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WINTER 2012 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW速 | 1


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LMC JT Rosalita 9/1 is a double polled future donor outis of a double bredfuture JDHe LMC JTAmbassador Rosalita 9/1 a double polled Remington. Co-owned Barnard. donor Ambassador outwith of aKelly double bred JDH H Remington. Co-owned with Kelly Barnard.

LMC WFF Polled Donita 12/1 is a double polled BEEF MACHINE by 12/1 Ambassador outpolled of ad LMC WFF Polledsired Donita is a double CWF x 707 cowsired owned Kelly Barnard. BEEF495 MACHINE by by Ambassador out of a CWF 495 x 707 cow owned by Kelly Barnard.

LMC Polled Foxy Lady 14/1 is a super long & correct double polled Ambassador x Pistolero Foxy Lady 14/1 is a super long & LLMC Polled BABY owned byAmbassador Morgan Arnold. double polled x Pistolero ccorrectDOLL BABY DOLL owned by Morgan Arnold. B

LMC Polled Cricket 23/1 is a MAMA COW in the is a double Ambassador LMCmaking. PolledShe Cricket 23/1 polled is a MAMA COW inxn Pistolero co-owned Mikepolled & Cricket England. x the making. She is with a double Ambassador Pistolero co-owned with Mike & Cricket England.

LMC Moolan 30/1 polled LM MC MQ MQ M oolla oo lan 330 0/11 iss a ddouble o bl ou ble ppo olllledd super Ambassador supe su peer feminine femi fe mini mi nine ne cchampion hamp ha mppio m pioon AAm mbaasssad ador o x ((JDH or JDH JDH JD with 6636/1 63 36//1 x 70 7707) 07)) cco-owned o ow ownneed wi w th BBeth th e h Qu et QQuintanilla. uin innta tani tani n llla.

LMC Po LMC LM Polled olllledd Spice Spi pice 47/1 477//1 iss a ddouble ouubl b e po ppolled olllleedd many ma m any ny times tim mes champion chaam mppioon Ambassador Am mbass bas ad ba adoorr x SSamantha aman am a th thaa bbeing be ein ing ca ccampaigned camp amp mpai aign ai g ed gn e by by Winston W nnsstoon Walters. Wi Waltters Wa ers. er s.

LMC Polled Maravilla LM MC Po Poll lll ed ed M arrav ar avvililllla la 199/1 199 99/1 /1 iiss a ccapacious aapppac a io ac iou ous ddouble do oubblee ppolled o le ol led LM LLMC MC Po PPolled Poll olled lllled ed SSuccess uccceess ucce ss daughter daauugghhtteer campaigned Huffman. bbeing bein be einng ca cam ampai aign g ed gn e by by Nevada Neva Ne vaada vad da H uffffma uffma man. n n.

LMC MQ Moolan 30/1 is a double polled super feminine champion (JDHd LMC MQ Moolan 30/1 Ambassador is a double xpolled 636/1 707) co-owned withAmbassador Beth Quintanilla. super xfeminine champion x (JDH H 636/1 x 707) co-owned with Beth Quintanilla.

LMC Polled Spice 47/1 is a double polled many Ambassador x Samantha LMC times Polledchampion Spice 47/1 is a double polledd being by Winston Walters. many campaigned times champion Ambassador x Samanthaa being campaigned by Winston Walters.

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AA 325/6 “Star” is a V8 901/4 out of a Dakotaa x 202/3 cow. Star is the dam to LMC Polledd Her“Star” calvesisare averaging over g’s. DDakota. AA 325/6 a V8 901/4 out of a10Dakota AA202/3 3325/6 25/6 225 5/6 /6cow. ““St “Star” StaarStar St r ” iiss is a V8 Vthe 8 9901/4 01 1//44 out oto uutt LMC ooff a Da DDakota akko kot ottaa xAA dam Polled cow. Star x 202/3 2 2/ 20 2 3 Her cowcalves Star St arare iiss th tthe he da ddam am to toover LLMC M10 MC C PPolled oollle led Dakota. averaging g’s. Dakota. calves Dako DDa koota ta. Her Herr ca He calv lvves e aare ree aaveraging vera vera ve r ggiingg oover ver ve er 100 gg’s. ’ss.

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CONTENTS Winter 2012 | F1 Feature Issue | Houston Preview

a tribute to the queen of cow country —COMPLETE FALL SHOW COVERAGE— 30

Nutritional Considerations During Drought Brahman’s ability to thrive in harsh conditions are important assets during drought conditions. Learn management tools to best supplement your cattle during the drought.

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Utillizing Brahman In a Crossbreeding System Learn how breed types interact for success.

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FEATURES

The Golden Lady ABBA’s Certified F1 program

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Mother Nature vs. Paul Dufrene One operation proves the power of perserverance using Brahman cattle in their F1 program.

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happy 2012

CONTENTS

SHOW & EVENT RESULTS 22 28 38 54 56 64 68 78 82 86 88

Ark-La-Miss Fair East Texas State Fair LMC Field Day Alabama National Fair State Fair of Texas Arkansas State Fair Ft. White Classic State Fair of Louisiana National Peanut Festival Greater Jacksonville Fair Jambalaya Classic

2011 national show DEPARTMENTS 6 10 12 14 16 18 20 24 26

Upcoming Events From Our Staff Lunch with Chris Shivers From Our Readers Farewell Tributes News from ABBA ABBA Board Highlights Page 24 At the Sale Barn

Looking Ahead To Houston Our Houston issue is the worldwide reference for international visitors who are craving Brahman information. Last year we distributed more than 1,000 extra copies of this issue at the show. Every issue of The American Brahman Review™is available online for complimentary viewing and printing. We also offer free electronic subscriptions to any person interested in Brahman cattle worldwide. Go to www.brahmanreview.com to read, print, or subscribe. 8 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

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Research Roundup International Experience Brahman Voice Performance Matters Christian Message Brahman Women Herdsman’s Tips Brahman University Giving Back Western Fashion What’s Cooking Looking Back Looking for Stacey and Joelynn’s great pictures? Go to www.facebook.com/ brahmanreview to view thousands of photos from fall shows!


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From Our Staff

As the Holiday season dies down, I reflect back on the last few months and realize I have a lot to be thankful for. As I already mentioned in the last issue, I am as Yankee as they come. With that said, I did not grow up with the opportunity to be a member of the ABBA or take part in the events sanctioned for the Brahman breed. However, after three months of shows, meetings, and conventions – I really am starting to feel like I fit in. Well, as much as a Yankee can in Texas. As I said, I have a lot to be thankful for. The first is the value of a helping hand. Right before the last magazine went to press, my fiancè’s family and land was threatened by the fires in Central Texas. He and his family live in Bastrop. We were in town that day looking at baby calves when the smoke began to cover the sky. It was, without question, the most terrifying thing I have ever been through. After 48 hours of moving the 150+ herd to safer locations, evacuating other fields, packing the house with our valuables, and getting barely a wink sleep, we made it through the flames, with minimal damage. But what made this possible was the lines of trailers that just showed up to help us move cattle. Cattlemen that the family had never met before were told to come with goosenecks and help get cattle out of our river-bottom land as soon as possible. Over seven strangers, turned friends, helped us move every pregnant cow, pair, and even a few hour-old calves to a new location. Just as special as the line of trailers was the list of calls and prayers the family received. Even members of the Brahman family contacted us to let us know their barn doors and hearts were open. It was nothing short of a miracle, and I will always hold those generous friends in my heart. The second thing I am thankful for is the importance of family. Now, I am not talking about my sheep-raising folks back east – though I love them, that’s not quite what I’m thinking of here. I mean the family that has been evident at every Brahman function I have been to and have yet to go to. The ABBA Membership Convention sticks out in my mind as a perfect example. During the first night, convention goers were faced 10 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

with a bit of an ice breaker. Each person introduced himself/herself and explained his/her affiliation with the Brahman breed. What an awesome idea?! It was wonderful to hear everyone’s stories and watch as the room laughed and shared with most along with the teller. This is when I noticed how close the Brahman family really is. I have not met a person in this breed who hasn’t opened his/her heart to me and to the Brahman Review. It is a special thing to be able to go up to a stranger with a smile on your face and let them know you are here if ever they need help with anything (like the occasional story or photo). The people I have met and continue to meet show me the value of family within the industry. I do live pretty far from my actual family, but I don’t ever feel lonely with Brahman breeders. The last thing I am thankful for is the continuous promise that tomorrow will be better than yesterday. The drought isn’t lifting. You surely do not need a Yankee to tell you that. But I believe the articles in this issue will show the breeders, exhibitors, and producers that there still is something to be hopeful about. Long ago, cattlemen were faced with a drought much like this one, and they got through it. We will too. Our cattle are actually improving as conditions get worse. We are breeding smarter, raising better, and selling more efficiently. The beef industry is one of the leading around the world. There is a reason for that. God wouldn’t have made us cattlemen if he didn’t think we could handle this. So in closing, I say thank you Brahman Review readers. I started my humps-and-ears journey in 2011, and because of all of you, it was a truly amazing year. The only thing I ask in return is that you don’t hold back on me in 2012! Happy New Year! - Joelynn Donough, American Brahman Review


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Lunch with Chris Shivers

Hopeful For 2012 Chris Shivers and ABBA welcome Libby Williams to the team and looks forward to 2012. JOELYNN: What’s new at ABBA? CHRIS: We spent a lot of time this fall on the hunt to fill the position of Communication and Youth Activities Director. We are excited to announce the hire of Libby Williams. She has some incredible experience and is going to have a very important role for ABBA. It’s great that we have this new position, because it really does show that ABBA is progressive, and that business is as good as ever. JOELYNN: Did the national show and convention meet your expectations? CHRIS: Definitely - and then some!! The national show had a terrific turnout. A lot of really high-quality cattle walked through the ring. Everyone had a good time in Waco. As for the convention, for those who didn’t get the chance to go, you really missed out. We had a great time. The sessions ran extremely smoothly, we had some great speakers, and we had some panels full of extremely knowledgeable people that gave wonderful insight on a wide variety of topics. Probably one of the best memories I have from the weekend was Friday night’s ice breaker where everyone introduced themselves and said how they became affiliated with the Brahman breed. There was no better way for people to get to 12 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

know each other. I’m already looking forward to next year. JOELYNN: At the fall board meeting, a lot of old concepts were re-introduced, like the F1 ear tag. What does ABBA hope to achieve with the ear tags? CHRIS: The Golden Certified and Certified F1 certification has been in play for quite some time now. The same can be said about the ear tags. What we are looking at now, is making a more readable tag that will be accepted and recognized throughout the industry. Some of the things we would like on the tag are what percent cross is the animal, and with what breeds. Ultimately,

the tags will take the place of the certificates. Now some breeders still see a lot of benefits to just having the certificates, but the tags eliminate any extra paperwork and give a visual confirmation of what exactly the animal is based on by eyesight. JOELYNN:What are you looking forward to in the New Year with the ABBA? Chris: First, welcoming Libby as a new addition to the ABBA team. After that, the continued progression from Brahman breeders. This is going to happen in every aspect: purebreds, crossbreds, and carcass and junior participation. I can’t wait! ©TABR


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Thank you for sending me the box of magazines. The Louisiana Master Cattle producers loved them. I was asked a ton of questions about our breed and I glad to n. shed new light on the American Brahman. Thanks again.

