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Great Herds are Built around Great Cow Families!!
We are meticulously assembling a State of the Art POLLED Brahman herd that is producing functional, beefy cattle with performance and eye appeal that can compete in all facets of the American and World Beef Industry. We are selling these genetics all over the world. Come see us !!
Selling a flush in Your Pick of our Herd at the ABBA Sale !
707 is the Matriarch of our program and is the dam to Pistolero, Polled Maestro, Polled Success and several great females. She will go down in the history books as a BREED CHANGER. Coowned with Westfall Family Farms.
+S DONNA is a BEEF Machine that we bought from our good friends the Schneiders. She has raised some great bulls (bull test winners) and some powerful daughters.
LAZY J MISS STELLA is an ultra feminine smooth polled daughter of Lazy J Mr Ely Manso that has produced a better daughter in her first double polled mating to LMC WFF Pistolero.
LMC WFF BETH is a 707 x JDH Mr. Manso 636/1 and is quickly becoming a donor prospect producing daughters like LMC MQ Moolan 30/1. Co-owned with the Mike Quintanilla family.
LMC POLLED DONNA is a soggy, DOUBLE POLLED LMC WFF Pistolero x Donna whose first calf has lots of COWMEN excited about the future of POLLED Brahman cattle.
LMC MUNECA PERFECTA is a super powerful, DOUBLE POLLED, feminine, moderate framed, donor prospect out of Stella & Pistolero. Look for her to make a difference in the Brahman World.
LMC MQ MOOLAN 30/1 is a phenomenal young double polled BABY DOLL out of Beth and sired by LMC LF Amabassador who is a JDH x V8 cross that is making good lot of things happen.
LMC POLLED CRICKETT is a gorgeous double polled BABY DOLL that has MAMA COW written all over her. She also represents our golden cross – Ambassador x Pistolero. Co-owned with the Mike England Family.
LAZY J MISS SAMANTHA Is another smooth polled daughter of Lazy J Mr. Ely Manso that has raised Pistolero herd bulls for the Kelleys, Campbells and Spark families.
LMC POLLED EVITA is a new cow family in the making that you will be hearing a lot more of in the near future. She is a capacious, DOUBLE POLLED Pistolero daughter that has a gorgeous Ambassador BABY DOLL on her now.
LMC POLLED SPICE is a many times champion LMC LF Ambassador out of Samantha being campaigned by Winston Walters. We also own her full sib LMC Polled Sugar. They are the real deal, DOUBLE POLLED and easy on the eye.
LMC WFF SISTER is a 707 x LMC LF Ambassador with a very bright future combining the dams to our two Senior Herd Sires. She can be seen at Westfall Family Farms in Fredericksburg, TX. 2 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
Our POLLED Brahman Bull Market is STRONG !! A BIG HEARTY THANKS to all of our foreign Ambassador semen investors and Ken Abney for buying a breeding share in this outstanding sire. Breeding shares available in the USA and semen available foreign - Co-owned with Louie Flores.
MIL GRACIAS to all of our foreign Pistolero semen investors. His sons and daughters are working all over the Brahman World. Breeding shares available in the USA and semen available foreign - Co-owned with Westall Family Farms.
CONGRATULATIONS to LMC Apollo, our Junior Herd Sire by Pistolero for becoming our biggest semen seller in Australia. Breeding shares available in the USA and semen available foreign - Co-owned with Chris Brasher & Ray Rodriguez.
A BIG HEARTY THANKS goes out to our repeat bull buyer Sam Sparks III for investing in ½ of LMC Polled Future – a future breed great.
MIL GRACIAS goes out to our repeat bull buyer Lonnie Tomerlin for investing in LMC Polled Rock to breed to his good Simbravieh herd.
A BIG HEARTY THANKS goes out to our ole buddies and repeat bull buyers Scott and Kacy Frazier for buying LMC WFF Polled Success.
MIL GRACIAS to our ole buddies Ken and Carolyn Abney for investing in ½ of LMC Polled Leader. Look for great results from this toro.
CONGRATULATIONS and WELCOME to the breed to Rachel and Dillon Varner for investing in LMC LF Polled Diplomat as their first herd sire.
A BIG HEARTY THANKS to our repeat buyer Kelly Barnard for buying LMC Mr. Polled Kansa – a beefy and clean son of Polled Success.
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Simbrahs, Simbraviehs & POLLED Brahmans CARLOS & SISTER GUERRA FAMILY PO Box 81 • Linn, TX 78563 956-383-7566 (Office) Carlos 802-1641 • Victor 607-5515 • Carlos Jr. 330-1963 MIL GRACIAS to our ole compadre and repeat bull buyer Mike England for investing in this smooth Ambassador son.
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New bull on the semen market with a great future co-owned with Schneider Brahmans. LMC POLLED INTEGRITY is an Ambassador x V8 “Tommy Bahama.”
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February 29, 2012 ABBA Annual Membership Meeting 9:00 a.m. Reliant Center World Brahman Federation Meeting 1:00 p.m. Reliant Center
March 16, 2012 Rio Grande Valley Brahman Show Mercedes, TX Judge: Jacob Tipp March 17, 2012 ABBA National F-1 Sale & TBA Brahman Sale Caldwell, TX
International Brahman Sale 5:00 p.m. - Pre-sale cocktail 6:30 p.m. - Sale begins
March 24, 2012 South Texas State Fair Beaumont, TX Judge: Brandon Cutrer
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March 24, 2012 Louisiana Brahman Association F-1 & Brahman Sale Carencro, LA
March 1, 2012 The Collection & Brahman Review Get-Together 4:30 p.m. Holiday Inn, Under the Tent March 1, 2012 ABBA Meet & Greet 6:30 p.m. Reliant Center, Make-Up Ring
March 30-31, 2012 Pattaya International Show Thailand April 13, 2012 Magic City & Select 7 Heifer Sale Miami, FL April 14, 2012 Miami International Cattle Show Miami, FL Judge: Dr. Jim Sanders
March 2, 2012 The Collection: Brangus & Brahman Sale 9:00 p.m. Holiday Inn, Under the Tent
April 14, 2012 Bulls Eye Ranch / Double A Ranch Haltered Heifer Sale Brenham, TX
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April 18-21, 2012 BIF Annual Meeting Houston, TX
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April 28, 2012 Brahman Elite Sale Hungerford, Texas April 28, 2012 Florida Brahman Field Day Kenansville, FL May 7-12, 2012 Beef Australia Rockhampton, Australia May 5, 2012 Deep South Brahman & F-1 Sale Hattiesburg, MS June 2, 2012 Okie Extravaganza Judge: Marcus Shackelford June 9, 2012 Hunt County Fair Greenville, Texas Judge: Steve Hudgins June 9, 2012 Carolina’s Brahman Sale Clemson, SC June 17-20, 2012 TJBA State Show Kerrville, TX July 1-8, 2012 World Brahman Congress Panama July 23-28, 2012 “All American” National Jr. Show Shawnee, OK
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Shackelford Named to ABBA Hall of Fame With years of dedication to Brahman breeding and ABBA service, Marcus Shackelford is inducted into the ABBA Hall of Fame for 2012
The Best of the Best: ABBA Hall of Fame Tribute Only the best make it to the Hall of Fame. In this tribute, we showcase the complete lineup of Hall of Fame Honorees.
Brahman Carcass Improvement Participation in the ABBA Carcass Evaluation program DOUBLED in 2012. Learn how breeders are making tremendous strides in improvement.
Early Importation Shape Brahman History A look at some history of the Brahman breed, adapted from Dr. Jim Sanders presentation at the 2011 ABBA Membership Convention.
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From The Staff
The Secret Is Out
Kyle & Crystal Devoll Take Ownership of Brahman Review In the Brahman breed, it’s hard to keep a secret. Especially one that is exciting with a little bit of juicy gossip. What’s the secret you ask? Well, The Brahman Review has new owners. Yes, you read that right. In late 2011, we began negotiations with Kyle and Crystal Devoll to acquire The American Brahman Review publication, and effective January 1, 2012 they became the magazine’s new owners. I’m sure you are wondering how we all managed to keep this to ourself. It was tough, considering our entire staff has close ties with the Brahman breed. When we made it through Fort Worth without a peep Crystal Devoll, pictured with the RHD team, on her visit to Wharton in from anyone about the deal, we knew we January to make the business transition. were in the clear. management firm. They are both A&M graduates and Why keep it a secret? Well, because live in Giddings, Texas. The Devoll’s host the Global HOUSTON is THE place to unveil the biggest news Collection Sale in Houston, that focuses on Brahman in the Brahman breed. Second, the Devoll’s wanted to influenced genetics. You’ve also probably noticed first SHOW people what they can do before word got Crystal’s name on lots of photos, especially in the out of their new ownership and others had a chance to Brangus breed. try to find something negative to say. Since they took Are we sad at RHD? When I first announced the ownership in January, they have actually put together deal, Stacey teared up. I teared up myself when I handed this entire issue! Our team offered a little help to aid off all the files to Crystal. Anyone who has watched the in the transition, but by and large, the entire magazine development of the magazine can see our passion. But, was done by Crystal. So, while the ownership name after much thought and prayer from both parties, this has changed, you can still expect the great advertising is best for the continued advancement of the Brahman quality and great stories that makes The Brahman breed...the breed that many of us here at RHD love Review so popular. The Devoll’s plan to keep the same format, same rates, with all our heart. We can’t express how much we have enjoyed publishing The Brahman Review. Thank you and the same mission of promoting the attributes of to everyone who subscribed, ran ads, and supported us Brahman cattle and Brahman F1s in the beef industry. along the way. We hope you’ll welcome the Devoll’s with But, they’ll be making the The American Brahman the same great Brahman hospitality that you showed Review even better. They will be greatly expanding the to us in the past two years. They will be in full force at video services for the magazine starting at Houston. Houston, ready to meet everyone and get to work. So, Watch for sale and show videos posted on our facebook as we pass the torch to this wonderful husband-and-wife page. team who’s roots are firmly planted in the cattle business, The Devoll’s are definitely not new to the cattle we say THANK YOU BRAHMAN FRIENDS. business. Kyle & Crystal have spent the past 13 years THANK YOU, and GOD BLESS! - Rachel Cutrer operating Cattle Solutions, a consulting and sale
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Lunch with Libby
Texting Your Friends During The Show? No, she’s not texting. She’s providing real time updates of Brahman events. This is just one of Libby Williams (our new ABBA Director of Communications and Activities) new ideas to promote the Brahman breed. And, she’s doing a great job! JOELYNN: So, what do you think of the Association thus far? LIBBY: I think it is wonderful. It is a tight knit family. It was a huge change moving to Houston from Colorado, so having that feeling of family is something I really appreciate from the breeders. JD: You are about to experience your first International Show. What are your thoughts on that? LW: I’m excited. I’ve never been to Houston during the Brahman show. I am still a little unsure of what to expect but I really am looking forward to it. I’ve heard so much and can’t wait to meet all the breeders and guests from around the world. Oh, and I am very ready to meet all of my Junior Board! This will be the first time I will have them all together at the same time, so I’m very ready to work with them. JD: What have you been working on lately? LW: I am staying busy, which is always a good thing. With the communications side, I have been
doing a lot of promotional efforts, like designing ads, keeping up with social media and just staying connected to everyone. I started an ABBA twitter account the other day and that is already showing signs of interest. I am also doing weekly eblast newsletters to everyone in ABBA. I also ran me first show by myself the other week, the junior Brahman show at Fort Worth. I must admit, I had to make a few calls to the main office, but it was a great way for me to learn. JD: What do you feel you can offer to the ABBA ? LW: I was not raised around Brahmans. So, I believe I offer different perspective on how to promote the breed. My point of view is new and fresh which will help when it comes time to improve marketing and advertising plans on reaching new breeders and juniors. I think my perspective will be helpful
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because I’m not used to focusing on just Brahmans, but the beef industry. JD: What are you most looking forward to with ABBA? LW: I still feel a little like an outsider since I’m still learning the breed and the people. I have the technical part of my job down, but what I really am interesting in is getting to know everyone. I am very excited to meet all of the wonderful breeders and becoming a part of the Brahman family. ©TABR
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Farewell Tributes Farewell Tributes
CLIFF SOWELL, SR., Cliff Sowell, Sr., 70, of Castroville, Texas, was called to heaven on January 19, 2012. He was born on CLIFF SOWELL, SR., November 11, 1941 to the late Raymond C. and Cecilia Cliff Sowell, Sr., 70, of Castroville, Texas, was called (Kowalik) Sowell. to Sowell heavenwas on January 19, Brahman 2012. He breeder was born on a dedicated and November 11, 1941 to the late Raymond C. and Cecilia enthusiast who held the cattle to the highest regard. He (Kowalik) Sowell. is remembered as a kind and gentle man who lived his a dedicated Brahman breeder and lifeSowell being was a friend to everyone. His love for Brahman enthusiast who held the cattle to the highest He cattle was only second to his appreciation andregard. gratitude is as a kind and gentle man lived to hisbe to remembered the people within the breed. It was hiswho last wish life being a by friend to everyone. Hisand love for Brahman recognized his fellow breeders respected by his cattle was only second to his appreciation and gratitude peers. to He the ispeople within thewife, breed. It wasSowell his lastofwish to be survived by his Dianne Devine; recognized by his fellow breeders and respected by his sons, Clifford L. Sowell, Jr. of Knoxville, TN, Raymond peers. K. Sowell of Devine; daughter, Danielle A. Schweers is survived by his wife, Dianneof Sowell of Devine; of He Devine; sister Ramona Townsend Corpus Christi; sons, Clifford L. Sowell, Jr. of Knoxville, TN, Raymond three grandchildren; and an entire breed forever inspired K. of Devine; daughter, Danielle A. Schweers by Sowell his kindness. of Devine; sister Ramona Townsend of Corpus Christi; three grandchildren; and an entire breed forever inspired by his kindness.
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CHRIS DICKENS Chris Dickens, 41, of Sumrall, Mississippi, was called to heaven on Christmas day, December 25, 2011. CHRIS DICKENS was a member of the the American Brahman Dickens Chris 41,and of Sumrall, Mississippi, was BreedersDickens, Association a member of the Lazy D called to heaven on Christmas day,the December Farms. Brahman cattle and farm life 25, were2011. one of his Dickens was a member of the the American Brahman biggest life passions. Chris was proud to work alongside Breeders andnephews a member Lazy D his father,Association brothers, and onofthetheDickens Farms. Brahman cattleenterprises. and the farm were oneinof his farm and other family Helife was raised biggest life passions. Chris was proud to work alongside the industry and is remembered by many as a truly his father, brothers, on the Dickens caring individual andand annephews active voice for the improved farm and other family enterprises. He was raised in promotion of the Brahman breed. theHe industry and is remembered by many as a truly is survived by a son, Hayes Dickens; parents, caring an active voiceJeff for Dickens; the improved Bobby individual & Carolynand Dickens; brother promotion of the Brahman breed. nephews, B.J. Dickens, Corey Dickens, Chase Dickens; is survived a son, Dickens; parents, allHe of Sumrall andbythe entireHayes Brahman breed. He is Bobby & Carolyn Dickens; brother Jeff Dickens; preceded in death by his brother Danny Dickens. nephews, B.J. Dickens, Corey Dickens, Chase Dickens; all of Sumrall and the entire Brahman breed. He is preceded in death by his brother Danny Dickens.
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News from ABBA abba announces judges list for fall 2012 and spring 2013 open shows show (open) Fall 2012
show (open) spring 2013
Bluebonnet Kick-Off Classic Brenham, TX (Aug) Brazos Valley Fair & Expo Collete Station TX, (Sept) Louisiana Sugar Classic New Iberia, LA (Sept) ARK-LA-MISS Fair Monroe, LA (Sept) Tennessee State Fair Nashville, TN (Sept) Washington County Fair Brenham, TX (Sept) East Texas Fair Tyler, TX (Sept) Heart of Texas Fair Waco, TX (Oct
Pan American Livestock Show National State Fair of Texas Dallas, TX (Oct) Arkansas State Fair Little Rock, AR (Oct) State Fair of Louisiana Shreveport, LA (Oct) Greater Jacksonville Fair Jacksonville, FL (Oct) Columbia County Fair Lake City, FL (Oct) Jambalaya Classic Gonzales, LA (Nov) National Peanut Festival Dothan, AL (Nov)
Arizona National Livestock Phoenix, AZ (Jan) South Florida Fair West Palm Beach, FL (Jan) Florida State Fair Tampa, FL (Feb) Southwestern Livestock Expo Fort Worth, TX (Jan) San Antonio Livestock Show San Antonio, TX (Feb) Dixie National Livestock Jackson, Ms (Feb) Kissimmee Valley Livestock Kissimmee, FL (Feb) Houston Livestock Show (International) Houston, TX (Mar) Rio Grande Valley Livestock Mercedes, TX (Mar) South Texas State Fair Beaumont, TX (Mar) Miami International Miami, FL (April) Okie Extravaganza Durant, OK (June) Hunt County Fair Greenville, TX (June)
Ryan Rathmann Doug Husfeld Marcus Shackelford Wes Hudson Shirley Watts Darrell Pitchford Mark McClintock
Larry Barthle Billie Farris Steve Hudgins Fred Dietrich Mitch Thomas Gene McCarter
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Paul Maulsby Quinten Smith Gerald Young Chad Breeding Dr. Craig Fontenot Nikki Johnson Jary Douglass Dr. Jim Sanders
Dr. Chris Skaggs Tammie Watts Dr. Cheryl Linthicum
Board Highlights The American Brahman Breeders Association held their winter board meeting in January in conjunction with the Fort Worth Stock Show. President, Bob Hudgins presided over reports from numerous activities and events of the association. Finance Committee The committee reported that the ABBA made a profit for 2011 and continues to carefully evaluate the budget for 2012 to ensure the success of the organization. The group had evaluated possible investment strategies for ABBA but took no action at this time. Member Services Committee This group will be hosting a membership drive during Houston as well as the 2012 All American. Youth Activities Committee Contest rules were evaluated and updated for the poster, photography, queen, princess, and public speaking contests. The show will include weigh and measuring for 2012 and the AJBA stamp will be recognized by the ABBA show committee.
Show Committee Judges were selected for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 ABBA show seasons. These assignments are available at www.brahman.org. International Committee The group is eagerly awaiting the 2012 World Brahman Congress to be held in Panama and encourages all members to attend. Research & Breed Improvement Committee Participation in the ABBA carcass merit program doubled in 2012. Communications Committee The new ABBA promotional video is and available for distribution. Marketing Committee The board approved a new program called “F1 Plus” which allows for the registry of 1/4 blood and 3/4 blood Brahman cross cattle. Executive Committee Awards were selected for the Houston Awards including Marcus Shackelford named to the ABBA Hall of Fame, the International Show dedicated to Bubba Sartwelle, Javier Souto named Friend of the Year, and Pedro Vallarino named International Friend of the Year.
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Fort Worth Stock Show January 17, 2012
Judge: Dr. Craig Fontenot
Fort Worth, TX - From the western heritage found in the stockyards, to the long line of standing hopefuls waiting for a taste of the cowboy burrito, Fort Worth is a show that any stockman should rank at the top of their lists. This year, almost 175 Brahmans made their way to cow town for the open show. ABBA approved judge Craig Fontenot spent a full day sorting through the competition in one of the most respected arenas in the nation. Fontenot started with the grey female show, where Lady H Mae Manso 66/9 was selected as grand champion female for owner Sarah Caffey. Now with calf at side, this female is sired by JDH Sir Shank Manso and is out of a +BNA Double Take daughter. Rhealee Spies exhibited the reserve grand champion grey female with another repeat champion, Miss BER 280 “Josie.” She is sired by JDH Mr Tula Manso and out of a Deacon daughter. In the red female show, Fontenot selected crowd favorite CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 exhibited by Wesley Thibodeaux for grand champion. Lady Rhineuax is headed to the International show with more points and championships than any other red female on the circuit. She is sired by +Mr H Red Rhino 765 and is out of a Sting Ray daughter. Reserve grand champion red female was exhibited by J&R Farms with Miss J&R 69/9. She too is sired by Red Rhino and out of a +HK Passport daughter. In the bull show, Fontenot selected his grand champion grey bull with JDH Roma Manso, exhibited by J.D. Hudgins, Inc. Roma is sired by JDH Mr. Echo Manso and is out of a +JDH Sir Lawford Manso daughter. The Hudgins crew also exhibited the reserve grand champion grey bull with JDH Clanton De Manso 313/8. This JDH Woodson De Manso son is out of a JDH Mr Amos Manso daughter. Grand champion red bull was exhibited by Broken Triangle Cattle Company with Mr Boken Triangle 9209 “Freight Train”. Fort Worth was the last championship 20 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
for the now deceased champion, who died shortly after the Fort Worth Show. He was sired by Mr. Comanche 175/4 and was out of a Mr Millionaire Suville 663. We will always remember him as one of the great red show bulls on the circuit in 2011 and 2012. Reserve grand champion red bull went to Marshall, Texas’ Mr TO Ferris 10/4, exhibited by Darby Oden. This Mr. Comanche son is out of a +Mr. 3H X-Ray 825 daughter.
GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Lady H Mae Manso 66/9 Exhibited by Sarah Caffey
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Miss BER 280 Exhibited by Rhealee Spies
RED FEMALE RESULTS
GREY FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion
Ms SS 230
Reserve Calf Champion
Miss V8 507/7
Miss BER 282
Reserve Intermediate Champion
Miss V8 463/7
Miss BER 280
Reserve Junior Champion
JDH Lady Gaga Manso
J.D. Hudgins, Inc.
Lady H Mae Manso 66/9
Reserve Senior Champion
GS Doc’s Ms Sugar Pride
Lady H Mae Manso 66/9
Reserve Grand Champion
Miss BER 280
Class winners exhibited by Heritage Cattle Company, Caroline Sargrera, V8 Ranch, Jacob Joyce, Faith McVay, J.D Hudgins, Inc., Rhealee Spies, Collen Callender, Sarah Caffey.
GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 Exhibited by Wesley Thibodeaux
GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL JDH Roma Manso Exhibited by J.D. Hudgins, Inc.
Ms SS 211
Reserve Calf Champion
DB Southern Style 846/1
Detering Red Brahmans
Ms TO Ruby 14/10 Grace Guvernator
Reserve Intermediate Champion
DB Southern Style 727/0
Detering Red Brahmans
Reserve Junior Champion
Ms BJW Cherry Sox 1/10
CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9
Reserve Senior Champion
Miss J&R 69/9
CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9
Reserve Grand Champion
Miss J&R 69/9
Class winners exhibited by: Circle T Cattle Company, Heritage Cattle Company, Detering Red Brahmans, Grant LaBove, Paden Allen, Bennett Farms, Herb Braswell, Grace Guvernator, Darby Oden, Kensey Smith, J&R Farms.
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE Miss J&R 69/9 Exhibited by J&R Farms
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GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL Mr Broken Triangle 9209 Exhibited by Broken Triangle Cattle Company GREY BULL RESULTS
RED BULL RESULTS JDH Clanton De Manso 313/8
Reserve Calf Champion
JDH Keystone Manos
JDH Troy Manso
Reserve Intermediate Champion
Mr V8 123/7
Junior Champion Reserve Junior Champion
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL Mr TO Ferris 10/4 Exhibited by Darby Oden
Reserve Calf Champion
Mr H Hampton Rojo 201/1
Heritage Cattle Company
Mr TO Ferris 10/4
Reserve Intermediate Champion
Mr TO Ammo 10/1
JDH Roma Manso
Mr. HVR 0/865
JDH Mr Manso 638
Happy Valley Ranch
BNA Bar Drake 411/0
Bar-Nel Ranch & SG Cattle Company
Mr Broken Triangle Broken 9209 Triangle Cattle Company
Reserve Senior Champion
Reserve Senior Champion
Mr V8 918/6
DB Southern Style 722/9
JDH Roma Manso
Reserve Grand Champion
JDH Clanton De Manso 313/8
Mr Broken Triangle Broken 9209 Triangle Cattle Company
Reserve Grand Champion
Mr TO Ferris 10/4
Class winners exhibited by: Bulls Eye Ranch, Heart L Ranch, Reese Ranch, J.D. Hudgins, V8 Ranch, Bar-Nel Ranch & SG Cattle Company, Amie Ferguson, Tic Tac Toe Ranch.
Detering Red Brahmans
Class winners exhibited by: JW Red Brahmans, Detering Red Brahmans, Bennett Farms, Heritage Cattle Company, Darby Oden, Happy Valley Ranch, Broken Triangle Cattle Company, Michaela Buford.
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According to 24 of our readers,
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What’s Your Favorite Stock Show Food? 10 11
roll, a baked potato loaded and of course something from Goode’s seafood in Houston!!
melody hogg Funnel cake
ashley bridges Funnel Cake, foot long Corn Dogs w/ LOTS of Mustard, Fried Oreos and Lemonaid stacey shanks Rainbow Dippin’ Dots
martha hollida garrett
gorden haley Penn’s fried catfish
Cinnamon rolls at Houston. Enough said. Cinnamon rolls at Fort Worth, Beef Sundae at San Antonio, Streusels in Houston
stacey green Cowboy burrito at Fort Worth gretchen dixon
Can’t get enough Fresh Squeezed lemonade :) Funnel cakes at Walker County Fair are delicious. Also Tad’s Bodacious Burrito’s Garlic Chicken Burrito - Houston.
Jambalya at any Louisiana Show Yummy!
carriere brahmans The Nunez’s fried sea-
food at Houston or any show! Thanks, Danny, Sissy,Rock, and Cheezeball!!!!!
sharon childre Cinnamon Rolls
clay espey Cinnamon Rolls
reagan melton Penn’s at the Dixie Nationals in Jackson, MS and a candy apple!
sloan williams hand dipped Blue Bell!
rachel cutrer Alamo tamale at Houston
Definitely have to go with the Cowboy Burrito in Fort Worth. I think we ate it every day.
I really don’t have one but Connie’s response is wow CINNAMON rolls !
derrick smith Red velvet funnel cake
toni collins Have to get at least one cinnamon
bulls eye ranch
I loved the Red Velvet Funnel cake too!!! So good, we ate one a day. :)
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miki buford Cowboy burrito in fort worth! emily forgason Dippin Dots arnold saunders
Texas trash, sausage, crackers and cheese.
adrian land Funnel cake
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Juniors take on the town in Fort Worth January 23, 2012
Judge: Chris Sankey
Fort Worth, TEXAS - As the opener for the spring Texas stock show season, Fort Worth means more than just fried food. This year, over 60 juniors across the state of Texas brought their red and grey females to the Fort Worth Junior show, judged by ABBA approved judge, Chris Sankey. As red and greys hit the ring together, Sankey found his grand champion female with open show reserve champion, Miss BER 280 “Josie” exhibited by Rhealee Spies. Josie is sired by JDH Mr Tula Manso and is out of a +BNA The Deacon Manso 253 daughter. Reserve grand champion female was exhibited by Diana Martinez, with JCH Lady Diana 109. Lady Diana is sired by +Mr H Maddox Manos 684 and is out of a +JDH Mr. Union Manso daughter. ©TABR
Grand Champion Female Miss BER 280 Exhibited by Rhealee Spies
Division results for the day were as follows: Junior Female results Calf Champion
Miss 4T 236
reserve Calf Champion
CMM Miss Loma Manso 07
JCH Lady Diana
reserve Junior Champion
Miss 7 Oaks
Miss BER 280
reserve senior Champion
Miss V8 300/7
Miss BER 280
reserve Grand Champion
JCH Lady Diana
Class winners exhibited by: Cody Morgan, Cody Gollisch, Katlyn Smith, Audrey Mays, Dannah Jeske, Diana Martinez, Ashley Mays, Keaton Shulte, Rhealee Spies, Evan Acevedo, Hannah Callaway
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reserve Grand Champion Female JCH Lady Diana Exhibited by Diana Martinez
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Management Strategies to Improve End Product Dr. Brandi Bourg – Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Mississippi State University
The American consumer expects a safe, wholesome, high quality eating experience each time they purchase a steak from the grocery store or restaurant. As stocker or cow/ calf producers, it’s easy to assume that we have little impact on the eating experience of the American consumer, but we’re still beef producers impacting our ultimate product, that ribeye steak that will keep that consumer coming back for more beef. There are many common management practices (some even before that calf is born) that can improve the quality of our end product. Many of these management strategies are relatively easy to implement, and many producers may already be using these strategies for economic reasons. Previous research and experience has shown that genetics have a huge impact on the variation we see in beef quality and tenderness. Implementing selection practices for improved carcass quality at the cow/calf level can have drastic impacts on the end product. Most breed associations today provide several carcass EPD’s, and some even combine these EPD’s into an index value to better select cattle more likely to produce progeny with improved quality, yield, or even tenderness. In addition, there are numerous companies that currently
offer a wide range of DNA tests that aid in predicting carcass quality. In fact, as a breeder you may already be implementing some of these genetics into your herd without even realizing their impact on the consumer. Many stocker producers often purchase calves with little to no knowledge of their genetic background, and therefore have limited control over this management area. However, there are numerous other management strategies which they do control that may affect the end product. Calf health is one major area which most producers consider only effects their bottom line, but it may have a major impact on carcass quality as well. Mississippi Farm to Feedlot data illustrates the impact that calf health can have on profit and carcass quality. Summarizing 6 years and 2,751 head of Mississippi steers fed through this program, shows that we can divide calves into one of three groups based on their health at the feedyard. Calves were either untreated (Healthy), treated once (ONE), or treated twice or more (TWO+). Healthy calves gained 3.43 lb/day, while calves treated TWO+ only gained 3.09 lb/d. Those steers treated at least once also had less hot carcass weight, backfat thickness, and calculated yield grade. All of this
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loss of performance and carcass quality added up to less net return from finishing. Steers that stayed healthy throughout finishing brought $60.79 more than steers treated once, and $188.69 more than steers treated twice or more. This data emphasizes the importance of a good herd health program, and the effect it can have on your bottom line. Sickness can affect carcass quality as well. Over 16,000 head fed through the Texas A&M Ranch to Rail Program showed that sick calves had 12% lower Choice carcasses than healthy calves. When cattle are sold on a grid based system, the impact of quality grade on carcass value is immediately felt, as many of these grids are quality based. In addition, the impact that quality grade has on the consumer’s eating experience has been well documented. A good herd health program starts at home. It is essential to develop a good working relationship with your local veterinarian, and develop a vaccination strategy that
is tailored to your herd. One thing that is important to consider when designing your vaccination schedule, is timing of the initial vaccine and subsequent boosters. Weaning time is a very stressful point in an animal’s life, and the stress of weaning can weaken that calf ’s ability to build an immune response. Establishing antibodies to disease is vital, and when that animal’s immune system is compromised during this stressful situation, it may not build sufficient antibodies to protect against future disease. Therefore, it is recommended that for added protection, vaccinations be given 30 to 60 days prior to weaning, and then repeated at weaning time.
A good preconditioning program is designed to create weaned, properly immunized calves that will perform well when stockered or fed. These management strategies add value not just for the producer implementing the program, but throughout the beef industry. Conventionally, these programs will include basic vaccinations for clostridial and respiratory diseases, parasite control, castration, dehorning, and acclimating calves to feed and water troughs. This added value is realized through calves that exhibit reduced incidence and costs of illness, improved weight gains and feed efficiency, and even improved end product quality.
As beef producers in all segments of the industry, it is always important to consider our ultimate end product, beef. It is vital that we remember that our management practices at all segments of the beef industry have an impact on the quality of beef that we produce. From selecting high quality breeding animals to ensuring that stocker cattle are vaccinated and healthy, these management strategies impact our bottom line. Remember we can have a big effect on that consumer’s eating experience when they purchase that ribeye steak, and keep them coming back for more nutritious and delicious beef. ©TABR HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 31
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Florida Brahman Breeder & Supporter named ABBA “Friend of the Year”
The story of our Javier Souto became a member of the Brahman family is – as he puts it – “a long one”. Souto was born in Cuba and spent a large portion of his childhood there. He was used to cattle, seeing that two of his uncles were in the Brahman business. Both had small herds in what Souto called ‘the glory days’. “It was in the late 40’s to about 1958 or so. Those were the hay days for Brahman in Cuba,” reflects Souto. “Everyone had large herds and all were doing really well with them,” says Souto. “One of my uncles actually showed the cattle. He would take them all over, and even into the United States to shows in Florida and, of course, to Houston. I would tag along with him and see how wonderful the people in the breed really were and special the cattle were.” The show herd that Souto’s uncle worked with was comprised mostly of United States genetics. The herd consisted of breeding from, as Souto recalls, ‘a little bit of Hudgins, Jacobs, the old Norris breeding of Florida, and the list goes on.” Souto’s family herd was rich in some of the top genetics the Brahman breed has seen, and even some from Jamaica. “It was a really good herd. When my uncle would go on trips to purchase more cattle, I would go with him. Eventually, those trips brought me to school in the United States. I’ve been here ever since.” Since that time, Souto and his family have stayed in the United States. He began getting into politics, but he claims he always had Brahman on his mind. It was not until Souto was visiting his son at school in Dallas, Texas that he came face to face, once again, with the animal that was so magical to him as a child. He came across McKenney Brahmans, owned by Dr. Carl & Nancy McKenney, and started following them at local Brahman shows. “From that moment on, I was once again hooked on going to shows,” says Souto. 34 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
In the meantime, Souto held the office of State Senator, Representative and is now a current county commissioner. With that governmental power gave Souto the opportunity to share his love for agriculture and shows with the rest of the Miami community. He developed a large park and facility named the Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center. Originally, the space was used for horse shows and other such events. It was Souto’s dream come true. “Eventually I started hosting cattle shows at the center. It took some time, but we created the Miami International Agriculture and Cattle Show. This year will be our 5th annual show, and I could not be more thrilled,” says Souto. It is clear that when Souto speaks of this show, he does so with tremendous pride and love for the breed. To say the Miami International Agriculture and
Cattle Show is a success is an understatement. Each year, thousands and thousands of citizens in the Miami area attend the show, where Brahman is the main draw for the event. Those who have exhibited at the show report that the crowds are unbelievable, with so many Miami residents interested in the cattle. The Miami show is also home to The Magic City Sale, which includes semen and live cattle. Much of the proceeds of this event are used for charitable contributions to help non-profit organizations. Souto is recognized as Friend of the Year, not only for his works with the Miama show and sale, Souto, pictured with fellow Al Bueno and Jim Williams at the 2011 International but the potential that it – and in Brahman Sale. Both Bueno and Williams are patrons of the Miami Show. turn, HE – has created. “Miami is the city where the worlds meet! It is home to one the largest international airports and is essentially the travel and business destination for the World.” With this in mind, the Miami show has created a window of opportunity for any breeder to sell, trade, and meet other breeders from around the globe. Even more helpful is that Souto has focused almost the entire event on Brahman. He recognizes the need for the breed all over the world, and has made Miami the place for Brahman to flourish. So, what does the man that has helped so many think of the honor of being ABBA Friend fo the Year? “I was so surprised to hear Souto travels to countless events, shows, meetings and field days in promotion of the the news! I could not believe my Brahman breed. He is a friend to all and true enthusiast of the breed. Pictured here ears!,” exclaims Souto. with past ABBA president, Billy Dan Lindley of Texas. “I am just a Brahman enthusiast trying to help my friends in the breed, and I never worked with and met over the years my life. This breed expected this! I really must say that being named Friend truly is magical, and I will forever love it.” of the Year humbled me. Houston has meant so much To the man that helps put magic in the breed, we say to me and my family and my history with Miami. I owe thank you, and congratulations! ©TABR both the show and the many many people who I have HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 35
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very year, the ABBA takes a look at its current and past members. They consider those that have gone beyond a member’s normal call of duty. They think about those individuals who have made an impact to the breed and its breeders. They discuss the people that really make the American Brahman and its association proud. Some years they think of just one person. Other years a few names stand out. But whomever the association agrees upon is inducted into the ABBA Hall of Fame, an honor only a few breeders have ever been awarded. This year the ABBA is pleased to name the 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee as Marcus Shackleford. Shackleford, a graduate from the University of Florida, has been involved with the Brahman breed since the glory days. Now living in Wauchula, Florida with his wife Linda, he began his journey to the Hall of Fame in the early 1970s. “I was young. Those were the days of large herds, not just in the state of Florida – but everywhere. Most folks had herds up around the area of 500 to 600 head. W.H. Stuart, U.S. Sugar, Partin. They all were leading the breed in quality and numbers. Most places started almost as large as what commercial herd numbers were in order to raise their own bulls. I ran the circuit with some of these guys, and would listen to all of their
stories. It was a great way to meet people and learn new ideas from their experiences,” says Shackleford. He thinks back to those days and all of the time he spent with the breeders who are now considered legends. When asked what his fondest memory was of those individuals, he laughs and says, “I was always DD for them! That was always entertaining! But on a serious note, I got to meet AJ Marceaux and Edgar Hudgins. Just spending an hour talking with either of those two meant getting such a wealth of knowledge passed onto me. It is amazing how much they knew and how much they meant to breeders like me. I soaked it all up like a sponge!” Shackleford finds that the largest difference between Brahman cattle then and Brahman cattle now is simple, numbers. He says that the breed that used to dominate the southern part of the country as well as most commercial herds is now being led by the junior show ring. “These young exhibitors are looking for show calves whether it is purebred or f1s. They typically do not have large herds, which has decreased the size of our averages. When I was ABBA President, the registration numbers were up around 20,000 which is much larger than it is today. This isn’t a bad thing, though. For every new young junior comes the potential
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of a lifelong breeder for generations to come,” says Shackleford. On the note of his role in the ABBA, Shackleford held the office of President from 1987-1989. He was only 42 years old when he was elected, making him one of the youngest presidents of that time. During his reign, he accomplished what others would like impossible. He was the first president to elect a non-board member to a committee, he passed the sire summary, held the National Junior show and the National show the same week, maintained an extensive AI program for over 20 years, exported cattle across the globe, and much much more. He meant more and did more for the association than even he can realize. “He is one of the greatest men to work with this association and breed. When you look back on the old Hall of Fame inductee pictures, he is there being the one to present each person with their honor. There is no better person to be named as this year’s Hall of Fame Honoree,” says Chris Shivers. When Shackleford was president, he made it his primary goal to give the association the same kind of support and love that it had given him. He was successful in that manner and is still considered one of the greats. With that mentality, he was certain to make many memories along the way. “One of my best memories of being president was getting to travel all over and spend time with all the breeders and members. The people that raise these cattle are what make it so special. Both foreign and domestic, it is hard to find a breeder that will not welcome you with open arms, share something special and make an impact on you. Our breed is wonderful. You have so many different opportunities and you can meet so many
interesting people. It’s special,” says Shackleford. Those people made such an impression on Shackleford, that when it came time to write the Brahman book, he immediately thought of the sentimental value of the people he was surrounded by. “When the book was written, the meeting we were in was half over. It dawned on me to have the people in the meeting sign the book. Half of the people that did sign it are passed away now. It means something to look back on their names and recognize what they did for our breed. They were all my friends and I really cherished working with them.” Being able to grow up around the leading names within the breed will teach someone much more than how to pick out a Brahman bull, it is something that makes a lasting impression on someone’s thoughts and attitude. When asked who his mentors were within the breed, Shackleford gave no hesitation with his response. “All of them. I was blessed with the opportunity to work with some pioneers and some guys who were just getting their feet wet. All of them showed me more than they think. I traveled a lot with Herman Beville. He had me on board in the 1940s and 1950s. Then there was Margaret Watkins. She was one of the nicest, most helpful people in the world. We do not have enough of those type of women today. A lot of people can tell you the history of our breed like those people could. Now they are all gone. It is up to my generation to keep the heritage living. Then there was Ted Mangum and Johnny Mangum. They were the most gracious people I’ve ever met. All of them, every single one… they all hold such a warm place in my heart,” speaks Shackleford.
