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Our POLLED Brahman Bull Market is Strong !! THANKS to these Progressive g Breeders from Five States!!!

LMC WFF Polled Maestro - co- LMC Polled Rico - co-owned with LMC Polled Remmy - Steve LMC Polled Legacy - Justin Hall owned with Ricky Butler from Ronnie Smith from North Texas. Linkinogger from Arkansas. from NE Texas. Oklahoma. Sire of next 3 bulls.

LMC WFF Pistolero - co-owned LMC RMC Jose - Charlie Cate from LMC Polled Aussie - co-owned LMC Polled Samson - co-owned with Westfall Family Farms. Sire of North Texas. with Beto Salinas from South Texas. with Larry Campbell from North next 10 bulls. Texas.

LMC Polled Iron - E Cross Cattle Co. LMC RMC Pistol - Damian Rangel LMC Polled Asset - Ricky Durbin - LMC Sambo - Dennis & Ann Kelly from Oklahoma. Inc. - SE Texas. from South Texas. Volume South Texas Bull Buyer.

LMC Polled Tommy - Lonnie LMC Polled Sambo - Sam Sparks of LMC Polled Amos - Danny Davis - LMC WFF Polled Master - Curtis Tomerlin from South Texas. South Texas South Texas Volume Bull Buyer. Gruetzmacher from South Texas.

LMC LF Ambassador - co-owned LMC Polled Integrity - co-owned LMC Polled Bud - DeWayne Moore LMC Polled Madison - co-owned with Louie Flores and sire of next 6 with Schneider Brahmans of Central of Central Texas. with Dean Galbraith of Missourri. bulls. Texas.

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The Best is Yet to Come !!! We are both happy and proud with the SUCCESS of our Polled Brahman program in the short time that we have been breeding them. We appreciate each and every buyer from both home and foreign countries. We are excited about the FUTURE of the Polled Brahman industry and feel confident that THE BEST IS YET TO COME. We are committed to breeding our share of the best by using many of the proven powerful matings that have produced good bulls like you see here plus will continue to introduce new sires and cow families to improve our cattle which in turn will improve the breed. LMC Apollo is a prime example of a powerful new polled bull we are introducing to our herd this year. He is a son of LMC WFF Pistolero and out of our JDH Lady Manso 20/5 donor cow. The POLLED NATION is growing because it makes economic sense to produce State of the Art POLLED Brahman cattle. Come get you one of these young freshly weaned herd bull prospects whose genetics and promotion can help you to market your future production to more buyers for more money.

Photo at 8 mos. LMC LM MC Polled P lll d Charley Ch l isi a smooth th polled, llll d powerful, fl dark pigmented, heavy muscled, good looking Ambassador son that is a maternal brother to LMC Apollo, Victoria’s Secret & Baby Doll. Every calf that his mama has produced has been outstanding. Our Polled Brahman bull market is strong. Come get you one.

Photo at 7 mos. LM MC Polled P llll d Future F t is i an exciting, i i powerful f l polled llll d LMC herd bull prospect out of Ambassador and our prolific 270/5 donor who is an own daughter of the International Champion V8 831/5 cow whose dam is the great V8 188/5 cow. We feel that this young stud is a major league kinda bull that we will promote and use in our program.

Photo at 6 mos. LMC Polled Esto is a double smooth polled, dark pigmented, very correct, good looking, powerful son of V8 212/3 and our polled V8 donor 899/4 who is also the dam to Ambassador who is doing us a phenomenal job of producing lots of good ones. Esto offers the total package and can make us both some money. 6H +DEOD (VSDxRO 6H+DEOD(VSDxRO

Photo at 7 mos. Yes the best is yet to come when we can keep powerful double polled females like this BABY DOLL in our herd to make the next generation better. She is an Ambassador out of our Cover Girl LMC WFF Beth 24/6 who is a full sib to Polled Maestro. She is co-owned with Beth Quintanilla who is assembling a great polled herd.

Simbrahs, Simbraviehs & POLLED Brahmans *(936: :0:;,9.<,99(-(403@ Photo at 7 mos. LMC Polled Cricket is going to make our ole buddy Mike England and us a great mama cow just like her Pistoloro dam and grand dam Donna. She is an Ambassador daughter that a herd can be built around. VISITORS are always WELCOME at LMC.

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Empowering Texas Women in Ag Seminar October 25, 2011 Edinburg, TX www.beefusa.org 505-842-5252 South Texas Farm and Ranch Show October 26, 2011 Victoria, TX Holt Cat速 Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management: October 27-28, 2011 Kingsville, TX 361-593-5401 Central Texas ICA Bull & Commercial Female Sale October 28, 2011 Gonzales, TX www.icatexas.org State Fair of Louisiana November 3-4, 2011 Shreveport, LA 318-635-1361 318-631-1675 Judge: Clyde Goudeau ABBA Membership Convention November 4-6, 2011 Galveston, TX Hotel reservations: 409-741-8484 888-388-8484 National Peanut Festival November 8, 2011 Dothan, AL 334-793-4323 Judge: Heath Lucas

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Thanks Mr. Guerra Carlos Guerra issued a challenge to The Brahman Review...and we gladly accept! At a recent meeting, Carlos Guerra of LaMuneca Cattle asked us some very thought provoking questions and issued us a challenge to make our publication better. Here are some of the new ideas that developed from our meeting. Perks for advertisers. Ranchers are faced with many media outlets and therefore we continually look for ways to add value to our clients. We offer five complimentary issues mailed to any advertiser who purchases a full page ad with us. In addition, each full page advertiser receives ten complimentary gift subscriptions to distribute at their choice. Many are choosing to use these subscriptions to send to their new buyers, local cattlemen, or friends. This way, you know that the ten most important people to you as the advertiser are getting our publication. We have recently integrated Brahman Blog and Brahman Review. Those who have advertised with us at least once in the current year will receive exclusive access to post their information on the blog, as well as distribute to our e-mail list. We also offer advertising discounts to those who use Ranch House Designs, for all of their advertising needs. Chris Shivers was missing. Mr. Guerra asked us why Chris 10 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

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Lunch With Chris Shivers

Brahman State of the Union Rachel Cutrer sits down with Chris Shivers for lunch, and an update of what’s going on in the Brahman breed. they were working on. What do you think about this? RACHEL: How would you CHRIS: An organization is only describe the current state of ABBA? as strong as its members.We are CHRIS: ABBA is a strong blessed to have a great membership and viable organization, despite that strives to promote and grow many organizations that may be the breed while working towards a experiencing downward cycles common goal. I am confident that during the current economic the committees are making decisions and environmental conditions. Looking long term, there is some concern with the impact the current environmental conditions could have, with the drought, and fewer cattle being retained due to lack of feed and being sold. I, along with ABBA Board are aware of these challenges and we are working to make necessary adjustments to ensure the ABBA remains successful. McDonalds, Wharton, Texas

RACHEL: What is our membership looking like this year? Is it up or down? CHRIS: Both transfers and activity fees for memberships are stable. This indicates that the future is bright; members are remaining active, new members are joining and purchasing cattle that will go into production, and possible expansion due to a decrease in national herd. Things at ABBA have been busy. There have been many activities and opportunities by affiliates and committees I applaud them for their efforts to promote the breed. RACHEL: At the recent board meeting in August, every committee had something new 12 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

with the best interest of the members of ABBA and the breed. August was a really productive meeting and I appreciate everyone’s hard work. RACHEL: This summer it seemed like there was a lot of buzz with people talking about adding more Brahman blood to their cattle to help battle the heat and drought. What do you think about this? CHRIS: There is definitely a new attitude in the beef industry of recognizing Brahman cattle for

the strengths they bring to the table. Fortunately, we are now in an aggressive offensive position rather than a reactive defensive mode like we might have been in the early 1980s. We are in a fast paced industry and must adopt and adjust to changes that the industry presents. We have a great breed of cattle that

is being appreciated more and more with the extreme conditions and a demand for a more adaptable and efficient animal. However, we must not rest on our merits but continue to improve our product. RACHEL: What’s the biggest thing you are looking forward to this fall? CHRIS: Definitely the new membership convention and the national show. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Waco and Galveston!


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From Readers & Friends MALINDA FERGUSON - LOUISIANA

SARAH COOK - LOUISIANA

Thanks for all of the kickoff show updates and for sponsoring the live broadcast of the show. Had many calls from friends and family who enjoyed this service provided by you and Cattle In Motion.

Thank you for your generous donation and sponsorship of the 2011 AJBA “All American.” With this you are not only aiding in the success of our show, but you are also supporting the future of the Brahman breed. I cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for your continuous support of our junior association. As the 2011-2012 AJBA President, I am happy to help you in any way I can.

LARRY ANDERSON - TEXAS I have been away from the cattle business for over 20 years, but Manso and Brahman cattle will always be in my blood. That was a great story and seeing Manso on the video made it that much better.

COLLIN PARKER - TEXAS - 8 YEARS OLD Thank you for sponsoring Class 1 at the TJBA State Show. I won Class 1 with my heifer Lindsey. Without your help, this show would not be possible.

ANNE FAULK - LOUISIANA Thank you for sponsoring my bull class at the 2011 All American Show. Without generous sponsors like you, our junior show would not be possible. Your generosity is so much appreciated. Thank you!

DR. JIM MAZURKIEWICZ - TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY On behalf of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (TALL) program, I would like to express my gratitude for The Brahman Review’s generous support of the TALL program during our recent visit to the Gulf Coast /El Campo area. The TALL XII participants come from all parts of Texas and have taken back to their respective regions new knowledge of this area to share with others. Thank you for your commitment and support of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program and the agricultural industry of Texas.

MARINUS VAN JAARSVELD - SOUTH AFRICA I enjoy the Brahman Review very much. I promised to send you some photos of our shows in South-Africa. We have the Pretoria show next week and I’ll take some photo’s and send it to you. We have 350 entries of Brahman. I received the winter issue. I have also received some old issues from an older breeder and I must say I learned a lot by reading them. I am the Council Member for the northen region of South Africa and do enjoy discussing Brahmans with friends all over the world. We also host the world congress in 2014. Hope to hear from you soon. Kind Regards.

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News BRAZOS VALLEY FAIR & EXPO The Brazos Valley Fair & Expo is pleased to officially announce the start of the newest fair in Texas! The Brazos Valley Fair & Expo is a brand new, mid-major fair committed to showcasing agriculture, education, and youth to enhance our Texas culture. The first annual event will be held September 6-9, 2012 and include a carnival, rodeo, junior livestock show, open livestock show, family-friendly exhibits, music, and entertainment. As a mid-major or regional fair, the Brazos Valley Fair & Expo will include an area with a reach that encompasses the entire state of Texas and surrounding states. The Brazos County Expo Complex will serve as the home of the Brazos Valley Fair & Expo. This stateof-the-art facility has hosted many livestock shows, rodeos, and horse shows and is widely known in the industry as one of the best facilities of its kind. For more information on the Brazos Valley Fair, email info@brazosvalleyfair.com, or call the office at 979-8233976.

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MOST VISITED BREED ASSOCIATION WEBSITE REPORT Cattle.com released a report on the most visited breed association web sites. This data is based on scientific methodology from Google, compete.com, and quantcast.com. Angus.org ranked #1 with 56.55% of the traffic followed by Hereford.org with 12.37%. Brahman.org ranked #3 receiving 7.8% of the breed association website traffic. Other rankings in the top 10 were 4)American Gelbvieh Association, 5) American Shorthorn Association, 6) Red Angus Association of America, 7) American Simmental Association, 8) American-International Charolais Association, 9) Beefmaster Breeders United, 10) American Red Brangus Association.

GUERRA RECEIVES DEGREE FROM UTPA McALLEN — Carlos X. Guerra, 59, was the first graduate to receive his diploma from the University of


Texas-Pan American on August 20, 2011. It was a long time coming. The Edinburg native was the distinguished speaker at the UTPA summer 2011 commencement ceremony. Despite his commitment to education, Guerra stopped pursuing his degree at what was Pan American University in 1974, just six credits short of graduation. That changed on August 20, 2011. UTPA President Robert Nelsen surprised Guerra with a bachelor’s degree of business administration following his speech. The degree was awarded based on what Nelson called “life success” credits. “We found out you lack a piece of paper,” Nelsen told Guerra as he presented the diploma. “This is not honorary. This is true and this is real.” “I want to thank my family and all my compadres and buddies for being here today,” Guerra told the crowd. “Thank you, UTPA.”

KING RANCH® INSTITUTE FOR RANCH MANAGEMENT TO HOST SYMPOSIUM The 8th Annual Holt Cat® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management, hosted by King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM), will be held Oct. 27-28, 2011, in Kingsville, Texas. This year’s topic will focus on Business Management of Hunting Enterprises on Working Ranches. Early registration for this event costs $150, which includes all sessions, lunches, a reception and dinner, and a tour of the King Ranch. After Oct. 14, registration will be $200. The symposium will feature keynote speaker, Carter Smith, executive director of Texas Parks and Wildlife, and speakers from ranches with successful hunting enterprises, including King Ranch, Vermejo Park Ranch, Matador Ranch and Deseret Cattle and Citrus. Attendees will build a hunting enterprise business plan and learn to market the enterprise while considering the balance between livestock, wildlife, and other operations on a ranch. The Thursday evening reception and dinner at the Henrietta Memorial Center in Kingsville will offer attendees a chance to network. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and entertainment by Don Edwards to follow. This event counts as credit toward the Texas AgFinance Certificate in Advanced Ranch Management. To register for the symposium, and to learn more about KRIRM and Texas AgFinance, visit http://krirm.tamuk. edu or call 361-593-5407.

NEW TRANS OVA CENTER IN LIVONIA, LA Trans Ova Genetics recently opened a new satellite center, in partnership with JC Bar Genetic Center, located in Livonia, LA. JC Bar Genetic Center, a locally owned and operated donor and recipient housing facility located 45 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, known for their excellent donor care, will host the new Trans Ova Genetics satellite center. The new satellite center will combine the technical expertise of Trans Ova Genetics professional services team with the donor care and attention to detail that is provided by JC Bar Genetic Center. The team will be lead by Shane Bellow, center manager at the Centerville, Texas location who will work closely with James and Brandon Chenevert, owners and operators of JC Bar Genetic Center. The JC Bar Genetic Center location will begin monthly aspirations in August 2011. While the JC Bar Genetic Center is equipped to house and synchronize donors, clients will also have the option of synchronizing donors at their home and hauling them to the center on the day scheduled for aspiration. The Trans Ova team will aspirate donors at the Louisiana Center and return to the Texas lab in order to fertilize and incubate the oocytes. Viable embryos can then be transferred into Trans Ova recipients, a weaned calf program, or breeders can choose to have their embryos shipped to their homes where they can then be transferred into the breeder’s recipients. If the client chooses to freeze the viable embryos, the embryos will be stored at the Centerville, Texas location. “The Trans Ova Genetics team in Texas is looking forward to working with JC Bar Genetic Center as they are very respected in the field of Bovine embryo services,” says Shane Bellow, center manager of the Centerville, Texas location. “They provide a safe and comfortable working environment for both technicians and donors. We are pleased to now provide more local service to clients in and around the Louisiana area.” For more information on the new location of Trans Ova Genetics, please contact Trans Ova Genetics Texas Center at 866-924-4586 or visit www.transova.com. Trans Ova Genetics offers advanced reproductive technologies to help breeders multiply the success of their elite cattle including embryo transfer, in vitro fertilization, sex-sorted semen, as well as genetic preservation, and cloning services through Bovance. Trans Ova Genetics also offers several recipient options, including health-certified recipients, Multiplier Herd Program and a Live Calf Program. FALL 2011 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 17


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Farewell Tributes Hilton Watson, 84, of Jennings, Louisiana, was called to heaven on June 28, 2011, while surrounded by his beloved family. Watson was born on August 31, 1926 to the late John William “Bill” and Eva Bertrand Watson. He was the owner of Watson Land and Cattle and Watson’s Electric Company in Jennings for many years. He was a well-respected cattlemen, businessman and worked alongside his fellow employees, all of whom he held in high regards. Mr. Watson treated everyone like family and never met a stranger. He made many wonderful accomplishments in his life. He inspired many and will be greatly missed by those who loved him. He loved raising cattle, being outdoors, working and bush hogging on his farms. He was an avid supporter of the American Brahman Breeders Association and the American Junior Brahman Breeders Association. Mr. Watson is survived by his children John and Judy Watson; and Paul and Sydney Watson, both of Jennings; Mindy and Anthony Fertitta of Madison, Miss.;his stepmother, Marie Watson of Jennings. He was a wonderful grandfather to seven grandchildren, Jill Watson, Robert Watson, Mary Caitlin Fertitta, Nick Fertitta, Carson Watson, Hope Watson, and Marshall Watson. Craig Zaunbrecher, Charlie Britt, Robert Watson, Carson Watson, Marshall Watson and Nick Fertitta served as pallbearers. Sharron Herzog, 72 of Cypress, Texas, was called to heaven on July 27, 2011. Herzog was a friend to all in the cattle industry and was extremely active in the Texas Junior Livestock Association where she served on the board of directors for many years. She was also a devoted mother to her four sons Kent, Micheal, Mark and Kevin. She was an active voice for the Cy-Fair FFA where the boys attended school. She loved showing cattle and attending livestock shows with her family. It was her passion. Sharron is survived by her husband of 54 years, Milton Herzog; sons Kent Herzog and wife Julie, Micheal Herzog and wife Dana, Mark Herzog, Kevin 20 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

Herzog and wife Natalie, sister Sue McDaniel and husband Raymond; grandchildren, Ashley Herzog, Courtney Bielski and husband Tyler, Brent Herzog, Whitney Herzog, Tyler Herzog, Haley Herzog, Garrett Herzog, Payton Herzog, and Kyleigh Herzog; and numerous nieces and nephews. Camille Fry, 16, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was called to heaven on September 5, 2011. Fry was a truly remarkable friend to the cattle industry, especially Brahman Cattle. She grew up with a love for the breed and the hope to one day own a herd of “floppy-eared” cattle. Her strength and courage made everyone who came into contact with her fall in love. Fry had a sense of humor to match this and lived life with a smile on her face. Fry was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in the summer of 2010. Her only wish was to add Brahman cattle to her family’s small commercial cow herd. After using her $2,500 shopping spree money from Make-AWish on a Brahman heifer from Mike James of Triton Farms, for her father, her connection with the breed couldn’t be broken. The ironic thing was her father had done the exact something for Fry for Christmas. Her only wish was to live a happy life with a Brahman cow. Now she had two. Though the James refused to let Fry pay for the female, they agreed to trade for a painting. She was an extremely active and vivacious teenager. Fry loved art and was also active in her school’s marching band, playing the trombone. With an open heart and a love for each day, Fry once said, “Life means the most to me. We don’t know how long we’re going to have, and I take life moment by moment. We should all view each day as a blessing, because we don’t know what’s going to happen.” Fry is survived by her parents Chris and Cheri Fry, two sisters Margot and Cecile and an entire breed full of loved ones and cherished friends.


