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Happy Independence Day!

We hope you have a happy and safe holiday weekend celebrating the wonderful United States of America! The BBU office is closed Friday, July 3rd to celebrate the 4th of July holiday. The office will re-open on Monday at 8:00 am.

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.

Click here to download the current sire summary

Mailing Semen Straws for DNA Genotyping  

We are getting a great response from breeders participating in the DNA Genotyping program and sending in DNA samples. BBU greatly appreciates the participation! We want to remind people that when sending straws of semen as a DNA sample via mail it is very important that the straw is protected in some form or fashion. Whether it is an empty semen cane that the semen originally came in, or it could be something as simple as an ink pen casing. As long as the straw is protected by something hard and the ends are taped closed. This will ensure that the semen straw can be mailed without the straw cracking. Also, in the case of the straw cracking, place the straw and its casing in a Ziploc baggie to prevent leakage onto paperwork or other samples.  

If you have any questions please contact Kelsey or Collin at the office 210-732-3132. Thank you!

Get Involved in Legacy Animal Genotyping

During this month Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) embarked on perhaps the most important journey in the history of the Beefmaster breed, the quest to develop Genomic Enhanced EPDs (GEPDs). The first step in this process is to obtain genotypes on the breed's most influential sires and dams. These animals that lead the breed in registrations are commonly referred to as legacy animals. Over the next few months BBU will be conducting a campaign to ensure that as many of these 600 legacy animals, as possible, are genotyped.

If you own a legacy animal, you should have received a notice from BBU that contains the sire's registration number, name and a brief explanation of this vital project. The letter also contains a release form from BBU that authorizes the BBU approved genetic services providers to perform the necessary HD genotyping and return the results to BBU.

The cost of HD genotyping is $85.00 per sample and BBU can either bill credit cards or members can call the BBU office to make billing arrangements for the genotyping. Another important item to remember is that legacy animal genotyping requires a minimum of a 50K HD chip. If you have questions about the release form, please call Kelsey or Collin at the BBU office 210-732-3132.

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How to Collect DNA Samples

Collecting a DNA sample is easy, but collecting a good DNA sample is crucial to receiving prompt and accurate results. As a Beefmaster breeder it is required that DNA samples be collected and processed through Zoetis or Geneseek on all embryo and semen donor dams and sires. The process of collecting quality DNA blood or hair samples is important to understand for all Beefmaster breeders. If a bad DNA sample is provided then the DNA-testing lab can not efficiently extract the DNA. If you currently, or plan to in the future, collect DNA samples please become familiar with the "how to" instructions in our blog post.  

If you are more of a "see-then-do" learner, please view the Hair Sample How to Video or the Blood Sample How to Video.

Need to order a DNA hair or blood kit? Contact the office at 210-732-3132 or  

Learn how to collect good DNA samples

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.

JBBA National Shows to be broadcasted on Cattle In Motion

Tune into on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 to watch the 2015 JBBA Nationals Shows. On Friday, July 24 JBBA members will compete in Showmanship contest, E6/Advancer Heifer Show, Bred and Owned Heifer Show and the Bred and Owned Bull Show. Saturday, July 25 will be the JBBA National Heifer Show. Show catalogs will be available (closer to show time) for you to follow along on the junior section of the BBU website. Events will start at 8:00 a.m. on both days. For more information or to advertise during the broadcasting of the shows please contact Allison Wells.

Communicating with Commercial Cattlemen 

Beefmaster Breeders United is proud to introduce their newest publication that will be debuting Fall 2015. The Beefmaster Pay Weight is a publication produced by Beefmaster Breeders United and dedicated to serving commercial cattlemen. We feature the latest beef cattle industry news, innovative discoveries in the industry, and discussions about the latest cattle trends and technologies. The Beefmaster Pay Weight was founded to assist the Beefmaster cattle industry with effective advertising and a communication tool with commercial cattlemen throughout the country.

If you are interested in advertising with The Beefmaster Pay Weight please contact Matt Woolfolk at 210-464-0923.

Click here or the image below to view rates and details in the 2015/2016 Media Kit for The Beefmaster Pay Weight

JBBA Community Service & Contests 

The JBBA Officers and Directors will be collecting school supplies at this year's national show and convention. Items will be donated to local schools in the Brazos Valley. Please bring any type of school supply item to the convention and place them in the collection boxes during the meals. 

Just a reminder that JBBA members can enter entries into both the Photography and PowerPoint contests. Photos or PowerPoints must be submitted via email to no later than July 15th or you may bring them to Nationals on a CD-ROM (PC Compatible) or on a USB Flash Drive. Photos or Power Points are due at Nationals by noon on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

"Island Time for Beefmasters"

The 2015 Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Annual Convention is just around the corner and we are excited for a little tropical "island time" in Galveston, Texas. Join us and enjoy some "Island Time for Beefmasters" at the beautiful paradise resort, Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center from October 29 - 31, 2015. Make time to relax, connect with friends, enjoy convention activities and attend the President's Council Beefmaster sale. The opportunities are endless on Galveston Island! 