“We know what we have with the Brahman breed. It is something that everyone needs and everyone is looking for. My advice is for us to keep doing what we are doing and make is great. We can make our pioneers proud.” - Marcus Shackelford
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To talk with the man who sat next to the greats is like watching an old black and white movie of how the Brahman breed became what it is today. The amount of emotion and trust that he keeps with these memories will make anyone bow their head with respect. But in the light of today’s market and today’s ‘new Brahman’, what does Shackleford think is the most important piece of advice? “For us in Florida, we got to enjoy the export boom in the 1970s. This is a little because we had stickly a commercial market. A lot of folks wanted our cattle, then because they worked well no matter what. We have a little bit of a different market since our climate is very tropical, and we have always done a really nice job selling commercial bulls that WORK! I used to tease Hudgins. We have had 20 years of excellent commercial cattle. Now that is not to say we don’t like and respect the show ring. I have not missed a Houston in close to 40 years! But look what is driving our cow herds? Look what is pulling us out of the
drought? Those commercial cattle! I’ve judged cattle for quite some time. I even judged the International show in 1992 and the National show in 2000. We know what we have with the Brahman breed. It is something that everyone needs and everyone is looking for. My advice is for us to keep doing what we are doing and make is great. We can make our pioneers proud.” With such knowledge, the humble Shackleford has been sure to produce genetics worth bragging about. He bred the Show Bull of the Year in 2004 with Doc Holiday, Jr. which is considered to be one of the most successful sired in modern time. Even today, Shackleford’s bloodlines reign superior in both the bull and heifer rings. Just look for the MDS prefix and you know you have an animal that has been carefully produced with practical sense and dedication. From every breeder who is able to look at his/her pasture of cattle with a smile, we thank you for your love and dedication, Mr. Marcus Shackleford. May you forever be the inspiration to us and so many were to you. ©TABR.
PAST ABBA PRESIDENTS Marcus, pictured in 2011 with four of his fellow past ABBA presidents: Mike Partin, Sloan Williams, Bob Parish, and Jim Williams
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Brahmans bringing the heat to the Florida state Fair February 9, 2012
Judge: Lee Pritchard
Tampa, FLORIDA - The spring show season is full speed ahead, and it still feels like winter! But that didn’t stop Brahman cattle from across the south to herd to the Florida State Fair on February 9th. ABBA approved judge, Lee Pritchard had the honor of sorting through that show were red and greys competed together. Starting with the females, Pritchard found his grand champion with Miss V8 137/7, exhibited by L2 Ranch. The reigning International reserve champion is sired by +JDH Karu Manso 800 and is out of a +Mr. V8 287/5 daughter. With calf at side, she will be one to watch this year in Houston. Reserve grand champion was exhibited by 5M Farms and Wyatt Manual with 5M Miss Rojo Valentine 214/1. Coming out of the calf division, this red female is sired by FCC Cash in the Sting and is out of a Mr. V8 987/5 daughter. Shifting gears to the bull show, Pritchard selected his grand champion bull with Mr DF 91/9 exhibited by Dyess Farms. Racking in another champion banner, “Snowman” is sired by JDH Mr Constance Manso and is out of a +JDH Sir Lawford daughter. Reserve grand champion bull was exhibited by D Bar Ranch with SCD Didor Esto 623. The correct grey show bull of the year is sired by +SCD Didor Esto 302 and is out of a Mr. V8 777/4 daughter. ©TABR Division results for the day were as follows: Open Female results Calf Champion
5M Miss Rojo Valentine 214/1
reserve Calf Champion
D Bar Miss 766/1
D Bar Ranch
Bar L Magnolia
reserve Intermediate Champion
Miss JH 104/0
5M Miss Rojo Bar 307/0
reserve Junior Champion
GS Ms Annette 161N
L2 Ranch & Robert Newsome
Grand ChampIOn Bull Mr DF 91/9 “Snowman” Exhibited by Dyess Farms
Grand ChampIOn Female Miss V8 137/7 Exhibited by L2 Ranch
Grand Champion Female
L2 Ranch 5M Farms
Open Bull results Calf Champion
D Bar 780
D Bar Ranch
reserve Calf Champion
GS Mr Doc Manso 379
Gray Shadow Ranch
5M King Tut 697/0
reserve Intermediate Champion
Mr. V8 31/7
Mr. V8 16/7
reserve Junior Champion
IS Mr A Plus 82
Mr DF 91/9
reserve senior Champion
SCD Didor Esto 623
D Bar Ranch
Mr DF 91/9
SCD Didor Esto 623
D Bar Ranch
Miss V8 137/7
Grand Champion Bull
reserve senior Champion
GS Doc’s MS Sugar Pride 335
reserve Grand Champion Bull
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Miss V8 137/7
reserve Grand Champion Female 5M Miss Rojo Valentine 214/1
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south Florida state Fair January 23, 2012
Judge: dr. Neil Burchman, New Mexico
West Palm Beach, Florida - Grab your sunglasses and lemonade! Brahmans are hitting West Palm Beach! on January 23, dr Neil Burchman sorted through the South Florida Fair Brahman show where reds and greys were shown under the same hot sun. Burchman began by selecting grand champion female with GS doc’s Sugar Pride 355 exhibited by F&r Brahmans. This MdS doc’s Pride 196 sired female is out of a +-GS Emporer didor 135 daughter. reserve grand champion female went to Miss V8 137/7 exhibited by l2 ranch. She is sired by +JdH Karu Manso 800 and is out of a +Miss V8 228/6 daughter. Turning to the bull show, dyess Farms exhibited the grand champion bull with the infamous Mr dF 91/9 “Snowman”. This JdH Mr Constance Manso son is out of a JdH Sir lawford Manso daughter. reserve grand champion honors went to SCd didor Esto 623 exhibited by d Bar ranch and Valley B Enterprises didor 623 is sired by +SCd didor Esto 302 and is out of a +Mr. V8 777/4 daughter. ©TaBr division results for the day were as follows: Open Female results
reserve Junior Champion
Miss V8 374
MK Farms, Valley B Enterprises
GS doc’s MS Sugar Pride 335
F&r Brahmans, Valley B Enterprises
reserve senior Champion
Miss V8 137/7
Grand Champion Female
GS doc’s MS Sugar Pride 335
F&r Brahmans, Valley B Enterprises
reserve Grand Champion Female Miss V8 137/7
Open bull results Calf Champion
d Bar Mr 780
d Bar ranch, Valley B Enterprises
reserve Calf Champion Intermediate Champion
5M King Tut 697/0 5M Farms, legacy Cattle Company
reserve Intermediate Champion
Mr V8 31/7
V8 ranch, legacy Cattle Company
iS Mr a Plus 82
reserve Junior Champion
Mr V8 16/7
V8 ranch, legacy Cattle Company
d Bar Miss 766/1
d Bar ranch, Valley B Enterprises
Mr dF 91/9
reserve Calf Champion
SrW Miss Flying W 826
Flying W ranch, legacy Cattle Company
reserve senior Champion
Bar l Magnolia 105
SCd didor Esto 623
reserve Intermediate Champion
Miss JH 104/0
Wyatt Manual, legacy Cattle Company
d Bar ranch, Valley B Enterprises
Grand Champion bull
Mr dF 91/9
Miss V8 326/7
reserve Grand Champion bull
SCd didor Esto 623
d Bar ranch, Valley B Enterprises
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GRand ChampIon bull Mr DF 91/9 “Snowman” Exhibited by Dyess Farms
ReSeRve GRand ChampIon bull Mr DF 91/9 Exhibited by Dyess Farms
GRand ChampIon Female GS Doc’s MS Sugar Pride 335 Exhibited by F&R Brahmans & Valley B Enterprises
ReSeRve GRand ChampIon Female SCD Didor Esto 623 Exhibited by D Bar Ranch & Valley B Enterprises
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By Joelynn Donough
From the young boy afraid of the elevator ride at the Rice Hotel during his first trip to the Houston show in 1948...to having that very same show dedicated to him in 2012, Leslie “Bubba” Hudgins has made his mark on the Brahman breed through family heritage, dedication and love. 52 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
GROWING UP ON JDH SETS BUBBA’S FOUNDATION Bubba grew up on J.D. Hudgins ranch in Hungerford, Texas during the 1940s, and in essence during the age of new beginnings for the American Brahman. His father, Edgar Hudgins, was one of the pioneers of the beloved animal we BUBBA HUDGINS all celebrate today. When 6 MONTHS OLD asked about those days, Hudgins gives a laugh and simply says, “It was a blast!” Being a young man growing up in this environment paved the way for the person we dedicate our show to in 2012. But, you may be wondering one thing; where did the name Bubba come from? “You know, I got it when I was about 2 or 3 days old really. My older brother Joe couldn’t say my name so he called me Bubba. It stuck. I go all over the world, and that’s how people know me. It’s pretty funny,” says Hudgins. Like the nickname, some of Hudgins’ fondest memories involve his brother. When not on the ranch, the two spend their time with their other passion; hunting. “We did a lot of mink trapping and duck and goose hunting. We could go 10 or 12 miles in either direction and hunt. Joe and I would have thousands and thousands of geese at our mercy during those days. I still love hunting. When we were little, the book mobile would come around town and we would all run in the street to get our books. I would always go for the wildlife, hunting and travel ones. I thought it was all so wonderful. I wanted to travel the world more than anything.” However, being a Hudgins, there has always been a relationship with the Brahman. Bubba speaks of his early duties on the ranch and how Edgar and Walter would put the family children to work gentling the ranch’s calves. “I started out when I was about five or six. My dad put us into divisions to gentle groups of about 25 calves per crew. Me, Joe, Karen Mangum – now Gubert, Richard Forgason, Coleman Locke, we all were there working on those babies. We would get them used to our touch, sounds and eventually would halter them – with halters we all handmade! It was a real rodeo! I mean
BUBBA SHOWING +JDH LOXEY GAMEL DE MANSO, 1965 BESIDES BRAHMAN CATTLE AND HIS FAMILY, HUNTING IS ONE OF BUBBA’S BIGGEST PASSIONS IN LIFE
most of those calves were much bigger than us. But our only concern always was our toes. We ran around without shoes on, so we did not want to be stepped on!” laughs Hudgins. “It wasn’t a high paying job. You got 25 cents in the morning and 25 cents in the afternoon. If you only worked in the morning, then you only got 25 cents that day. But at that time it only cost 9 cents to see the picture show, so we really were making out good.” Getting to be around cattle at that young of an age taught Hudgins the practical knowledge he still uses today and hopes to pass on. “I still have my grandchildren gentle our calves today just like we did. There is something about kids, their voices and actions that cattle tend to take better to. But at the same time, when it comes to cattle, nothing can teach you about them like actually spending time working with them. I learned that firsthand from dad.” HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 53
BUBBA HUDGINS, PICTURED WITH COWBOYS WHILE JUDGING A SHOW IN ARGENTINA
BUBBA HUDGINS AND EDGAR HUDGINS, DURING THEIR 1974 AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA JUDGING TRIP
LEARNING FROM EDGAR The relationship Hudgins had with his father Edgar Hudgins was one of trust, gratitude and admiration. “He was my mentor,” says Bubba. “My father taught me more about Brahman cattle and how to be around them and respect them than anyone else ever could. I liked working with him and being able to pick up new ideas about anything pertaining to the cattle, our ranch and the industry. He really taught me a lot,” says Hudgins. But the one teaching he values most from his father is that of selection. “My dad really taught me how to make breeding decisions and how to select our cattle so that they will work. I watched him use it on our herd and still use those practices today. He taught me what worked and why. Now, when I select cattle, I do what my father taught me. First, I select on soundness. Then, I like my Brahmans to have good breed character. I want my bulls to be masculine and my heifers to be feminine. Finally, conformation. I want to make good, quality beef cattle that are balanced and supply the dimension needed from herd to herd. This is a selection base I learned from my father and I have passed those pointers to my two sons, Steve and Rex.”
on the circuit. He was said to be a Brahman bull named Hitler. Now, this was at the time of the war, so with a name like that we knew he had to be a bad one.” “Well, Dad took us to the show and to the rodeo,” Bubba continues. “It was a year for firsts; it was the first International show and it was the first time I was in an elevator. Boy, did that scare me! But anyway, dad took us to the rodeo just so we could see Hitler. When he spun out of chute #3, we had never been so disappointed. It was no Brahman at all, but a yellowish, orange brindle bull!” laughs Hudgins. Since then J.D. Hudgins has missed only one International show.
BUBBA’S FIRST HOUSTON SHOW: 1948 Traveling and learning from his father, Hudgins was able to experiences many adventures outside ranch life. He thinks back to the first time he went to the International Show. “It was 1948, and Joe and I would call into the Houston radio station to hear about what was happening at the rodeo,” Bubba reflects. “We heard of this one bull that the radioman said was the meanest, roughest, toughest and most ferocious bull 54 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
BUILDING HIS BRAHMAN EXPERIENCES In later years, Hudgins began to manage a herd of commercial cows for the ranch. He claims this is where he learned the importance of how to make cattle that work and are efficient, but also the responsibility of running a herd. After time, he became involved in the purebred sector. “I took a 300 head purebred herd and managed it myself. I took what my dad had taught me and what I learned with the commercial herd,” Hudgins says. He then started traveling with the J.D. Hudgins show cattle, marketing their genetics along the way. “I even took some cattle out to Phoenix, Arizona before there was a Brahman show even there,” Bubba recalls. “We weren’t even allowed to take our Brahman cattle in the barn so we stalled outside. And what do you know, it snowed that day in Phoenix for the first time. Those poor cows. But, snow or no snow, we had more people come outside and look at our cattle then what other breeds did in the barn!”
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BUBBA HUDGINS, PICTURED WITH WENDELL SCHRONK, MEETING WITH BRAHMAN OFFICIALS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE When asked what he thinks has been the biggest influence on the Brahman breed, Hudgins’ wife, Carrie (along with many other Brahman breeders) thought of Manso, the Hudgins’ legendary bull. “Manso, don’t you think?” says Carrie, who has been closely involved with ranch administrative operations since she and Hudgins married in 1960. But Bubba responded to a different leader who has best shaped the breed’s success. “No, it is the F1 female,” responds Hudgins with a nod. “If it weren’t for her, we would be in trouble. 90% of our bulls go to commercial herds to make F1s. Those herds keep our breed, and the cattle business as a whole, going. The F1 female answers so many of our concerns in the south and beyond. She truly is, as Sartwelle says, the queen of cow country.” BUBBA’S 71L BRAND AND THE LITTLE H The ‘half-circle-L’ brand of J.D. Hudgins ranch is recognized today around the world. However, one brand may be a little unfamiliar to some: the 71L brand that Bubba uses on some of his red cattle. The 7IL is actually the oldest brand registered to the Hudgins name. “That brand was used in the late 1800s and early 1900s on the ranches mules that were used to plow the cotton fields,” Bubba explains. “Each mule was branded on the check and since the brand reads the same whether it is flipped upside down or right side up, it was a really easy brand to keep.” Bubba bought that brand when he had his herds, but it was a little too large for the shoulder. So, instead of 56 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
BUBBA HUDGINS, PICTURED WITH REX A. MANSO, AT THE WHARTON SHOW
the 7IL, he started branding his cattle with his current shoulder brand, the little h. “That 7IL brand is comical to think about, though,” Hudgins says with a smile. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL With the customer and the betterment of his herd always in mind, Hudgins has done his fair share of traveling to market and to make relations with his potential buyers. He has traveled to every country in Central and South American, half of Asia and Africa, says his admiring wife, Carrie. He has literally been all over the world in efforts for the Brahman breed, which includes judging shows. “The first show I judged was with my dad. I more assisted him, but it was in 1974 at the Royal Show in Brisbane, Australia. It was a big deal for that country and to us! After the show, we spent 30 days touring Australia, then headed to the Island of Mauritius then jumped to South Africa. It was a long trip, but it was my first big show to judge and I will always hold that memory as a time with my dad,” says Hudgins. One of the
THE HUDGINS BROTHERS PICTURED WITH THEIR MOTHER, ALLENE
BUBBA HUDGINS, PICTURED WITH HIS FATHER EDGAR, IN AUSTRALIA IN THE 1970S. THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN AT A HOUSE MADE ENTIRELY OUT OF GLASS BOTTLES.
interesting pieces that Hudgins takes from judging across the world is an appreciation for the kind of cattle that work in each country. “Before you step into the ring, you have to have something in mind. Some countries cannot handle large framed, big cattle because of their environments. Others it works perfectly on. You just have to remember each country’s needs, especially in terms of size, and judge them accordingly.” Being respected enough to travel the world, marketing his own genetics and evaluating others has given Hudgins an appreciation for international breeding programs. “Of all the breeders in Brahman today, I most respect those in Columbia. The first time I went there, the cattle were still heavily influenced with Nellore. However, I recently judged Congress and the quality of their cattle have extremely increased. They are all uniform and high quality. They really turned out for that show. I remember the two-year-old bull class. There were 125 bulls in the class, and let me tell you, there were some cracker jacks in there.” Additionally, Paraguay and Mexico have done an extremely good job with their cattle, says Hudgins. “All those countries have really increased their cattle’s quality over the past 15 years. It takes that long to make change, and they have done so.”
Aside from Wellington, some of Hudgins all-time favorites include Madison 737 and Maru 347. “Everyone has produced top bulls that work for their programs. U.S. Sugar Corporation, V8, everyone. The key is to produce what works best for you,” says Hudgins. “Dakota was a favorite when we wanted long, level, clean sheathed bulls,” says Bubba. “Karu was an extremely successful bull in his day, being named International Champion. Money wise, his semen sales still to this day made him the highest generator of income for our ranch.” “Then there is Mosely,” says Bubba. “He has continued to reproduce himself in foreign countries. What all these bulls have in common is that they were the type that would perform well for their time.” The love Hudgins has for his cattle is apparent, but there is one bull that Bubba loved so much, it was the route to naming his youngest son Rex. “I had a bull, Rex A. Manso. During that time, he was the winningest bull in the ABBA. He was about medium height, thick, deep and really stylish. He sired many of the cows on our ranch. I loved that bull and his name! So when it came time to name our youngest son, I named him Rex Hudgins,” says Hudgins.
(Left to right),Tom, Joe, Allene, Bill, Bob, and Bubba
BUBBA’S FAVORITE BULLS Over years of experience, a few bulls from his herd stick out in Hudgins’ mind. “My favorite bull that we bred and raised is Wellington 527. He is my kind. He is the beefiest Brahman bull, and he has all the qualities I look for,” says Bubba.
