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Southeastern Beefmaster Breeders Association Award Winners

by Jeralyn Novak | Published September 9, 2022

Congratulations to the 2022 SEBBA award winners

  • 1st place Miss Beefmaster America: Jason Hearn and Clark Jones
  • Reserve Miss Beefmaster: Ed Faye
  • Breeder of the Year: Jason & Kim Hearn
  • Performance Breeder of the Year: Jerry & Tammy Thomas
  • New Member of the year: Anthony Grayson
  • Member of the Year: Jared Stricklin & Josh Morrison

Beefmaster Association Moves to College Station, Texas

by Jeralyn Novak | Published September 7, 2022

 

Starting January 2023, the Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) office will have a new home in College Station, Texas. Here’s the scoop on why the office is making to 188 mile move northeast to Brazos County.

BBU, along with other American breeds, was approached by Texas A&M University (TAMU) in the spring of 2021 and also during the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) meetings in early summer 2021. TAMU had a vision to move all of the American beef cattle breed association offices to College Station, Texas to help promote Bos indicus influenced breeds, knowing that their maternal traits are important to the beef industry. BBU President Larry Meacham presented the idea to the BBU Board of Directors not long after that BIF discussion. With TAMU being one of Beefmaster’s biggest allies and having one of the most prestigious agricultural programs in the United States, the BBU Board of Directors decided in February 2022 that BBU should make this happen. Clearly, there are many steps that must be taken to turn this opportunity into a reality.

With Board approval, BBU put the current office in Boerne, Texas up for sale in June 2022 and since then the office has sold with a lease-back contract agreement through the end of 2022. This gives BBU ample time to plan for the move. The plan is to lease space in College Station, Texas for the short term, and to build on the TAMU campus in the long term.

TAMU’s vision is to be an American breeds campus. TAMU is a leading agricultural university and having this relationship with academia will give the Beefmaster breed another opportunity to market Beefmaster cattle to a vast variety of people.

TAMU has offered BBU a long-term lease (35 to 40 years) on property they own that is adjacent to the Beef Center. The vision is to build an office with a conference and educational facility, along with a cattle barn to showcase our cattle during structured events, such as Beef Cattle Short Course and beef industry conferences that take place throughout the year. The conference facility could be used for BBU and Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association meetings.

TAMU wants to make this transition and move as seamless as possible. They have offered to help assist in acquiring office space or conference space during this transition. They think the move will also help them in growing their agriculture department in the future.

Realizing that change is always hard, but looking at the upside, it brings more potential to Beefmaster Breeders United than most of us can see.

“I truly feel that Beefmaster cows have the best maternal traits of any cow that’s out there. But if you don’t make yourself relevant, you end up losing all of that,” says Meacham.

With TAMU support, it is the long-term vision of the Beefmaster breed to become the premiere American breed and the number one source for proven high-quality beef cattle genetics.

“How do you keep from becoming complacent? You’ve got to always keep your finger at the forefront. We have to remember that we are seedstock producers breeding cattle for commercial cattlemen. Acceptance of our genetics by the commercial cattlemen is essential and I believe Texas A&M is one of our biggest allies in catapulting us forward,” expressed Meacham.

With our magnificent maternal traits, Meacham believes that the Beefmaster breed will have a strong foothold in the market into the future and having this connection with academia will help our breed become and stay a vital portion of the beef cattle industry.

Obviously, there are other components that also come into play when you make such a move. The biggest component of which is staff. As you all know, we have a great set of individuals who have done an incredible job managing our association.

“The biggest concern for our board has been regarding staff because they’ve been so loyal to us. We made sure they know they have a job with us through the end of 2022,” said Meacham.

Beefmaster Breeders United’s new Executive Vice President Dr. Joe Mask officially started his role on September 6, 2022. He has a tremendous skill set and should make the new path forward seamless for the Beefmaster family. He recently transitioned from his Executive Vice President position for the American Brahman Breeders Association. Dr. Mask lives in the College Station area and has been involved with Bos indicus influenced cattle for most of his life. He has worked in the world of academia and Texas AgriLife for many years and will bring a lot of valuable insight to our association.

We sincerely thank Collin Osbourn for his many years of dedicated service to BBU. Collin will transition out of his role as EVP throughout the remainder of 2022. Collin will work closely with Dr. Mask during this time to ensure a successful changeover of leadership.

“We’re visiting with other staff members about continuing with BBU, whether in the College Station office or remotely,” says Meacham.

During the transition time, Meacham envisions having two offices, one in Boerne and one in College Station until we complete the move at the end of 2022. Dr. Mask will spend several days a week in Boerne to help make the transition as seamless as possible.

We hope to minimize disruption with the rest of the staff by either facilitating their move to College Station, Texas if they so choose, or implementing work-from-home policies where appropriate. We are truly thankful for their dedicated service to BBU and hope to make this as seamless as possible for all.