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Affiliate Happenings The Bluebonnet Brahman Association hosted the very successful Kickoff Classic Show in Brenham, Texas. During this event the group hosted complimentary hamburger lunches and ice cream socials for all exhibitors at the show. They also hosted the ABBA Board of Directors and committee members for a summer meeting. For more information on this group visit www.bluebonnetbrahman.com. This group also recently established a facebook page for the affiliate. The Texas Brahman Association held their annual meeting in conjunction with the Kickoff Classic. Officers for 2011-2012 include Al Herring, president; Tommy Stadler, 1st vice president; Jimmy Sartwelle, 2nd vice president; and Lynn Neely, secretary/treasurer. Directors elected to serve include Ken Abney, Danny Acevedo, Buddy Bailey, Mike Burkhart, Brandon Cutrer, John Gnemi, John Haarmeyer, John Locke, Bob McCandless, Gary Hartman, Mike Partin, Kevin Pond, Wes Schneider, Pasquale Swaner, Randall Tipp and Jim Bob Trant. Members of North and South Carolina have been steadily promoting Brahman through the Carolina Brahman Breeders Association. CBBA has established scholarships at both North Carolina State University and Clemson University with a preference to be given to students studying animal science. For the past two years the group has funded scholarships for $250 at each of these institutions. For more on the group’s activities visit http://carolinasbrahman.com/. Louisiana Brahman Association members have a busy fall schedule. Despite the weather concerns, they hosted the Louisiana Sugar Classic over Labor Day weekend in New Iberia, Louisiana. They are also participating in the Ark-La-Miss open Brahman show in late September. The LBA Field Day was hosted by Esthay Cattle Company on October 1 in Kaplan, Louisiana. This event included pertinent information on Brahman and Brahman F1 cattle. The group will also have a presence at the State Fair of Louisiana in early November, as well as hosting the Jambalaya Classic in November in Gonzales, Louisiana. The Florida Brahman Association hosted their annual field day in late April. They also had a strong presence at the annual Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention in summer 2011 as well as the NCBA Summer Convention in early August. One of the membership benefits of being a member of FBA includes access to post your free classified listings on http://floridabrahman.org. The newest affiliate group is the Deep South Brahman Association which is open to members throughout the deep south. This group is in the organizational stages and their first endeavor includes a group promotional ad included in The American Brahman Review. Watch for more developments from this group in the upcoming months. The Oklahoma Brahman Association looks forward to 2012, this group is busy with the organizational plans of hosting the 2012 ‘All American” National Junior Brahman Show. This event will be held in summer 2012 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. 26 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011


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Board Highlights

The American Brahman Breeders Association held their summer board meeting in August in conjunction with the Kickoff Classic Brahman Show. The board reports that each committee of the ABBA is diligent in their work towards the promotion of Brahman cattle and the ABBA. Here are highlights from the board meeting. Member Services Committee This group is anxiously awaiting the first annual ABBA membership convention, held in November in Galveston, Texas. The group will also host an informational ABBA booth at the National Brahman Show where they will be taking convention registration forms. Youth Activities Committee reported a very successful 2011 “All American” show with heightened participation and membership in the American Junior Brahman Association. This group is currently reviewing locations for future “All American” shows with preference for centrally located venues and working to relieve some of the financial burden of “host states” for future All Americans. The AJBA will select locations to rotate between Texas and Louisiana every other year for 3 years at each location. Show Committee This committee hosted a complimentary showmanship clinic in Brenham, Texas for 20 members. The group is currently in full swing with the supervision of numerous ABBA approved shows on the fall show circuit. The group will have a strong presence at the National Brahman Show in October in Waco. Louis Dooley was added to the ABBA approved judges list. International Committee The upcoming World Brahman Congress in Panama in 2012 is at the forefront of the International Committee’s agenda for the coming months. The group also has numerous international activities and trips planned for the coming year in the effort to continue promotion of American Brahman cattle on a worldwide basis. Performance Committee The breed research and improvement committee is focusing their efforts on continued research to showcase research and 30 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

performance data for Brahman and Brahman F1 cattle through sire evaluations and genetic evaluations. The group encourages all members to participate in BHIR programs, ultrasound collection, and carcass merit evaluations. Communications Committee The ABBA promotional video is under final review and plans to be unveiled in 2012. This media piece will be available on DVD and online. The group is also reviewing recommendations for Brahman promotional activities in 2012 in efforts to continue to expand the increasing industry awareness of the attributes of Brahman and Brahman F1 cattle through print, web, and social media. Marketing Committee This committee holds fast to their charge of leading the promotional efforts of the Brahman F1 program. The group is currently working on plans for the 2012 National F1 Brahman Sale. They are also working to promote the Brahman F1 female throughout the southern United States and encouraging member participation in the F1 certification program. Finance Committee The committee will review proposals for the 2012 budget at the October board meeting. The finance committee reports a strong financial state for the American Brahman Breeders Association. Executive Committee The winter board meetings will be held in Fort Worth, Texas in January. The group also voted to host the summer 2012 board meeting in Panama in conjunction with the World Brahman Congress.


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The Yankee Perspective

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am a Yankee. And no, I’m not the ‘north of the Red River’ kind. I am from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I am as Yankee as they come. It was my trademark in college, since I never really attended a school even remotely close to home. If 10 years ago you would have told me I would be working with a magazine that covers Brahman cattle and is so closely integrated with the Brahman association, I might have laughed. Then I would have asked you what a Brahman was. I grew up showing Maine Anjou and Shorthorn cattle. No ears or humps ever crossed my path. It’s sad. However, in the past month, I have had the amazing opportunity to de-Yankee myself. I call this amazing because if you were in my shoes, that is what you would call it. I have met some of the industry’s most influential people. I have listened to the greatest minds in cattle explain how to increase profits. I have sat in on board meetings involving international markets I never would have dreamed of. I have learned how to work with Brahman cattle to get awesome pictures. I have watched an entire region fall to their knees, asking God for relief of the drought. All in the past month — and it’s been crazy. I truly thought I knew the industry. I thought cattle meant one set of standards that were forced into my head during my many years on livestock judging teams. However, I don’t know the industry. Listening to Bob Hudgins speak of international markets at the Beef Cattle Short Course was one of my many turning points. He described how Brahman cattle have built a country’s appreciation for American genetics. Cattlemen worldwide love the American Brahman genetics and they will go to any effort and expense to get them. At the same event, Dr. Temple Grandin spoke on handling practices and how it can relate directly to an increase in profits. I thought I worked cattle well. I didn’t. I couldn’t help but say to myself ‘oh, that’s why that happened’. Directly after her speech, a climatologist broke hard news to ranchers across the state of Texas about our drought and how it may only get worse. I had never experienced anything more than a week long burn ban up north. And now, those closest to me are losing cattle from the heat and selling half of their herds. 32 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

Later that month, I sat in on a board meeting at the ABBA meetings in Brenham, Texas. This is where I saw the acceleration of the breed and how much the ABBA is continually trying to improve it. From the F1 program to the carcass merit testing, the breed is taking all measures to maximize quality. I have worked with other associations, but none are quite the magnitude of that of the Brahman. After going to Graham Feed yard to see the pens of steers from the ABBA carcass merit program, I knew my perception had shifted. Everyone made the comment of how sound and efficient appearing the Brahman influenced cattle looked. The continental cattle looked just like steers I had shown when I was younger. I couldn’t help but notice how hard they were taking the heat. And there stood a whole pen of massive, practical ribbed, rugged-structured, sound Brahman steers that weren’t even breathing heavy. I never knew this side of the industry. The way I used to view the cattle industry was wrong, there is no question about that. In the past month I have learned more than I ever did in any animal science class or from any judging coach. I have heard first-hand accounts from commercial producers. I have seen how REAL cattle actually thrive, not just the kind of cattle in the cooler. No one can teach that. Yes, it has only been a month, but I have learned more than I would have ever imagined in just taking a job at a design and marketing company. It still is the Yankee’s perspective, but give me another month or two. Show me what else you’ve got, Brahman breeders! - Joelynn Donough, American Brahman Review


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RED FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

GREY FEMALE RESULTS Cooper Bendy

Calf Champion

Ms Coronel 60/0

Dalton Deckert

Reserve Calf Champion Miss TO Daisy 5/10

Darby Oden

Reserve Calf Champion

Miss CBR Viva 491/0

Haley Herzog

Junior Champion

Miss TO Nike 2/10

Darby Oden

Junior Champion

Miss BER Princess 227

Rhealee Spies

Reserve Junior Champion

KR Ms Red Lotto 323

Bailee Jo McDonald

Reserve Junior Champion

Miss Double A 673/0

Evan Acevedo

Senior Champion

Miss Southern Rhino 836 Garrison Tullos

Senior Champion

Miss CBR 465/9

Haley Herzog

Reserve Senior Champion

TO’s Marie Laveau 20/9

Reserve Senior Champion

TO’s Marie Laveau 20/9

Darby Oden

Miss HB Reba

Darby Oden

Class winners exhibited by Tryce Betts, Paden Allan, Cooper Bendy, Darby Oden, DJ Wood, Preston Agan, Riley Hendrix, McKenna Shulte and Garrison Tullos.

Class winners exhibited by Collin Parker, Garrison Tullos, Haley Herzog, Dalton Deckert, Clayton Garrett, Rhealee Spies, McKenna Schulte, Sarah Caffey and Ellie Forgason. BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

2011 SHOWMANSHIP WINNERS L-R: Judge Jacob Tipp, Tyler Coiniere, Jacob Valenta, Evan Acevedo, Haley Herzog, Winston Walter, Payton Herzog.

Mr SCC Regal 229/0

McKenna Schulte

Reserve Calf Champion KR Mr Red Diablo 112

Dalton Wickham

Junior Champion

JDH Mr Impact Manso 155/0

Logan Goudeau

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr Batson Reese 10

Bryceson Davis

Senior Champion

Mr GRT Dublin Manso 335

Garrison Tullos

Reserve Senior Champion

TO’s Kaboom 9/10

Darby Oden

Class winners exhibited by Dalton Wickham, McKenna Schulte, Savannah Allan, Kristen Cullers, Logan Goudeau, Batson Reese, Garrison Tullos, Miki Buford and Darby Oden.

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GRAND CHAMPION BULL Mr GRT Dubln Manso 335 Exhibited by Garrison Tullos

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL JDH Mr. Impact Manso 155/0 Exhibited by Logan Goudeau

GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE Miss Southern Rhino 836 Exhibited by Garrison Tullos

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE Miss TO Nike 2/10 Exhibited by Darby Oden

GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Miss CBR 465/9 Exhibited by Haley Herzog

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE JDH Lady Manso 559 Exhibited by Ellie Forgason

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very year, young Brahman exhibitors from across the nation come together for a week long, fun packed event. This year’s national junior Brahman show, themed “We’ve Got Grit” included junior activities in everything from speech contests, quiz bowl, poster

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Fort Smith, Arkansas —Brandon Callis, an ABBA approved judge from Texas, served as judge of the owned show division. On Friday, Callis evaluated 244 head of females from exhibitors throughout the United States. He commented throughout the show of the impressive quality of Brahman females. He noted his appreciation for the breed, especially the females, for their longevity in production and the Brahman female’s ability to raise thriving, high performing calves that work in a variety of sectors of the beef industry. To say that the 2011 All American was a “show to remember” for Amie Ferguson, Roanoke, Louisiana, might be an understatement. Coming off the heels of being named grand champion showman earlier in the week, Ferguson and her show string dominated the owned show division. On Friday, she exhibited the grand champion red female: Lady H Elizabeth Rojo 50/9. This +Mr H Red Rhino 765 heifer is out of a +Mr. HCC 10/0 daughter. She has been a favorite of Amie’s throughout her very successful show career. The Herzog brother and sister duo of Payton and Haley, Robinson, Texas also claimed numerous honors during the show. Payton, took the highest show honors back to their stalls by exhibiting reserve grand champion red female honors with his heifer Miss CBR 464/9. Miss CBR is sired by Mr. CBR297/0 and out of a SRS Mr Profiler 729 daughter. During Saturday’s bull show, Ferguson led out another champion, the grand champion grey bull Mr. V8 918/6 “Blue.” Amie and Blue have been a successful duo all year, winning grand champion bull at the 2011 LJBA State Show and supreme champion of all breeds at the 2011 LSU State Show. Ferguson’s bull is sired by Mr. V8 380/6 and a +Mr. V8 801/3 daughter. Garrison Tullos, a fierce competitor from Bremond, Texas, followed Ferguson into the winners circle as reserve grand champion grey bull, with his bull Mr. GRT Dublin Manso 335. Dublin is sired by JDH Amazon Manso and out of a E3 Pathfinder 333 daughter. The Louisiana exhibitors hauled quite a few trophies home from the weeklong show. Kelli Lucas, of Deville, Louisiana, had her dream come true on the heifer show day when Callis selected her female, Miss V8 174/7 as grand champion grey female of the 2011 All American. Lucas’ heifer is sired by +JDH Sir Avery Manso and is out of a Mr. V8 240/5 daughter. She had previously claimed the grand champion female banner at the 2011 LJBA State Show earlier in the summer. For reserve grand champion grey female, Callis selected Rhealee Spies, Burton, TX, and Miss BER. This heifer is sired by

KELLI LUCAS EXHIBITED QUIET CONFIDENCE DURING THE CHAMPION DRIVE. THE SAME CANNOT BE SAID ABOUT HER FATHER THOUGH, WHO WAS A NERVOUS WRECK.

THE HERZOG FAMILY CLAIMED NUMEROUS HONORS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, INCLUDING PAYTON’S RESERVE CHAMPION RED HEIFER. .

A BANNER DAY FOR THE ODEN FAMILY OF TEXAS

JDH Mr Tula Manso and a +BNA The Deacon Manso 253 daughter. Spies’ super-feminine, dark blue heifer has been a judge favorite and crowd favorite throughout the spring show season. The Oden Family of Marshall, Texas is known for bringing a trailer full of good ones to the shows, and their efforts paid off this year in Fort Smith. Darby Oden, and her brother John, took home many banners FALL 2011 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 39


and belt buckles. The culmination of the Oden’s week occurred when Callis selected Darby’s TO Kaboom 9/10 bull as the grand champion red bull. This made banner number two of the week for Kaboom, as he was earlier named grand champion bred and owned red bull. He is sired by LB Mr Derringer Manso and is out of a JDH Mr Amazon Manso daughter. For the reserve grand champion red bull selection, the crowd went wild with applause as Jessica Smith’s Mr. JS/CH Rouge 950/0 bull was selected Smith’s bull is sired by +DB Valentino 48/3 and a +BB Sting-Ray 10/0 daughter. Words cannot describe the excitement and pride shown by the exhibitors of the 2011 All American. From the smiles, the hugs, the sweat, and the adrenaline, this year’s All American was one for the record books. ©TABR GREY FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

LMC Polled Blue Bell (P) 173/0

Mary Kate Walters

Reserve Calf Champion

Miss CBR Viva 491/0

Haley Herzog

Junior Champion

Miss BER 280

Rhealee Spies

Reserve Junior Champion Miss BER Princess 277

Rhealee Spies

Senior Champion

Kelli Lucas

Miss V8 174/7

Reserve Senior Champion Lady H Mae Manso

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr. Nunez 1/10

Madison Bonsall

Senior Champion

Mr. V8 918/6

Amie Ferguson

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr. GRT Dublin Manso, 335

Garrison Tullos

Class winners exhibited by Samantha Cone, McKenna Schulte,

Erika Martin, Madison Bonsall, Logan Goudeau, Cole Smith, Amie Ferguson, Briana Bishop, Brandalyn Bishop RED BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

TO Mr. Ammo 10/1

Darby Oden

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr. TO Ferris 10/4

Darby Oden

Junior Champion

Mr. R Major League 0/104

Justin Robertson

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr. Bar LLL Sundance 158

Christine Ladner

Senior Champion

TO’s Kaboom 9/10

Darby Oden

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr. JS/CH Rouge 950/0

Jessica Smith

Class winners exhibited by Justin Roberston, Darby Oden, Morgan

Sharp, Kelli Doucet, Christine Ladner, Craig Barnett, Jessica Smith.

Sarah Caffey

66/9 Class winners exhibited by Darby Oden, Kaleb Bendy, Haley

Herzog, Mary Kate Walters, Marisa Navarro, Rhealee Spies, Lanna Thibodeaux, McKenna Schulte, April Nettles, Sarah Caffey, Kelli Lucas, Adrian Land II. RED FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

Lady H Flavia Manso 179/0

Amie Ferguson

Reserve Calf Champion

Ms TO Daisy 5/10

Darby Oden

Junior Champion

Ms TO Nike 2/10

Darby Oden

Reserve Junior Champion Ms TC Winchester

401 Senior Champion

Donnie Joe Wood

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Lady H Elizabeth Rojo Amie 50/9 Ferguson

Reserve Senior Champion Miss CBR 464/9

Payton Herzog

Class winners exhibited by Caleb Oden, Amie Ferguson, Cooper

Bendy, Darby Oden, Donnie Wood, Chales Agan, Kelli Doucet, Wesley Thibodeaux, McKenna Schulte, Jessica Smith. GREY BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

Mr. H Cinch Manso 175/0

Erika Martin

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr. SCC Regal 229/0

McKenna Schulte

Junior Champion

Mr. V8 955/6

Cole Smith

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Youth Activities

All American Show Winners

photos by Stacey Shanks

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NO PHOTO AVAILABLE: CALF CHAMPION RED HEIFER Exhibited by Amie Ferguson JUNIOR CHAMPION RED HEIFER Exhibited by Darby Oden RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION GREY BULL Exhibited by Madison Bonsall RESERVE CALF CHAMPION RED HEIFER Exhibited by Darby Oden

RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION RED HEIFER Exhibited by Donnie Joe Wood

CALF CHAMPION GREY HEIFER Exhibited by Mary Kate Walters

RESERVE CALF CHAMPION GREY HEIFER Exhibited by Haley Herzog

RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION GREY HEIFER Exhibited by Rhealee Spies

RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION GREY HEIFER Exhibited by Sarah Caffey

CALF CHAMPION RED BULL Exhibited by Darby Oden

RESERVE CALF CHAMPION RED BULL Exhibited by Darby Oden

JUNIOR CHAMPION RED BULL Exhibited by Justin Robertson

RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION RED BULL Exhibited by Christine Ladner

CALF CHAMPION GREY BULL Exhibited by Arika Martin

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The Sweet Smiles of RESERVE CALF CHAMPION GREY BULL Exhibited by McKenna Schulte

Success!

Congratulations to all winners, exhibitors, and friends at the 2011 All American!