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THANK YOU WORLD BRAHMAN CONGRESS! ANNA PICKERING - TEXAS Anna enjoying j y g a nap p at the East Texas State Fair.

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Farewell Tributes incredibly big-hearted man. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Theeck; two sons, Clay Theeck and wife Julia of Brehman, and Shannon Theeck of Mertzon; many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren as well as an industry full of cattle lovers and friends. James “Jim” A. Theeck, 70, of Brenham, Texas was called to heaven on September 17, 2011. He was born on October 24, 1940 to the late Marie Johanna and James Dale Theeck. On January 24, 1964, Theeck married Dorothy Hagar and from this union came two sons, Clay and Shannon. Theeck graduated from Texas A&M University in 1965, with a degree in animal husbandry. Upon graduation he was offered a job with George Butler’s Mayfair Ranch, where he was employed as general manager. The Ranch ran purebred Santa Gertrudis cattle as well as a large herd of commercial cattle. Theeck was said to be a “practical spokesman” for the producing side of the industry for many years as he was a real “student” of the industry. He provided cattle to many children within the 4-H and FFA programs. Theeck was one of the first individuals to accept the F1 cross. He found a tremendous amount of value in these cattle and promoted their offerings. He touched the lives of many people and was a wellknown cattle judge and teacher of cattle programs around the world. Theeck helped many breeders get a start in the industry and helped many more by education. He is remembered by all for being an 16 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

Lindsey Paxton, 21, of Bosier City, LA, was called to heaven on Thursday, October 9, 2011. She was born July 1, 1990, in Longview, to Dale Baker and Donna Roon. Lindsey and her husband, Chance, are members of the Bar None Cowboy Church. Lindsey was a young victim of a rare form of brain cancer. She was a high-spirited christian who grew up showing Brahman cattle. The beauty was loved by all of those that came into contact with her. She is survived by husband, Chance; mother and step-father, Donna and Clint Quinn; father and step-mother, Dale and Lana Baker; step-dad, Brady Sutherland; grandparents, David and Linda Toon, and Billy and Deloys Sutherland; sisters, Jolee, Laney, and Maci Sutherland; step-sisters, Logan Quinn and Bailey Quinn, and stepbrother Clay Quinn.


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News from ABBA WILLIAMS JOINS ABBA AS DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES The American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) announces the hire of Libby Williams as Director of Communications and Youth Activities. Williams will promote American Brahman cattle through print media, Web sources and social networking media. She’ll also direct the American Junior Brahman Association, including advising the junior board, and planning and managing the “All American” National Junior Brahman Show. “This is a new position that ABBA feels is important to better promote the breed,” ABBA Executive Vice President, Chris Shivers said. “We are excited to have someone join our staff with the knowledge and experience that Libby exhibits.” Williams grew up active in 4-H, both showing and judging livestock. She graduated Colorado State University with bachelor’s degrees in animal science and journalism and technical communications. While in college, Williams competed on collegiate livestock judging teams, wrote weekly columns for the Rocky Mountain Collegian, served as president of the Block and Bridle club and interned with the National Western Stock Show and the National Swine Registry.

COMPLETE AND ACCURATE SHOW ANIMAL OF THE YEAR POINTS ABBA announces the accurate standings of the 2012 Show Animal of the Year Awards through the fall show season. These points reflect the complete show results of fall 2011 and will be combined with the spring 2012 show season to tabulate the final winners. GREY BULL STANDINGS

BNA Bar Drake 411/0

Barney Joe Allen

42 points

Mr. DF 91/9 “Snowman”

Geoffrey Dyess

37 points

JDH Roma Manso

Rex Hudgins

32 points

Mr. H Buckle Manso 111/9

Briana Bishop

28 points

CJV Mr. Billy Bob Manso 16/8

Jacob Valenta

19 points

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RED BULL STANDINGS

5M King Tut 697/0

Matthew Madden

28 points

Mr. H Steel Rojo 75/9

Kristen Cullers

20 points

Mr. Rosario Passport Too 100

Ganadera El Rosario

18 points

Mr. TO Ferris

Darby Oden

16 points

5M Mr. Rojo Rhino 944/1

Craig Barnett

12 points

DB Southern Style 722/9

Detering Brothers

12 points

JR MC Enix 607

Kelli Doucet

12 points

Lady H Mae Manso 66/9

Sarah Caffey

49 points

GS Doc’s Ms. Sugar Pride

Katelin Cooper

35 points

Miss Ila Reese 941

Logan Choiniere

27 points

Miss V8 137/7

Adrian Land II

26 points

Miss V8 341/7

V8 Ranch

25 points

CT Lady Rhineaux Ray

Wesley Thibodeaux

75 points

Lady H Trisha Rojo 61/9

Erin Cullers

25 points

Miss J&R 69/9

J&R Farms

19 points

Miss SG 142/0

Paden Allen

18 points

Miss B-F 218/0

Samantha Cone

18 points

GREY FEMALE STANDINGS

RED FEMALE STANDINGS

AFFILIATE UPDATES The Florida Brahman Association will be hosting their 2012 Field Day on Saturday, April 28, at Chapman’s Double C Bar Ranch in Kenansville, Florida. FBA has updated and upgraded their membership directory, which is available, along with other member benefits, on http://floridabrahman.org. The Deep South Brahman Association hosted a free lunch at the Mississippi State Fair to show their gratitude for all the efforts of the exhibitors and breeders within the region. They are planning a sale for May of 2012. The South Texas Brahman Association is looking forward to the San Antonio Livestock Exposition in February where exhibitors and visitors can expect lots of fellowship and fun. ©TABR


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Board Highlights The American Brahman Breeders Association held their fall board meeting in October in conjunction with the National Brahman Show. President, Bob Hudgins presided over reports from numerous activities and events of the association. Finance Committee The committee reviewed the proposed budget for the 2012 year, which includes hiring a new ABBA staff member to serve as Youth Activities / Communication Director. Member Services Committee This group reported high levels of excitement for the 2011 ABBA membership convention in Galveston, Texas. Youth Activities Committee Starting in 2013, the AJBA will assume all management and financial responsibility of the All American, moving to a centralized location to rotate between Lufkin, Texas and West Monroe, Louisiana. Show Committee Weight and measure parameters for the Houston show were reviewed and passed. Rodney Finch was added to the ABBA approved judge list. The 2013 National Show will be held in Gonzales, Louisiana, in conjunction with the Jambalaya Classic.

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International Committee Upcoming international events are scheduled in Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Thailand, Australia, and Panama. Research & Breed Improvement Committee The committee reviewed the discussion of including wholeherd reporting but took no action. The committee is looking into research opportunities, including a Ranch to Rail program and possible joint research opportunities with Colombia’s ASOCEBU. Communications Committee The new ABBA promotional video is completed and available for distribution. Marketing Committee The 2012 National F1 sale will be held March 17 at the Caldwell Livestock Commission. A new ear tag program for F1 certified and golden certified cattle is available from the ABBA office. Executive Committee The ABBA shows a profit for 2011. Director elections are underway for 2012. Contract negotiations were completed to continue to use ABRA / ABRI for the Brahman herd-registry service. The long-range plan is still being reviewed with many activities being implemented. Consignments are being accepted for the 2012 International Sale.


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Show Results

Ark-La-Miss Fair September 24, 2011 Monroe, Louisiana – The ArkLa-Miss Fair in Monroe, Louisiana is increasing Brahman exposure in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. ABBA approved judge Dr. Clay Espey sorted through 136 head of Brahmans at the show. Two +Mr H Red Rhino 765 daughters topped the red female show, where CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 exhibited by Wesley Thibodeaux was grand champion red female. Ken Ramsey Brahmans exhibited the reserve grand champion red female with KR Ms Red Rhino 218. In the grey show, Espey used GS Doc’s MS Sugar Pride exhibited by F&R Brahmans for grand champion female. She is sired by MDS Doc’s Pride 196. For reserve, Espey turned to Michael Joyce, Jr.’s Schneiderbred +S Hermosa Manso 397. In the bull show, Espey selected an emerging powerhouse: 5M King Tut 697/0, exhibited by 5M Farms, for grand champion red bull. Tut is sired by +Winchester Magnum 999. Another Madden bred bull claimed the reserve grand champion red bull honors: 5M Mr. Rojo Rhino 944/1. Finishing the day, Espey selected CJV Mr Billy Bob Manso 16/8 as grand champion grey bull. This bull was exhibited by Jacob Valenta and is sired by +Mr H Maddox Manso 684. For reserve grand champion grey bull, Espey selected Adrian Land’s Mr L2 Macho 3, a +Mr. V8 901/4 son. ©TABR

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Judge: Dr. Clay Espey

GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE GS Doc’s MS Sugar Pride Exhibited by F&R Brahmans

GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 Exhibited by Wesley Thibodeaux

GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL CJV Mr Billy Bob Manso 16/8 Exhibited by Jacob Valenta

GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL 5M King Tut 697/0 Exhibited by 5M Farms

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE +S Hermosa Manso 397 Exhibited by Joyce Custom Fitters

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE KR Ms Red Rhino 218 Exhibited by Ken Ramsey Brahmans


GREY FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

D Bar Miss 766

D Bar Ranch

Reserve Calf Champion

B-F 243/1

Bennett Farms

Intermediate Champion

GS Ms Annette 161N

L2 Ranch

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Bar L Cruel Girl 53

Carriere Brahmans

Junior Champion

Miss V8 326/7

L2 Ranch

Reserve Junior Champion

Ms SS 200

Grant LaBove

Senior Champion

GS Doc’s Ms Sugar Pride

F&R Brahmans

Reserve Senior Champion

+S Hermosa Manso 397

Michael Joyce, Jr.

Grand Champion

GS Doc’s Ms Sugar Pride

F&R Brahmans

Reserve Grand Champion

+S Hermosa Manso 397

Michael Joyce, Jr.

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL 5M Mr. Rojo Rhino 944/1 Exhibited by Brandon Barnett

Class winners exhibited by Bennett Farms, D Bar Ranch, Dyess Farms, Carriere Brahmans, Jacob Joyce, B&P Brahmans, L2 Ranch, Ken Ramsey Brahmans, Grant LaBove, Michael Joyce, Jr., F&R Brahmans RED FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

Ms SS 211

Reserve Calf Champion

5M Rojo Valentine Wyatt Manuel 214/1

Intermediate Champion

Ms TC Winchester Ken Ramsey 403 Brahmans

Reserve Intermediate Champion

5M Miss Rojo Barb 307/0

Junior Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Wesley Ray 8/9 Thibodeaux

Reserve Junior Champion

Grant LaBove

5M Farms

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Mr L2 Macho 3 Exhibited by Adrian Land Reserve Senior Champion

Mr L2 Macho 3

Adrian Land

Grand Champion

CJV Mr Billy Bob Manso 16/8

Jacob Valenta

Mr L2 Macho 3

Adrian Land

5M Miss Lady Rhino 944/2

Brandon Barnett

Reserve Grand Champion

Senior Champion

KS Ms Red Rhino 218

Ken Ramsey Brahmans

Reserve Senior Champion

Miss J&R 69/9

J&R Farms

Class winners exhibited by Vogue Farms, K Bar Farms, Bennett Farms, Circle T Cattle Company, Carriere Brahmans, V8 Ranch, Logan Goudeau, Dyess Farms, D Bar Ranch, Jacob Valenta

Grand Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Wesley Ray 8/9 Thibodeaux

Reserve Grand Champion

KR Ms Red Rhino 218

RED BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

5M King Tut 697/0 5M Farms

Reserve Calf Champion

B-F 241/1

Bennett Farms

Intermediate Champion

JR MC Enix 607

Ken Ramsey Brahmans

Reserve Intermediate Champion

5M Mr Rojo 307/0 5M Farms

Junior Champion

5M Mr Rojo Rhino Brandon 944/1 Barnett

Reserve Junior Champion

CC Casanova 500/0

Cross C Cattle Co.

