Don't miss the Beefmaster feature re-run Sunday, Sept. 21 on RFD-TV at 11:00 am CDT!
Fall Sire Summary
The 2014 Fall Sire Summary is available electronically on the BBU website. If you would like a hard copy mailed to you, please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 for a complimentary copy.
The Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) A.I. program will be changing its format this coming fall. In the past we have relied on donations of semen from breeders across the country for our junior members. This fall we are asking breeders 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. The JBBA office will then put a list of bulls that have been nominated with breeders contact information and pedigree and performance information together. JBBA members will in return contact the breeders/sales consultants/ranch manager to purchase semen from them on their bull(s) at a set price of $15 per straw. Paper work for nominating bulls will become available in October. We appreciate all of the breeders that have donated semen to our junior program. If you have any questions on how the new JBBA A.I. program will work please feel free to contact Allison Wells at email@example.com or at 979-251-0325.
Stephen F. Austin University Heifer Development Program
SFA Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that they will host a heifer development program this fall. Weaned heifers weighing between 400-700 lb will be accepted into the program beginning mid-October with a start date of November 1st. Producers needing to deliver cattle at an earlier date may do so by contacting Chris Koffskey at the number below. Calves will be developed on a forage-based diet.
For more information contact Chris Koffskey or Dr. Erin Brown
(979) 224-8178 or (936) 564-5924
Register Today for the 2014 Convention
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2014 - Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis: the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. The 2014 BBU Convention in Memphis, Tenn., is going to be a great time for everyone in attendance. The convention committee has been a powerhouse leadership team that is helping lead the way for this to be a tremendous convention. The convention will be October 30 - November 1, 2014 at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel located in Memphis, Tennessee.
You and your family can now register and view the agenda for the 2014 BBU Convention: Beefmasters, Blues and BBQ on Beale Street. Simply click the buttons below to register and see what will be happening during the three day convention.
Please complete the registration form and enclose your check payment with the form. If you would like to pay with your credit card on file, please note this on the registration form and/or call the office with your credit card information.
You can also make your hotel reservations today for the discounted rate of $119/night (plus tax) by calling 1 (866) 716-8106, mentioning Beefmasters and verifying that you are receiving the discount rate of $119 per night. Book your hotel reservations starting the night of October 29th because the first day of convention is full of events. If you have trouble getting into the Beefmaster block please call Marie Zirkel at 210-732-3132.
Become a 2014 BBU National Convention Sponsor Today
BEEFMASTERS, BLUES & BBQ on BEALE STREET
Downtown Memphis, Tennessee
October 30 - November 1, 2014
Sponsorship opportunities are available for this prestigious event and we want to help you put your business in the Beefmaster spotlight. The convention committee is seeking sponsors for the 2014 convention in Memphis, Tenn., and we need your help. Commit to a sponsorship today!
All metal and event sponsors will be featured at the convention, recognized in the convention pocket agenda and listed in The Beefmaster Cowman. All event sponsors will be featured on signage at their sponsored event. For more information or if you would like to co-sponsor an event, please contact Convention Committee Co-Chairman Penny Bowie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (770) 328 - 1480.
Metal Cash Sponsors
For a sponsorship form, please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132, download it here or refer to the May 2014 issue of The Beefmaster Cowman.
BBU COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
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 2014-2015 year, please complete and sign this form and return it to the BBU office by November 1, 2014.
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Free New Member Ranch Visits
We encourage all new members to take advantage of the free ranch visit offered to all new BBU members. If you would like to schedule a ranch visit please contact the BBU office today at 210-732-3132 to request a ranch visit form by mail or fax. The form can also be downloaded from the forms page of our website www.beefmasters.org.
The minimum fee for classification is $350 or $5 per head, whichever is greater. The minimum fee for upgrading inspections is $250 or $3 per head, whichever is greater. The minimum fee for a consultation visit is $250. The minimum fee for E6 inspection is $100 or $10 per head, whichever is greater. Please remember that the BBU field service staff will work with you and your neighbors to reduce individual classification costs if the cattle can be classified in the same trip. BBU field service staff can provide several services during a ranch visit including classifying, upgrading, inspection, E6 Commercial Females, marketing consultation, herd consultation in the pasture and industry news updates.
BBU Membership ChallengeThe BBU Membership Committee is issuing a challenge to all members. We invite and challenge all members to write down a creative way to attract commercial cattlemen to your ranch in order to promote Beefmasters. Ideas must be presented to the BBU office in writing by October 20, 2014. The winner will be announced at the BBU Convention Awards Banquet in Memphis, Tenn., on November 1. The winner will be presented with a BBU jacket.
By: Matt Woolfolk
Although I've only been working for Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) for a few weeks, I've already been able to meet and visit with quite a few breeders. For those I haven't had the chance to meet yet, consider this note my informal introduction.
I was raised on my family's registered and commercial Hereford operation in Jackson, Tenn. We run about 175 mature cows, as well as approximately 30 acres of hay and 200 acres of crop land. Every spring I would select a couple heifers from our program and show them in state and national Hereford shows. I was fortunate to serve a three year term on the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board of directors, including a one-year term as Chairman. It was my time serving the NJHA that helped me realize how much I enjoyed working with cattle people. I've yet to find a group of people that are more dedicated and passionate about their way of life than cattlemen. I knew being a part of the cattle community was how I wanted to spend my professional life, and I am fortunate that BBU has given me to opportunity to join the Beefmaster family. I've been blown away by how openly I have been received by everyone I have met so far!
When I was in San Antonio after accepting the position with BBU, Kathy Pendergrass asked me if I had any hobbies. I had to think a little to come up with something besides cattle (I do enjoy SEC football and baseball seasons), but the cattle business really is my favorite pastime. Reading the newest cattle magazine or sale catalog was my way to relax going through graduate school. The chance to travel the country visiting with Beefmaster breeders, touring their operations and attending sales every weekend is an opportunity to do something I love while trying to make a positive contribution to the Beefmaster community.
Whenever I am in your area, I would love to set up a time for any BBU services you may need, especially classification and herd visits. I encourage you to coordinate with breeders near you and set up visits at the same time. It helps me make the most of my travel time, as well as allows you to share the service fees with another breeder. In the upcoming weeks, I'll be attending the following sales:
September 19-20 - Arkansas BBA Sale, Conway, AR
September 26-27 - Live Oak BBA Sale, Three Rivers, TX
October 3-4 - Painted Springs Beefmasters, Thompson's Station, TNI have dates set aside to visit area breeders before or after each of these sales, but slots are filling up quickly! Give me a call at 210-464-0923 to schedule your visit, or if you just want to talk cows (or SEC football). I can also be reached via email at email@example.com. I'm looking forward to formally meeting each of you real soon!
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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