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Subscriptions: Frances Miller 210.696-8231 x203 frances_miller@int-brangus.org

The Official Publication of the International Brangus® Breeders Association The Brangus Journal is an international news magazine serving the Brangus breed of beef cattle including Brangus crossbreds and Brahman and Angus stock necessary to produce Brangus cattle. Published six times a year by Brangus Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 696020, San Antonio, Texas 78269-6020. This publication is designed to promote and develop the Brangus breed and serve the best interests of the producers. Publication #ISSN0006-9132. Periodicals postage paid at San Antonio, Texas, and additional entries. Postmaster: Send address changes to Brangus Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 696020, San Antonio, Texas 78269-6020. Subscription Rates: Domestic Periodicals—1 year, $25; First class—$55. Foreign—1 year, periodicals, $25; air mail to Mexico, $70, Canada, $70, Australia, $115; air mail to all other countries, $115. Contact: P. O. Box 696020, San Antonio, Texas 78269-6020 Physical Address: 5750 Epsilon, San Antonio, Texas 78249 Tel.: 210.696.8231 Fax: 210.696.8718 Web site: www.brangusjournal.com Email: brangusjournal@int-brangus.org The International Brangus® Breeders Association does not verify claims made by the advertisers in this publication.

International Brangus Breeders Association Mailing Address: P. O. Box 696020, San Antonio, Texas 78269-6020 Physical Address: 5750 Epsilon, San Antonio, Texas 78249 Tel.: 210.696.8231 Fax: 210.696.8718 Web site: www.GoBrangus.com Officers President: Dale Kirkham (620.583.5247) 1st Vice President: Don Cox (281.395.1277) 2nd Vice President: Angelo Zottarelli (254.471.5675) Secretary/Treasurer : David Vaughan (770.382.4374) Member At Large : Dr. Robert Vineyard (979.532.4243) Executive Vice President : Dr. Joseph Massey (210.696.8231)

BPI Officers and Board of Directors Chairman : Don Cox (281.395.3800) President : Dr. Joseph Massey (210.696.8321 x212) Secretary/Treasurer : David Vaughan (770.382.4374) Director : Dale Kirkham (620.583.5247) Director: Angelo Zottarelli (254.471.5675) STAFF Carolyn Kobos: Administrative Assistant to the Executive VP (x211, carolyn_kobos@int-brangus.org) Frances Miller: Controller (x203, frances_miller@int-brangus.org) Grant Keenen; Director of Commercial Marketing Programs (x202; grant@gobrangus.com) Rosanne Sralla: Registry Specialist (x206, rosanne_sralla@int-brangus.org) Patti Teeler: Accounting (x205, patti@int-brangus.org) Jim Bulger: Information Technologies Manager (x207, jim_bulger@gps-beef.com) Emilio Silvas: Application Developer (x204, emilio_silvas@gps-beef.com) Mary Douglass: Front Desk and Member Services Associate (x201, mary_douglass@int-brangus.org)

2009-2012 IBBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Term Expires 2010 Bill Morrison, Clovis, New Mexico (505.683.5278) David Vaughan, Cartersville, Georgia (770.386.0390) Brad Church, Kiowa, Oklahoma (918.432.5448) Angelo Zottarelli, Austin, Texas (254.471.5675) Steve Densmore, Bryan, Texas (979.778.1055) Term Expires 2011 Don Cox, Katy, Texas (281.395.1277) Bill Davis, Concord, Arkansas (336.210.1222) Dale Kirkham, Eureka, Kansas (620.583.5247) Russell Thomas Taylor, Alachua, Florida (386.462.1011) Term Expires 2012 Bill Felton, Holly Springs, MS (662.252.1314) R. L. Robbs, Wilcox, AZ (520.384.2478) Doug Williams, Mocksville, NC (336.998.8125) Robert S. Vineyard, Wharton, TX (979.532.4243)

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contentsNovember/December2009

Brangus Show Barns in Paraguay

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2009 Summit Oklahoma City by Dr. Joseph M. Massey

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Brangus 2009 - A Year to Celebrate, but Questions Remain

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5th World Brangus Congress Paraguay

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The Bottom Line by Grant Keenen

by Marcos Borges

by Dale Kirkham

10. News & Noteworthy 17. Show Results 22. IBA: Reflections & Revelations 24. Meet the Candidates 31. IJBBA: On the Horizon 42. How To: THR 45. IBBA and BPI Meeting Minutes 48. State Directory

53. Services 55. Advertiser’s Index 55. Calendar of Events

On the Cover:

Merry Christmas! Pictures from the 2009 Brangus Summit in Oklahoma City and the World Brangus Congress in Paraguay.

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membershipbenefits Total Herd Reporting (THR) is rapidly becoming the industry standard for reporting beef seedstock performance information, and the IBBA is emerging as a leader in THR. IBBA membership provides flexibility. IBBA membership includes a subscription to the ­Brangus Journal, the official publication of the IBBA, and to the FRONTLINE Beef Producer, the IBBA's commerciallyfocused publication. IBBA members receive a complimentary copy of the IBBA Breeder Handbook.      Brangus®, Red Brangus, Ultrablack® or Ultrared, its your choice. You choose the genetics that best fit your customers’ needs. IBBA membership is full featured, not complex.      The Brangus Automated Registry Network (BARN) is the most advanced and user friendly registry system in the industry. In fact, for most breeders the BARN can eliminate the need for other herd management software. IBBA membership provides access.      The IBBA is an active participant in the development of Multi-Breed EPD, and participates in the Beef Cattle Decision Support web-based software developed by Colorado State University and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium. Sorting and selecting genetics based on real economics positions IBBA members and their customers for increased profitability. IBBA membership is global.      IBBA is an active member of US Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., allowing members to leverage their ability to market IBBA genetics worldwide. IBBA currently provides services to breeders in Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico. IBBA membership creates opportunity.      The IBBA Business Plan adopted January 8, 2006 includes the following purpose statement: “Enable IBBA members to serve the commercial cattle industry.” The beef seedstock business is becoming increasingly competitive, and today’s breeders need an association that is truly dedicated to the needs of its members’ customers.

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HOTEL DISCOUNT FOR IBBA MEMBERS IBBA members, their families and friends can now receive specials rates* (12% discount) at over 650 La Quinta Hotels** nationwide for business or leisure travel. HOW TO MAKE RESERVATIONS: Go to: www.lq.com 1. Select City, and Specific Hotel; Type in Promotional Code: IBBA Or 2. *Call 1-800-753-3757 (1-800-SLEEPLQ). Toll Free Reservations; Request: “ International Brangus Breeders Association Rate” Or 3. *Call Hotel’s Direct Number; Request: “International Brangus Breeders Association Rate” *Not available at some locations during special events or holidays **Limited # of Hotels do not participate in “Texas State Rates”

welcome our new members Grezaffi Cattle Co, LLC New Roads, LA GWH - BLH, LTD Gerald W. Hartenberger Grapeland, TX C4 Ranches Brian Connelly & Shelia Cheek Anadarko, OK Dream Ranch Pablo Rios Mountain Home, AR

Sinning Cattle Co. Chris & Amber Sinning Norwood, MO

Knotty Ranch Martin Roberts Kirbyville, TX

Circle G Garry & Roxanne Gregg Ralph, AL

Chimney Farm J. Jerry Smith Wesson, MS

Prewitt Farms Wanyne & Donna Prewitt Downsville, LA

Ansonia Farms John R. Anderson Flora, MS

Denise & Gerald Gastal Abbeville, LA

Adair Robards, LP Thomas D. Adair Colleyville, TX

Diamond Trio Ranch Skipper Smith Hitchcock, TX

Wall Land & Cattle Co. Mike Wall Humble, TX

M-R Brangus Ranch Rodney, Mamie, & Mickey Bell Marquez, TX

3 Bells Ranch Ernie Bell Idabel, OK

Rancho La Victoria Mante Tamaulipas, Mexico

Ram Ranch C. Richard Moore Windemere, FL

Rigsby Farms Ronnie Rigsby Excel, AL

Bryan & Bryan Farms Naples, TX

Pear Lane Brangus Todd Keeling Stark City, MO


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2009 Summit - oklahoma city by DR. JOSEPH MASSEY

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BBA had its fall meetings in Oklahoma City at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, which provided a great location and splendid accommodations. The meetings were well attended with approximately 67 members registered and over 100 participants. The Thursday committee meetings were followed by a tour of the USDA Research Facility in EL Reno, Oklahoma. The bus left the hotel completely filled for a 40 minute ride giving the riders ample time to visit while enjoying their box lunches. At the El Reno Center, Dr. Mike Brown gave us an excellent presentation on the work being conducted at the center and showing us cattle being maintained and managed on different pasture rotation systems. The focus of their research is to find the right size cattle for the available pasture resources of the region. Dr. David Lalman from Oklahoma State University followed with a presentation on the future trends of cattle in Oklahoma based on size, maintenance requirements and productivity. The main focus of Dr. Lalman’s work is to help estab-

lish the right size animal which will achieve optimal pounds of beef weaned, breed back annually and do this with little to no additional supplemental feeds. The Friday meetings had two keynote speakers discussing the trends of DNA technology in the cattle industry followed by a panel representing three major DNA testing companies. Dr. Mark Allan of Pfizer Animal Health gave a very revealing presentation on the practical application and understanding of bringing genomics practices to the beef cattle industry. This was followed by Dr. Milton Thomas of New Mexico State University who provided great insight into the use of genetic markers for the continuing improvement of beef breeds of cattle. For those of you who could not attend, Advanced Media Solutions filmed the presentations and they should be out soon and distributed by IBBA. I would encourage any breeder interested in genomics improvement of cattle to take the time to view these presentations when they become available. The panel then followed providing clarity into the DNA offerings of the three attending DNA companies. The presenters were Dr. Jim Gibb from Merial - Igenity, Tom Holm from MMI, and Dr. Kent Andersen of Pfizer Animal Health. While all of these companies have defined DNA test for specific cattle traits, the real opportunity will come when the DNA results can be incorporated into EPDs to enhance the accuracy of the EPDs or to provide EPDs for traits that are not seen until later in the life cycle of the cattle. Again I would encourage our members to view the presentations when available. The presentations were followed by the IBBA Board meeting and those minutes should be available on the IBBA web-site as well as being published in the Brangus Journal for those members who were not able to attend. The Oklahoma History Center made for a very nice setting for the IBBA Summit banquet held on Friday evening. For those spending any time in Oklahoma City, I would encourage you to take the time to visit the Center. The Western National Show followed on Saturday with an outstanding participation of Brangus cattle. I would like to thank all the members and staff who worked on the IBBA Summit Committee for their hard work in making this Summit a success. Without the Summit Committee it would not be possible to rotate our fall meeting. Make plans to attend next year’s fall meeting which will be held in Texas. Look for the dates and location coming soon. BJ

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Massey has served as Executive Vice President of the IBBA since 2004. In 2007, he started Genetic Performance Solutions, LLC, a breed registry services and performance analysis company serving the cattle and breedassociationindustry— a joint venture between the IBBA and the Red Angus Association of America. GPS manages online registry programs for breed associations and the data base management of performance data like multi-breed EPDs.


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PERSON

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by DALE KIRKHAM, IBBA President

BRANGUS 2009 - a year to celebrate, but questions remain

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BBA marks its 60th anniversary in 2009, a milestone in a number of ways, but how many producers realize how far the Brangus breed has advanced during that time and what lies ahead? While one can be assured that the accomplishments by individual breeders and the association have been many during that time, many questions and challenges continue. As I reflect on 2009, several highlights and questions worth sharing come to mind. Where does Brangus fit? This was the title of a presentation by Dr. Todd Thrift of Florida at an IBBA-hosted seminar in Atlanta last winter for livestock extension specialists from the southeastern United States. His program pointed out that Brangus is the breed of choice for environmental adaptation throughout the tropical and subtropical zones throughout the world and the factors that support this conclusion. Dr. Danny Moser followed with data from numerous studies showing that Brangus cattle compete very well with Angus and the continental breeds in producing desirable quality carcasses. The Southeast extension specialists are now asking for more information about Brangus. Let’s claim a victory but ask the question—how can we most effectively spread the message to these and other groups? The crowning event at the IBBA convention in Houston last March was the Global Roundup created to build stronger relationships with international guests. The session was well attended with breeders from many countries on hand to observe the cattle on display and hear IBBA members discuss their cattle and breeding programs. How can we build on this success? Several IBBA members attended the World Brangus Congress during October and the feedback to promotion of the 2010 Global Roundup was extremely positive. Are you making plans to participate and display your breeding program next March? As one studied the latest sire summary in preparation for the breeding season last spring, it was hard not to notice the progress made on the traits being measured and the number of high quality bulls now available for use within the breed. The number of sires offered for use through artificial insemination (AI) continues to grow each year, which surely supports genetic improvements for the breed but also within individual breeder’s herds through well-planned mating selections. And yet only a small percentage (about 5%) of calves registered at IBBA each year are AI sired. Compare this to 52% in the Angus breed during 2009, up from 37.5 % in 1990, and relevant questions follow. Why not utilize AI to make faster genetic progress in Brangus and how can we get more breeders to take advantage of this tool? Yes, it takes a little more time and management, but synchronization protocols have made AI much easier to fit into anyone’s busy schedule. Did you predict on January 1, 2009 that the price of select carcasses would exceed the price of choice beef anytime during the year? Few if any of us did! It certainly gives one reason to pause and ponder whether some of the selection emphasis for carcass quality over the past 15-20 years had been better spent on reproductive traits and feed efficiency. Along with this there has been a tremendous rise in interest in DNA markers and genomic selections. And so 2009 will be remembered as the year that the Angus breed rolled out genomic-enhanced EPDs for carcass traits. How do genomic selections fit in the future of Brangus 8 | November/december 2009

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cattle? For those who attended the Summit in Oklahoma City during September, you got a good preview of what is coming. Attendance at the National Junior Show in West Monroe, LA was excellent as was the quality of the cattle on hand and participation of the youth in the numerous events during the week. Your IBBA board of directors met for a strategic planning session during this same time and used the opportunity to interact with the youth, their families and friends. In speaking for the board, it is very difficult not to be captivated by the energy, enthusiasm and dedication of the Brangus youth. How do we retain more of these youngsters as Brangus breeders and capture their ideas that will make the breed grow when they enter the adult stages of their lives? How often do we really look beyond the pasture gate or the horizon? I am certainly guilty of being more comfortable close to home. But Brangus activities in 2009 have surely taken me to new pastures and over far horizons. Attendance at several Brangus field days and sales as well as trips to visit cattle ranches in Florida in August and to Paraguay in October for the World Brangus Congress have given me a new appreciation for the breed and a broader perspective of the beef industry in general. In simple terms, Brangus cattle are better adapted to tropical and subtropical climates and better suited to produce the amount and quality of beef needed to feed a growing world population which is also concentrated in the same regions of the world. From a personal standpoint, 2009 has been a year of great opportunities and experiences for me. These revolve around the many friends that I have made in the Brangus breed and the support of those friends, old and new. Let me assure you that all these Brangus folks share one thing in common and that is great passion for the breed and its improvement. Their perspectives and approaches may differ at times but the shared focus is always ‘What can we do to improve the Brangus breed?’ With the New Year’s holiday approaching, I want to express my sincere appreciation to all who have helped make 2009 a Brangus year to remember and ask ‘What can we do individually and together to make it even better in 2010?’ What truly lies beyond the pasture gate and the far horizon for the Brangus breed? I sincerely hope that each of you will join breeders everywhere in sharing your ideas and energy as we create a stronger position for Brangus in the beef industry of the future. BJ ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dale was first elected to the IBBA Board of Directors in 2005 and served as chairman of the Promotion Committee for two years before being selected as 2nd Vice-President. During the past year, he has also been Chairman of the BPI Board. Dale is a member of the HOA and Oklahoma regional Brangus associations. He is a strong advocate of member participation and clear, effective communication at all levels.


