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Springtime in Texas Beefmaster Sale Report

 

Brenham, TX – May 30, 2020

  • 6 Bulls $13,000 Avg $$2,167
  • 6 Pair $15,800  Avg $2,634
  • 19 Bred $46,500  Avg $2,448
  • 19 Open $35,100  Avg $1,848
  • 5 Picks $21,100 Avg $4,220
  • 55 Lots $131,500 Avg $2,390

 

Top Bulls

  • Lot 10- Sire, Captain Crunch, Consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX:  Sold to Louis Deblanc, Kaplan, LA for $3500
  • Lot 40- Sire, Lyssy’s Playin Dirty, consigned by Carl and Fran Ditta, Cleveland, TX: Sold to David Muegge, Edna, TX for $2600
  • Lot 55- Sire, Cain 15Z, consigned by Karisch Cattle Co., LaGrange, TX: Sold To Tony and Jackie Watson, Washington, TX for $2600

 

Top Females

  • Lot 21- Bred to SWB Teton, Consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to James Woolman, Brenham, TX for $4000
  • Lot 20- Bred to SWB Teton, Consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Charles Albright, Bellaire, TX for $3700
  • Lot 23- Bred to SWB Teton, Consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to  James Woolman, Brenham, TX for $3500

 

Volume Buyers

  • Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX;  Jerry Garza, Houston, TX: James Woolman, Brenham, TX

 

Auctioneer- Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX

Sale Manager- Mike Green, 3G Sales and Service, Franklin, GA

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T5 Beefmaster Dispersal Sale Report

 

Tenroc Ranch, Salado, TX
May 16, 2020

  • 7 bulls $26,450 avg $3,779
  • 11 3-n-1s $35,650 avg $3,241
  • 31 pairs $90,300 avg $2,913
  • 16 bred $57,400 avg $3,588
  • 15 open $57,600 avg $3,840
  • 1 semen lot $36,164
  • 1 embryo lot $43,775
  • 1 genetic clone material $3,000
  • 83 Total Lots $350,339 avg $4,221

TOP BULLS

  • Lot 85- sire, EMS King George, sold to Danny Arnold, Weslaco, TX for $5,000.
  • Lot 86- sire, WPR Chick Magnet, sold to Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX for $5,000.
  • Lot 83- sire, EMS Fire House, sold to Jadyen Samford, Dowderly, TX for $4,300.

TOP FEMALES

  • Lot 8- Bred to WPR Chick Magnet, sold to D L Ranch, Montgomery, TX for $15,500.
  • Lot 77- Open, sire, WPR Chick Magnet, sold to Collier Farms, Brenham, TX for $8,500.
  • Lot 26- Embryo pair, calf sire, Mcalester, sold to D L Ranch, Montgomery, TX for $7,500.
  • Lot 25- Embryo pair, calf sire, Mcalester, sold to D L Ranch, Montgomery, TX for $6,750.
  • Lot 75- Open, sire, WPR Chick Magnet, sold to Jadyen Samford, Dowderly, TX for $6,000.

Volume Buyers; D L Ranch, Montgomery, TX: Danny Arnold, Weslaco, TX: Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX: Jadyen Samford, Dowderly, TX

Auctioneer- Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX
Sale Consultant- Bruce Robbins, San Antonio, TX
Sale Manager- Mike Green, 3G Sales and Service, Franklin, GA

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Noble Research Institute Moves to Demonstrate Heterosis in Their Cow Herds

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 U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) feed efficiency data that ranked the Beefmaster breed second for average daily gain (ADG) and dry matter intake (DMI) in both steers and heifers. Hereford was selected as the Bos taurus cross component as the industry already recognizes the value of a baldy cow.

By incorporating both Beefmaster and Herefords, we intend to demonstrate the value of heterosis by utilizing Bos taurus and Bos indicus influenced genetics, said Robert Wells, Ph.D., Noble Research Institute livestock consultant.”

Starting in spring 2020, Noble Research Institute will start utilizing Beefmaster AI bulls to create half-blood heifers that will potentially go back into a terminal-focused cow herd.

“Noble consultants regularly teach maternal heterosis to producers based on science and experience,” Wells said. “By incorporating additional complementary maternal breeds into our research cow herds, we are now able to practice what we preach in the realm of maternal heterosis and the benefits thereof.”

Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) will work with Dr. Wells to select the Beefmaster genetics that will meet the parameters that have been set forth, based on EPDs and phenotype.

“Assisting Noble with this project is a great honor for the Beefmaster breed and we are pleased that such a well-respected research institute recognizes the Beefmaster breed for their strong maternal traits,” said BBU Executive Vice President Collin Osbourn.

