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Important JBBA Update: The BBU Convention JBBA Show on October 31, 2015 in Galveston, Texas has been cancelled.

Introducing The Beefmaster Pay Weight

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.


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Thank You to our Convention Sponsors!

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, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. At the convention please take time to thank our sponsors personally, it wouldn't be possible without them! Our major corporate and ranch sponsors at the $3,000 & $5,000 levels are listed on the convention website. We also want to thank all of our Pyramid level sponsors who have sent in contributions. Click here to view all sponsors.

Over the past two weeks you should have received the annual convention packet and convention proxy in the mail! Please use the forms enclosed in the packet to register for convention, review the convention agenda, vote on business items if you can not attend and make hotel arrangements. If you have any questions or do not receive the packet, please contact the office at 210-732-3132.

SFA Bull Development Program 

Stephen F. Austin State University is preparing for its Bull Development Program set to begin January 15, 2016. The program is designed to assist producers in selecting and managing bulls. It offers producers relief from providing additional facilities, labor, and feed to retain young bulls. The program is designed for bulls born January 1, 2015 to May 31, 2015. Bulls entered into the program are fed through mid-October.

At the end of the development program, bulls may be consigned to the Purple Premium Sale scheduled for November 2016. Producers are issued a monthly report on the performance of each bull in the program with information including BW, ADG, and carcass ultrasound traits. The bulls are developed for 120 days on a grain-based diet and finished on forage with supplementation (depending on forage conditions).

Click here to download SFA Bull Development Forms.

Apply for a BBU award today! Award Applications Available Now!

Each Beefmaster Breeders United recognizes outstanding members through various awards at the annual national convention! The award applications and nomination forms are now available! Completed nomination forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the BBU office. BBU will accept nominations for the following awards: New Member of the Year, Member of the Year, Environmental Award, Performance Breeder of the Year, and Breeder of the Year. Click the links for each respective nomination form!

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.

Click here to advertise in our Convention Guide!

Hunting for Herd Sires: Simple Bull Buying (and Selling) Tips

By Matt Woolfolk, Field Representative & Commercial Marketing Director

Fall sale season is officially in overdrive, and all signs indicate that the softer feeder calf market is not putting a damper on the demand for Beefmaster genetics. The early fall sales are reporting higher averages than last year, and interest in the upcoming events across the country is encouraging.

What makes the fall sale season unique in our breed is that the majority of Beefmaster bulls are sold during this time. Some of you may be in the market for a new herd sire to add to your operation, while others are selling their young bulls to commercial customers. Whether you're buying or selling, matching the right bull to a set of cows is not a quick and easy task. Here are a few tips that will aid you in the process.

  1. Do your homework. Regardless of which side of the market you are on, it's important to have done some research before the sale. As a buyer, take a look at your operation to identify the strengths of your cowherd, as well as areas that you want to improve through sire selection. It's hard to make progress when you don't know what needs improvement. On the selling end, having a great knowledge of each bull in your sale pen will better enable you to identify the right bulls for each of your customers.

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REMINDER: Discounted Convention Hotel Reservation Deadline is October 7th! Call 888-388-8484 for the rate $129 + tax!

REMINDER: Convention Pre-Registration Deadline is October 9th!

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.

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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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