEL BEEFMASTERS – TEMPLE, TX
• MIKE & RHONDA COLLIER – BRENHAM, TX
• THE DALE LASATER RANCH – MATHESON, CO
• HUGH (TIM) CHAPMAN – ROCKPORT, TX
• FRENZEL & MEACHAM LLC – TEMPLE, TX
• PAUL G SR AND RHONDA WALLEN – LOCKWOOD, MO
• CRAIG & KAREN JOHNSON – EL DORADO SPRINGS, MO
• STEVE & CINDY EMMONS – FAIRFIELD, TX
• LORAN M AND/OR NORMA J BOUNDS – AXTELL, TX

Top 10 Breeders by Internet Registrations
• CASEY BEEFMASTERS – ALBANY, TX
• MIKE & RHONDA COLLIER – BRENHAM, TX
• THE DALE LASATER RANCH – MATHESON, CO
• NEXTGEN CATTLE COMPANY – PAXICO, KS
• FRENZEL & MEACHAM LLC – TEMPLE, TX
• PAUL G SR AND RHONDA WALLEN – LOCKWOOD, MO
• HUGH (TIM) CHAPMAN – ROCKPORT, TX
• FARM AND RANCH BEEFMASTERS – SAN ISIDRO, TX
• SAN PEDRO LAND & CATTLE CO – CARRIZO SPRINGS, TX
• FRENZEL BEEFMASTERS – TEMPLE, TX

Top 10 AI Sires
• C1053095 EMS BET ON BUBBA
• C1052714 MCALESTER
• C940465 CF SUGAR BRITCHES
• C994584 SCHNEIDER 0481
• C1045544 CF RIPTIDE
• C1052229 CJ’S LOVE MAKER
• C1079021 WB SOLUTION
• C1029120 CF BROCK 450/3
• C1056626 SIREPRO
• C1098860 CJ’S REVOLUTION

Top 10 Donor Dams
• C1020534 cf DEJA VU’S CHEAP DATE
• C972594 SHE’S A LEGACY
• C1024977 JT MADAM SECRETARY
• C1022905 CF YELLOW ROSE
• C1109715 VALLEY HOME RED ROSE
• C1053206 DESTINY 4622
• C1058657 WPR’S CARLINA
• C828198 OASIS
• C953749 SPECIAL APPEAL
• C1082258 MISS CJ 47/16

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Lyssy Beefmasters All Access Frozen Genetics Sale Report 2021

 

Internet only – 10/6-7/2021

Lots Type Gross  Average
1 Flush $7,250.00 $7,250.00
7 Heifer Frozen Embryo  (3 embryos per lot) $35,550.00 $5,078.57
4 Frozen Embryo (3 embryos per lot) $16,700.00 $4,212.50
4 Semen $19,650.00 $4,545.00
16 Total Lots $79,150.00 $4,946.88

Sale Manager – Robbins Cattle Consulting & Marketing, Bruce Robbins

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Beefmaster Breeders United Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

 

The 60th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention was hosted in Fort Worth, Texas at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel from October 28 – 30, 2021. This year’s convention was very special because three legendary cattle producers were inducted into the BBU Hall of Fame. The BBU Hall of Fame has been established to honor the exceptional, visionary men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the Beefmaster breed.

The 2021 Hall of Fame inductees are Fred and Judy Long, owners of the L2 Ranch in Beeville, Texas, and Mike Collier, owner of Collier Farms Beefmasters in Brenham, Texas.

Fred and his wife Judy, owners of L2 Ranch in Beeville, Texas, have dedicated the last 40-plus years to the challenge of improving the Beefmaster breed and the genetics within their own herd. That commitment to superior quality and uniformity is the cornerstone of their breeding program, which they designate as “L2 Essential 7 Total Balanced Performance Breeding.” They strive to consistently produce a Beefmaster product that excels in all the measured traits as well as visual appraisal and exceptional genetics.

Over three decades ago, Mike Collier, owner of Collier Farms Beefmasters in Brenham, Texas committed to raising high-quality Beefmaster cattle with proven, productive genetics for both the seedstock and commercial cattle industry. Throughout the ensuing years, they’ve continued to make genetic improvements in their herd by utilizing all the resources available to breeders and being willing to adapt plans as needed to maintain the longevity of their program. Thanks to these efforts, Collier has witnessed their herd flourish from a few head of replacement females to one of the largest, most well respected, and premier Beefmaster herds in the business – always maintaining a focus on providing customers with an optimal balance of efficient, versatile, and maternally superior performance genetics.

