Convention Registration! Pre-Register by Oct. 9
Join us for the 2015 BBU Convention and enjoy some "Island Time for Beefmasters" from Thursday, October 29 through Saturday, October 31, 2015.Our convention will be held at one of the premier hotels on Galveston Island, Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center. Please visit the convention webpage for more details.
Convention registration is now open! To register please use the registration form available online or in the September issue of The Beefmaster Cowman. Please complete the convention registration form and return to the BBU office with your check payment. If you would like to pay with your credit card on file, please indicate this on the registration form and/or call the office with your credit card information. Please note that the discounted pre-registration deadline is October 9, 2015. You will also find the updated convention agenda online or in the September issue of The Beefmaster Cowman!
Make your convention hotel reservations today! For the discounted rate of $129.00/night (plus tax) please call 888-388-8484 and ask for the Beefmaster rate. Reservations must be made prior to October 7, 2015 to receive the discounted rate. So don't wait and be late! Make your hotel call today! If you have trouble getting into the Beefmaster room block please call Marie Zirkel at 210-732-3132.
There are many sponsorship opportunities available and we invite you to refer to the sponsorship form! We would also like to invite businesses to advertise in our BBU Convention guide, which will be given to each attendee and house the convention agenda and details! Advertisement deadline is Oct. 10, 2015.
Get yourself a Beefmaster hat!
They are $15/each plus shipping! Contact the office at 210.732.3132 or firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
Membership Drive Contest Begins October 1
At the July 2015 Board of Directors meeting a new membership initiative was brought forward from the Membership Committee to the Board and was approved. This membership challenge contest is for all Satellites and Marketing Groups and the contest begins on October 1, 2015. Each group is encouraged to recruit at least five (5) non member buyers at each of their sales. The groups are asked to pay the new member fee of $50 for each non member buyer. The contest runs from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.
The group with the greatest percentage of new recruits, in relation to the group's 2015 membership, will win a free visit from Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) staff at their next sale. This will be awarded at the BBU Convention. This is a win-win for everyone; new members for BBU and possibly new members for the groups. Also by recruiting non members buyers to become members, it helps the success of the sale. We are excited to get this membership challenge started!
Please contact the BBU office with questions 210-732-3132.
Spring Sire Summary Posted
The 2015 Spring Sire Summary is now available electronically on the BBU website. You can download and print the sire summary or if you would like a hard copy mailed to you, please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 for a complimentary copy.
Want to Serve on a Committee?
New appointments of Beefmaster Breeder United Committees are made soon after each annual BBU convention. If you would like to be considered for appointment to one or more of such committees, for the 2015-2016 year, please complete and sign the committee appointment questionnaire and return it to the BBU office ASAP (but no later than November 2, 2015.) If you are coming to the convention, simply mail it in with your registration form.
Most of the BBU Committees meet several times a year. BBU does not provide reimbursement of travel expenses. Meeting participation is expected to be taken seriously. Most meetings, with the exception of the July meetings, will be conducted via telephone conference call. If a face to face meeting is called, the Chairperson may be able to arrange to have a speakerphone in the room to allow all committee members to participate.
Fall Ultrasound Season is Here
Make sure to contact your ultrasound technician to schedule a session for the fall season. If you need help locating certified technicians, please contact the BBU office. Please keep in mind that BBU's ultrasound window range is between 320 to 550 days of age. Pre-printed barn sheets are available to BBU members by contacting the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or by email at email@example.com.
Arkansas Cattleman's Field Day
A Cattleman's Field Day sponsored by Central States Beefmaster Breeders Association (CSBBA) and Arkansas Beefmaster Breeders Association (ABBA) was held in Rosebud, Ark., on Sat., August 15. The educational portion "Profits From Heterosis" was held in the air conditioned Rosebud school cafeteria.
Featured speakers were BBU Executive Vice President Bill Pendergrass, Dr. Robert Wells from the Noble Foundation, and Mark Cowan with American Marketing Services. The event was well attended with 85 people registered. Seventy-five percent of the attendees were commercial cattlemen who are not currently members of BBU. Attendees came from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. One person from Australia also attended. She is in the United States studying ranch operations and heard about the event.
BBU Convention Raffle: Kawasaki Mule
Don't miss your opportunity to win a 2015 Kawasaki Mule 4010 TRANS 4X4 or an All Seasons Feeders Fire Pit! The Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association (LOBBA) is sponsoring a raffle that will offset 2015 BBU Convention expenses.
$100 per ticket
Only 250 tickets will be sold and they are going quickly!
The raffle drawing will be held at the Awards Luncheon at the 2015 BBU Convention and you need not be present to win! To purchase your tickets contact Lawrence Lyssy at 210-648-0517 or 210-414-2266 OR Bob Siddons at 512-217-3400.
A Moment with Matt: Are you ready for some football? And cattle sales?
By Matt Woolfolk, Field Representative & Commercial Marketing Director
I've heard that it takes three weeks to establish a new habit or to break a bad habit. Since it's been more than three weeks since I sat down and wrote an article, I am definitely out of habit! It's an exciting time in my world: fall sale season is kicking off this weekend and college football is just two weeks away! On Saturdays in the fall, I'm thankful for XM radio in the car. It's the only way I am able to keep up with all the action on the field while traveling and working the fall sale circuit. I'll dig a little deeper into my love for football in the next article. This week it is time to get excited about selling cattle this fall!
As the sale season kicks off, be sure to check your calendars and find the sales closest to you. Make an effort to attend a sale you've never been to before and meet some new people. You might learn something new that you can apply in your operation, while making new friends and business connections in the process. The day before a sale is a great time to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow breeders while checking out the sale offering and enjoying a good meal. The day before a sale is a little more relaxed atmosphere, as everyone seems to switch to business mode on sale morning.
Beefmaster Feature on RFD-TV Coming September 7th
Don't miss the Beefmaster episode that will premiere Mon., Sept. 7, 2015 at 8 p.m. CST on RFD-TV's The American Rancher! The television show will feature commercial cattlemen discussing how Beefmaster heterosis crossbreeding produces superior replacement females. You will hear testimonies from cattlemen who are personally using Beefmasters in their commercial operations. The episode will re-air on RFD-TV on Wed., Sept. 9 at 12 a.m. CST and Sun., Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. CST. Check with your cable or satellite provider for your RFD-TV listings. The video will also be available for viewing on the on Beefmaster social media sites and www.beefmasters.org.
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Correction to JBBA National Show News Release
It was previously reported in the August 4, 2015 news release highlighting the winners of the JBBA National Show and Convention that the B.E.E.F. Foundation only awarded three scholarships. However, this was recorded incorrectly and the B.E.E.F. Foundation awarded four scholarships to the following individuals.
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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