See tons more photos at www.facebook.com/brahmanreview JUNIOR CHAMPION GREY BULL Exhibited by Cole Smith

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Show Results

Fort Smith, Arkansas – To breed a show bull or heifer takes time, effort, knowledge and a dedication to the future of your cow herd. To breed a champion takes this plus a little bit of luck. But to breed a champion at the All American National Junior Brahman Show is nothing short of an honor. On July 7, Doug Pierce, an ABBA approved judge from Texas, sorted through 36 bulls and 59 heifers that were both bred-and-owned by junior Brahman exhibitors. He began with the red bull division where Darby Oden, Marshall, Texas, and her bull TO’s Kaboom 9/10 were named grand champion. This LB Mr Derringer Manso son is out of a JDH Mr Amazon Manso daughter and came from the senior division. Reserve grand champion red bull honors went to 48 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

Christine Ladner of Poplarville, Mississippi, and her bull Mr. Bar LLL Renegade 159/0. This bull is out 5T Mr Red Bandit 84 and a Mr. 3X Maxmillion 100 daughter. Christine is known for consistently exhibiting outstanding home-raised red Brahman bulls. The grey bull division was especially memorable for the Florida exhibitors, as both the champion and reserve grand champion grey bull hauled together to the show and bedded together throughout the week of the All American. Adrian Land, Brandford, Florida and his bull Mr. L2 Macho 3 were selected as grand champion bredand-owned grey bull. Mr. L2 Macho 3 came out of the senior division and is a +Mr. V8 901/4 son out of a +EJL Emper Suville 176 daughter. Land and Macho have been a competitive pair since October 2010, where Macho was selected as the 2010 Reserve National Champion Grey Bull. Coming from the same division, reserve


grand champion grey bull was IS Mr. Esto’s Ronde-Vu 76 exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop, Trenton, FL. This JME Bevo Manso 248 son is out of a JDH San Alberto Manso daughter. In the female show, the ring was filled with sound, functional Brahman females that awed the crowd. Bremond, Texas’ Garrison Tullos claimed his share of the purple by exhibiting the grand champion red bredand-owned female, Miss Southern Rhino 836. Miss Southern Rhino is sired by +Mr. H Rhino 765 and out of a +DB Southern Style 33/3 daughter. She has claimed many championships for Garrison in 2010 and 2011. Evan Acevedo, Mission, Texas, took the reserve grand champion red bred-and-owned heifer with Miss Double A 695/0. This +Mr. Winchester Magnum 999 female is out of a Mr. V8 332/4 daughter. After the show, Evan expressed his excitement as he has been able to create his own red herd using his former show heifers. In the grey bred-and-owned female show, Texas’ Jacob Valenta dominated the show with JMV Ms. Cindy Manso 19/9. She is sired by JDH Mr Dalvand Manso and out of a DGS Mr. WCD Bross 689 daughter. This senior female has traveled thousands of miles on the show circuit for the Valenta Family, and Jacob commented on how proud he was to earn the bred-andowned championship title with his home-raised heifer. In the final championship selection of the day, Pierce chose Haley Herzog’s Miss CBR Viva 491/0 as reserve grand champion bred-and-owned female. This heifer, whose mother was Haley’s old show heifer and former All American champion “Juicy”, is sired by +Mr H Maddox Manso 684. ©TABR GREY FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

Miss CBR Viva 491/0

Haley Herzog

Reserve Calf Champion

KD’s Imperial 25

Kevin Deleu

Junior Champion

Miss PK Calamity 254/0

Reserve Junior Champion Miss JMV Mary Jane

Manso 28/0 Senior Champion

Kyle Fanning Jacob Valenta

JMV Ms. Cindy Manso 19/9

Jacob Valenta

Reserve Senior Champion Miss CBR 465/9

Haley Herzog

Class winners exhibited by Darby Oden, Andrew Simon, Haley

Herzog, Allie Carriere, Ronni Dell Hull, Logan Peterson, Kyle Fanning, Jacob Valenta, McKenna Shulte, Garrison Tullos, Randy Rogers, Haley Herzog. RED FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

Ms TO Daisy 5/10

Darby Oden

Reserve Calf Champion

Ms TO Ruby 14/10

Darby Oden

Junior Champion

Miss Double A 695/0

Evan Acevedo

Reserve Junior Champion SL Ms Jullian 5/0

Bailee Jo McDonald

Senior Champion

Garrison Tullos

Miss Southern Rhino

Reserve Senior Champion Miss B-F 131/9

Samantha Cone

Class winners exhibited by Amie Ferguson, Darby Oden, Evan

Acevedo, Bailee McDonald, Christine Ladner, Samantha Cone, Garrison Tullos, Jessica Smith. GREY BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

Bar L Stetson 52

Hannah Carriere

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr. B-F 212/0

Samantha Cone

Junior Champion

IS Mr. A Plus 82

Briana Bishop

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr. 4-S Sonny Sugs 2/0

Mackenzie Scriber

Senior Champion

Mr. L2 Macho 3

Adrian Land II

Reserve Senior Champion

IS Mr. Esto’s RondeVu 76

Brandalyn Bishop

Class winners exhibited by Samantha Cone, Kevin Deleu, Hannah

Carriere, Morgan Pounds, Briana Bishop, Garrison Tullos, Adrian Land II, Brandalyn Bishop. RED BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

Mr. TO Ferris 10/4

Darby Oden

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr. PK Hornet 106/0

Kyle Fanning

Junior Champion

Mr. Bar LLL Renegade 159/0

Christine Ladner

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr. Bar LLL Sundance 158

Christine Ladner

Senior Champion

TO’s Kaboom 9/10

Darby Oden

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr. JS/CH Rouge 950/0

Jessica Smith

Class winners exhibited by Kyle Fanning, Darby Oden, Justin

FLORIDA BREEDERS TAKE HOME TOP AWARDS IN BREDANDOWNED BULL SHOW

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GRAND CHAMPION RED B&O HEIFER Exhibited by Garrison Tullos

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED B&O HEIFER Exhibited by Evan Acevedo

GRAND CHAMPION GREY B&O BULL Exhibited by Adrian Land II

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY B&O BULL Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop

GRAND CHAMPION GREY B&O HEIFER Exhibited by Jacob Valenta

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY B&O HEIFER Exhibited by Haley Herzog

GRAND CHAMPION RED B&O BULL Exhibited by Darby Oden

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ear after year, the country’s best showmen are put to the test to see who really has what it take to be number one. This occurs at none other than the All American Junior Brahman Show. On July 6, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Dean Fuchs, ABBA approved judge, sorted through 105 junior exhibitors. To say he was faced with a challenging task is an understatement.

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Fuchs began with the Showman from the junior division where 2010 All American and show ring veteran, Payton marks that moment as Herzog, Robinson, Texas, the greatest of her show stole the show. Herzog is the career. Walters is the 10-year-old son of Kevin 16-year-old daughter of and Natalie Herzog. He was Val and Stacey Walters. closely followed by reserve As the crowd took champion junior, Bethalyn their seats the nation’s six Bishop. Reigning from the top Brahman showman same class as Herzog, this re-entered the ring. young lady is the 10-yearA hush fell over the old daughter of Mark and arena as Fuchs took the Christel Bishop, Trenton, microphone one last Florida. time. Tensions mounted AMIE FERGUSON As the juniors got older, as Fuchs began his walk This Louisiana powerhouse shined with success all week at the the competition got tougher. to name the year’s Grand All American. She was named Grand Champion Showman, and For his intermediate division exhibited the Grand Champion Grey Bull and Grand Champion Champion Showman. champion, Fuchs chose Then suddenly, with Red Female. Evan Acevedo. Acevedo one hand shake Amie is the 15-year-oldson of Ferguson’s career dream Danny and Jana Acevedo, Mission, Texas. No stranger came true. Fuchs named her champion. If only she to competition, Acevedo came off a champion showman knew then that it would be the beginning of the most win at the Texas Junior Brahman Association state show successful week of her show career. weeks prior. For reserve intermediate champion, Fuchs Without hesitation, Fuchs began the march to choose used Haley Herzog, 15. Keeping talent with a show stick his reserve champion showman with Evan Acevedo. in the family, Herzog clearly has paved the way for her Astonished, Acevedo pulls his heifer out of the line-up, younger brother. She too was the 2009 All American now a champion. He congratulates Ferguson as they Champion Showman. walk to the backdrop, champions. But these two are The day narrowed to a not just champions; they close as the senior division are two of the best cattle took the ring. Fuchs showman in the country. found a showman he liked Although not a formal quite nicely for champion division included in the senior in Amie Ferguson. overall drive, the collegiate This 17-year-old from showmanship class allows Roanoke, Louisiana, is Brahman exhibitors ages the daughter of Melinda 19 to 21 to compete. This and Robert Ferguson. year, Cole Smith, Burton, After years of competing, Texas, reigned supreme Ferguson’s dream of with Briana Bishop winning an All American sticking her way to reserve. showmanship title was just Class winners: Leah a few heartbeats away. This Thibodeaux, Madison feeling was only recently Peterson, Payton Herzog, EVAN ACEVEDO shared by this year’s Katelin Cooper, Garrison Acevedo anxiously awaits the shomanship competition’s champion reserve senior showman, Tullos, Rhealee Spies, drive. His showmanship skills were rewarded all summer including Mary Kate Walters, Arica Land, Evan Acevedo, winning Reserve Champion Showman at the All American and Brenham, Texas. Walters Mary Kate Walters, Amie Grand Champion Showman at the TJBA State Show. is the reigning Champion Ferguson, Cole Smith. 54 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011


SHOWMANSHIP WINNERS Judge Dean Fuchs congratulates winners left to right: Mary Kate Walters, Reserve Senior Champion; Amie Ferguson, Grand Champion Showman and Senior Champion, Haley Herzog, Reserve Intermediatee Champion; Evan Acevedo, Intermediate Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Showman; Bethalyn Bishop, Reserve Junior Champion; and Payton Herzog, Junior Champion.

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Youth Activities

All American Leadership Contests

photos by Stacey Shanks

PUBLIC SPEAKING JUNIOR DIVISION 1st: Alyson Fontenot, 2nd: Bethalan Bishop, 3rd: Darcy Lavergne, 4th: Logan Goudeau 5th: Brennan Felix

PUBLIC SPEAKING INTERMEDIATE DIVISION 1st: Haley Herzog, 2nd: Blair Trahan; 3rd: Alison Simon; 4th: Kelli Lucas; 5th: Rhealee Spies

PUBLIC SPEAKING SENIOR DIVISION 1st: Erin Forgason, 2nd: Bailee Jo McDonald; 3rd: Sarah Cook; 4th: Cody Morgan; 5th: Kylie Sharp

PUBLIC SPEAKING COLLEGIATE DIVISION 1st: Briana Bishop; 2nd: Brittany Vincent

POSTER CONTEST JUNIOR DIVISION 1st: Jess Cook, 2nd: Logan Goudeau; 3rd: Darcy Lavergne; 4th: Anna Pickering; 5th: Alyson Fontenot

POSTER CONTEST INTERMEDIATE DIVISION 1st: Haley Herzog, 2nd: Sydney Acedo; 3rd: Briley Richard; 4th: Megan Lavergne; 5th: Alison Simon

POSTER CONTEST SENIOR / COLLEGIATE DIVISION 1st: Sarah Cook, 2nd: Amie Ferguson, 3rd: Kylie Sharp; 4th: Cody Morgan, 5th: Marissa Navarro

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST JUNIOR DIVISION 1st: Joseph Carriere; 2nd: Bethalan Bishop; 3rd: Savannah Allen, 4th: Darcy Lavergne; 5th: James Carriere

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST INTERMEDIATE DIVISION 1st: Morgan Sharp; 2nd: Arica Land; 3rd: Briley Richard; 4th: Ronni Hull; 4th: Haley Herzog

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All American Leadership Contests photos by Stacey Shanks

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST SENIOR / COLLEGIATE DIVISION 1st: Briana Bishop; 2nd: Sarah Will; 3rd: Lucas Glaser; 4th: Kylie Sharp; 5th: Sarah Cook

HERDSMAN QUIZ JUNIOR DIVISION 1st: Logan Goudeau; 2nd: Alyson Fontenot; 3rd: Bethalan Bishop; 4th: Savannah Allen; 5th: Allie Carriere

HERDSMAN QUIZ INTERMEDIATE DIVISION 1st: Brandalyn Bishop; 2nd: Briley Richard; 3rd: Wade Martin; 4th: Haley Herzog; 5th: Megan Lavergne

HERDSMAN QUIZ SENIOR DIVISION 1st: Eli Graham; 2nd: Kevin Deleu; 3rd: Sarah Cook; 4th: Erin Forgason; 5th: Jacob Valenta

HERDSMAN QUIZ COLLEGIATE DIVISION 1st: Briana Bishop; 2nd: Brett Richard; 3rd: Molly Dillon; 4th: Brittany Vincent

HERDSMAN QUIZ ADULT DIVISION 1st: Craig Fontenot; 2nd: Billy Dan Lindley; 3rd: Sara Allen 4th: Ronn Hull; 5th: R.L. Barlow

QUIZ BOWL JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE DIVISION 1st: Briley Richard, Megan Lavergne, Rhealee Spies, Darcy Lavergne; 2nd: Haley Herzog, Jordan Storey, April Nettles, Leigh Ann Howe

QUIZ BOWL SENIOR / ADULT DIVISION 1st: Matt Pounds, Eli Graham, Brett Richard, Morgan Pounds; 2nd: Sarah Cook, Kelli Lucas, Deana Fontenot, Kelsey Fontenot

HERDSMAN CONTEST 1st: Bishop & Land Family; 2nd: Haley & Payton Herzog; 3rd: Morgan Pounds; 4th: Garrison Tullos; 5th: Rhealee Spies & Cole Smith

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TOP FIVE ALL AROUND WINNERS 1st: Haley Herzog, Texas 2nd: Sarah Cook, Louisiana 3rd: Alyson Fontenot, Louisiana 4th: Bethalan Bishop, Florida 5th: Logan Goudeau, Texas

AUTOGRAPH CONTEST Ty Hebert, Louisiana

SPONSORSHIP CONTEST Kelsey Fontenot, Louisiana

SHAWNEE BAILEY AWARD Sarah Cook, Louisiana

20112012 AJBA ROYALTY Queen: Haley Herzog, Texas Princess: Briley Richard, Louisiana

OUTSTANDING JUNIOR BREEDER Kylie Sharp, Louisiana

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Youth Activities

Cook Elected to Lead Junior Brahman Board for 2012 This year, 14 new directors took on the roles as the leadership voices of the American Junior Brahman Association. Sarah Cook, Alexandria, Louisiana was elected president. Cook is a freshman at Louisiana State University and was originally elected as one of the representatives of the Louisiana Junior Brahman Association. Cook has a long-standing involvement with the AJBA, and has participated in every contest and cattle competition offered by the organization. 2012 AJBA OFFICERS & BOARD MEMBERS In 2010, she won the From left to right: Jacob Valenta, Andrew Simon, Jessica Smith, Christine Ladner, Briana Bishop, prestigious AJBA All Around. Hillarie Herbert , Sarah Cook, Haley Herzog, Cole Smith, Morgan Howe, Colin Acedo, As president, she hopes to Randy Rogers, Travis Trent and Kyle Fanning inspire young junior Brahman exhibitors and encourage them Mississippi; Christine Ladner, as president of the Texas Junior to get involved in the AJBA. Poplarville, Mississippi; Cole Smith, Brahman Association. The junior “I encourage others to participate Burton, Texas; Jessica Smith, association’s funds will be watched in every event and activity offered Maringoin, Louisiana; Travis Trent, over by Andrew Simon of Baton by the AJBA,” Cook said. “Being Austin, Arkansas; and Jacob Velenta, Rouge, Louisiana, who was elected in the AJBA has broadened my Alleytown, Texas. treasurer. Simon is a senior at the horizons more than I could have ever Catholic High School of Baton The AJBA Board of directors imagined.” Rouge. Texas member Haley Herzog are responsible for leading the Hillarie Hebert, Abbeville, organization which includes was elected as reporter. Herzog Louisiana will lead the juniors as traveling to national and state shows, is from Robinson, Texas, and is vice president. She is a student at hosting educational field days, a sophomore at Robinson High McNeese State and hails from Cow and assisting with planning and School. Eli Graham will serve as ex Island, Louisiana. Texas director executing the annual All American officio of the group. Randy Rogers was elected to fill the show each summer. We would like Other directors include: Collin secretary position. Rogers is from to congratulate the newly elected Acedo, Queen Creek, Arizona; Bowie, Texas and is a freshman at team and wish them luck on their Briana Bishop, Trenton, Florida; Tarleton State University. He has Kyle Fanning, Anadarko, Oklahoma; terms. © TABR previous leadership experience Morgan Howe, Lumberton, 60 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011


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Have you ever skimmed through the Register of Renown listing of the American Brahman Breeders Association and wondered just who exactly some of the breeders are? The American Brahman Review is proud to present this glossary of Brahman ranch brands and prefixes to help aid in recognizing just ‘who’s who’ in the Brahman breed, both past and present. 62 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011


Guide to Brahman Herd Prefixes Numbers

B

3B

- 3B Ranch, Bateman Family, Georgia

B-A

3-S

- Randy Stewart, Texas

- B-A Ranch, stands for Billie Ann Brett, owner, from Oregon.

3-X

- 3X Ranch, Emily Dial, animals appear as Mr. 3X or Miss 3X, Texas

BAI

- Brahman Abastecedora International, Colombian Brahman Ranch

3E

- Emily, Erin, Ellie Forgason, Texas

BB

3H

- 3H Ranch, Sam Harris, Texas

- Bryant Red Brahmans. BB stands for Barry Bryant, Kevin’s father, Texas

BB

- Barthle Brothers, Florida

4N

- 4N Ranch, The Nettles Family, Mississippi

BBB

- BBB Ranch, Texas

4T

- 4T Cattle, The Tullos Family, also registeres as GRT for Garrison Tullos., Texas

BBR

- Brightwell Brahman Ranch

BDL

4V

- The Valenta Family, Texas. Also registers with CJV and JMV

- Lindley Brahmans. The BDL stands for Billy Dan Lindley, Texas

BER

5M

- Madden Family, Louisiana

- Bulls Eye Ranch, Barry & Charolette Smith, Texas

5P

- Powell Farms, Billy Powell, Texas

B-F or BF

- Bennett Farms, Pat Cone, Louisiana

5T

- Towles Family, Mississippi

BL

- Berchman Lavergne, Louisiana

5XT

- Gary Taylor Family, Texas. Also register as Taylor’s.

BNA

- Bar-Nel Ranch, BNA stands for Barney and Nel (LaNelle) Allen, Texas

6X

- Loren Pratt, Arizona

BNH

7-

- 7 Bar, the Ken Abney Family, Texas

- Buck N Hoss Cattle. George and Susan Krieg, Louisiana

A AA

- (Historically) The former classification used by the ABBA, and later William States Jacobs to signify Brahman cattle of a certain blood ancestry.

AA

- (Present day) - Double A Ranch & Cattle Company, Alfredo Muskus, Texas

AA

- (Present day) - Double A Ranch, Danny Acevedo Family, Texas

ABF

- Albert B. Fey

ADS

- A. Duda and Sons, a Florida ranch that was very popular in the 1970s and early 1980s.

AEW

- Whaley Family of Florida, Dr. A.E. Whaley

AF

- Arrowhill Farms, Sam Moat, Georgia

AJM

- A.J. Marceaux , Louisiana

AP

- Adolfo Peniche, Mexico

AR

- Atwood Ranch, California

Arrow J

- Steve Jones, Mississippi

AT

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Guide to Brahman Herd Prefixes BP

- Parish Brahmans, Bob Parish, Texas

BT

- Brenda Tesch, part of the Tesch family in Texas

D DB

- Detering Brothers, Detering Red Brahmans, Texas

Bar M

- Craig Major, former breeder from Louisiana

Bar W

- Bar W Ranch, Arnold Saunders, Texas

DCG

- Douglas C. Greene, Louisiana

Beville’s

- C.H. (Herman) Beville, Florida

DF

Busy B

- Busy B Ranch, Ted Aven, Texas

- Dogwood Farms, The Sharp Family, Louisiana

Butler

- Butler Polled Brahmans, Texas

DF

- Dyess Farms, Mississippi

DJD

- Daniel J. Diezi, former AJBA member from Texas

Diamond A

- Jerry Armstrong Family, Texas

C C&C

- Chapman & Collier, Florida

C3

- Coffman Cattle Company

CAK

- Carey A King, Louisiana

CB

- Bailey Brahmans, stands for Codie Bailey, Texas

CBR

- Collins Brahman Ranch, Texas

CC

- Cannon Creek, Texas

CCPR

- This is a Brazilian Ranch, and they are noted in the Register of Renown for the bull CCPR Iman. Steve Jones, Dean Blackwell & Dr. Wood brought this bull in from Brazil.

Diamond T

The former Diamond T Ranch of Bay City, Texas

Dream

The former Dream Ranch of Navasota. This ranch was owned by Thailand breeders and dispersed in the late 1990s.

E E2

- Billie Wayne Key, Texas

E3

- Emzy and Ava Barker, Texas

EBH

- Earl B. Harris, Texas (Father of Sam Harris)

CC

- Carl Craft, Texas

EJL

- Edjward J. LeBlanc, Louisiana

CCS

- Cajun Cattle Services - Clyde and Betty Goudeau, Oskya, MS

EJ

- Emmett L. Jordan, Sr., Texas

Encino

- This was used by Eligio Garcia. It’s a small town in deep south Texas, the town where his ranch was located.

ETH

- Dr. Earl T. Hubert, Texas

CH

- Clayton Hurdle, Louisiana

CH

- Charlie Hurston, Louisiana

CMI

- Clemente Maitret Irrason (Mexican Brahman breeder)

CMT

- Clemente Maitret and Thomas (partnership with the Maitrets from Mexico and Thomas Family from Raymondville, TX)

Cherokee

- Cherokee Ranch, Cy Yoakum and later Tom Dean, Texas

Circle H

- Circle H, The Hughes Family, Arkansas

Claydesta

- This was the herd owned by Clayton Williams, former candidate for Texas governor and famous Texas oilman. It stands for his name matched up with his wife, Modesta.