There are a lot of moving parts and potential issues, but we’ll work through them and do what’s best for the association. None of us like a lot of change, but our breed is in a position to grow at a greater stride than how we’ve been because of how well our cattle are received in the industry. Meacham believes this move to College Station will help us continue to be relevant as a breed and ultimately prosper.

Change is always difficult, but to continue to be relevant as a breed, the BBU Board of Directors felt that our outstanding breed of cattle must look to the future and welcome changes that will ultimately help us grow.

2022 Emmons Ranch Production Sale Report

by Jeralyn Novak | Published August 23, 2022

 

Bryan, TX – 8/20/2022

  • 3 Bulls: Gross = $56,000.00   Avg = $18,666.67
  • 8 Pairs: Gross = $85,000.00   Avg = $10,625.00
  • 22 Breds: Gross = $211,500.00   Avg =$9,613.64
  • 4 Open Heifers: Gross = $41,500.00   Avg = $11,333.33
  • 1  Pick: Gross = $18,000.00   Avg = $18,000.00
  • 1  Semen Lot: Gross = $50,125.00   Avg = $50,125.00
  • 39  Total Lots: Gross = $462,125.00    Avg = $11,849.36

 

Bred Heifers

  • Lot 37 – EMS Bet on Pistol – EMS Bet on Bubba x EMS Pistol Annie Bred to VFF Elvis – $44,000 – Consigned by: Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: Bobby Bryan, TX
  • Lot 34 – EMS Dream Forever – Bonfire x Catchin A Dream Bred to VFF Elvis – $18,000 – Consigned by: Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: Vicente Garza, TX.
  • Lot 33a – EMS Holy Smoke – Bonfire x Catchin A Dream Bred to VFF Elvis  – $12,000 – Consigned by: Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: Brian Stephens, TX.

 

Pairs

  • Lot 8 – Lyssy’s Siri Ryder – VFF Rydin Dirty x Siiri with Hiefer calf by EMS Bet on Bubba and Bred to EMS/VFF Amazing Britches – $27,000 – Consigned by: Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: Bobby Bryan, TX
  • Lot 5 – EMS Amazing Pearl – Cavalier x EMS Amazing Ace with Hiefer calf by EMS Bet on Bubba and Exposed to EMS/Vff Amazing Britches – $13,000 – Consigned by: Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: Shane McCasland, TX.
  • Lot 6 – Lady Bear – Cf Sugar Bear x EMS Lady Liberty with Heifer calf by  EMS Bet on Bubba and Exposed to EMS/VFF Amazing Britches – $10,000 – Consigned by: Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: Bobby Bryan, TX

 

Bulls

  • Lot 3 – EMS Bubba Made – EMS Bet on Bubba x EMS Bonfire’s Barbie – $35,000 – Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: Terry Family Farms, TX.
  • Lot 2 – VFF Elvis – CJ’s Motown x 815Y – $12,000 – Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: Bobby Bryan, TX

 

Open Heifers

  • Lot 42a – EMS Dreamy Britches – EMS Captain Britches x EMS Queen of Dreams – $9,000 – Consigned by: Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: Clark Jones, TN.
  • Lot 40b – EMS Magic Velvet- EMS King George x EMS Magic Me -$9,000 – Consigned by: Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: John Williamson, TX.

 

Semen

  • Lot 44a – EMS Bet on Bubba –  Heifer Semen – EMS Headliner x EMS Bet on Buff 8062 – $800 per unit – Consigned by: Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: Bobby Bryan, TX
  • Lot 45d – EMS Johnny Cash  – Ace in the Hole x EMS Miss Buff – $300 per unit – Consigned by: Emmons Ranch – Purchased by: Bobby Bryan, TX

 

Volume Buyers – Bobby Bryan, TX; Terry Family Farms, TX; John Williamson, TX; Shane McCasland; Vicente Garza, TX.; Brian Stephens, TX; Rene Velancio, TX; Joe Nuche, TX; Jon Bowman, TX; Jeremy Dueitt, TX; Clark Jones, TN.

 

Auctioneer – Anthony Mihalski

Sale Consultant – 3 G Sales & Service

Sale Manager – Robbins Cattle Consulting & Marketing, Bruce Robbins

J & T Farm 8th Production Sale Report

by Jeralyn Novak | Published August 8, 2022

 

Lexington, TN.

8/7/22

  • 21 Bred Heifers: Gross= $175,500.00 Avg= $8,357.14
  • 19 Open Heifers: Gross= $165,500.00 Avg= $8,710.53
  • 5 Bulls: Gross= $28,000.00 Avg= $5,600.00
  • 2 Frozen Embryos: Gross= $19,500.00 Avg= $9,750.00
  • 1 Semen Lot: Gross= $6,575.00 Avg= $6,575.00
  • 48 Total Lots: Gross= $395,075.00 Avg= $8,230.73

 

