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Beefmaster Genetics Debut in Turkey

 

BOERNE, Texas – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) and DBL D BAR Beefmaster Ranch, Industry/New Ulm, Texas have successfully delivered 67 Beefmaster embryos to Kafkas University in Kars, Turkey. The embryos will be used to develop the foundation Turkish Beefmaster herd for crossbreeding with other native cattle such as; European Limousin, Charolais, Simmental and various breeds of dairy cattle. After four years of dedicated assistance from the Ankara Office of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the U.S. Embassy Agricultural Attaché, this project is now in full operation.

On Monday, January 18 the delivery was confirmed by Sinem Duyum, Agricultural Specialist in the Office of Agricultural Affairs at the U.S Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

“The Beefmaster embryos have just arrived in Istanbul and the shipment was successfully cleared from the Istanbul Airport custom,” said Duyum.

The Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MinFAL) granted final import permit approval under European Union (EU) […]

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New Year, New Goals!

 

By: Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement

2020 was a year to remember, or forget, if you would like. Items like toilet paper and meat disappeared from store shelves amid the COVID 19 pandemic. People learned to work from home, and most learned how to use Zoom for teleconference meetings, albeit some are better at it than others. Personally, I am excited that we are in a new year and hopefully we will be able to slowly get back to normal in 2021. One thing that 2020 did show us is how strong and resilient the cattle industry is. Producers kept producing through tough times and sales brought us together during the year. I hope everyone keeps a positive outlook and sets goals for this new year. When making your resolution to go to the gym, or to get organized and drink less; don’t forget your cattle operation. Make sure that […]

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Cowart’s Cows

 

Third-generation Florida ranch builds better cows with Beefmaster genetics

Story and photos by Laura Conaway

 

A Beefmaster believer, Walton Cowart needs no convincing.

The third-generation cattleman, near Bunnell, Fla., has seen breed trends come and go; even tried a few himself. Now, with five years of Beefmaster bulls under his belt, he’s found the breed to keep.

The soft-spoken rancher isn’t one to push his opinion on another, though. In a room of opportunity, by choice his voice won’t carry.

“I think riding out here, looking at them says a lot more than I can say,” Cowart says, placing the burden of proof on the cows that graze his land. “Take a look and you’ll see what they [Beefmasters] can do in a cowherd.”

A June afternoon spent doing so reveals the rancher’s modest nature. In the house he designed by hand, overlooking the land he’s managed well, he prefers his successes show off without him.

Under […]

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LIVE OAK BBA Bull Development Program: 2021-2022

 

The 2021-2022 Live Oak BBA Bull Development Program to be conducted at: LANDAIR, INC., 2050 Brown Ranch Lane – Beeville, Texas  78102

It is highly recommended that anyone planning to consign bulls to the 2022 LOBBA Bull Sale participate in this program.

Mission:   Provide a bull development program for LOBBA members.

Will include the following:

grow and condition yearling Beemaster bulls on a silage based ration
record average daily rate of gain (100-120 days test)
obtain weight per day of age
collect scan data and scrotal measurement
collect yearling weights
maintain growing period through summer months
conditioning and preparation for LOBBA Bull Sale 2022 -acquire rate of gain during conditioning period
present a uniform, quality set of bulls to meet customer demand

Bull eligibility:  Ages September 15, 2019 through April 30, 2020

(Fall group: 9-15-19 through 12-31-2019;  Spring group: 1-1-20 through 4-30-20)

Requirements:

Current LOBBA membership
LOBBA entry nomination fee of $50.00 per bull will be included on first Landair, Inc. billing statement
Signed contract/agreement with Landair, […]

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SFA Bull Development Program Spring 2021

 

SFA Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that they will host a Spring Bull Development Program. The bull development program is scheduled to begin January 2021. Reserve your spot today. Bulls will be charged $0.90/d for yardage + feed costs. Bulls will be fed from January 15 through November 30. Additional details in the attached packet here.

There is still time to deliver your heifers also. Producers needing to deliver cattle at an earlier date may do so by contacting farm manager Cobey Hendry.

For more information contact Cobey Hendry (985) 514-3516  or Dr. Erin Brown (936) 468-4433.