Senior Champion

CC Red Wineaux

Carriere Brahmans

Cannon Creek Ranch

Reserve Senior Champion

4N Ranch

JDH Mr Impact Manso 155/0

Logan Goudeau

4N Mr. Guitar Man 22/9

Grand Champion

5M King Tut 697/0 5M Farms

Junior Champion

Mr DF 91/9

Dyess Farms

Reserve Grand Champion

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr CH 111/9

Dogwood Farms

5M Mr Rojo Rhino Brandon 944/1 Barnett

Ken Ramsey Brahamans

Class winners exhibited by Ken Ramsey Brahmans, Grant LaBove, Josh Barnett, Bennett Farms, Carson Robinson, 5M Farms, Wesley Thibodeaux, Brandon and Rachel Cutrer GREY BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

B-F 220/0

Reserve Calf Champion

KF Mr Majestic 147 K Bar Farms

Intermediate Champion

Bar L Stetson 52

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Senior Champion

CJV Mr Billy Bob Manso 16/8

Bennett Farms

Jacob Valenta

Class winners exhibited by Bennett Farms, Hensley Brahmans, 5M Farms, Ken Ramsey Brahmans, Cross C Cattle Company, Brandon Barnett, Cannon Creek Ranch, 4N Ranch WINTER 2012 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 23


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According to 24 of our readers,

2012 New Year’s Resolution 10

megan cullers

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steven kahla

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chris shivers

13

brett broussard

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john locke

15

christina wenicke

To be a better friend to all. May 2012 be my year to reach out to all of my friends, give and receive strength and happiness.

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matt madden

3

kathleen leigh adams

17

rachel cutrer

4

melody vest hogg

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joelynn donough

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stacey green

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stacey shanks

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colleen callender

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vicki gollnisch

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emily forgason

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jessica hobbs

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carole arriaga

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nena boettcher

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liz wilcox

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brandon shanks

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karen benton banks

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To win the lottery!

To not worry so much... I stress myself out too much! To have a little more patience! To take life one day at a time! To accept that I can’t fix every problem. To remain calm and positive in all situations. To lead by example and to show the love of Christ in my every thought, action and deed.

jason kimball To be more patient and understanding with my teenage daughter...Evidently Ole Dad just doesn’t always understand!

mike poplin To completely enjoy Christmas with the family before I even think about the New Year!

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To be the reason for at least three smiles everyday. To spend as much time as possible with family and friends. Exercise more! To spend more time with my family and less with cows! To not be late to anymore meetings! Leave my house on time in the mornings! To get “#brahman” on the worldwide twitter trends list during Houston! To get enough carcass data on our calves to have a carcass trait leaderd in the ABBA Sire summary! To cook for my fiancee more often and to run a half marathon. To devote more timeto my kiddos and my faith. Also to stop procrastinating and to lose 10 pounds. To update my wardrobe. To exercise more! To be a safer driver! To stay on a budget! To get my husband to start eating healthy with me!


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At The Sale Barn

Report from the Cattlemen’s Top Cut Sale By Rebecca Hamilton

As the winter months press forward, cattlemen look to the future of their herds and their livelihoods. The current drought conditions still hover over pastureland. With that said, most sale barns are trying to make up for the lack of nutrients. But what is the buzz around the sale barn? Is all hope lost for producers and buyers? Actually, things aren’t as dreary as expected. On November 12, 2011, F1 producers from across the southern United States made their way to Navasota for the Cattlemen’s Top Cut Sale. Most consigners believe that once the drought situation resurrects itself, the market will be better than ever. This means that the cattle being sold now for a lesser premium will be worth substantially more as soon as a decent rain quenches the thirst felt in the southern parts of the country. For most cattlemen, this means holding onto as many cattle as they can afford. However, this is not the best case scenario for most producers. Selling older cows or those that have not made the cut in terms of producing is how they are making things work to offset the drought. Although, as hard as it may sound, holding out 26 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

for rain may very well be worth it in the end. Another positive is that most F1 producers are not feeling the effect nearly as much as those of purebred sellers. Most of the buyers and sellers at the sale were both commercial and F1 producers. They all agreed that the F1 cattle have fared extremely well on minimal forage during the summer and fall months. How, you may ask? As we all know, eared cattle are more able to endure the heat, and on top of that they are efficient enough to perform with less nutrition than other breeds. Even though these cattle typically do not earn as much at the sale barn, they still are able to outperform and out-drought the competition. This is why we aren’t seeing a lot of F1 cattle in normal sales. Most producers are holding them back. They are costing less to feed and aren’t bringing as much when they are sold. F1 producers have been ruling the south for centuries. They know

perfectly well that their cattle can outlast, outproduce, and earn more than any other breed. Take the average sale barn Angus. More than likely she is less than ten years old when she needs to be culled. Now compare her to an F1. That F1 may need to be culled at the same age. The difference? The F1 will be able to survive just about anywhere and do so with little input costs. The same cannot be said of the Angus cow. Now this is nothing against the black beauty, but in the south she will not be nearly as valuable as our eared example. The buzz may be light at the sale barns lately, but one thing is for certain: most everyone can be thankful that prices have been holding in general. Across the board, yes, prices have seen better days, but cattlemen are still making money and are able to stay in the business they love. ©TABR


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Show Results

East Texas State Fair September 27, 2011 Tyler, Texas – As the fall show season started to kick into overdrive, breeders found their way to the East Texas State Fair. ABBA-approved judge, Paul Maulsby, director of beef cattle operations at Texas A&M University, sorted through 126 head of red and grey Brahmans. Maulsby began with the grey female show, where Lady H Mae Manso 66/9 claimed another grand champion title. Owned by Sarah Caffey, this JDH Sir Shank Manso daughter is out of a +BNA Double Take Manso female. Rhealee Spies exhibited the reserve grand champion grey female with Miss BER 280. “Josie”, sired by JDH Mr Tula Manso and is out of a +BNA The Deacon Manso 253 daughter. In the red females, Maulsby selected his CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9, shown by Wesley Thibodeaux. This +Mr. H Red Rhino 765 female is out of a +BB Mr Sting-Ray 10/0 daughter. Reserve grand champion red female honors went to Miss J&R 69/9, exhibited by Joyce Custom Fitters. This paternal sister to the grand champion is also sired by Red Rhino and is out of a +HK Passport daughter. Next, grand champion grey bull was exhibited by SG Cattle Company with BNA Bar Drake Manso 411/0 sired by Cross Fire 02/2 and out of a +BNA Double Take Manso daughter. Reserve grand champion grey bull was exhibited 28 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

Judge: Paul Maulsby

GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Lady H Mae Manso 66/9 Exhibited by Sarah Caffey

GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 Exhibited by Wesley Thibodeaux

GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL BNA Bar Drake 411/0 Exhibited by SG Cattle Company

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Mr H Buckle Manso 111/9 Exhibited by Heritage Cattle Comapny

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE Miss J&R 69/9 Exhibited by Joyce Custom Fitters

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL 4N Mr. Guitar Man 22/9 Exhibited by 4N Ranch


by Heritage Cattle Company with Mr H Buckle Manso 111/9. Mr Buckle is sired by +Mr H Maddox Manso 684 and is out of a Heritage Copano’s Pride daughter. In the red bulls, Maulsby selected his grand champion red bull with 5M King Tut 697/0, exhibited by Matthew Madden. Tut is sired by +Mr Winchester Magnum 999 and is out of a Sting-Ray daughter. Reserve grand champion red bull was exhibited by April Nettles with 4N Mr Guitar Man 22/9. This Mr JS Rouge 493/5 son is out of a Mr MK Vernon 351/1 daughter. ©TABR GREY FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

LMC Polled Spice Walters Livestock Enterprises

Reserve Calf Champion

Ms Suvette Martin 688

Reserve Senior Champion

Lady H Linda Rojo 76/9

Joyce Custom Fitters

Grand Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9

Wesley Thibodeaux

Reserve Grand Champion

Miss J&R 69/9

Joyce Custom Fitters

Class winners exhibited by Joyce Custom Fitters, Bailee Jo McDonald, SG Cattle Company, Herbert Braswell, Oden Ranch, DJ Wood, Legacy Cattle Company GREY BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

TTT Mr Suva Martin 660

Shirley Watts

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr H Reno Manso 200/0

Heritage Cattle Co.

Intermediate Champion

Mr. J&R 192

Joyce Custom Fitters

Shirley Watts Rhealee Spies

Reserve Intermediate Champion WR Mr Roger’s Echo 084

Reserve Intermediate Champion TTT Suvette Martin 670

Shirley Watts

Junior Champion

BNA Bar Drake 411/0

SG Cattle Company

Junior Champion

Lady H Mystic Manso 151/0

Heritage Cattle Company

Reserve Junior Champion

JDH Expression Manso 735/4

Chance Hinton

Reserve Junior Champion

Miss Ila Reese 941

Billie Farris

Senior Champion

Mr H Buckle Manso Heritage 111/9 Cattle Co.

Senior Champion

Lady H Mae Manso 66/9

Sarah Caffey

Reserve Senior Champion

CJV Mr Billy Bob Manso 16/8

Jacob Valenta

Reserve Senior Champion

GS Doc’s Ms. Sugar Pride

F&R Brahmans

Grand Champion

BNA Bar Drake 411/0

Padan Allen

Grand Champion

Lady H Mae Manso 66/9

Sarah Caffey

Reserve Grand Champion

Mr H Buckle Manso Heritage 111/9 Cattle Co.