THOUGHTS ON TODAY, AND THE FUTURE FOR BUBBA Like most Brahman breeders, Hudgins and the rest of the ranch have recently been faced with their toughest challenge yet: the drought. Hudgins says the ranch has seen very little rain from January of last year to January of this year. “The cattle were on the ground, looking for food. We HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 57
BUBBA CONSULTING AT THE ROMANO RANCH IN PARAGUAY BUBBA HUDGINS, THE STEER SHOWMAN
Bubba exhibited the Grand Champion F1 Steer att the 1968 Fort Worth Stock Show with a Brahman cross steer.
could not run this without had to do supplement hay, them. I owe them the but we didn’t have enough herd’s current success” rain for our hay fields. We As for Hudgins’ future were fortunate, though. with the JDH herd? Well, We trucked a lot of hay old habits die hard. from Louisiana. But, thank “Dr. James Forgason goodness for Brahmans,” recently asked me what I says Bubba. thought us older folks have “No other cattle than a accomplished in our time Brahman would be able on the ranch,” says Bubba. to survive and could have “I told James...I started out withheld the summer in this breed gentling calves heat and humidity,” says THE BUBBA HUDGINS FAMILY, CHRISTMAS 2011 at 6 years old. Now, I’m (Left to right),Lisa and Steve, Bubba, Carrie, Amy, Suzie, and Rex Bubba. “I even had a 15 almost 72 and I am STILL foot catfish pond dry up!” gentling calves!” Bubba exclaims in reference to the drought. Hudgins reaction to having the show that started it all “I had no idea how my cattle were surviving. Then I be dedicated to him? “It’s a true honor,” he says. noticed they were eating the palamedos plants almost Hudgins thanks the breed that made his childhood completely to the ground. I could not believe it. I was book-mobile dreams of seeing the world become reality. worried at first, about the fiber of the cattle’s stomach, “We have a breed of cattle that performs like no other. but they lived off of it. I don’t think I have thin cows, The Brahman cross does what no other cow can. We but I was worried and still am. But our Brahman cattle need to continue to push that as much as possible. have done excellent thus far,” says Hudgins. “Forty years ago, we were working toward essentially Time may have passed since the days of Hudgins the same goal...proving that the Brahman breed is youth, but some things will forever remain the same. superior to all others. We are continuing to be one step “Things are very similar for my sons to what it was closer in making and proving that goal. There is no like when my dad was in charge. Management hasn’t better honor than to be honored by my fellow breeders.” changed, there are just more four-wheelers and less And to you Bubba, we say, the honor is truly ours. We horses,” he says. salute your accomplishments and congratulate you on “The future of our ranch is in good hands,” Bubba the 2012 International Show Dedication. © TABR says proudly. “Steve travels the world judging and promoting. Rex does a wonderful job at management. I 58 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
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“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while faring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls how know neither victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt
ince 1983, The American Brahman Breeders Association has recognized individuals who have made the breed as remarkable as it is today. Each year, a breeder – or breeders –, member, influencer or role model is chosen to be inducted into the ABBA Hall of Fame. Few have received the honor, but those who have are each uniquely imperative the breed’s success and the success of its association. The 30 individuals who are listed mean more to Brahman than just holding an office. They each have their own legacy, each were dedicated to the breed and each were extremely passionate about keeping the success of the association, its members and cattle for years to come. They are joined by a new inductee this year and will continue to greet those individuals, who like them have put Brahman as their first priority. HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 61
1983- ABEL PIERCE BORDEN Borden is most wildly recognized for his efforts in the 1906 Indian importation. A New Englander by birth, Borden was raised in the wings of his legendary uncle, Shanghai Pierce. When the planning for the importation arose, it was up to Borden to carry out his uncles’ wishes and bring Indian blooded cattle back to the states. Knowing very well the benefits of the Indian blood, Borden stopped at nothing to supply our beef industry with the foreign cattle. Eventually, 51 head were collected in Bombay and shipped. However, Borden and venture partner Thomas O’ Conner, had to single-handedly save the cattle from slaughter due to some of the cattle showing signs of the “surra” disease. After an appeal was made to President Roosevelt, the calamity was avoided. Thirty-three head survived the trip and were divided between the two partners resulting in a total cost of over $100,000. From this herd, many of the early pioneer breeders received the stock they had been needing and searching for and eventually and new gene pool was created. It is difficult to state the importance of Borden’s 1906 importation but as late as 1949, it was stated that an estimated 75 to 95% of all Brahmans in the United States carried a source of blood from that original importation. 1984- JAMES W. SARTWELLE Like many great leaders, Sartwelle is said to be a man of great versatility, vitality and creativity. This came in quite handy when the avid reader stumbled across an article in Cattle in India. He liked the type of cattle he saw, so he made connections and finally in 1913, he was put in charge of a herd owned by Ward Pasture and Cattle Company. Around the same time, he was shocked to learn that there was no 62 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
Abel Pierce Borden
James W. Sartwelle
Dr. William States Jacobs
organized association existing for Bos Indicus cattle. In the following years, Sartwelle studied other breed associations and evaluated the amount of Indian blood in certain crosses. The “spark” was made in his route for success when in 1923 the Fort Worth Livestock Show denied him entrance with his humped cattle. Adding insult to injury, Hereford breeders made some rather harsh and rash statement about the new cattle. However, Sartwelle made history on February 3, 1924 in Houston at the Rice Hotel. Sartwelle and a group of interested cattlemen met and formed the American Brahman Breeders Association. Sartwelle then coined the name “Brahman” for the new breed. Sartwelle is one of the founders of the ABBA Standard of Excellence, which is still used today. He saw this tool as a way for breeders to have a pattern by which to breed and select their cattle. After the new standards in quality came the first Brahman show, which Sartwelle started at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Through Sartwelle’s diligence, Brahman cattle had a name, face, and standard of quality that made the breed recognized across the United States. Sartwelle is recognized as the father of ABBA, and we owe our current association to his foresight. 1985- DR. WILLIAM STATES JACOBS Dr. William States Jacobs was one of the more colorful Brahman breeders of the early Brahman era. He is remembered as a learned clergyman, a tremendous orator and a talented cattle and horse breeder. Jacobs purchased cattle from the 1924 and 1925 importations as well as other eared cattle dating back to the 1910 importation. He was truly a promoter of pure Indian blooded cattle and felt it was important to maintain those cattle as pure. With this
came Jacobs being one of the pioneers Walter Hudgins changed the face of to initiate a classification system for all the American Brahman. Bos Indicus cattle. The classification Hudgins selected Manso from system of “AA” and “A” cattle was used Mrs. Gayle, another breeder in early in ABBA’s formative years to Texas, because he saw a different aid in breeding and ancestry records. conformation in Manso compared Jacobs felt it was extremely important to other cattle of the time. This style to identify the cattle that were imported was eventually coined by Hudgins or descendants of the original imported as “beef-type Brahmans.” This, in a animals with the classification of AA. sense, created the modern style of Jacobs love and personality was tested beefy Brahman cattle. Hudgins made many times over when he encountered it his priority to promote the new several outbreaks of hoof and mouth. type of Brahman. He was a leading At one point in time, he lost 96 head role model in both the ABBA and in that had to be slaughtered and burned. the J.D. Hudgins ranch. These efforts Walter Hudgins Jacobs was also vocal in his believe that were and still are the firm foundation the ABBA should maintain the AA that the breed stands on. and A classification system. When the Hudgins was one of the kindest, ABBA eventually dropped the system most courteous men the world will in the belief that all of the original ever know. His unselfishness, skill and cattle had been graded up to purebred, determination and deep love of cattle Jacobs continued to use the AA system contributed most significantly to “an by incorporating it into his brand. He old creature made new,” the American saw this as a promotional tool and thus Brahman, its association, as well as insured the letters AA would always past, present and future members to appear on his registration papers. come. The importance of Jacobs efforts and 1987- HENRY O. PARTIN his herd are still seen in genetics bases With a personality larger than life, today. Both 3X and V8 Ranch kept the Henry O. Partin paved the way for AA heritage started by Jacobs, and these genetic success both for his home state Henry O. Partin cattle still trace back to his bloodlines. of Florida, and the breed as a whole. Jacobs is remembered as being an He is coined to be synonymous with intelligent cattleman and leader, but most importantly he is remembered for his contributions the Emperor 200 bull. This is in part due to his purchase to the foundation and growth of ABBA, and the belief in if the sire, but also for what the bull accomplished. Emperor and Partin basically transformed Florida’s the importance of preserving ancestry records. cattle industry during the 40’s and 50’s. The quality 1986- WALTER J. HUDGINS of cattle Partin raised out of the bull earned 108 class Walter Hudgins was a cowman’s cowman who championships over a span of two years. Partin’s genetics steadfastly dedicated his life to his family, his community became widely sought after. He created a ranching and his ranch. A quiet leader of men, he was a very able empire around Kissimmee, Florida that he and his four executive who delegated authority as fast as his associates sons and grandchildren operated and still run today. could assume the challenge. His Heart Bar Ranch is now known worldwide and in Hudgins is known throughout the world for his the state of Florida, and Texas. Partin, Heart Bar and dedication to the Brahman breed, and by which, Brahman were and still are synonymous terms. supplied the most influential sire to ever grace the name His sense of humor, “cracker” charm and tall frame of Brahman: Manso. With his skillful use of Manso and added to his larger than life image. He promoted the the bull’s endless contribution to the breed, Hudgins breed with everything he had and has left his legacy to earned his place in Brahman history. No other breed of continue what he started with his ‘heart’. cattle has been so dominated by one bull. Manso and HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 63
1988- AUBREY J. MARCEAUX Few states have produced cattlemen as full of life or well-known as Louisiana. The state did not disappoint when its native, Marceaux became a legend in line breeding pedigree livestock. Marceaux was instrumental in expanding the Imperator line of cattle beginning in the 1930’s. He acquired a few females and a son of the imported bull from the Sartwelle brothers. From this purchase, some say that he changed the Louisiana cattle industry with his legendary bull, King of Kaplan. This bull was sold for the then unheard of price of $10,000, further pushing his quality and the quality of Brahman cattle. Form this line, Marceaux created the “Marso” line of cattle. He linebred these cattle closer than anyone ever had before or after him. His cattle were hardy, efficient and best of all worked successfully under any environmental condition. A.J. Marceaux is best remembered for using his long-eared cattle to revolutionized ranching in the bayou and marshlands of south Louisiana. He tried something no one else dreamt of, and succeeded tremendously. To survive took courage, but to prosper took blood, sweat and tears – which he expended in great measure. 1989- ELIGIO GARCIA Mr. Eligio, as he was referred to by his friends, was a remarkable cattleman. He, along with his brother Esteban, was instrumental in importing the historic Brazilian cattle to the U.S. in 1946 which greatly impacted the development of red Brahman cattle. The Garcia Brothers developed a herd of Indu-Brazil type cattle from this importation that would lay the foundation for the modern day lines of red Brahman and Indu cattle. Before Mr. Eligio left this life, his Five Bar (5-) brand would be seen in herds across American and in many foreign countries. 64 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
Red and grey Brahman breeders alike were impressed by the quality of cattle this man bred. Born in Mexico, he lived out his life in the United States, his adopted country that he loved so well. Through his friendship with J.A. Clifford and other early pioneer red breeders his breeding program would change the red Brahman cattle forever. It is interesting to note that about every pedigree of red Brahman cattle carry some Garcia breeding. Aubrey J. Marceaux
1990- J.A. CLIFFORD Like most cattlemen of his era, Mr. Clifford was a soft spoken man who was filled with a desire to succeed. A quiet leader, Clifford was not a “wordy” individual, but when he spoke, wise men listened, learned, and profited. Established in the 1940’s, the Clifford herd was began by Mr. Clifford and his brother Mike near Weslaco, Texas. Clifford would often say that red Brahman cattle had been on a “dead end street” prior to the 1946 importation from Brazil. Just as Manso became synonymous with the Hudgins name, Rio Negro is tied to the Clifford name. Mr. Clifford’s breeding was important to his friend, Cy Yoakam, in the development of the great Cherokee herd. Mr. Clifford developed a large, solid red animal that was easy fleshing. He knew size was important. Evidence of his ability as a breed can best be attested to by Dr. Lee McKellar. In developing the McKellar herd, cattle were purchased from two principal herds; the Cherokee and Clifford Ranches. Mr. Clifford’s Rio King 730 was one of the main sires to set the type in modern day red Brahmans. Not only was Mr. Clifford an excellent cattle breeder, he will long be remembered for being a peace-maker. His foresight and fairness were the
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catalyst for the harmony that existed between red and grey breeders alike, illustrated by his outstanding service as president of the Texas Brahman Association. His love and service to the breed cannot by questioned as his last day was spent at a Brahman sale. 1991- SID CROCHET It is difficult, to say the least, to find employees to serve as cattle manager with the same degree of seriousness and dedication as an owner. U.S. Sugar Corporation in Clewiston, Florida was able to do that with the employment of Sid Crochet, a native of Louisiana. Crochet took cattle from the top herds of the day to build the U.S. Sugar herd one of the most outstanding and competitive herd of Brahmans in existence. His acquisition of Albacrata Jr. 37 form A.J. Marceaux and JDH Loxey Gamel de Manso 55 from J.D. Hudgins, Inc. were two purchases that would pay for themselves many times over. During the time when the early showring was dominated by Texas breeders like Hudgins, Burke Brothers, and more, Crochet took his Floridabred USSC cattle to the showring and prevailed. He earned more national champions than any other ranch during that time. Perhaps the greatest tribute to Sid Crochet’s breeding ability was the breeding success of Sugarland’s Rexcrata 1-229/3. The bull was sold to I.W. Whitaker of Texas and from then made history. The bull sired five sons that were champions in Houston. His progeny put him on top of the ABBA’s Register of Renown where he remained for 14 consecutive years. The demand for the cattle produced by Crochet during his time was astronomical. The ranches’ foreign and domestic market became so good that customers had to wait in line for herd bulls. Though USSC does not 66 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
register cattle today, the effects of their breeding program are still in demand by breeders around the globe. The Brahman breed was fortunate that a company employed a man with a vision and ability of Sid Crochet found his love in the Brahman breed and made contributions to the breed’s success that are still ongoing today.
1992- CY YOAKAM In the Hill Country of Texas, Cy Yoakam came as close to perfection in a cattle breeding for certain type as any man that lived. His goal was to breed a herd of beefy red Brahman Cattle that could compete with their grey cattle. Cy, and oilman, possessed that special gift of being able to breed the right bull to the right cow. He became a master at blending Gyr and Indu Brazil blood to create the prototype red Brahman. Over the years, his herd became the standard with which other red herds would be compared. Almost all of the 18 bulls imported in 1946 can be found in Mr. Yoakam’s breeding program, but he basically concentrated on Arauto, Rio Negro, Repucho and Brilhante. The superiority of his breeding program can be seen by the number of herd bulls that wore his Y brand at the time of his death and following. As someone once said, “If you were a red breeder, you weren’t ranching if you didn’t own a Cherokee herd bull.” Several Cherokee sires and dams were sold around the world. It is interesting to note that one herd bull, Cherokee Vernon 489, still can be seen in the bloodlines of many of the prominent red herds today. Mr. Yoakam was an avid promoter of the breed and served the association as a director. It can certainly be said the he was the “Dean” of all red Brahman breeders and today those breeders still try to follow his program. He began with limited genetics but left with a legacy.
1993- J.T. WHITE To live 79 years of dedication to the cattle business and to the Brahman breed is to be on the same level as J.T. White. He served his years as an active voice in the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association as a director and was ABBA president from 1955 to 1958. He was a friend to all men whose generosity and wisdom touched and encouraged many young people. White’s loyalty to the breed never wavered. The cattle he promoted were known throughout the world and he lived to make sure they continued to make a favorable impression on anyone who came in contact with a Brahman. White is known for educating the world on the gentle disposition of Brahman. He, along with his wife Katie, were eager to show any visitor or spectator the quiet docility of the Brahman breed. His fellow breeders continue to express their appreciation and esteem for White and will forever hold his love for Brahman cattle in their own hearts. 1994- HOWARD C. PARKER Parker founded the V8 Ranch in 1944, and operated out of Center, Texas. His herd focused on William States Jacobs breeding where he placed his highest emphasis on outstanding females. Howard Parker was known for his efforts for breed improvement during his role of herd inspector for ABBA registry validity. His eye for quality and his belief in breed character and docility paved the way for selection standards used today. While owning V8, Parker used careful selection techniques derived from the characteristics he found most desirable. The resulting offspring were exactly the type of cattle he was searching for. He saw what worked in each genetic pool and combined those traits to make a superior, more efficient Brahman that was cheaper to retain and maintained excellent production. His selection knowledge coupled with
his warm personality made him wonderful teacher and promoter of the breed. He often said that his sincere dedication to producing excellence by mating the right cow with the right bull and that was what breeding cattle was ‘all about’. His mind set paid over time and time again in selling and buying situations. In the late early 1970s, after more than 30 years in the business, his failing health led him to sell the V8 herd and brand to Sloan Williams, who still maintains Parker’s worldwide recognized brand that is still very much alive today, just as Parker’s eloquently mastered genetics continue to be sought after around the world. 1995- HENRY KOONTZ He was greatly valued for his wise counsel, able leadership and his service to the association, Henry Koontz working to improve the Brahman breed by serving, not just on the board of directors, but as an inspirational man and breeder. Henry was a prominent Brahman breeder in the 1940s and early 1950s and owner of the Koontz Ranch in Inez, Texas. This ranch was later owned by his son-in-law Bob Massey and daughter Diana. “Mr. Henry” was an active member of the ABBA, serving as director from 1950 to 1954. During the 1940s, Koontz exhibited his Brahmans at the major show circuits in North America and South America. As one of the original founding memberships issued in the ABBA, Koontz spent decades promoting and endlessly working to improve the Brahman breed by serving on the ABBA board of directors. He also was an avid international promoter of the Brahman breed, taking several official ABBA trips HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 67
to South and Central America in the early days of promoting international registrations. Henry believed in proving the Brahman breed to fellow cattleman. He was an early promoter of performance and research programs, including donating his top herd sire, Suva 1st, to Texas A&M University for research purposes. This bull was the first Brahman bull ever to receive the Texas A&M University “Record of Performance” award for his offspring performing in the top ten percent of all other cattle on the test. Ultimately, the great Brahman sire +WR Suva 203, the #1 bull in the Register of Renown, stemmed from Koontz breeding. Just as important as his contributions to Brahman breeding programs, he is also the father of three legends of the Brahman breed: Emily Dial, Henry Clay Koontz, and Diana Koontz Massey.
influential footsteps of his grandfather and father. Hudgins was bred with cow sense and a deep and abiding love of Brahman cattle. With a fine mind and a college education, he continued his father Walter’s legacy of devoted service to his large family, his community, his beloved Brahmans and the ABBA. Hudgins served with a leadership role in the ABBA since 1940 when he was a mere 29 years old. With numerous offices, directors and committee chairs and event headings under his belt, his service to and Edgar Hudgins support of the ABBA is without parallel in contemporary history. He lived, died and was buried on the J.D. Hudgins Ranch and nonetheless was deeply involved in all things good for the family and his community. It is said that his service to the country and the Brahman cattle industry saw no boundaries. 1996- LARUE DOUGLAS As head of a great family LaRue Douglas was one of the early organization, Hudgins contributed pioneers in the custom fitting business quite a lot to the growth and thus leading the way for many cattlemen economic maturity of the Brahman to come. He is remembered as one of the breed. His skillful management of top herdsmen to ever enter the showring. the Manso line breeding programs As the first non-breeder to be inducted Leon Locke has become a hallmark of success into the ABBA Hall of Fame, Douglas in the Brahman breed. The family’s has proven as influential as any that development of its beef type have graced the honor. He had a long and distinguished Brahmans came at a time when within the breed, history in the breed, as he began showing Brahmans muscle, bone, fleshing ability and disposition were sorely in 1942 while working for Burke Brothers. He then needed. became herdsman for J.D. Hudgins where he virtually With such strong timbers, Edgar Hudgins a solid dominated the showring. founder of the modern Brahman breed. But the life In later years, Douglas started a custom fitting of such a magnificent contributor builds for the breed business and made one of his greatest contributions a shining example to follow. Today, his sons and to animal agriculture when he began LaRue’s Fitting grandchildren are continuing to uphold the traditions School. Through this he trained the youth and older set by this great man. generations alike in the business of grooming and fitting show cattle. 1998-LEON LOCKE There is not a fitter today that doesn’t use the practices Marrying the youngest grandchildren of J.D. Hudgins once taught by Douglas. He is one of the most respected would make any man well-known, no matter what individuals to ever enter the ring, and forever will be. actions he took after the wedding day. But Leon Locke chose to be known and remembered for a different 1997-EDGAR H. HUDGINS reason. The Brahman community remembers Locke for Master breeder, worthy leader. This is what is being a man of God and eloquent speaker who could remembered about the man who followed in the 68 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
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with city groups and in the community. However, above all of this, he is honored for his devotion to the Brahman breed and the ABBA. 2005- MAX WATTS Not in a single man effort, but as a family Max Watts and his wife Shirley and numerous children and grandchildren created one of the most powerful herds of the modern Brahman era: Tic Tac Toe. Watts was hired straight out of school to manage what was then Tic Tac Toe Ranch the Hereford operation. While there, he proved himself by producing many champions and becoming an esteemed cattle judge. He received his education on the cattle industry at the county auction barn and from all the old masters that would come to sales and other gatherings. He was an intelligent man and was very able to pick every bit of information out of someone and retaining that knowledge. Watts is considered by his fellow breeders to be “the master” of feeding cattle and developing show cattle. This designation started in 1971, when Bob Massey sold each of Watts’ three daughters one heifer per year for as long as they were in high school because of their outstanding feeding, fitting and showing ability. This foundation turned into the Watts Ranch herd, which was started by Stephanie, Debra and Tammie, and produced many champions and Register Renown winners. Watts is remembered as a family man that put the love of cattle and his children first, is remembered in pedigrees walking the show rings even today. Watts used his practical cow sense and the tools he learned from others to his advantage in making the legacy his family, and many that he has helped teach along the way, still hold in their hearts today.
the breed dates back to when her grandfather Captain John Keeran purchased six fullblood Brahmans from a Dutch trading vessel at the Port of Indianola, Texas, in 1878. The result is Dial and her family’s tie to the Brahman breed dating back over 134 years. Dial shared her passion for Brahman cattle at an early age, being known to halter break calves and walk them through her house. She and brother Henry Clay Koontz even taught the cattle to pull carts like a mule. It goes without saying that the two loved Brahman cattle. With the passing of their father, the ranch was divided between Emily and Henry. Emily kept the 3X brand while brother Henry maintained the already spoken of HK brand. Like Henry, the success of the 3X herd legacy from the generations before her are still honored with the remarkableness of the brand. Dial steps past being an inspiration to young woman in the Brahman breed, by placing herself as an inspiration to all women involved in the cattle business. In 1984, Dial was the first woman to step out onto the arena floor to judge the International Brahman cattle show at Houston. This feat is something every cattlemen can respect. She is the first woman to be placed on the ABBA’s judge’s list and taken her evaluation skills to judge Brahman shows around the world. Dial has created a legacy of her own while keeping her heritage in mind. She continues to be involved in the breed today, where her beloved 3X cattle are still in high demand and sought after around the world.