Bred Heifers

  • Lot 20 – JT 203 – Infinity x JT First Lady – Bred to CJ’s Game Day – $25,000 – J & T Farm – Rocking RB, TX.
  • Lot 34 – JT 2220 – JT The Rock x JT 2118 – Bred to EMS Bet on Brady – $19,000 – J & T Farm – Slash Creek, GA.
  • Lot 37 – JT 720  – JT The Rock x JT 2817 – Bred to EMS Bet on Brady  $13,000 – J & T Farm – Emmons Ranch, TX
  • Lot 25 – JT 3720 – JT The Rock x JT 525 Danica – Bred to CJ’s Game Day – $12,000 – J & T Farm – Clark Jones, TN
  • Lot 24 – JT 3920 – Big Tex x Vera Cruz 612 – Bred to CJ’s Game Day – $11,000 – J & T Farm – Ebony Elite’s, TX.
  • Lot 13 – JT 219 – L2 Captain Jack x JT Wicked Witch Clone – Bred to Cf Sugar Bear – $10,000 – J & T Farm – Braulio Rios, TX.

 

Open Heifers

  • Lot 16 – JT 209 – JT The Rock x CF 348/7  – $19,000 – J & T Farm – Vicente Garza, TX.
  • Lot 18 – JT 206 – JT The Rock x CF 348/7  – $15,000 – J & T Farm – Randy Mason, IL.
  • Lot 14 – JT 218 – L2 Captain Sugar x JT 525 Danica – $15,000 – J & T Farm – Jim Colvin, TX.
  •  Lot 21 – JT 202 – Infinity x JT First Lady – $15,000 – J & T Farm – Jim Woolman, TX.
  • Lot 12 – JT 201 – Infinity x JT First Lady – $12,000 – J & T Farm – Arrow T, AL.
  • Lot 19 – JT204 – Infinity x JT First Lady – $11,000 – J & T Farm – Barry Hamilton, AL.
  • Lot 4 – JT 2321 – JT The Rock x JT 4418 – $11,000 – J & T Farm – Sittapog Kritchpakorn, Thialand

 

Bulls

  • Lot 42 – TT 2320 – Big Tex x JT 2812 – $9,000  – TT Farm – Brian Landeros, CA.

 

Frozen Embryo

  • Lot 43b – Cf Sugar Britches x JT 5628 – $1,150 ea.  – TT Farm – Rosebend Beefmasrter, LA.
  • Lot 43a – VFF Enforcer x JT 194 – $900 ea. – J & T Farm – Lyssy Beefmaster, TX.

 

Volume Buyers: Gurley Farms, MS.; Braulio Rios, TX.; Cameron Cox, TX.; Barry Hamilton, AL.; Jim Woolman, TX.; Vicente Garza, TX.;             Slash Creek, GA.

 

Auctioneer – Anthony Mihalski

Sale Consultant – 3G Sales & Service

Sale Manager – Robbins Cattle Consulting & Marketing, Bruce Robbins

Junior Beefmaster Breeders Compete – 2022 National Show and Convention

by Jeralyn Novak | Published July 25, 2022

 

BOERNE, TEXAS – Approximately 220 Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members and approximately 450 head of cattle from all over Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi gathered the week of July 16-22, 2022 at the Bell County Exposition Center in Belton, Texas for a fun-filled week at the 2022 JBBA National Show and Convention. This year’s theme was Boomin’ for Beefmasters.

In addition to the cattle shows, the event also included contests and competitions, a leadership conference, silent and live auctions, a meet and greet social and awards banquet were part of this annual event.

During the convention JBBA members elected the following individuals to represent them as the 2022-2023 JBBA Board of Directors and Officers.

  • President: Bennett Janssen of Victoria, Texas
  • President Elect: Mackenzie Lee of Sealy, Texas
  • Secretary: Weston Brooks of China, Texas
  • Treasurer: Braylee Cowan of Dodd City, Texas
  • Reporter: Kolton Brady of Carrizo Springs, Texas
  • Directors: Maggie DeLaCerda of Denton, Texas, Sarah Mendietta of Kingsville, Texas, Kaylee Beason of Rockdale, Texas, Emme Dallmeyer of Ledbetter, Texas, Vicente Garza III of Edinburg, Texas, Kaylee Hensley of La Grange, Texas, Travis Glaser of Rogers, Texas, Sarah Wells of Grapevine, Texas, and Hannah Pace of Mount Enterprise, Texas.
  • Ambassadors: Sofia Garza of Edinburg, Texas, Rheagan Karisch of Ellinger, Texas, Santiago Garza of Edinburg, Texas, Layne Seal of Perrin, Texas, Nate Stoesser of Raywood, Texas, and Isabelle Suits of Wills Point, Texas.

The annual event consisted of several competitions including public speaking, photography, video, livestock judging, team sales, individual sales, professional development, marketing design, Beefmaster quiz bowl and Beefmaster Skillathon.