Reserve Grand Champion

Miss BER 280

Rhealee Spies

Intermediate Champion

Miss BER 280

Class winners exhibited by Heritage Cattle Company, Walters Livestock Enterprises, Chance Hinton, Shirley Watts, Rhealee Spies, Billie Farris, F&R Brahmans RED FEMALE RESULTS

Shirley Watts

Class winners exhibited by Legacy Cattle Service, D Bar Ranch, Shirley Watts, Heritage Cattle Company, Joyce Custom Fitters, SG Cattle Company, Jacob Valenta RED BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

5M King Tut 697/0

5M Farms

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr SS 212

SG Cattle Company

Intermediate Champion

Mr. HVR 0/865

Shirley Watts

Calf Champion

Miss SG 140/0

SG Cattle Company

Reserve Calf Champion

BB Bronson’s Hurricane 1/11

Joyce Custom Fitters

Reserve Intermediate Champion Mr. TO Ferris 10/4

Oden Ranch

Intermediate Champion

5M Miss Rojo Barb 307/0

Legacy Cattle Service

Junior Champion

Mr. CC Casanova 500/0

Legacy Cattle Service

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Ms. Lady Shania

Herbert Braswell

Senior Champion

4N Mr. Guitar Man April Nettles 22/9

Junior Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9

Wesley Thibodeaux

Reserve Senior Champion

CT Red Wineaux 555/9

Legacy Cattle Service

Reserve Junior Champion

KF Millionairess Success 9/9

Legacy Cattle Service

Grand Champion

5M King Tut 697/0

5M Farms

Reserve Grand Champion

Senior Champion

Miss J&R 69/9

Joyce Custom Fitters

4N Mr. Guitar Man April Nettles 22/9

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Research Roundup

By Brandi Bourg, PhD, Mississippi State University Extension Beef Specialist

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s I write this article, most of the Southern U.S. is experiencing some form of drought condition. The most recent U.S. drought monitor shows the vast majority of Texas and Southwestern Louisiana experiencing severe drought conditions. As the majority of Brahman cattle are found in these parts of the country, meeting the nutritional needs of the cow herd, while not stretching feed budgets too far, becomes a great concern for many Brahman breeders. Feed and hay are also scarce and very expensive in these areas. Often, the first recommendation given during a drought is to destock or liquidate the herd. However, most seed stock producers have too much invested in the genetics of 30 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW速 | WINTER 2012

their herd to be able to sell out and re-stock very easily. Therefore, it is very important to be efficient managers of our cattle and feed resources. Luckily, Brahman genetics offers breeders unique opportunities for managing drought conditions. Brahman cattle are well known for their heat tolerance and insect resistance and were developed in harsh environmental conditions. This is an important asset that Brahman influence cattle offer during extreme drought conditions. However, even with the added benefit of Brahman genetics, drought conditions cause many obstacles for producers. What to feed, how much to feed, and where to find that feed, are all common


concerns during a of cattle. Jenkins and Brahman heat tolerance, insect drought situation and Ferrell (1994) described don’t always offer an easy resistance and ability to thrive in harsh biological efficiency of a answer. It is important cow-calf herd as the ability environmental conditions are are to consider not only the of the cow to convert feed important assets Brahman influence resources to calf weight at feed but what the cow requires as well. In their study, cattle offer during drought conditions. weaning. Recently, much the productivity of nine -Bourg, 2012 of the beef industry’s diverse breeds was studied attention has been under various feed intake focused on improving levels. It was found that efficiency. With cost of livestock production increasing in more nutritionally restrictive situations, such as a each year, beef producers are continually searching for drought, breed crosses with a lower genetic potential for a cheaper, more efficient way to manage their herds. By growth and lactation ranked higher for pregnancy rate, increasing the efficiency of production, they can increase calf weaning weight, and calf weaning weight per cow profitability. Efficiency should also be considered from a exposed, than under less restrictive situations. feeding standpoint as well. Most of the rank changes noted concerned reproductive traits. Thus it’s important to consider the RESEARCH SHOWS BRAHMAN EFFICIENCY genetic potential of your cowherd when deciding on a When feed costs are high and feed and forage are feeding plan. Cows with greater growth and milk EPD’s scarce, it is important that we manage the available feed will struggle more to meet their needs in these situations. and forage more efficiently. Researchers at the University Cow feed consumption was the primary factor that of Florida recently examined differences in feed affected biological production efficiency through the efficiency between cattle with varying levels of Brahman weaning phase, primarily by influencing reproductive influences, from 100% Brahman to 0% Brahman (100% status and productivity. Angus). They found that when RFI (residual feed intake, the difference between an animal’s actual feed intake and expected feed intake based on body weight and gain) was SUPPLEMENTING DECISIONS Supplementation decisions during a normal winter, considered as a measure of feed efficiency, calves with when hay and feed are more readily available, are difa greater portion of Brahman influence consumed less ficult on their own, and these decisions are all the more feed at the same level of gain (Elzo et al., 2009). This improved feed efficiency is important when feed is scarce difficult when drought makes these resources scarce and expensive. during drought conditions. Often when faced with winter supplementation Historic research at the USDA Meat Animal Research decisions, such as what to feed and when to feed it, Center examined production efficiency of many breeds

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producers may become overwhelmed by the numerous options available. There are a few simple rules of thumb that can aid in the decision-making process. First, it is important to consider the needs of your animals, secondly it is important to know the nutrients already available to the animals in the form of hay or available grass, and lastly consider potential feedstuffs based on the nutrients your animals are most in need of as a good way to compare supplement options. Supplementing to meet the requirements of your herd is a concept often overlooked, and exceeding those requirements may cause added feed expense. It is important to consider that the same cow will have dramatically different requirements, depending upon her stage of production. For example, when she is at the peak of lactation, her protein requirements will be almost double that of when she is dry in her middle

third of pregnancy. It is very important and will ultimately save money to match her nutrient intake, from both forage and supplement, to her requirements. In growing cattle, requirements are highly influenced by weight gain, frame size, and sex. As expected, as cattle grow larger and , their requirements will increase, and it is a good practice to supplement based on the average weight of growing cattle over a feeding period rather than targeted final weights. Often when the time comes to make supplementation decisions, many producers neglect to consider the hay or forage cattle are consuming. Often it’s been said, “Well, that’s the hay I have to feed, so it doesn’t matter if I know what’s in it, those cows eat it no matter what.” However, forage testing provides producers the knowledge of the nutrients already present in that hay, and this helps to eliminate guesswork when it comes to supplementation decisions. It also aids producers in matching forage quality to animal requirements and aids in designing a supplemental feeding program. With a wide variety of forages used for hay production in the south comes a wide range of hay nutrient quality. Low-quality hay might require extra supplementation. For example, if a hay falls below 7% protein, a cow’s intake will be drastically decreased, but if a protein supplement is provided to meet her needs, she will not only consume that supplement but also more of the hay provided. Another consideration is how supplement feeding will affect hay intake. Ultimately, we would want that animal to make the best use of the forage available to them. However, when some high-energy supplements are fed, cattle will consume the supplement rather than the available hay or forage. A general rule of thumb is that for every

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supplement. A good place to start is determining the requirements of the animals you are supplementing. Requirements for growing cattle differ greatly based on weight, frame size, sex, breed type, and expected gain. It is a good rule of thumb when determining feeding amounts for growing animals to target supplements based on both the average of the herd and the average weight during the feeding period. Once the animal’s requirements are determined, next consider the value of the hay or forage available. Forage testing is relatively simple and inexpensive and offers valuable knowledge that can greatly influence supplementation decisions. Another good practice is the comparison of supplements based on costs per unit of nutrient. It is a good idea to price supplements based on the nutrient that cattle are most in need of. If our forage analysis reveals a protein deficiency, we should compare supplements based on $/ lb of CP or if our forage is energy limiting, we should compare on a $/lb of TDN basis.

Table 1. Example calculations of $/lb of CP for common feedstuffs Feedstuff $/ton CP % lbs CP/ton $/lb CP 320 14 280 1.14 14% CP pellet 28% CP tub 800 28 560 1.42 Soy Hulls 304 12 240 1.26 Corn Gluten Feed 193 25 500 .39 Cottonseed meal 320 45 900 .36 Dry Distillers Grains (DDGS) 256 28 560 .46 Whole Cottonseed 375 23 460 .82 additional pound of high-energy feed fed, over 3 lb/d, forage consumption will be reduced by 1.5 to 2 lbs/d. In a drought setting, this substitution is not always a bad thing, however. We can use this substitution of feed for forage to stretch our available grass or hay to last slightly longer.

COMPARING SUPPLEMENTATION CHOICES Many producers struggle with the best way to compare the many options available to supplement animals. Often feeds are compared simply based on a price per ton basis, which doesn’t take into account the fact that not all feeds are created equal when it comes to nutrient content. It is helpful to compare feeds on a cost/unit of nutrient basis. To calculate the price of a feedstuff on a $/lb of crude protein (CP) basis: For a 20% CP supplement at $233/ton: 2000 lb × 0.20 CP = 400 lb CP $233/ton ÷ 400 lb CP = $0.58/lb CP Using this basic calculation, a variety of feedstuffs can be compared on a nutrient equivalent basis, and this calculation can be applied to other nutrients as well. Total digestible nutrients (TDN) are used to compare the energy value of feeds. If we use recent commodity prices and average values for CP, several popular supplement options can be compared on a nutrient equivalent basis. The chart below gives some examples of common feeds and how they compare on a $/lb of protein basis. If we need to supplement our cattle for protein, and have the above feeds available, our best option will be cottonseed meal, followed by corn gluten feed. Even though cottonseed meal will cost us more per ton, it CP %provides more protein per pound, and we won’t feed as much as a feed that contains less protein. There are many factors to consider when making supplementation decisions, and the supplement choice for one producer may not work well for another. It is important to consider several factors when choosing a 34 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

USE KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION TO MAKE DECISIONS With rising commodity prices and scarce feed resources in a drought setting, it becomes more important than ever to make the most economical supplementation decisions possible. Arming yourself with knowledge about both animal needs and feedstuffs available is a good strategy for combatting these issues. By understanding our cattle’s needs and their efficiency, we can be better managers of the resources at our disposal. Brahman genetics continues to be in high demand for their increased ability to thrive in stressful situations, and drought is yet another situation where Brahmans have the ability to thrive. As cattlemen, we certainly can’t control the weather, but we can do our best to play the hand dealt us to the best of our ability, and, of course, pray for rain! ©TABR References Elzo, M.A., D. G. Riley, G. R. Hansen, D. D. Johnson, R. O. Myer, S. W. Coleman, C. C. Chase, J. G. Wasdin, and J. D. Driver. 1994. Effect of breed composition on phenotypic residual feed intake and growth in Angus, Brahman, and Angus × Brahman crossbred cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 87:3877–3886. Jenkins, T. G. and C. L. Ferrell. 1994. Productivity through weaning of nine breeds of cattle under varying feed availabilities. I. Initial estimates. J. Anim. Sci. 72:2787-2797/


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International Experience

From Louisiana to Australia By Brooke Prather

The summer of 2011 was the trip of a lifetime. I had the opportunity to spend nearly three months in Australia representing the American Junior Breeders Association (AJBA) through the Australian ambassador program. I have dreamed of winning this trip since I first learned of the program through the AJBA. It was an honor to travel ‘down under’ and learn about the Australian beef industry. Words cannot begin to capture all of my experiences, but there are a few memories I will always treasure from the Brahman breeders of Australia. KENROL BRAHMAN STUD I started my Australian experience on June 3, 2011, when I landed in Rockhampton, Queensland. This is home of Kenrol Brahman Stud, owned by Ken and Wendy Cole. The Cole’s were wonderful and graciously welcomed me into their home. It wasn’t long until I felt like I was a part of their family. For the rest of my trip, they were my “parents,” as I spent the majority of my stay at Kenrol. Each time I would return ‘home’, Ken would say, “I thought we got rid of ya last time, love!” It was hilarious. While staying at Kenrol, I worked with their donor program. This meant helping with anything from needling (giving shots) to flushing, then finally to surgically implanting the recipient cows. It was neat to see how different things were but similar 36 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

too. I also watched a plunge dip in action, when hundreds of cattle are dipped for ticks when they come in from the Northern territory. These cattle were sent “tick-free,” which is extremely important, since most of the country is quarantined because of ticks. One of my fondest memories of staying at Kenrol was being able to participate in the one thing I really love to do: SHOW! I had the opportunity to show Kenrol cattle in two shows, the Rocky Show and Junior Beef. I have now shown cattle in two different countries! CAMBIL BRAHMANS My next stop was to visit the Camm family of Cambil Brahmans in Proserpine, Queensland. The Camm family raises Brahman cattle, but additionally farms 1,700 acres of sugarcane. Proserpine has gorgeous rolling hills with sugarcane as far as the eye can see. It reminded me of home in Louisiana. At the Camm’s I had a lot of firsts. I had my first lesson on Australia’s native wildlife. I learned about crocodiles, brolgas, and wallabies. I also had my first experience driving on the opposite side of the road, with a left handed shift! Really tricky! I enjoyed my stay in Proserpine and will never forget the