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NEWS&NOTEWORTHY Brangus officers to paraguay

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here’s the beef and who needs more of it? That was a question on the minds of three officers of the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) and others who traveled to Paraguay for the 5th World Brangus Congress. Making the trip was: Dale Kirkham, President from Eureka, KS, Don Cox, First Vice-President from Katy, TX and Marcos Borges, Chairman of the International Committee from Wharton, TX. Other attendees from the US were Buck Thomason of Cranfills Gap, TX, Matt Reznicek of Aliceville,

AL, Allan Goode of Dallas, TX, Brad Wright and Rick Warneke, both of Franklin, TX. Activities held from October 12 to 18 in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, brought Brangus enthusiasts from eight countries. These included technical presentations on world beef markets, improving pastures and grazing management, shows and sales of haltered and unhaltered cattle, field trips to ranches and several social events along with numerous informal meetings among representatives from the different countries. The final event, an awards banquet and sale of winners in the haltered show, was attended by about 600 people. The main objective of the trip was promotion of Brangus genetics from the US, especially semen and embryos, for use in other countries around the world. Establishing personal contacts, assessing market potential and exchange of ideas and information regarding the breeding and marketing of Brangus cattle were other highlights. IBBA representative also participated in the planning of the next World Brangus Congress scheduled for May 2012 in Australia. “Participation in an event of this nature will broaden the perspective of all cattle producers”, stated Kirkham. “We found the breeders in South America to be very enthusiastic about future growth of Brangus in the world market and actively seeking genetic materials from the United States. They recognize that Brangus cattle are well adapted to tropical and subtropical conditions found in countries that have much of the growing world population.” Buck Thomason, a Brangus breeder from central Texas, has made previous trips to South America and built a demand for his cattle. He added the “the enthusiasm for the breed in South America creates a great opportunity for me to market genetics beyond my local area. Building long-term personal relationships is very important in the Latin culture and a necessary step in international marketing of livestock. I was able to renew many friendships as well as create numerous new relationships.” Additional information about Brangus cattle and international marketing is available by contacting IBBA at 210-696-8231 or www.GoBrangus. com. BJ

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NEWS&NOTEWORTHY 2009 chimney rock challenge winners

Grand Champion Pen of One - (L-R) Bill Davis, Chimney Rock; Shawn Johnston, Sale Cattle Manager, Southern Cattle Co.; Gail Davis, Chimney Rock Cattle Co.

Res. Grand Champion Pen of One - (L-R) Bill Davis, Chimney Rock; Mike Weathers, Genesis Ranch; Gail Davis, Chimney Rock Cattle Co.

Res. Grand Champion Pen of Two - (L-R) Bill Davis, Chimney Rock; Jonathan Weiss, Manager, Iron Farm Cattle Co.; Scott Vancil, Iron Farm Cattle Co.; Gail Davis, Chimney Rock Cattle Co.

Grand Champion Pen of Two - (L-R) Bill Davis, Chimney Rock; Catherine Kassler, The Oaks Farms; Cobus Coetzee, Manager, The Oaks Farms; Joe Kassler of The Oaks Farms; Gail Davis, Chimney Rock Cattle Co.

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he Third Annual Chimney Rock Challenge Pen Show was held November 6, 2009 at Chimney Rock Cattle Co. in Concord, Arkansas. Registered Brangus females competed in the show in pens of one and pens of two for $2,200 in premiums. The event gave breeders an opportunity to showcase their individual breeding programs. The show drew entries from seven states. Entries were evaluated by Wes Hudson, Harrison, AR. Grand Champion Pen of One honors went to Southern Cattle Co., Marianna, FL, with entry Ms Southern Lambert 803U2, an October 2008, daughter of Lambert of Brinks 317R3. Winning Reserve Grand Champion Pen of One honors was Ms MW BS607L11 75W2, shown by Genesis Ranch, Columbus, TX. This female is February 2009 daughter of Brinks Bright Side 607L11. Grand Champion Pen of Two was awarded to The Oaks Farms, Newnan, GA, exhibiting Oaks Ms Csonka 240U6 and Oaks Ms Csonka 240U9. Both females are November 2008 daughters of Csonka of Brinks 30R4. Iron Farm Cattle Co., Kilgore, TX, won Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Two with two January 2009 born females, Ms Iron Farm Jethro 430W, sired by MC Jethro 00S3 and Ms Iron Farm Cash 5137W, sired by IFCC “Cash” 5137P5. Other division winners were Truitt Brangus Farms, Auburn, AL, with Ms CRC Csonka 263U, an August 2008 daughter of Csonka of Brinks 30R4; and Diamond DR Brangus, Ventura, IA, with a February 2008 daughter of Garrett of Brinks 789P, Ms Brinks Garrett 881U3. BJ

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5th World brangus congress - Paraguay by MARCOS BORGES

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he cattle growth in Paraguay has surprised many of its neighboring countries in South America; when we attended the World Congress, we had a chance to see a portion of their cattle world. The Congress was very well organized just one excellent example of the Paraguayan breeders’ commitment to promoting and supporting the Brangus breed in their country. IBBA members making the trip were: Dale Kirkham, President from Eureka, KS, Don Cox, First Vice-President from Katy, TX and Marcos Borges, Chairman of the International Committee from Wharton, TX. Other attendees from the US were Buck Thomason of Cranfills Gap, TX, Matt Reznicek of Aliceville, AL, Allan Goode of Dallas, TX, and Brad Wright and Rick Warneke, both of Franklin, TX. The event was held at the Asuncion Fair Grounds, incredible facilities crowded with more than 600 people from Uruguay, Australia, Colombia, Brazil, USA, Bolivia, and Argentina. The event included cattle shows for a dozen different breeds, exceptional entertainment, and trade shows. When we arrived, there was a reception with the traditional “churrasco,” overlooking a new machinery parade ground. The “gauchos” have an old tradition of barbequing for hours by heating charcoal in the ground with the barbeque on top. This method produced great food and gave the opportunity to visit with the Paraguayan people. Dr. Manuel Cardozo, president of Asunción Livestock, Lic. Jorge Johannsen President, ACBP (Paraguayan Brangus Association), and Dr. Jorge Reinau, President of the Organizing Committee, opened the

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event with some very educational conferences. There were two days of conferences with breaks that gave participants time to visit the trade shows and to do business. The third and fourth days were dedicated to the show and to sales activities. More than 350 animals were presented, with blacks and reds showing together. Very good animals were displayed which showed that they had improved their genetics a great deal. The sale was an example of marketing strategy. It was a great show!!! Music, lights, laser, good food, scotch, and a party atmosphere helped to overcome the economic recession. They had 24 buyers with the bulls averaging $6,642 and the females $9,471. An American breeder purchased a tremendous Red heifer that made the crowd go crazy. They really appreciated that a US breeder liked their genetics and was willing to support the sale. In addition to the presentations, attending the show and the sale activities, the IBBA representatives were also able to go on a field trip to the ranches of local Brangus breeders to learn more about beef production concerns that are unique to Paraguay. The first Field Day (Western region) was at Cabaña Don Enrique. The second Field Day (Eastern region) was at Estancia Tacuara. Each had a very good reception with music, trade shows, and good cattle. “Participation in an event of this nature will broaden the perspective of all cattle producers,” stated Dale Kirkham, IBBA President. “We found the breeders in South America to be very enthusiastic about the future growth of Brangus in the world market and they are actively


We are developing a new concept in hosting the “Global Brangus Round Up” at the George Ranch. The concept is to bring our cattle to one place and give equal opportunity to the small and large breeders to display their genetics to the world. The event will be on Sunday, March 7th, 2010 and will include an informational program covering topics relevant to the global seed-stock industry, a Texas style meal and entertainment, and the IBBA Breeders Showcase. We are promoting the event to many countries with a field day, trips, ads, e-mail messages, and catalogs. It will be an unbelievable event and we need to use this opportunity to help our members start relationships with international clients. Be involved in our international events and let’s show the world that we are the “International Brangus Breeders Association”. seeking genetic materials from the United States. They recognize that Brangus cattle are well adapted to tropical and subtropical conditions found in countries that have much of the growing world population.” We, as US representatives, were very happy to see that the Brangus breed is growing strongly in the tropics. We had a chance to make a presentation to 600 attendees explaining the opportunities available through IBBA performance database and the advantages of the US Brangus cattle. We also promoted IBBA’s Global Member program and IBBA’s 2010 Global Brangus Round Up in Houston, Texas. Dale Kirkham, Don Cox, and Marcos Borges participated on the International Brangus Federation meeting. IBBA is a member of the new International Brangus Federation which will help organize and select future locations to host the World Brangus Congress; the Alliance will promote communication between countries when it comes to information and genetics. The new association’s name is FIBRA (International Brangus Federation). Most of the breeders whom we visited were extremely appreciative of and impressed by the attention from IBBA. This market poses longterm opportunities for US Brangus cattle, semen and embryos. The potential volume does not appear to be substantial at this time, but it is obvious that the opportunities will continue to increase. It is important for IBBA to continue working and improve the recognition of the Brangus’ strengths in this region. As the producers of this region begin to include carcass quality attributes into their breeding programs, Brangus will see increased marketing opportunities. Providing continuity of performance measures and EPD calculations across borders will also

BRANGUS CATTLE BREEDERS IN PARAGUAY The cross breeding of the Zebu breed with the Angus A studs began in Paraguay in the early 1940s with Argentinean livestock of British origin, which were mainly introduced in the traditional cattle grazing areas of the Province of Misiones and the Lower Chocó, at ranches which are still developing the Brangus as a breed. On November 15th, 1983, the ACBP, a civil union, was set up at the request of twenty breeders and people with a professional interest in that breed. Currently they have more than two hundred members who make up the family of Brangus breeders in Paraguay. Today there are approximately 17,000 Brangus animals registered per year. For the “EXPO 2008” international show, there were two corrals full of approximately two hundred and forty head of breeding bulls of the highest genetic value, of the advanced and definitive – 3/8 - generation. Their main cattle breeding shows are “The National Brangus Fall Show” in April, “The Brangus Calf Show” in May, “International Continued on page 15

strengthen the demand for IBBA genetics in this region. We must also continue to improve upon IBBA’s annual events during the Houston Livestock Show; creating incentives that encourage breeders to come to the US will help expose more of our members to this market, as well as to better showcase the extensive selection of Brangus genetics available in the US.

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the bottom line

by GRANT KEENEN

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cannot believe December is already here and that 2009 is all but over. It seems like it was just yesterday that I went to work for you, the Brangus Breeders, as the Director of Commercial Marketing Programs. Time has flown since March 31 as I have been extremely busy, but absolutely enjoying every day as I strive to promote Brangus and bring the breed to the forefront of the commercial side of the beef industry. After all, that is where I think we belong! In this Brangus Journal issue, year in review, I will recap what we have accomplished and what I have done the last 8 or 9 months and inform you of upcoming events. Upon my arrival to the IBBA, l immediately started reviewing the OptimaxX manual and the USDA requirements to ensure my competence and understanding of the association’s Age and Source Verification (ASV) program. This was of upmost importance to me as I wanted to ensure the integrity and credibility of the program so that it is successful for all of you. In June, the USDA audited the program. With the help of my great program support staff, we passed with no problems and OptimaxX was given approval for another a year without the usual 6 month review. This 12 month approval saves us time and the association valuable dollars. I contacted US Premium Beef to become an approved ASV program for their members. This will help improve industry recognition, visibility and acceptance as well as create new marketing channels. USPB, combined with their relationship to National Beef, is one of the main suppliers of ASV cattle to the foreign markets so I felt it extremely necessary to be a recognized program. OptimaxX cattle can now qualify for premiums offered by USPB. After the USDA audit I headed to Amarillo for a week of feedlot visits. I focused on the yards known to feed Brangus influenced cattle, recommendations from members and those yards where I had previous contacts. I also made a point to see those feeders known for feeding ASV cattle. Those visits have proved very worthwhile. I built many necessary relationships our breed must have to continue our success as well as your commercial customer’s success. I have now been able to help commercial customers secure the right kind of yards to feed their cattle and work with those yards to get back the data we need. I have worked diligently to increase your breeds and your association’s presence across the country. I have traveled extensively to build industry recognition and awareness of the Brangus breed. I have attended many field days, cattlemen’s conventions and trade shows. I have also had the great pleasure of visiting many of your seedstock operations and look forward to making more in the future. Just as important however, I have visited countless commercial operations…but I am just getting started. This fall, you have seen me at bull sales as I have been there to support your operations and meet as many commercial customers as possible. Brangus Gold Update: The Brangus Gold tag is a marketing tool for you and your customers to accurately identify Brangus influenced females. Our commercial females are the best there are…identify them and help drive demand by increasing visibility and the Brangus name. We have enrolled and tagged just over 750 heifers since March 31, 2009, with many of those females committed to fall replacement sales. This is a great improve14 | November/december 2009

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ment, but the potential enrollment has not even been touched. OptimaxX Update: The OptimaxX program has really started to pick up steam. There are currently 6,848 head approved for enrollment. 2,669 head have been tagged, with over 1900 of those since April of this year. However, we are no where close to our true potential. This program needs the support of every member. Enroll your feeder cattle and encourage your customers to do the same. It is ABOUT THE AUTHOR the only true way we can accurately identify Grant Keenen is the DirecBrangus influenced feeder cattle from other tor of Commercial Martking Programs for the IBBA. For black or red-hided “eared cattle.” Having any questions or inquiries cattle tagged OptimaxX will help us fight regarding IBBA Commercial the perceived negative cross-stigma the in- Programs, such as OptimaxX dustry has toward our cattle. It will also help and Brangus Gold, Grant us to build supply and aid in creating a pull- can be reached by phone at through. OptimaxX tagged feeder cattle will 210.696.8231 or by email at gain us industry recognition that we desper- grant@int-brangus.org. ately need. And last, but certainly not least, it gives us a better way to track cattle and improve the breed based on end-results. My Challenge to You: I am challenging each breeder to identify their top 3-5 volume bull buyers by March 1, 2010. Let’s get them enrolled in our commercial programs. Take your customer service to the next level and inform them of our programs that are in place to help improve their bottom line. If you help your customers, you can sure bet they will be back to see you, positively influencing your bottom line. I will do everything I can to assist in this process. Send me their names and numbers and I will call them. Set up ranch visits and I’ll go with you to see them. I am here to help promote and grow the Brangus breed and assist your customers…the Commercial Cattlemen. I look forward to working with each of you in this process. I believe we have made great strides the past 8 or 9 months, but we must also know that we have a long way to go. I believe the unity and team spirit is growing, so let’s keep it going that way. We all must work together as a team. After all, we are in competition against the other breeds, not each other! I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet several of you and look forward to working with all of you as we continue to improve our great breed. In the near future, I will be making commercial ranch visits in Florida. If you know of someone I need to call and go see, please let me know. Also, look for the IBBA booth at the National Cattlemen’s Convention coming up in January being held right here in San Antonio. I wish all of you a very Merry

Christmas and all the best in 2010.

