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Junior Beefmaster National Show Packet Posted

The 2016 JBBA National Convention & Junior Heifer Show Packet has been posted to the website!

All entries and pre-registrations must be received (not post marked) at the JBBA office no later than June 3, 2016 or you will pay the late animal entry and late convention registration fees.

JBBA Scholarships Available Now!

Did you know that several scholarships are available to JBBA members throughout the year? The scholarship applications are now available on the junior page of and the due dates are for this spring and summer! Apply soon and share this information with your fellow BBU and JBBA members.

Make Plans for The Magic of Beefmasters

Come one, come all! The Magic of Beefmasters will be playing in Branson, Mo., from October 27th - 29th, 2016. Be ready to be amazed at the 2016 Beefmaster Breeders United Convention. Make your hotel reservations at the Branson Convention Center Hilton Hotel before they sell out. This hotel is attached to the Branson Convention Center!

Call 1-866-442-0959 and use the group code: BEEF to make your hotel reservations today! Single king deluxe and double queen room rates are $129/night plus tax. Hotel reservations can also be made online here.

Book by October 12th to reserve your room! If you have any problems making reservations please contact Sarah Davis at the BBU office at 210-732-3132.

RFD-TV Advertising Opportunity

We are seeking advertisers for the Beefmaster episode of The American Rancher on RFD-TV. The episode will premiere September 5th, 7th and 11th. Then the episode will re-run on November 7th, 9th and 13th. You are welcome to advertise in both episodes, the September episode only or the November episode only. 

The advertising cost is $4,000 for a one-minute commercial and $2,000 for a 30-second commercial. If you run a commercial in the September episode and want to re-run it in November, then it will cost $500 more for the re-run of the commercial. Your commercial will air six times at the investment of $2,500 (30-second) or $4,500 (one-minute)! If you are interested in advertising please contact Jeralyn Novak at 210-732-3132 or

Better Performance Through Genetic Selection

- Breed Differences on Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue

By Brittni Drennan

Tall fescue is the most commonly used grass in the U.S. used to graze and feed cattle. Widespread throughout a majority of the country, fescue grass provides multiple benefits for pasture performance due to its persistence, long growing season, and nutritional quality as well as drought, insect and disease resistance. However, producers have a love-hate relationship with this seemingly desirable plant. The same fungal endophyte that makes the grass so hardy also contains some alkaloids that studies have shown are detrimental to the performance of grazing livestock.

Common side effects of toxicosis include heat stress, suppressed appetite, poor growth or reduced calving rates, ultimately costing the beef industry approximately $500 million to $1 billion annually in losses due to decreased reproductive and growth rates, according to an abstract from Richard Browning, Ph.D., Tennessee State University.

Researchers have determined the endophyte can be alleviated using several forage management practices including replacing endophyte-infected tall fescue with low-endophyte strands, diluting endophyte-infected fescue with other grasses or legumes, ammoniating fescue hay, or increasing stocking rates to prevent plant maturation since the endophyte is highly concentrated in the seedhead. However, due to high costs, vast amount of acreage covered in endophyte-infected tall fescue, along with reluctance to eradicate long-standing pastures, forage management for eradication purposes does not seem likely or advantageous.

A more practical, effective solution for alleviating the negative effects caused by high-endophyte fescue is with animal management practices by genetic selection. Browning pointed out heat stress is a known symptom of fescue toxicosis, causing increased panting, respiration rates, and time spent in the shade, which means cattle spend less time grazing and gaining.

Recently, the University of Kentucky conducted a trial using 120 spring-born calves out of cows with varying degrees of Brahman-influenced genetics bred to Hereford bulls. Roy Burris, Ph.D., Extension Beef Specialist at UKY was the lead researcher on the study.

"There's five million acres in Kentucky and most of it is high-endophyte fescue. When dealing with fescue endophyte, there's a lot we don't know and pastures vary," Burris said. "What we found from the trial is an improvement in the adjusted weaning weights. We did see better performance on those calves with Brahman influence, and they gave us higher adjusted 205-day weaning weights."