Camm family: Bill, Tolma, Lawson, Sophie, Georgia, Mitchell, Charlie and James. FERN HILLS My adventure continued to Fern Hills in Bajool, owned by the McCamely’s: Brett, Janice, Cheyenne, and Montana. They raise red Brahmans in the hills on the outskirts of Rockhampton. During my stay, I visited the Beef Breeding Services where the McCamleys have their bulls collected. Again, it was cool to see how things were done in Australia. Something that really stood out about my stay at Fern Hill was when we traveled to Emerald for the Agrow Field Day – much like the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Convention. This is where I saw my first dingo up close! (Even if he was stuffed.) VOEWOOD After leaving the McCamley’s, I visited Dennis and Denise Quinn of Voewood. The Quinns, along


with their son Edward, raise grey Brahmans and commercial cattle on 14,500 acres. The family strickly cull their cattle based on temperament and structure. I can give firsthand proof of how successful this has made their commercial herd very gentle. It was interesting to see how trait selection can work so well. While staying in Voewood, I got to see something I had been waiting my whole trip to lay eyes on, a kangaroo! It was an amazing sight to wake up in the morning and see wild kangaroos outside my window! Sure did beat the stuffed dingo! FENECH BRAHMAN CATTLE After admiring the Brahman and kangaroos of Voewood, my next stop was to Fenech Brahman Cattle Company. It is owned by Tony and Joanne Fenech, along with their children Chris, Will and his wife Tracey, and their children Rory, Jack, and Harry. I was able to work with their sale bulls and weaned calves. This was fun, but by far my favorite part about staying with the Fenech’s was getting to know Will and Tracy’s children. From picking them up at the bus stop after school, to feeding the cattle with them, I truly loved every second spent with the kids. I actually had the opportunity to speak at Rory and Jack’s school about the United States and Louisiana. These children will always hold a special place in my heart.

LANCEFIELD After Fenech’s I was able to spend a few days at Lancefield, home of Scott and Lizette McCamley. This part of the McCamley family runs a predominately grey Brahman stud operation on about 70,000 acres. I am still excited that I was able to see their cattle and the standard they use for selection. The cattle are so high quality, and I was extremely impressed with the bulls they had for their upcoming sale. APIS CREEK BRAHMAN STUD My next stop was the time of my life! I stayed at Apis Creek Brahman Stud operation, outside of Malbrough, Queensland. The Olive family, Tim, Lynette, Courtney, and Alexandria, raise grey Brahmans and commercial cattle on about 50,000 acres. During my stay, I helped with their “big muster”, which means rounding up all the cattle to their yards. This sounds like a tricky task because of the amount of land, but it was easy and fun! Since the property is so large, the Olives use helicopters, which led to my first helicopter ride! Over the course of the week I stayed with the Olives, we ran and processed 3,000 head of cattle. We branded, tagged, and vaccinated. I was lucky enough to see both the commercial and stud side of Apis Creek, while working alongside three great men and two lovely ladies.

PALMVALE RED BRAHMANS The last family I had the privilege of staying with was the Streeter family of Palmvale Red Brahmans. While there, Keirin and Beth Streeter showed me around their 4,000-acre property. I also had the opportunity to visit the Pacific Ocean and go fishing with the Streeter’s daughter, Remy. She is a pretty cool kid, and she even taught me how to crack two whips at one time! I had approximately one month left in Australia, so I called my mom, begging her to let me extend my trip a few more weeks. Thankfully, she said yes, as long as I promised to come home. I am so glad she did, because I spent the last two weeks back at Kenrol, as well as the Brisbane Royal Queensland Show, known as the Ekka, (“Showtime”, according to Australians) so I couldn’t miss that! I had the absolute time of my life this summer. I would like to thank the American Brahman breeders Association for allowing me to travel to Australia and experience a trip of a lifetime. Also, thank you to the Australian Brahman Breeders Association for having me and for coordinating my trip. Lastly, thank you to all the families who took the time to open their homes to me, and all the many friends I made along the way. While in Australia, I met some wonderful people and made many life-long friends. It was the time of my life, and I cannot wait to go back! ©TABR

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Show Results

LaMuneca Field Day 2011 October 1, 2011

Judges: Joe Rathmann & Joelynn Donough

Linn, Texas - To know anyone in the Guerra family is to know a friend. They are the most gracious and welcoming people that anyone could ever meet. This family has a strong love for cattle and companionship, which has led them to be successful both morally and in their cattle operation, LaMuneca Cattle Company. GRAND CHAMPION RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION On October 1, 2011, LaMuneca BRAHMAN HEIFER BRAHMAN HEIFER Cattle Company celebrated its 24th LMC MQ Moolan 30/1 LMC Polled Foxy Lady 14/1 annual LMC Junior Roundup and Exhibited by Beth Quintanilla Exhibited by Morgan Arnold LMC Futurity. The event hosted over 145 juniors from local 4-H and FFA programs in addition to over 25 adults. Each junior exhibitor walked away from the event with a door prize in hand. Over $1000 was given in premiums and awards to those youth who participated in the judging contests, cattle classes, and showmanship. Numerous speakers shared their JR. SHOWMANSHIP WINNERS: SR. SHOWMANSHIP WINNERS: knowledge and experience with topics L-R: Victor Moreno, Jane Hunt, Victoria Nevada Huffman, Kallie Fuchs, Regan from the value of a college education’ to Villanueva, John Paul Rogriguez, Olivia Duleba, Dustin Black, Savannah Chappell; not pictured: Liana Flores, Michale Stehle hay judging and from how to become a Vela, Mkenna Tshirhart, Hannah Wells leader to how to select, feed, and show a project. Speakers included Aaron Alejandro with the junior showman, with Jane Hunt a close reserve grand Texas FFA Foundation, Dr. Robert Nelson, President champion. of UTPA, Lynda Lopez, Fred Grahmann, Joelynn In the Brahman Show, judge Joe Rathmann was Donough, Joe Rathmann, Bred Cowan, Dean Fuchs, greeted with as high quality cattle as there was exhibitors. Benny Cano, Joe Mask, Victor Guerra Jr., and Liana Beth Quintanilla exhibited the grand champion female Flores. with LMC MQ Moolan 30/1. She is sired by LMC LF During showmanship judge Joelynn Donough worked Ambassador 700/7 and out of a JDH Mr. Manso 636/1 through the senior and junior divisions selecting the daughter. Morgan Arnold exhibited the reserve grand top 7 in each heat. In the senior class, Nevada Huffman champion female with LMC Polled Foxy Lady 14/1. was selected as grand champion senior showman Foxy Lady is also sired by Ambassador and is out of a with Kallie Fuchs as reserve grand champion senior. LMC WFF Pistolero M130 daughter. Finding a challenging decision in the junior class, Congratulations to all the participants and to the Donough selected Victor Moreno as grand champion Guerra family! ©TABR 38 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012


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The Brahman Voice

Tina Hammond of Rafter J Ranch A true testiment of the power of keeping records. BRAHMAN REVIEW: What are your experiences with the Brahman Breed? TINA HAMMOND: Well, my grandfather and father, James Coker, purchased a few Brahman cattle when my dad was young, which started it all. By the time I came along, my parents were promoting our show string of registered American Brahmans in the Southeast. Most of my childhood I was reared spending all day in the truck with my dad with our Brahman herd and American Quarter Horses. We used to have some great pictures of me in the kitchen by the heater wrapped up in a blanket on the floor with a calf. They were my family. When I was in elementary school, I was old enough to consider having a few cows, so we started by picking up some commercial cattle. But that didn’t last long. Soon I attended a registered Angus dispersal, and was back into registration numbers and bloodlines. That year we traveled to Hungerford, Texas and brought home a bull from the Forgason Division of J.D. Hudgins, Inc. and started breeding certified and golden certified F1s. BR: How have cattle changed since you started raising them? TH: The one thing that I see is that there is a real market for the bred F1 first-calf heifers and cows. 40 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

Having a herd of F1s covered by the bull of your choice then gives a whole new avenue for creating replacements and sale calves. BR: More specifically, how has your operation changed? TH: More people understand our role in the commercial industry. We are proving every day, with science and carcass data, that we can compete with the other breeds. In some aspects, we can compete better than anyone else! BR: Why is the Golden Certified and Certified so important? TH: We feel this is key to promotion of what the cattle are. We will continue to participate in ABBA sponsored programs that encourage record keeping and selectivity. When someone purchases a papered Gold Certified F1 from our program, they know exactly what they are getting. And, I know firsthand one of the great reasons that someone should make sure to keep their records upto-date with the ABBA – our house burned in 2009, and I lost all of my records and papers on all of our cattle. By working with Chris Shivers and the great staff at the ABBA, we’ve been able to replicate herd lists and gain copies of papers, etc. It has taken a couple of years to get back to moving forward, but knowing not all was lost was a great relief! BR: What is your family’s goal in the cattle business?

The Hammon Family

TH: Right now, with this drought and the current economy, just to survive and stay in the cattle business! That said, we like to maintain a small herd of cattle that allows us to raise marketable offspring each year and retain some replacements. For the future it would be nice to retain our F1s and maybe create a small herd of them for our own purposes. It appears, with the changing of times, that farming is a luxury, and a sacrifice. Both my husband and I were raised right here in Lowndes County by parents who had cattle and horses, and that’s what we hope to be able to do for the future; to teach the next generation. © TABR


Show Results

W

aco, Texas – The title of national champion is one

that few ever achieve.

