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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 […]

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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 […]

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Beefmaster Breeders Host Convention in San Antonio: ¡Viva Beefmaster!

 

     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 […]

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Texas A&M University and Beefmaster Breed Join Forces

 

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 […]

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Junior Beefmaster Breeders Compete at “Beef in the Heart of Texas”

 

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 […]

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Junior Beefmaster Hosts 34th National Show and Convention

 

BOERNE, TEXAS – More than 200 Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) members gathered the week of July 15-21, 2018, at the Four States Fairgrounds and Holiday Inn Convention Center in Texarkana, Ark., for a fun-filled week at the 2018 JBBA National Show and Convention.

In addition to the cattle shows, the event also included contests, leadership training, engaging speakers, a live and silent auction fundraiser, family fun night, the annual awards banquet and dance and other exciting activities.

Bonnie Ramirez, JBBA Coordinator, said if she had to describe the week-long event in a few words they would be “An Awesome Experience.”

“Though it was a long, hot and tiring week; the fellowship, fun and comradery experienced was one like no other,” Ramirez said. “I am so proud of the Beefmaster youth. They did great participating in contests, showing their animals, meeting and making new friends, and working. It takes a village to execute […]

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Horton Selected as 2018 Summer Intern

 

Boerne, Texas – Emily Horton has been selected as the 2018 Livestock Publications Council (LPC) summer intern for Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU). Emily is a senior in agricultural communications at Oklahoma State University and will graduate in December 2018. Horton began her internship duties on June 4 at the BBU office in Boerne.

Emily’s family has owned and operated a cow-calf operation for more than 120 years in Hardeman County, Texas on the historic Bar A Ranch. For more than 40 of those years, Emily’s family has raised Beefmaster cattle and she is incredibly passionate about the breed. She is also a very talented writer, photographer and enjoys public relations and event management.

This summer she will work with the BBU communications team, helping to plan and coordinate the production of the fall issue of The Beefmaster Pay Weight, as well as assist in capturing content for use in marketing pieces. She […]

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Beefmaster Breeders United is now accepting internship applications

 

BOERNE, Texas – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is now accepting applications for the summer communications internship. The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) is pleased to partner with BBU to offer the 2018 LPC Summer Internship. One student communicator will receive $4,500 and the chance to work for a leading cattle breed organization.

The selected intern will assist with projects in the communications department, production of The Beefmaster Pay Weight and assist in association event management.

The internship will provide experience in writing, design, social media, videography, photography, editing, proofing, communicating with clients and managing projects.

College juniors or seniors are encouraged to apply and membership in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) is preferred but not mandatory. Writing and editing skills are highly recommended, along with knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, InDesign, Photoshop and AP (Associated Press) style.

The internship will span from approximately mid-May to mid-August, with specific start and end dates depending on the […]

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Beefmaster Foundation Launches National Endowment Campaign

– Exceeds Phase One Goal of $1 Million

BOERNE, Texas – During Beefmaster Breeders United’s (BBU) recent convention in Galveston, Texas, national campaign co-chairs Mackie Bounds and Bob Siddons, announced the public launch of the “Foundation for the Future” endowment campaign, an initiative to secure a permanent financial base which will enable the Beefmaster Educational Endowment Foundation (B.E.E.F.) to aggressively accomplish research and education, which will help to both enhance the breed and provide credible scientific research and information for BBU members and the public on the benefits of the Beefmaster breed.

The phase one goal of the campaign was to secure $1 million in pledges, which may be paid over five years, at the time of the public launching of the campaign.

“We have now already made history with over $1 million having been committed at the launch of the campaign today and that the committee is now moving forward to the […]

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Wittenburg Honored with Beefmaster Legends Award

 

BOERNE, Texas – Hans Wittenburg of Edna, Texas was presented the Legends Award by Nolan Ryan during the 57th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention “Beefmasters on the Bay” in Galveston, Texas. The Legends Award was started in 2002 by then BBU president Nolan Ryan and is awarded to members who have been raising Beefmaster cattle for 50 years or more. There have been eight previous Legends Award recipients prior to Hans Wittenburg.

Wittenburg grew up in Lockhart, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry and was commissioned second lieutenant in the United States Army. As a young man fresh out of college, Hans married his wife Mary Ann on January 28, 1951, and went to work for Green Valley Cattle Co. in San Marcos, Texas. During this time, he saw his first Beefmaster cattle, and their performance at the feedlot made […]

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Beefmaster Recognizes Breeder Excellence Awards

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Beefmaster Celebrates 60 Years on Conventions!

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