Freezing temperatures and record-breaking snowfall is synonymous with February 2021. It was a turbulent time for everyone, especially cattle producers. Despite the difficulties brought forth by many days living below zero, the Beefmaster herd at Texas A&M University (TAMU) endured the cold and more than tripled in size.
“One of the calves happened to be born during the middle of the ice storm, where it was down to zero and essentially, we couldn’t read a temperature on the calf,” said Jason Cleere, Ph.D., TAMU Associate Professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Beef Cattle Specialist. “We had graduate students work to save the calf and it survived. Our students have bonded with our Beefmaster cattle, and they are getting real-world learning experiences.”
In 2019, TAMU launched a purebred Beefmaster herd through donations from several Beefmaster Breeders United members. The donors supplied 15 purebred Beefmaster heifers and purebred Beefmaster embryos to the TAMU […]
The Southern Beef Performance Center is located in Williston, FL. Their mission is to promote the seedstock cattle industry by feeding and testing cattle to isolate top performing, efficient genetics. By testing genetic lines for efficiency, seedstock producers can provide data to back their bulls. In an industry measured in pounds of product, thereâ€™s little room for uncertainty with genetics. Take the guess work out of how your calf crop will perform and help your bottom dollar.
At the SBPC they have the capability to test 280 head per year, having four regularly scheduled tests a year. Their pens are 150â€™ x 100â€™. Each pen can hold up to 35 head, giving each head 425ftÂ² of space & plenty of shade. Their test will be a 70 day gain test with a 21 day diet adaptation period and a cool down period. SBPC has a roughage-based ration that is developed by […]
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; donâ€™t forget your cattle operation. Make sure that […]
The 2021-2022 Live Oak BBA Bull Development Program to be conducted at: LANDAIR, INC., 2050 Brown Ranch Lane – Beeville, TexasÂ 78102
It is highly recommended that anyone planning to consign bulls to the 2022 LOBBA Bull Sale participate in this program.
Mission:Â Â 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:Â Ages September 15, 2019 through April 30, 2020
(Fall group: 9-15-19 through 12-31-2019;Â Spring group: 1-1-20 through 4-30-20)
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, […]
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) 514-3516Â or Dr. Erin Brown (936) 468-4433.
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.Â These grades are based on marbling and age, marbling is the intramuscular fat. Because of this premium and demand for higher quality beef, it […]
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 […]
ARDMORE, Okla. â€“ 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 […]
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 […]
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