The winners of the public speaking contest are as follows:

  • Novice 1st place: Colt Scherer of Brenham, Texas
  • Junior 1st place: Bridger Ethridge of Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Kyndal Goodwin of Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Senior 1st place: Mackenzie Lee of Sealy, Texas

The winners of the photography contest are as follows:

  • Novice 1st place: Adley McCuistion of Sanger, Texas
  • Junior 1st place: Lane Hendricks of Flynn, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Karleigh Murphy of Kilgore, Texas
  • Senior 1st place: Taya Webb of Sanger, Texas

The winners of the video contest are as follows:

  • Novice 1st place: Lex Hendricks of Flynn, Texas
  • Junior 1st place: Bridger Ethridge of Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Levi Heifrin of Bryan, Texas
  • Senior 1st place: Mackenzie Lee of Sealy, Texas

The winners of the livestock judging contest are as follows:

  • Novice 1st place: Kyndall Schnell of Ledbetter, Texas
  • Junior 1st place: Hailey Rudloff of Burton, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Audrey Potter of Columbus, Texas
  • Senior 1st place: Cooper Sutton of Gatesville, Texas
  • Team 1st Place: The Desperados – Ruston Hendrickson, Kace Murphy, Zachary Riggs, Cooper Sutton
  • Team 2nd Place: The Hot Shots – Rhaina Emmons, Vance Aaron, Dusti Ozment, Jennifer Mask

The winners of the team sales contest are as follows:

  • Grand Champion Team: Lex Hendricks, Gracie Bouchard, Roel Garza, Bridger Ethridge
  • Reserve Champion Team: Hailey Rudloff, Kellen Murphy, Kace Bronikowsky, Travis Glaser

The winners of the individual sales contest are as follows:

  • Novice 1st place: Colt Scherer of Brenham, Texas
  • Junior 1st place: Bridger Ethridge of Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Jennifer Mask of Franklin, Texas
  • Senior 1st place: Travis Glaser of Rogers, Texas

The winners of the professional development contest are as follows:

  • 1st place: Bennett Janssen of Victoria, Texas
  • 2nd place: Maggie DeLaCerda of Denton, Texas

The winners of the marketing design contest are as follows:

  • Novice 1st place: Lex Hendricks of Flynn, Texas
  • Junior 1st place: Santiago Garza of Edinburg, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Vicente Garza III of Edinburg, Texas
  • Senior 1st place: Maggie DeLaCerda of Denton, Texas

The winners of the Beefmaster quiz bowl contest are as follows:

  • Grand Champion Team: Cooper Sutton, Weston Brooks, Ruby Redden, Lex Hendricks
  • Reserve Champion Team: Olivia King, Lane Hendricks, Vicente Garza III, Travis Glaser

The winners of the Beefmaster Skillathon contest are as follows:

  • Novice 1st place: Olivia King of Bryan, Texas
  • Junior 1st place: Lane Hagan of Yoakum, Texas
  • Intermediate 1st place: Weston Brooks of China, Texas
  • Senior 1st place: Caeden Scherer of Brenham, Texas

JBBA members exhibited their cattle in seven different shows over the week, including an ultrasound carcass contest, showmanship competition, a bred and owned heifer show, a bred and owned bull show, a Beefmaster E6/Advancer Heifer Show, the JBBA National Cow-Calf Pair Show and the JBBA National Heifer Show.

The winners of the ultrasound carcass contest are as follows:

  • Champion E6/Advancer Carcass: Makenzie Low of Alto, Texas
  • Reserve Champion E6/Advancer Carcass: Wylie Butler of Cameron, Texas
  • Champion Bull Carcass: Kensi Willis of Zephyr, Texas
  • Reserve Champion Bull Carcass: Bennett Janssen of Victoria, Texas
  • Champion Junior Female Carcass: Troy Glaser of Rogers, Texas
  • Reserve Champion Junior Female Carcass: Travis Glaser of Rogers, Texas
  • Champion Senior Female Carcass: Kaycee Conner of Bowie, Texas
  • Reserve Champion Senior Female Carcass: Wylie Butler of Cameron, Texas

The winners of the showmanship competition are as follows:

  • Novice Champion Showman: Charlotte Dore of Iota, Louisiana
  • Novice Reserve Champion Showman: Lexi Ballard of Bryan, Texas
  • Junior Champion Showman: Brylee McKee of Pitkin, Louisiana.
  • Junior Reserve Champion Showman: Elliot Dore of Iota, Louisiana
  • Intermediate Champion Showman: Rhaina Emmons of Streetman, Texas
  • Intermediate Reserve Champion Showman: Kasen Ramirez of Combine, Texas
  • Senior Champion Showman: Lilly Kaspar of New Ulm, Texas.
  • Senior Reserve Champion Showman: Kolton Brady of Carrizo Springs, Texas
  • Pevine Hicks Memorial Champion Showman: Rhaina Emmons of Streetman, Texas

The winners of the Bred and Owned Heifer Show are as follows:

  • Grand Champion Bred and Owned Heifer: DORE1 Jolene owned by Elliot Dore of Iota, Louisiana
  • Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Owned Heifer: AEP 30J owned by Addison Poe of Stephenville, Texas

The winners of the Bred and Owned Bull Show are as follows:

  • Grand Champion Bred and Owned Bull: BJL Shot Glass owned by Bennett Janssen of Victoria, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Owned Bull: KTCC Bubba’s Black Beast owned by Kayl Tassin of Sandy Hook, Mississippi.