F F&R

- F&R Brahmans, Francis Rush, Louisiana

FDC

- Frank Connell, Louisiana

Ferg’s

- Ferguson Cattle, Louisiana

FJM

- Frank & Jody Matejcek of Lost Cause Ranch, Texas

Fontenots

- Fontenot’s Red Brahmans, Carl, Chad, Craig Fontenot, Louisiana

Flying W

- Flying W Ranch, Steve Wilkins

CR

- Culpepper Ranch, Texas

G

CS

- Circle S Ranch, The Straub Family, Texas

G2

- Steve & Amy Good, Texas

CSF

- Courtney Stock Farm, Buck Courtney, Louisiana

GAT

- G.A. Tucker, Florida

GCM

- Glen Marcantel, Louisiana

- Circle T, The Troy Thibodeaux Family, Louisiana

GLP

- G.L. Paret, Louisiana

-GS

- Grey Shadow Ranch, Ron Salo, Florida

GBW

- G.B. Williams, Texas

CT

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Guide to Brahman Herd Prefixes GKM

- Ganadera Karla Mary, Carlos Lee, Panama

GW

- Gordon Withers, Texas

H H

Heritage Cattle Co., the Cullers Family, Texas

HB

- Herb Braswell, Texas

HCC

- Hudson Cattle Corporation, former red breeders from Bay City, Texas

HCF

- Hammons Chapel Farm, Arkansas

HCS

- Harvey Cauthen & Sons, Alabama

HF

- Hales Farms, Florida

HG

- Harrold Griffin,

HK

HK Ranch, originally named for Henry Koontz, Texas

HCK

- Stood for Henry Clay Koontz, the brand of Koontz Ranch, Bob & Dianna Massey, Texas

HM

- Hat Mountain Ranch, Texas

Horsegate

- Horsegate Ranch, Texas

HPS

- Henry Partin & Sons, Florida

HRW

- HRW Cattle Co., Stands for H.R. Williams, Louisiana

HS

- Horse Stomp Ranch. Louis E. Brodie and Jess W. Brown, Mississippi

HV, HVR

- Happy Valley Ranch, Rick Reeves, Texas

I IF

- Ironwood Farms, Florida

IS

- IS Ranch, The Bishop Family, Florida

ISB

- IIron Shirt Brahmans. Charlie Bailey, Texas.

IW’s

-

I.W. Whitaker & Sons, Texas

J

This historical document showcases the G.L. Paret brand, and the Lock Moore & Company name. Published in November, 1957 of the International Brahman Review (a separate publication from American Brahman Review), this ad features the Grand Champion Female at Dallas in 1957. G.L. Paret and Locke Paret, Jr. look on. At this time, the Paret’s herd included over 450 cows, and priced their cattle from $300 and up. They also offered promotional literature citing the attributes of Brahmans in both English and Spanish. And, offered free delivery anywhere in the United States on purchases of five or more. JH

- John Hensley, Texas

J&H

- The Johnson Family, Tennessee

J2

- J2 Ranch of Turlock, California

JJ

- Johnny Jefcoat - Double J Ranch, Louisiana

J&R

- J&R Farms, Jim & Rhonda Usery, Arkansas

JW

JB

- Dr. James A Baros, former breeder from Texas

JMD

- J.M. Dellinger, Jr., Texas

JCT

-

JME

- J. Morris Edwards, Florida

JNL

- Jim & Louise Nettles, former breeders from Texas

JK

- Jack Keel, Texas

JR

- Juan Rodriquez, Texas

JS

- Jeffery Smith (not the same as J-S)

J-S

- Smith Brahmans. J-S stands for Jeff Smith (owner), Louisiana

JSW

- Jim S. Williams, before V8 Ranch, used on red cattle, Texas

JCW JCT JDB

J. Carter Thomas, Texas JW Brahmans - The JCW stands for Justin C. White, Texas

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J. Carter Thomas, Texas River Oaks, Jim Brown, Texas

JDH

- J.D. Hudgins, Inc., Texas

JES

- John E. Schuelke, Texas

JHL

- Jack H. Landrum, Oklahoma

JG

- Joe Goesselin, Texas

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Guide to Brahman Herd Prefixes JT or JLT

- Tipp Ranch, Janie Lorraine Tipp or Jacob Tipp, Texas

LN

- LaNegra Cattle, Javier Moreno, Texas

Lok-Mor

- Locke-Moore & Company, Louisiana

JTW

- J.T. White, Texas

LSU

- Louisiana State University

JTB

- John T. Bowmann, Florida

LV

- A.W. (West) Ward, Texas

JW

John Wells, California

LVR

- Longview Ranch. Rudy Rios, Texas

LW

- Lucious Wilson, Georgia

JY

- JY Ranch, and the JY stands for Jimmy and Yvonne Doucette, Louisiana

K K-C

- K-C Ranch, Texas. Also registers as KC, Texas

KD

- Deleu Ranch, Kevin Deleu, Texas

KF

- K-Bar Farms, Carolyn Falgout, Louisiana

KK

- Rainbow Ranches, Texas

KP

- Kari Pruner, Texas

KR

- Ken Ramsey Brahmans, Texas

KWB

- Kenneth W. Bailey

L -L

- Bar L, The Carriere Family, Louisiana

L&A

- L&A Ranch. It stands for Leroy & Alice Janak, Texas

Lady Bevo

- These are animals from the Herman Beville herd of Louisiana.

L2

- The Land Family, Florida

L6

- John Watson, Devine, TX

LD

- Lazy D Farms, The Dickens, Mississippi

LL

- Laster Leachman, Louisiana

LLL

- The Ladner Family, Mississippi

LMC

- LaMuneca Cattle Co., The Guerra Family, Texas

LMT

- This the prefix of some cattle with Diamond T Ranch, it stood for the initial owner of Diamond T’s initials.

M MN

- Bar M Ranch, Rueben Mayronne, Louisiana

MCK

- McKellar Ranch, Texas

MDS

- Marcus D. Shackelford, Florida

MEW

- M.E. Wentz, Jr., Texas

MHJ

- Triton Farms. Mike and Lisa James, Louisiana.

MK

- McKenney Farms, Texas

MSP

- Partin Family -- stands for Mike S. Partin, formerly of Forida, now from Texas.

N NC

- Nathan Candler, Florida

NCC

- Norris Cattle Company, Florida

O R OLP

- Partin Family, Florida

RBF

- Riverbend Farms, Louisiana

RC

- Roberto Canahuati, Honduras

RDM

- R.D. Morris, Alabama

Reese

- Reese Ranch, Billie & Donna Farris, Texas

RJP

- Ralph J. Prosise Ranches, Texas

RLB

- Dr. Robert Barlow, Alabama

RLG

- Roy L. Gates, Texas

Royal K

- The Kubicek Family, Texas

RWT

- Tipp Ranch, stands for Randall W. Tipp, Texas

Red Mound

- Red Mound Ranch, Jack Landrum of Oklahoma

Rio

- Used by Clifford Brothers Ranch, Texas

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Guide to Brahman Herd Prefixes Rockin B

- The Batson Family, Mississippi

Rosario

- Ganadera El Rosario, Nicaragua

RPR

- Runnels Peirce Ranch, Texas

RQ

- R.Q. McSwane, Texas

RS

- Sturlese Cattle Company - The RS stands for Richard Sturlese, Louisiana

S

TTT

- Tic Tac Toe Ranch, the Watts Family, Frost, Texas.

TWA

- Busy Bee Ranch - Stands for Ted W. Aven. Also registers as TA, Texas.

U US

- Salinas Ranch, Texas

USSC

- U.S. Sugar Corporation. They also have animals registered as “Sugarlands.....” or XXX of Sugarland.

+S

- Schneider Brahmans, Texas

SB

- Skipper & Shari Barner, Arkansas

SBR

- Sartwelle Brahman Ranch

SCD

- D Bar Ranch, Sam C. Duplantis, Louisiana

V8

- V8 Ranch, Texas

SCR

- The former Spring Creek Ranch, Texas

VBE

- Valley B Enterprises, Joe Butt, Tennessee.

SF

- Springhead Farms, Florida

VF

- Vogue Farms, Dr. Bill Sanders, Texas

S.I.R.

- Santa Isabel Ranch, Inc., Texas

VL

SNS

- Satterfield Ranch, Scott & Nancy Satterfield, Texas

- Santa Elena Ranch. Stands for Vincent Lecuna (Josephine Muskus’s Father), Texas.

VIT

- Billy Terry

SRS

- Swaner Brahmans. Stands for Steven R. Swaner, Texas

SRW

- Steve Wilkins, Texas

STA

- Santa Teresa Agropecuria, Brasil

S Bar

V

W W+

- Whitlock Cattle, Texas. Also uses the WC prefix.

- The former S-Bar Ranch, owned by Buddy Smart and Family of Liberty, Texas.

WB

- Williams Brothers, Williams family of Florida (son Slade, former AJBA president)

SS

- Sagrera Brahmans, stands for Shawn Sagrera, Louisiana

WC

- Windmill Cattle Co., Oklahoma

Sunnyside

- Tommy and Shirley Stadler, Texas

WCC

- Watkins Cattle Company. Carson and Stuart Watkins. Louisiana

SW

- Sloan Williams, before he purchased V8 Ranch and used on his red cattle, Texas

WCW

- William C. Wentz, Texas

WD

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WHS

- W.H. Stuart, former Florida breeder

Wards

- West Ward, Texas

Whit’s

- I.W. Whitaker and Sons, Texas

Windy Hill

- Windy Hill Ranch, Ernest Cannon, Texas

WLC

- Watson Land & Cattle, Jennings, LA

WMJ

- Wendell M. Johnson & Sons, Texas

WF

- Wright Farms, Tennessee

WR

- Watts Ranch, the Watts Family, Frost, Texas.

T TA

- G.A. Tucker Family, Florida

TAES

- Texas Agricultural Experiment Station

TD or TD West

- This is Westmoreland Ranch, who was highly involved in the breed in the 1980s and 1990s. TD stands for Thurston Dean, owner, Texas.

Taylor’s

- Registered name for former 5XT Ranch, Gary Taylor, Texas.

TH

- Temple Hill Farms. They also register sometimes as TMH, Mississippi

TM

- Tom Miller, Texas

TO

- Oden Ranch, Tom Oden, Texas

Triton

- The Mike James Family, Louisiana

TRF

- Turkey Ridge Farms. Rickey and Nancy Melton, Mississippi

TSR

- Three Sisters Ranch, Marcy Lyons, Louisiana

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Z Z-Bar

- Z Bar Brazos River Ranch, Herb Zimmerman, Texas

Editors note: This list was compiled using herd prefixes from the register of renown database and Brahman Review advertisers. We apologize for any prefixes that may have been left out, and will be happy to update the blog with any additional herd prefixes that may be missing. ©TABR


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Out & About

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ABOVE: ABBA members RICHARD and FLOSSY FORGASON anxiously awaiting the steak dinner. RIGHT: DR. CHARLES GRAHAM is one of the Brahman breed’s biggest supporters. Pictured here visiting with ABBA director RACHEL CUTRER. BOTTOM LEFT: ABBA member MIKE WHITLOCK was in attendance with his wife Connie and daughter Lauren. BOTTOM RIGHT: ABBA member MICHAEL GOUDEAU was one of the 30 students to be selected to the 2011 Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program. Michael proudly introduced his wife Shay, daughters Logan and Reagan, and parents Harry and Sarah Goudeau at the event.

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TALL (Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership) is a competitive leadership development program that includes seminars with experts, on-site tours, meetings with business and government leaders, international study and personal skills improvement. For more on TALL, visit http://tall.tamu.edu.


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By Joelynn Donough

Since it was established in 1968, many Brahman breeders have participated in the Brahman Herd Improvement Records (BHIR) program, seeing many benefits, improving their herds, and selling their cattle for more money. Some breeders are skeptical of whether or not participating in BHIR is actually worth the time and effort. And a few breeders don’t even know what BHIR is! The BHIR program is one of the many services provided by the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) in efforts to help producers learn more about the cattle they are raising. This data can be used to help producers benchmark their herds and make improvements if necessary. Dr. Jan Bonsma, world famous beef cattle researcher, is known for the famous quote “Man must measure.” The ABBA, along with all major beef cattle breed associations, utilizes performance data and sire evaluations to help move the Brahman breed forward.

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which cow raised the heaviest calf, which bull sires the lightest birth weight calves, which animals have the best carcass data, and much more. As breeders participate in the program through the years, they are able to use this data to guide their breeding and management programs, and culling criteria on the ranch. Ultimately, data from the BHIR program can help identify the animals in a rancher’s herd that excel in reproduction, growth, years in production, conformation and disposition. When a breeder submits their birth, weaning, and yearling weights and other data to ABBA, those numbers are grouped into contemporaries from that breeder’s herd. The ABBA evaluates the data and ranks the cattle among all of the other cattle in a breeder’s herd. That EPD information can then be compared to other herds with similar genetics. A breeder can submit data for up to 25 different traits ranging from your typical traits of birth weaning and yearling weights to other trait evaluations such as udder score and disposition. Some of these measurements, like weaning weight, require running an animal through a chute. But others, like sheath score, simply require looking at bulls, making a mental decision, and writing that number down. While


this may seem like a daunting task, participating in the BHIR program is actually quite easy, and is all carefully mapped out and explained in the BHIR handbook which is available free of charge to all ABBA members. At the time of registration, there are a few measurements that are needed by the ABBA. Breeders are required, at minimum, to provide each animals birth and weaning weight and date weighed. This information will go into the ABBA system and a worksheet will be returned to the breeder. At yearling, ranchers should record each animal’s weight again and the date weighed. When the information is returned to the ABBA, they can further calculate each animal’s in herd data and performance figures. So why is it important to participate in BHIR? Dr. Ron Randel, Professor at Texas A&M University, Overton and leader of the physiology of reproduction for the Department of Animal Science, has worked extensively with the BHIR and its effects. He feels participation in this program is of utmost importance to Brahman breeders. “The ABBA performance programs are targeting traits of economic importance,” said Randel. “The obvious growth traits are covered well by the weaning and yearling performance data, which is included in the ABBA sire summary. Brahman breeders should also know that dam performance summaries are also available through the BHIR program.”

BHIR TERMINOLOGY BIRTH WEIGHT: The weight of the calf taken within 24 hours of birth. This can be measured using a variety of scales and/ or the birth weight tapes that are applied to the animal’s hoof. The ABBA provides these birth weight tapes free of charge to members. WEANING WEIGHT & DATE WEIGHED: This weight can be taken when calves are anywhere between 120 and 300 days of age. Weaning weight reflects both the milking ability of the dam and the growth potential of the calf, ABBA adjusts the actual reported weight to a constant number of day of age and a cow age factor. CALVING EASE SCORE: This is a figure that the breeder mentally evaluates and writes down. These scores are assigned by the breeder based on the following criteria: 1. No assistance 2. Some assistance 3. Mechanical assistance 4. Cesarean section 5. Abnormal presentation UDDER and TEAT SCORES: This is another figure that is mentally evaluated by the ranch. To provide this measurement, a rancher would simply look at his cow’s udders and teats to assign a score from 1 to 9 based on a chart provided by the ABBA. Shown below are the scoring rubrics for udders and teats.

THE BHIR MANUAL The BHIR manual, which is available online at www.brahman.org under the “Forms” tab, is a guidebook for ranchers wishing to participate in the BHIR program. The manual shows ranchers what each trait means, how to measure it, and what the measurements mean. The program provides a comprehensive profile of your herd through data you and other breeders across the country submit.

TRAITS THAT CAN BE MEASURED So what can be measured? Well, just about anything. The BHIR handbook covers every possible measurement a breeder can take on his cattle. Think back to the

NURSE CODE: This is a very simple trait to provide to ABBA. The rancher simply records whether the newborn calf nursed on its own, or needed assistance. If a calf needed assistance, the rancher designates the reason for the assistance, possibly the cow’s fault, calf ’s fault, or environmental effects. CALF SURVIVAL or DISPOSAL CODE: This value tells the ABBA what became of the calf at weaning. If the calf was weaned from the cow, as most are, the calf receives a score of “1” meaning it was weaned. If the calf died, the rancher assigns a specific code listing at what age the calf died. More measurements on next page. FALL 2011 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 75


BHIR TERMINOLOGY HIP HEIGHT: This measurement can be taken at various stages of the animal’s life, such as weaning and yearling. The hip height measurements should be recorded to the nearest 1/2 inch and taken on the same date that the weight was taken. This data is then calculated by ABBA to create a frame score for each animal. TEMPERAMENT CODE/DISPOSITION SCORE: Ranchers visually assess and assign a disposition code when animals are being worked in a pen, in a group, and when they exit from the working chute. These scores range from 1 to 5, with 1 being very docile, and 5 being an animal that will ‘eat your lunch.’ MANAGEMENT STYLE: This tells the ABBA the nutritional management of each calf prior to weaning. For example, a calf that is raised naturally on its mother with no creep feed would be grouped into one management group, while a calf fed on show feed ration would be assigned to a different group. SCROTAL CIRCUMFERENCE: Scrotal circumference should be taken at the same time yearling weights are taken. Ranchers use a special scrotal circumference tape measure to measure the widest portion of the bull’s scrotum. This value is measured in centimeters. YEARLING WEIGHT: The weight of an animal that has reached one year of age. NAVEL and SHEATH SCORES: The breeder visually evaluates the underlines of his animals, and records a score, 1 (extremely long) to 5 (extremely tight), to describe the navel or sheath length, according to the visual guidelines provided by ABBA. Shown below are scoring rubrics for sheaths and navels.

CARCASS ULTRASOUND DATA: When breeders hire a certified ultrasound technician to scan their animals, this data should also be reported to the ABBA. The ABBA accepts carcass ultrasound data for % IMF (marbling), rib eye area size, and fat thickness.

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“man must measure” quote. Breeders can record it and implement it into the data. When taking measurements, it is important to always write down the date that measurement occurred. This date is used in adjustment factors calculated by ABBA. Here is a list of what measurements are available to be submitted to BHIR: birth weight, weaning weight, date weighed, calving ease score, udder and teat scores, nurse code, calf survival or disposal code, hip height, temperament code/disposition score, management style, scrotal circumference, yearling weight, navel and sheath scores and carcass ultrasound data.

