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Inventory Based Reporting News

Inventory Based Reporting (IBR) inventories will be mailed to participating breeders in December and updated 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 option.

The IBR program will benefit members allowing them reduced costs when they collect performance data on all calves but may only want to receive registration certificates and transfer a smaller portion of the calf crop. An IBR enrollment form is located under BBU Programs at www.beefmasters.org.


Utilizing AI: The Perfect Gift for your Cow Herd 

By: Matt Woolfolk

Ready or not, the Christmas season is here! I hope that each of you get to take the time to enjoy your favorite traditions, whether it's decorating your homes, singing Christmas carols, or just enjoying the time with your family and friends.

Personally, I enjoy watching a good Christmas movie. My all-time favorite is without a doubt National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, starring funnyman Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold. In a film full of one-liners, my personal favorite comes from the character known as "Cousin Eddie". After Clark receives his Christmas bonus from his company, he's disappointed to learn that the year's bonus is a one-year subscription to the "Jelly of the Month" club. Without missing a beat, Cousin Eddie looks Clark in the eye and proudly exclaims, "Clark, that's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year!"

As Beefmaster breeders, there's a gift under the tree that keeps on giving the whole year, waiting to be opened: artificial insemination (AI). The perfect gift for cow herds from 1 to 1,000, bringing AI into the herd allows for increased genetic diversity and greater options when planning next year's matings. First and foremost, AI gives you as a breeder access to some of the breed's greatest bulls whose genetics could not otherwise be brought into your herd. You may not have been able to afford those high-selling bulls you fell in love with at the sales last fall. But through AI, you can bring their genetics into your herd for a fraction of his purchase price! Using AI also gives you access to trait leading sires with proven performance and progeny records, providing predictability and quality you might not find in your young herd bull. Click here to continue reading


Look for Dues Renewal Reminders

Membership renewal notices will be going out through the mail soon. 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 at www.beefmasters.org or over the phone.  

Please contact the office to make sure we have your correct mailing address and email on file. If we do not  have the correct information, you must submit the information via email, fax or mail in order to make the requested changes.

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

BBU Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled

The first BBU Board of Directors meeting of the new 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. We encourage all members to contact the officers and/or directors from their area to discuss issues and concerns that need to be addressed by the Board.


FREE Beef 706 Programs Offered

It's almost time for another BEEF 706 program and we need your help! Please spread the word by passing along this invitation to other producers who would appreciate learning more about their beef industry. The next sessions are Jan 13-14 and 15-16, 2015.

Register online at: http://texasbeef.org

This program is paid for by your Beef Checkoff dollars. There is no additional charge for this class or your meals. You are responsible for your lodging if needed. For hotel accommodations please call (979) 846-0300, Ramada BCS, 506 Earl Rudder Fwy South, College Station, TX. Ask for Texas Beef Council/Beef 706 room block to receive the rate of $75.00/night plus tax. Reservations should be made by December 12, 2014.


NCBA-PAC Auction     

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association Political Action Committee (NCBA-PAC) will once again be holding their annual Silent Auction in conjunction with NCBA's 2015 Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, the week of February 4-7th.  The NCBA-PAC Silent Auction has always been a major source of revenue for our PAC.  We need your help to make the auction a successful one!

Click here to learn how to donate to the NCBA-PAC Auction


Whole Herd Reporting News

2015 WHR inventories will be mailed out to participating members in mid-January 2015. 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 info@beefmasters.org.


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Central States BBA Beefmaster Performance Bull Test & Sale

The Central States Beefmaster Breeders Association would like to invite you to consign your 2014 spring born bull calves to the inaugural CSBBA Beefmaster Performance Bull Test and Sale. Our goal is to place 200+ bulls on test and sell 150+ bulls on sale day.

The 300 day test will begin on January 3, 2015 at Rose Bud Feeders, LLC. located in Rose Bud, AR. The sale will be held on Friday November 6, 2015 at the Cleburne County Livestock Auction located in Heber Springs, AR. The Cleburne County Livestock Auction has a great facility and will be very user friendly for the sale activities and auction. We invite all breeders to be part of the CSBBA sponsored sale.

If you have questions as to whether your bull calves qualify for the test and sale contact Justin Rhodes at 785-969-7619.

Please complete the attached Field Sheet and Entry forms. All animals must have registration papers prior to delivery to Rose Bud Feeders. If you have any questions, please call CSBBA President Davin Vaughn at 417-793-1830. Again, please consign your best to make the CSBBA Beefmaster Performance Bull Test and Sale a positive and successful event.

Click here to learn more about the test and sale.


JBBA A.I. Program Update:

The semen has been released to each respective junior's name through Elgin Breeding Service. All JBBA members participating in this program please contact Elgin at (512) 285-2019 and make arrangements for semen delivery between December 1 and December 19, 2014.


Live Oak BBA Bull & Heifer Gain Tests

Attention LOBBA Members:

In preparation for upcoming gain test opportunities Bob Siddons has met with the folks at Tom Brothers Ranch and the LOBBA Board has approved three different calf development options. There is limited space for each option so we need to get a response from our members on your level of commitment to each option.

Option 1: As last year we will be starting our 2014 spring born Bull Development Gain Test for Bulls weaned this fall on February 1, 2015. These calves should be delivered in mid January. We have reserved 2 pens and can accommodate about 80 bulls. As we did last year we will attempt to make it possible to keep the top end of these Bulls all the way through to the 2016 Bull Sale with special recognition at that sale for all Bulls completing the test.

Click here to learn about the other options

Your prompt response to any or all of these options will help LOBBA plan and assure you of a place in these programs as space is limited at the Tom Brothers Facility. You may call Bob Siddons at 512-217-3400 or Anthony Mihalski at 210-415-0888 with any questions or to reserve space in these programs.


Changes to the JBBA A.I. Program

The Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) A.I. program is changing its format for the JBBA AI 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 amw4412@aol.com or at 979-251-0325.


2015 JBBA Nationals Hotel Arrangements

Best Western Premier at Old Town Center

1920 Austin's Colony Parkway

Bryan, Texas 77802

(979) 731-5300

  • The block of rooms are reserved from July 19-26, 2015
  • Run of House- $99.99 + tax
  • Reservation deadline is 6/21/2015
  • Please tell them you are with JBBA or the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association when making reservations.

Courtyard Marriott

3939 SH 6 South

College Station, Texas 77845

(979) 695-8111

  • The block of rooms are reserved from July 19-25, 2015
  • Run of House- $99 + tax
  • Reservation deadline is 6/5/2015
  • Please tell them you are with JBBA or the National Junior Beefmaster Show when making reservations.

*** Please book rooms early due to many other activities going on in Bryan-College Station during Nationals***

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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