God Bless, Grant R. Keenen Dir. of Commercial Marketing


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Exhibition – EXPO in Mariano Roque Alonso, ARP in July and the “The National Spring Show” in September-October. In addition, there were other private breeder shows sponsored by the ACBP members at which usually the selection and registration process is conducted by the personnel accredited by the union.

reached a record 155,469 tons of beef exported in 2008, equivalent to 596 million US dollars. However, when all meat sub-products are taken into account the value increased to 735 million US dollars compared to a meager 95 million US dollars in 1999. Paraguay maintains a Registry of Genealogy and Breeds Office, which processes more than 15,000 heads of cattle annually. BJ

The union owns two buildings at which technicians and specialists record the Registry of Genealogy of the different accepted varieties and the administrative follow up of all the herds’ verification processes are carried out. At one venue the union’s regular meetings are held once a week throughout the year. The strengths of the ACBP union is based on the reliability of its genetic registries, due in no small part to the outstanding work carried out by the specialists and technicians with the union’s members, as well as the outcome of this work, proven and sustained over many years. The result of all these different factors translates into a reliable product and with outstanding features for fertility, early weaning, conversion ability from pasture to meat and a very desirable delivery system to any part of the Paraguayan territory. They state that all the above makes the Brangus breed a genetic tool that has arrived to stay and conquer all the different stages of breeding, fattening and reproduction in Paraguay. Paraguayan Market Update South America and Paraguay are especially well suited to beef cattle production because of rich soils, the remarkable performance of grasses in the fields due to abundant rainfall, and an extended growing season. The tropical or subtropical nature of these regions dictate that the cattle carry some percentage of Zebu breeding in order to better handle the challenges of heat, humidity and insects. Brangus, of course, is totally adapted to this type of conditions. Paraguay’s cattle numbers increased 38.5% in the last 17 years according to the latest agriculture census. Even when the number of farms dropped 16.5% between 1991 and 2008, the number of head of cattle jumped from 7,626,617 to 10,561,894. The last census shows that after three decades of virtual stagnation, cattle breeding has picked up in the last few years with increases averaging 500,000 head annually. Similarly, the number of farms with more than 1,000 head of cattle has seen their share balloon from 3,767,593 head of cattle in 1991 to 6,050,678 in 2008, which represents 60.6% jump. Small farms with less than 50 head of cattle in the same period dropped dramatically. As to geography, eastern Paraguay has 6,690,000 head and 184,204 farms; while the west part of the country concentrates 3,871,892 head of cattle on 7,485 farms. Beef production in Paraguay has experienced a strong boost in the last four years having Brangus Journal

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SHOWresults: 2009 Show standings

The current standings are based upon four shows: Brangus Futurity, West Monroe, LA National Show of Merit, Shreveport, LA

Western National, Oklahoma City, OK California State Fair

Show Heifer of the Year:

Red Show Heifer of the Year:

Name

Reg #

DOB

Total

Name

Reg #

DOB

Total

D BAR D MS DELILAH

R10104975

2/24/04

72

BROKEN A ULTIMA 14U2

RR10138904

11/4/04

73

D BAR D ANITA KAY

R10090164

9/24/03

56

BROKEN A AVA 114U

RR10110757

2/7/04

55

DDD MS SYLVIA 804U27

R10122357

9/15/04

54

CX MS HOME RUN 67/W

RR10140141

1/4/05

54

GT MISS UNIQUE 1019U12

R10126434

5/14/04

54

DIAMOND BAR S MISS ABBEY 265U2

RR10128389

4/12/04

46

DDD MS NANCY 150U8

R10115234

3/14/04

44

MS SR PROMISE 417U2

RR10112384

5/16/04

44

Show Bull of the Year:

Red Show Bull of the Year:

Name

Reg #

DOB

Total

Name

Reg #

DOB

Total

D BAR D MR AMOS MOSES 23T1

R10093767

12/1/03

73

DOS XX'S STOUT'S DESTINY

RR10122849

3/11/04

81

ACC STIMULUS 873U2

R10124392

2/24/04

72

CX LEGENDS DREAM 610/U1 *

RR10114237

4/10/04

79

SANKEYS REMINGTON 392W

R10138972

1/4/05

52

CX HOME RUNS SLAM 314/T

RR10091328

6/1/03

54

DCC MR PALADIN 915U5

R10139290

9/3/04

46

ROCKET OF STOFA 353U

RR10118430

6/13/04

54

RAMBO 24U

R10122799

4/9/04

44

BKC CLEAN-CUT 317W

RR10127711

1/3/05

48

Show Sire of the Year:

Red Show Sire of the Year:

Name

Reg #

DOB

Total

Name

Reg #

DOB

Total

BRINKS BRIGHT SIDE 607L11

R815045

2/9/97

212

DOX XX TRANSFORMER MR STOUT

RR603143

5/2/99

265

BLACKHAWK OF BRINKS 607M12

R824972

9/17/98

206

CX HOME RUN 135/P

RR603694

5/23/00

236

BRINKS TRACKER 392R26

R10004399

2/3/01

201

MR CR RED CHIEF 485/M1

RR602752

10/8/98

162

DOGUETS HERCULES 88S3

R10048645

3/6/02

124

CX LEGEND 46/P2

RR603482

5/2/04

79

CCR INTEGRITY 102L7

R816273

2/27/97

118

CX EXCALIBUR PROMISE 82/N

RR603049

4/9/99

62

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SHOWresults: California State fair - soe SHOWresults

Continued from page 17.

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he 2009 California State Fair Brangus Show opened to excited exhibitors on September 1st. Judge Ernie Wallace of Stotts City, Missouri sifted through 43 head to present the following results. Premier Exhibitor: Carolyn Belden Carson Premier Breeder: Wyman Creek Cattle Co. Premier Sire: WC The Merlin 821K

Grand Champion Female & Champion Jr Heifer WC Miss Marietta 240U Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Reserve Champion Female & Champion Sr Heifer Cuyama Van 7207T Exhibited by: El Rancho Espanol de Cuyama, Santa Ynez, CA

Grand Champion Bull & Intermediate Sr Champion BD Cuyama Bright Side 7201T Exhibited by: Brendan Doiron, Santa Ynez, CA

California State Fair Division winners not pictured Champion Jr Heifer Calf WC Miss Claudia 556W Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Reserve Champion Jr Heifer Calf WC Miss Lindsay 419W Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Champion Sr Heifer Calf WC Miss Ashley 406U6 Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Reserve Champion Sr Heifer Calf BD Cuyama Saddle 8278U Exhibited by: Santa Ynez, CA

Champion Summer Heifer WC Miss Lilly 608U2 Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Reserve Champion Summer Heifer WC Miss Lydia 608U1D Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Reserve Champion Jr Heifer 2SB Miss 826-631 Exhibited by: 2S Bar Brangus, Herald, CA

Reserve Champion Sr Heifer WC Miss Robin 608T Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Champion Cow - Calf WC Miss Allison 79N2 Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Reserve Champion Cow - Calf Walking S 407N Exhibited by: WWalking S Brangus, Sheridan, CA

Champion Jr Bull Calf WC Mr Moe 79W Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Reserve Champion Jr Bull Calf SDF Big Milt PS/2010 Exhibited by: Stardust Farms, Oak Run, CA

Reserve Champion Sr Bull Calf IMA Outback Banker 81 Exhibited by: Running Star Ranch, Lincoln, CA

Champion Summer Bull WC Mr Merlin 607U Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Reserve Champion Summer Bull Double Western Diamond 801 Exhibited by: Running Star Ranch, Lincoln, CA

Champion Jr Bull 2SB Gunslinger Exhibited by: Stardust Farms, Oak Run, CA

Reserve Champion Jr Bull WC Ceasar 556U Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Reserve Intermediate Sr Champion Bull TWD Right Direction 47T7 Exhibited by: Tumbleweed Ranch, Delhi, CA

Reserve Sr Champion Bull WC Mr L11 566T Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

Reserve Grand Champion Bull & Champion Sr Bull Calf WC Mr Best Bet 107U Exhibited by: Wyman Creek Cattle Co, Palermo, CA

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SHOWresults: western national

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he 2009 Western National Brangus Show took place in Oklahoma City, OK. Judge Wes Hudson of Harrison, AR placed the entries for the Open Show. The Junior Brangus show was judged by Clint Rusk of West Lafayette, IN.

Grand Champion Female & Champion Jr Heifer Calf JOJ’s ms Maurer 23W Exhibited by: Abbie Jorgenson, Tyler, TX

Reserve Champion Female & Champion Sr Heifer MC Reno 384T2 Exhibited by: Traci Middleton, Puryear, TN

Red Grand Champion Female & Champion Heifer Calf Broken A Ultima 14U2 Exhibited by: Callie Scott, Angleton, TX

Red Reserve Champion Female & Champion Jr Heifer Broken A Ava 114U Exhibited by: Austin Accord, Madisonville, TX

Red Champion Jr Heifer Calf CX Ms Home Run 67/W Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus

Champion Heifer Calf MC Jolene 244U Exhibited by: Traci Middleton, Puryear, TN

Reserve Champion Heifer Calf DDD Ms Prescilla 820U14 Exhibited by: Doguet Diamond D Ranch, McCoy, TX

Red Reserve Champion Heifer Calf TJR Ms Showstopper 504/U Exhibited by: Triple JR Cattle Co, Friendswood, TX

Champion Summer Heifer GT Miss Unique 1019U12 Exhibited by: Justin Shrader, Shepherd, TX

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IBAreflections&revelations

Why College?

by TRACEE BUFFALOE-PRICE

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ach year about this time the high school seniors have a hard decisions to make; attend college or go out into the real world and make money. As a teacher, I deal with kids making choices on a daily basis. Not all of them are wise decision; and most of them are based on instant choices with little contemplation of the results. If you are a student, a parent, or a grandparent that is facing the challenges of continuing a student’s education…please keep reading! A lot of time excuses are what keep youth from continuing their educations; we do not have the money, my grades are not high enough, and it’s really not going to help me in the long run are all typical responses I hear. Let’s address the money issue first; we are all aware that most parents bare the burden of the money for their students to go to college. They save for years to make sure their child receives an education. There is good news, this problem can be solved. Look for help! In the Brangus Breed alone there are about 5 scholarships handed out YEARLY. The beef and agriculture industry awards scholarships. Be creative with your search for money for college. Some businesses that kids work at during the summer are willing to fund part of college if the student commits

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their first 2 years out of college to that company. Parents ask the companies you work for if they have any sort of scholarships. I looked on Google and found that the College Board has more than 3 billion in scholarships to hand out! Now let’s discuss the grade aspect of college; we all know that some of us aren’t Einstein, but we are smart and we do want to further our education. My suggestion would be to attend a local junior college for a while. Raise your GPA and then try to transfer into a larger school. Junior Colleges offer students more personalized attention for a smaller price. It’s a win win situation for a student who has low grades, you get a lot of help with your grades and your parent’s bill for the semester is small! Lastly, the excuse of college really isn’t going to help me in the long run; this has to be the silliest thing I have heard yet. College trains you for the more challenging aspects of life. It broadens your horizons and allows you to see the big picture of the world. I know it’s an expensive lesson to learn, but it’s the first chance you get to be on your own, and yet still have training wheels on. Continued on page 23


Salereports cow creek ranch bull sale

Cow Creek Ranch’s Matt Reznicek, left, and Joy Reznicek, congratulate John McKnight of River Oaks Farm, Seacy, AR, as co-buyer of the high selling bull and heifer consignor at the 2009 Cow Creek Ranch Sales, Aliceville, AL.

Reliable Foundation Spurs Strong Demand for Cow Creek Ranch Genetics

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ow Creek Ranch’s proven track record of supplying reliable, durable, long-lasting bulls set the foundation for robust demand of Cow Creek Ranch genetics on October 9 and 10, 2009, at Cow Creek Ranch near Aliceville, AL. The Cow Creek Ranch breeding program is driven by the Joseph Reznicek family who has dedicated itself to providing cutting-edge, solid genetics to its customers for the past 24 years.   Cow Creek Ranch is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of Brangus and Ultrablack bulls to commercial cattle operations. Cow Creek’s longstanding production of uniform, reliable, genetically sound bulls coupled with solid customerservice programs has the country’s top cowmen endorsing their program. Buyers showed their approval and confidence in the Cow Creek Ranch program by purchasing 256 Cow Creek Ranch bulls averaging $3371 and grossing $862,950. The 445 Cow Creek Ranch customer-owned commercial bred heifers averaged $1264 and grossed $562,575. The two-day sale grossed $1,425,525.   As rain pelted the ground during parts of the weekend, the auctioneer and ringmen hailed bids from a large crowd representing 14 states and the countries of Brazil, Columbia, and Argentina.

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IBAreflections&revelations

Continued from page 22.