Click here to learn how Brahman-influenced cattle perform in high-endophyte fescue regions.

July Committee Meetings & Board of Directors Meeting

The Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) committee meetings will be taking place July 6-7, 2016 at the DRURY PLAZA HOTEL SAN ANTONIO NORTH, 823 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78232. The BBU Board of Directors will meet on July 8, 2016 at the DRURY PLAZA HOTEL SAN ANTONIO NORTH. Individual reservations can be made by reserving online through the Beefmaster group booking link here.Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to the Group number of 2270198. Reservations by attendees must be received on or before Monday, June 13, 2016.

Committee meeting times are listed below. Click here for more info.


  • 1:00 P.M.                 EXECUTIVE SALES
  • 3:00 P.M.                 B.E.E.F.
  • 5:00 P.M.                 JBBA ADULT


  • 8:00 A.M.                 FINANCE & AUDIT
  •                                AD AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
  •                                ETHICS
  • 9:00 A.M.                 LONG RANGE PLANNING
  • 10:00 A.M.               BREED IMPROVEMENT
  • 11:00 A.M.               COMMERCIAL MARKETING
  • 11:30 A.M.               INTERNATIONAL
  • 12:30 P.M.               NOMINATING
  • 1:00 P.M.                 CONVENTION
  • 2:00 P.M.                 BY-LAWS
  • 3:00 P.M.                 MEMBERSHIP
  • 3:30 P.M.                 SOUTH 40


  • 8:00 A.M.                 BBU BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Apply for a BBU award today!

Award Applications Available Now!

Each year Beefmaster Breeders United recognizes outstanding members through various awards at the annual national convention! The award applications and nomination forms are now available and the deadline is September 30, 2016. Award winners are announced at the 2016 BBU Convention in Branson, Mo. 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!

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Beefmasters in Russia 

Recently international committee member, Lorenzo Lasater, was presented with a question from a Russian cattle producer about the "cold weather" objections to the Beefmaster breed. His response to the question was wonderful and we highly suggest all Beefmaster breeders to read the response. We recommend using a similar response when answering the same question from potential Beefmaster breeders who are concerned about Beefmasters in "cold weather regions".

Comment from Russian breeder:

"Not for cattle production in Bryansk or the neighboring regions.

They are a composite breed of Brahman, Hereford & Shorthorn.  They can be well suited for warm climates of the southern US.  They usually have about 3/8 Brahman influence, similar to the Brangus and Santa Gertrudis.  If they are good cattle, they can gain well in the feedlot but their marbling will be low."

Click here to read Lasater's response

Schedule Your Pro Services Visit Today!

Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Pro Services is a new program designed to allow members to take advantage of BBU's expertise in performance records, basic herd management, data entry, report building and other areas of technical expertise demanded by today's fast paced seedstock industry.

BBU members who utilize Pro Services will have beef industry professionals visit their ranch twice a year for a one on one consultation and assistance with the most complicated aspect of the purebred industry: record keeping. Pro Services will update your inventory, register your calves and enter all of your performance data. This will allow you over time to improve your herd's performance and phenotypic quality. To sign up and schedule a visit please contact Bill Pendergrass at 210-464-6002 or Matt Woolfolk at 210-464-0923.


Get a highly accurate, classic western style lever action with the Henry Lever Action .22 LR Rifle. The rifle's action is so smooth, you won't believe it has any internal parts! The 15 +1 tubular magazine is extremely easy to load. With its gorgeous American walnut stock, the Lever Action .22 LR Rifle's blue 18.25'' steel barrel is machined with state of the art multiple groove rifling. Complete with side ejection, adjustable rear sight, hooded front sight, hammer safety and a grooved receiver for mounting a scope.

All proceeds from the auction of the rifle will go to benefit the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association.

The rifle will be auctioned off at the Emmons Ranch Production Sale on May 21, 2016.




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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