ARDMORE, Okla. – Heterosis is an often-overlooked production and financial advantage that many commercial cattle producers are not utilizing. Maternal heterosis can be measured in several ways: stayability of the cow, cow lifetime productivity, increase in calving and weaning rates, increase in calf weighing weight, and a subsequent increase of weaning weight per exposed cow. Developing and maintaining a deliberate maternal heterosis program is easy to talk about but difficult in practice to accomplish. Furthermore, small- to mid-sized producers find it difficult to manage the logistics of managing several distinct breeds on their operation to develop a cross-breeding program.
The Noble Research Institute determined they would utilize Beefmaster and Hereford genetics to take advantage of cross-breeding and maternal heterosis in their predominately commercial Angus-based cow herd, which is comprised of approximately 550 mother cows.
The decision to utilize Beefmaster genetics in the research herd was made in part based off of the […]
BOERNE, Texas – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is proud to announce that Rylee Barber will serve as their new Youth and Membership Programs Coordinator. Her duties include managing the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) program and working with the BBU membership on a daily basis.
“I am passionate about the livestock industry and I am excited to be joining the Beefmaster family,” said Barber.
Barber is originally from the Texas Panhandle, where she grew up in the small town of Channing, Texas and was raised on a purebred Hereford seedstock operation. Rylee’s family has lived in Channing and raised Herefords there since 1904. Barber grew up through the National Junior Hereford Association and currently serves as the Vice Chairman on the junior board.
Barber graduated from Texas A&M University with her Bachelors in Agricultural Communications and Journalism in December 2019. While attending school, Barber was involved in several clubs and served as the […]
BOERNE, Texas – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is excited to bring a new addition to the Beefmaster staff. Jon Garza will serve as the Director of International Programs and his duties include coordinating our international programs, as well as helping grow more interest in Beefmaster genetics on the international and domestic fronts.
Jon comes to us from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), where he most recently acted as Director for International Programs and Livestock Export Pens. His duties consisted of directing, developing and implementing and being the primary information source for the agency relative to all international programs and livestock export.
“I am excited to be a part of the Beefmaster family and working for all of you through expanding our current markets and opening new markets around the globe,” said Garza.
Garza is originally from Laredo, Texas and attended US Army Chemical School in Fort McClellan, Ala., and graduated from Texas A&M […]
BOERNE, TEXAS – Oklahoma State University (OSU) Department of Animal and Food Sciences in Stillwater, Oklahoma is initiating a new research cow herd and they are using Beefmaster genetics as their crossbreeding tool. The research effort, led by Dr. Ryan Reuter, will focus on precision ranching for improved long-term sustainability of ranches in Oklahoma and the Southern Plains.
“Our research will focus on incorporating cutting-edge technology such as automated supplementation equipment, on-animal sensors to monitor behavior and stress, and virtual fencing. This technology will allow real-time decision making and better implementation of best management practices. We need a base herd of approximately 70 cows to conduct this research effectively and sustain our research into the future,” said Reuter, Beef Range Nutrition Associate Professor.
OSU is in the process of building a commercial cow herd to facilitate this exciting research. They currently have cows of predominately Angus breeding and will incorporate Beefmaster genetics […]
The 59th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention “¡Viva Beefmaster!” was hosted in San Antonio, Texas at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk from October 23 – 26, 2019. The unofficial kick-off to the convention was the 2019 BBU Trap Shoot hosted at the San Antonio Gun Club by the Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association (LOBBA). The official kick-off of the 2019 convention was highlighted with award winning speeches from the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association members Lane Hendricks, Kayl Tassin and Abi Hooper, followed by featured speaker and host of The Working Ranch Radio Show – Jeff “Tigger” Erhardt.