I know there are a lot of challenges in deciding to further your education, but don’t let the speed bumps of life slow you down. Never let excuses get in the way of furthering your education. In closing, I hope this article finds you home and safe with your loved one for the holidays. I know that some of my fondest memories as a student were during the holiday seasons. I pray your holiday season is filled with wonderful blessings. INTERNATIONAL BRANGUS AUXILIARY OFFICERS President: Pamela Doiron P.O. Box 1029, Santa Ynez, California 93460 (805.688.8310) First Vice-President: Karen Lucherk 2278 CR 213, McCoy, Texas 78113 (830.484.0209) Second Vice-President : Marlene Schwerin 11897 Schwerin Lane, Gentry, Arkansas (409.790.2355) Secretary: Tracee Buffaloe 1219 Meadowridge Dr., Beaumont, Texas 77706 (281.748.2399) Treasurer: Sharon McCreary HC 34, Box 125, Evergreen, Alabama (251.578.4750) Historian: Jodi Jackson 3099 Horseshoe Bend Road, Waco, Texas 76708 (254.836.4320) DIRECTORS Mary Beth Farris, Texas Kay Gibson, Texas Karen Lucherk, Texas Joy Reznicek, Alabama Barbara Watson, Louisiana Susan Vaughan, Georgia

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meet the Candidates

Candidates for Area 1

Al, Fl, Ga, & South America

Lamont Ennis

Marianna, FL

Lamont Ennis is a third generation farmer, the youngest of four children, born and raised on a large dairy farm. With deep roots in agriculture and livestock, work and responsibility came at an early age with many chores and duties. Throughout high school Lamont was team captain three out of four years for football, basketball and baseball, playing on two state championship baseball teams and one state championship basketball team. Upon high school graduation Lamont was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Cubs baseball organization and played three seasons as a catcher. After baseball Lamont returned home to the family farm, purchasing the farm from his parents two years later. For the next fifteen years the farm grew in size and number and received numerous awards of distinction and quality. Lamont chose to diversify and added Angus cattle to the farm, not realizing that beef cattle would become his passion.

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In 1995 the decision was made to sell the dairy, and Lamont began to focus his attention on the beef industry. Because of his understanding of breeding, feeding, as well as developing and marketing of cattle he landed General Manager’s positions at two prestigious Angus seed stock operations over the next 10 years. In his adult life Lamont has served on school boards, town boards, church boards, as well as a regional representative to one of largest milk marketing co-ops in the USA. Currently Lamont, his wife Leigh Ann and their two children Sierra 10, and Sage 8, live in Marianna, FL where they manage Southern Cattle Company for Mr. John Downs. Southern Cattle Co is a large ranch located in northwest Florida sprawling over 12,000 acres and is home to 6,000 head of cattle with five purebred herds, and a large commercial herd. In the last year and a half Southern has worked diligently to secure a solid Brangus herd of 150 mature females with plans for another 150. Lamont has been working closely with the University of Florida and others for three years to develop accurate feed efficiency data that has now produced an actual feed efficiency EPD index number. This number was developed based on over 9000 head of cattle that have gone through an actual feed efficiency test.


Candidates for Area 1 cont. While being a newcomer to the Brangus breed Lamont would offer years of proven hands on experience in every aspect of the livestock and agriculture industry, that would be an asset to the IBBA membership. If elected to the IBBA Board of Directors, Lamont promises to work hard with humbleness and enthusiasm to promote and improve the Brangus breed. He understands the value of team work and would work hard with the other board members to lead the IBBA in a positive direction. Lastly, Lamont promises to listen to the membership and to always remember that it is you he is here to serve.

fred Mccreary

Evergreen, al

Fred was born and raised on the family farm near Evergreen in south central Alabama. He is the 5th generation to work the family operation, concentrating on various row crops and cattle. Registered Brangus cattle were added in 1984 to supply the bull needs of the family as well as bulls for area cattlemen. Fred has been a member of the Alabama Cattlemen Association for the past 35 years and presently serves on the county board of directors as well as being a past county president. He is also an active member of the Alabama and Southeast Brangus Associations where he serves on the board of each and participates in their annual sales and other activities. Fred received an Associate Degree in Business from Jefferson Davis State Junior College. He has been married to the former Sharron Bradley of Evergreen for the past 31 years and they have a daughter, Caroline, who resides in Birmingham. He is a lifelong member of Sepulga Baptist Church where he serves as chairman of the deacons. Since the family partnership with his brother, Bob, and father, Arthur, was dissolved in 2008, Fred and Sharron have been operating a more scaled back operation but are still excited about their cattle and intend to remain active.

matt reznicek

aliceville, al

Matt Reznicek of Aliceville, Alabama, brings a unique level of experience and history to the Brangus breed. Matt grew up in the cattle business and has an Ivy League education. But his real strength comes from his experience in nearly every segment of the beef business along with invaluable experience in the corporate world. Matt is a key member of the management team at Cow Creek Ranch, LLC.

Matt got his industry start as a child growing up on Reznicek Farms and later as a teen on Cow Creek Ranch. From 1996 to 2000, Matt managed Cow Creek Ranch’s South American cattle operation in Uruguay, South America. After returning to the states, Matt spent the next six years working with Cow Creek Ranch customers in cattle feeding placement and marketing. During that time, he was a founder and manager of Hill Creek Beef Company, which provided valuable production and beef quality data through finishing and marketing feeder cattle derived from Cow Creek Ranch genetics. The company later developed an allnatural branded beef product that catered to upscale restaurants and high-end grocery stores. Immediately prior to his return to Cow Creek Ranch, Matt was Director of Emerging Markets and Distribution for Infinity Insurance Companies. He managed strategic initiatives including retail, agency relations and direct marketing teams. His responsibilities also included oversight of Infinity’s Spanish language marketing content. Matt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, in 1995. Matt and his wife, Hanna, have two daughters, Emily and Sydney. Matt is an ideal candidate for Area 1 IBBA Director which includes Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and South America. The three-state region is hub of the cattle business in the Southeast; an area that is well- travelled by Reznicek. Additionally, Matt’s experience in South American and fluency in Spanish has allowed him to develop a strong working relationship with South American Brangus breeders. He will attend the World Brangus Congress in Uruguay, South America.

Candidates for Area 5

OK

d. frank perry

pauls valley, ok

I grew up working weekends on the family ranch. Once the work was done, I enjoyed hunting with my dad and brother and fishing with my granddad. After high school I followed in my father’s footsteps, serving in the Marine Corps. I earned my aircrew wings as an airborne radio operator/loadmaster on KC 130’s. I then went to Oklahoma State University to get a degree in ranch management. While finishing school, I started into the registered Brangus business with my parents. After school, I moved to the family ranch to build our business full time. One night, I met my wife, Michelle at the local pizza place. (We still argue about at which table.) We have three children, Marin, Ruger and Geneva. I served eight years on the Oklahoma Brangus Association board, including two years as president. I also served six years on the International Brangus Breeders Association board, including two years as the chairman of the Commercial Marketing Committee. I currently serve on the Garvin County Soil Conservation board and the Garvin County Cattlemen’s Association. I am a past president of the Garvin County Cattlemen’s Association and a lifetime member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. Continued on page 26 Brangus Journal

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Candidates for area 5 cont.

Continued from page 25.

I am the ranch manager for Perry Ranch and the sale manager for Perry Ranch Bull Sale, which will have the second annual sale Saturday, November 14, 2009. I run our ranch with balance and moderation and will bring these qualities to your board. My family has ranched in Oklahoma since before statehood, my family has run Brangus cattle since 1975, I feel vested in the Brangus breed and the cattle industry as a whole, which is why I am seeking election to the board. I want to make sure there will be a bright future for this breed.

Candidates for Area 7

TX & Mexico

angelo zottarelli

austin, tx

Angelo Zottarelli is running for is second term on the Board of the International Brangus Breeders Association. He is actively involved in the ranching business running a herd of Registered and Commercial Brangus cattle on ranches in Hamilton and Mills Countries, Texas. He is currently serving as President of the Texas Brangus Breeders Association and is 2nd Vice President of the International Brangus Breeders Association. Zottarelli has served on the Finance Committee, Promotions Committee and was Chair of the Commercial Marking Committee. He also serves on the Board of Brangus Publicans. He is also a member of The Hill Country Brangus Breeders, West Texas Brangus Breeders Associations and the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association. Zottarelli bought his first register Brangus from Woody Ray and has added to the herd over the years in addition to the Atlas cattle he has concentrated on sire lines from Exacto, Newsmaker, Target, Trooper and Tyson and the Cow families of 2, 23, 535, 784, 820 to name a few. He uses both natural sires, sons of Sundance, Burtin’s Transformer, Lead Gun and the atlas Sire 76E and AI to build his heard. Having work on ranches as a young man Zottarelli has been excited to reach his dream of owning and working his own ranch. It has become a true family experience with his younger daughters and grandsons taking an active interested in the ranch. He holds hope that at least one of his daughters will become a veterinarian. Mr. Zottarelli was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He attended San Antonio Community College and St. Mary’s University. Prior to his moving to Austin in the late 1970s, he was Governmental Affairs Director for the San Antonio Board of Realtors and worked on city and county issues on behalf of the Board in front of the City Council, Commissioners Court and related Boards and Commissions. After a move to Austin, Texas, he served as Chief Clerk for the Texas House Committee on Insurance, chaired by Bob Simpson (R-Amarillo,) Clerk for the House Committee on Environmental Affairs, chaired by Bennie Bock (D-New Braunfels).He spend nearly a decade working for Lt. Governor Bill Hobby. 26 | November/december 2009

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In 1983 Mr. Zottarelli began lobbying in front of the Texas Legislature as well as the legislatures of other states and in Washington, DC. He was on his own from 1983 through 1985, at which time he joined the law firm of Hughes & Luce and was with that firm until 1992. In 1992 Don Adams and Angelo Zottarelli left Hughes & Luce and formed their own partnership of Adams & Zottarelli. Over the last twenty Five years Mr. Zottarelli has had extensive experience in a wide range of Legislative issues including financial services, energy, media, city, and county. He has represented those clients in front of various House and Senate committees, as well as various state agencies with statutory jurisdiction over the aforementioned industries. Additionally, Mr. Zottarelli has done extensive work in the area of state appropriations having represented clients before both the House Public Finance Committee and the Senate Finance Committee regarding Medicaid reimbursement methodology, disproportionate hospital funding and education funding formulas. Mr. Zottarelli is managing partner with the firm of Adams and Zottarelli LLC which does Legislative and procurement work on behalf of private sector clients. Mr. Zottarelli has been active with the City of Austin, having served on the City of Austin’s Arts Commission, Downtown Commission and also the Joint Task Force on State Lands. He has been a member of the West Austin Neighborhood Association and has served on the Board of Directors of Ballet Austin and the Legislative Committee for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. In Evant he is a supporter of numerous community activities. Angelo Zottarelli is the father of four daughters and grandfather of three.

Candidates for Area 9

tx & OK

steve densmore

bryan, tx

Steve Densmore has been in the cattle business his entire life. He was raised on the Essar Angus ranch in San Antonio, TX, and after high school went to work for Alamo Angus ranch as a cowboy then worked his way up to a management position. In 1973, Steve went to work for Camp Cooley Ranch, a leading breeder of Charloais cattle at the time. Other notable positions in Steve’s resume include Granada Land & Cattle in Bryan, TX, Horizon Land & Cattle Co. in Flynn, TX, and J Bar L Jenkins in Normangee, TX. Since 2000, Steve has been the cattle manager at Circle X Land and Cattle Co. in Bryan, TX. Steve oversees a registered Brangus operation of 350 cows and a commercial cow calf operation of 1400 females on the 12,000 acre ranch. Circle X has an extensive AI program and incorporates some embryo transfer work for genetic improvement. The Circle X commercial steer calves are backgrounded on the ranch


Candidates for Area 9 cont. then marketed at 750-800 pounds. Circle X females, both registered and commercial, are in high demand as replacement females. Steve also is responsible for marketing 75-100 registered Circle X bulls each year. Steve has been actively supporting the Brangus breed at every level for the last 30 years. He has served on the Board of the East Texas Brangus Breeders Association, including two terms as President. Steve served as an advisor for the Texas Junior Brangus Breeders Association from 1987 until 2007. He also has served as an adult advisor for the International Junior Brangus Breeders Association for the last five years. For the Texas Brangus Breeders Association, Steve has served on numerous committees, as well as on the Board of Directors. In 2000 and in 2005, he served as President of the association. In 1997 and again in 2000, Steve was elected to serve on the IBBA Board of Directors and finished those terms as IBBA President in 20022003. In 2009, Steve was elected to the Board to fulfill the unexpired term from Area 9 and he was selected to chair the Commercial Marketing committee. Steve is obviously enthusiastic in his support of the Brangus breed. He is eager to continue serving the breed and work to 1) expand the breed’s acceptance in the commercial cattle industry, 2) retain members and encourage participation, and 3) increase opportunities to stimulate junior members.

mike vorel

luther, ok

Mike Vorel is the owner and operator of Vorel Farms. Mike has been involved professionally in the agricultural industry for over forty years. Mike and his wife, Robin, live in Luther, Oklahoma. Mike has lived in Luther all his life and has always been involved in some aspect of agriculture. During his youth, Mike was active in FFA showing both cattle and hogs, serving on the FFA judging team, and working on his family’s farm. He was awarded the State Farmer Degree through FFA. Mike operated a registered Berkshire hog operation in the early 1970’s and 1980’s. Vorel Farms had the opportunity to sell Berkshire hogs all over the United States as well as in Japan. While in the Berkshire industry, Mike had a number of very successful production sales. He also served on the National Board of Directors of the American Berkshire Association. Mike has always been involved in the commercial cattle business and has gradually moved towards raising and selling registered Brangus cattle. He purchased his first registered Brangus cattle 11 years ago. After being around registered Brangus for a short time, the decision was made to replace the commercial cattle herd with a registered Brangus herd. The commercial cows are now used as embryo transfer recipients. Mike believes that the future of Brangus cattle is a bright one. He believes that as a breed, Brangus cattle are at a time where they should be gaining commercial demand on a daily basis This gain should result in a growth in the number of Brangus breeders. Mike also believes that

as Brangus breeders it is an important time to take positive steps to align the IBBA membership to act on every opportunity to promote the breed. As we enter a new era, now is the time to move forward with collecting all data and information available on the cattle to give us added value with our registered Brangus cattle. Besides being active with the IBBA, Mike has always had a desire to serve in his community. He has served on the local school board and is currently a member of the Oklahoma County Planning Commission where he chaired the Commission while developing a new Master Plan for Oklahoma County. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Homebuilder’s Association. Mike and Robin are long time, active members of Life Church and enjoy working in missions, including serving at the Oklahoma City Rescue Mission and building homes in Honduras and Mexico for less fortunate families. The Vorel’s have four children and three (soon to be four) grandchildren: Paul, Kim and Kelsey; Justin; Emily, Phil, Tanner, Hunter and Baby Max (to be born in December); and Lauren. They hope to instill in their children and their grandchildren a love of farming and animals.