The winners of the Beefmaster E6/Advancer Heifer Show are as follows:

  • Grand Champion E6/Advancer Heifer: B2 125/20 owned by Jennifer Mask of Franklin, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion E6/Advancer Heifer: SMM Tibitha owned by Kyndal Goodwin of Lake Charles, Louisiana

The winners of the National Cow-Calf Pair Show are as follows:

  • Grand Champion Cow-Calf Pair: EMS Dancin with Fire owned by Raymie Emmons of Streetman, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion Cow-Calf Pair: EMS Dreamin Bout Diamonds owned by Raymie Emmons of Streetman, Texas

The winners of the JBBA National Heifer Show are as follows:

  • Grand Champion Heifer: Ellis Jazz exhibited by Lane Hagan of Yoakum, Texas
  • Reserve Grand Champion Heifer: Ellis Martina exhibited by Addison Poe of Stephenville, Texas

To wrap up the event, JBBA members and their families attended the annual awards banquet. Contest and event winners from throughout the week were announced and received awards. All-Around Champions were awarded in each age division, determined from points earned throughout the week. The top ten in each age division were recognized.

The All-Around Champion Awards were presented to the following JBBA members:

  • All-Around Novice: Addison Poe of Stephenville, Texas
  • All-Around Junior: Bridger Ethridge of Nacogdoches, Texas
  • All-Around Intermediate: Kaylee Beason of Rockdale, Texas
  • All-Around Senior: Braylee Cowan of Dodd City, Texas

In addition to contest awards, several scholarships were awarded to the following senior JBBA members:

  • Brian L. Murphy Memorial Scholarship: Travis Glaser of Rogers, Texas.
  • JBBA Scholarships: Troy Glaser, Nikki Brady, Mackenzie Lee, Bennett Janssen, Maggie DeLaCerda, Kaitlin Flisowski, Caycen Ratliff, Cooper Sutton, Paola Castro, Braylee Cowan, and Kace Murphy
  • Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) PRIME Scholarship: Maggie DeLaCerda of Denton, Texas.
  • Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) Scholarship: Kace Murphy of Kilgore, Texas, Cooper Sutton of Gatesville, Texas, and Mackenzie Lee of Sealy, Texas.
  • Beefmaster Breeders Cattlewoman Scholarship: Mackenzie Lee of Sealy Texas, Bennett Janssen of Victoria, Texas, Cooper Sutton of Gatesville, Texas, Travis Glaser of Rogers, Texas, and Maggie DeLaCerda of Denton, Texas.
  • Kenneth Lewis and Robert Miles Memorial JBBA Scholarship: Paola Castro of Brownsville and Mckenna Clay of Dekalb, Mississippi.
  • East Texas/Louisiana Marketing Group Scholarship: Troy Glaser of Rogers, Texas, Travis Glaser of Rogers, Texas, and Mackenzie Lee of Sealy, Texas.
  • David Wagner Memorial Scholarship: Troy Glaser of Rogers, Texas, Travis Glaser of Rogers, Texas, Caeden Scherer of Brenham, Texas, Addie Brown of Beeville, Texas and Mackenzie Lee of Sealy, Texas.
  • Bill O’Connor Pink Coveralls Scholarship: Mackenzie Lee of Sealy, Texas.

This year the WorkHorse Award was presented to Travis Glaser of Rogers, Texas. The WorkHorse Award honors an individual that demonstrates a great work ethic, who willingly goes above and beyond what their responsibilities call for during the JBBA National Show and Convention.

Champion Herdsman was awarded to Vicente, Sofia, and Santiago Garza of Edinburg, Texas and

Reserve Champion Herdsman was awarded to Nikki and Kolton Brady of Carrizo Springs, Texas.

In recognition of outstanding JBBA volunteers’ service, dedication, time, and support to the JBBA program, the JBBA Helping Hand Award was presented to Russell and Trisha Mackie of Lott, Texas.

The BBU Staff and JBBA Board of Directors would like to thank everyone that made this year’s event possible and congratulate all the participants. Join JBBA next year at the 39th Annual JBBA National Convention and Show to be held in the same location in Belton, Texas.

Click here to download winner photos.

For more information about BBU and JBBA please contact the office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org/juniors.

Letter from the President

by Jeralyn Novak | Published July 14, 2022

 

We have exciting news to share with the Beefmaster family.

In the summer of 2021, we were invited to consider moving the Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) headquarter offices to College Station, Texas on property owned by Texas A&M University (TAMU). With the university being one of our biggest allies and having one of the most prestigious agricultural programs in the United States, the BBU Board of Directors decided in February 2022 that we should make this happen. Clearly, there are many steps that must be taken to turn this opportunity into a reality.

With Board approval, we put the office in Boerne, Texas up for sale in June 2022. We now have a contract in place for our asking price with a lease-back contract also in place through the end of 2022. This gives us ample time to plan for the move. The plan is to lease space in College Station, Texas for the short term, and to build on the TAMU campus in the long term. The University’s vision is an American Breeds Campus, which is tremendously exciting for the Beefmaster breed.

