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Introducing The Banner Beefmaster Seedstock Directory

The Beefmaster breed has emerged as one of the most popular choices for youth livestock projects. FFA students and 4-Hers from across the country have recognized the value of Beefmaster show calves. In Texas and Mississippi the Beefmaster junior shows are consistently the largest or second largest breed exhibited. In Texas alone, over $1.2 million of Beefmaster show heifers will be sold in 2015.

Beefmaster docility, performance, structural correctness and eye appeal make us ideal for project animals. Furthermore the benefits of JBBA membership add value to the FFA and 4-H youth when one considers the scholarship, educational, leadership and fellowship opportunities. Simply put, the purchase of a Beefmaster show calf opens the door to a multitude of opportunities for the junior livestock exhibitor.

With this in mind, BBU is unveiling The Banner - Beefmaster Seedstock Directory. This publication is designed to reach FFA and 4-H students at the grassroots level to promote Beefmasters in the FFA classroom and County 4-H Extension offices. Additionally, The Banner will be handed out at the major stock shows and beef industry trade shows that BBU participates in. The Banner contains articles that the junior exhibitor will find useful on topics such as selection, nutrition and management. This publication promotes the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) in order to draw new members and also promote JBBA activities and participation in leadership roles and especially scholarship opportunities.

The Banner features articles about how Beefmaster genetics add profitability to the commercial cattlemen with a strong emphasis on Maternal Heterosis and planned crossbreeding programs. The targeted marketing approach The Banner brings will allow BBU to be more effective in promoting Beefmasters at the largest, most important level, the grassroots.

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Seeing Stars, Part 2: Pacesetter Program

By Matt Woolfolk

In the last newsletter, I outlined the requirements and qualifications for the Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Typesetter program. In this week's edition, I want to bring attention to the BBU Pacesetter program. The Pacesetter program is designed to recognize Beefmaster cattle that excel in performance as part of the Weights and Measures Program. When you see one star beside the name of a sire or dam in a pedigree, this is the designation of a Pacesetter sire or dam. You may have seen these stars in the past and been unsure of what they meant. By the end of this article, you'll be able to understand and appreciate the production goals that a sire or dam had to accomplish to receive this honored designation.

In order for a female to be recognized as a Pacesetter, she must meet all of the following requirements:

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Renew Your Membership Before February 1, 2015 

Don't forget to renew your BBU membership before February 1, for the discounted rate! Multiple-year renewals are now available for Active/Associate membership dues. If you have any questions regarding multiple-year renewals, please contact the BBU office by calling 210-732-3132. Lifetime membership is available for a one-time cost of $2,000. Memberships can be renewed via mail, online or over the phone.  


Active/Associate Member Dues

  • $100 - if paid by Jan. 31, 2015
  • $110 - if paid by Feb. 28, 2015
  • $120 - if paid by March 31, 2015
  • $200 - reinstatement after March 31, 2015

Junior Member Dues

  • $60 - if paid by Jan. 31, 2015
  • $70 - if paid by Feb. 28, 2015
  • $80 - if paid by March 31, 2015
  • $120 - reinstatement after March 31, 2015

For your convenience, you can now pay your dues online through the BBU website.

BBU Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled

The first BBU Board of Directors meeting of the year will be held February 5, 2015 at the Embassy Suites San Antonio International Airport hotel, 10110 US Highway 281 North, San Antonio, Texas, 78216. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show.

Other dates to add to your calendar are listed below.

  • July 15-16 - BBU Committee Meetings, San Antonio, Texas
  • July 17 - Board of Directors Meeting, San Antonio, Texas
  • Oct. 29 - Board of Directors Meeting, Galveston, Texas

Inventory Based Reporting News 

Inventory Based Reporting (IBR) inventories are due back to the office by Feb. 1, 2015. Please note if you are participating in a spring sale, your IBR inventory needs to be updated and returned prior to registering any animals born in 2015. Each female listed on the updated inventory will be assessed an $8 annual fee which included a free registration for her first calf of that respective year. Additionally, performance data can be submitted on her and/or her calf that year at no additional cost. A reduced transfer fee ($15.00 per animal) is included on her calf that year up to 30 months of age under this options.

Whole Herd Reporting News 

The 2015 WHR inventories will be mailed out soon. These inventories must be completed and returned to the BBU office by May 1, 2015. An additional fee per head will be assessed for the WHR inventories that are returned after May 1, 2015. 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

It's Stock Show Season: Beefmaster Events

Several of the major Texas stock shows are just around the corner. Below is a schedule of the Beefmasters shows and events that are happening in Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston. 

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

  • Open Beefmaster Cattle Show - February 14 - 8:00 am - Cattle Barn, South Ring
  • Beefmaster Rose Classic Sale - February 14 - 1:00 pm - Auction Barn
  • All Breeds Bull and Heifer Sale - February 18 - 10:00 am - Auction Barn
  • Jr. Beefmaster Breeding Heifer Show - February 20 - 8:00 am - Cattle Barn, North Ring

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

  • All Breeds Registered Range Bull and Commercial Female Sale - March 5 - 9:00 am - Reliant Arena Sales Pavilion
  • Open Beefmaster Cattle Show - March 6 - 1:00 pm - NRG Center - Main Arena (West Side)
  • Beefmaster Houston Magic XIV Sale - March 6 - 9:00 am - NRG Arena Sales Pavilion
  • STBBA Houston Futurity and Classic Sale- March 6 - 1:00 pm - NRG Arena Sales Pavilion
  • Beefmaster Promotional Group Cattle Sale - March 7 - 5:00 pm - NRG Center East Arena
  • Jr. Beefmaster Breeding Beef Heifer Show - March 13 - 10:00 am - NRG Center Main Arena (West Side)

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2015 Committee Members Have Been Selected  

Thank you to all of those members who filled out a Committee Appointment Questionnaire. Please see the new committee appointments in the February issue of The Beefmaster Cowman or online at the BBU website. We look forward to a very productive year ahead.

JBBA Updates and Reminders  

1)      E6 heifers will be allowed to show at the 2015 JBBA National Show and Convention. E6 Heifers and Advancer Heifers will show together and follow all JBBA heifer show and national show rules.

2)      Performance class will be added for both the heifer show and bull show at the 2015 JBBA National Show and Convention. Cattle will be carcass ultra-sounded during the 2015 convention for the performance class. Members will also be allowed to scan any animal they wish to have scanned during nationals. Proper age for animals to be scanned is between 320 and 550 days of age. Animals ultra-sounded less than 320 days and more than 550 days of age will not be included in the BBU database for EPD calculations.

3)      The Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) A.I. program is changing its format for the JBBA A.I. Program. In the past we have relied on donations of semen from breeders across the country for our junior members. This year breeders are allowed to nominate their top bulls to the JBBA A.I. program. Breeders will pay a nomination fee of $150 and fill out a form and return both back to the JBBA office by January 15, 2015. The JBBA office will then put a list of bulls that have been nominated with breeders contact information, pedigree and performance information together. JBBA members will be allowed to purchase semen on these bulls for $15 per straw from March 1, 2015 through May 1, 2015. If you have any questions on how the new JBBA A.I. program will work please feel free to contact Allison Wells at or at 979-251-0325.

4)      Anyone planning on attending the 2015 JBBA National Show and Convention in Bryan/College Station is encouraged to book hotel rooms early due to other events being held in Bryan/College Station the same week. JBBA room blocks are being held at:Best Western Premier at Old Town Center (979) 731-5300 and Courtyard Marriott (979) 695-8111.

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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