Candidates for Area 10

Mountain and Pacific Region (States within the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones

frank lima

oak run, ca

Personal Information: I have been involved with cattle my whole life. My Uncle Johnny was instrumental in guiding and instilling in me an appreciation for all animals, especially cattle. I have been in the cattle business for over 40 years. For the past 21 years I have raised registered Brangus. I have fitted and shown cattle successfully at the State and National level, frequently taking top awards, including Grand Champion Brangus Bulls at the Western National and the Supreme Champion Bull at the California State Fair. I have judged numerous livestock shows at local levels and have participated in sifting and grading committees at many venues. Education: American River College Sierra College University of San Francisco International Herdsman School Artificial Insemination and Reproduction Management Fire Instructor I & II Fire Investigation Emergency Medical Technician II Continued on page 28

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Activities: Board of Directors, West Coast Brangus Breeders Association Past President, West Coast Brangus Breeders Association (served three separate terms) Past Board of Directors, International Brangus Breeders Association California Cattlemen’s Association Shasta County Farm Bureau Shasta County Cattlemen’s Association Western Ranchers Beef Cooperative Past Member, Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association Past President, Fire Firefighter’s Association Career History As well as being a rancher, I was a firefighter for 32 years. I was an engine company Fire Captain for Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department with a track record of strengthening firefighting and rescue operations for my department. I had a reputation for a strong work ethic and uncompromising devotion to service. I was the primary instructor for our fire academy and conducted in-service training programs for department personnel. I have raised and trained quarter horses and paint horses in cutting, reining and halter. My wife and I own and operate a cattle ranch in Northern California, northeast of Redding, in the Foothills of Mount Lassen. Our ranch, Stardust Farms, has produced many award winning cattle and has developed a reputation for breeding and selling quality Brangus.

larry parker

san simeon, az

I started in the ranching business in 1958 when I purchased the home place 160 acres and 1440 acres of graze land. From 1958 to the present I have continually purchased land to enable me to increase my herd and have enough feed to maintain them. Currently I run 200 head of Registered and commercial Brangus cows and 13 Registered Brangus herd sirs on 38,400 acres of ranch land consisting of private, State, BLM and Forest. I have raised and sold rock footed brangus two-year-old bulls for the past 35 years. This is a family owned and operated business and we have just started the 4th generation. My children were members of the Junior Brangus Association showing registered brangus cattle at the Arizona Nationals as well as SALA in the 70’s. I have been on the grading and sifting committees for many years at various brangus livestock events and sales. I started selling bulls and females in the Roswell Brangus sale in 2004 and became a partner in 2008. I am an active committee member and seller in the Southwest Brangus bull and female sale which was created in 2009 when we had the 1st annual Brangus sale in Marana, Arizona

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Education: 1979 - Artificial Insemination and Reproduction Management Certi fication – New Mexico State Memberships: 1967 – International Brangus Breeders Association 1968 – Southwest Brangus Breeders Association 1990 – Arizona Cattle Growers Association

Candidates for Area 11

East Region (States within the Eastern Time Zone)

joe kassler

newnan, ga

What began as a boyhood dream of someday becoming a cattle rancher has developed into a full-blown seedstock and commercial cattle operation known as The Oaks. Joe and Catherine Kassler were fortunate to locate suitable land in West Central Georgia only 50 miles outside Atlanta with adjacent land available for future expansion. It all began 22 years ago when they purchased a small portion of what was originally a 1,400 acre cattle ranch; they started a small commercial herd of black baldies and registered Polled Herefords. Both Joe and Catherine were born and raised on family farms with varied agricultural interests including livestock. Initially, Joe worked his “other job” traveling the entire lower 48 for the business he founded and is still involved in today…designing and building bank buildings, while Catherine stayed home and ran the farm. With the help of their son Luke, now 30 and veterinarian daughter Dr. Melynda, The Oaks Farms is now home to 400 head of registered and commercial Brangus momma cows. After fifteen years as a Hereford seedstock producer, in the fall of 2006 The Oaks dispersed its Herefords and replaced them with Brangus…primarily from the famed Brinks program. For several years prior to the dispersal, Joe had utilized 300 select commercial Brangus females for The Oaks’ active embryo transfer program. The fertile, easy keeping and maternal characteristics of these Brangus cows had won the respect and hearts of the Kasslers, making the decision easy. Joe’s passion for the future of the Brangus breed and his belief in its unique strengths, durability and ‘do ability’ are obvious when you talk with him. Kassler wants to see other breeders and commercial cattlemen served well through a hardworking, progressive and supportive Board and Association. He believes the Brangus future is bright and only beginning to come into its own with many positive attributes on which to build. He recognizes the need to come together and work hard for the unity and betterment of the Association and Cattle Industry. Kassler’s long term commitment to the Brangus breed is further evidenced by his active participation in forming GENETRUST, a collabora-


Candidates for area 11 cont. tion of breeders dedicated to the common goal of providing a superior genetic product to registered and commercial cattlemen on which he serves as Vice Chairman. Representing the many members of the Area 11 would be an honor and privilege.

joseph lettelier

citra, fl

With an impressive 30 year involvement in the IBBA, Joseph Lettelier has been a fixture in the Florida Brangus industry with ongoing leadership, strong direction and advice and counseling for the promotion of Brangus cattle. Lettelier’s passion for promoting the breed has led to many awards, including numerous Premier Brangus Exhibitor, Female and Male awards given by the Florida Cattleman and Livestock Journal. Lettelier Brangus has long been considered a leader in the Florida Brangus community. Motivated by issues important to him, Lettelier has served on any Boards in both the agricultural and political communities. A past city commissioner and mayor for the city of Parkland, he was active for more than 10 years, instrumental in areas including budgets, writing comprehensive land use plans, coordination of city employees, police and fire and liaison with other county and state leaders. The Sun Sentinel News once stated that Lettelier behaved “more like a statesman than a politician” when deciding city affairs. Lettelier’s involvement in the Florida Brangus Breeders Association began in the early 1980’s and ran continually up to 2006 as he served on the Board of Directors and as president, secretary, and treasurer. He currently serves on the Board of the Florida State Fair and was most recently asked to sit on the Seedstock Committee for Florida Cattlemen. Learning his organizational and motivational skills by running Lettelier Electric for 30 years, Lettelier is one of a very few to hold both Certified State Electrical and Certified General Contractors licenses in the state of Florida. Before becoming a master electrician at the age of 23, he served our country in the Army from 1962 to 1965. He currently resides in Citra, Florida with his wife and two daughters. Lettelier’s oldest daughter, Lauren, was proud to serve as the 2008-2009 International Brangus Queen.

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ben spitzer

cartersville, ga Benjamin James Spitzer was born July 22, 1980 in Bryan Texas, moved as an infant with his family and was raised in the Upstate of South Carolina. It is no wonder Ben has a passion for the beef industry. He grew up in the cattle business and very early in life made a conscious decision that animal agriculture would be his life’s work. His family involvement goes back several generations and has included both commercial cattle and registered cattle of several breeds. Ben’s family purchased their first registered Brangus cattle in 1982. Ben and his two older brothers were very involved on a County, State and Regional basis with 4-H and FFA; showing their home raised Brangus cattle and cross-bred lambs with much success. Spitzer’s first involvement with Brangus was through the International Junior Brangus Breeder’s Association when he exhibited cattle at the Southeast Junior Brangus Show in Perry, GA in 1990. From then on, he was hooked and exhibited cattle and participated in almost every available contest event at the National Junior Brangus Show (NJBS) beginning in 1992 in Perry, GA until 1999 at Enid, OK, missing the NJBS only one year during that time. Ben was also elected as Vice-President and then President of the South Carolina Junior Cattlemen’s Association. Through his active involvement with IJBBA, Ben was the recipient of the Southeast Brangus Breeders Association (SBBA) scholarship as well as the International Brangus Auxiliary (IBA) Underclassman Scholarship. All during this time he was an active part of his family’s Brangus operation and helped with day to day management and genetic selection. Ben attended Oklahoma State University (OSU) on an academic scholarship and majored in Animal Science with an animal production emphasis. While at OSU, Ben was selected to the OSU President’s Leadership Council and to the prestigious Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Experience. He was actively involved with a variety of club activities, was elected President of Cowboys for Christ for two terms and served on AG Council. He worked a variety of jobs and was able to help care for animals and assist with several research projects as an employee at the Animal Science Department’s Nutrition and Physiology Center. Upon graduation from OSU in 2004, Ben headed West to continue his formal education at Colorado State University; obtaining his Master’s Degree in Integrated Resource Management. As part of his Master’s Program, Spitzer interned with the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) in Denton, TX. He was involved with several projects, including a strong emphasis in commercial marketing. Upon finishing his program at CSU, he accepted the position of Communications/Member Services Director at RAAA where he was employed for almost two years. In this position, he represented the Red Angus Association at national, state and regional meetings, field days, and sales, as well as industry events across the country. He assisted with several aspects of breed promotion, including design and placement of advertising material and attendance at conventions and trade shows. Continued on page 30

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He also performed compliance audits of commercial cow-calf operations, stockyards and feedlots to ensure strict adherence to RAAA’s USDA verified Genetic, Source and Age verified feeder calf program. His employment at RAAA gives Ben a unique insight into the workings of a Breed Association and the expectations of directors from the staff and Association. A unique opportunity enabled Ben to come back to an active role in the Brangus breed as General Manager of Salacoa Valley Farms, Fairmount, GA in July of 2007. In this position, he is totally responsible for all aspects of the operation with a focus on genetic selection and sales. Since he accepted this position, he has focused on producing genetics designed for profitable commercial beef production. He has been actively involved with the IBBA, attending multiple functions both locally and nationally as well as serving on the Commercial Marketing committee and as Vice-Chairman of the Promotions committee for IBBA. He is also very active in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) as well as being a founding member of the NCBA Young Producer’s Council (YPC), serving as the chair of the YPC Membership Committee and representing YPC on the NCBA Membership committee. Ben’s experience for the last two and half years at one of the largest and most active Brangus operations has given him a real perspective of the Brangus breed and what is driving the cattle industry in this

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economy. His experiences in the industry on a national level make him uniquely qualified to not only represent Brangus breeders but to bring national insight to the Board of Directors. He is very aware that the national cattle industry is changing rapidly. Ben strongly feels the IBBA has made great strides to position the Brangus breed, and especially those professional commercial cattlemen using Brangus Genetics, to be major players in the future beef industry. He states that IBBA is fast gaining a reputation as leaders on the cutting edge and we cannot let up. Ben Spitzer has worked hard and has packed a lot of experience as a professional cattleman into his budding career. He looks forward to serving the IBBA membership as Director for Area 11. He brings a wealth of cattle knowledge, extreme enthusiasm, a true love of the breed, and contacts to continue to grow demand for the Brangus breed and promote its usefulness to the industry both nationally and abroad. Ben grew up in the Southeast, knows the people and, if elected, will represent all breeders in his role as a Director. He will bring new ideas and an un-wavering commitment to continue to build on the groundwork and success of the breed in the last several years. If you are an International Brangus Breeders Association Active Member, Ben asks for your vote to represent Area 11 (The Eastern Time Zone) on the IBBA Board of Directors. BJ


IJBBAONTHEHORIZON

Hello Brangus Family! As you read this article, we are going through the main part of winter. There are many things that you must think of during winter: making sure your cattle have new dry bedding, as much roughage as they want and fresh open water. One thing that you may need to consider now is making sure that your spring calving cows will be in good condition for calving in the spring. Cows that are thin at calving take longer to start cycling again. If a cow is thin while she has a calf on her side it will take longer for her to put weight back on. You need to monitor body condition to make sure you have the right amount of protein in you feed. The best time to put flesh back on your cows is in the fall after her calf has been weaned. A dry cow should be able to gain weight on pasture with a protein supplement if the grass is overly mature. You don’t want cows to lose weight just before or just after calving. In some instances, however, too much nutrition can be as detrimental as too little. A cow or heifer that is too fat may also have fertility problems, or difficulty calving because she could have too much fat in her pelvic area. Fat takes up some of the space and makes it harder for the calf to come through easily. Also a fat cow or heifer tires more readily during labor and may require help during calving I hope that all is going well so far through your winter and that your spring calving goes well. I hope to see you all at the 2010 National Junior Brangus Show next July in West Monroe, Louisiana.

OFFICERS

ADVISORS

President: Chelsie Meyer, Oklahoma Ex-Officio: Ben Fuller, Texas

Samantha Leifeste leifeste@farm-market.net

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Alex Brull, Kansas Justin Shrader, Texas Daniel Watson, Louisiana Katy Knox, Texas Jessica Brumley, Louisiana Emily Jackson, Texas Emily Smith, Texas Allison Deshotel, Louisiana

Randy Deshotel randy@citizenshipbankvp.net

IBBA Youth Department info@int-brangus.org

Mary Douglass mary_douglass@int-brangus.org Ray Smith thingravyranch@yahoo.com Damon Acord dacord@normangeeisd.org Tammy Weid tammy@glenflorafarms.com Ginger Pritchard gingerdp@aol.com

Take care and be well,

Alex Brull

2009-2010 IJBBA Board of Director

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SHOWresults: western National SHOWresults Continued from page 21.