2006- J.T. GARRETT Manuel Guzman Willis Siller 2005- EMILY DIAL Known for being a driving force in In true fashion, Emily Dial entered the progression for the breed, while the ABBA Hall of Fame with bells and not losing sight of the foundations and traditions of the whistles. The now owner of 3X Ranch, her history with
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bring life and love to any topic. More so, he is known across the world for his dedication to the cattle industry and his family as an ambassador for livestock, particularly the Brahman breed the he helped promote as president of the J.D. Hudgins Ranch. Locke served was the seventeenth president of the ABBA from 1967 to 1969. Aside from his active role in the Brahman breed, Locke took his love for cattle to the next level by serving as chairman of the National Livestock and Meat Board of Chicago in 1991. This is the highest national office a Brahman breeder has yet to hold. He was a tireless activist and supporter for the topic of meat exportation. Locke saw the value in the beef product made in the states, and knew that this need coupled with the relations the Brahman breed provides internationally would help the industry as a whole. He devoted his life to serving his fellow man and by which, incited Brahman breeders to better carry forward his traditions of excellence and love of God, family and friends. 1999-HENRY CLAY KOONTZ What Cy and J.A. meant to red Brahman cattle in the decades of the 50’s and 60’s, so Henry Clay Koontz represented by having the same importance and domination in the 70’s and 80’s. As an understudy of Cy Yoakum, Koontzs learned his lessons well. He spend many hours with his mentor and obtained some of the best Red Brahman genetics in the world while doing so. He was a master breeder and showman, as well as a skilled marketer. Few breeders left his ranch not well-entertained and impressed with the cattle. Koontz grew up with the hump cattle that saved his beloved coastal plains and other areas of the states from the ravages of weather and insects. His ancestors before him were pioneers
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in the breed, but Koontz sought to make his own mark – though not with the grey cattle his family bred. In time, he would become the master breeder he always accredited Cy to be. The big red Brahman cattle Koontz propagated brought breeders from around the globe to his HK Ranch in Victoria County, Texas. Koontz believed with all his heart that a man that loved his cattle would be a success. And love them, he did. He would spend hours talking about them to people that he know were truly interested. Up until his untimely death, Koontz dedicated his passion for Brahman cattle to his family and fellow breeders. His legacy is still very much present today, and is a true testament to the countless amount of love he spread for the Brahman breed. During his last year of life, Koontz created the mating that would revolutionize red Brahmans. His bull, The Millionaire was to Koontz, a dream come true. The bull’s consistency and prepotency regardless of the mating told Koontz that this was the bull the breed needed. Today the progeny of Millionaire are still winning shows and topping sales. The mark of a great pioneer breeder is just that, having his genetics continue long after’s gone. Koontz may have left, but his cattle and most of all his memories remain with us yet and for some, out lifetime. 2000- SLOAN WILLIAMS Sloan Williams is the man who is believed to have impacted the Brahman breed greater than any other from the 1970s to 2000s. Friends joke that the story of how Sloan purchased V8 Ranch, alone, is enough to place him in the Hall of Fame, but his continued dedication since that day makes him a living legend. Sloan purchased the V8 herd from HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 71
Howard Parker in 1971, and since then, he and his son Jim Williams have devoted their life to the beloved breed of cattle. Since winning their first national championship as sole owners of the herd in 1976, the V8 brand has won more National Champions, International Champion and Register Renown winners than any other ranch in modern history. The quality of cattle produced at V8 Ranch has become more than just a priority to Williams, but a way of life. Past that, his contributions to the breed have been tremendous. Williams served as ABBA President for two years, during which he travelled extensively around the world promoting American Brahman cattle. He is viewed as one of the top judges in the history of the breed, including judging numerous domestic and international shows, including serving as judge of the Houston show. Williams has served the organization as a director, committee chairman, and committee member since 1976, and never misses a meeting. He is continuously dedicated his life to the Brahman breed of cattle. He claims he has never gone hunting or fishing. But then again, why would anyone want to ever hunt or fish when they get so much joy from raising and trading cattle.
helped organize hundreds, if not thousands of events, field days, clinics, and shows. Later, after retiring from the ABBA, she continued to serve the breed by serving as the longtime secretary of the Texas Brahman Association and Texas Junior Brahman Association. Many breeders remember her for her irreplaceable willingness to help a fellow breeder no matter what the situation. She helped the association and its members with orderly tasks and did so memorably. She is considered the first lady of the association and will forever be remembered and admired for her unselfish contributions that helped so many fellow breeders.
2002- BOB MASSEY Bob Massey often joked to friends that he got into the Brahman breed the easy way, “I married in”. Jokes aside, Massey is one of the true greats of the Brahman breed, and though he was not born in the breed, he has contributed far more than he has taken. Massey joined the Brahman family through association with another family, his wife, Diana Koontz, a Max Watts descendent of the famed breeder Captain Keeran. His love for Diana 2001- MARGARET WATKINS created his love for Brahman cattle. The husband and Margaret Watkins served the ABBA through her wife team operated Koontz Ranch in Victoria County employment with the association from 1942 to 1974. where they lived and loved Brahman cattle. Some people think that Margaret stopped working for Massey served the association as a longtime the ABBA when she retired from her position as ABBA committeeman, director, and eventually served as recording secretary of the association, but the truth is, president of ABBA for two years. He was an esteemed Margaret never stopped working for the Brahman breed. judge of Brahman cattle, and was one of the founders of She was one of the fortunate people who had a job doing the South Texas Brahman Association. what she loved. More importantly from all of that, Massey shared his Beginning in 1942, the association was blessed by love, devotion, energy, time, effort and money in the Watkins love, dedication, ingenuity, brilliance and her Brahman breed for many years. He was a major believer ability to “spoil” people. She worked for the ABBA in in promoting Brahman breed awareness for more than the offices and at shows, making sure exhibitors and 44 years, even taking those efforts to Denver, Colorado. breeders were being fully assisted in their everyday He traveled all across the southern part of the country to paperwork needs. promote the breed and its members. In her 32 years of service to the association, Margaret Massey has shown winning cattle, been involved 72 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
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industry, Garrett was an innovator in the importation shaped the Brahman cattle business. as we know it today. In that group Garrett did whatever it took to get his of bulls was Aristocrata, the sire of cattle where they needed to be. In fact, Manso. at one time, he few an entire show herd After importing his first cattle to Florida just to compete at the national into the U.S. in 1933, Siller became show. With this dedication, Garrett has a member of the ABBA. He was had numerous championship animals. elected as Senator of Mexico as He feels this is in part due to his selective well as holding a leading role in the herd production and his sale topping Mexican Cattlemen’s Association. His genetics. brave quest for the improvement of Garrett believed in defining strict the American Brahman breed quite selection standards with no grey areas. possibly make him ‘the man who He didn’t change his cows, no matter saved the American Brahman’. what the trend or focus of the showring. J.V. Gates 2008- J.V. GATES Because of this, his cattle are known to One of the most historical faces be uniform, consistent and profitable to the breed, Gates may not been for any purebred breeder as well as the known by many who are still living, commercial cattlemen. but his memories and efforts are Garrett was a longtime fixture at any unforgettable. Brahman event, no matter the date, What little people do remember time, or location. He was honored with of Gates is that of the board meeting director emeritus status, giving him a discussions he had with his other permanent seat on the ABBA board directors. Edgar Hudgins used to call of directors. He was also a dedicated him ‘that skinny little man from south showman, and huge promoter of the Texas’. But regardless of the bickering, Brahman breed. After he finished Gates held the breed and its members showing cattle himself in the ring, he very close to his heart. served the association and the Houston He started in the business as a Livestock Show as ring steward of the mature man, and had one thing in his International Brahman Show for many Wendell Schronk mind. He wanted to create a herd of years. Despite the long days, and tired cattle with a gentle disposition. He feet, Garrett proudly led each class in insisted on this at the said board meetings and when the and out of the showring at the Houston show. Standard of Excellence was being developed, he worked He was a beloved breeder and friend to all, and a very hard to make sure that docility included in the necessary addition to the Hall of Fame. standard. 2007- MANUEL GUZMAN WILIS SILLER Gates is remembered at the man who could tell many Manuel Guzman Wilis Siller is, without question, stories about the heartbreaks and trials of the early a significant leader in the role he played in helping development of the breed. He was often heard talking influence the 1924 importations of Brahman cattle. highly of the many pioneers before him, one of which he Originally, these cattle were scheduled to arrive in held most high was Walter Hudgins. He spoke of how the United States from Brazil. As health concerns for Walter treated him right every time without exceptions foot-and-mouth disease set in, Siller took a risk. When and with regards. He lived his days according to that Mexican rebels attempted to seize the Brahmans from standard and will for be as such a man. the importation, Willis and his vaqueros hid the animals until they could be driven to safety. Without the help of 2010- WENDELL SCHRONK Schronk became a familiar face at the Brahman this brave Mexican cattleman, the cattle from the 1924 board meeting room table shortly after what Brahman importation would have been sentenced to slaughter. historians might refer to as the ‘world war’ of the ABBA. It is generally accepted that the cattle from the 1924 74 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
During this time, the association faced growing pains that caused differences of opinion amongst breeders and leaders. Schronk was hired by ABBA to help address these issues. He was a communications expert and was initially viewed by some as ‘a young guy who grew up showing hogs’. Boy, did he prove the cynics wrong! While serving the ABBA, Schronk rose to the position of executive director, and is considered one of the greatest executives of all beef breeds, not just Brahman. Under his leadership, Schronk developed the ABBA F1 certification program, which is potentially the most successful impact that breed has made to the industry. He instituted the idea of dedicating major shows to honor individuals. He was also an avid world traveler of the Brahman breed. While on the road, his ability to communicate and connect with each member as unparalleled. He was, day in and day out, enthusiastically optimistic in his promotion of Brahman cattle. This emotion was not just for the people, but the breed as well. He is said to treat those with 5 head of cattle the same as those with 500 head. In his eyes, each person makes an impact on the breed. As a hog showman to a dedicated friend of the Brahman breed, Schronk is and will forever be a member of the Brahman family.
blood, Tucker made sure his herd was genetically sound, but went the extra mile to make sure everything was performance tested. After going out with his own herd, he struggled to make ends meet, but eventually, his no bull attitude persevered and led his livestock business and other ventures to success. After years of herd improvement, Tucker continued to use his no nonsense attitude even when it came to selling cattle. He has bred some of the best, but has done so with every tear and shred of dedication he had in his body. He was a cowman’s cattle person and was as fair as he was hard. For his contributions to the Florida cow business and the Brahman business, Tucker is recognized in the Hall of Fame.
2011- RICHARD FORGASON Hailing from one of the breed’s oldest in the breed, Richard Forgason is the manager of Forgason Cattle Company of the J.D. Hudgins, Inc. He was raised in Richard Forgason the heart of Brahman country and in the midst of some of the great pioneers of the breed. Forgason was elected to serve as one of the youngest presidents 2010- GILBERT TUCKER in association history. During Gilbert Tucker’s efforts have been his tenure as president, both recognized both in the ABBA and in the the American Junior Brahman state of Florida, where he is also a member Association and the F1 program of the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame. were formed. Tucker is a lifelong supporter and Another interesting title that director emeritus of ABBA. He also served Forgason holds is being one of the the Florida Cattlemen’s Association as a most traveled ABBA presidents longtime director and member of every during his term in office. He possible committee of the association. traveled to at least 20 countries, 25 But ultimately, what most people say different states all on behalf of the Johnny Jefcoat about Tucker, is that he is cowman. Tucker association. He says to have enjoyed has forever been a cattleman. He uses his every mile. no nonsense way of thinking and implemented that into Forgason represents the Brahman breed to this his herd. With Hudgins genetics crossed with Imperor day on a national level. He has served on numerous HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 75
boards including Texas Beef Council and National Cattlemen’s Association committees. He is a practicing veterinarian and continues to work towards improving the industry every day of his life. With having the blood of Brahman leadership running through his heart, Forgason continues to take his dedication to the highest level. For being the voice of the future, the association will forever be grateful to him.
her life to the breed she fell in love with. After leaving the association, Dinah acquired the HK Cattle Company, where she made it her goal to promote the breed she knew would be loved by so many. She recognized that Brahmans were given little credit in the United States, but they still were able to survive and generate an income in areas where other breeds could not survive. With breed changing red bull +HK Passport 777, Weil made it her duty as breeder 2011- JOHNNY JEFCOAT to show the country what the breed Many breeders, both past and present really could offer. Dinah Weil cannot speak of international breed Weil is known for her utilization in improvement without mentioning international markets and using those Johnny Jefcoat’s name. He has been dedicated to the to increase both her notoriety and that of the Brahman breed and the industry for many years, and for many breed. But a world of Brahman breeders cannot hold a years was considered the face of Brahman promotion in candle to the inspiration she gives today. To be a leader international efforts. and woman are two things that rarely go together, yet Jefcoat began his involvement with the Brahman Weil has created her spot in Brahman history and has breed by purchasing a set of females in 1967. He found become one of the most active voices for Brahman today. that cattle to be as wonderful as the individuals who Match her natural knack for success with her genuinely sought after them worldwide. compassionate nature and she has ensured to not soon Jefcoat saw that purebred Brahman genetics were of be forgotten. ©TABR the biggest importance to the global cattle industry. Because of this, he travelled around the world promoting his JJ cattle and the importance of Brahman. He is credited as playing a major role in the acceptance of the American Brahman breed in Brazil. He found that in his travels, he was making lifelong friends who just so happened to want to purchase his cattle. He knew by continuing to make connections with other countries, the success of the Brahman breed within the United States would skyrocket. He believed in making an effort to meet as many people as he could, not just for his own benefit, but for the face of the ABBA. The association gave him a family, and we will always feel his efforts with our relations both here and abroad. 2011- DINAH WEIL The die-hard Brahman breeder who currently operates the famous HK Cattle Company, would never be pegged as anything except one of the most leading female voices in the Brahman business. Weil got her start in the 1960’s with Polled Hereford, but it wasn’t long before she found her voice and her passion with Brahman cattle. In 1976, Weil joined the ABBA as recording secretary. She claims from that moment on, she was dedicated
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Pedro Vallarino Cox
Panamanian Named International Brahman Friend of the Year More than any other breed association in the world, the relationship Brahman breeders have with other countries holds an extreme amount of value. To help promote that cooperation and to build international awareness is no easy feat. It means baring the importance of breeder income and success. However, Pedro Vallarino Cox has handled that responsibility through his work with World Brahman Congress (WBC), and has done so with open arms. Cox was born and raised in the cattle industry. He has seen firsthand what it takes to own a successful herd and what practices need to be in place for maximum earnings. This, coupled with his masters degree in Animal Science from Texas A&I, has enabled Cox to be a respected cattleman and voice of the Brahman breed. “I have been using the tools I learned in college and my experiences on my own farm. But more importantly, this has led me to a successful herd. I currently retain 80% of my calf crop, which is no doubt due to implications of AI and embryo transfer with the top cows in my herd,” says Cox. With this background, Cox has led the 2012 World Brahman Congress to success. The efforts of the show are simple; promote international diversity and genetic trading. This concept has proven exceptionally valuable to most breeders in the states and abroad. Knowing the industry and cattle in general has no doubt played a significant role in Cox’s success through the show. “I started working for the Congress in October of 2009. We have been working on the upcoming Congress for 27 months and have completed 24 international trips, including seven to the United States. The support we have received from breeders, associations, and governments has truly assisted in the magnitude of the event,” says Cox. WBC will be held July 2-7, 2012 in Panama. In addition to the show, attendees can expect general informational sessions, ranch tours, entertainment and culture. Cox and his team have been working countless hours to ensure all congress goers will be amazed and satisfied.
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Beyond promising an exciting, first class event, Cox offers his perspective on international Brahman success. “I believe we have a great breed. We need to unify our goals and needs from country to country through the World Brahman Federation and put them to use. By goals, I mean standards. This includes the use of EPDs, reproductive technology and applying selection criteria to eventually obtain what we and our foreign markets want,” says Cox. “If it were not for the close relationship most countries have with each other today, the quality and acceptance of foreign Brahmans would be drastically decreased. By utilizing the strengths each country has set as their foundation, we have improved our cattle as a whole. We must continue to work for improvement.” With Cox’s hopes for the Brahman breed, he recognizes the need for different compositions from area
to area. For example, he sees the Brahmans in the states becoming more moderate, easier keeping type cattle that are ready to work in the hardiest of environments. Yet, in Brazil, the cattle are much larger framed and heavier in general. Cox notes that working toward one universal bull or cow is not the goal. “Being selective with our trades and placing more emphasis on areas of improvement is what makes the international Brahman alliance so successful.” Cox is recognized as this year’s International Friend, not just for his position with the World Brahman Congress, but for being the international voice in the support Cox has travelled worldwide promoting Brahman cattle and distributing hundreds for continued breed improvement of commorative gifts from Panama to promote the World Brahman Congress. through cooperation. “I have received backing we must first bring down barrier and do more business from the president of Panama, who has accepted the country to country, unify our standards and make position of President Emeritus of the congress. He has standards higher,” says Cox. also distinguished the Congress, naming it of national “It is a great honor to be recognized for the work we interest. This backing means the government supports are doing for the Brahman breed, for my association, us too. If more countries receive the same support, the and above all for my country.” ©TABR breed on the international level will reign supreme. But
News from ABBA
L - R - Mike England, Carlos X. Guerra Jr., Danny Acevedo, Sam Sparks III, Javier Moreno, Israel Davila Jr. & Sr. and Chris Shivers
RIO GRANDE VALLEY BRAHMAN & F-1 ASSOCIATION FORMED “Several Rio Grande Valley Brahman breeders met on January 10th at La Muneca Ranch with Chris Shivers from the ABBA and formed The RGV Brahman and F-1 Association. Following our the new officers and board members : Mike England – President, Carlos X. Guerra Jr. – Vice President, Jana Acevedo – Secretary, Sam Sparks III – Treasurer with Pedee Abrigo, Israel Davila and Javier Moreno serving as Directors.” states Jana Acevedo. “We plan to meet quarterly at different ranches in our four county area to get to know each other’s breeding programs better. We are planning to host a Showmanship Clinic and Show for all Junior Brahman exhibitors at the RGV Junior Show this March. We are also planning to create the first ever Registered Brahman Steer Show at the 2013 RGV Steer Show with steers
bred and sold by RGV Brahman & F-1 Association members. We are also going to start a Junior Association and a scholarship program” states Mike England. “We are also planning on having joint bull and steer tests, educational field days, a co-op advertising program and create ways to offer QUALITY Brahman and F-1 cattle in QUANTITY to encourage more buyers to visit the RGV. Our main goal is to promote the Brahman breed and assist our members in creating events and markets for our cattle.” states Carlos X. Guerra Jr.. For more information – please contact Mike England at 956 330 0916 or email@example.com, Carlos X. Guerra Jr. at 956 330 1963 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jana Acevedo at JgfACE@aol.com. HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 79
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2012 international brahman show schedule Monday, February 27
Everyone has to eat - so why not eat the best? These are some near by restruants that are sure to please your taste buds. Don’t forget to tip!