Whether it is through sports, judging competitions, or in the cattle arena, there are only handfuls that can carry the title each year. This year the National Brahman Show

was in conjunction with the Heart of Texas Fair. ABBA approved judge, Pasquale Swaner, spent two days judging almost 500 head of American Brahman cattle. “It’s not every day that you see quality like this,” Swaner mentioned as he selected his National Champion red female, CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9. This Red Rhino daughter was bred by 5M Farms and is owned by Wesley Thibodeaux, Church Point, Louisiana. Wesley’s older sister, Lanna, exhibited the powerhouse heifer to the championship drive for her younger brother. It’s been a whirlwind year of success for the Thibodeaux family and CT Lady Rhineaux Ray, as this time last year she was selected as the 2010 Reserve National Champion, later named 2011 International Champion

Female, and is the current leader in points for the red show heifer of the year. “This female really puts it all together in terms of correctness of structure, femininity, and dimension and capacity,” Swaner said. Erin Cullers, an AJBA member and family member from Heritage Cattle Company, earned the coveted spot of reserve national champion red female with Lady H Trisha Rojo 61/9. This female is sired by +Mr H Red Rhino 765 and is out of a +Mr. HCC 10/0 daughter. Cullers has exhibited Trisha throughout the junior show circuit for the past two years, winning numerous blue WINTER 2012 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 41


ribbons and banners Turning to the grey show, Swaner was equally impressed with the quality, end to end. “When I look at cattle, I selected those that I would want to breed or would want to own. This lineup truly resembles that,” he said. Swaner set down the microphone and selected Lady H Mae Manso 66/9, exhibited by Sarah Caffey, for his national champion grey female. Mae has had quite a fall, winning grand champion grey heifer at the Kick-off, East Texas State Fair, reserve grand champion at Washington County Fair, and calving just a few days before the national show. She is sired by JDH Sir Shank Manso and out of a Double Take daughter. For reserve grand champion grey heifer, Miss V8 463/7, the calf champion stole the show. This young heifer is owned by V8 Ranch, Boling, Texas, and caught Swaners eye when she was also part of the national champion embryo produce-of-dam. “I liked this heifer since the first time I saw her this morning, she suits me just right,” said Swaner in regards to his reserve selection. This young heifer is sired by #JADL Rey Te 110, the Mexican import bull owned by Alfredo Muskus. The following day, Swaner hit the ring once more for the bull show. Swaner selected his lineup of division champions on the same basis of how he selected his females. “I use cattle that I would like in my herd. These bulls would all be great breeding pieces in any herd.” #Mr. Rosario Passport Too 100, owned by Ganadera El Rosario, was selected as the 2011 National

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Champion Red Brahman Bull. This championship was the culmination of a team effort between owner Gustavo Arguello of Nicaragua, herd consultant David Domsch, and showman James Daniel. This many-time champion is sired by +HK Passport and is out of a Wal’s 231 DoBoy Romeo daughter. “This bull really rises to the top in terms of true mass and power while still being functional and still looking like a show bull,” said Swaner about his newly named champion. Mr. Rosario was also the 2011 Reserve International Champion Red Brahman Bull and 2010 Reserve National Champion Red Brahman Bull. Mr. Broken Triangle 9209, better known as “Freight Train,” was named 2011 Reserve National Champion Red Brahman Bull. He is owned by Broken Triangle Cattle Company and sired by Mr. Comanche 175/4 and out of a Mr Millionaire Suville 633 daughter. Freight Train was exhibited by Kim Allen of SG Cattle. Before selecting the grey bull champions, Swaner thanked the show committee and exhibitors for the opportunity. The Heart of Texas area Brahman breeders hosted an enjoyable event, putting in lots of man-hours and event organization to host a great show. “It is an honor to be able to sort through such highquality cattle and high-quality breeders. Our breed is headed in the right direction in terms of feet and leg structure, frame size, body composition and look,” said Swaner. With that said, he selected JDH Roma Manso 713/1, exhibited by J.D. Hudgins, Inc., Hungerford, Texas, as


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NATIONAL CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Lady H Mae Manso 66/9 Exhibited by Sarah Caffey

NATIONAL CHAMPION RED FEMALE CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 Exhibited by Wesley Thidodeaux

NATIONAL CHAMPION GREY BULL JDH Roma Manso 713/1 Exhibited by J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

NATIONAL CHAMPION RED BULL Mr. Rosario Passport Too 100 Exhibited by Ganaderia El Rosario

the 2011 National Champion Grey Bull. Roma is the 2011 Reserve International Champion and previously also won the Kickoff Classic. He is sired by JDH Mr. Echo Manso and is out of a +JDH Sir Lawford Manso daughter. “It is hard to find that much power and still be sound,” said Swaner of his champion. For the final banner, Swaner selected BNA Bar Drake 411/0 as the 2011 Reserve National Champion Grey Bull. Bar Drake is owned by veteran Brahman breeders Barney and LaNelle Allen of Bar-Nel Ranch, Franklin, Texas. He was exhibited by Adelyn Allen of SG Cattle Company. Bar Drake has been a strong competitor all fall, being named champion at East Texas State Fair and reserve at the Kick-off and Washington County Fair. He is sired by Cross Fire and is out of a Double Take daughter. ©TABR 44 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

GREY FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

Miss V8 463/7

V8 Ranch

Reserve Calf Champion

Lady H Maria Manso 180/0

Heritage Cattle Co.

Intermediate Champion

Miss BER 280

Rhealee Spies

Reserve Intermediate Champion

JDH Lady Donna Manso 938/7

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Junior Champion

Miss V8 274/4

V8 Ranch

Reserve Junior Champion

Miss V8 272/7

V8 Ranch

Senior Champion

Lady H Mae Manso 66/9

Sarah Caffey

Reserve Senior Champion

JDH Helena Manso 795/7

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Grand Champion

Lady H Mae Manso 66/9

Sarah Caffey

Reserve Grand Champion

Miss V8 463/7

V8 Ranch

Class winners exhibited byV8 Ranch, RB Ranch, Michael Joyce, Haley Herzog, J.D. Hudgins, Inc., Rhealee Spies, Ken Ramsey, Sarah Caffey, Shirley Watts


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RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Miss V8 463/7 Exhibited by V8 Ranch

RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION RED FEMALE Lady H Trisha Rojo 61/9 Exhibited by Heritage Cattle Company

RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION GREY BULL BNA Bar Drake manso 411/0 Exhibited by SG Cattle Comapny

RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION RED BULL Mr. Broken Triangle 9209 Exhibited by Broken Triangle Cattle Company

RED FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

Miss B-F 218/0

Bennett Farms

Reserve Calf Champion

Miss SG 142/0

SG Cattle Co.

Intermediate Champion

DB Southern Style 784/0

Detering Red Brahmans

Reserve Intermediate Champion

MS KC Cayenne 788/0

Walters Livestock

Junior Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Wesley Ray 8/9 Thibodeaux

Reserve Junior Champion

KR Ms Red Winchester 32

Ken Ramsey

Senior Champion

Lady H Trisha Rojo 61/9

JDH Domino Manso 200/8

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr. BF 220/0

Bennett Farms

Intermediate Champion

JDH Roma Manso 713/1

J.D. Hudgins, Inc. J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Junior Champion

SG Cattle Co.

Heritage Cattle Co.

BNA Bar Drake 411/0

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr. V8 918/6

Amie Ferguson

SG Cattle Co.

Senior Champion

CJV Billy Bob Manso

Jacob Valenta

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr. H Buckle Manso 111/9

Heritage Cattle Co.

Grand Champion

JDH Roma Manso 713/1

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Grand Champion

BNA Bar Drake 411/0

SG Cattle Co.

VL Elena 120/8

Grand Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Wesley Ray 8/9 Thibodeaux

Lady H Trisha Heritage Cattle Rojo 61/9 Co. Class winners exhibited by Payton Herzog, Legacy Cattle Co., SG Cattle Co., Bennett Farms, Schulte Brahmans, Detering Red Brahmans, Ken 46 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW速 | WINTER 2012

GREY BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

Reserve Intermediate Champion JDH El Gran Jefe Manso 92/8

Reserve Senior Champion

Reserve Grand Champion

Ramsey, Walters Livestock Enterprise, Circle T Cattle Co., Brandon & Rachel Cutrer, Heritage Cattle Co.


Class winners exhibited by SG Cattle Co., LaMuneca Cattle Co., Bennett Farms, J.D. Hudgins, Inc., Kathy Izzard, Schulte Cattle Co., V8 Ranch, Amie Ferguson, Heritage Cattle Comapny, Jacob Valenta RED BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

Mr MK Powerball 128

Shirley Watts

Reserve Calf Champion

5M King Tut 697/0

5M Farms

Intermediate Champion

Mr HVR 0/865

Shirley Watts

Reserve Intermediate Champion JR MC Enix 607

Ken Ramsey

Junior Champion

Mr. Broken Triangle 9209

Broken Triangle Cattle

Reserve Junior Champion

DB Southern Style 722/9

Detering Red Brahmans

Senior Champion

Mr. Rosario Passport Too 100

Ganaderia El Rosario

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr. Rosario Ganaderia El Winchester Too 100 Rosario

Grand Champion

Mr. Rosario Passport Too 100

Ganaderia El Rosario

Reserve Grand Champion

Mr. Broken Triangle 9209

Broken Triangle Cattle

Class winners exhibited by Ken Ramsey, Heritage Cattle Co., Shirley Watts, 5M Farms, Darby Oden, Broken Triangle Cattle Co., Michael Joyce, Detering Red Brahmans, Ganaderia El Rosario

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By Joelynn Donough

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What is an F1? To some readers this may be a silly question, but more than likely, even to those of you that do know what an F1 is, you may not be able to describe it accurately. An F1 is, in the simplest of terms: a crossbred. However, much more goes into being an F1 than just a ‘cross’. Let’s think for a minute. There are over 100 breeds of cattle in the United States alone. That leaves ample room for multiple types of F1s. If it is only ‘just a cross,’ then practically every cow is an F1, since most breeds started by a mixture of ones already present. Take a Santa Gertrudis for example; this ‘purebred’ is made up of ¾ Shorthorn and ¼ Brahman. Even the American Brahman itself got its origin from four Indian breeds: Gyr, Guzerat, Nellore, and Krishna Valley. To dig into the term F1 means first to understand the science behind it. The first definition that is needed is hybrid vigor. Hybrid vigor (or heterosis) is the level by which crossbred progeny can surpass the performance of two straightbred parents. Typically, this is a positive cross that results in an increase in performance. Essentially, this means that a crossbred calf born from two purebred parents of different breeds should outperform both its mother and father. Why? Well, it’s all in the genes, according to Joe Paschal, livestock specialist at Texas A&M University. “Progeny inherit one-half of their genes from each parent, and these genes are paired on the chromosomes,” says Paschal. So what does this mean for Brahman breeders?