IS IT WORTH THE TIME? There’s no doubt that recording performance data and submitting it does take an extra amount of time for the ranchers. The biggest obstacle that many breeders face is the challenge of making the time to record actual birth, weaning and yearling weights, and assigning scores such as disposition or udder scores. So many producers ask, “Is it really worth my time?” Dr. Ron Randel said yes! “It is very important for breeders to participate in a performance program,” said Randel. “Performance data is used in developing EPDs for the sires in the breed that can be used by all breeders in making their selection decisions,” says Randel. “This data is needed by both the small breeder and the larger breeder. EPDs are very useful if used wisely.” Four times a year, the ABBA compiles all the data that breeders submit to the BHIR program to complete seasonal sire evaluations, better known as “sire summaries.” In the old days, sire summaries were printed once a year and distributed to members. However today, with the rapid availability of instant data calculation, sire evaluation data is available online and is always updated, said Chris Shivers, ABBA executive vice president. “A sire summary is a listing of bulls and their EPDs. As soon as EPDs are calculated on a bull, that information goes into the ABBA database and on the ABBA website under the animal search,” he said. “It


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is extremely accurate. Each data set is run by BREEDPLAN, an Australian based company that then generates accurate EPD calculations for each sire. A hard copy of the sire summary can also be requested from the ABBA office.” Most breeders submit birth, weaning, and yearling weights into the BHIR program, said Shivers, which results in EPDs for these traits, in addition to milk. More progressive breeders are also now collecting ultrasound data. “Today we have more and more breeders who are obtaining carcass data on their bulls, either through ultrasound or the ABBA carcass evaluation program. Through the ABBA Carcass Evaluation Program, we now have EPD values for hot carcass weight, tenderness, rib eye area, intramuscular fat, percentage retail yield and back fat,” said Shivers. In addition to the current testing, several commercial companies are already participating in the cutting edge technology of DNA accuracies as they pertain to tenderness. The ABBA will soon be launching this program with marker or molecular assisted EPD technology. This will take into account the harvest data collected on each sire’s killed offspring and combine that with his DNA information or EPDs. This will in turn provide a more accurate reading on each sire. As more and more tests are created to increase animal accuracies, they will be available online through the ABBA. All of this helps in the selection of a potential herd sire. The information can be taken with the records from a cow herd to make practical and sensible breeding decisions. But how do breeders use the data? Well, each ranch is different. 78 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

Joe Ward, a Brahman breeder from the Lazy J Ranch in George West, Texas, uses data obtained from taking weaning and yearling weights to help him select for cattle that work best in his environment. In his part of the country, a Brahman cow must be able to survive, and thrive, on her own, without additional feed or creep feed for her calves. By looking at his data, and his herd productivity, he is able to know which animals work best in his environment. “We take weaning and yearling weights at the ranch,” said Ward. “We have always stressed production of optimum performing cattle and not maximum performing cattle that cannot be supported by their natural environment.” Steve Wilkins of Flying W Ranch said that while EPDs are valuable and worthwhile to select with, they are more importantly best used within a breeder’s own herd. With numerous Maternal Merit winners and four maternal performance sires, Wilkins has attributed this to the dedication and focus he has set to his herd. “We breed for maternal traits, temperament and carcass quality,” said Wilkins. “Every weight and action is recorded. We do not ship anything; we just work to improve it.” John Locke, Brahman breeder and chairman of the ABBA performance committee, finds the collection of this information of the utmost importance for herd progression. “At J.D. Hudgins Locke Division, we collect birth and weaning weights on every calf born,” Locke said. “Then we collect a yearling weight on the bulls and ultrasound all of our bulls and replacement heifers. As demand for ultrasound data


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increases, we plan to start scanning all heifers.” bloodlines that have increased profit potential. Ranchers He further explains how EPDs have become a valuable can easily see the differences between sire groups through tool in their marketing and selection process. their EPD values and ratios. “We rely heavily on birth weight EPDs because of our On the subject of cost, participating in the program is reliance on the commercial market,” Locke said. “We actually a money saver. When registering a calf, there is look at birth weight in every mating decision we make.” an option to enroll the calf in the BHIR program. If a Locke also stressed the breeder chooses yes, they will importance of an acceptable save $2.50 off the registration range of data, free of high “Performance data is used in cost, if the information is growth figures. He said many submitted at the time of developing EPDs for the sire in registration. This means they times in terms of efficiency and fertility there will be only pay $17.50 for the breed that can be used by all will sacrifices for that level of extra registration, compared to $20 growth. breeders in making their selection for non-BHIR calves. If they When it comes to moving decide to enroll a calf in the decision. This data is needed by program after it has already forward, Locke recognizes the importance of carcass registered, the program both the small breeder and the been data collection. “As we send is free of charge. Breeders can more and more calves to the even submit performance data larger breeder. EPDs are very ABBA Carcass Evaluation on calves they do not register, useful if used wisely.” project, we will hopefully get such as calves sent to the more information in terms feedlot. Submitting data for - Dr. Ron Randel of carcass data for the breed,” non-registered (performance said Locke. only) calves only costs $2.50 Many ranchers use the per animal, but provides a data obtained from BHIR to provide information to valuable tool of adding to the data for the breed and prospective buyers. For example, a commercial bull your herd. buyer would find information on birth weights and PROVIDING ACCURATE BRAHMAN DATA carcass data very important. If you participate in BHIR, In addition to all of the above benefits, Randel you will have actual birth weight records plus birth explains that participation in the BHIR program is weight EPDs to present to your bull buyers. important for Brahman breeders to show the rest of the Secondly, breeders can see a monetary advantage beef industry how the Brahman breed has improved by participating in BHIR. The data obtained by through the years. This data is helpful in correcting participating in BHIR makes it easy to track the some of the misconceptions about the Brahman breed,

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specifically birth weight concerns and disposition concerns that have greatly improved over the past 20 years. “Too many Brahman bulls are thought to be cow killers,” said Randel.” This is where BHIR data such as birth weights and calving ease are very important.” “Calving ease is important in creating F1 females for commercial use. The temperament scores are useful in selecting cattle which are calmer and easier to manage,” he said. “The breed has a reputation for having wild cattle which is simply not true. Brahman cattle can be the calmest and easiest to handle of all the breeds if selected for this trait and handled using good procedures,” said Randel. However, that is not to say the BHIR will be the “end all, cure all” to some of our performance related issues within the breed. “All of these performance traits can be used by the breed to improve the accuracy of the EPDs for the traits measured,” he said. “Currently some of the EPDs that are available are less accurate than for other breeds as we do not have whole herd reporting for performance data. As more data are collected and analyzed by the breed association the accuracy of the EPDs increases,” Randel said. “This is important for all breeders, as buyers are relying on EPDs in bull purchases and breeders are relying on them for purchase of semen or breeding stock.” An increase in participation is crucial for an increase in accuracy for the Brahman breed as a whole. Shivers encourages every breeder to become more educated on the Brahman Herd Improvement Records. “The program is extremely user friendly, and is important in the acceleration of premiums for every operation,” said Shivers “However, we need more participation to make it as effective as possible.”

TO RECORD OR NOT RECORD? IS THERE A QUESTION? There is not much of an argument against the program. Through covering each stage of life for a Brahman calf, the BHIR handbook can improve any operation. From show to commercial and production cow-calf to a feed yard, the records taken through the manual are all focused on one thing; to increase revenue for the breeders. What is the issue with that? For more information on the records, please visit the ABBA website at brahman.org to take a look at the handbook. © TABR

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Performance Matters

Fall Sire Evaluation

New EPD trait evaluated; Trait leaders unveiled by Rachel Cutrer

The fall sire summary is now available at www.brahman.org. This evaluation contains a wealth of information that is available to be printed and also searchable through the ABBA online database. This data was analized from a sire evaluation of 190,964 sires for the phenotype traits of birth, weaning, yearling and milk. Carcass data EPDs are available on 259 sires.Breed average EPDs for sires evaluated in the fall report are: BW: -0.2 YW: 25.9 CWT: 11.1 REA: 0.08 RP: -0.03

WW: 16.2 Milk: 6.8 FAT: 0.003 MARB: 0 Tend: 0.01

Trait leaders for fall 2011 are: Birth Weight (BW): JDH Mr. Manso 206/9 ranks first with a BW EPD value of -2.4 and .93 accuracy. He is followed by JCC Man Grande 873, BB Mr. Sugar Manso 402, Mr. St Cyr Imperator 60, and +BL Little Bozo 1/8. This EPD is represented in pounds, and predicts the weight at birth of the bull’s progeny compared to progeny of other bulls. Lower values are more desirable. Weaning Weight (WW): +JDH Karu Manso 800 ranks first with a WW EPD of +45.7 and a .92 accuracy. (+)JDH Sir Marri Manso ranks second followed byJDH Sir Tobe Manso, JDH Mr Mosely Manso, and Mr. V8 354/6 in the top five. Weaning weight, in 82 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

pounds, is a measure of the preweaning growth of the bulls progeny. Higher EPDs mean heavier calf weights. Yearling Weight (YW): (=)JDH Westin Manso holds the highest ranking YW EPD value with +65.3 and a .74 accuracy. He is followed by (+)JDH Sir Marri Manso, (+) JDH Madison de Manso, +JDH Karu Manso, and JDH Woodson de Manso. This evaluation measures yearling weight, in pounds. Higher YW EPD’s indicate more growth between post weaning and the offspring turning a year old. It is the best indicator of total growth. Milking Ability(MA): (=)JJ Cuatro Didor 919 is the top bull for milking ability, with a MA EPD of 22.5, an accuracy of .68 and 31 daughters evaluated. (+)JDH Mr. Manso 449/1 ranks second, followed by (=)JDH Mr. Manso 165/9, Mr. 6X Sunland 848, and (+)JDH Copano Manso. The milk EPD is a prediction of weaning weight differences due to milk and maternal ability of the dam. For a sire, the milk EPD predicts the maternal ability of his daughters expressed in pounds of calf weaned not specifically pounds of milk produced.

CARCASS EPDS For sires to hold carcass EPD values, their progeny must have participated in the ABBA Carcass Evalation program. Carcass traits


may be measured at slaughter, or measured on live animals using ultrasound. Many breeds report EPDs for carcass traits, using one type of measurement or a combination of both. All measure the expected performance of the bull’s progeny. Carcass Weight (CWT): Carcass Weight (CWT): +Mr. V8 777/4 is the top bull for CWT, with a +51.1 EPD and accuracy of .51. +JDH Mr. Manso 360/1, +Mr. T.D. West 270, S Bar Mr. 448/7, and Mr. Sugar 364/1 are also in the top 5 highest values. Carcass weight EPDs predict the difference in carcass weight (pounds) between bulls of interest. Carcass weight is an indicator of the total amount of retail product in a carcass, but a poor indicator of carcass quality and cutability. Fat: +Mr. Fontenot 125 holds the highest fat EPD value in the breed with a -0.054 EPD value and .64 accuracy. He is joined by Mr. Sugar 364/1, (=) JJ Cuatro Didor 919, Mr. V8 730/5, and JJ Cuatro Didor 879 as the fat thickness trait leaders. The fat EPD reflects differences in twelfth-rib fat thickness. Sires with low, or negative, fat EPDs are expected to produce leaner progeny than sires with higher EPDs. Rib Eye Area (REA): Mr. Sugar 364/1 tops the list in the REA trait leaders, with a EPD of 0.81 and .63 accuracy. +Mr. V8 777/4 ranks second, followed by JDH Charley’s

Jazz 946/1, +VL Rojo Bravo 6/125, and JJ Cuatro Didor 879. Rib eye area, in square inches. Higher EPDs mean a larger rib eye area. Marbling: Mr. 6X Sunland 848 holds a marbling epd of +.19, which earns the title of the #1 trait leader. +JDH Karu Manso 800 follows in second, (+)JDH Copano Manso in third, (=)JJ Cuatro Didor 919 in fourth, and St. Cyr Mr. Imperator 202 in fifth. Marbling is a measure of the marbling score of a bull’s progeny. It is a subjective measure of percent intramuscular fat. Higher EPD’s mean higher marbling scores resulting in better quality grades.

Retail Product: Mr. Sugar 364/1 claims the #1 spot for RP value with a RP EPD value of 0.63. (=)JJ Cuatro Didor 919, +Mr. Fontenot 125, JJ Cuatro Didor 879, and +VL Rojo Bravo 6/125 are also in the top five. Retail product is a measure of the percentage of closely trimmed, boneless retail cuts from the bull’s progeny. Higher EPDs mean a higher percentage of retail cuts. Tenderness: Mr. St Cyr Imperator 60 sires calves with the most tender carcasses in the breed, with a -0.26 shear force tenderness EPD. St. Cyr Mr. Imperator 202,

Mr. 6X Sunland 848, +Mr. V8 900/4, and Mr. Sugar 364/1 also hold top values. The tenderness EPD is measured in pounds of Warner Bratzler Shear Force so that a higher value indicates more pounds of shear force are required to cut through the meat. Therefore, a lower value indicates more tender meat and is more desirable. Birth Weight Maternal (BWM): Birth Weight Maternal (BWM) is a new trait evaluated in the fall 2011 sire summary. This EPD value looks at the dam’s effect on birthweight, and proves interesting as data proves the Brahman cow’s overall reduction on birthweight, especially when crossed with british and continental breeds. Bulls are evaluated by their daughters in production’s data. Lower values in this field are more desirable. JJ Ring Crata 688/1’s daughters average a -2.1 BWM based on 9 daughters, ranking him as the #1 trait leader for BWM. Second, (+)JDH Dakota Manso 599 holds a BWM value of -1.5 based on 105 daughters. JDH Mr. Curtis Manso, JDH Bross Manso, and WWE Suville Poncrata 102 also rank in the top five. The next ABBA sire evaluation will occur in winter 2011, and will be available at www.brahman.org. For more information on understanding EPDs, visit http:// www.ansc.purdue.edu/ibep/faq/epdindex.htm ©TABR FALL 2011 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 83


International Experience

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AGRO Expo 2011 Bogota, Colombia — Members of the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) and genetics from American Brahman cattle made a big impact at the XVII AGROEXPO Show. The ABBA delegation was one of the largest international delegations in attendance, represented by president and first lady BOB & VANESSA HUDGINS, WILL DETERING, MICHAEL MARTIN, JOHN LOCKE, ALFREDO and JOSEFINA, ALFREDO MUSKUS, JR., GUSTAVO TORO, BEATRIZ JIMENEZ, MARGARITA RESTREPO, STEPHANIE ARIZA, and KASEY SHIVERS. Dr. Joe and Vicky Paschal accompanied the group, and Paschal served as the official show judge and provided an educational seminar. The group was led by ABBA executive vice president, CHRIS SHIVERS and ABBA recording secretary, ARMELINDA IBARRA. The ABBA and Colombian Brahman breeders have been longtime companions in the worldwide promotion of the Brahman breed. Many Colombian breeders utilize genetics from American Brahman cattle and thus have developed lifelong friendships between cattlemen in the two countries. The Brahman show was the principal breed exhibited, with 224 head of Brahman cattle from 93 ranches represented. In fact, in many classes, the Brahman classes were so large that the cattle could not fit into the showring, and had to be divided into smaller classes to accommodate the immense popularity of Brahman.

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Five cattle sales were held at AGROEXPO, grossing more than three hundred million pesos and indicating strong global interest in the Brahman breed.

Interest in youth Brahman programs similar to AJBA is steadily increasing in Colombia.


Members of the international Brahman community congratulate GANADERIA SAN GABRIEL on their grand champion female, San Gabriel Lawford 491/03. This female was bred from semen on a United States’ bull.

ABBA members Vanessa Hudgins and Kasey Shivers enjoy Brahman hospitality at the ABCZ booth.

HACIENDA VILLA JANETH, exhibited the grand champion bull, Villa Janeth Drover Ulose 879/9, also mated from U.S. genetics.

The ABBA International Committee will be represented in the coming year at Brahman shows in Australia, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Equador, Thailand, and many more. Get involved in ABBA and “See the World with Brahman.” For more information visit www.brahman.org

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International Experience

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Out & About

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Forgason 50th Anniversary Party

1 Brahman friends young and old joined together to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ABBA past president and Hall of Fame Member RICHARD and FLOSSY FORGASON. 1: The couple celebrates with their family, all ABBA members: Lana and Bill Stanley, Emily, Flossy and Richard, Ellie, Erin, Stacey, and Lex Forgason. 2: ABBA past president BOB PARISH is all smiles with his wife BONNIE and long-time Brahman herdsman DAVE SAGEBIEL. 3: JAN POWELL catches up with FREDDIE DOUGLAS, former ranch secretary of J.D. Hudgins, Inc. 4: Cousins and ABBA members: MICHAEL GOUDEAU poses with the lovely Locke ladies, ELIZABETH HOSKINS, SALINA LOCKE, and GAYLE DEBERRY.

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Research Roundup

Beef Research Update by Dr. Stephen Hammack, Texas A&M University

WATER: ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOT JUST QUANTITY In many areas, cattle producers are selling herds because there is simply no water available. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often hear it stated, but water is a nutrient just as energy, protein, minerals, and vitamins are nutrients. In extensive grazing areas, multiple water sources may be present. However, cattle may become accustomed to watering from one source. If that source depletes, or becomes unpalatable, water deprivation may occur even if there are other sources available. Also, cattle must be familiar with water locations, so newly-introduced animals should be guided to water and observed to see if they drink. Water intoxication can occur when cattle drink excessively. This typically occurs when cattle become dehydrated after a period of deprivation. Caution should be exercised when introducing dehydrated animals to water. Even if supplies are adequate, water quality can aďŹ&#x20AC;ect palatability and consumption. Under hot, sunny conditions, stagnant water may lead to development of blue-green algae which can be toxic to cattle. When forage starts to run short, growth of toxic plants around ponds may continue and cattle may consume such plants with detrimental eďŹ&#x20AC;ects.

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U.S. HEALTH MANAGEMENT PRACTICES Health and general management practices were factors surveyed in 2007-08 by the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System. The survey reached operations in the 24 states comprising 80% of US beef cow operations with 88% of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cows. Some of the ďŹ ndings were as follows: t"CPVUPOFIBMGPGPQFSBUJPOT consulted a veterinarian during the previous 12 months; managers of large herds (>200 head) were more likely to consult a veterinarian than managers of small herds (< 50 head). tPGQSPEVDFSTIBEIFBSEPG foot and mouth, brucellosis, BSE, anthrax, and BVD; 60% had heard of of rinderpest, VS, anaplasmosis, Johneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and bluetongue. t"CPVUPOFUIJSEPGQSPEVDFST had brought cattle or calves onto their operations during the previous 12 months, with about half of those being weaned steers. t"CPVUPOFIBMGPGPQFSBUJPOT had no set breeding season, more small operations had no set season t0WFSPGPQFSBUJPOT observed females regularly during DBMWJOHPGGFNBMFTSFRVJSFEOP assistance at calving t"MNPTUPGDBMWFT nationwide were born from February to April. (http://www.aphis.usda.gov)


BODY WEIGHT SIZE FOR DEVELOPING HEIFERS For some time, it has been generally recommended that heifers be developed to 65% of predicted mature weight before breeding. This may require significant levels of supplementation or other high-quality harvested forage. Recent research has indicated that development to only 55% of mature weight may be adequate, which can often be done with less supplementation or lower-quality forage. In two studies at two locations, heifers were developed on winter range or corn residue. About one month after weaning, beginning in mid-November, both groups were grazed until mid-February; during that time all heifers received 1 lb/ day (at one location) or 2 lb/day (at the other location) of a 30% crude protein supplement. After these treatment periods, heifers were grazed together on winter range (supplemented with 1 lb/day of 30% supplement) for about 100 days. There were no significant differences between winter range and corn residue in prebreeding weight, percentage of predicted mature weight, weight at pregnancy determination, percent puberty, AI conception, AI pregnancy rate, final pregnancy rate, precalving weight, percent of calves born in first

21 days, calf birth date, calf birth weight, dystocia score, cow weight at weaning, calf weaning weight, or 2nd-season pregnancy rate. Also, net cost of developing a pregnant heifer did not significantly differ. Either of these development systems resulted in similar and adequate performance and similar economics. (J. Animal Sci. 89:2365; Univ. of Nebraska) BEEF REPRODUCTION TASK FORCE RESOURCES The Beef Reproduction Task Force has developed online resource material addressing topics such as an estrus synchronization planner, recommended synchronization protocols for heifers and cows, heat detection, understanding the estrus cycle, and others. These are available at http://www.beefrepro.info. FACTORS AFFECTING PRICE ON VIDEO AUCTIONS Data were reported on almost 200,000 calves weighing from 500-600 lb sold on video auctions last year from June to September for fall delivery. Calves who from vaccination and weaning programs added $2-10/cwt, depending on the program. Over the last five years, age- and source-verified calves brought premiums of $1.25-2.50. Calves managed for natural or nonhormone programs bring from $0-2/ cwt more. (http://www.cattle-fax. com) FALL 2011 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 91


The Brahman Voice

J.D. “Bubba” Sartwelle “No One Can Beat Her. No One.” The Sartwelle Family

J.D. Sartwelle, Jr. has been around the Brahman cow for years. He knows her strengths and what will make her even stronger. BRAHMAN REVIEW: You’ve been in the breed your entire life. What are the major things you’ve seen in the last 25 years? J.D. SARTWELLE, JR.: We are still fighting the same battles on acceptance that we fought back then. The biggest change is that we are now fighting with better science. In the 1930s, we began seeing the effects of crossbreeding with the work done by the USDA in Jennerette, Louisiana. There were plenty of practical demos of what Brahman can do. But in the last 25 years, we have also fine-tuned agriculture with science. Whether production in the field or the meat and nutrition side, we asked agriculture to show us the science to improve our operations, and it did. BR: What is the future for Brahman in the next 10 years? JDS: We have been steadily moving forward, but that’s not to say we are exactly where we need to be. We have a lot to learn. Most breeders need to understand the commercial industry and how Brahman can help the commercial cattlemen. If you breed cattle just for the show ring, you’re not gonna have a good appreciation for the commercial cowman. His needs are different than that of the show ring. 92 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

BR: What is our biggest challenge? JDS: Having more people understand our role in the commercial industry. We are proving everyday with science and carcass data that we can compete with the other breeds. In some aspects, we can compete better than anyone else! BR: So how do we do get this message out? JDS: In the southern states, half-blood Brahmans have excelled more than any other breed. We still have much in front of us. Over the last 2 or 3 years, finally, Brahmans are being recognized not just in the pasture, but in the feedyard. BR: Your grandfather, James W. Sartwelle, is the “father of ABBA.”