Red Champion Summer Heifer Ms SR Promise 417U2 Exhibited by: Stofa Rosa Ranch, Willis, TX

Champion Jr Heifer DDD Ms Nancy 150U8 Exhibited by: Doguet Diamond D Ranch, McCoy, TX

Reserve Champion Jr Heifer D Bar D Ms Delilah Exhibited by: SK Ranch, Lake Wales, FL

Red Champion Sr Heifer Broken A Tillie 618T3 Exhibited by: Audrey Accord, Madisonville, TX

Champion Cow/Calf Pair DDD Fancy Fashion 118T1 Exhibited by: Kara Lucherk, McCoy, TX

Red Champion Cow/Calf Pair CX Ms Home Run 314/T1 Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus, Katy, TX

Grand Champion Bull & Champion Intermediate Sr Bull D Bar D Mr Amos Moses 23T1 Exhibited by: D Bar D Brangus, Ellisville, MS

Reserve Champion Bull & Champion Jr Bull Rambo 24U Exhibited by: Bob Darragh & Stacy Beckman

Red Grand Champion Bull & Champion Jr Bull Dos XX’s Stout’s Destiny Exhibited by: Dos XX’s Cattle Co, Washington, TX

Red Reserve Champion Bull & Reserve Champion Jr Bull CX Legends Dream 610/U1 Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus, Katy, TX

Champion Jr Bull Calf Sankey’s Remington 392W Exhibited by: Chris & Sharee Sankey, Council Grove, KS

Red Champion Jr Bull Calf BKC Hot Rod 10W Exhibited by: BKC Ranch and Karen & Frances Vongontard, Hockley, TX

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SHOWresults: western national

Red Reserve Champion Jr Bull Calf BKC Clean-Cut 317W Exhibited by: BKC Ranch, Hockley, TX

Champion Bull Calf DCC Mr Paladin 915U5 Exhibited by: Dillard Land & Cattle, Muldoon, TX

Red Champion Summer Bull Rocket of Stofa 353U Exhibited by: Stofa Rosa Ranch, Willis, TX

Reserve Champion Intermediate Sr Bull GT DDD Toro 392T

Red Reserve Champion Bull Calf TJR Mr Powerball 198/U Exhibited by: Triple JR Cattle Co, Friendswood, TX

Exhibited by: Thomas Show Cattle & Doguet Diamond D Ranch, McCoy, TX

Western National Division winners not pictured Reserve Champion Jr Heifer Calf SCC Miss Taylor 313W Exhibited by: Savannah Scott, Angleton, TX

Red Reserve Champion Jr Heifer Calf Broken A Sapphire 14W Exhibited by: Alexandra Accord, Madisonville, TX

Reserve Champion Summer Heifer SCC Miss Darcy 55U Exhibited by: Savannah Scott, Angleton, TX

Red Reserve Champion Summer Heifer CX Ms Red Chief 71/U Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus, Katy, TX

Red Reserve Champion Jr Heifer CX Ms Red Chief 506/U Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus, Katy, TX

Reserve Champion Sr Heifer Miss JLS Kelly 915T47 Exhibited by: JLS International, Devine, TX

Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Pair PR Ms Bee Tee 5T Exhibited by: Marin Perry, Pauls Valley, OK

Reserve Champion Jr Bull Calf SCC Big Chief 301W Exhibited by: Callie Scott, Angleton, TX

Reserve Champion Bull Calf Daltons Eli Exhibited by: Dalton Brangus, Ava, MO

Red Champion Bull Calf Dos XX’s Stout’s Mr Tango Exhibited by: Dos XX’s Cattle Co, Washington, TX

Reserve Champion Jr Bull ACC Stimulus 873U2 Exhibited by: Don Barry & Allen Cattle Co, Crockett, TX

Red Champion Intermediate Sr Bull CX Home Runs Slam 314/T Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus, Katy, TX

Red Reserve Champion Intermediate Sr Bull TJR Rojo’s Promise 208/T Exhibited by: Triple JR Cattle Co, Friendswood, TX

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SHOWresults: ojbba - Junior show SHOWresults Continued from page 33.

Grand Champion Female D Bar D Anita Kay Exhibited by: Abbie Jorgenson

Red Grand Champion Female Broken A Ava 114V Exhibited by: Austin Acord

Red Reserve Champion Female Broken A Tillie 618T3 Exhibited by: Audry Acord

Reserve Champion Female Jojo’s Ms Maurer 23W Exhibited by: Abbie Jorgenson

ojbba - oklahoma bred Grand Champion Bred JG Miss Lights Out Baby Exhibited by: Thad Gorczyca

Reserve Champion Bred CPPT Ms Vivian 8278 Exhibited by: Tatum Pritchard

ojbba - oklahoma bred & owned Grand Champion Bred & Owned JG Miss Lights Out Baby Exhibited by: Thad Gorczyca

Reserve Champion Bred & Owned CPPT Ms Vivian 8278 Exhibited by: Tatum Pritchard

Third Place Bred & Owned PR Ms Marin’s Savanag 99U Exhibited by: Mari Perry

Fourth Place Bred & Owned JDT G51 Baby Bop Exhibited by: Jeffrey Terronez

SHOWresults: National Show of Merit

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hreveport, LA was the destination for many breeders as they competed in the National Show of Merit. On October 23rd Jim Williams of Boling, TX sifted through the Junior entries. The next day the open show entries took the stage. They were judged by Tyler Norvell of Tuttle, OK.

Grand Champion Female & Champion Jr Heifer D Bar D Ms Delilah Exhibited by: SK Ranch, Lake Wales, FL

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Reserve Champion Female & Champion Heifer Calf DDD Ms Sylvia 804U27 Exhibited by: Thomas Show Cattle, Pleasonton, TX

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Red Grand Champion Female & Champion Heifer Calf Broken A Ultima 14U2 Exhibited by: Callie Scott, Angleton, TX


SHOWresults: national show of merit

Red Reserve Champion Female & Champion Jr Heifer Diamond Bar S Miss Abbey 265U2 Exhibited by: Allison Deshotel, Ville Platte, LA

Grand Jr Heifer Calf Sankeys MM Margarita Gal 31W Exhibited by: Josie Vaughn, Monett, MO

Reserve Champion Jr Heifer Calf TR Ms Champ 10180W Exhibited by: Thomas Show Cattle, Pleasonton, TX

Red Champion Jr Heifer Calf CX Ms Home Run 67/W Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus, Katy, TX

Red Reserve Champion Jr Heifer Calf Miss Buelah 94W Exhibited by: Adolphus Gordon, Rosharon, TX

Reserve Champion Heifer Calf Miss JLS Dawn 789U8 Exhibited by: JLS International, Devine, TX

Champion Summer Heifer GT Mis Unique 1019U12 Exhibited by: Justin Shrader, Shepherd, TX

Reserve Champion Summer Heifer Sankeys Caliente 108U3 Exhibited by: Molly Zwick, Lyons, KS

Red Champion Summer Heifer Ms SR Promise 417U2 Exhibited by: Stofa Rosa Ranch, Willis, TX

Reserve Champion Jr Heifer JG Miss Lights Out Baby Exhibited by: Jack Gorczyca, Harrah, OK

Champion Sr Heifer D Bar D Anita Kay Exhibited by: Abbie Jorgenson, Tyler, TX

Reserve Champion Sr Heifer Miss JLS Kelly 915T47 Exhibited by: JLS International, Devine, TX

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SHOWresults: national show of merit SHOWresults Continued from page 35.

Champion Cow/Calf Pair Ms Bright Future 11T Exhibited by: Jake Lacaze, Marthaville, LA

Red Champion Cow/Calf Pair CX Ms Home Run 314/T1 Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus, Katy, TX

Grand Champion Bull & Champion Intermediate Sr Bull D Bar D Mr Amos Moses 23T1 Exhibited by: D Bar D Brangus, Ellisville, MS

Reserve Champion Bull & Champion Jr Bull ACC Stimulus 873U2 Exhibited by: Don Barry & Allen Cattle Co, Crockett, TX

Red Grand Champion Bull & Champion Jr Bull CX Legends Dream 610/U1 Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus, Katy, TX

Reserve Champion Bull & Reserve Champion Jr Bull Dos XX’s Stout’s Destiny Exhibited by: Dos XX’s Cattle Co, Washington, TX

Champion Jr Bull Calf Sankeys Remington 392W Exhibited by: Chris & Sharee Sankey, Council Grove, KS

Reserve Champion Jr Bull Calf SBR Coal Train 222WR Exhibited by: Sunny Brook Ranch, Jackson, MS

Red Champion Jr Bull Calf BKC Hot Rod 10W Exhibited by: GKC Ranch and Karen & Frances Vongontard, Hockley, TX

Red Reserve Champion Jr Bull Calf BKC Clean-Cut 317W Exhibited by: BKC Ranch, Hockley, TX

Champion Summer Bull WBF Mr El Once 535UH Exhibited by: Brad Watson, Kentwood, LA

Red Champion Summer Bull Rocket of Stofa 353U Exhibited by: Stofa Rosa Ranch, Willis, TX

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SHOWresults: national show of merit

Reserve Champion Jr Bull JG Mr Black Stealth 5114 Exhibited by: Wilson & Wilson Brangus and Jack Gorczyca

Reserve Champion Intermediate Sr Bull GT DDD Toro 392T

Exhibited by: Thomas Show Cattle and Douguet Diamond D Ranch, McCoy, TX

Champion Sr Bull SBR Mr Diego 222T Exhibited by: Sunnybrook Ranch, Jackson, MS

National Show of merit Division winners not pictured Red Reserve Champion Heifer Calf Cos XX’s Miss Lilly 112/8 Exhibited by: Dos XX’s Cattle Co, Washington, TX

Red Reserve Champion Summer Heifer CX Ms Red Chief 59/U Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus, Katy, TX

Red Reserve Champion Jr Heifer Dos XX’s Miss Fancy 13/8 Exhibited by: Dos XX’s Cattle Co, Washington, TX

Red Champion Sr Heifer Dos XX’s Stout’s Ms Hillary Exhibited by: Dos XX’s Cattle Co, Washington, TX

Champion Sr Bull Calf DCC Mr Paladin 915U5 Exhibited by: Dillard Land & Cattle, Muldoon, TX

Reserve Champion Sr Bull Calf L5 Mr Gustav 174/U7 Exhibited by: Colin Lanie, Youngsville, LA

Red Champion Sr Bull Calf Dos XX’s Stout’s Mr Tango Exhibited by: Dos XX’s Cattle Co, Washington, TX

Red Champion Intermediate Sr Bull CX Home Runs Slam 314/T Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus, Katy, TX

Reserve Champion Sr Bull Calf L5 Mr Gustav 174/U7 Exhibited by: Colin Lanie, Youngsville, LA

Champion Produce of Dam Exhibited by: Sunnybrook Ranch

Champion Jr Get of Sire Exhibited by: Sunnybrook Ranch

Champion Sr Get of Sire Exhibited by: Sunnybrook Ranch

Champion Breeder’s Herd Exhibited by: Sunnybrook Ranch

Red Champion Produce of Dam Exhibited by: Dos XX’s Cattle Co

Red Champion Jr Get of Sire Exhibited by: Dos XX’s Cattle Co

Red Champion Sr Get of Sire Exhibited by: Dos XX’s Cattle Co

Red Champion Breeder’s Herd Exhibited by: Cox Excalibur Brangus

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SHOWresults: la state fair junior brangus show SHOWresults Continued from page 37.

Grand Champion Female Ms 4JR Amigo 468D2U Exhibited by: Clint Faul

Reserve Champion Female BS Momma’s Good Looks 206U Exhibited by: Jessica Brumley

Grand Champion Bull JG Mr Rocket Revolution Exhibited by: Darrell McLemore

Reserve Champion Bull WBF Mr El Once 535UH Exhibited by: Brad Watson

Salereports Continued from page 23. Many attendees were long-time Cow Creek Ranch customers. The sale offering proved to be the most powerful sets of bulls ever offered by Cow Creek Ranch; a result of Cow Creek Ranch’s disciplined production and data based selection over the last two and a half decades.   Topping the bull sale was CCR Ultrablack 245U, a massive, powerful herd sire, selling to the partnership of Black River Brangus, Monterey, LA, and River Oaks Farm, Searcy, AR.  The duo paid $10,000 for ownership of CCR Sleep Easy 9L2 (9L2) son. The deep-sided, wide-based bull posted strong performance numbers and is testament to the core of Cow Creek Ranch genetic program. He was a user-friendly bull.   Gen Pro Accelerated Genetics of Argentina had the final bid on the second high selling bull, Lot 1, CCR Sleep Easy 429T11. The South American bull stud paid $8000 to claim ownership the stout, thick massive young herd bull. 429T11 was also sired by 9L2. Bidders appreciated the thickness and masculinity of this bull along with 44 cm. scrotal and user-friendly designation.   Long-time Cow Creek Ranch customer, Reeves Farm, Franklin, GA, took home the third high selling bull, CCR Ultrablack 636U, for $7250. The rugged herd sire posted near perfect Profit Point System indices and had 4.09 percent year marbling reading. The bull is an all38 | November/december 2009

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inclusive package of muscle mass, volume and moderate frame. He is user-friendly and recorded above average yearling ultrasound readings.   Repeat customers, Phil and Troy Drawdy of Florida, took home the next two high selling bulls, CCR Ultrablack 5164U and CCR Ultrablack 1892U2 for $7000 and $6750, respectively. Lot 252, 5164U, posted a weaning weight of 718 pounds along with a year marbling score of 4.34. The bull is a complete package of muscle mass, volume and moderate frame. He is user-friendly and recorded above average yearling ultrasound readings. Bull Lot 194, 1892U2, was out of a twoyear old dam and posted balanced PPS indexes along with high ultrasound readings including a 4.61% marbling score. He, too, had the user-friendlydesignation.   Volume bull buyers were from Florida and Arkansas.   The day prior to the Cow Creek Ranch Bull Sale, the ranch hosted its 15th consecutive customer-owned heifer sale, the longest running customer sale of this kind in the beef industry. Cow Creek Ranch’s Commercial Bred Heifer Sale, a sale in which Cow Creek Ranch bull customers’ market genetically-tracked Cow Creek sired commercial bred heifers bred back to Cow Creek bulls, commanded strong interest and demand from buyers. When the gavel fell for the final time


Salereports 445 heifers sold for an average price of $1264. Cow Creek customers marketing heifers were 12-year consignor, Williamson Cattle Co., ranching in Faunsdale, AL, and Okeechobee, FL; River Oaks Farm, Searcy, AR, 11-year consignor; two 10-year consignors, Cedar Ridge Ranch, Ecru, MS, and CP Bar Ranch, Holcomb, MS; 8-year consignors, Mallette Farms, and C & E Farms, both of Vancleave, MS; Megehee Cattle Company, Macon, MS, 5-year participant; Hawkins Farms, 4-year consignor from Wartrace, TN; another 4-year consignor, Oakley Brangus, Romance, AR; three-year participants, Big Prairie Farm, Greensboro, AL, Weatherford Brangus, Beebee, AR, and Lazy MM Bar Farms, Tylertown, MS; along with first year consignors, Addison Brangus Farms, Winfield, AL; and Burleson Farm, Haleyville, AL.   Doak Lambert, Coppell, TX, was the auctioneer. For more information on Cow Creek Ranch, LLC, please contact Cow Creek Ranch, 1170 Cow Creek Road, Aliceville, AL 35442, phone 205/373-2269, and email at cowcreek@cowcreekbulls.com.

256 Registered Brangus Bulls Grossed $862,950 (Averaged $3371) 445 Commercial Brangus Bred Females Grossed $562,575 (Averaged $1264) High Selling Bulls $10,000 for CCR Ultrablack 245U. Purchased by Black River Brangus (Monterey, LA) & River Oakes Farms (Searcy, AR). $8000 for CCR Sleep Easy 429T11. Purchased by Gen Pro Accelerated Genetics (Argentina). $7250 for CCR Ultrablack 636U. Purchased by Reeves Farm (Franklin, GA).

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Chimney Rock Cattle Company owner and GENETRUST partner, Bill Davis welcomes the crowd to the sale.