All Day - Arrival & Check-In at hotel of your choice 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, February 28 8:00 AM
weighing and measuring show ring
shuttle service begins operating
doWnToWn aquariuM in housTon
Executive Committee Meeting Hampton Inn & Suites
410 Bagby Street • Houston, TX 77002 About 10 miles from Reliant Stadium
Wednesday, February 29 7:30 AM - conclusion of sale shuttle service
nelore brazilian sTeakhouse
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ABBA Annual Membership Meeting - Reliant Center
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
World Brahman Federation Meeting - Reliant Center
4412 Montrose Boulevard • Houston, TX 77006 houston.neloresteakhouse.com About 5 miles from Reliant Stadium
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
pre-sale cocktail - Sponsored by: Brushy Creek Custom Sires & World Brahman Congress-Panama
ABBA International Brahman Sale HLS&R Sale Pavilion
Thursday, March 1 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
female judging - Reliant Center
ABBA meet and greet/World Brahman Congress presentation
Friday, March 2 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
bull judging - Reliant Center
saTurday, March 3 7:00 AM
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PaPPasiTos canTina 2515 S Loop W • Houston, TX 77054 About 1 mile from Reliant Stadium
ouTback sTeakhouse 8731 West Loop South 610 • Houston, TX 77096 About 5 miles from Reliant Stadium
Shuttle service - available from the ABBA Office, Residence Inn Marriott, Courtyard Marriott, and Crowne Plaza Hotel to Reliant Center. Shuttle sponsored by: ABBA, Appel Ford, TBA, Pat Cone, and J.D. Hudgins, Inc.
What’s going on while you’re in town?
Tuesday, February 28
“Lady a” - March 1
Wednesday, February 29 Kid Rock Thursday, March 1
Friday, March 2
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Kid rocK - February 29
John Legend - March 2 Alabama’s Randy Owen operates an Angus and Hereford ranch in Fort Payne, AL. His farm is called Tennessee River Music, after the hit song, and his animals have become pretty aLabaMa - February 28 successful in the show ring too.
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shoPPing Take three steps outside the isle of the stalls
and feast your eyes upon the huge ‘mall’ - brought straight to you! Browse through the best of the best western wear, trucks, trailers and even some new shiny You don’t have to go far from the stalls to find fun! tack for your cattle. rodeo arT Presented outside in the main lobby of Relient Center is a beautiful display of several kinds of art. All of these pieces were drawn, sculpted or painted by students ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade. This is really a sight to see in your down time because these masterpieces are incredible, and while most participating students may have no experience with livestock, their imaginations are limitless. There have been over 8.5 million entries since 1964, and high placing art is auctioned off. Last year’s grand champion piece went for $205,000.
caPiTaL one banK agvenTure This is an exhibit right under your nose in Reliant Center behind the
shopping booths. Take the kiddos and enjoy lots of educational information about all types of livestock.
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Shep Batson of Rocking B Cattle
Continuing the tradition of Brahman Brahman review: What is your experience with the Brahman Breed? Shep BatSon: I am a second generation Brahman breeder from Wiggins, Mississippi. My family has been involved with the cattle business, however, since the 1850’s. Today, our herd is built with an emphasis on breeding functionally sound cattle for the commercial industry. Br: How do you think the Brahman breed has changed since you became involved? SB: The breed has become more competitive. I think this is primarily due to the improved technology in embryo transfers, IVF perfection, and gene testing. It has been interesting to see these practices take a lead in animal quality. Br: How do you think raising Brahmans in Mississippi is different from other locations? SB: It is far more challenging, due to the decline of cattle in our state. We have to work even harder to promote our cattle to potential buyers outside the state and really have to develop a herd that will work anywhere, not just in our state. Like some of the other states along the Gulf, we have the issue of storm damage. Match that with the fact that we don’t have as large a number of cattle in the state to begin with,
Shep Baton showing in the adult showmanship fundraiser at the 2011 Mississippi Jr. Field Day.
and you can see how it’s just a bit more of a challenge. Br: What does the International Show mean to you? SB: The International show is an opportunity to meet our foreign market and be able to familiarize ourselves, personally, with their specific needs. Not every country is looking for the same thing. It’s one thing to hear what they want from the grapevine, but to meet those international buyers and talk with them about what they are searching for makes it more sensible. It is also a great chance for Tracey’s and my three daughters, Reagan, Hadley, and Arrah, to meet other exhibitors and become aware of how
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powerful the Brahman International network really is. They get to grow up the way I did, and to me that is very special. Br: Where do you see Brahman in ten years? SB: The future is bright for Brahman. Every breeder says it, but it’s true. With opportunities, both foreign and domestic, we are going to have revenue to fill our declining herds. As relations grow, so do our herds here in the U.S. This is just the beginning. Other breeds are taking notice and trying to be where we are now. We are continuing to create a better future for the next generation of breeders. At least, that is my hope for my three girls. ©TABR
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Brahman breeder with the strength of an army, the heart of a mother. It is common knowledge that being a mother is not easy. The moment a woman becomes a mother, she places her priorities, wants, hopes, wishes and wellbeing behind that of her offspring. However, being a show mom can take a woman to a whole new level. Kathy Pounds, Mathews Alabama, knows exactly what it takes to raise a show family. She and her father, Dr. Barlow, started B&P Brahmans in 1975. Since that day, the two have worked very closely together training calves and hitting the road to show cattle. “I started out showing in 5th grade with 4-H steers and showing Brahman heifers in the open shows,” says Kathy. “At that time, we didn’t have junior shows in Alabama, so I entered everything in open. Showing was an activity I could share with my dad. It was really special because that was our family time,” says Pounds. Now, Pounds’ children are involved with the Brahman association and have inherited their mothers love for the cattle. She says showing is the best activity for a family.
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“With sports, you are just going to be on the sidelines, watching,” Kathy says. “But with showing, you have to be involved with everything your kids are doing. We all are a part of the cattle. We do it together.” Pounds takes a great deal of pride in the fact that her children have continued the family’s bond through cattle. She says her children are extremely close to her father, and enjoy watching and learning from him as much as she did. Pounds’ advice for show mothers is simple, “Make time, be flexible and do not get wrapped up in competition. When we started showing, we hoped not to be last. We didn’t think we would be first, but shot for the middle of the class. It can get overwhelming if you make it all about what place you get.” Making time to spend with your children is something that Pounds holds near to her heart. She and her two children Mathew and Morgan had their lives drastically changed last year when daughter Amanda was called to Heaven. “Amanda has a passion for this, it made her the person she was,” says Pounds. Building her children’s character isn’t the only thing Pounds can thank to showing. She and her family have made friendships that will last a lifetime. “The people you meet by showing… oh goodness, what would we do without them! They became out family. When we were hurting, the Brahman family reached out to us with love and support. You can never take that away.” Being her children’s role model is terms and work ethic, strength and compassion, Pounds hopes that the lessons she and the show ring have instilled in her children will make a difference. She says she hopes they continue the tradition of raising good, high quality Brahman cattle and continue to make those family ties. But in the end, Pounds largest hope is that the next generation will do just as she has. “I hope Mathew and Morgan pass on their love for cattle and for showing to their children, so that they too can be raised with strength and love.” ©TABR
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Story by Joelynn Doungh
hen Brahman breeders produce bull calves, they have a number of options. First, if they think the calf is quality enough, they can keep him intact in hopes that he will mature into a valued herd sire. Second, they can cut the bull and make him into a show prospect for a hopeful junior exhibitor. Or they can cut the bull and sell him to attempt to generate some sort of return. This last option tends to be the most popular. If a bull isn’t good enough to sell or to show, he really has no value. The American Brahman Breeders Association has been digging into this predicament for quite some time. 92 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
They knew there had to be some way to use these ‘reject’ cattle to the rest of their herds’ benefit. These steers can be sold as calves or fed out to reach market weight and slaughtered. Their carcass has to hold some value to their sisters and intact brothers. Thus began the ABBA Carcass Evaluation Program. In 2001, the ABBA began this program to monitor how our cattle were faring on a standard grid in relation to other breeds. The information they received then was compared across the Brahman breed and from sire to sire. This was all in hopes to better be able to market Brahman steer calves as well as gather the genetic
information needed to market sires. With the tenth year What is so interesting about the collected data? For of data finally collected, the ABBA is extremely positive starters, it is one of the most extensive carcass data about the efforts of the program. collection programs in the United States. This may “Initially, we collected the standard measurements for sound interesting enough, but what most breeders do carcass data, like average daily gain, end weight, back not realize is that it affects Brahman as a whole, not fat, rib eye, hot carcass weight and so on. We wanted to just the breed’s steers. Since the program began, there see how certain bloodlines stacked up against each other is evident breed improvement made in the areas of and compared to other breeds,” says Chris Shivers, one efficiency, growth and carcass weight with total pounds of the foreman for the program. “As a result of this data of quality, tender beef. collection, we have been This correlates to pin able to launch six Carcass pointing the sires that 2011 CarCass Evaluation EPDs and have been able are superior in each area. The results of this past year’s collection show that to gather information With herd participation, the program is progressing in the right direction. from over 2,000 head the program is able to 697 lbs. in WEight representing 300 sires.” produce physical proof 1276 lbs. salE WEight Each data area of of such sires. According 177 days collection is imperative in Days on FEED to Shivers, those breeders the equation for carcass 3.27 lbs./day that have participated have FEED yarD avEragE Daily gain success. One of the newer seen it improve their herds 781 lbs. hot CarCass WEight EPD’s is that of the Warner tremendously by eliminating 63.7% DrEssing PErCEnt Bratzler Shear Force. genetics that are outliers and 0.4 inches BaCk Fat Brahman is only the second implementing the identified breed to use this calculation. riBEyE arEa 13.7 sq. inches proven genetic lines. In real However, its significance terms this means steering 1.8 sq. inches rEa/CWt can mean the difference in away from those bulls whose 2.2% kPh a high dollar dinner or a offspring consistently grade SE+ (88% USDA Quality graDE drive-thru hamburger. lower, or gain less and using SE & Higher) yiElD graDE WBsF (tEnDErnEss)
2 (99% YG 1-3) 9.3 lbs.
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more of the genetics that chart more desirably and earn more. The collection of this data means more to just the breed than finding the highest quality bulls, though. It also means we can become more conscious of what product we are supplying to consumers. Within ten years of testing, trials and research, breeders have continued to supply a higher grading, more carcass driven animal. An area where Brahman have traditionally found a niche in the market is by providing a lean, healthy beef product. Most modern day carcass grids that favor Quality Grade, however, do not accept bos indicus based cattle. This means that in order for consumers to recognize Brahman beef, breeders must be able to supply them with something industry approved. Graham Land & Cattle, which is where most of the program’s research and testing is done, has geared part of their market to buyers looking for eared cattle, thus helping with the current grid dilemma. However, with improvements that have come with the carcass program, the average in the cattle’s yield grade has increase to a ‘2’, which by nearly every grid out there is more than acceptable. This means with the increase in tenderness, there is an increased need for Brahman beef in our supermarkets due to a more health conscious consumer demanding leaner more tender beef. Brahman within the test have railed with above the average 13.1 inch rib eye area for a given weight, increased almost every other carcass area and suffered a substantially lower death loss than the average feedlot pen all equating to more profitability. The program has continued to prove that the Brahman breed is more than capable of competing with any other breed in the industry in almost every facet. They have always excelled in terms of maintenance, adaptability and cow power. With the increase participation of the Carcass Evaluation program, we as breeders will ensure that the breed will not only continue to get better, but also answer the call from our dinner plate. ©TABR
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carcass Evaluation GuidE In weight: This is the average weight measurement of each animal that began the program. Sale Weight: This is the average weight measurement of each animal in the program at harvest. Days on feed: The average difference in days from animals started the program to when they were harvested. Feed Yard Daily Gain: The average pounds gained per day by the animals in the program from when they entered to when they were harvested. Hot Carcass Weight: The average weight of the carcass after non-useful material has been removed (hide, head, feet, etc) Dressing Percent: The average percent of meat to harvest weight. This measures what percent of the animals body weight was actually useful material Back Fat: A measurement of the back fat layer between the hide and the spine bone. Ribeye Area: A square inch measurement taken between the 12th & 13th rib, an indicator of muscle. REA/CWT: A calculation of how many square inches of rib eye is present per one hundred pounds of animal weight. KPH: A percentile of the kidney, pelvic and heart fat taken off of the carcass. The lower the KPH, the leaner the animal Quality Grade: a calculation of the amount of marbling present in the meat. Prime would be the most, then Choice, then Select, then Standard. Standard is practically devoid of any marbling present in each cut. Yield Grade: an estimate of the amount of boneless closely trimmed retail cuts. Scale of 1-5 with1 being the leanest. WBSF: Warner Bratzler Shear Force is a measurement on how much force is needed to cut through the ribeye. It measures tenderness.
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Billie Farris of Reese Ranch Gives His Advice Through Experiences Hauling Cattle Across The Country For the past 16 years, Billie Farris and his wife Donna of Normangee, Texas have readied their trailer, calculated rations, and prepared their Brahman cattle for drives from show to show. Sometimes these drives are just hop, skips and jumps. But other times, these drives can reach up to 15 hours. With that many miles under his belt, Farris knows a thing or two about how to transport show cattle safely. PREPARING FOR TRIPS The first thing Farris takes into consideration when hauling his cattle is how far are they about to go? “If I’m traveling less than 200 or 300 miles, I know I need to monitor my feeding program before they leave,” says Farris. If cattle are going a far distance, Farris will skip feeding the cattle grain right before they take off. He will continue to supply water and hay, but will bypass the sacked feed in order to eliminate potential digestive and loose stool problems. With distance in mind, Farris also considers how many head he will be taking to a show. One of his secrets to keeping cattle in good condition while hauling is always giving them plenty of room in the trailer and supplying them with the feed, hay and water that they are used to. “I never want to stop and buy feed from somewhere along the way. I think about how many head I am taking, and calculate how many sacks of feed, bales of hay and how much water we will need to get them through the trip. This way they do not have to intake something they are not used to, which avoids the problem of dehydration or diarrhea,” says Farris. DURING THE TRIP After the trailer is loaded with all the necessary supplies needed for show day preparation and feed, Farris readies his trailer for the cattle. He says he will always places a rubber mat on the floor and layers 12 inches of shavings on top of that. This ensures that cattle will be comfortable and will not be overly stiff when they reach the fairgrounds. He also puts about 6 to 8
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bales of hay on the floor for extra nourishment and to give the cattle something to do on their long journeys. When placing cattle on the trailer, Farris is cautious about the different aged cattle he may be hauling. “If I am taking calves, I will put them in the front box so that they do not get squeezed or stepped on. The same holds true with cow calf pairs,” says Farris. On the note of hauling pairs, Farris talks about how taking a momma and baby on a trip changes the format of the journey. He says that when not hauling pairs, he can drive for about 14 hours without stopping to let the cattle out to stretch and to get a drink of water. “But when I haul pairs, I will stop every six hours. This is the best way to make sure the calf stays in good health. I will let out all the cattle – not just the pair – and let them drink, nurse and stretch for about an hour
and a half,” says Farris. Farris also noted that having friends or connections with other cattlemen on your show route makes the long drives much easier. “There is a Shorthorn breed in Montgomery, Alabama, that I’ll stop at, another Shorthorn guy on the way to Tallahassee, and there are many more. All of them are friends of mine and it helps having them for longer trips. It would be hard to keep the cattle happy and well fed if it weren’t for the generosity of other breeders,” says Farris. Since one of the busiest seasons to haul to shows is also one of the hottest, Farris suggest being a night owl. He says in the spring and summer, he will leave for all of his trips when the sun starts to set and the temperatures cool down. “I’ll leave anywhere from 7 to 9 at night. I want to put as little stress on my cattle as possible.” Farris has always has his cattle as his first priority no matter where he has hauled to. That mentality has proved to pay off as one member of his show string is the current ABBA Grey Show Heifer of the Year, Miss Susan Reese 903. “She’s calved January 20th, so you better believe we will be taking every precaution as we haul her and her bull calf to Houston.” MORE THAN JUST A RIDE Farris has hauls anywhere from 5 to 12 head of Brahmans to over a dozen shows a year, with his record of 17 show appearances in one year. He has traveled
across the southern part of the country as well as the east coast. “The furthest I’ve hauled cattle is 15 hours to Perry, Georgia. I’ve been doing it for a while now, but I still can remember hauling with James Daniel and Joe Butts,” Farris recalls. “Man, I learned about 90% of what I know from James. Those guys showed me the ropes. That, combined with my Max Watts feed ration and I’ve been getting this hauling thing down pretty well,” laughs Farris. Hauling cattle to Houston is never an easy feat. Most breeders haul more cattle, from farther distances, and have to calm their nerves as they prepare for the granddaddy of brand marketing opportunities. Farris will be hauling 12 of his own cattle to Houston in the same fashion that he always does. His cattle will introduced to no new feed, water, or hay and aside from the bright lights and colors of the arena, will see nothing from what they are not used to. This is one of the elements that makes Farris a successful hauler. “What I hold above all other practices or tips and what I am most proud of is that all the cattle I haul are those that we have raised. Everything on my trailer was calved out at the ranch, worked by us, trained by us and is used to us. When I go to a show, my cattle know who they are working with and I know what cattle need what specifically. We are extremely family oriented. My children were involved and now my grand kids are active. It makes all of this a joy.” ©TABR
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Years of Service
Brahman Breeders Dedicate Their Time To ABBA This year, 15 American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) members will be recognized for years of volunteer service to the organization. These directors, along with all other members of the board of directors, donate hours of their time and thousands of their dollars to travel to Brahman events throughout the year. They do so with an undying goal to help improve the programs and services of ABBA, and in turn, improve the Brahman breed. We salute these directors for their continued dedication and outstanding service.
SHEP BATSON 4 years
RICKY BOOTH 4 years
DANNY ACEVEDO 4 years
BUDDY BAILEY 4 years
PAT CONE 8 years
RACHEL CUTRER 8 years
RAYMOND LONG 36 years BRUCE LOWRIE 32 years CAROLYN FALGOUT 12 years
BILL HUDGINS 4 years
STEVE HUDGINS 16 years
RAIMUNDO RIOJAS 20 years
RUDY RIOS 4 years
JAMES D. SARTWELLE, JR. 24 years
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SLOAN WILLIAMS 36 years
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Adapted from “Some History of American Brahman Cattle” presented by Dr. Jim Sanders, Professor of Animal Science, Texas A&M University at the ABBA Membership Convention, November 5, 2011
he American Brahman: some describe the breed as the most noble of all beef cattle breeds. Many consider Brahman one of the most important breeds of beef cattle in the world. But how did the American Brahman breed get its start? Well, it all started with two Texans, a trip to India, and even the help of a United States President....
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In this feature, The American Brahman Review proudly presents an adapted version of “Some History of American Brahman Cattle,” as presented by Dr. Jim Sanders at the 2011 ABBA Membership Dr. Jim Sanders
Convention. The word “Some” is included because the breed’s
history is so rich, that the entire history could not be presented in a short 30 minute presentation. This presentation features the highlights of the significant importations that contribute to the history of the breed.