That makes you, technically, the “grandson of ABBA.” Does this inspire you? JDS: It was up to my father to follow my grandfather’s legacy. I wanted to be just like them. There was a need to help improve our breed then, just like there is now. This inspires me. The Brahman cow and the Brahman cross have so much to offer from an environmental standpoint. No one can beat her. No one. There is no other breed or cross that is able to be productive, high quality and profitable yet still be as adaptable to the environment as her. It is our biggest advantage and it is what makes the Brahman breed the most important in the beef industry today. © TABR


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Brahman Women

Ava Barker, first lady of international genetic trading “We didn’t know what it was, but to us it was a magnificent animal and I will never forget that moment. Now I’m in the middle of them!” The then 9-year-old was traveling through the country with her mother. Ava Barker made this comment about the first time she and her mother saw a Brahman bull. If someone would have told her then that she would own and run one of the most successful Brahman bull stud and semen services in the nation, she might have been amazed. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Barker grew up in a small peanut farming community in north central Texas. She did not have access to much agriculture or ranching, but always had a fascination of the sprawling pastures and fields of life popping up around the Ft. Worth area. When her family took trips through this part of Texas, she could not help but wish to one day live in such an environment. Barker says her love for animals began when she was very young and she would take care of orphaned animals that would stumble upon her home. “I’ve raised rabbits, squirrels, quail,” she says. “I always liked being around animals.” It wasn’t until the 60s that her passion for creativity led her back to the Brahman cow. While her children were at school, Barker took up oil painting. This passion 96 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

centered on her love of animals and her love of the ranching lifestyle. One of her commissioned works was of James Clem’s Indu Brazil bull. During the same era, Barker and her family started running Brahman cattle on several hundred acres. “Now I was a real rancher,” says Barker. But old habits die hard. “I occasionally run across orphaned animals. Raccoons, rabbits, a coyote, and later in the 80s my animal expertise included bears and a cougar, which I still have,” says Barker with a grin. In 1977, Barker’s husband, Emzy, established Brushy Creek, a full service Brahman bull stud ranch. The ranch housed and collected

bulls from across Texas as well as the southern part of the country. It was this idea that created international Brahman breeder’s to take notice. Selling semen internationally wasn’t a common practice, but Brushy Creek made it extremely convenient. “Emzy and I believed it would be great to provide the opportunity for people to sell their semen beyond just the United States,” says Barker.


“So we worked at making it possible Africa and now there were so many more countries that caught my eye. by making catalogs with pictures of But I am not a traveler and talking the bulls with their pedigrees and with these people and hearing their sending them all over the Southern stories about their ranches has been Hemisphere.” very satisfying.” The response? Brushy Creek To have worked with Barker and was ingenious. “It was amazing the crew at Brushy Creek is to know how many people out there were the dedication hungry for “It was amazing how and love that Brahman this wonderful genetics. many people out there woman has for We would were hungry for Brahman her clients and get mail, her breed. The telegrams, Genetics. We would get business is still and phone mail, telegrams, and phone as successful as calls wanting to calls wanting to get semen. ever, which can be accredited to the get semen,” Exporting Semen has just care taken by its Barker says. owners and staff. “Exporting been second nature to our With the passing semen has business...” of her husband, just been Barker has wholesecond heartedly made nature the success of the business her life. to our business and it has been Yet she does so with compassion and continual through the years.” This new life was one Barker could professionalism. She truly is one of have never imagined. It was traveling the leading women in the Brahman Breed. that faced her with the image of a “When I was forced to take Brahman, and it is traveling that the reins all by myself, I didn’t gave her a love for this life. “We give another thought to anything got to meet all the people in the else, but keeping Brushy Creek breed who were producing some going,” she says. “It was a life I had outstanding genetics. They came to gotten used to and one that I was us,” she says. “We met international people, which for me was exciting. I comfortable with. Thanks to my had always wanted to make a trip to great customers that have helped me do that.” © TABR FALL 2011 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 97


Christian Message

Two are better than one. The ranching lifestyle teaches compassion, sportsmanship, friendship, and builds lifetime friendships that endure through the good and the bad. Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 What does this passage mean to you? What do you think Ecclesiastes was trying to get across? Something to remember while reading this is the story of Solomon. All he wanted was so focused on success that he lost track of those around him. When he looked back on that part of his life, he was extremely disappointed. Some people are so goal-oriented that they forget about those around them. They are so focused on success that they neglect even those closest to them. And if they are alone in their fight to win, who is watching, waiting to help if they fall? This passage can be directly related to sportsmanship. 98 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

Some showmen are only after the goal of winning a purple banner. What they fail to see is that this mindset can decrease their popularity and eventually their credibility. What have you learned by doing this? That if you alienate yourself from your competitors that you will win? What sense does that make? The tale of competition has been around since the early days of the show ring, and much before! With that said, so has the mindset of treating those you are up against the way you would like to be treated. No, God isn’t asking you give up your fight for others benefit, He is asking to fight together. Banners fade, trophies tarnish, and sadly cattle do have to be retired. But the competitors you meet and become acquaintances with will be with you until you are old and grey. Go ahead and win, but do so with others in mind. After all, your champion banner alone is not changing the industry. Christian Cowboy resources online: http://christiancowboyministries.org http://www.cowboychristianconnection.com http;//www.hisoutfit.org http://www.christiancowboys.com


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Out & About

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Texas Beef Cattle Short Course

ABOVE: ABBA President BOB HUDGINS spoke about export markets for seedstock producers. RIGHT: Texas A&M’s Associate Vice Chancellor, DR. LARRY BOLEMAN, is a long-time supporter and friend of the Brahman breed. BELOW: Animal behavior expert DR. TEMPLE GRANDIN was the conference keynote speaker, and a noted Brahman supporter.

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ABOVE: ABBA director BUBBA SARTWELLE made his annual presentation to the Texas Brahman Association Beef Booster of the Year. TOP LEFT: Extension Livestock Specialist, DR. JOE PASCAL, described the benefits of heterosis, citing many positive examples of use of Brahman blood in crossbreeding. LEFT: TAMU’s JAKE FRANKE, is an avid American breeds enthusiast. BELOW: TAMU’s PAUL MAULSBY, an ABBA approved judge, demonstrats the beef skeletal system during a cattlemen’s college session.

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Brenham, Texas– Lots of things come to a person’s 4UPSZCZ+PFMZOO%POPVHIt1IPUPTCZ+PFMZOO%POPVHIBOE4UBDFZ4IBOLT mind when they think of Brenham, Texas. Bluebonnets, Immediately following, Mazurkiewicz took the ring Blinn College, and Blue Bell ice cream may be what to sort the junior bull show. He selected and many some people think of. But for Brahman breeders across time grand champion, V8 918/6 owned by Amie the southern United States, they think of only one thing; Ferguson’s. Mr. V8 918/6 is a May 2009 bull sired by the Kick Off Classic. This year, over 220 heifers and over Mr. V8 380/6. For reserve, Mazurkiewicz picked Logan 103 bulls marched through the ring for judges Doug Goudeau, and JDH Goudeau Manso 150/0. This is Husfeld and Jim Mazurkiewicz. a JDH Mr. Manso 854/4 sired bull out of a =JDH The show kicked off with Husfeld sorting the open Winchester Manso daughter. bull show, beginning with the reds. Grand champion The following day, it was back to the ring and back red bull went to Ganaderia El Roasario with Mr. Rosario to the open females judged by Husfeld. For his grand Passport Too 100. Sired by +HK Passport and out of champion red female, he selected CT Lady Rhineaux Wal’s 926 Ms Amber 201, Mr. Rosario reigned from the Ray, shown by Wesley Thibodeaux. Lady Rhineaux is senior division. Darby Oden and Mr. TO Ferris 10/4 sired by +Mr H Red Rhino 765 and is out of a +BB Mr. were named reserve grand champion red bull. Mr. TO Sting-Ray 10/0 daughter. Reserve honors went to Paden Ferris is sired by Mr Comanche 175/4 and out of a +Mr. Allen and his heifer Miss SG 142/0. She is sired by +Mr. 3H X-Ray 825 daughter. Winchester Magnum 999 and she also is out of a +BB Turning to the grey bulls, grand champion honors Mr. Sting-Ray 10/0 daughter. went to J.D. Hudgins, Inc. and their intermediate In the grey division, Lady H Mae Manso, exhibited champion bull, JDH Roma Manso 713/1. Roma is by Sarah Caffey, took the show. Lady H Mae is sired sired by JDH Mr. Echo Manso and a +JDH Sir Lawford by JDH Sir Shank Manso and out of a Double Take Manso daughter. For reserve, Husfeld congratulated daughter. Reserve honors went to V8 Ranch and Miss Paden Allen and BNA Bar Drake 411/0. This junior V8 382/7. This +Mr. V8 901/4 heifer is out of a JJ division winner is sired by Cross Fire 02/2 and out of a Cuatro Didor 691/1 daughter. +BNA Double Take Manso daughter. Once again, Mazurkiewicz took the microphone for FALL 2011 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 103


the junior heifer show. Champion red female again was Wesley Thibodeaux and CT Lady Rhineaux Ray. For reserve honors, Mazurkiewicz selected Miss SS 211, exhibited by Grant LaBove. Miss SS is sired by Mr KC Whiskey 20/7 and a Mr. V8 986/5 daughter. Finishing with the junior grey heifer show, grand champion went to Sarah Caffey and Lady H Mae Manso. For reserve, Kaleb Bendy was selected with his heifer, Miss V8 460/7. This female is sire by #JADL Rey TE and is out of a +Mr. V8 901/4 daughter. ©TABR

Reserve Intermediate Champion

JDH El Gran Jefe Manso

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Junior Champion

BNA Bar Drake 411/0

Paden Allen

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr. V8 965/6

V8 Ranch

Senior Champion

JDH Lynch Manso 645

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr. V8 830/6

V8 Ranch

Class winners exhibited by Detering Brahmans, V8 Ranch, Vogue Farms, J.D. Hudgins, Taylor Thomas, Paden Allen, Amie Ferguson, and Jacob Valenta. RED BULL RESULTS

OPEN GREY FEMALE RESULTS

Calf Champion

Mr. MK Powerball 128

Dr. Carl McKenney

Reserve Calf Champion

5M King Tut 697/0

5M Farms

V8 Ranch

Intermediate Champion

Mr. TO Ferris 10/4

Darby Oden

JDH Lady Gage Manso 937

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Mr. MK 127

Dr. Carl McKenney

Junior Champion

Miss Double A 673/0

Evan Acevedo

Junior Champion

Reserve Junior Champion

Miss V8 274/7

V8 Ranch

Mr. Broken Triangle 92/0

Broken Triangle Cattle Company

Senior Champion

Lady H Mae Manso

Sarah Caffey

Reserve Junior Champion

DB Southern Style 722/9

Detering Red Brahmans

Reserve Senior Champion

JDH Lady Manso 559

Ellie Forgason

Senior Champion

Mr. Rosario Passport Ganaderia El Rosario Too

Reserve Senior Champion

DB Southern Style 1

Calf Champion

JDH Lady Manso 730

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Calf Champion

TTT Ms Suvette Marti 688

Tic Tac Toe Ranch

Intermediate Champion

Miss V8 382/7

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Class winners exhibited by V8 Ranch, Michaela Buford, J.D. Hudgins, Inc., Jacob Joyce, Tic Tac Toe Ranch, Even Acevedo, Ken Ramsey/Doucet Brahmans, Sarah Caffey, and Ellie Forgason. OPEN RED FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

Miss SG 142/0

Paden Allen

Reserve Calf Champion

Miss SG 140/0

Paden Allen

Intermediate Champion Ms TO Ruby 14

Darby Oden

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Miss KC Cayenne 788/0

Winston Walters

Junior Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Ray

Wesley Thibideaux

Reserve Junior Champion

KF Millionairess Success

K Bar Farms

Senior Champion

Miss J&R 69/9

J&R Ranch

Reserve Senior Champion

5M Ms Ray Santana 982/1

5M Farms

Detering Red Brahmans

Class winners exhibited by Ganaderia El Rosario, Detering Red Brahmans, Caroline Sagera, Dr. Carl McKenney, 5M Farms, Darby Oden, Fontenot Red Brahmans, Kelli Doucet, Cross Cattle Company, Broken Triangle Cattle Company, and Michael Joyce

Class winners exhibited by Detering Red Brahmans, Paden Allen, Schulte Cattle Co., Darby Oden, Fontenot’s Red Brahmans, Winston Winters, K Bar Farms, Wesley Thibodeaux, 5M Farms, J&R Farms, and David Mejia. OPEN GREY BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

JDH Troy Mano 792/1

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Calf Champion

JDH Domino Manso 200/8

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Intermediate Champion

JDH Roma Manso 713/1

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

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OPEN SHOW GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Exhibited by J.D. Hudgins, Inc

OPEN SHOW RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Exhibited by Paden Allen

OPEN SHOW GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL Exhibited by Ganaderia El Roasario

JUNIOR SHOW GRAND CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL Exhibited by Amie Ferguson

JUNIOR SHOW RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL Exhibited by Logan Goudeau

JUNIOR & OPEN SHOW GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Exhibited by Sarah Caffey

OPEN SHOW RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Exhibited by V8 Ranch

JUNIOR SHOW RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Exhibited by Kaleb Bendy

JUNIOR & OPEN SHOW GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE Exhibited by Wesley Thibodeaux

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DCJ Ranch

Opelika, Alabama

which are bred to bulls of a different breed, to produce the soughtafter F1 heifers. That usually means they must manage two cow herds and the necessary separate breeding pastures. It can get complicated and it’s not without cost. Buying F1 replacements can simplify matters. DCJ Ranch, near Opelika, AL is gaining a reputation as a supplier of replacement quality females. Owned by Perry Debter and Cal Whatley brothers Dick and Jimmy Starr, and managed by Cal Whatley, the ranch Beef cattle geneticists cite ample evidence, collected is a source of Brahman F1 tiger-stripes, the result of through decades of research, showing how wellbreeding their grey Brahman cows to Hereford bulls. planned crossbreeding benefits a variety of desirable According to Whatley, there’s nothing more genetically characteristics, and particularly lowly heritable traits divergent than purebred Bos indicus (Brahman) cows such as adaptability, fertility and longevity. They talk and Bos taurus (Hereford) bulls. The cross delivers about how F1 females (first generation cross between maximum heterosis in a brindle-colored female that suits two breeds) generally breed back quicker and stay in many production environments in the Deep South. the herd longer, while producing heavier calves. Data “In this climate, it’s hard to ignore the heat and insect from the US Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) tolerance that Brahman cattle offer. With the Brahman in Clay Center, NE, indicate that, over their lifetimes, influence, producers can avoid a lot of eye and foot those crossbred cows are 25 percent more productive problems, and other health issues,” explains Whatley. than straightbred cows. “By crossing with Hereford we add bone, muscle and A good many commercial cow-calf producers in carcass merit – qualities that add market appeal.” the Gulf States have taken the message to heart. They Founded just six years ago, DCJ Ranch has become want crossbreds and especially F1 females – the first pretty well established in a relatively short time. A native generation cross between genetically divergent breeds of the Auburn area, Whatley has been manager since that deliver maximum hybrid vigor. the beginning. He rides herd on 200 Brahman and 100 However, when trying to raise their own F1 Brangus cows, all of which are bred to Hereford bulls. replacements, producers may learn the lunch really isn’t The ranch also runs a commercial herd of 700 Brahman free. They must maintain a herd of straightbred cows 110 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011


alliance. For the most part, heifers are sold on the ranch, F1 tiger-stripes which are mated with Brangus bulls. at private treaty. “We run mostly Brahman tiger-stripes ourselves. We think the F1 cows really fit this environment and a “We push the steers a little bit, but we like the heifers to grow slower,” offers Whatley. “I put more limiter in production system based primarily on grazed forages. the heifer ration to hold down consumption. Heifers For us that’s mostly improved pastures of bermudagrass or bahiagrass,” Whatley states, noting how bermudagrass run in bigger pastures, with the water at one end and has the potential to produces a greater volume of forage, the feed at the other. It encourages them to get out and but Bahia grass’s longer growing move - to travel.” DCJ Ranch feels there is Whatley says the Pfizer season usually provides for more SelectVAC ® preconditioning calendar-days of grazing. no better cross than the program is applied to all calves, “We raise a little hay and buy Brahman hybrid. They and all are tested for persistent some too, but we emphasize grazing infection with bovine virus with as little supplemental feed as use Brahman females diarrhea (BVD). Heifers are possible,” Whatley adds. “Because for heat tolerance, insect calfhood vaccinated against of drought, we’ve fed more hay this brucellosis. It all contributes to year. But that’s not typical.” tolerance, and have the calves’ marketability, as does Calving on DCJ Ranch starts found the cattle to be the application of electronic in November and concludes in identification (EID) tags and January, while cows are grazing problem free. enrollment in an age- and sourcewinter grass. Generally, pairs are verification program. rotated through pastures of standing, “We’re trying to get these cattle stockpiled forage until the summer as ready for the customer as we can, paying attention grass becomes available. Calves are weaned in early to genetics, nutrition and health. And then we market June. They are old enough by then, says Whatley, to them,” emphasizes Whatley. “We’ve built some good put early summer’s lush, high-quality forage to good relationships with buyers – the kind that result in repeat use. To hasten growth, calves are supplemented with a sales. For example, our Brahman F1 steers usually sell self-fed, controlled-intake ration (Purina Accuration ®). through the same order buyer, sending load lots directly Steers weigh 750 to 800 pounds by August, when they to Texas feedlots.” are marketed through a regional feeder cattle marketing

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“Cal often comes here ahead of the sale and spends Whatley is working now on securing feedlot time going over the offering,” tells Debter. “He looks performance and carcass data on calves. Knowing how for growth and a strong maternal background. He picks they have done - how calves feed and how they grade bulls out of good mothers, paying close attention to milk - will help guide genetic selection for the future. It and udder quality. He’s trying to produce quality cattle should further enhance marketability of DCJ Ranch that are as trouble-free as you can feeder cattle and replacement females too. The Brahman F1 cow make them.” Impressed with the DCJ’s Buyers of replacement females is useful just about Brahman F1 crossbred females, often like to know, and even see, Debter’s son, John Ross, has started where the heifers were raised. anywhere in the a commercial herd of Brahman F1 Selling females privately, at the Southeast. She can be tiger-stripes, which are bred back ranch allows Whatley to foster some to Hereford bulls. Whatley says his lasting relationships with customers crossed on good bulls mate their Brahman F1 that visit the ranch. Heifers of just about any breed customers resulting from breeding Brangus females with bulls of various breeds, usually targeted a terminal-cross calf cows to Hereford bulls provide to produce a quality with ample profit potential. an alternative for those customers product. “The Brahman x Hereford F1 favoring black-baldie females, cow is useful just about anywhere in but the F1 tiger-stripe heifers are the Southeast,” offers Whatley. “She particularly popular. can be crossed on good bulls of just about any breed to Marketing a select set of F1 heifers through the produce a quality product. And she’s generally going to Debter Hereford Farms annual bull sale has introduced keep doing it longer. Her longevity is a real advantage to even more buyers to the DCJ kind of Brahman F1 the commercial producer.” © Troy Smith female. According to Perry Debter, Whatley takes bull selection seriously and makes his choices carefully.