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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Moving Forward with AI and ET

 

By Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement

My last article was about how to use breeding decisions to move forward. This article I will expand on ways to expedite those breeding decisions and make improvement at a more rapid pace. Using all the tools available to improve a herd of cattle is the best way to go. Some of these tools are new, while some are older and have been improved over time. Two tools that are not exactly new but have been improved and used more and more in recent years are: artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET). Both tools allow for rapid genetic improvement of a herd. Using both tools in conjunction with breeding decisions can really help move a breeding program forward.

Artificial insemination has been around since 1780 and has been continually improved upon since. AI is a way to incorporate sires with good genetics into your herd without having to physically own the bull. It also allows for you to use a variety of different sires that can be mated with specific cows to reach your breeding objectives. For example, if you have several cows that are lacking in weaning weight you may breed those to a bull with a larger weaning weight and if you have some cows lacking in carcass traits you may breed those to a different bull with good carcass traits. It has been shown in many studies that calves sired by AI bulls are worth more, in part because there is reduced cost in owning and maintaining a bull and in part because, with the right breeding decisions, the calves are genetically superior. AI is a quick way to make genetic improvements and move forward with your breeding goals.

Embryo transfer is another tool that has been around for a while and there have been many advancements in this technology. Traditional ET involves superovulating a donor cow and then flushing embryos to transfer into recipient cows. Invitro fertilization (IVF) uses oocytes from a donor cow and fertilizes them in a lab to then be transferred to recipient cows. By utilizing ET you can take advantage of superior genetics of both a sire and a dam. ET can be a fast and efficient way to reach your breeding objectives. If you have a dam that meets your criteria and a sire that you like, then you can have multiple progeny in one year from the mating of those two animals. Using ET can also help increase the uniformity of your herd. Make sure that you use informed breeding decisions if you are using ET, so that you move forward and not backward.

AI and ET are two tools that you can use to help move forward with your breeding program. Using AI and ET in combination with selection, you can move forward more quickly. These technologies have a very large upside potential in helping reach goals, however they require more intensive management than natural service. These are just more tools to add to your toolbox to help you reach your breeding goals and continue to move your herd forward.

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Barber Joins Beefmaster Breeders United Staff

 

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 co-manager of the Saddle and Sirloin Futurity Show. She also completed internships with the American Maine-Anjou Association, Superior Livestock Productions, and several major shows in Texas.

“Rylee has a solid cattle background and she knows what it takes to be a leader,” says BBU Executive Vice President Collin Osbourn. “Her knowledge of the cattle industry will be valuable to JBBA and BBU. She will bring great energy to the youth program. She will also serve as a great role model for our junior members and will be dedicated to our Beefmaster breeders in every capacity. We are excited to have Rylee as part of the Beefmaster family.”

Barber can be contacted at (210) 732-3132 or by email at rbarber@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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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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South Texas BBA Houston Futurity Sale Report

 

March 6, 2020 – NRG Park, Houston, TX

  • 32 Bulls $160,700  Avg $5,022
  • 2 Pair $16,400  Avg $8,200
  • 17 Bred $70,200  Avg $4,130
  • 23 Open $104,000  Avg $4,522
  • 2 Picks $6,300  Avg $3,150
  • 1 Semen/Embryo Lot $3,210
  • 77 Total Lots $360,810  Avg $4,686

Top Bulls

  • Lot 50- Sire, CF Sugar Britches, consigned by Wallen Prairie Ranch, Lockwood, MO:  Sold to Beto Perez, Mexico for $26,000
  • Lot 67- Sire, McAlester, consigned by Nextgen Cattle Co., Paxico, KS;  Sold to C-M Ranches, Kershaw, SC for $24,000
  • Lot 73- Sire, CF Sugar Bear, consigned by New Relic Ranch, San Antonio, TX:  Sold to Carlos Rascon, Mesa, AZ for $7,000
  • Lot 61- Sire, EMS Fire and Smoke, consigned by Steven and Lyn Anderson, Amarillo, TX:  Sold to Phillip Edwards, Lake Charles, LA for $6,750
  • Lot 58- Sire, CF Sugar Britches, Consigned by Tyler Gwosdz, Orange Grove, TX:  Sold to Clay Mills, Mt. Airy, NC for $6,600

Top Females

  • Lot 15- Open, Sire, McAlester, consigned by Nextgen Cattle Co., Paxico, KS; Sold to Luciano Martinez, Progreso, TX for $18,000
  • Lot 11- Open, Sire, Panhandle Dream, consigned by Steven and Lyn Anderson, Amarillo, TX: Sold to Luciano Martinez, Progreso, TX for$17,000
  • Lot 46- Pair, Sire CF Fusion, consigned by Collier Farm, Brenham, TX:  Sold to Jeff Garner, Blue Ridge, TX for $14,000
  • Lot 40- Bred to CF Troubadour, Consigned by Tyler Gwosdz, Orange Grove, TX: Sold to Ken Walther, Houston, TX for $10,500
  • Lot 42- Bred to WB Solution, Consigned by Tyler Gwosdz, Orange Grove, TX:  Sold to Octavio Garcia, Mexico for $9,250

Volume Buyers:  Octavio Garcia, Mexico;  Luciano Martinez, Progreso, TX;  C-M Ranches, Kershaw, SC

 

Auctioneer and Co-Sale Manager-  Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX

Sale Manager-  3G Sales and Service, Franklin, GA

 

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New Reproductive EPDs

 

By Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement

Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is releasing new reproductive Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs).