According to Joe Ackerman, author of American Brahman, there is some disagreement among agricultural historians as to when the first Bos indicus cattle arrived in North America. Ackerman reports that cattle were not commercially imported into the Americas until the 1800s. However, there are reports that some cattle were brought into Brazil as early as the 1600s. In 1878, four Bos indicus bulls and one cow arrived from a Dutch ship to the then thriving port of Indianola, Texas, according to Brahman history books. These cattle caught the eye of Captain John Keeran and the legendary Shanghai Pierce, who together bought all five of the animals. Descendents of these cattle formed the original herds of 3X and HK Ranches in Victoria County. THE 1906 IMPORTATION The first and only major importation of Bos indicus cattle imported directly into the U.S. from India occurred in 1906. There are reports of a few head arriving from India prior to 1906, but these 108 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
OX CART TRAVELS
According to Ackerman, Borden and Dr. Thompson travelled hundreds of miles over India in this ox-drawn cart. This photo was taken in 1906 by Borden in Bombay.
importations are rather minute when compared to the significance of the 1906 importation. This famous 1906 importation is often refered to as the “Bordon-O’Conner Importation” by Brahman historians because it was handled by Abel P. Borden (nephew of Shanghai Pierce) with financial assistance from T.M. O’Conner of Victoria, Texas. O’Connor did not make the trip to India due to his bad health at the time. So Borden set out to the unfamiliar land of India, in search of the hump-backed cattle. Borden was certain that he would want to purchase the Indian cattle and bring them to the United States, and for that reason he brought along a U.S. government inspector and veterinarian by the name of Dr. William Thompson. Borden and Thompson left the United States, arrived in Bombay, and began the cross-country trek travelling by ox-cart throughout India. Records show that they purchased cattle in Miraj, Madras, and Ahmadabad. Borden left India with a big dent in his pocketbook, and a purchase of 51 head of Indian cattle. Pleased with his purchase, A.P. BORDEN AT THE PIERCE ESTATE the cattle began their The Nellore cow in the center own journey across is from the original 1906 importation.The other three the Atlantic ocean and animals are offspring of that were eventually placed importation. in quarantine on an
island in New York Harbor. While in building. quarantine, 15 head were claimed to Historical reports state that from have surra disease and were killed and the time Borden left Texas in the burned by U.S. government officials. spring of 1906, until the time that the This animal health concern briefly cattle returned to The Pierce Estate in halted the release of the cattle, as U.S. November 1906, the importation had officials did not dare allow animals with cost O’Connor and Borden well over a health concern to enter the country. BULLS FROM THE 1906 IMPORTATION $100,000. By today’s standards, that is Borden and O’Conner pleaded with valued at over $2.3 million dollars. “It Bulls at The Pierce Estate from the 1906 importation. Both of government officials to release the cattle, was an expensive undertaking”, states these bulls were halter trained. but the officials would not budge on Ackerman, but as events would reveal, their decision. It appeared that the this single investment in time and trek to India, as well as the partner’s money would produce profits and significant financial investments would benefits to the cattle industry beyond be a waste, until finally, a miracle any earlier expections. It introduced happened: U.S. President Theodore what would become the American Roosevelt stepped in. He reviewed the Brahman to the United States. health credentials, worked with the government agency, and approved the THE 1920S IMPORTATIONS BULLS FROM THE 1906 IMPORTATION AT release of the cattle. So finally, after The largest importations of Bos SARTWELLE RANCH (1920) many struggles, the remaining 36 head indicus cattle into the United States (Left to right), El Hassen (Brownie), (33 bulls and 3 females) were released came from Brazil through Mexico in Seal (this was a nickname), Rambler, from New York Harbor and trucked to the 1920s. The Brazilian cattlemen had Three Circle, and King George. their new homeland in Texas. also noticed the attributes of Indian Sources differ on the breeds of the cattle, and had been steadily importing 1906 importation cattle. One cow was cattle from India to Brazil from 1980 to confirmed Nellore, and it is highly likely 1921. In fact, during this 40 year period that all three of them were Nellore. Brazilian ranchers had imported more The group of 33 bulls was recorded as a than 5,000 head of cattle direct from mixture of Nellore, Guzerat, at least one India. Gir, and a few Krishna Valley bulls. Seeing this, American ranchers then Once the cattle arrived in Texas, the began purchasing cattle from Brazil, and THREE CIRCLE two partners split the remaining 36 head Maternal great grandsire of Manso. importing them to the United States via equally. Borden took 16 bulls and one Mexico. There were two importations cow to his ranch which he called The from Brazil in the 1920s: the MartinPierce Estate, named after Shanghai Ruffier importation of 1924 and the Pierce. O’Conner took two cows and Morias-Jacobs importation of 1925. It 16 bulls to his ranch. As news of the has been claimed that some of the cattle importation spread, many ranchers of at least one of these importations were (including Walter Hudgins) tried to some of the original cattle purchased purchase the new stock, but Borden from India. flatly refused to let any of the Brahmans Also taking place at this time was the “TEDDY ROOSEVELT” go, according to the American Brahman estblishment of the American Brahman First (or at least one of the first) book. fullblood descendents of the 1906 Breeders Association. The organization importation. By about 1919, the Sartwelle Brothers was formed in 1924 to record the had acquired many of the bulls and ancestry of Brahman cattle. James W. graded up females that had been owned Sartwelle, a breeder from Houston, was by O’Connor. More and more coastal cattlemen were the first secretary of the association as is affectionately beginning to notice the impact of the Bos indicus cattle known as “The Father of ABBA.” The grandfather of when crossed with their native cattle, and interest was Bubba Sartwelle, James W. Sartwelle is also the person HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 109
who proposed the name “Brahman” as the official name Purchasers of bulls of the breed. Without a doubt, it is safe to say that the of the1924 and 1925 years of 1924 and 1925 were two of the most significant importations were in American Brahman history. J.D. Hudgins Ranch, Back to the importations. Initially, there were 90 bulls Sartwelle Brothers, Dr. in the 1924 Martin-Ruffier Importation. However, 13 Williams States Jacobs, were destroyed because of the first outbreak of foot and and Ed Lasater (father mouth disease in Harris County (Texas) in December of Tom Lasater). Two “RODRIGO” 1924. In the Morias-Jacobs Importation of 1925, there of the bulls acquired Guzerat bull of 1925 importation. were 120 bulls and 18 heifers. Foot-and-mouth disease by the Sartwelle Used by J.D. Hudgins Ranch. concerns takes affect once again, causing 4 of the heifers, Brothers, Imperator and a large number of the bulls to be destroyed. Two of and Aristocrata, greatly the heifers died before leaving Mexico. influenced future All of the heifers and most of the bulls in the 1924 generations of Gray and 1925 importations were Guzerats, but there Brahman cattle. were also some Gir, Nellore, and Gir-Guzerat cross ARISTOCRATA & IMPERATOR: bulls. There was also at least one Krishna Valley bull. THE TOP 2 MOST INFLUENTIAL Because of the ancestry of the cattle in the 1906 importation, as well as the ones in the 1924 and 1925 importations, history notes that the American Brahman breed was developed from using Gir, Guzerat, Nellore and Krishna Valley cattle. Of the cattle, seven of the Guzerat heifers got ARISTOCRATA’S REGISTRATION PAPER bred while they were in Mexico, and arrived in the Photo taken while he was in Brazil. “VICTOR” U.S. safe in calf to a red Gir bull named Red Imes. Born in early 1920s. Sire of Manso. Bull of 1925 importation. According to Akerman an additional heifer (Pony #5) was bred to a Krishna Valley bull named Tango, before leaving Mexico. The resulting offspring was a heifer, named Tangarina, who later produced the bull Josephus. Among the females in the 1925 importation, the following had calves registered “MANSO” in the ABBA: The most influential animal in the history of the breed. Born in the late 1920s. First used by the • LAURA (#C 1399) Hudgins in 1933, where he sired 316 calves over a 10 year period. • LUCILE ( # C 1400) • COLEY ( #C 1401) • DAISEY ( #C 1402) • PONY #5 ( #C 1403) • DUCHESS ( #C 1404) • DOLLIE ( #C 1405) • EITHEL ( #C 1408) • HATTIE CLEO (#C 1409) • ALICE B. ( #C 1411) • HENRIETTA ( #C 1413) 110 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
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IMPORTED ANIMALS Aristocrata, born in the 1920s in Brazil, is recognized as the most influential imported animal in the Brahman breed, because he is the sire of Manso. Imperator, is generally accepted as the second most influential imported animal in history. While Manso has Texas roots, Imperator’s influence was heavily seen in Louisiana and Florida. His most notable son is King of Kaplan, who was bought as a young bull by A.J. WALTER HUDGINS AND Marceaux of Kaplan, Louisiana. Another notable son, HIS SON, EDGAR Imparistre, is the foundation sire of the Emperor 200 bloodline that was made famous by the Partin’s of Florida. Emperor 200 was born around 1944, and is a grandson of Imperator, and a great grandson of Aristocrata. He was bred and raised by Henry O. Partin of Florida. Partin and Emperor won many championships across the state of Florida. He was later used by Edgar Hudgins of J.D. Hudgins. In “KING OF KAPLAN” fact, the famous Christmas letter from Emperor to The most well known son of Imperator, bought as a young bull the “Old Timer” (Henry O. Partin) was penned by by A.J. Marceaux. Pictured at 17 Edgar Hudgins. years of age.
Influential breeder in Florida. Breeder of Emperor.
Born about 1944. Grandson of Imperator and great grandson of Aristocrata. Raised by Partins.
THE BULL MANSO, AND THE HUDGINS FAMILY According to Dr. Sanders, in the history of a breed, it is just as important to know the people associated with the cattle as it is to know the bloodlines of the cattle. Manso was born in the late 1920s. He was sold by the Sartwelle Brothers as a yearling to a Mrs. Gayle of Francitas, TX, who used him on commercial “JDH MANIMOSO MANSO 742/2” cows. After she had used Manso for a few years, “JDH REX A MANSO 1/5” A double bred son of Manso. First An influential double great she needed another bull to use in her breeding U.S. National Champion in 1946. grandson of Manso. program. According to Coleman Locke, president Born in 1939. Won his National Championship at 7 years of age. of J.D. Hudgins, Mrs. Gayle felt that Manso’s calves were very outstanding, and — being a customer including 62 sons who were kept as herd bulls by the of Hudgins Ranch — encouraged Walter Hudgins ranch. He produced 171 daughters, many of which to purchase him. At first, Walter declined the offer. were also kept by the Hudgins’ Ranch. The next year, Mrs. Gayle returned to the Hudgins Manso and the Hudgins family contributed greatly Ranch and again pleaded with Walter to buy Manso, to the early developments of the breed, and continue to as she was certain that he would do a good job on their contribute today. They recently celebrated over 100 years ranch. During this time, the U.S. was facing the Great in the cattle business and still include the name “Manso” Depression, and money was scarce. So, Walter Hudgins made a trade with Mrs. Gayle. He would acquire Manso, in nearly every animal registered on J.D. Hudgins, Inc. Today, Manso’s head is proudly mounted in the J.D. and in return, Mrs. Gayle would recieve four bulls. Without sounding cliché, the rest is history. Manso is Hudgins office, and the word ‘Manso’ is a trademarked phrase owned by J.D. Hudgins, Inc. the most influential bull in the history of the American Amongst his many offspring, two of the most Brahman breed. First used by the Hudgins in 1933, notable sons are Aristocrat Manso 675/0 and Manimoso he roamed the ranch’s pastures for 10 years. During Manso 742/2. Aristocrat Manso 675/0 was the Grand this time, he sired 316 calves on the Hudgins Ranch, 112 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
Champion Bull at the Houston Fat Stock Show in 1936, 1937, and 1938. Manimoso Manso was born in 1939 and was the first U.S. National Champion Bull, shown at 7 years of age. He is a double bred son of Manso. JDH Rex A Manso 1/5 is another significant descendent of Manso, who is a double great grandson. Even today, the bulls used by J.D. Hudgins, Inc. can be traced back to Manso through many lines of descent.
Imported in 1924 and the most influential animal in the Jacobs herd
DR. WILLIAM STATES JACOBS AND THE AA CATTLE Dr. Williams States Jacobs, a clergyman and cattle breeder from Houston, Texas, was one of the early purchasers of cattle from the 1924 and 1925 importations. Maroto, a bull from the 1924 importation, was the most influential bull in the Jacobs herd. Jacobs firmly believed in the importance of ancestry tracing “OPTIMUS” back to cattle from the original importations, which at that time were Influential AA (Jacobs) bull that made major contributions in the classified as “AA” cattle in the ABBA early V8 herd. herd book. Later, as the imported cattle were crossed with native cattle and graded up, ABBA dropped the “AA” and “A” classification of cattle. WILLIAM STATES However, Jacobs continued to use JACOBS this designation and even branded his cattle with the “AA” brand, to show his clients that his bloodlines could be traced back to “3X MUCHO GRANDE” India. Born in 1968, from a Hattie Cleo (ABBA #C1409) was a Jacob’s cow and combination of V8 and Jacobs was the most influential imported cow in the history of breeding. the breed. She is known for producing the bull, Tippu The Great. These bloodlines were used by Jacobs, then later used as the foundation influences of the V8 Ranch breeding program started by Howard Parker. HOWARD PARKER AND THE V8 HERD Howard Parker was a Ford automobile dealer in Center, Texas, and thus named his cattle ranch “V8 Ranch.” He established his herd based on cattle from the Jacobs herd and later introduced some Manso and later, Imperator influence. Optimus was a bull who came from Jacob’s “AA” descent and was very influential in the early V8 herd. The V8 herd was purchased by Sloan Williams in December 1971. Since that time, Sloan and his son Jim have focused on strong maternal traits and linebreeding outstanding cow families.
“HATTIE CLEO” AND HER SON “TIPPU THE GREAT”
She is the most influential imported cow in the history of the breed.
“MR. V8 763/1”
Born in 1970. Represented several generations of Manso and Imperator breeding on the original V8 herd
Founder of V8 Ranch
SLOAN & JIM WILLIAMS
Owner & Manager of V8 Ranch
1946 IMPORTATION: INFLUENCING RED BRAHMAN BLOODLINES After the 1925 importation, the next importation of Bos indicus cattle into the United States was in 1946, when 18 Brazilian bulls were brought in from Mexico. These cattle crossed the border at Hidalgo, Texas. The breeds in this importation were one Nellore, one Guzerat, Gir and Indu Brazil. The bulls of this HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 113
BULLS OF 1946 IMPORTATION
BULLS OF 1946 IMPORTATION CROSS THE RIO GRANDE RIVER
Dr. Nicholas Dutro, member of the U.S. Bureau of Animal Industry, leads the bulls of the 1946 importation from Mexico into their new homes in Texas. The bulls crossed the river at Hidalgo, Texas as they proudly walked across the Joe Pate Bridge.
From the 1948 Importation
From the 1948 Importation
Some bulls from the 1946 Importation were featured in the 1948 ABBA Tour. Above (left to right) Gibinba, Sertanejo, and Canario.
From the 1948 Importation
“CHEROKEE TORGSON 344”
Used by E.O. Doggett. A grandson and great-grandson of Rio Negro.
“BRILHANTE” (LEFT) AND “REPUCHO” (RIGHT) “CHEROKEE VERNON 489”
Influential at the HK Ranch. Grandson and double great grandson of Rio Negro.
Indu Brazil bulls of the 1946 Importation that had some influence, especially in Red Brahman herds.