For more information about the Beefmaster Breeders United Hall of Fame please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. 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.

 

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Beefmaster Breeders United (www.beefmasters.org), 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 Recognizes Breeder Excellence Awards

 

The 60th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention was hosted in Fort Worth, Texas at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel from October 28 – 30, 2021. During the convention several member awards were presented to outstanding Beefmaster breeders who have excelled over the past year and decades before.

The BBU New Member of the Year award is awarded to a BBU member who has been involved in the breed for less than eight years, and to a member who has shown, dedication, progressivism, and growth within their program and the breed. This member must also be a part of at least one BBU satellite or marketing group. The 2021 new member of the year was awarded to Cannon Cattle of Brooksville, Fla. Cannon Cattle is family owned and operated by Colson Cannon and fiancé Kirsten Walker, as well as other family members Adam, Denise and Craig Cannon. Cannon Cattle has been a BBU member since 2017. Their ranches are in Southern Georgia and Central Florida. Their program is based on functional, performance-based cattle with superior customer service. They have a focus on performance driven cattle that can excel in the Southeastern environment.

The BBU Member of the Year award recognizes a member that makes significant efforts to promote Beefmaster cattle and Beefmaster Breeders United. Dr. Jim Colvin of Seguin, Texas was announced as the 2021 member of the year. Colvin has been a member of BBU since 1993 and has served on numerous BBU committees since joining the association. Colvin has also served on the BBU Board of Directors and the South Texas Beefmaster Breeders Association (STBBA) Board of Directors and served as STBBA President for numerous years. Colvin Beefmasters has also been awarded the STBBA Conservation Award. Overall, Colvin has been involved in various aspects of Beefmaster Breeders United, from sales to whole herd reporting and from field days to satellite involvement.

The BBU Performance Breeder of the Year award was created to recognize members who are whole herd reporting (WHR) breeders, collect performance and ultrasound data, as well as have superb management practices within their breeding program. Larry Lairmore of Heber Springs, Ark., was announced as the 2021 performance breeder of the year. Larry Lairmore has been a member of BBU for almost 30 years and has been in WHR almost since the inception of the process. Lairmore collects performance data on his cattle every year, focusing on collecting all calf weights, calving ease and teat size on producing females. In addition, he carcass ultrasound scans every animal born on the farm. Lairmore is focused on collecting DNA on all males and many of the females to track his bloodlines. Lairmore is avid about collecting and use this data to sell all his animals, but specifically his bulls.

The BBU Environmental Conservation Award was created to recognize Beefmaster breeders who are stewards of the land and provides an opportunity for the Beefmaster breed to showcase the stewardship, conservation and business practices that work together on farms and ranches. The 2021 environmental award was presented to Swinging B Ranch owned by Mackie and Norma Jean Bounds of Axtell, Texas. Swinging B Ranch is made up of 1,200 acres that are owned and an additional 800 acres of leased property. Mackie and Norma Jean care for the land they have been blessed with for production of cattle, wildlife, and fun for family and friends. Every water source has been strategically located to deter erosion throughout the ranch. All ranch management decisions are made strategically to balance wildlife, water, and the Beefmaster cattle.

The BBU Breeder of the Year award was created to recognize the efforts and contributions made by members to promote BBU and Beefmaster cattle, while also evaluating the type, size, and management practices of the member’s breeding program. The 2021 breeder of the year was awarded to Bill and Dusty Carr of Laredo, Texas. Carr has been actively involved with BBU and several satellites since joining the association in the mid-1970s. Performance data and visual appraisal of cattle remain an essential component of Carr’s successful operation. Following this philosophy has benefited Carr over the years as he’s promoted progeny out of his foundation bulls, Classic Cotton and Cornerstone. The Carrs have previously won numerous awards including BBU Breeder of the Year Award in 1993, the 1996 JBBA Helping Hand Award, 1999 Environmental Award, the 2008 Performance Breeder of the Year and the 2010 Live Oak Legend Award.

Beefmaster Breeders Cattlewoman (BBC) of the year was awarded to Brenda Woelfel of Giddings, Texas. Woelfel has been an active and integral part of the cattlewomen group for many years and a BBU member since 2004. She works tirelessly to provide convention decorations each year and to raise money to support the JBBA scholarship fund. Not only is she dedicated to BBC, but she has served in various leadership roles and on numerous BBU committees.