Beefmasters are known for being a maternal breed and these new EPD tools will help us to select for more maternal animals. The first new Beefmaster EPD is Age at First Calf and the second new EPD is Stayability. Age at First Calf (AFC) is for heifers and Stayability (STAY) is a lifetime measurement.

Age at First Calf is defined as the difference between a heifer’s birthdate and the birthdate of her first calf. When looking at this number, a lower number is more favorable indicating that a heifer is having her calf at a younger age. Contemporary groups for this are broken by utilizing yearling weight groups and the service type with a 120-day calving window. This helps to separate animals that are bred to calve at 24 months from those bred to calve at 30 months. Since AFC is a reproductive trait, the heritability is low, but statistically significant from zero. This means that the trait can be selected for but is going to take more time to change than traits with higher heritability, such as growth and carcass traits.

Stayability is defined as the probability that a female would be reported as calving in the herd at age five or greater. For STAY, a higher number is more favorable because this indicates that a female has a higher probability of remaining in the herd past five years of age. To calculate this, animals enrolled in Whole Herd Reporting (WHR) were used and the use of disposal codes were used to determine if an animal was in the herd and had a calf at the age of five. The age of five is used for this calculation because this is an industry standard and research suggests that animals have paid for themselves by the age of five, on average. Again, the heritability of this trait is low, but improvements can be made with selection.

These two new EPDs are tools that can be used to help select more maternal animals and they will eventually be incorporated into $M as we work to prove ourselves as the most maternal breed in the industry. When using these tools for selection try to select for animals with a lower AFC and a higher STAY, but do not forget or neglect other traits. Another trait that would be beneficial for the maternal selection would be a mature cow weight, these can be collected along with a Body Condition Score when calves are weaned. As a breed we are continuing to move forward with proving our value as the source for maternal genetics.

 

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Beefmaster Welcomes New International Program Director

 

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 Kingsville with a Bachelor of Science in Range and Wildlife Management. Shortly after graduating he started working for the TDA as a field investigator/inspector in Corpus Christi and then served as TDA Coordinator for the Grain Warehouse Program in Austin. Garza served a total of 25 years and seven months with the TDA and served six years in the military.

Garza’s volunteer work consists of serving on the United States Livestock Genetics Export Board of Directors and is an officer in Post 1805 of the Catholic War Veterans of Austin.

Garza and his wife, Denise, have three grown children and eight grandchildren. His family has used Beefmaster bulls on their South Texas cattle ranch for over 30 years. They still own and operate two ranches, which date back to 1808 through the Spanish land grant.

“Jon is well respected in the international cattle market and we look forward to him working with Beefmaster breeders to expand the demand for Beefmaster genetics throughout the United States and abroad,” says BBU Executive Vice President Collin Osbourn. “Let’s all welcome Jon to the Beefmaster family.”

Garza can be contacted at (512) 517-5163 or by email at jgarza@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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Oklahoma State Builds Beefmaster Research Herd

 

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 into their crossbreeding program.

“We hope that alumni and stakeholders who have an interest in both OSU Animal and Food Sciences, as well as Beefmaster genetics, will be excited about contributing to this effort. To that end, we are seeking donations of Beefmaster breeding females,” said Reuter.

OSU is currently seeking quality, problem-free, moderate framed Beefmaster influenced females of any age that are either purebred Beefmaster or Beefmaster x Red Angus breeding that can be delivered to Stillwater between March – May 2020. Donors would be eligible for a tax deduction for the value of the donated animal.

This is a tremendous opportunity for the Beefmaster breed to become a part of a leading agricultural university’s quest to build a premier Beefmaster herd. In addition to their use in the OSU research program, this herd will be used to teach students about ranch and grazing management, precision technology, and will be the subject of numerous tours and field days in the future.

Reuter says, “we think Beefmaster genetics can be an important component to achieving long-term sustainability and we look forward to the impact this research could have.”