This year's convention promises to be as informative and entertaining as ever. The Convention Committee and the BBU staff have planned an outstanding convention agenda that will host informative speakers and thrilling entertainment. While you are connecting with old friends, you can make some new friends, learn about innovative BBU programs, view cattle, visit with vendors, hear award winning Junior Beefmaster Breeder Association speakers, enjoy great food and dance to the music of Gary P. Nunn!

Along with the convention entertainment, you will also enjoy educational seminars presented by cattle industry leaders. The seminars will educate, inform and entertain while giving you an opportunity to ask questions and interact in roundtable discussions.

This convention is a unique, fun environment for cattle industry members to come together to network so be sure that your ranch or cattle related business is recognized as a sponsor. There are many sponsorship opportunities available and we invite you to refer to the sponsorship form . Our prestigious sponsors will be recognized for their commitment to the Beefmaster industry in numerous and various ways, as described on the form. We truly value your support and count on your involvement to make this convention an outstanding event for the attendees. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 361-813-9035 or Marie Zirkel at 210-732-3132.

Thank you for your commitment to the Beefmaster breed and we look forward to seeing you on Galveston Island!


Marie Welkener - 2015 BBU Convention Chairperson

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Western States BBA Debuts New Website

Beefmaster Breeders United is a grassroots organization and our breed success is made possible by the various satellites and marketing groups that support the BBU organization. The Western States Beefmaster Breeders Association (WSBBA) has worked hard and tirelessly on building a new website in order to promote the Beefmaster breed in the Western part of the United States. BBU invites everyone to view their new website at and we challenge all of our members/groups to develop, maintain and update their electronic communication tools. Whether it be your website, Facebook or online advertisements. We applaud WSBBA for their beautiful website and on a job well done in promoting the Beefmaster breed!  

2015 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course    

Historic high prices in the cattle market and future trends will be one of many important topics discussed in-depth at the 2015 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 3-5 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The short course is the premier beef educational event in Texas, attracting more than 1,400 attendees annually. The short course features 20 sessions covering basic practices, new technologies and other important industry topics. These sessions provide participants with an opportunity to choose workshops based on their level of production experience and the needs of their ranch.

An industry trade show will be held during the event, featuring more than 120 agricultural businesses and service exhibits. Registration is $180 per person before July 30 or $220 afterwards, and includes educational materials, a copy of the 600-page Beef Cattle Short Course proceedings, trade show admittance, admission to the prime rib dinner, lunches, breakfasts and daily refreshments.   

Registration information and a tentative schedule can be found on the short course website at Producers can also register by contacting 979-845-6931. 

Cooking with Beef: SPICY BEEF BACK RIBS


  1. 5 pounds beef Back Ribs, cut into 2 to 4 rib sections
  2. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  3. 1-1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  4. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  5. 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  6. 1-1/2 cups chili sauce
  7. ½ cup water
  8. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium high heat until hot. Add onion, garlic and pepper flakes; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add chili sauce, water and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt. Reserve 1/2 cup sauce for basting.
  2. Prepare charcoal grill for indirect cooking by igniting an equal number of charcoal briquets on each side of fire grate, leaving open space in the center. When coals are medium, ash-covered (25 to 30 minutes), add 3 to 4 new briquets to each side. Position cooking grid with handles over coals so additional briquets may be added when necessary.
  3. Place ribs, meat side up, in large (16-1/8 x 11-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches) foil roasting pan. Pour remaining sauce over ribs; turn ribs to coat. Cover tightly with aluminum foil; place foil pan on cooking grid. Cover with grill lid and grill over medium heat 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until ribs are fork-tender. Carefully remove roasting pan from grill; remove ribs from pan and place, meat side up, on grill rack. Baste ribs with reserved sauce; grill, covered, 10 to 15 minutes, turning and basting once.
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • Note: Add 3 to 4 additional briquets to each side of fire grate every 30 minutes or as necessary to maintain proper heat during grilling.

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2015 UF/IFAS Beef Cattle Economics Webinar Series

Southeast beef cattle producers are encouraged to tune-in to the upcoming UF Beef Cattle Economics Webinar Series, hosted by the Range Cattle Research and Education Center and the South Florida Beef-Forage Program. The webinar series is being conducted to discuss ways to increase your herd's production, performance, and profitability. Cattle producers saw record feeder calf prices and profits in 2014 that changed the dynamics of the cow-calf industry. The goal of this webinar series is to provide timely production and economic information that can help producers operate in this volatile marketplace.

This series of presentations will take place on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:00 pm (EST) July. The following lists all the scheduled webinars:

  • July 15th, 2015 - 2015 UF Beef Cow-Calf Budget
  • July 22nd, 2015 - Projecting 2015 Cow-Calf Profitability
  • July 29th, 2015 - Replacement Heifer Economics

Participants will be able to interact with the presenter by submitting questions and comments, and will be able to make recommendations for topics at future webinar sessions. Each program can be viewed on your personal computer with access to the internet. Registration is open and free to all, but is limited to the first 100 participants. To register please visit: . If any problems occur while registering please contact Chris Prevatt at

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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