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Record Keeping

Computerizing Your Cattle Records The days of spiral or pocket notebooks to keep your cattle records are giving way to a variety of improve record keeping solutions, including computer software programs designed specifically for cattle records. As time has passed and more ranchers have adopted the use of cattle software, programs such as the CattleMax herd software have become a cornerstone to producers making better and more informed decisions. WHY KEEP CATTLE RECORDS? Some producers, for years, have not kept records on their cattle at all and instead decide to keep all heifer calves and sell all male calves. While this may continue working for you, the current conditions have more ranchers making deeper culling decisions. An often used phrase “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” comes to mind, and is so true. With culling and herd reductions become more common, it’s critical to be culling the lowest performing cattle based on their actual numbers and history, rather than relying solely on visual appraisal. Learn which cattle are truly productive. With good records, it is easy to determine which cows are your top producers and are worthy of maintaining and promoting. Track sales and purchases for financial records. View your sales and purchases to learn where you are

more profitable, and which breeders may be better for your herd. Come tax time, simply click a few buttons to have a list of expenses from last year, a list of cattle you purchased and sold in a nicely formatted report. This is much better (and easier on your accountant/tax preparer) than bringing in piles of receipts and hand-written notes for them to sort through. INVESTING IN A MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Wondering what’s involved to get started with an identification system for your herd? There’s the setup time, which involves tagging cattle (such as with ear tags), entering their information into a cattle software program, and learning your way around your new record keeping solution. To ensure your records stay current, you’ll want to enter details about your cattle as often as possible, such as the day you gave medical treatments, when a new calf is born, etc. Ideally, you get into a habit or schedule so your records are at least updated once a week. Also keep in mind the up-front costs, such as the purchase of a software program, identification needs (tags, applicator, etc) and possibly other hardware such as a weigh scale setup and/or Electronic ID reader. BENEFITS TO YOUR RECORD KEEPING INVESTMENT By committing to and using a cattle software program, you’ll realize FALL 2011 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 115


a variety of returns that pay back your money and time investments over and over. A few of the many returns on your investment include: Save time – It does take time to get setup with any new program, but you’ll realize time savings as you enter new records and update existing ones. Many of us would rather be outside and working with our cattle, so CattleMax is designed to help you make the changes/ additions you need, print reports, etc, with minimal time and effort. Quality and accuracy – Which would you rather work with at your pens or in the pasture – a printed list of cattle that you will be working, or multiple pieces of notebook paper that have a handwritten list of ear tags? Plus, CattleMax helps you be aware of possible data entry problems, therefore helping to keep your records accurate. Improved decision making – This is a core benefit to keeping better cattle records and can be overlooked. Understood by others – Your accountant, consultant, veterinarian and others helping with your ranch will appreciate nice, organized reports, plus they will have more information and details to work with thus providing you with even better recommendations. WHAT RECORDS TO MAINTAIN While the specific cattle details that are kept may vary by ranch, there are core records that most producers should plan to maintain. Recommended records: Current herd inventory, herd bulls and breeding cows individually and uniquely identified. Start with gathering as much information about your current herd as you can and enter those details into the software. Later on (as you have the time and interest), you can enter 116 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

historical records such as previous calving records, sales, treatments, etc. Nice to have records: Pasture locations for cattle, current cow palpation results, calves individually identified, individual weaning weights for calves. Individual calf records are effective for most cattle ranches, but may be a limited option for others due to herd size, acreage, etc. EVALUATING SOFTWARE OPTIONS Just as records that are beneficial for a ranch to keep varies, so does the right record keeping solution. When reviewing cattle software solutions, a few key ideas to consider include: Room for expansion: Does the software meet your current needs? What about future plans you have? Compatibility with equipment/ industry processes: Does the software work with equipment you currently have, or plan to implement? Does it work with (or generate information for) industry standard processes such as branded beef programs and BQA? Support options: How can I get help? What are my options, what’s the cost and when are they available? Company’s experience: Who are the people behind the software? Do they use the software and raise cattle themselves? Are they keeping the software current with new technology, such as new computer operating systems? Keeping better cattle records can be compared to a running a marathon – steady, consistent progress leads to a successful end goal. Take a look at your current records, decide what you can be doing better, and find a solution that you like and will continue using on a consistent basis. ©TABR


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At The Sale Barn

What Do Sale Barns Want? With most of the southern half of the United States in a severe drought, cattlemen are resorting to culling their cow herd to make ends meet. Here are some tips to consider when culling cows. One of the leading money spenders at a sale barn is the order buyer. This person has been hired by packing plants, feed yards, and ranchers to find a certain type of cattle and has an order to purchase them. The order buyer acts as a middle man and makes a premium with how well he can keep his customers happy. Dustin Keith, third generation cattle buyer has seen the market fluctuate over the years. When the thermometer got stuck on 100° F this summer, Keith knew his orders were about to change. “In severe drought, most of the middle aged cows, older cows, and open cows are going to slaughter. However, there is still a market for the younger, higher quality replacement cows and pairs, most of which are going out of state,” says Keith. What should a breeder expect when culling cattle? “Recently, the fatter “packer” cows have been in a higher demand. They 124 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

will actually bring $10-$15 more per hundred as compared to the thinner cows,” says Keith. “This is because of the inflated numbers of cutter/ canner (older cows who are destined for slaughter) cows being sold due to the drought.” Keith went on to give the example of a fatter cow that would grade utility, depending on what she would yield, would be worth $55$70 dollars per hundred weight. On the other hand, a thinner cow that would grade cutter would be worth $40-55 per hundred weight. Even though the drought has made most of the cattle thinner, breeders should be prepared that this will most definitely affect their prices. However, there is an argument to this. Fat cattle are not always the most efficient. Sometimes, they are the open cows or the ones that haven’t produced a calf yet. “A cull cow should be in medium flesh when sold. Cows that are left in a herd too long or over used will usually be thin and weak,” says Keith. “While the excessively fat cow will bring more when sold, they aren’t always the best cattle.” No matter what the environment, if cattle do not produce a calf year

after year, they serve little purpose. However, there are cases when a producing cow needs to be culled. “It’s not necessarily the age of the cow that needs to be taken into consideration, as much as the wear on her teeth or the quality of her udder,” says Keith. “A cow that’s been ran in a sandier region will wear her teeth quicker than a cow that’s been grazing in a more lush pasture type region,” says Keith. “As a general rule of thumb, a cow that’s around 10 years old whose teeth roots are starting to show or if she’s beginning to lose her teeth could be considered for the cull list. A cow with a bad udder or a cow that doesn’t breed back or produce a calf every year needs to go, too.” The longevity of production years of the Brahman and Brahman F1 female is an added benefit to many cattlemen, who find their Brahman F1 females in production for anywhere from two years to ten years more than their non-Brahman counterparts. In this drought, culling cows is a common trend. But, in the long run, management is the best way to ensure your cull cattle list is short and full of healthy, quality cows that will surely bring a return. ©TABR


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Herdsman’s Tips

Halter training Michael Joyce, Joyce Custom Fitters, shares halter training tips It is the age old question: what is the best way to halter break a calf? Is your grandfather’s method still what works today? Or is there some new craze that puts every old wives’ tale to shame? The best way to start halter training is to gain the animal’s trust. No matter what the age is, if the animal thinks you are a threat it will never cooperate. To build trust, Joyce recommends to “be around the cattle in a non-working environment. Sit in the pen with the calves. Don’t go after them, but let them come to you.” Joyce thinks the best time to initiate halter training is when the calf is still on its mothers’ side. “This is when they are the most manageable. We bring them in every morning and evening from their momma’s and try and work with them,” says Joyce. What worked years ago, may not be the most effective means for breaking today, says Joyce. “It used to be that the way to halter break a calf was to run into the pen and tie them up for hours upon hours. That isn’t the best thing to do. It stresses cattle out and doesn’t teach them to trust, just how to stand.” Once calves have earned your trust and are able to be haltered, there are a few key steps to remember. “Always have someone else there to help you,” says Joyce, “This makes a world of difference on a calf that won’t move or is acting up. This other 126 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

person can walk behind the calf or be there in case you need a hand in any way.” The training process will not happen overnight. Remain patient and persistent. Cattle can pick up on something very quickly if it is a stress-free, safe practice. A common problem that arises is a calf developing a “buddy.” Calves that were weaned together, eat together, and kept in the same pen may become attached. This can cause anxiety once the two are separated at a show. “When you tie calves up during the day, tie the ‘buddies’ in separate places. Even if one is at your west corner of the barn and the other is at the east, this forces them to face the separation anxiety and move past it,” he says. This is also an effective way to get cow-calf pairs used to separation. This preparation should all be done at home, weeks prior to cattle taking a trip. There can also be a problem that falls on the opposite side of the halter breaking spectrum. “It is easy to spoil a calf, but breaking them of being spoiled is not easy at all,” says Joyce. A tame heifer is great, but

letting them know who is in charge is far more important. “Let them know you are not here to play. After all, a spoiled heifer is never totally fixed of those habits.” When handling a calf that only favors or works for one person, Joyce thinks the answer is simple; “Stick with that one person! If you are in an adult setting, let them show it.” He also further explains that the best way to get an animal used to being shown, the show stick, or multiple handlers is again, repetition. It is extremely important to practice with cattle at home. That way they won’t fear being touched, or fear other people. Halter training is a working relationship. “The biggest thing about breaking is cattle need to know you. They need to know it’s a safety net and trust can be mutual. That’s the first step and the most important step.” Best of luck to all ‘trainers’ and stay callous free! ©TABR


Show Results

Louisiana Sugar Classic September 3, 2011 Judges: Randall Tipp, Stuart Watkins New Iberia, Louisiana – As Tropical Storm Lee was brewing over Louisiana on September 3rd, 118 heifers and 68 bulls fought the weather to show at the Sugar Classic. JUNIOR SHOW Stuart Watkins, judge, selected Wesley Thibodeaux, Church Point, Louisiana, for grand champion showman. Division champions include JUNIOR SHOW JUNIOR & OPEN SHOW Leah Thibodeaux, Erin Carriere, and GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE Exhibited by Darcy Lavergme Exhibited by Wesley Thibodeaux Amie Ferguson. Jessica Smith exhibited grand champion red bull, JS/CH Rouge 950/9. He is sired by +DB Mr. Valentino 48/3 and out of a +BB Mr Sting-Ray 10/0 cow. For reserve grand champion red bull, Watkins chose 3E Mr. Manso 8 exhibited by Michael Joyce, Jr. This bull is sired by Mr. Fontenot 311. In the grey division, a veteran pair JUNIOR SHOW JUNIOR SHOW rose to the top: Amie Ferguson and Mr. RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION V8 918/6. He is sired by Mr. V8 380/6. GREY FEMALE RED FEMALE Kylie Sharp exhibited the reserve grand Exhibited by Michael Joyce, Jr. Exhibited by Leah Thibodeaux champion grey bull with DF Mr. Owen winners exhibited by Erin Carriere, Hannah Carriere, Manso, sired by JDH Mr. Manso 854/4. Taylor Clement, Drake Conner, Alyson Fontenot, Kelsey Wesley Thibodeaux exhibited the grand champion Fontenot, Lynsie Fulkerson, Bryan Haley, Trey Hazelip, red female with CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9, the many Jacob Joyce, Grant Labove, Tyler Lusco, Fallon Plaisance, time champion. For reserve grand champion red female, Carson Robinson, Morgan Sharp, Alison Simon, Blaine Watkins selected little sister Leah Thibodeaux and SRS Spencer, Lanna Thibodeaux, Hunter Townsend, Taylor Miss Dora 966, a SRS Mr Red Tide 728 daughter. Trahan, Tyler Trahan. Lady H Sugar Manso 149/0, exhibited by Darcy OPEN SHOW Lavergne, was named grand champion grey female. American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) This female is sired by JDH Sir Jerome Manso. Michael approved judge, Randell Tipp judged the open show. Joyce, Jr. exhibited the reserve grand champion grey He selected Mr. H Steel Rojo 75/9 as grand champion female, +S Hermosa Manso 397. This +S Mr. Manso red bull, exhibited by Kristen Cullers. This is a +Mr. H 226 daughter is out of a +Mr. V8 189/4 cow. Red Rhino 765 son out of a +HK Passport cow. Doucet Other winners in the junior show included class Brahmans exhibited the reserve grand champion red bull FALL 2011 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 127


with JR MC Enix 607. This bull is sired by Mr JR Red X-Ray Kennedy out of a Sting-Ray cow. In the grey bull show, J.D. Hudgins, Inc walked away with the grand champion banner with JDH Roma Manso 713/1, whom Tipp had also selected earlier in the year as Reserve International Champion Bull. This JDH Mr. Echo Manso son is out of a +JDH Sir Lawford Manso daughter. Jacob Valenta exhibited the reserve grand champion grey bull with CJV Mr. Billy Bob Manso 16/8. Mr. Billy Bob is sired by +Mr H Maddox Manso 684 and out of a +BNA Double Take Manso daughter. Selecting another one of his Houston winners, Tipp gave CT Lady Rhineaux Ray her second championship of the day as grand champion red heifer. Erin Cullers exhibited the reserve grand champion red female with Lady H Trisha Rojo 61/9. This female is sired by +Mr H Red Rhino 765. Sarah Caffey exhibited the grand champion grey female, Lady H Mae Manso 66/9. She is sired by JDH Sir Shank Manso and out of a Double Take cow. For reserve, Tipp selected Miss Ila Reese 941 exhibited by Reese Ranch. This JDH Charleton Manso female is out of a +Mr. Grayson Reese 176 daughter. ©TABR Division results for the day were:

JUNIOR SHOW GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Exhibited by Amie Ferguson

JUNIOR SHOW RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Exhibited by Kylie Sharp

OPEN SHOW GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL Exhibited by Jessica Smith

OPEN SHOW GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Exhibited by J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

OPEN SHOW RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Exhibited by Jacob Valenta

OPEN SHOW RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE Exhibited by Erin Cullers

OPEN RED FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

Miss SS 211

Grant LaBove

Reserve Calf Champion

Miss SG 142/0

SG Cattle Company

Intermediate Champion

Miss Fontenot 945

Fontenot Red Brahmans

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Miss Fontenot 944

Fontenot Red Brahmans

Junior Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9

Circle T Cattle Company

Reserve Junior Champion

KF Millionaires Success 9/9

K Bar Farms

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OPEN SHOW GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Exhibited by Sarah Caffey


Senior Champion

Lady H Trisha Rojo

Heritage Cattle Company

Reserve Senior Champion

KR MS Red Rojo 218

Doucet Brahmans

Class winners exhibited by Circle T Cattle Company, Grant LaBove, SG Cattle Co., Gordie Simon, Carson Robinson, Broken Heart Ranch/ Madison Bonsall, Fontenot Red Brahmans, Doucet Brahmans, K-Bar Farms, Lanna Thibodeaux, Heritage Cattle Company, Bennett Farms. OPEN GREY BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

JDH Troy Manso

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr. H Reno Manso 200/0

Heritage Cattle Company

Intermediate Champion

JDH Roma Manso 713/1

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Intermediate Champion

LD WhoDat 69

Dooley Farms/ Reese Ranch

Junior Champion

BNA Bar Drake 411/0

SG Cattle Company

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr. V8 918/6

Amie Ferguson

Senior Champion

CJV Mr. Billy Manso

Jacob Valenta

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr. H Buckle Manso 111/9

Heritage Cattle Company

Class winners exhibited by Smith Brahmans, SG Cattle Company, Heritage Cattle Company, J.D. Hudgins, Inc., Doucet Farms, Erika Martin, J&R Brahmans, Madison Shove, Amie Ferguson, Bar Ranch/ Valley B Enterprise, Jacob Valenta. OPEN RED BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

Mr. SS 212

Sagrera Brahmans

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr. B-F 241/1

Hunter Towns

Intermediate Champion

JR MC Enix 607

Doucet Brahmans

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Mr. Fontenot 957

Fontenot Red Brahmans

Junior Champion

5M Mr. Rojo Rhino 944/1

Brandon Barnett

Reserve Junior Champion

3E Mr. Manso 8

Michael Joyce, Jr.

Senior Champion

Mr. H Steel Rojo 75/9

Heritage Cattle Company

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr. JS/CH Rouge 950/9

Jessica Smith

Class winners exhibited by Bennett Farms/Hunter Townsen, Sagrera Brahmans, Fontenot Red Brahmans, Trey Hazelip, Doucet Brahmans, Brandon Barnett, Joyce Custom Fitters, Jessica Smith, Kristen Cullers.

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Show Results

Tennessee State Fair September 9, 2011 Judge: Chad Breeding Nashville, Tennessee – Nashville is home to all sorts of tourist, country music enthusiast and superstar hopefuls. But during the Tennessee State Fair, Nashville brings Brahmans! Chad Breeding, an ABBA approved judge from Texas, judged the stars of the city: Brahmans. Dyess Ranch and Mr DF 91/9 “Snowman” emerged as champions of the bull show. This JDH Mr Constance Manso son is out of a +JDH Sir GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Lawford Manso daughter. For reserve Exhibited by Reese Ranch grand champion bull, Breeding selected the Dyess’ calf champion, Mr DR 140/0, also sired by Constance Manso. Breeding selected Miss Ila Reese 941, exhibited by Reese Ranch, for grand champion female. She is sired by JDH Charleton Manso and out of a +Mr. Grayson Reese 176 daughter. FR Brahmans and Valley B Enterprises exhibited the reserve grand champion RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION female with GS Doc’s Ms Sugar. She is FEMALE Exhibited by F&R Brahmans / Valley B sired by MDS Doc’s Pride 196 out of a +-GS Emperor Didor 135 daughter. Division results for the day were:

GRAND CHAMPION BULL Exhibited by Dyess Farms

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL Exhibited by Dyess Farms

OPEN FEMALE RESULTS

OPEN BULL RESULTS

Calf Champion

SCD MS 766

Valley B Enterprises/ D Bar Ranch

Calf Champion

Mr DR 140/0

Reserve Calf Champion

NDS Quazi B Alan IS Ranch

Reserve Calf Champion

MS DF 147/1

Dyess Farms

Intermediate Champion

RLB Mr 276

B&P Brahmans

Intermediate Champion

RLB Miss 292

B&P Brahmans

Reese Ranch

JDH Lady Elmo

Valley B Enterprises, J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Intermediate Champion

LD Who Dat 69

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Junior Champion

Mr DF 91/9

Junior Champion

Miss Ila Reese 941

Reese Ranch

Valley B Enterprises, Dyess Ranch

Reserve Junior Champion

Miss Reese 11

Reese Ranch

Reserve Junior Champion

IS Mr A Plus 82

IS Ranch

Senior Champion

GS Doc’s Sugar Pride

Valley B Enterprises / FR Brahmans

Senior Champion

SCD Didor Esto 623

Valley B Enterprises/ D Bar Ranch

Reserve Senior Champion

Miss JS 896/9

Tyler Cattle

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr Reese 967

Reese Ranch

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Show Results

Washington County Fair September 14, 2011 Judge: Dr. Randall Grooms Brenham, Texas – Brahman breeders headed back to Brenham on September 14, 2011 for the Washington County Fair. American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) approved judge, Randall Grooms had the pleasure of working through 45 females and 30 bulls during the show. Heritage Cattle Company started their successful day by exhibiting the GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE grand champion red female, Lady H Exhibited by Heritage Cattle Co. Trisha Rojo 61/9. This +Mr H Red Rhino 765 sired female is out of a +Mr HCC 10/0 daughter. For reserve grand champion red female Grooms selected Wesley Thibodeaux’s many time winner, CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9. She too is sired by Red Rhino and is out of a Sting-Ray daughter. Beginning the grey female show, Grooms selected Miss Ila Reese 941 exhibited by Reese Ranch. This JDH RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION Charleton Manso female is out of a RED FEMALE +Mr. Grayson Reese 176 daughter. Exhibited by Wesley Thibodeaux Sarah Caffey exhibited the reserve grand champion female with Lady H Mae Manso 397, who is sired by JDH Sir Shank Manso and out of a Double Take daughter. In the red bull show, Heritage exhibited the grand champion red bull with Mr. H Steel Rojo 75/9. Like many other champions from the day, he is sired by Red Rhino and is out of a +HK Passport daughter. Grooms then went GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL to Legacy Cattle Service with 5M Mr Exhibited by Heritage Cattle Co. Rojo C-Note 625/0 for reserve grand champion red bull. This single entry in the intermediate division is sired by

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GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Exhibited by Reese Ranch

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Exhibited by Sarah Caffey

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL Exhibited by Heritage Cattle


FCC Cash in the Sting and is out of a +SRS Red Stroke 522 daughter. Ending the day, Grooms selected Mr. H Buckle Manso exhibited by Heritage for grand champion grey bull. This +Mr H Maddox Manso 684 sired bull is out of a Heritage Copano’s Pride daughter. Reserve grand champion grey bull went to SG Cattle Company with BNA Bar Drake 411/0. He is sired by Cross Fire 02/2 and is out of a Double Take daughter. Division results for the day were:

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Exhibited by SG Cattle Company

OPEN GREY FEMALE RESULTS

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL Exhibited by 5M Farms / Legacy Cattle

OPEN GREY BULL RESULTS

Calf Champion

Lady H Manso 180/0

Heritage Cattle Co.