To serve as background to this project; Beefmaster breeder Joe Kreger, an OSU alumnus and managing partner of Kreger Ranch, began a dialogue with department head Dr. Clint Rusk, a few years ago with the concept of including Beefmaster genetics in beef cow research at OSU. Joe Kreger, along with Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Executive Vice President Collin Osbourn and BBU President Bob Siddons, toured the OSU ranch near Stillwater with Dr. Reuter and in that meeting a general concept was developed to include Beefmaster genetics in Dr. Reuter’s range nutrition research. The goal of this partnership is to create cutting edge grazing research involving Beefmaster genetics, as well as many other levels of advanced beef cattle production educational content. Joe Kreger, Wes Hood and Bruce Robbins are leading efforts to assist BBU and OSU in sourcing this cow herd.

For more information about this project please contact the BBU staff members at 210-732-3132 if you have questions about making cattle donations or getting involved in the OSU Beefmaster research herd. Producers are also welcomed to personally contact Hood, Robbins or Kreger with their questions and donations.

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Houston Magic XX Sale Report

 

Houston, Texas – March 6, 2020

Lots Type Gross  Average
7 Bull $34,500.00 $4,928.57
27 Open Heifer $120,950.00 $4,479.63
9 Bred Heifer $45,000.00 $5,000.00
2 Donor Package $20,075.00 $10,037.50
3 Bred Cows $9,750.00 $3,250.00
3 Semen $51,785.00 $17,261.67
3 Frozen Embryo $28,250.00 $9,416.67
54 Total Lots $310,310.00 $5,746.48

 

Category Description Price Consignor Purchased by
Bred Heifer Lot 12 – BF 1805 – Cf Sugar Britches x CF 715/4 Silk Lady Bred to BF 1720 $7,500 Bailey Farms Janet Lagow, TX.
Lot 11 – BF 1802 – BF Goldstrike x CF 520/3 Super Sensation Bred to CJ’s Revolution $7,500 Bailey Farms Janet Lagow, TX.
Lot 16 – BF 1815 – Cf Sugar Britches x CF Tiger Time.    Bred to CJ’s Revolution $6,500 Bailey Farms Jose Louis Canales, MX.
Lot 50 – L 2 76/18 – L2 Turbo 21 x L2 52/11 Knockout Anna      Bred to L2 Crimson $5,500 L 2 Ranch Janet Lagow, TX.
Lot 58 – TT 2 – Cf Sugar Britches x L2 94/10 Jacklin                 Bred to JT The Rock $5,500 TT Beefmasters Stakes Beefmasters, LA.
Bred Female Lot 4 – CF 518/3 Visions Vanna – Vision x L2 94/05 Vanna Lu Bred to BF Colonel $7,100 Bailey Farms C4 Beefmasters, TX.
Pair Lot 6 – CF 994/4 Tiger’s Sensation – Cf Adrenaline x Simply Secret with Bull calf by BF Colonel $6,000 Bailey Farms SCS Family, TX.
Bull Lot 36 – JT 98 – L2 Infinity x JT 525 Danica $6,500 J & T Farm Penoles Beefmaster, MX
57 – TT 4 – Cf Sugar Britches x L2 94/10 Jacklin $6,500 TT Beefmasters Octavio Garcia, MX.
35 – JT 1417 Big Red – Cavalier x Sex Life Clone $6,000 J & T Farm Hernando Guerra, MX
Open Heifer Lot 51b – SG 58/8 – Painted Tiger x JT 7/6 Wicked Mojito $6,300 San Gabriel Kay Padon, TX.
Lot 3b – 598 ANS Starbright – Panhandle Dream  x Hilltop 937-2 $6,000 Anderson Beefmasters Emmons Ranch, TX.
Lot 38 – JT 75 – Painted Tiger x Cf 659 Madam Secretary $5,500 J & T Farm Jose Luis Canales, MX
Lot 47 – L2 5/19 – L2 Turbo 21 x L2 Peggy Sue $5,500 L 2 Ranch Sam Keene, LA.
Frozen Embryo Lot 39a – Cf Sugar Britches x L2 94/10 Jacklin $950 each J & T Farm L 2 Ranch
Lot 39c – Cavalier x Sex Life Clone $950 each J & T Farm Alejandro Gonzales, MX.
Semen Lot 25n – Painted Tiger $850 per unit Bailey Farms Rancho Pruneda, MX.
Lot 25r – L2 Synergy $800 per unit Bailey Farms Kacer Farms, KY.
Volume Buyers: Penoles Beefmaster, MX.; Janet Lagow, TX.; Octavio Garcia, MX.; Jose Luis Canales, MX.; Kacer Farms, KY.;

Alberto Perez, MX.; C4 Beefmasters, TX.: Emmons Ranch, TX.; Samuel Keene, LA.; Bar M Land & Cattle, TX.

Auctioneer – Anthony Mihalski
Sale Manager – Robbins Cattle Consulting & Marketing, Bruce Robbins
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