British breeds are those This means our beloved like Angus, Shorthorn, and purebred cow is as Hereford, which originated valuable as gold. Through in England. These are the the ages Brahmans have maternal breeds. Both been programmed to male and females are bold perform in the harshest sprung, generally sound in of environments. Their their structure, and are very well-recognized traits, docile. They are normally including loose skin and smaller framed than large ears, aid in their American or Continental tolerance of heat, bugs, breeds, but this plays to and other harmful factors found in tropical regions. Continental breeds, like Charolais, are known for being their advantage, since they typically will have a lower Naturally, this makes terminal crosses and are heavy muscled. birth weight. They may Brahmans a favored breed not be as heavy muscled in the southern United as Continental breeds, States. Their environmental but they more than make adaptability is great, but up for that in carcass when you factor in their merit. English breeds are maternal ability and documented for high longevity, Brahman cattle marbling and good finish, literally steal the show. making them perfect for Their calves are born producing beef. with small weights, but Continental would be grow quickly because the the last breed type typically Brahman cow gives such seen in the United States, rich milk. and includes breeds like These traits make Charolais, Simmental, Brahman breeders happy British breeds, like Angus, are strong maternal breeds and Maine Anjou. These and proud, but more with carcass advantages. breeds are known for being importantly, these traits terminal crosses because make the commercial they are so extremely heavy muscled. These crosses are cattlemen money. By using Brahman genetics in a often used in crossbreeding programs where calves will commercial crossbreeding program, cattlemen can use be sold by weight, because they often add pounds and hybrid vigor to increase their profitability by leaps and muscle when crossed with other breeds. They came to bounds. the U.S. from Europe in the 1960’s, when larger-framed AMERICAN / BRITISH / CONTINENTAL BREEDS cattle were all the rage, and are traditionally larger To understand crossbreeding, it is important to framed than other breeds. understand differences in breed types. Most breeds can be classified into three major groups of American, ONE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS IN A CROSSBREEDING PROGRAM British, and Continental breeds, according to Dr. Smart cattlemen utilize the Brahman to mix with Stephen Hammack, extension beef cattle specialist British and Continental breeds to obtain what is known emeritus from Stephenville, Texas. throughout the nation as an optimal crossbreeding Brahmans are considered an American breed. This program. It’s called the “three breed rotation,” and it term is often coined with any breed that is not just works like magic. bred in America, but also has Bos indicus influence. Step 1: Start with Brahman. Brahman cattle can be In cattle speak, a little hump and a little ear. American used as the starting point of a successful crossbreeding breeds are well known for heat tolerance, growth, and program. Data collected through years of university environmental adaptability. research and the Meat Animal Research Center show WINTER 2012 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 51


Brahman to be the #1 100% of both the direct rated beef breed for and maternal hybrid vigor is efficiency, environmental utilized. adaptability (heat and Each new breed introduced drought tolerance) and to a mating will result in the hybrid vigor. carrying of the strong traits Step 2: Breed for each breed. Brahman to a British Breed. Most cattlemen CONCERNS FOR CROSSBREEDING generally accept that the SYSTEMS Brahman x British hybrid While the three breed female is the ‘queen of crossbreeding system works, cow country,’ but do you Herefords, another British breed, are ideal for crossing this is not to say that an F1 know why? Let’s look at with Brahmans to produce Brahman hybrid offspring. is flawless. Like with every some strengths of British cross, there has to be some breeds, like Angus or areas that show more strength Hereford. These breeds are and some that show more smaller made compared weakness. Breeds should be to Brahman, efficient, carefully considered when gentle, maternal breeds making mating decisions. with carcass merit. They For example, Brahman cattle are perfect for crossing are most beneficial in the with Brahman, which areas of longevity, efficiency, will add efficiency, heat survivability, reproduction, tolerance, longevity, and disease resistance, and general extra dimension. conformation. However, The females resulting ranchers should evaluate the Brahman cattle offer environmental adaptability, from this mating are birth weights on potential herd efficiency, and hybrid vigor in crossbreeding systems. worth their weight in sires and select for low birth gold. As Bubba Sartwelle, weight, easy calving bulls to avoid potential problems. chairman of the ABBA marketing committee reports, To evaluate carcass performance, cattlemen can use “The Brahman hybrid cow is worth more because she ultrasound data or genetic testing to select Brahman does more, for longer.” For these reasons the Brahman bulls with high marbling to breed to their British hybrid female often claims premiums worth hundreds cows. Other measurements, like disposition scores, can of dollars more than her counterparts because cattlemen also be used in breeding decisions to ensure optimum recognize her value. satisfaction. Step 3: Breed Brahman F1 Hybrid females to a Labor and management can also be a potential Continental Breed. The F1 female has the highest level drawback to a three-breed rotation. Creating a purely F1 of hybrid vigor, according to Hammack. That is why calf crop means having different rotations, different herd you see so many Brahman F1 females being mated to sires, and different pasture settings. Continental breeds like Charolais bulls. These drawbacks appear to be worth it when the “If an F1 is mated back to one of its parental breeds, commercial producer gets his paycheck. The Brahman [Brahman x Hereford, F1 bred back to a Hereford bull], F1 cow has earned the token title ‘the queen of cow then the level of hybrid vigor is cut in half,” Hammack country’ because Brahmans are able to provide what says, “but if you take that F1 cow, and breed her to a other breeds need, and other breeds help provide traits bull of a third breed, then the F1 cow will exhibit 100% that the Brahman breed needs. So no matter what she maternal heterosis, and the calf will exhibit 100% direct is crossed with, the Brahman cow will always be able to heterosis.” produce the highest quality calf. And that, bottom line, Hammack describes this terminal sire cross rated as is why she is worth more, because she does more, for the highest possible cross in production efficiency, since longer. ©TABR 52 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012


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Show Results

Alabama National Fair October 13, 2011

Judge: Nikki Johnson

Montgomery, Alabama - October is a busy month for Brahman showmen, with shows nearly every weekend throughout the south. Nikki Johnson sorted through some of Alabama’s best Brahmans at the Alabama National Fair, where red and greys were shown together. Tyler Cattle Company exhibited the grand champion female with MIS JS GRAND CHAMPION BULL GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE SCD Didor Esto 623 MIS JS Pornchai Esco Rouge 896 Pornchai Esco Rouge 896. This red cow/ Exhibited by D Bar Ranch Exhibited by Tyler Cattle Company calf pair is sired by Mr JS 416/4 and is out of a Sting-Ray daughter. F&R Brahmans’ many time champion, GS Doc’s Ms. Sugar Pride claimed reserve grand champion female. She is sired by MDS Doc’s Pride 196 and is out of a +-GS Emperor Didor 135 daughter. D Bar Ranch exhibited the grand champion bull with SCD Didor Esto 623. This SCD Didor Esto 302 son is RESERVE GRAND RESERVE GRAND out of a +Mr. V8 777/4 daughter. Dyess CHAMPION BULL CHAMPION FEMALE Farms claimed reserve grand champion Mr. DF 91/9 GS Doc’s MS Sugar Pride 355 bull with Mr. DF 91/9 “Snowman”. He Exhibited by Dyess Farms Exhibited by F&R Brahmans is sired by JDH Mr Constance Manso Reserve Grand Champion GS Doc’s MS F&R Brahmans Sugar Pride 355 and is out of a +JDH Sir Lawford Manso daughter. ©TABR OPEN BULL RESULTS OPEN FEMALE RESULTS

Calf Champion

D Bar Mr 780

D Bar Ranch

Reserve Calf Champion

VBE Mr Dixie Manso 207

Valley B Enterprises

Intermediate Champion

RLB Mr 276

B&P Brahmans

Reserve Intermediate Champion

GS Mr Emperor Manso 634

Gray Shadow Ranch

Junior Champion

Mr DF 91/9

Dyess Farms

Reserve Junior Champion

IS Mr A Plus

IS Ranch

Senior Champion

SCD Didor Esto 623

D Bar Ranch

Tyler Cattle Co.

Reserve Senior Champion

IS MR Esto’s Rhonde-Vu 76

IS Ranch

GS Doc’s MS Sugar Pride 355

F&R Brahmans

Grand Champion

SCD Didor Esto 623

D Bar Ranch

MIS JS Pornchai Esco Rouge 896

Tyler Cattle Co.

Reserve Grand Champion

Mr DF 91/9

Dyess Farms

Calf Champion

D Bar 766/1

D Bar Ranch

Reserve Calf Champion

NC MS Velvet Hugo 58

Candler Cattle

Intermediate Champion

RLB Miss 293

B&P Brahmans

Reserve Intermediate Champion RLB Miss 292

B&P Brahmans

Junior Champion

FF Miss Ruben Gibson 14

Ford Farms

Reserve Junior Champion

3X HK Ms Bobby McGee

Tyler Cattle Co.

Senior Champion

MIS JS Pornchai Esco Rouge 896

Reserve Senior Champion Grand Champion

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Show Results

State Fair of Texas October 19-20, 2011

Judge: Jim Williams

Dallas, TEXAS – To Brahman breeders Dallas is an indication of a switch to fall weather and cooler temperatures. ABBA approved judge, Jim Williams judged 115 head of American Brahman cattle at the annual State Fair of Texas, known for good Brahman cattle… and good fried food! Wesley Thibodeaux, Church Point, Louisiana, exhibited the grand champion red female, CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9. She is sired by +Mr H Red Rhino 765 and is out of a +BB Mr Sting-Ray 10/0 daughter. J&R Farms exhibited the reserve grand champion red female, Miss J&R 69/9. This paternal sister to the champion is out of a +HK Passport daughter. Rhealee Spies exhibited the grand champion grey female with Miss Ber 280. She is sired by JDH Mr Tula Manso and a +BNA The Deacon Manso daughter. Reserve grand champion grey female went to J.D. Hudgins, Inc. with JDH Carla Manso 829/7. She is sired by JDH Sir Corona Manso and is out of a +JDH Sir Liberty Manso daughter. In the bull show, #Mr. Rosario Passport Too 100 was grand champion red bull, owned by Ganadera El Rosario. He is sired by +HK Passport and is out of a Wal’s 231 Do-Boy Romeo daughter. Detering Red Brahmans exhibited the reserve grand champion red bull

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GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Miss BER 280 Exhibited by Rhealee Spies

GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 Exhibited by Wesley Thibodeaux

GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL JDH Domino Manso 200/8 Exhibited by J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL #Mr. Rosario Passport Too 100 Exhibited by Ganadera El Rosario

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE JDH Carla Manso 829/7 Exhibited by J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE Miss J&R 69/9 Exhibited by J&R Farms


with DB Southern Style 722/9. This Mr. 3X-HK Oro Rojo son is out of a 5M Mr. Rojo Mule daughter. J.D. Hudgins, Inc. claimed both banners in the grey bull show, winning grand champion grey bull with JDH Domino Manso 200/8, a Woodson son out of a Remington daughter. For reserve grand champion grey bull, Williams selected JDH Roma Manso 713/1, sired by JDH Mr. Echo Manso and out of a +JDH Sir Lawford Manso daughter. ©TABR

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL JDH Roma Manso713/1 Exhibited by J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

GREY FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

TTT Suva’s Echo Lady 700/1

Reserve Calf Champion

JDH Lady Manso J.D. Hudgins, 73v0 Inc.

Intermediate Champion

Miss BER 280

Tic Tac Toe Ranch

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL DB Southern Style 722/9 Exhibited by Detering Red Brahmans

Class winners exhibited by Detering Red Brahmans, Tryce Betts, Kayla Piganelli, Braswell Red Brahmans, DJ Wood, Wesley Thibodeaux, Stanley & Virginia Ohnhesier, J&R Farms GREY BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

JDH Domino Manso 200/8

J.D. Hudgins, Inc. J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Rhealee Spies

Reserve Intermediate Champion JDH Lady Gage Manso 937/7

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Calf Champion

JDH Troy Manso 792/1

Junior Champion

JDH Carla Manso 829/7

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Intermediate Champion

JDH Roma Manso713/1 J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Junior Champion

JDH Lady Manso J.D. Hudgins, 640 Inc.

Senior Champion

JDH Helena Manso 795/7

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Senior Champion

TTT Ms Suvette Marti 490

Tic Tac Toe Ranch

Grand Champion

Miss BER 280

Rhealee Spies

Reserve Grand Champion

JDH Carla Manso 829/7

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Intermediate Champion LD Who Dat 69

Louis Dooley

Junior Champion

JDH Mr Manso 638

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Reserve Junior Champion

MR WC1

Whitlock Cattle Co.

