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BBU Office Technology Under Construction

On Friday April 25, the Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) office will be receiving new computers and the BBU staff members will have limited access to their computers and the data server. Please be patient with the BBU office as they make this transition to more efficient technologies. Starting Mon., April 28 the office will have new and improved computers to help BBU members better. Thank you!

Get Your Kentucky Derby Hats Ready!

Ladies and gentlemen attending the Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association (LOBBA) "RUN FOR THE ROSES" Kentucky Derby Party and Sale are invited and encouraged to join in the excitement of the Kentucky Derby. The sale and party will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Bill and Dusty Carr Sale Facility located at their Wilson County Division on Hwy. 97, eight miles west of Floresville, Texas.
 
Colorful and beautifully decorated hats are a must have for any Kentucky Derby affair and this South Texas version will be no exception to the rule. LOBBA hope that all ladies in attendance will join the fun and wear a Kentucky Derby themed hat to the party. There may even be some anonymous judges picking out the best hat designs in the following categories: best theme (cattle related), biggest, most Kentucky Derby inspired and most colorful.
 
Hat designs and hats for sale can be found on numerous websites, such as e-bay.com and Amazon.com. Get ready for some fun at the LOBBA Kentucky Derby Party!
 

 2014 BBU Convention Sponsorships Available

BEEFMASTERS, BLUES & BBQ on BEALE STREET 
Downtown Memphis, Tennessee 
October 30 - November 1, 2014 
 
Sponsorship opportunities are available for this prestigious event. Put your business in the spotlight and book your 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 pennybowie@gmail.com or (770) 328 - 1480.
 
Metal Cash Sponsors 
_____ Platinum Level - $1000 or more
 
_____ Gold Level - $500 - $999 
 
_____ Silver Level - $250 - $499
 
_____ Bronze Level - $100 - $249 
 
Event Sponsors
 
 _____ Break Refreshments - $1,500
 
 _____ Seminar Sponsor - $2,000 
 
 _____ Trade Show Welcome Reception - $2,000
 
 _____ Kick-Off Luncheon - $3,500
 
 _____ President's Reception & Award Banquet - $4,500
 
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.

Whole Herd Reporting News

Please note that 2014 Whole Herd Reporting (WHR) inventories were mailed out to participating members in mid-January. These inventories must be completed and returned to the BBU office by May 1, 2014. Please be aware that if you are a WHR member and need to register any 2014 animals for spring sales, you must submit your completed inventory prior to registering the animals. Members that have not received their inventory or those who would like to enroll in WHR can contact Collin Osbourn at the BBU office at (210) 732-3132 or e-mail him at cosbourn@beefmasters.org.


Guest Blog - No Bull: EPA Aggression Threatens Livestock Producers
 
 
By Rep. Sam Graves
 
In North Missouri, many people are farmers, ranchers, and livestock producers. Here, people rely on their land for their livelihood, and for recreation.  But what there's a lot of are property owners, and the same is true all around the country. Americans have a lot of pride in owning and maintaining their land, and many pieces of land go back generations as part of families, much like where I call home - Tarkio, MO.
 
Recently, reports from Washington indicated an attempt to undercut property owners and those who depend on their land to earn their living. Specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led by Administrator Gina McCarthy, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, released a new proposed rule to the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposal would make changes to the meaning of "waters of the United States."
 

JBBA National Convention and Shows Packet
 
The 2014 JBBA National Convention and Shows will take place July 28 - August 3, 2014 in Shawnee, Okla., at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center. Make plans to attend this year's convention and celebrate "JBBA 30 years of building leaders and still counting". The National Convention and Shows packet is now posted on the junior page of www.beefmasters.org . The packet provides junior members with the tentative schedule, entry forms, classes, competition information and rules. All entry forms are due to the JBBA office by June 6, 2014

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Classification and Consultation Schedule

If you can utilize our services for classification, inspection, consultation, or the E-6 Program please click the following link to download the Request for Ranch Visit form. Simply complete and return the form to BBU at 6800 Park Ten Blvd., Suite 290W, San Antonio, TX, 78213, along with directions to your ranch. 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. For questions about a ranch visit please contact Ryan Cummins at 210-464-0923 or rcummins@beefmasters.org.

Beefmasters on The American Rancher

Two BBU members will be featured on the The American Rancher , an RFD-TV program. Beefmaster ranches Vaughn Family Farms of Mt. Vernon, Mo., and Emmons Ranch of Fairfield, Texas will discuss their Beefmaster seedstock and go behind the scenes of their ranch operations. 

Tune in April 28, 2014 at 9 p.m. Eastern time to see the Beefmaster breed be recognized, yet again, on a nationally acclaimed agriculture television show. The American Rancher episodes premiere each Monday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time and re-air Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Eastern time and again on Sundays at noon Eastern time. 


Scholarship Applications Available 

Did you know that the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association offers several scholarships throughout the year to junior Beefmaster breeders? Several scholarship applications are now available on the Junior page of www.Beefmasters.org and the due dates are for this spring and summer! Check them out and share with your fellow BBU members. 


Beefmasters, Blues & BBQ on Beale Street

Please make plans now to attend the 54th Annual BBU Convention from October 30 to November 1, 2014 in Memphis, Tenn. The host hotel is the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel located at 250 North Main Street, TN 38103. To make hotel reservations call 866-716-8106 and make sure to confirm you are in the Beefmaster room block and will be receiving the rate of $119 per night plus tax.  Room reservations can also be made online through the link provided at www.beefmasters.org.
 
The cattle will be conveniently located in the attached Memphis Cook Convention Center. Look for more details in upcoming Cowman issues and on the BBU web site. What could be better than Beefmasters, Blues and BBQ?!? 

Breeders Needed for BBU Brand Wall
 
We are seeking Beefmaster breeders and BBU members to participate in the BBU Brand Wall that is located in the front of the BBU office in San Antonio, Texas. The brand wall would like to welcome your ranch's brand to the BBU office for a $250 fee. There are limited spaces available on the brand wall, so act today and call the BBU office at 210-732-3132 to add your brand to our beautiful wood wall. Adding your brand will ensure that your ranch leaves a legacy at BBU and will promote your ranch to office visitors. 

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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