Obviously, there are other components that also come into play when you make such a move. The biggest component of which is staff. As you all know, we have a great set of individuals who have done an incredible job managing our association.

I am sorry to announce that Collin Osbourn has opted not to move his family to College Station, Texas, for which I cannot blame him. We sincerely thank him for his many years of dedicated service to BBU. At minimum we intend to utilize Collin until year end and are hoping he can utilize his knowledge and services through consulting work, moving forward.

We hope to minimize disruption with the rest of the staff by either facilitating their move to College Station, Texas if they so choose, or implementing work-from-home policies where appropriate. We are truly thankful for their dedicated service to BBU and hope to make this as seamless as possible for all.

More exciting news! I would like to introduce Dr. Joe W. Mask who will become the new Executive Vice President of BBU. He has a tremendous skill set and should make the new path forward seamless for us. He will be transitioning from his current role as Executive Vice President for the American Brahman Breeders Association over the next two months. He lives in the College Station area and has been involved with Bos indicus influenced cattle for most of his life. He has worked in the world of academia and Texas AgriLife for many years and will bring a lot of valuable insight to our association.

Change is always difficult, but to continue to be relevant as a breed, the Board of Directors felt that we must look to the future of Beefmasters and welcome changes that will ultimately help us grow and prosper. Watch for more exciting news to come! We are Beefmaster Breeders United and united we will stand. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at 713-829-2606.

Sincerely,

Larry Meacham

BBU President

University of Arkansas at Monticello cattle breeding program enters new phase

by Jeralyn Novak | Published June 30, 2022

 

MONTICELLO, Arkansas — The cattle herd at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is getting an upgrade, receiving more than two dozen hand-picked Beefmaster cows and calves donated by James and Mary Ann Skelton of Springdale.

“I didn’t want UAM to have any scrubs,” the 77-year-old James Skelton. “I’m selling down, so I donated the better end of my cows.”

At one time, Skelton and his brother managed more than 300 head of Beefmaster cattle.

“My brother got out of the business, and now it’s just my two sons,” Skelton said. “We have about 60 cows. They, too, are now wanting out of the cattle business. So, it’s a good time.”

UAM has had cattle on its campus for a long time, beginning as a research and demonstration herd managed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Southeast Research and Extension Center. When the Center closed, the herd was transferred to UAM.

“With the switch of ownership, so did the focus of the cattle operation. We were suddenly tasked with the need for our cattle to produce calves for revenue so that the farm could financially stand on its own,” said Rocky Lindsey, veterinarian and associate professor animal science.

Genetic upgrades

UAM farm manager Greg Montgomery said the donated cattle, which arrived in May, have excellent traits that help elevate the quality of the UAM herd.

“We are getting some proven genetics,” said Montgomery.

“There are three boxes we are trying to check. The first is visual assessment; we want them to look pretty as you go down the road. The next two boxes included pedigree: what ancestry do they have, and have they produced recognizable genetics?” he said.

“The third box is EPDs or expected progeny differences. All three things can get very complex, but it’s pretty simple once you know the process. If we are checking all three boxes, we are upgrading our cattle,” Montgomery said.

Beefmasters Breeders United helps track all the cows’ data.

“They have the bloodline; they get a number, the animal’s birth weight is recorded, weaning weight and yearling weight. By the time you’re done, you have a huge database to help improve the quality of your herd,” he said.

Beating the competition

UAM doesn’t often enter competitions with its livestock. However, this past year Montgomery and a student tested the waters at the Arkansas State Fair. The result was a measuring stick.

“The results couldn’t have been better,” Montgomery said. “We were at the state fair in 2021. We had a heifer and a bull. Our bull won Arkansas Champion and Grand Champion Beefmaster Bull.

“We walked out of there with a lot of purple ribbons. For me, it was the first time I’d ever done that,” he said. “Even as a kid, I had never won the state fair. It was cool to do that for the university and a cool thing for me.”

Montgomery said UAM student Rayvin Callaway showed the cattle and “she did a wonderful job. Kudos to her for the work she has done. We hope to have more student interaction in the future in showing our cattle.”

“The goals for the herd with University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture were teaching and research. Generating revenue through cattle sales was not the focus,” said Lindsey. “We’re still going to use them as a teaching herd and perform quality research, but the focus has changed since UAM took ownership of the cattle. We now want to help the UAM farm grow and support itself.”

“We can brand our UAM university name and become well-known. We are starting to become known as a quality Beefmaster breeder. This gives added value to our cattle,” said Lindsey.

“Everything we do out here on this cow farm, there will be a student involved,” said Montgomery. “Ultimately everything we do to improve the college’s herd; the student is involved 100% hands-on.  As the herd gains more notoriety, the university also builds its name and reputation. Meaning more opportunities for the student.”