Inaugural GENETRUST at Chimney Rock Sale Provides

Trusted Genetics to Cattlemen in 15 States Active Bidding from Commercial and Registered Cattlemen Proves Widespread Acceptance of the GT Brand

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large crowd from numerous states, a quality offering backed by performance and proven genetics and a beautiful fall day all combined to make the first GENETRUST at Chimney Rock Brangus Sale a very successful event. Chimney Rock Cattle Company owners Bill and Gail Davis extended their exceptionally warm hospitality to a packed crowd on November 6-7, 2009 at their ranch outside of Concord, Arkansas. GENETRUST partners include Cavender Ranchers, Jacksonville, Texas; Suhn Cattle Co., Eureka, Kansas, The Oaks Farm, Newnan, Georgia, Genesis Ranch, Columbus, Texas; Cross F Ranch, Wheelock, Texas; Double W Ranch, McComb, Mississippi; Johnston Farms, Birmingham, Alabama; Draggin’ M Ranch, Eldorado, Arkansas; Schmidt Farms, Texarkana, Texas; and Chimney Rock Cattle Co. These partners combine over 100 years of experience in the Brangus breed and unite many of the breed’s leading herds under a single alliance. In addition, the cattle share and common management practices.

A full house was on hand for both sales with active bidding both in person and on-line.

tablished cow families. The large geographic buyer representation clearly illustrates the acceptance of the Brangus breed across the South and into other areas of the country.

Joe and Nancy Cavender with Ross and Denise Riebe who purchased the high selling female lot from the Cavender program.

similar genetic backgrounds

The demand was evident as 123 Brangus and Ultrablack bulls averaged a solid $3,354, while 137 head of registered Brangus females averaged $3,615, and 264 commercial females sold for an average price of $1,075. Cattle sold throughout the offering in price ranges to fit anyone’s budget.  Buyers from Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, competed for the genetics that included progeny from some of the breed’s leading sires and most es-

Ray Johnston of Johnston Farms took home the high selling bull from the sale on Saturday.

Iowa breeders, Diamond DR Brangus proved the acceptance of the Brangus breed further north and grabbed attention with the purchase of Cavender’s CB Ms Tank 561T4. This Tank daughter ranks in the top 15% for weaning and yearling weight, as well as IMF, plus she is in the top 20% for ribeye area and milk and growth. She sold safe in calf to Suhn’s Alydar 416N3 and commanded a final price of $30,000.

Mr CRC Guardian 9U8U5, a Chimney Rock Csonka bred bull, who combined a moderate birth weight with explosive growth and carcass power drew a top price of $30,000 from Johnston Farms for onehalf interest and full possession. He ranks in the top 3% of the breed Salereports Continued on page 40 Brangus Journal

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for yearling weight and scrotal circumference, top 4% for IMF, top 10% for weaning weight and top 25% for ribeye area. Thirty nine Csonka offspring averaged $3,924 throughout the sale. Suhn’s Alydar 416N3 drew many favorable comments and admirers before and during the sale. The son of Ali of Brinks and out of the NewsDay daughter, 416E, sold for $17,000 to Genesis Ranch, Columbus, Texas. The buying price was for two-thirds interest and possession and 200 units of semen in the bull previously owned by Suhn Cattle Company and TJM Ranch. Alydar offspring continued their widespread popularity throughout the sale commanding an impressive $4,288 average. The second high selling female of the evening for $25,000 was Ms Brinks Good Fortune 541P103 from Johnston Farms in Alabama and purchased by Draggin ‘M Ranch in El Dorado, Arkansas. This proven donor was a sale highlight and widely recognized for her growth, carcass and feed efficiency traits. Also drawing a final price of $17,000 was Suhn’s Ms Cadence 331M3, also from the Suhn program. This Cadence daughter, who is the dam of Suhn’s Next Step 331R7, ranks in the top 1% for milk, top 3% for yearling weight, top 10% for ribeye area, top 15% for weaning weight and top 20% for scrotal circumference. Southern Cattle Company, Marianna, Florida added the great female to their program. Next Step offspring were incredibly popular during the two sales with 30 lots averaging $3,115. Another favorite was Oaks Ms Csonka 541T17, This Csonka of Brinks daughter ranks in the top 2% for yearling weight, top 10% for ribeye area, IMF and scrotal circumference and the top 15% of the GENETRUST AT CHIMNEY ROCK FEMALE AVERAGES Description 3N1’s Bred Cows Bred Heifers Donors Herd Sire Open Heifers Pairs TOTALS

# Sold 29 10 30 5 1 57 5 137

Gross $128,350 $26,100 $100,100 $78,750 $17,000 $134,500 $10,500 $495,300

breed for weaning weight. She carries Good Fortune and Transformer genetics on the bottom side of her pedigree and sold safe in calf to Hill of Brinks 20S63. Truitt Brangus Farms, Auburn, Alabama purchased the Oaks bred female for $12,000. Suhn’s Dependable 918U24, from the Suhn program, has a new home in Florida with Hardee Farms. The Alydar son carries Cadence and Geronimo breeding in his maternal lineage and sold for $12,000. His genetics and numbers make a valuable calving ease and maternal sire as his birth weight EPD was -1.4, which ranks him in the top 10% of the breed. “This was a great event for the Brangus breed and proved the widespread acceptance by commericial cattlemen for the right type of Brangus genetics. Like myself, all the GENETRUST partners know that the acceptance of the GT brand only helps to grow the Brangus breed and aid all Brangus breeders nationwide,” stated Chimney Rock Cattle Company owner, Bill Davis. “We sincerely appreciate the more than 100 buyers and 350 attendees who traveled to Arkansas from 15 states to buy and review this exciting young offering. This sale demonstrated the widespread acceptance of the GT brand and helps to rejuvenate our breed,” remarked GENETRUST President, Vernon Suhn. Upcoming GENETRUST sales includes a sale of 150 registered lots and 500 commercial females at Cavender Neches River Ranch, Bullard, Texas and March 23rd at Suhn Cattle Company, Eureka, Kansas. For additional information on these events and the GENETRUST program go to www.genetrustbrangus.com. GENETRUST AT CHIMNEY ROCK COMMERCIAL FEMALE AVERAGES

Average $4,426 $2,610 $3,337 $15,750 $17,000 $2,360 $2,100 $3,615

Description Bred Heifers Open Heifers Pairs TOTALS

# Sold 184 68 12 264

Gross $213,100 $55,425 $15,300 $283,825

Average $1,158 $815 $1,275 $1,075

GENETRUST AT CHIMNEY ROCK BULL AVERAGES Description

# Sold

Yearlings TOTALS

35 123

Coming 2 Year Olds 88

Gross $307,900 $104,700 $412,600

Average $3,499 $2,991 $3,354

salacoa valley farms sale Salacoa Valley Farms Performance Tested Brangus Bull Sale Sends Bulls to Seven States at $2279 Average If you weren’t at Calhoun Stockyards in Calhoun, GA on September 26, you were missed. Maybe more importantly, you missed a firsthand observation of the strong demand for the kind of Brangus Bulls produced by the crew at Salacoa Valley Farms. Commercial producers from across the southeast ran their bids on a really stout set of Performance Tested Brangus Bulls to set the average on the 79 bulls selling at $2,279. 40 | November/december 2009

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Headlining the sale was SVF Bolivar 23 U300, a PR Elixir 698L3 son out of the premier donor dam, SVF Ms 23M28. Bidding was intense and furious, especially keeping the telephone lines buzzing. When the auctioneer stopped to catch his breath U300 was owned by Jackie and Kelly Grissom’s 8G Brangus, Breckenridge, TX at $11,500 for ½ interest and full possession. Clover Ranch, Lineville, AL owned by the Medina Brothers and Oskar Juarez, took home the second high selling bull with a bid of $4,000 for ½ interest and full possession on SVF Garrett 274


Salereports U229. A popular calf with the audience, this Garrett of Brinks 789P son was an ET calf out of the former donor at SVF, Miss JLS Revenue 274N6. David Vaughan, Owner and Ben Spitzer, General Manager at Salacoa Valley Farms are always enthused at the acceptance of SVF profit minded genetics in the programs of serious minded professional commercial ranchers and cattlemen. This version of their sale was certainly no exception as the balance of the bulls sold to a host of repeat commercial customers from AL, GA, FL, LA, NC, TN and TX. In fact, 46 bulls found homes with six volume buyers from FL and LA alone. Long time friend, supporter and customer, Gene Fulford of KICCO Ranch, Okeechobee, FL was honored as the Salacoa Valley Farms Commercial Customer of the year for 2009. John and Debbie Maurer, MAURER SALES COMPANY managed the sale. The next sale hosted by the Salacoa Valley Farms • Spitzer Ranch Alliance will be seventeenth annual SPITZER RANCH PERFORMANCE TESTED BRANGUS BULL SALE to be held SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2010 at the Calhoun Stockyards, Calhoun, GA . Salacoa Valley Farms and Spitzer Ranch have a combined 52 years of producing Brangus Cattle that have consistently provided professional cattlemen with profit making genetics; and after the sale service second to none. The Spitzer Ranch tagline says, “Profitable Genetics From Performance Cattlemen”; their track record says, “They Deliver”. If you need the kind of profit oriented bulls with the genetics that will produce the kind of offspring that will

keep you in the cattle business for the long haul, call 864/972-9140 or email spitzeranch@mindspring.com. You can access the Performance Test Reports on bulls slated for the February 27, 2010 sale by going to www.svfbulls.com or by going to the IBBA web at www.gobrangus.org (Upper right hand side of home page; click on View Upcoming Sales). Watch this publication for more information or better yet, take the initiative to become part of the more than 1200 professional cattlemen receiving the Salacoa Valley Farms • Spitzer Ranch Alliance Quarterly Newsletters. Their Newsletters always provide current Bull Test Performance Reports as well as educational tips, inspiration and insights into a wide variety of timely topics of interest to those whose goal is making money in the cattle industry. Just call, write or email to put your operation in a position to be more profit driven. You (and your cows) will be so glad you did! 79 Registered Brangus Bulls Grossed $180,041 (Averaged $2279) High Selling Bulls $11,500 (half interest, full possession) for SVF Bolivar 23 U300. Purchased by 8G Brangus - Jackie & Kely Grissom (Breckenride, TX). $4000 (half interest, full possession) for SVF Garrett 274 U229. Purchased by Clover Ranch - Medina Brothers and Oskar Juarez (Lineville, AL).

southern cattle company Southern’s Less Feed, More Gain Bull Sale On Saturday October 24, 2009 Southern Cattle Co held their annual bull sale at their sale facility located on the ranch in Marianna, FL. The Less Feed More Gain Bull sale held two first for Southern Cattle Co. One being that this was the first time that Brangus bulls sold and the second being this is the first time that Angus bulls sold with a feed efficiency EPD. The feed efficiency EPD has been three years in the making. Southern has been in partnership with the University of Florida for the last three years in testing cattle on their Grow Safe system. Now that 9000 head have been tested an EPD could be generated. As was explained in the presentations by Lee Leachman and Dr. Cliff Lamb, the night before the sale, this is truly industry changing technology and Southern is a true feed efficiency pioneer. The Brangus bulls for this years sale were raised by members of the Southern Alliance Program. This is a group of premier breeders from across the United States that have alligned themselves with Southern to market top quality Brangus genetics to other seedstock producers and commercial cattlemen. Only the best from each program is put into the Alliance offering and it showed. The quality was deep from top to bottom and they buyers responded well. The top Brangus bull to sell that day was raised by Hengst Bros Brangus of Giddings, TX. He was Lot 120 SCC HBB Henderson 916U a son Henderson of Brinks 30S7. This bull has it all, lots of power and eye appeal with a set of EPDs that put him in the top of the breed. Star G Brangus of Canton, TX outlasted all of the other bidders with a final bid of $10,000.00 Select Sires purchased Lot 126 SCC Roberts Henderson 409U3 for $5100.00. Another son of Henderson of Brinks 30S7. I am sure we have not seen the last of this young herd sire prospect as semen is sure to be on the market soon.

The stands were packed for the first offering of Brangus bulls at Southern Cattle Company.

Southern Cattle Co showed they believe in what their Alliance members produce by purchasing Lot 121 for $5,000.00 from Indian Hills Ranch of Cranfills Gap, TX. SCC IH Warrior 222T6 is a volume packed heavily muscled son of SR Wrangler Warrior R520. Lot 150, SCC HBB Henderson 49U9 lead the Brangus bull yearling offering. What another tremendous son of Henderson of Brinks 30S7. Todd Garrett of Midleothian, TX won the bid at $4000.00. The top selling Angus bull was Lot 1 Southern Rito 75018. He was the most feed efficient bull in the sale and was purchased by Leachman Cattle of Wellington, CO and Eagle Pass Ranch, Steve Munger of Mansfield, SD. for $16,000.00 The second high selling Angus bull was Lot 6 Southern Predestined 75123. He is a solid well balanced Predestined son that boast both feed Salereports Continued on page 53 Brangus Journal

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HOW TO: Total Herd Reporting The IBBA Total Herd Reporting system is designed to improve the collection of performance information on all active animals in the breed and to equally spread the costs of promoting the breed across all active animals in the breed. Under THR members will pay a single, annual assessment on each animal of ‘assessment age”. Payment of the annual assessment on a cow entitles the cow’s owner, at no extra charge, to register 1 calf born to that cow during that 12 month period and a single transfer of that calf to a new owner if the transfer occurs before the animal reaches 24 months of age if a female or 30 months of age if a male. Payment of the annual assessment on a bull allows for the subsequent registration of calves sired by the bull during that year of service, provided all other registration requirements have been met. Females are assigned a season which is determined by either the last calf reported or by their date of birth. Once a female is assigned a season, she stays in that season until a calf is reported that makes her change seasons. • • •

During each 12 month period one of the following must be received for each active female on inventory: A calf record including a weaning date and weaning weight (regardless of whether or not the calf will be A calf record and a pre-weaning disposal code for the calf. A reason code if the cow did not produce a calf. (Example: Code 31 – Open, missed calving opportunity)

registered.

Assessment age females will be deactivated and removed from the breeder’s inventory unless one of the above items is reported each year. A reactivation fee will be required for reinstatement. SPRING THR DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28, 2010 The spring 2010 Preliminary reports will be mailed on January 15th. This list represents ALL active animals assigned to your spring herd. The animals listed in the assessment age section will be invoiced to you on March 1, 2010 unless you dispose or transfer them out of your inventory by the deadline. If mailing in disposals or transfers they must be received by February 14th to ensure IBBA staff has adequate time to process changes. There are two ways to report disposals. Option 1 (paper reporting): If mailing back the report for the staff to update disposals, choose the appropriate disposal code from the list provided on the report and write the code in the column titled ‘Disposal Code’. Allow adequate mailing time for receipt by February 14th.