importation had their biggest influence on the Red Brahman. The 18 bulls of this importation were part of an importation of 120 bulls from Brazil to Mexico. They were featured as part of the ABBA Tour of 1948, where breeders could travel to see the imported animals. Bulls of this importation included Gibinba, Sertanejo, Canario. Rio Negro, Arauto. Two other bulls, Brilhante, and Repucho, were Indu Brazil bulls of the 1946 importation that had some influence, mainly in Red Brahman herds. Arauto produced Cherokee Arauto 372, who was probably his most influential son and had a major influence on the Cherokee Ranch herd. Rio Negro was another important bull from this importation. Cherokee Torgson 344, a grandson and great-grandson of Rio Negro, was used by E.O. Doggett. Cherokee Vernon 114 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
489, a grandson and double bred grandson of Rio Negro, was influential at the HK Ranch. IMPORTATIONS OF 1980 The importations from Brazil made in the 1980s included Nellore, Indu Brazil, Gir, and a small number of Guzerat cattle. The cattle from this importation have had only a small impact in the United States, but did provide cattle for export to other countries, like Mexico. ADDITIONAL READING Thank you to Dr. Sanders for sharing this very factual presentation with us. For more information on the importations, it is recommended to read “American Brahman,” by Joe Ackerman, available at www.brahman. org for $15. © TABR
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or showmen, there is no greater honor than to have your animal rated number one over all the other Brahman cattle that walked through the country’s many show rings in a given year. Each year only one red female, one grey female, one red bull and one grey bull are selected for this honor. Looking back through the previous Show Animals of the Year, there is clear correlation with the type of cattle receiving the honor. Breed leading sired like Mr. Winchester Magnum 999 and +BB Sting Ray 10/0 all hold a place in the records. Females that went on to produce some the current show ring forces like –GS Empress Didor 265 and Miss America 167/3 also got their start by being named the high honor. The Show Animal of the Year awards are given to the animal who accumulates the most points within their class (red female, red bull, grey female, grey bull) in the given year. Each ABBA approved show awards a specific number of points in each class, depending on the size of the show. Thus, winning a class with 20 head would earn more points than a single entry. This formula for point earning sounds easy, but like most everything in the cattle business, only the strong
prevail. Cattle must do well enough to earn a significant amount of points and also must compete at Houston to be eligible. This year’s winners have gone beyond just getting a blue ribbon. They are prime examples of how quality cattle with proven genetics will continue to be forces in the show ring and in the breed. RED SHOW BULL OF THE YEAR: KF MR. PASSPORT SUCCESS 2/8 The veteran of the winner’s circle is one of the few animals in the history of the honor to receive it more than once. “Dozer” was the 2010 Red Show Bull of the year and has continued his path to greatness by being this year’s chart topper as well. Bred and owned by K-Bar Farms and Carolyn Falgout of Amite, Louisiana, Dozer was destined for greatness both genetically and phenotypically from day one. He is sired by 2002 and 2003 Grey Show Bull of the Year, +KF Progeny’s Success 40/0 and out of KF Ms. American Passport, a +HK Passport daughter. With that genetic backing alone, Dozer is an extremely valuable potential herdsire. But, he goes beyond this by providing an extremely high quality look with the added dimension, structural soundness and bone sought after HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 117
by both red and grey Brahman breeders alike. This summer 2008 born bull has dominated the bull arena since he first stepped into the ring. He raked in more than 25 championship banners during his show career, being named either grand champion or reserve grand champion at almost every show he was entered in. Dozer’s success has been just the icing on the cake for K Bar Farms, who is known throughout the world for supplying competitive show cattle. We congratulate Mrs. Falgout and Dozer and look forward to seeing his progeny in years to come. GREY SHOW BULL OF THE YEAR: SCD DIDOR ESTO 623 To rise above the competition in the grey bull division means to excel over the building genetics in the history of the American Brahman. Samuel Duplantis, Erath, Louisiana, and his bred and owned bull, SCD Didor Esto 623 did just that. 623 made his mark on the grey division early on by capturing the calf championship at Houston in 2010. Since then, he has been one of the winningest bulls on the circuit, getting a ribbon or banner at every show he exhibited. 623 is January 2009 bull sired by +SCD Didor Esto 302, who is another former Show Bull of the Year. His dam is +SCD Lady Sarah 168, a Mr. V8 777/4 daughter. D Bar Ranch were strategic when they created 623 breeding, carefully selecting and planning a mating that Duplantis felt would produce a powerful performance oriented bull with a showring look. He is currently reaping the benefits and looks to continue to gain success as 623’s first calves are born this year. SCD Didor Esto 623 gained many fans during his quest for Show Bull of the Year as he offers a powerful, stout look with moderation, yet is still able to provide superior performance. He holds low birth weight EPD values and is predicted to sire calves with the genetic backing to be exceptionally fast growing. His performance data is one of the most balanced and impressive of any sire he competes against. While earning enough points to win the most powerful division in the breed, he still offers exceptional promise to the next generation. And that, ultimately is what the showring is all about, breed improvement. We congratulate Sam and Nan Duplantis, showman Joe Butt of Valley B Enterprises, and SCD Didor Esto 623 on their place in Brahman history. RED SHOW HEIFER OF THE YEAR: CT LADY RHINEAUX RAY 8/9 When the Thibodeaux family, Church Point, Louisiana, purchased Lady Rhineaux Ray from 5M 118 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
KF Mr. Passport Success 2/8 “Dozer”
SCD Didor Esto 623 Farms, they had a good feeling about the heifer’s future. But did they know that they were about to make history? Completely dominated the point standings for 2011, and being the current leader for 2012, 8/9 has proven to be nothing short of the one of most successful red Brahman show females of the decade. As the story goes, two Cajuns teamed up and the Thibodeaux family purchased 8/9 from fellow Louisiana breeders Ray and Matthew Madden of 5M Farms as an unbranded heifer. The Thibodeaux began working and preparing the female, in their true fashion of family togetherness. As a calf, this September 2009 heifer walked onto the green of the Houston show arena and was slapped 2011 International Champion. Those who follow the showring might recall that originally, 8/9 was named CT Lady Rhino Ray, in honor of her sire Red Rhino and her breeder, Ray Madden. However, as she became more and more popular, the Thibodeauxs officially changed her name at the ABBA to reflect her Cajun roots, changing the spelling to Rhineaux. That fall, she completely shadowed the rest of the competition
by being named 2011 dedication and love that National Champion Red Farris has put into his Female. herd, it only seems natural In the current red show that success follows him arena, there is no greater from ring to ring. 903 was force than that of Lady the result of a carefully Rhineaux. Her innumerous selected mating, to ensure wins may have given her the maximum quality. points need to be named 903 provides the Red Show Heifer of the Brahman arena with the Year, but her unmistakable volume, moderation, quality will have red and and femininity needed grey breeders talking for in females today. Yet many years to come. But she couples this with all of this comes natural for a correct skeletal build Miss Susan Reese 902 the gentle female shown by and efficiency needed to Wesley Thibodeaux and his last past her show career. family. She is sired by +Mr H She has been named Red Rhino 765, one of the Champion at numerous leaders in the red Brahman shows including the 2010 breed. 8/9 is out of +5M South Texas State Fair, the Miss Marcia, a daughter of 2010 Tennessee State Fair, the legendary Sting Ray. the 2010 Delta Fair, the When superior red genetics 2010 North Florida Fair cross with other superior red and the 2010 and 2011 genetics, the result is one of Washington County Fair. the most respected Brahmans Together, the Farris’ family being shown today. Lady and their show string have Rhineaux is ready to defend represented the Brahman CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 her crown at the 2012 breed across the southern International show, with part of the United States what will most likely be - a packed house watching. in their quest. Along the way, they have made more friends and memories than any one person could expect. GREY SHOW HEIFER OF THE YEAR: MISS SUSAN REESE 903 The Farris family is known throughout the circuit as a 17 shows, thousands of miles, a great heifer, and one friendly team that is willing to help their fellow exhibitor extremely passionate breeder describe Billie Farris’s affair no matter what. From Madisonville, Texas all the way to with the second most favorite female in his life: Miss Perry, Georgia, Billie and Donna, and their Reese Ranch Susan Reese 903 (second only to Donna of course). The cattle have provided immeasurable goodwill for the husband and wife team at Reese Ranch had their dream Brahman breed. They and their cattle have shown others come true with Miss Susan Reese 903 being named that today’s Brahman cattle are the sound, efficient, ABBA Grey Show Heifer of the Year. To be in the cattle powerful cattle that can work well in any environment business and to breed, raise and show a champion is to throughout the south. know no prouder accomplishment. 903 is an example of For the bannered proof that dedication to a herd really just that. does pay off, we congratulate Reese Ranch and look This January 2009 female is backed almost entirely forward to seeing 903 with her newborn bull at side in by Reese genetics. As Billie describes, he has been with Houston! © TABR Susan Reese since day one. He bred her, raised her, and For a complete list of previous winners, visit www. knows her better than any other. She is sired by +Mr. brahman.org and click on “Brahman Information.” Grayson Reese 176 and is out of +Miss D-R 112/5, a JCH Mr. Astronomical 911 daughter. With the HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 119
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isit the homes and offices of Brahman breeders across the nation and you’ll often see that famed blue certificate awarding the honor of “Register of Renown.” The Register of Renown is one of the ABBA’s many different awards programs designed to recognize excellence for both breeders and individual animals. The prestigious Register of Renown is awarded each year at the annual membership meeting during the Houston Livestock Show. Today, since the ABBA online registry is updated so frequently, the announcement isn’t quite as secretive as it once used to be. In years past, members would eagerly anticipate the announcement of the annual awards. Today, many breeders covet this outstanding honor and therefore keep their own points tabulations, and visit the ABBA website to see when their prized animals earn the designation of the + plus sign that precedes the names of Register of Renown animals. This year, six bulls enter the ABBA Register of Renown. These breeders will be recognized during Houston for their accomplishments. To earn the register of renown designation, a bull must accumulate a total of 150 points by a minimum of 6 different progeny. +JDH Mr Brandon Manso, owned by J.D. Hudgins, Inc. Locke Division. +JDH Mr Brandon Manso
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Born in 2000, Brandon is a Liberty son out of the maternal merit cow =JDH Lady Wider Manso. To date, Brandon has recorded over 200 progeny registered in the ABBA. His most notable son is JDH Ashton Manso, and he is also the sire of JDH Sir Tobe Manso. +Cross Fire 02/2 is a Mexican-imported bull that is owned by Barney Allen and Cannon Creek Ranch. This Karu son is out of a JDH Prescott daughter and was born in 2002. He was bred by Victor Gonzales and to date has 34 offspring recorded in ABBA. Cross Fire has been used in seven different herds and gained a large amount of points this year from his son BNA Bar Drake 411/0, who is the reigning 2011 Reserve National Champion Bull. +JDH Sir Jerome Manso, born in 2004, is a Liberty son out of a Sarasota daughter. He is owned by Evan Acedo of Tuscany Farms in Arizona. He is entering the Register of Renown with 74 progeny from six herds, the majority being bred by Heritage Cattle Company. +MDS Doc’s Pride 196 is a 2005-born bull who is bred and owned by Marcus Shackelford of Florida. He has a pedigree stacked with success, sired by +LL Mr Doc Holiday 539 and out of +MDS Lady Grander 846. His ancestry includes two ABBA vanguards: $OLP Ms Country Sue 239 and (+)JDH Manso Grande 412. He has 29 progeny reported from two herds, Grey Shadow and Rocking S Brahmans. One of his most notable daughters on the show circuit this year is the GS Doc’s Ms. Sugar Pride owned by F&R Brahmans. +SCD Didor Esto 302, born in 2005, was the 2008 ABBA Grey Show Bull of the Year. He is sired by JJ
Didor Esto 204 out of one of the rare Vanguard cows $OLP Country Sue 239. His first calf crop produced SCD Didor Esto 623/1, the 2011 ABBA Show Bull of the Year as well as many other outstanding progeny for D Bar Ranch of Erath, Louisiana. He has 131 progeny from four herds. +Cross Fire 02/2 +JDH Sir Jerome Manso +Mr. V8 380/6 is the leading young herd sire at V8 Ranch and the youngest bull to enter the Register of Renown in 2012. He is born in 2006 and is the second Karu son to enter the Register or Renown this year and is out of a Superstroke daughter. 380 earned the 2010 and 2011 Reserve National Champion Get-of-Sire and has earned points from numerous championship +JDH Sir Jerome Manso +SCD Didor Esto 302 females at V8 Ranch as well as Amie Miss J&R 69/9. +Lady H Mariposa Manso is a grey Ferguson’s Mr. V8 918/6 “Blue” bull. He enters the cow sired by Double Take and out of +Lady Heritage Register of Renown with 96 progeny recorded in ABBA, Manso 174 “Brandi”. Her noteable sons are Mr. H all from V8 Ranch. Bronx Manso 37/8 and Mr. H Cason Manso 49/8. This year twenty females enter the Register of Next, +Lady H Marina Manso 792 and +Lady H Alexi Renown, meeting the criteria of earning 40 points from Manso 790 are two full sisters who enter the Register of 2 progeny. Renown this year. Both are Double Take daughters out V8 Ranch leads the group with five cows entering of +Lady H Leala Manso 243. Marina is owned by Jacob the Register of Renown. +Miss 14/6 is a Powerstroke Valenta and is the mother of the Valenta’s prized CJV daughter out of the famed +Miss V8 4/5 cow. She has 25 Billy Bob Manso bull. Alexi is owned by Heritage and progeny registered in ABBA. +Miss V8 209/6 is owned Underwood Ranch. She is the dam of Lady H Adelyn by V8 Ranch and Carlos Lee. She is a 901 daughter Manso 55/9 as well as many other top animals for out of V8’s famous “Rose” cow and is a former Reserve Heritage and Underwood. International Champion Female. She is the dam of the +JDH Anissa Manso, born in 1998, is a Madison 2009 National Champion Bull, Mr. V8 463/6. +Miss daughter out of a Dakota cow. She was a former V8 551/6 comes next, and she is the 2005 National National Champion for owners J.D. Hudgins, Hudgins Champion Female sired by Karu. She enters the Register Division. She has fifteen progeny from J.D. Hudgins, of Renown with points on two progeny, Miss V8 307/7 including the herd sire JDH Josiah Manso. and Mr. V8 948/6. +Miss V8 501/6 is owned by Adrian +Miss Temple Hill 132 is a red female sired by Land II and V8 Ranch. This old school bred female is Passport and out of +Miss TH Iman Blinky 33. She is sired by +EJL Emper Suville 176 and out of +Miss V8 owned by Amanda Hill of Bude, Mississippi. She earned 666/3. She gained points from four head, including Mr. points on several outstanding calves from Temple Hill L2 Macho 3, the 2010 Reserve National Champion and most recently from her offspring owned by Bennett Bull. Finally, +Miss V8 797/6 (P), a +JDH Avery Farms sired by Derringer. daughter out of +Miss V8 98/6. 797 is V8’s top young +Miss International 134/2, owned by K-C Ranch, polled donor and she has earned points on three progeny is sired by Double Take and out of +JDH Lady Rexa by Mr. V8 380/6. Manso. She has earned points on six progeny registered Heritage Cattle Company will collect four certificates in ABBA including MS KC Tiffany 134/9, who is this year. +Lady H Amy 733 is a red female owned by currently on the show circuit with Legacy Cattle Service. Heritage, Jorge Leal, Ray Sandoval, and Raimundo +Miss Fontenot 21 is sired by JDH Federal Manso Riojas. She is a Passport daughter out of +Lady H out of +Miss V8 541/5, and was bred by Austin Charo 302. She is the dam of Mr. H Steel Rojo 75/9 and Fontenot of Louisiana before being purchased by current HOUSTON 2012 | The American Brahman Review® | 125
owner Bob Rich of Prague, Oklahoma. This powerful female is the mother of the JDH herd bull JDH Ashton Manso, and the Rich Family’s JDH Lady Ashley Manso, Ashton’s full sister. +-GS Missy Sugar 289 hails from Fort White, Florida, and is owned by Ron and Linda Salo of Grey Shadow Ranch. She has four progeny registered in ABBA, including GS Doc’s Suville Empress, the show heifer of Bethalyn Bishop of Florida. +RLB Miss Sunny 01 is owned by Matthew Pounds of Mathews, Alabama. She is sired by JWC Bubba and out of Sunset Mariah. She has 8 offspring recorded in the ABBA, including champions exhibited by the Pounds family and Colton Knight of Mississippi. +KF Ms American Passport is a red female owned by Clint Galiano of K Bar Farms in Amite, Louisiana. She is a Passport daughter out of Miss TH Rosie Bee 59. She has three outstanding progeny on the show circuit that are all sired by +KF Progeny’s Success. Two more full sisters, +FCC A Rose Isa Sting 500 and +Miss JS Rouge 494/5 enter the register of renown this year. These red females are sired by +BB Mr Sting-Ray 10/0 and out of +Miss Diamond T 949. +FCC A Rose Isa Sting 500 is owned by Paden Allen of SG Cattle Company in Bryan, Texas. She earned the majority of her points from offspring from her flush to +Winchester Magnum 999. This flush produced show calves for J-S Brahmans, SG Cattle Company, and 5M King Tut, a leading contender for the 2012 Red Show Bull of the Year Award. +Miss JS Rouge 494/5 is from Maringuoin, Louisiana and the owned by Jessica Smith of Smith Brahmans. She has produced 14 calves including some exhibited by Smith Brahmans, M’Lee Ivy, and Heritage Cattle Company. +Shania is the pride of Herb Braswell’s red Brahman program in Scurry, Texas. She is a daughter of +Mr. 3H X-Ray 825 and out of +Miss Bravo Brass. Shania has produced four calves, most notably the popular Mr. HB Playboy bull owned by Herb Braswell. +Miss HVR 6/860 rounds out the register of renown winners for 2012. She is a red Brahman female that stems from Happy Valley breeding and is owned by Darby Oden of Marshall, Texas and Happy Valley Ranch. She is an X-Ray daughter out of Miss HV Previous 786/8. She is the dam of Darby Oden’s show animals Mr. TO Ferris 10/4 and Ms TO Rachael 13/10. Congratulations to this year’s winners and watch for photos from the awards presentation to be posted on The Brahman Review facebook page. ©TABR. 126 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
This year, we are pleased to announce the newly inducted Maternal Merit females and performance sires. To be inducted, a female must have a life, naturally serviced calf for three consecutive years. Breeders must supply the ABBA performance records on this offspring, thus showing the mothers to be prolific and the sires to be reproducing quality. Reigning supreme is =Miss 6X Sunland 183/4, owned by Loren C & Edward C. Pratt. The Pratt family had an extremely successful season by also having inducting 5 elite status females into maternal merit. All 6 of these winners trace back to =Miss 6X Sunland and have been as efficient as they are profitable for the herd. The Sunland line also excelled for the bull sector of the ranch, with (=)Mr 6X Sunland 995 being awarded Maternal Performance Sire. Other ranches and operations inducting new winners are Texas A&M University with three females from the =Miss Taes 3058 bloodline, all receiving maternal merit, and a maternal performance sire from the same genetic line. Texas A&M is an educational base operation that focuses on performance excellence with the cattle industry. J.D. Hudgins, Inc., the Forgason division also was awarded for their =JDH Lady Manso 282/4 female. Finally, Rex W. Hudgins received the final 2012 Maternal Merit winner with his female =JDH Ms Westin Manso 478.
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Young Or Old, We Can All Use a Little Bling While many of the cattlemen and women in the beef industry spent early January at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, those in the western fashion world flocked to Denver for another reason: Denver Market. The Denver International Western/English Apparel & Equipment Market is the largest trade show of its kind in the western industry. For eighty-nine years the Denver Market has helped showcase new and existing lines in Western apparel and accessories, tack, leather goods, animal health, English apparel and equipment, and western home decor, gifts and jewelry. Carol Hawklsey, Brahman breeder and marketing specialist for Charlie 1 Horse Hat Company reports that the Denver market was a success for the hat company. One of their popular product features was their collaboration with Charlie 1 Horse Hat
Company and Sweetbird Studio. These two businesses teamed up to feature several new hats featuring the great Charlie 1 Horse hats with a custom designed Sweetbird hat pin. Jennifer Smith, sports anchor, wore this hat during the National Finals Rodeo. Nancy Martin, a Brahman breeder and owner of South Texas Tack in Brenham, Texas also reports of success in Denver. “We had a great time at the Denver Market seeing both the new fashion lines as well as the tack and equipment,” Martin says. “Goign to the Denver market allows us to expand our offering at STT and have the latest styles for our customers.” South Texas Tack is a favorite store for many Brahman breeders, since the men can enjoy browsing the tack side of the store while ladies shop the thousands of pairs of jeans available at the store.
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Hawksley also reports that the “Mommy and Me” styles are also popular. In these styles, Charlie 1 Horse offers matching hats for mothers and daughters. And, though she didn’t make it to Denver market, Piper Hoskins, one of our littlest Brahman breeders and fashionistas showcased a little western fashion of her own at the Fort Worth Stock Show this year. Piper is shown here in one of the Charlie 1 Horse Mommy & Me style hats along with her western boots and jeans. As Piper shows us, young or old, we can all use a little bling. ©TABR
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Advertising Index 3X-HK Cattle…......................................................23,136 4N Ranch, Inc….....................................................15,135 4V Ranch…..................................................................136 5M Farms…..................................................................111 B&P Brahmans....…..............................................121,131 Bar Crescent D Ranch...................................................131 Bar W Ranch….............................................................136 Bailey, Buddy.................................................................136 Barthle Brothers Ranch, LLC........................................131 Beard-Navasota Veternary Hospital................................141 Bennett Farms.................................................................37 Big Hat Cattle, Honea, Walter.......................................135 Bovine Elite..............................................................84,141 Broken Triangle Marketing.......................................36,136 Bryant Red Brahmans....................................................136 Brushy Creek Custom Sires..........................................IBC Buck N Hoss Cattle.......................................................132 Bulls Eye Ranch...............................................122-123,136 Butler Polled Brahmans..........................................135,136 Carter Brahmans............................................................137 Cattle Solutions...............................................................45 Chapman’s Double C Bar Ranch...................................131 Charlie Hurston Cattle..................................................132 Circle H Ranch........................................................85,131 Circle T Cattle Co..................................................120,133 D Bar Ranch..........................................................130,133 Deep South Brahman Association....................................14 Diamond A Ranch.........................................................131 Doc Partin Ranch..........................................................131 Dollar Short Cattle Company........................................133 Dooley Farm.................................................................133 Double A Ranch (Acevedo)......................................65,137 Double A Ranch & Cattle Co. (Muskus).........................47 Dubina Rose Ranch.......................................................137 Dykes Farms..................................................................134 East Texas Ranch...........................................................137 F&R Brahmans..............................................................133 Fat Dog Cattle Company...............................................137 Ferguson Cattle Company....................................... 25,133 Five Oaks Cattle............................................................135 Flying W Ranch.............................................................129 Fontenot’s Red Brahmans.........................................37,133 G2 Cattle Company.......................................................137 Ganadera El Rosario.......................................................4-5 Ganadera Karla Mary.................................................18-19 Genex Custom Collection Services..................................17 HB Braswell Red Brahman Ranch.................................137 Heritage Cattle.........................................................43,137 Horse Stomp Ranch.......................................................135 HRW Cattle Company..................................................133 Ideal Productions.............................................................60 IS Ranch........................................................................132 Island Brahamns............................................................134 J&R Farms......................................................................87 J.D. Hudgins, Inc....................................9,13,50-51,73,97 JaImages........................................................................140 Joyce Custom Fitters......................................................116 JW Brahmans................................................................138 JW Red Brahman Ranch...............................................138 142 | The American Brahman Review® | HOUSTON 2012
Ka-Wai Ranch...........................................................32,138 K-Bar Farms..................................................................134 Key Brahmans...............................................................138 Kratzer Brahmans..........................................................134 L2 Ranch..................................................................33,132 La Muneca Cattle...............................................IFC-3,138 Lazy D Farms.................................................................135 Legacy Cattle Service.......................................................95 Legacy Genetic Resources..............................................141 Lindley Brahmans..........................................................138 Longview Ranch............................................................138 M. James Brahmans.......................................................134 Magic City Sale at Miami International..................100-101 McKenny Farms............................................................139 MGD Holdings, LLC...................................................135 Moreno Firms................................................................132 National F1 and Brahman Female Sale............................36 Newsome Brahman Cattle...............................................49 Oden Ranch..................................................................139 Parish Brahmans............................................................139 Quality Genetics..............................................................89 Queen Bling Boutique...................................................141 Ranch House Designs....................................................104 Reese Ranch...................................................................139 Ripple C Cattle Co.........................................................91 Rocking B Cattle...........................................................135 Rocking S Ranch...........................................................132 Rooms to Bloom...........................................................141 Sagrera Brahmans..........................................................134 Salinas Ranch.................................................................139 San Miguel Cattle Co......................................................76 Sante Elena......................................................................69 SB Brahman Ranch.........................................................99 Schneider Brahmans.................................................27,115 Seven Bar Cattle Company............................................139 Sexing Technologies.........................................................55 Signature Signs..............................................................141 SJ Cattle Creations........................................................141 Smith Brahmans............................................................127 Southern Cattle Company.............................................132 St. Cyr Brahman Farm, Inc...........................................139 Stacey Shanks Photography............................................140 Sullins, Lanny................................................................138 Sullivan Supply.......................................................106,141 Sunnyside Ranch...........................................................139 Swanner Brahmans..........................................................77 Texas Connection............................................................59 The Brahman Elite Sale...................................................42 The Collection Sale.........................................................46 Tic Tac Toe Ranch.........................................................140 Tipp Ranch....................................................................140 Trans Ova Genetics........................................................103 Triton Farms..................................................................134 V8 Ranch..................................................28-29,80-81,140 Vogue Farms...........................................................129,140 Watkins Cattle Company...............................................134 Whitlock Cattle.............................................................140 Windy Hill Ranch.........................................................140 World Brahman Congress..............................................105 World Wide Livestock Express, Inc.................................88
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