Top Five

Skelton became familiar with the UAM breeding program about five years ago. At that time, Bill Pendergrass, executive vice president of Beefmasters Breeders United, told Skelton that UAM needed a bull to breed their cows. Skelton called Montgomery and told them that the school he could use one of his top bulls for a few months. The bull was a top five ranked Beefmaster. The bull and cows did their job producing top calves. However, closure of the Southeast Research and Extension Center meant Montgomery had to start over.

The current “donation we received was very beneficial, no strings attached,” Lindsey said. “Some of the cattle we were initially going to sell, the donation agreement allowed us to do that, but instead, the quality of the animals we received was incredibly good. Those cows and calves will now be incorporated into our existing breeding program.”

 

 

About the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center

The College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, a University of Arkansas System Center of Excellence, brings together interdisciplinary expertise through a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The College and Center are headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus, but their programs range statewide with the mission of developing and delivering teaching, research, and extension programs that enhance and ensure the sustainability and productivity of forest-based natural resources and agricultural systems. Academic programs are delivered by the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources through the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Through the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, research is administered by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, and extension and outreach activities are coordinated by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

The University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offer all of their programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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By Lon Tegels

College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources

University of Arkansas at Monticello

 

Arkansas Forest Resources Center

U of A System Division of Agriculture

 

Clark Jones & Cottage Farm Southern Tradition XXII Beefmaster Production Sale Report

by Jeralyn Novak | Published June 30, 2022

Savannah, Tennessee

6/25/22

Lots Type Gross  Average
27 Bred Heifer $332,000.00 $12,296.30
27 Open Heifer $330,000.00 $12,222.22
6 Pair $67,000.00 $11,166.67
8 Bull $68,000.00 $8,500.00
1 Semen $4,645.00 $4,645.00
1 Frozen Embryo $7,600.00 $7,600.00
70 Total Lots $809,245.00 $11,560.64
Category Description Price Consignor Purchased by
Bred Heifer Lot 65 – Cf 084 – L2 Infinity x Cf Oasis – Bred to Brock $40,000 Cottage Farm Rockin RB, TX.
Lot 62 – Cf 086 – L2 Captain Sugar x Cf Oasis – Bred to Power House $25,000 Cottage Farm Pro-Ventures, LA.
Lot 27 – CJ 2093 – CJ’s Game Changer x Miss CJ 13/18 – Bred to CJ Heart Breaker $24,000 Clark Jones Bill Botard, TX.
Lot 22 – CJ 2060 – CJ’s Game Changer x Miss CJ 1824.  – Bred to CJ Diamond Ring $22,000 Clark Jones Gary & Beau Osmondson, CA.
Lot 34 – CJ 20107 – CJ’s Diamond Rolex x Miss CJ 1542 – Bred to CJ Heart Breaker $20,000 Clark Jones H-Bar, TX.
Lot 38 – CJ 2081 – CJ’s Game Changer x 1021/7 – Bred to CJ Heart Breaker $18,000 Clark Jones H-Bar, TX.
Lot 61 – Cf 081 – L2 Captain Sugar x Cf Oasis  – Bred to Power House $18,000 Cottage Farm Jason Vojacek, TX.
Lot 23 – CJ 16/20 – CJ’s Lovemaker x Miss CJ 27/15 – Bred to CJ Revolution $17,000 Clark Jones Jon Rhodes, TX.
Lot 29 – CJ 2049 – CJ’s Game Changer x Miss CJ 1658 – Bred to CJ The Master $17,000 Clark Jones Bailey Farms, TN.
Open Heifers Lot 73 – Cf 107 – CF Brock x Cf Oasis $21,000 Cottage Farm Jim Woolman, TX.
Lot 5 – CJ 2113 – CJ’s Game Changer x 3007 $21,000 Clark Jones Cottage Farm, TN.
Lot 8 – CJH 2101 – CJ’s Game Changer x Miss CJ 39/17 $21,000 Clark Jones /       Jason Hearn Tombigbee, AL.
Lot 71 – Cf 112 – CF Brock x Cf De Ja Vu $20,000 Cottage Farm L2 Ranch, TX.
Lot 3 – CJ 2158 – CJ’s Game Changer x Miss CJ 1773 $20,000 Clark Jones Curtis Smith, OK.
Lot 70 – Cf 131 – CF Prime 8 x Cf De Ja Vu $19,000 Cottage Farm Travis Graybeal, KS.
Lot 16b – CJB 2114 – CJ’s Tradition x Miss CJ 1603 $17,000 Clark Jones /    Bailey Farms Bailey Farms, TN.
Lot 1 – CJ 2160 – CJ’s Game Changer x CJ’s Hope Diamond $16,000 Clark Jones Jarrett Corley, GA.
Pair Lot 45 – SWB 08714 Shakira – EMS Bonfire x Estatic  with Heifer calf by Mr. CJ’s Diamond Ring  Bred to CJ Progress $27,000 Clark Jones Lazy Susan Ranch, TN.
Lot 46 – CJ 1647 – EMS Ring of Fire x 101/1 with Heifer calf by CJ’s Game On Bred to CJ Progress $10,000 Clark Jones J & T Farm, TN.
Bull Lot 53 – Cf 082 – CF Brock x Cf Oasis $13,000 Cottage Farm Randy Mason, IL.
Lot 51 – Cf 085 – CF Brock x Cf Oasis $12,000 Cottage Farm Twin Creek, TN.
Lot 54 – Cf 076 – L2 Captain Sugar x Cf Oasis $12,000 Cottage Farm Gabby De La Santos, TX.
Volume Buyers: Travis Graybeal, KS.; Jon Rhodes, TX.; Rockin RB, TX.; H – Bar, TX.; Nextgen Cattle Co., KS.; Bailey Farms, TN.; Jarrett Corley, GA.; Jason Vojacek, TX.