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Carcass Quality

 

By: Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement

This has been a year of new experiences for everyone and has really shown the resilience of the agriculture industry. The year started calm and then COVID-19 happened, and we saw shortages of all sorts of products from toilet paper to meat. One thing that never had a shortage was fake meat, which proved that consumers want good old-fashioned beef. As cattle producers it is our job to make sure that we help put the highest quality safest product on the table of consumers. In the US beef industry, there are different quality grades of meat and those higher quality grades demand a premium price. The grades are Prime, Choice, Select and Standard, with Prime being the highest quality grade.  These grades are based on marbling and age, marbling is the intramuscular fat. Because of this premium and demand for higher quality beef, it […]

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New Rules Start January 2021

 

AS OF JANUARY 1, 2021 –

EMBRYOS:

EVERY EMBRYO CALF MUST BE GENOTYPED PRIOR TO RECEIVING A C# (CERTIFICATE)

FIRST YOU MUST GET A P# ON THE EMBRYO CALF
THEN YOU MUST SUBMIT A SAMPLE ON THE CALF (AN ULTRA LOW-DENSITY WILL WORK) FOR GENOTYPE
ONCE THE ULD GENOTYPE IS BACK AND RECORDED ON THE P# YOU CAN PROCEED TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION OF THE EMBRYO CALF

EVERY EMBRYO CALF REGISTERED

WILL REQUIRE AN AI CERTIFICATE IN YOUR AI INVENTORY AT BBU FOR THE SIRE
OR REQUIRE YOU HAVE AN EMBRYO RECORDED IN YOUR EMBRYO INVENTORY AT BBU

 

AI CERTIFICATES:

ONLY THE CURRENT/LAST RECORDED OWNER OF A BULL MAY PURCHASE AI CERTIFICATES ON THAT BULL AS OF JANUARY 1, 2021.
IF YOU COLLECTED BULLS YOU ONCE OWNED BUT HAVE SINCE SOLD, BE SURE YOU RECORD AI CERTS ON HIM AT BBU, PRIOR TO THE DATE YOU SOLD HIM (SUBMIT AN AI CERTIFICATE PURCHASE/TRANSFER FORM WITH TOP HALF COMPLETED PUTTING THE […]

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Producing Commercial Females through Value Added Programs

 

By Jeralyn Novak, Communications Coordinator

Value-added programs are on the rise in the beef industry as input costs increase and margins remain tight. Enterprising beef producers are exploring new ways to improve their return on investment and open doors to new marketing avenues. Beefmaster Breeders United offers a value-added program through the Beefmaster E6 Commercial Female. The BBU Essential Commercial Female Program is a prime example of expanding the market for Beefmaster cattle. The program, referred to as the E6 program, focuses attention on the strong maternal traits of Beefmaster cattle and helps commercial cattlemen develop stronger markets and greater value for their Beefmaster and Beefmaster cross heifers. The word “essential” is included in the name because of the six essentials upon which the breed was founded – weight, conformation, milk production, fertility, disposition and hardiness.

While attractive, hearty bulls are often known to steal the spotlight, the modest hero of this […]

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Inspired By the Land

 

Story and Photos By Tahlia Warrick

reprinted with permission from Glades Electric Cooperative

 

Fisheating Creek winds through wetlands, prairies, hammocks and woodlands as it makes its way through Highlands and Glades counties to reach Lake Okeechobee in south central Florida. It is the last natural tributary to the lake.

Through the years, the creek has inspired recreation, conservation, art and adventure. Most recently, the creek and its surrounding lands inspired a new author.

Dr. Richard Karlson, a Glades Electric Cooperative member from Lake Placid, published his first book this summer. “Impossible Quest: One Man’s Journey for Adventure on the Last Frontier” details accounts from Richard’s life as a conservationist, hunter and rancher along the creek’s basin outside Venus.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Richard moved to Pompano Beach as a young man to open an orthodontic practice. An avid hunter and pilot, he frequently took to the skies in search of new places to […]

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New BBU Board of Directors Elected

 

BOERNE, Texas (Oct. 29, 2020) – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) voting delegates elected Ty Agee, Memphis, Tenn.; Cindy Emmons, Fairfield, Texas; Lorenzo Lasater, San Angelo, Texas and Kito Saenz, San Isidro, Texas, to serve on the Board of Directors. Each candidate will serve four-year terms on the 18-member Board.

Larry Meacham, Houston, Texas, was elected the 2021 BBU President and Derek Thompson, Paxico, Kan., was elected vice president. Each will serve a two-year term. Completing their terms on the BBU Board were retiring president Robert C. Siddons, Tilden, Texas, and directors Dr. Jim Colvin, Seguin, Texas; Larry Lairmore, Foreman, Ark.; Sue Pierson, Vacaville, Cali.; and Jerry Thomas, Henderson, Tenn.

BBU President: Larry Meacham

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Larry graduated from Spring Woods High school in 1974. He attended Sam Houston State University for a brief period before pursuing a career in the Construction Trades. Larry has one son, Chad, a […]

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BBU News Releases

Beefmaster Genetics Debut in Turkey

POSTED on 21st January 2021

New BBU Board of Directors Elected

POSTED on 29th October 2020

60th Beefmaster Convention Postponed

POSTED on 12th August 2020

 

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