Calf Champion

Mr. H Reno Manso 200/0

Heritage Cattle Co.

Reserve Calf Champion

JDH Lady Dollie Manso 829/1

Sam Good

Reserve Calf Champion

VF Top Knotch Karoke 418

Vogue Farms

Intermediate Champion

Lady H Macy Masno 165/0

Heritage Cattle Co.

Intermediate Champion

Mr. H Cinch Manso 175/0

Heritage Cattle Co.

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Miss BER 282

Bulls Eye Ranch

Reserve Intermediate Champion

WR Mr. Roger’s Echo 084

3 Sisters Ranch

Junior Champion

Miss Ila Reese 941

Reese Ranch

Junior Champion

BNA Bar Drake 411/0

Reserve Junior Champion

Ms Erica 77/9

Reese Ranch

SG Cattle Company

KF Mr Majestic Success 130

K Bar Farms

Senior Champion

Lady H Mae Manso 66/9

Reserve Junior Champion Senior Champion

Mr. H Buckle Manso 111/9

Heritage Cattle Co.

Reserve Senior Champion

CJV Mr. Billy Bob Manso 16/8

Jacob Valenta

Reserve Senior Champion

+S Hermosa Manso 397

Sarah Caffey Michael Joyce, Jr.

Class winners exhibited by John Hensley/ Legacy Cattle Service,

Reese Ranch, Heritage Cattle Company, Jacob Joyce, Jacob Valenta, Bulls Eye Ranch. OPEN RED FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

Miss SS 211

SG Cattle Co.

Reserve Calf Champion

5M Ms Rojo Valentine 214/1

Wyatt Manuel

Intermediate Champion

Lady H Chanel Rojo 153/0

Heritage Cattle

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Class winners exhibited by Vogue Farm/Legacy Cattle Service, Heritage Cattle Company, Bulls Eye Ranch, J&R Farms, 3 Sisters Ranch, SG Cattle Company, K Bar Farms, V8 Ranch, Jacob Valenta. OPEN RED BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

5M Rojo Mancha 666/0

5M Farms

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr SS 212

SG Cattle Co.

Intermediate Champion

5M Mr. Rojo C-Note 625/0

5M Farms

5M Ms Rojo Milli 506/0 5M Farms

Junior Champion

3E Mr. Manso 8

Michael Joyce, Jr.

Junior Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9

Circle T Cattle Company

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr CC Casanova 500/0

Legacy Cattle Service

Reserve Junior Champion

KF Millionaires Success 9/9

K Bar Farms

Senior Champion

Mr. H Steel Rojo 75/9

Heritage Cattle Company

Senior Champion

Lady H Trisha Rojo

Heritage Cattle Company

Reserve Senior Champion

4N Mr. Guitar Man 22/9

April Nettles

Reserve Senior Champion

Lady H Kami Rojo 60/9

Jacob Valenta

Class winners exhibited by John Hensley/ Legacy Cattle Service, SG Cattle Company, 5M Farms, Michael Joyce, Jr. .

Class winners exhibited by 5M Farm/Legacy Cattle Service, Wyatt Manuel, SG Cattle Company, Schulte Cattle Company, Heritage Cattle Company, K Bar Farms, Wesley Thibodeaux

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Giving Back

T-Shirts For Everyone Promoting Brahman Cattle One Shirt at a Time Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past six months, chances are you have picked up - or seen someone wearing - one of the three Brahman Review t-shirts that we have given away in 2011. The Brahman Review feels it is extremely important to use the resources from our publication as a venue to promote Brahman cattle to anyone and everyone under the sun. So earlier in 2011, we were trying to think of something we could give away at Houston as a keepsake that our international guests would enjoy. That’s when the idea of a t-shirt hit us! We quickly went to work on a great design that would showcase the beauty, nobility and power of the American Brahman. The result...the creation of “The Greatest Brahman Show In The World” t-shirts. Over the course of three days, we gave out 1,000 t-shirts free of charge at the International Brahman Show. The shirts were a huge hit, with people instantly shucking their current attire to put on their new Houston Brahman Show t-shirt.

This success prompted us to create another give-away to be held at the All American. The second Brahman Review t-shirt was tailored for the summer, with our un-official summer Brahman motto: “If you can’t take the heat...get out of the kitchen!” These were also given away free of charge to anyone who wanted a shirt. In Fort Smith, we gave away 500 shirts in 2 days. Sure, the t-shirts are fun, but there’s a bigger picture. Each time someone wears the shirts, they promote Brahman cattle. So wear them with pride! Giving away 1,500 t-shirts in six months isn’t easy, or cheap. But, we enjoy doing these things as a way to show our appreciation to everyone’s support of the newly created Brahman Review. We will continue to support Brahman activities in the future in any way possible. Each issue we will feature different ways that your support of The American Brahman Review is used to in turn support Brahman activities on local, state, and national levels.

Want a Shirt?

We still have a few t-shirts left, available to be ordered online for $10 each (including shipping). http://ranchhousedesigns.mybigcommerce.com/

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Looking Back: 1954

The Presidents. Sartwelle, Burke, Whitcomb, Partin, Hudgins. Brahman breeders can’t help but be proud of our breed’s rich history when you take time to browse through Brahman historical documents. In our new looking back column, we will feature historical photos and documents that have shaped our breed as we know it today. Our first historical feature comes from the ABBA News publication, which was the official publication of the ABBA in 1954. This publication was a smaller format newsletter which was published in-house by the ABBA for its members. Today, while there is no ‘official publication of the ABBA’ the breed is extremely fortunate to have many credible media outlets worldwide in both print and web media available for the public to learn about the ABBA and Brahman breed. We hope you enjoy these articles reprinted from ABBA News, February 1954.

THE PRESIDENTS The February 1954 ABBA News cover shows four ABBA past presidents as they gather at the ABBA banquet in Houston, Feb. 11, to congratulate Edgar H. Hudgins, of Hungerford, upon his election to a second term of office. Shown from left to right, in order of their service, are J.W. Sartwelle, of Houston, J. Afton Burke of Corsicana, Gail Whitcomb of Houston, Henry O. Partin of Kissimmee, Fla., and Edgar Hudgins. 138 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BREEDER The feature article in this newsletter was a story by J.C. Miller, which was an excerpt from the keynote address of the ABBA’s 30th anniversary banquet. Dr. Miller was head of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M College at the time. Miller says, “The producer of purebred and registered cattle has a two-fold purpose. In the first place, he has the responsibility of producing better seedstock to supply commercial producers. Secondly, he is vitally concerned with the welfare of the commercial producers because therein lies his market. Accordingly, he has a resonsibility for following up on the sale of his breeding stock by whatever is necessary in the way of encouragement, education, or demonstration to set the example in order that his breeding stock will prove profitable in the hands of the commercial producer, else he has no repeat sales.

FROM 1954 TO 2011 Dr. Miller’s statements ring true today as the responsibility of the purebred Brahman breeder remains the same. I believe Dr. Miller’s address could be easily given in 2012 with the same overall goals. He ended his address with this: “The Brahman breed has revolutionized the beef cattle industry on the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas. This is common knowledge.” Quite a simple statement, but so true. -Rachel Cutrer


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Brahman University

Pigment It’s all about Brahman breed character. According to the American Brahman Breeders Association Standard of Excellence, Section III, the COLOR of American Brahman cattle can be grey or red of varying shades predominate. Brindle, gruella and true white (albino) are disqualifications. Muzzle, hoofs, and switch black. Horns dark. Here’s what all that means.

BLACK HOOFS

BLACK TAIL SWITCH BLACK NOSE (MUZZLE)

DIFFERENCES IN EAR TIPS The pigment on the tips of Brahman cattle’s ears can be expressed differently, and both are desirable. However, here’s a trick: grey cattle with black tipped ears (like the heifer on the right) were born red and turned grey. Cattle with black tipped ears, along with a black scrotum or vulva are highly likely to offer the versatility of breeding red or grey. ©TABR 142 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011


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Western Fashion

Boots! What Brahman breeders wear on their feet is an imperative part of their daily success or failure. The more comfortable the shoe, the more able a person is throughout the day. Steven Kahla, ABBA member and marketing director at Anderson Bean Boot Company tells us how to step right and look good doing it! “The first piece of equipment a rancher uses in their working day is their boots. They are a part of your working tack,” says Kahla. Anderson Bean is an American operated boot company that oversees both Rios of Mercedes and Olathe boot companies. “We focus on creating an honest boot, without shortcuts, to bring you the traditions of the bookmaker’s art,” says Kahla. “All of our boots are handcrafted, and every detail is done by a person who is dedicated to perfection.” The construction of the Anderson Bean boot is simple: all American materials that will last. The boot is all leather with a channel welt construction, making for a natural fit. “We also use lemon wood pegs on the soles that expand and contrast with wear. This is a much longer lasting option to nails, since there wouldn’t be a worry of rust.

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Brahman breeders have multiple options as far as sole treatments or types. “For working cattle, whether on foot or horseback, I like the leather sole or smackdown sole. They have the ability to slide in and out of the stirrup and have added longevity,” says Kahla. “In the show ring, I would have to say the Hybrid Frontline sole. It provides flex and comfort with added traction. That way you aren’t playing waterski with your cattle.” Anderson Bean is known for its unique style in boots. Lines like Horsepower and AB kids are two of their most popular brands. Horsepower is one of the women’s boots that gives ladies a lower priced product that is as stylish and durable. AB Kids’ line is the perfect boot for working youngsters. “I’ve seen it time and time again,” Kahla explains. “A grandmother comes in to buy boots for her grandson saying ‘now these have to last a long time’. No they don’t! We want these kids to actually wear the boots! Wear the heck out of them! We want everyone to enjoy their boots,” says Kahla. “Style is one thing, but comfort, workability, and

longevity is an important part of being a cowboy boot.” For the high style Brahman ladies, Kahla recommends the new Macie Bean boot. “The Macie Bean line is a snip toe, dressy boot with a western riding heel. It comes in numerous colors and fashions. This all leather constructed boot is much like the classic women’s, but with a modernized look, yet still maintains our standard of durability and comfort,” says Kahla. With beautiful designed overlays and prints, the Macie Bean has taken workable style to a whole new level. Anderson Bean is the official boot of the Texas 4-H and the TSCRA, and also supplies the TSCRA Special Rangers with boots. “We do what we can for those that serve our industry,” says Kahla. “Anything to give back.” The cowboys of the old west may not have had a pair of stylish, spider web sewn topped, square toed boot, but they did hold that same mind set as ranchers do today; a hard day of work only gets harder with the wrong boot. Kahla stands by this western heritage, “It has been the start of our day for centuries. We just make it a good start.” ©TABR


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Professional Services

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trivia challenge Instead of the crossword this month, we are hosting a Trivia Challenge! Test your Brahman knowledge by completing this form and returning it to us. On November 15th, we will select one name from all correct entries to receive: A full page ad in The Brahman Review

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$100 Texas Roadhouse Gift Card

Complete the form below and fax to 979-533-9977, hand it to a Brahman Review Staff member, or mail to 1730 North Richmond, Wharton, TX 77488

1

What is the official registration name of the bull nicknamed “Bozo?”

2

What TWO symbols are used on an ABBA registration paper to signify a ____________________ Vanguard bull and Vanguard cow. How many bulls did J.D. Hudgins trade Mrs. Gayle to purchase Manso?

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At the 1988 All American, an infamous individual won 1st place in the herdsman’s quiz contest. Later, because of this ‘individual’, the adult division was added and named in his honor. What was the person’s name? ____________________________________________ Name the two famous brothers from McAllen, Texas, who brought in red Brahman cattle (such as Rio Negro) from Brazil by way of Mexico in 1946. ____________________ ___________________

Name: _______________________________________ Email: _____________________________ We will email the winner on November 15th to claim their prize! 150 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011


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UPCOMING Stock Show University TWO-DAY GRAD PROGRAMS All clinics are complimentary from Sullivan Supply.

EVENT

FACILITY

DATE

PROFESSORS

West Texas Stock Show University GRAD PROGRAM

Brian Martin Show Cattle, Hereford, TX

November 5 & 6

Brian Martin, Jeff Sargent, Vince Elder, and Dan Sullivan

Iowa/Illinois Winter GRAD PROGRAM/Clipping Clinic

Muscatine Agricultural Center, Muscatine, IA

December 28 & 29

Josh Elder, John Sullivan, Nate Tice, Jesse Hoobler, Charlie Wilson & Bobbi Hartwig

December - 2 days

John Sullivan, Tyler Winegardner, Bobbi Hartwig, Troy Jones, Bruce & Amy Stertzbach’s

** This clinic will be more focused on clippling.

Ohio Winter GRAD PROGRAM/Clipping Clinic

** 5 minutes from IL/IA state line

TBA

** This clinic will be more focused on clippling.

Check out www.sullivansupply.com for a complete listing of Stock Show University events. Over 20 events in the next 90 days from Texas to Montana and California to Pennsylvania. Stock Show Family Owned and Operated since 1989.

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Advertising Index 3X-HK Cattle….........................................................21,35 4N Ranch, Inc….......................................................29,81 4V Ranch…....................................................................31 5M Farms…....................................................................73 A.B.B.A….....................................................................BC Anderson Bean…..........................................................144 B&P Brahmans....…........................................................41 Bar Crescent D Ranch...................................................121 Bar W Ranch….............................................................112 Bailey, Buddy.................................................................102 Barthle Brothers Ranch, LLC........................................121 Beard-Navasota Veternary Hospital................................149 Best of the Barns…........................................................145 Bovine Elite...................................................................149 Brahman Review Bound Collector’s Edition..................114 Brahman Review Photography Services.........................139 Broken Triangle Cattle..............................................31,151 Brushy Creek Custom Sires..................................147, IBC Bryant Red Brahmans....................................................102 Buck N Hoss Cattle.........................................................99 Bulls Eye Ranch................................................31,44,45,90 Butler Polled Brahmans............................................36,102 Carter Brahmans............................................................112 CattleSoft......................................................................115 Chapman’s Double C Bar Ranch...................................121 Charlie Hurston Cattle....................................................99 Circle H Ranch................................................................51 Coastal Cowboy Photography........................................149 Collins Brahman Ranch.................................................102 D Bar Ranch....................................................................99 Deep South Brahman Association....................................25 Diamond A Ranch...........................................................51 Doc Partin Ranch..........................................................121 Dogwood Farms..............................................................46 Dollar Short Cattle Company..........................................99 Dooley Farm...................................................................99 Double A Ranch............................................................112 Dubina Rose Ranch.........................................................31 East Texas Ranch.............................................................35 EZ on Vinyl.....................................................................67 F&R Brahmans................................................................99 Fat Dog Cattle Company...............................................102 Ferguson Cattle Company...............................................99 Five Oaks Cattle..............................................................81 Flying W Ranch...............................................................33 Fontenot’s Red Brahmans...........................................55,99 Forgason Cattle Company................................................61 G2 Cattle Company.......................................................102 Ganadera El Rosario.......................................................4,5 Ganadera Flor del Valle....................................................71 Ganadera Karla Mary.................................................18,19 Genex Custom Collection Services..................................16 Graham Land & Cattle Company..................................125 H&M Cattle Company.................................................116 HB Braswell Red Brahman Ranch.................................102 Heifer Shop...................................................................129 Heritage Cattle..................................................31,140,141 Honea, Walter..................................................................36 Horse Stomp Ranch.........................................................81 154 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | FALL 2011

HRW Cattle Company....................................................99 IS Ranch........................................................................121 Island Brahamns..............................................................99 J.D. Hudgins, Inc..........................................9,31,47,78,79 Jambalaya Classic...........................................................121 Joyce Custom Fitters........................................................82 JW Brahmans..................................................................31 JW Red Brahman Ranch...............................................102 Ka-Wai Ranch..................................................................35 K-Bar Farms...............................................................77,99 Ken Ramsey Brahmans....................................................15 Key, Sr., Billie Wayne.......................................................35 Kratzer Brahmans............................................................99 L2 Ranch.......................................................................121 La Muneca Cattle....................................................2,3,112 Lazy D Farms...................................................................81 Legacy Cattle Service.....................................................113 Legacy Genetic Resources..............................................149 Lindley Brahmans..........................................................102 LivestockJudging.com.....................................................91 Longview Ranch............................................................112 M. James Brahmans.........................................................99 McKenny Farms............................................................102 MGD Holdings, LLC................................................23,81 Moreno Firms................................................................121 Oden Ranch....................................................................35 Parish Brahmans..............................................................31 Pfizer Animal Genetics...................................................143 Queen Bling Boutique...................................................149 Ranch House Designs, Invitations.................................152 Ranch House Designs, Signs..........................................146 Reese Ranch.....................................................102,130,131 Rincker Law, PLLC.........................................................97 Rocking B Cattle.............................................................81 Sagrera Brahmans............................................................99 Salinas Ranch...................................................................31 Schneider Brahmans........................................................69 Sepca Services................................................................149 Seven Bar Cattle Company..............................................35 Sexing Technologies.......................................................133 Shackelford, Marcus......................................................121 Showtimes Magazine.......................................................52 Signature Signs..............................................................149 SJ Cattle Creations........................................................149 Smith Brahmans..............................................................57 Southern Cattle Company.............................................121 St. Cyr Brahman Farm, Inc.............................................31 Sullivan Supply..............................................................153 Sunnyside Ranch...........................................................112 T.J. Gibson Ranch.........................................................102 Tic Tac Toe Ranch.........................................................102 Tipp Ranch......................................................................31 Trans Ova Genetics..........................................................65 Triton Farms....................................................................99 Turner Ranch................................................................117 V8 Ranch.....................................................13,31,106,107 Vogue Farms....................................................................33 Watkins Cattle Company.................................................99 Watson, Kristy...............................................................137 Whitlock Cattle...............................................................31 Windy Hill Ranch...........................................................35 World Brahman Congress................................................87


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