Option 2 (on-line): Please Note: Unless assessment age animals are disposed or transferred out of your inventory by February 28th you will receive an invoice for their 2010 assessment on March 1st. If reporting online, simply click on THR located under Herd Management and then click on Spring Inventory to reveal the page. Once there, you can dispose of any animal in your spring herd by simply clicking on the words Disposal Code. This opens a drop down box with the disposal codes listed. Choose the appropriate disposal code for each animal you wish to dispose. Once all animals have been assigned disposal codes click on the continue button at the bottom of the page. If reporting online please do not mail the reports back to IBBA

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SPRING THR NO PROGENY REPORT DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28, 2010 The Spring No Progeny Report lists all mature females for which no calf or reason code has been reported for the prior year (2009). The deadline for reporting a calf record or reason code for these animals is February 14th if reporting by mail and February 28th if reporting online. All nonreporting females will be deactivated and removed from your Spring Inventory on March 1st. There are two ways to report calves or reason codes: Option 1 (paper reporting): If mailing back the report for the staff to enter calves, weaning data, and/or reason codes, fill in all the calf information (including weaning data or pre-weaning disposal code) or the reason code for the cow. Allow adequate mailing time for receipt by February 14th.

Option 2 (online): If reporting online, simply click on THR located under Herd Management and then click on No Progeny to reveal the page. Once there, you can assign a reason code by simply clicking on the words Reason Code. This opens a drop down box with the reason codes listed. Choose the appropriate reason code for each animal. Once all animals have been assigned reason codes click on the continue button at the bottom of the page. If reporting online please do not mail the reports back to IBBA.

To report calves along with their weaning information online click on the words Record Calves located under Herd Management. Fill in all required information on the calves. If you do not want a calf to be registered, simply leave the name field blank. If assistance is needed to enter registrations or weaning data please contact the IBBA office. If reporting online please do not mail the reports back to IBBA. Continued on page 44 Brangus Journal

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Reporting Weaning Data Part of the Total Herd Reporting process is reporting the weaning information on all calves whether or not you wish to receive a registration certificate on them. If you have calves that were sold or died prior to weaning, there are disposal codes you can enter for them. There are two ways to report weaning information or pre-weaning disposal codes. Option 1 (paper reporting): At the end of the No Progeny report you will see a list of animals that are missing weaning data. Fill in the date weighed, weight, disposal code, or pre-weaning disposal code and other information available and mail back to the IBBA office by the deadline. ďżź

Option 2 (online): To report weaning information online click on the words Enter Weaning located under Herd Management. Fill in the weaning data and/or disposal codes. Please contact the IBBA office is assistance is needed. If reporting online please do not mail the reports back to IBBA

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International Brangus Breeders Association Board of Directors Dale Kirkham, President Monday, April 13, 2009 Telephone Conference Call

Present Absent Guests Staff Present Bill Davis Angelo Zottarelli Dr. Joseph Massey Dale Kirkham Carolyn Kobos Brad Church Don Cox Dr. Robert Vineyard Bill Morrison David Vaughan Tommy Taylor Bill Felton Steve Densmore Doug Williams R. L. Robbs Welcome and call to order: Dale Kirkham, 6:00 P.M. Roll was called by Carolyn Kobos. Dale Kirkham asked if there were any items to add to the agenda for today’s meeting. None were offered so he proceeded with the agenda. He called for a motion to approve the Board of Director Meeting minutes of March 6, 2009. Dr Vineyard motioned to approve the Board of Director Meeting minutes of March 6, 2009. Second by Tommy Taylor Motion passed unanimously. Dale Kirkham then called on Dr. Massey to discuss the March 2009 financial reports. Dr. Massey noted that the Budget showed $375,000 year to date versus $356, 000 for the budget period which is $19, 000 ahead of budget. However, THR bookings are $24,540 less than budgeted. That is an area that we need to be concerned about. Invoices were sent out around March 15 when we returned from Houston. There will adjustments for the next month or next six weeks. We have received about $100,000 in THR revenue. We are down $15,500 on memberships. We might make up some of that but not all of it. Revenues from the Convention are ahead by $14, 400 which offset some of the THR income loss. As far as expense, we are ahead of budget by about $19,000. Dr. Massey had selected some categories to talk about: $10,000 ahead on salaries 2,700 ahead on legal fees 4,600 ahead on Convention expenses but not all have come in Board travel – not all expenses have come in. Although we were not considering the Journal, Dr. Massey related that journal advertising income was down because of the economy; the other source of concern was the decrease in THR revenue. Trends at other cattle associations are that seedstock cattle will continue to decrease. The IBBA is still in a good position so far, although we have lost members.

Dr. Massey then tried to reschedule the Strategic Planning Meeting. It was suggested that the meeting be held on weekdays instead of trying to schedule on a weekend. After consulting the members’ calendars, Dr. Massey is going to call Zane Akins to see if he could schedule a weekday meeting late in April. Dale Kirkham moved to the next agenda item: Future direction of IBBA bylaw changes. Dr. Vineyard motioned that the IBBA attorney draw up a simple, systematic set of bylaws that would allow the IBBA to conduct business without the need for constant bylaw revisions. Second by David Vaughan There was discussion about the cost of the attorney’s fee for this service. There was also discussion that some things need to be policy which can easily be changed by the Board; bylaws need to be simple to conduct the association business. Amendment was made to the motion by Bill Davis that IBBA get an estimate of attorney’s fee to rewrite the bylaws and then that be presented to the Board. Amendment accepted by Dr. Vineyard and David Vaughan. Amended Motion passed unanimously. Final item on the agenda is the update from the Show Committee. Bill Morrison motioned that the Board approve the change of judge for the Futurity from Tommy Schwertner to the first alternate. Second by David Vaughan There was discussion of the reason for the judge change. Steve Densmore related that the show committee voted to remove Tommy Schwertner as a judge because there was a perception of impropriety. Roll was called to record the vote. Motion passed with three “no” votes. Bill Morrison motioned that Board accept the proposal for point Continued on page 46 Brangus Journal

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change for the in the selection of show bull, heifer and sire of the year where members would get partial points for attending regional shows to give people from East Coast and West Coast the opportunity to participate. (Proposal for an Expanded Show Standing Recognition Points Program is attached to these minutes) Second by Steve Densmore The IBBA will not have to send personnel to the regional shows to check cattle in and run the show. We would not select the judges for the regional shows but they would select judges from our list. The IBBA

would abide by the standings provided by the shows Motion passed unanimously. Respectfully submitted, Carolyn Kobos These minutes have been read and approved by: Dale Kirkham, President

International Brangus Breeders Association Board of Directors Dale Kirkham, President Monday, june 29, 2009 Telephone Conference Call

Present Absent Guests Staff Present Bill Davis Dr. Joseph Massey Dale Kirkham Carolyn Kobos Brad Church Don Cox Dr. Robert Vineyard Bill Morrison David Vaughan Tommy Taylor Bill Felton Steve Densmore Doug Williams R. L. Robbs Angelo Zottarelli Call to order: Dale Kirkham, 6:00 P.M. Roll was called by Carolyn Kobos.

Journal and will call a BPI Board Meeting soon to discuss these ideas. Dr. Massey announced that Sara Calhoun resigned today.

Dale Kirkham asked if there were any questions about the agenda or any items to add to the agenda for today’s meeting. None were offered so he proceeded with the agenda. He called on Dr. Joe Massey to review the May Financial reports.

Dale Kirkham called for a motion to approve the Board of Director Meeting minutes of April 13, 2009.

Dr. Massey reported that as of May 31, 2009, the IBBA had grossed 671,552.19 versus original budget of 694,150.00 which is approximately $22,597 less than forecast. Three categories were lower than anticipated: THR bookings are $22,000 less than budgeted, transfers were about $4,000 less and dues about $14,000 less. On the good side, there is more Convention income than anticipated due to more money being available from USLGE funds. For the next month, we have made up all but about $6,000 of the THR fees in the month of June. Dr. Massey noted that association is still in a good position so far. Looking at costs, we are still a little below budget: our expenses have been $459,464.50 versus the budget of 495,164.00 which 35,699.50 to the good. Our net income is $212,087.69 versus original budget of $196,986.00 so we are ahead of budget by about $13,101.69. All in all, our financial situation through May is good. Financials on BPI are running $19,000 in arrears. That is mostly due to loss of advertising revenue. Dr. Massey and Don Cox, chairman of the BPI Board, have come up with some strategies to save money for the

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Dr Vineyard motioned to approve the Board of Director Meeting minutes of April 13, 2009. Second by Don Cox Motion passed unanimously. Dr. Massey reported that he had called the attorney, Darrin Digsby about a rewrite of the IBBA by-laws. Mr. Digsby would review our present by-laws to see what is included that is unique to our organizations and put in a clean slate of by-laws which are typical for an association at a cost of between $1500 to $1800. Then the Board would review it and Mr. Digsby would make any additional changes; additional time for the finished document would result in a total cost of about $2500.00 which seems very reasonable. This is an opportunity to get a clean slate of bylaws. If we proceed, we could probably get a document in about two to three weeks and then finalize it at the Board level in a month to six weeks and get out in plenty of time to our membership. Don Cox made the motion that the Board approve that we hire the attorney to proceed with a rewrite and update of the IBBA By-laws. Second by Steve Densmore


Discussion ensued regarding the rewrite of the by-laws. Dr. Vineyard suggested that we have time to educate our members about the change of the By-laws.

traits that the feed yards and the packers will pay the most for

Motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Vineyard made the motion that Dr. Massey get the details on how IBBA members would participate in the University of Missouri DNA program and present the information to the Board. Second by Tommy Taylor Motion passed unanimously.

Next item on the agenda is a report on the Industry DNA outlook and recommended actions by Dr. Massey. Dr. Massey reported that in the last six months there has been much information on DNA markers and the ramifications of these DNA markers on different breeds of cattle. The DNA companies are thinking that they are going to have molecular values for some of the quantitative traits which can be incorporated into EPDs. All the DNA companies will have new platforms with new tests coming out. These DNA tests are being done on unique breeds. All most every DNA company and every University is looking to validate DNA markers into the cattle industry on the Angus breed first. A few of the other breeds have some studies going on but the bulk of the work is being done on the Angus breed. The results will be breed specific. Between now and year end, Angus working with Igenity will be the first breed to incorporate DNA values into their EPDs. The dairy industry has almost exclusively gone to molecular EPDs along with their progeny testing. Unfortunately, small breed associations are unintentionally being left out. If the Brangus Association will get their members to submit DNA to Dr. Taylor at the University of Missouri, he will use the DNA to run a program at his cost and in his time frame to determine what markers are significant for a particular trait. Information will be available to the USDA and to other universities. They want the information to be usable at their discretion; the information will be in the public domain. Dr. Massey consulted with Dr. Milt Thomas so he is comfortable with making this recommendation to Board. If the Board approves this, then we need to promote this to our members and define the procedure for submitting semen or hair for DNA. We need to have a least 2,000 samples for valid tests to get meaningful information. The Association will get the molecular value reported back to them. One of the goals is to create a public database which can be shared; this is to eliminate duplication of effort by various universities and other public entities. This will be an ongoing process. Dr. Taylor said that the University of Missouri would serve as the data bank and will accept DNA as soon as we can get it to them. Don Cox agrees that we should do this and questions how we can get the members to understand that we need to participate in this program so that we can get the information and how it will be useful to them. Dr. Massey pointed out the next topic on the Agenda is the Summit; this will be an opportunity to educate our members on DNA. We will have three prominent DNA companies on a panel explaining how DNA will be used in the future, what tests will be available in the future and where their companies are right now. Other speakers specifically Dr. Milt Thomas and Dr. Mark Allen will make presentations about how breeders would use the DNA information. For example, feed yards will use DNA testing to sort animals. Ultimately, the breeders will fix genes in their herd so that the animals will have the

The risk for IBBA will be in not participating.

Dr. Massey now further detailed the Summit Schedule Final item on the agenda is the Committee reports: Dale Kirkham called on Bill Felton to report on the Breed Improvement Committee. Bill Felton reported that there are several Breed Improvement subcommittees that are active, namely, EPD Development, Young Sire Evaluation program, and DNA Technology subcommittees. Steve Densmore reported on the Commercial Marketing Committee; he discussed that Grant Keenan, the new Director of Commercial Marketing had familiarized himself with the OptimaxX program and the suppliers involved in it and had made changes to the web part of the system, making it more efficient, accurate and accountable. Grant had also been traveling to visit breeders in several states and had attended the Stars and Stripes sale and the Florida Cattlemen’s convention. Next R.L. Robbs reported on the Membership and Education Committee. Bill Davis reported on the Promotions Committee. He said that Duncan MacRae has made an overhaul of the web-site; made it more userfriendly. Promotional slide presentations for member use are under development. The You Tube channel has been well received. Regarding the advertising campaign, there are great deals out there which Duncan has been taking advantage of. Advertising will be available for the bull sales in the second half of the year. Bill Morrison reported on the Show Committee. He questioned whether the Houston awards were acknowledged in the local media of the winners. Dr. Massey is to check with Duncan. The points system for the regional shows allows the blacks and the reds to show separately. In California, there are no reds that usually show. If some reds do show up, is it ok for them to show with the blacks. Board had no objections Meeting adjourned. Respectfully submitted, Carolyn Kobos These minutes have been read and approved by: Dale Kirkham, President

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RJ Cattle Co/RAMRO, LLC

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Hengst Bros. Brangus

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Southern Cattle Company

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Spitzer Ranch

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JM Cattle Company

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Lake City Sale

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The Cattleman

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Lambert, Doak

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Trans Ova Genetics

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CALENDAROFEVENTS december • 2009

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Global Roundup, Richmond, TX

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GENETRUST at Cavender’s Neches River Ranch, Jacksonville, TX

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“Cut Above” Production Sale, Cullman Alabama Stockyard

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2nd Annual Heart of Alabama Bull & Commercial Female Sale Uniontown, AL

23

GENETRUST at Suhn’s Cattle Company, Eureka, KS

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61st Annual Arizona National Livestock Show, Phoenix, AZ

APRIL • 2010

JANUARY • 2010 9

Lake City Invitational Brangus Bull Sale, Lake City, FL

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TBBA 1st Annual Coastal Area Sale/Field Day, Beefville, TX

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TBBA Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Navasota, TX

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GENETRUST at Cavender’s Neches River Ranch, Jacksonville, TX

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Spitzer Ranch Performance Tested Bull Sale & Commercial Female Sale, Calhoun, GA

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Global Collection Sale, Houston, TX

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