This year’s convention was very special because three legendary cattle producers were inducted into the BBU Hall of Fame. The BBU Hall of Fame has been established to honor the exceptional, visionary men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the Beefmaster breed. The 2021 Hall of Fame inductees are Fred and Judy Long, owners of the L2 Ranch in Beeville, Texas, and Mike Collier, owner of Collier Farms Beefmasters in Brenham, Texas.

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 61st Annual Convention to be held in Oklahoma City, Okla., on October 20 – 22, 2022 at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel.

For more information about Beefmaster Breeders United and its convention please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. 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.

 

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Beefmaster Breeders United (www.beefmasters.org), 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 Celebrates 60 Years on Conventions!

 

The 60th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention was hosted in Fort Worth, Texas at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel from October 28 – 30, 2021. The unofficial kick-off to the convention was the 2021 BBU Sporting Clays Classic hosted at Defender Outdoors Shooting Center. The official kick-off of the 2021 convention was highlighted with award winning speeches from the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members Lane Hendricks, Kayl Tassin and Westeon Brooks, followed by featured speaker Danielle Beck who serves as the Senior Executive Director of Government Affairs at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

During the convention, BBU held their general membership meeting and BBU members elected new Board directors and officers. Chris Kauffman of Searcy, Ark., was elected treasurer and Kendall McKenzie of Angie, La., was elected secretary. The following individuals were elected to the BBU Board of Directors with a three-year term: Ruben Gutierrez of Monte Alto, Texas, Dave Loftin of Nixa, Mo., Lauren Lyssy of San Antonio, Texas and Ronnie Teague of Ramer, Tenn. Clay Howell of Axtell, Texas was elected to fill an unexpired term to expire in 2022.

During convention, Beefmaster producers attended educational seminars that were sponsored by the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.). Dr. Jason Cleere of Texas A&M University updated attendees on the Texas A&M University Beefmaster Herd. Dr. Andy Herring also used the Texas A&M Beefmaster herd to cover how beef producers can utilize EPDs to improve genetics. To wrap up the first day of convention seminars, Dr. Kari White with Neogen GeneSeek, reviewed the new Beefmaster Residual Feed Intake EPD and Feed Efficiency Index. The convention also featured Dr. Joe Paschal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist, discussing selection for carcass merit and the importance of carcass data. A presentation on Beefmasters and feed efficiency was presented by Bryce Schumann, who serves as the Vytelle Seedstock Sales Director. Lastly on Friday, a panel discussion about successful seedstock marketing was showcased, which allowed attendees to seek answers from Derek Thompson of Nextgen Cattle Company and Trey Scherer with Collier Farms Beefmasters, on various seedstock marketing matters. On Saturday morning the convention hosted Kevin Good of CattleFax, who presented a cattle industry outlook seminar and answered questions. He was then followed by a BBU staff question and answer session, where the membership could provide feedback on programs and ask various association related questions.

The evening activities provided members the opportunity to meet other members, visit with trade show exhibitors and enjoy historic downtown Fort Worth, Texas. On Friday night the convention committee raised funds for the Beefmaster Breeders Cattlewomen, JBBA and convention expenses through selling exclusive items during the auction. The dinner was concluded with a dance featuring the Coby Carter Band and the World Series game on live stream.

On Saturday, the annual awards luncheon honored the Beefmaster breed membership award winners. New member of the year was awarded to Cannon Cattle of Brooksville, Fla., and Dr. Jim Colvin of Seguin, Texas was announced as the member of the year. Larry Lairmore of Heber Springs, Ark., was announced as performance breeder of the year and the environmental award was presented to Swinging B Ranch owned by Mackie and Norma Jean Bounds of Axtell, Texas. Breeder of the year was awarded to Bill and Dusty Carr of Laredo, Texas. Beefmaster Cattlewoman of the year was awarded to Brenda Woelfel of Giddings, Texas. Finally, Fred and Judy Long of Beeville, Texas and Mike Collier of Brenham, Texas were both inducted into the BBU Hall of Fame. The BBU Hall of Fame has been established to honor the exceptional, visionary men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the Beefmaster breed.

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 61st Annual Convention to be held in Oklahoma City, Okla., on October 20 – 22, 2022 at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel.

For more information about Beefmaster Breeders United and its convention please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. 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.

 

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Beefmaster Breeders United (www.beefmasters.org), 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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