Auctioneer – Gerald Bowie

Sale Consultants – 3G Sales & Service, Anthony Mihalski

Sale Manager – Robbins Cattle Consulting & Marketing, Bruce Robbins

Austin County’s DBL D BAR Beefmaster Ranch Selected to Join USDA Trade Mission to the United Kingdom

by Jeralyn Novak | Published June 18, 2022

 

Source: Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)

As Part of the Delegation, DBL D BAR Beefmaster Ranch will Benefit from Opportunities to Introduce Its Products to New Buyers and Increase Sales

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2022 – DBL D BAR Beefmaster Ranch from New Ulm, Texas, will join the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a trade mission to London, United Kingdom (UK), June 22-24. The UK ranks 13th among global customers for U.S. food and agricultural products, with nearly $2.8 billion in purchases in 2021, a four-percent increase from the previous year. The USDA trade mission will build upon that momentum with the goal of finding new and expanded export opportunities for U.S. agribusinesses, including DBL D BAR Beefmaster Ranch.

“Prior to the Covid pandemic, we built momentum introducing Beefmasters to new markets in Europe, Asia and North Africa,” said Co-owner of DBL D BAR Beefmaster Ranch Doyle Sanders. “During the pandemic, USDA trade missions were postponed, delayed or cancelled, and we now have breeders overseas who are interested in expanding their herds for cross breeding with Angus. We are eager to meet profit-minded UK beef producers to join our Beefmaster family and use our high-performance embryos and semen for crossed and purebred seedstock.”

DBL D BAR Beefmaster Ranch was instrumental in introducing the unique Beefmaster genetics into Thailand and then used the same model to introduce the breed to Europe. Since 2014 it has exported superior semen and embryo genetics to Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the UK.  This unique American breed leads in feed efficiency and heterosis for greater worldwide sustainability.

While in London, officials from DBL D BAR Beefmaster Ranch and 36 other U.S. agribusinesses and farm organizations will engage directly with foreign buyers, receive in-depth market briefs from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), and participate in site visits.

“USDA-sponsored trade missions allow FAS to work directly with U.S. ag exporters, regardless of their size, to help them boost sales of their high-quality U.S. food and farm products around the world,” said FAS Associate Administrator Brooke Jamison. “I’m excited to join the diverse group of U.S. businesses who are participating in the UK trade mission and eager to do what I can to help them capitalize on new business opportunities. Every sale and purchase commitment, regardless of how large or small, will have a positive impact on the success of the company, their employees, and ultimately their local community.”

The trade mission to the U.K. is one of four international trade missions Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on March 11 that support USDA’s commitment to expanding and diversifying global market opportunities for U.S. agriculture and exporters. As U.K.’s demand for U.S. consumer-oriented food and beverages increases, the market delivers strong potential for U.S. exporters.

For more information on USDA trade missions, visit https://fas.usda.gov/topics/trade-missions. For questions about DBL D BAR Beefmaster Ranch, visit www.dbldbar.com or contact Doyle Sanders via email at dsanders@industryinet.com.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Guerrero Selected as 2022 Summer Intern

by Jeralyn Novak | Published May 31, 2022

 

Haley Guerrero has been selected as the 2022 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) summer intern. Haley is a Senior at Sam Houston State University majoring in Agriculture Communications and will graduate May of 2023. Since she raised livestock most of her life, Haley showed an interest in learning the communications side of the agricultural industry. In the beginning of her college career, she found the desire for public relations, photography, and marketing. Guerrero began her internship on May 31, 2022 at the BBU office in Boerne.

Haley is from Fayetteville, Texas where she raises Beefmaster cattle with her family. She was introduced to the Beefmaster breed by Lee and Dawn Compton. Haley followed in her brother’s footsteps after he purchased his first Beefmaster heifer from scrambling at the Austin County Fair. She has been a JBBA member since 2008, Haley has grown her herd through the years attending majors, scramble, and JBBA Nationals.

“This organization is growing every day with new members and I’m proud to be one of them! This will be an exciting experience to learn how BBU and JBBA function from an inside perspective. I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Guerrero says.

In this role, Guerrero will assist BBU staff in communications, data entry, and junior program tasks before, during and after the 2022 JBBA National Show and Convention.

For more information call 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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Beefmaster Breeders United 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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