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: Jerry […]
BOERNE, Texas – Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, Texas is making a change in direction for their beef cattle herd. They have made the decision to upgrade with two new breeds, Beefmaster and Red Angus. Beefmaster Breeders United has been working with TAMU leadership since the fall of 2018 on this project. This partnership demonstrates that Beefmaster cattle are being recognized for outstanding maternal traits, growth, efficiency and adaptability not just in Texas, but globally.
“There are multiple reasons why we decided to initiate a herd with Beefmasters,” said TAMU Animal Science Department Head Dr. Cliff Lamb. “Globally, about 70% of the world’s beef cattle are in tropical or sub-tropical regions. It is certainly a reason to have a breed that is associated with the ability to adapt to those climates.”
Dr. Lamb is determined to make the Texas A&M Beef Center a highlight for the Animal Science Department. Lamb and […]
BOERNE, TEXAS – Approximately 215 Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members and approximately 460 head of cattle from all over Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi gathered the week of July 21-26, 2019 at the Bell County Exposition Center in Belton, Texas for a fun-filled week at the 2019 “Beef in the Heart of Texas” JBBA National Show and Convention.
In addition to the cattle shows, the event also included contests and new competitions; Beef Skillathon and “Tell Your Beefmaster Story” video contest. The inaugural year of the video contest had an impressive 41 entries. A leadership conference, silent and live auctions, family fun night, awards banquet, and dance were also part of this annual event.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to all sponsors, junior leaders, BBU staff, JBBA Adult committee, BBU members and other volunteers for all of their support and contributions,” said JBBA Director of Youth Programs Bonnie […]
BOERNE, Texas – On Saturday, March 9 Caeden Scherer, a sixteen-year-old from Brenham, Texas, exhibited his Grand Champion Beefmaster heifer “BeBe” and claimed not only American Division Champion at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Breeding Heifer Show, but won Supreme Reserve Grand Champion Junior Breeding Heifer. The champions were selected from more than 2,000 head of cattle and exhibitors at the 2019 show.
According to Karl Hengst, Managing Director of Livestock Competitions at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, this is the first time a Beefmaster was one of the top two heifers in the junior breeding heifer show.
Scherer is a sophomore at Brenham High School and is a member of the Brenham FFA chapter where he serves as the chapter secretary. He has been an active member of the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) for seven years and during those years he has been among the Top Ten All-Around […]
BOERNE, Texas – The Beefmaster breed, a unique American beef breed, will be introduced to cattlemen attending EuroTier 2018. Beefmaster breeders will be available to discuss the benefits that Beefmasters can provide to improve beef quality and efficiency among Bos indicus or Bos taurus cattle. The breed is coming to the attention of European Union (EU) dairy operators for improving revenue of beef production from dairy herd operations as well.
Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) will be represented at EuroTier 2018 by Doyle and Dorothy Sanders of DBL D BAR Ranch in New Ulm, Texas, USA. They will be joining the U.S. Livestock Genetics Export (USLGE) Team at the U.S. Livestock Pavilion led by Enrique Gandara of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture at EuroTier in Hanover, Germany from November 12-16, 2018. This is billed as the largest cattle show in the world with exhibitors and participants from across the globe. Beefmasters are […]
BOERNE, Texas – The 58th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention “Beefmasters Gone Country” was hosted in Franklin, Tenn., at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Hotel and Conference Center from October 24 – 27, 2018. The official kick-off of the 2018 convention was highlighted with award winning speeches from the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association members Saige Tassin, Braeden Lee and Weston Brooks, followed by featured speaker and radio personality Shawn Parr.
During the convention, BBU held their general membership meeting and BBU members elected new Board directors and officers. Robert “Bob” Siddons of Lakeway, Texas, was elected president and J.C. Thompson of Bedias, Texas, was elected vice-president. The following individuals were elected to the BBU Board of Directors with a three year term: Trey Scherer of Brenham, Texas, James Skelton of Springdale, Ark., Brian Melloan of Rockfield, Ky., and Tony Psencik of San Antonio, Texas.
Convention attendees enjoyed seminars and fellowship with […]
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