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BBU in Panama, Feria Internacional de Azuero

This past week two representatives of Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU), Bill Pendergrass and Lauren Lyssy, traveled to the Central American country of Panama. While in Panama Pendergrass, BBU Executive Vice President, and Lyssy, BBU International Committee Co-Chair, toured modern day livestock markets and visited the ranches of several prestigious Panama Beefmaster breeders. They visited ranches owned by Jamie Chen Reyes, Tito Dotari, Virgilio Vergara, Omar Lezcano and Guido Martenilli, who are all pioneering Beefmaster breeders in Panama. From the visits it was evident that BBU genetics are making a big difference in Panama. BBU was also proud to have Pendergrass and Lyssy serve as international judges for the Beefmaster show at the 53rd Feria Internacional de Azuero.


Years of Preparation, Two Minutes of Fame

By: Matt Woolfolk

Cattle sales are a lot like the Kentucky Derby.  The crowd gathers on the big day to view the cattle, socialize with fellow enthusiasts and witness the action from the sale ring.  However, a high selling lot doesn't start on sale day.  All the time leading up to and preparing for the auction are often overlooked.  It goes back to using the right bulls on your cow herd to produce a product that keeps improving your stock.  From calving to weaning, it becomes important to have a good pasture and a balanced nutrition program to help that calf grow alongside the cow. When the calves hit the weaning pen, identifying the potential high seller is key, but helping them reach that potential is crucial!  Helping your sale cattle reach their potential includes having them in the right condition, properly presented and looking their best for their big day.  Just like the ladies in big hats and sundresses at the Kentucky Derby, it's all about making a statement and garnering attention.  When it comes sale time, all the hours of prep work and planning culminates with a quick trip through the sale ring.  With all the right preparation and a little bit of auction luck, you'll come away with a price for your animal that makes you feel like you've just won the Kentucky Derby!

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JBBA National Show Packet Posted   

The 2015 Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association National Show Packet is now posted on the website! Please use this packet to find answers to all your questions about the upcoming JBBA National Convention and Shows! The registrations and show entries are due on June 5, 2015. Scholarship applications, JBBA Top Hand and director applications are also available online. Please pay close attention to deadlines for each application. Also, if you have not made your hotel reservations you need to do so as soon as possible.


Junior Fed Beef Career and Leadership Program

Each summer, the Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) hosts a Junior Fed Beef Career and Leadership Program in conjunction with West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service. This year's program will be held June 29 - July 1 on the campus of WTAMU.

Participants will receive hands-on instruction about feedyard operations, as well as career opportunities in the fed beef industry. Students will participate in operation problem solving and leadership activities. Activities will include tours of commercial cattle feeding operations, a tour of a beef processing facility, the opportunity to learn the anatomy of a beef carcass and fabricate a beef half, and participate in a consumer beef taste panel. Students will also spend a day learning day-to-day operations of a feedyard and have the opportunity to participate in a job shadow program at a local feedyard following the conclusion of the program.

The program is open to incoming high school juniors in seniors residing in Texas, Oklahoma, or New Mexico. The deadline is fast approaching,so click the following link to find a brochure about the program and an application, click here to learn more and apply. Please feel free to pass this along to anyone who may be interested.


Swinging B & T5 JBBA Heifer Show

JBBA members that will be participating in the 2015 Swinging B/T5 Heifer show in Salado, Texas on May 16, 2015 are reminded that the show will be held outdoors. Your show heifers will be stalled to your trailer. You are welcome to bring panels to tie your animals to.


Whole Herd Reporting News 

The 2015 WHR inventories have been mailed out. These inventories must be completed and returned to the BBU office by May 1, 2015 to avoid the $5 late fee per head. An additional fee per head will be assessed for the WHR inventories that are returned after May 1, 2015. Per the Board of Director's approval in July 2014, the price for 2015 WHR has increased to $18 per head. Please note if you are participating in a spring sale, your WHR inventory needs to be updated and returned prior to registering any animals born in 2015. BBU members who are interested in enrolling in the WHR program but are not currently participating please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or  info@beefmasters.org.


Scholarship Applications Available

Did you know that the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association offers several scholarships throughout the year to junior Beefmaster breeders? Several scholarship applications are now available on the junior page of www.beefmasters.org 

and the due dates are for this spring and summer! Apply soon and share the information with your fellow BBU and JBBA members.  


JBBA A.I. Program Purchases

JBBA members are reminded to order their semen from the JBBA AI program no later than Friday, May 1, 2015. Please contact the breeder directly to order semen from any of the bulls enrolled in the JBBA AI program. The JBBA officers and directors appreciate the support from the breeders that participated in this year's JBBA AI program. Click here to view the 2015 JBBA A.I. Program catalog 


 Save the Date for the 2015 BBU Convention

October 29-31, 2015 - Galveston, Texas 

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

Seven Hope Boulevard

Galveston, Texas 77554 

Reservations:  888-388-8484

Ask for the Beefmaster Rate of $129.00 plus tax. Self-parking is complimentary. Valet parking is $18 per night.

Moody Gardens Convention Center is nestled among 242 acres of lush tropical gardens on historic Galveston Island, Moody gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center is the ultimate destination for business and pleasure. With 428 luxurious new guest rooms and 103,000 square feet of combined convention and meeting spaces, the full-services resort provides the backdrop for an unforgettable experience.

The hotel's top-of-the-line amenities include a Texas-size heated tropical pool with swim-up bar, adult lounge area and cabanas, full service Spa, fine and casual dining, 24-hour room service, indoor, lap pool and fitness center, Kids Crew, complimentary WiFi in all guest rooms and hotel public spaces, Moody brews Starbucks beverage outlet, Garden Cay activity room with billiards and large screen TVs and championship golf at the Moody Gardens Golf Course.

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  National E6 Replacement Female Sale Report

The 2015 Beefmaster National E6 Sale was held Sunday, April 26 in Columbus, Texas. Beefmaster influenced pairs, bred and open heifers were well received by the crowd. Here are the averages:

Pairs averaged $4,709, breds averaged $3,397, opens averaged $2,819 and the sale average was $3,760.92. Congratulations to all the consignors on a great sale!


 

Welcome to BBU!

Beefmaster cattle optimize traits necessary to rebuild the nation’s cow herd because they excel in fertility, docility and longevity. Commercial cattlemen understand the economic advantages that improvements in these traits offer a beef operation. These include, but are not limited to, higher conception rate, more weaned calf per cow and reduced replacement heifer development costs. You will appreciate the high quality females that Beefmaster bulls produce as they will excel in the hot, humid environments of the South to the wet, cool climates up north and everywhere in between.

Efficiency is also a strong attribute of the Beefmaster breed. In a recent all-breeds performance test in Texas, yearling Beefmaster bulls were the highest average daily gain (ADG) on test as well as the lowest residual feed intake (RFI) on test. Beefmaster cattle not only have high daily gains, they also consume less feed per pound of gain. Use of Beefmaster influenced cattle allows you to be a low-cost producer with reduced input levels in the cow/calf enterprise. These cost cutting measures have been built into the Beefmaster influenced female and will be necessary for cow/calf operators to survive in the developing beef industry.

Docility, fertility, efficiency, and longevity are just a few of the traits that Beefmaster cattle offer as you will also appreciate the early growth of these calves. Your weaned calves will have heavy weights at the market place and will have added value in the feedlot segment of the beef industry. Interest in Beefmaster genetics has been extremely good the past several years as the beef industry has seen the positive changes in the cattle recently. If you are looking for Beefmaster cattle don’t hesitate to call 210-732-3132 for additional information.

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