Senior Champion

CJV Mr Billy Bob Manso 16/8

Jacob Valenta

Grand Champion

JDH Domino Manso 200/8

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Class winners exhibited by Tic Tac Toe Ranch, Jacob Joyce, Haley Herzog, Rhealee Spies, Madison Peterson, Michael Joyce, Logan Peterson

Reserve Grand Champion

JDH Roma Manso 713/1

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

RED FEMALE RESULTS

Class winners exhibited by Tic Tac Toe Ranch, J.D. Hudgins, Inc., Savannah Allen, Michael Martin, Whitlock Cattle Co., Jacob Valenta

Calf Champion

DB Southern Style 846/1

Detering Red Brahmans

Reserve Calf Champion

Ms Gina 193

Walters Livestock Ent.

Intermediate Champion

DB Southern Style 784/0

Detering Red Brahmans

Reserve Intermediate Champion Mr MK Powerball 127

Dr. McKenney

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Ms Lady Shania ET

Braswell Red Brahmans

Junior Champion

DB Southern Style 722/9

Detering Red Brahmans

Junior Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9

Wesley Thibodeaux

Reserve Junior Champion

5M Mr Rojo Rhino 944/1 Craig Barnett

Reserve Junior Champion

Miss Rosario 111

Ganadera El Rosario

Senior Champion

Mr Rosario Passport Too 100

Ganadera El Rosario

Senior Champion

Miss J&R 69/9

J&R Farms

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr Rosario Winchester Too 101

Ganadera El Rosario

Reserve Senior Champion

Miss Rosario Passport 100

Ganadera El Rosario

Grand Champion

Mr Rosario Passpot Too 100

Ganadera El Rosario

Grand Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9

Wesley Thibodeaux

Reserve Grand Champion

DB Southern Style 722/9

Detering Red Brahmans

Reserve Grand Champion

Miss J&R 69/9

J&R Farms

Class winners exhibited by Dr. Carl McKenney, Louis Dooley, Happy Valley Ranch, Detering Red Brahmans, Craig Barnett, Ganadera El Rosario

RED BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

Mr MK Powerball 128

Dr. McKenney

Intermediate Champion

Mr HVR 0/865

Happy Valley Ranch

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Performance Matters

2011 Across Breed EPD Table Use these charts to compare bulls within different breeds Courtesy Dr. Larry Kuehn, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

Most breed associations publish EPDs on an annual basis. Normally, the EPDs of bulls from different breeds cannot be compared because most breed associations compute their EPDs in separate analyses and each breed has a different base point. The across-breed adjustment factors allow producers to compare the EPDs for animals from different breeds for these traits; these factors reflect both the current breed difference (for animals born in 2009) and differences in the breed base point. Since 1993, commercial producers purchasing bulls of more than one breed to use in crossbreeding programs have used the across-breed adjustment factors to compare bulls of different breeds by adding the appropriate adjustment factor to the EPDs produced in the most recent genetic evaluations for each of the sixteen breeds. For example, suppose a Charolais bull has a yearling weight EPD of +41.3 and a Simmental bull has a yearling weight EPD of + 61.2. The Charolais bulls across breed EPD would be 90.2 (41.3 + 48.9 adjustment factor) and the Simmental bulls across breed EPD would be 85.7 (61.2 + 24.5 adjustment factor). It is important to note that the 60 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

table factors do not represent a direct comparison among the different breeds because of base differences between the breeds. They should only be used to compare the EPDs (across breed EPDs) of animals in different breeds. The adjustment factors in Table 1 were updated using EPDs from the most recent national cattle evaluations conducted by each of the eighteen breed associations (current as of May 2011). The breed

differences used to calculate the factors are based on comparisons of progeny of sires from each of these breeds in the Germplasm Evaluation Program at USMARC in Clay Center, Nebraska. These analyses were conducted by USMARC geneticists Larry Kuehn (email: Larry.Kuehn@ars.usda. gov; ph: 402-762-4352) and Mark Thallman (email: Mark.Thallman@ ars.usda.gov; ph: 402-762-4261). ©TABR


By Joelynn Donough She is the queen of cow country. There is no other animal in the cattle business that can perform or produce like she can. She comes in a variety of colors and can adapt to any herd. She is as tested and true as the old cowboy himself. She is golden. What is it we are referring to? None other than the F1 cow. But, the sentence “she is golden” really is the most important of them all. There has been quite the commotion about making the F1 cow a registrable, recognizable breed all its own. Registered crossbreds are popping up everywhere; why not give our queen some credit? In the late 1970’s, the answer to the queen’s request was granted. Two programs began to give notable credit to breeders of F1 cattle. These programs are the Golden Certified and Certified F1’s. This certification has been successful for breeders ever since, allowing them to market their cattle without having to change their breed plan. WHO USES WHAT PROGRAM? It is necessary to understand what each program means in order to fully respect what it signifies. The Golden Certified F1 must be out of a registered dam and a registered sire. This means crossing a registered Brahman male or female to a male or female registered in a different breed.

Robbie Hamilton, H&M Cattle Company, Wharton, Texas, has been participating in the certified program for over twenty-five years. “When I purchased my first registered Hereford cows, I wanted to produce Golden Certified F1’s,” says Hamilton. “I saw the potential n the F1 females, and Golden Certified was the difference between a Chevy and a Cadillac.” With the Certified F1, the sire must be registered with a purebred, non-registered dam. This female has to be inspected by an ABBA official and deemed a purebred. These cattle must qualify and come from notable genetics. This option gives breeders with cattle never registered a chance to receive the same offspring revenue as those who have a 100% papered herd. An example of this would be using a registered Hereford bull on examined Brahman cows. When the registered crossings occur, the offspring will exhibit something called maximum heterosis or maximum hybrid vigor. This essentially means that the calf will inherit the most important and highest quality traits from both the dam and sire. This is why an F1 is the queen of cow country. She is genetically 100% better than both of her parents and will outperform them. The calf ’s offspring will pass on 50% of the heterosis if crossed with a new breed. This is why a three-breed rotation or cross is so powerful.

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“An F1 can’t reproduce herself. This is what makes her so valuable. You can’t buy an F1 and get an F1 out of her. She can be crossed with other breeds, but as soon as she is crossed with the same breed that she is made of, she loses heterosis,” says Hamilton. OPTIONS IN THE PROGRAM? With the current system, there are two ways to credit the certified and golden certified cattle. The first is the more traditional standpoint. Each female registered in the golden certified or certified program receives a certificate stating the validity of the cross. The second and newer way is by the F1 ear tag. This option requires no papers and is a fast and easy way to determine whether an animal is certified or not. There is an ear tag for each certification, whether golden certified or just certified. The Golden tag is yellow, and the certified is blue. Both are extremely noticeable and recognizable. The goal of the tags is to eliminate the need for the extra paperwork required with the traditional certifications. This will also help F1 recognition from breed to breed. That does not mean that the tags are taking over the program. “I still use the certificates rather than the tags. It’s just how I have always done it. I do tag my cattle with will be sold in the ABBA F1 Sale, but that’s it,” says Hamilton. He finds the certificates are the more

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concrete way to prove an animal is really certified. Other breeders are finding the use of the tags much easier than the papered alternative. Each system has its advantages and both work effectively. IS IT WORTH IT? The ABBA has been working on the promotion of the program since the very beginning. With that said, the association is endlessly facing problems with the certification head on. However, the most common issue has nothing to do with the program itself, i is rather a hesitance from its it potential participants. “A lot of largerr producers think it’s too


complicated and for that reason are unwilling to participate,” says Chris Shivers. “If the breeders have the ability to register some of the cattle in their herd, then the program is exceptionally easy.” The ABBA looks at the argument against registering by simply stating that the association’s primary connection to the beef industry is through heterosis. Other breeds of cattle need Brahman genetics to improve their potential to perform. The certification makes it easy and possible to market Brahman genetics in a different and much needed way. “It takes imitation cattle out of the equation. This program ensures that if someone is seeking Brahman cross genetics that that is exactly what they will get. There are no hidden genes,” says Shivers. MARKETING GOLDEN CERTIFIED AND CERTIFIED CATTLE The program itself has been marketed to commercial cattlemen since its early days. However, lately junior stockmen have been using the certification to their strongest advantages. Many junior livestock shows in the south offer a Commercial Pen Show. This is where exhibitors bring a pen of three or more head of F1 or purebred cattle that are judged according to uniformity and quality and then are sold for exhibitor premium.

With buyers looking for genetics they can rely on, certified F1 pens sell for substantially more. But it isn’t just the pen shows making headlines. A handful of fair boards are now even implementing haltered, certified F1 shows. Events like the South Texas State Fair, Trinity Valle, and even the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are getting in on the latest and most successful breed in today’s industry. “The United Braford Breeder’s Association will be opening its ring gates in 2013 by beginning the Braford base show, or, essentially, a haltered F1 female show. This will all be starting on the green shavings at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” says Shivers. With this show-worthy recognition, breeders already using the certification program will have multiple new ways to market their cattle. The Golden Certified and Certified F1 programs are making it possible for F1 producers to market their cattle almost, if not better, than what the purebred producer can. The program has helped build popularity for Brahman genetics and will continue to prove that there is no more efficient animal than the F1 cow. She truly is the golden breed. As Hamilton likes to say, “the F1 cow does more on less than any other cow.” ©TABR

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Show Results

Arkansas State Fair October 20, 2011

Judge: Lee Prichard

Little Rock, Arkansas - Breeders hauled their cattle to cooler weather for the Arkansas State Fair. ABBA approved judge, Lee Pritchard, selected winners in this small but competitive show. Arkansas junior Brook Cobb exhibited the grand champion bull with Mr. V8 937/6. He is sired by +Mr. V8 846/5 “The Rock” and out of a JDH Mr Amos Manso daughter. Later, she claimed the reserve grand champion female, JDH Lady Manso 669. She is sired by JDH Mr. Muggre Manso and out of a JDH Charley’s Jazz 946/1 daughter. K Bar Farms’ cow/calf pair, KF Ms. Martin Success, won the purple banner for owner Carolyn Falgout. This cow is sired by +JDH Martin Manso and is out of a +KF Progeny’s Success daughter. V8 Ranch exhibited the reserve grand champion with polled bull, Mr. V8 139/7. This bull is sired by Mr. V8 380/6 and is out of their scurred donor female, Miss V8 797/6. ©TABR

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GRAND CHAMPION BULL Mr. V8 937/6 Exhibited by Brook Cobb

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE KF Ms. Martin Success Exhibited by K Bar Farms

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL Mr. V8 139/7 Exhibited by V8 Ranch

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Christian Message

The Spirit of Giving In light of the holiday season, we think of how much better it is to give than to receive. However, ranches have been practicing this for months. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Act 20:35 Most children are taught this phrase during holidays to learn the value of humility and serving others. However, Brahman breeders have always honored this scripture. It does not have to be the holidays for most everyone to participate in what Jesus taught us. We are constantly reminded to honor our neighbors and love them as we would love ourselves. Neighbors do not have to be defined as living in the house next to ours though. Though the Texas drought has caused its share of heartache, it’s also served as a catalyst to tie Brahman breeders together. Many producers in Texas are affected by the current conditions and need supplemental hay or simply have run out of grass. Many ABBA members from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida , and more have come to the aid of Texas members. ABBA members like Dyess Farms, Dee Leggett, Josh Duhon, Scott Dykes, Stevie Trahan, Craig Fontenot, Troy Thibodeaux and 66 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

many more have come to the aid of fellow breeders, whether it is helping locate hay, providing temporary pasture, or helping move cattle. Cattle are being sent to “greener pastures” and trucks full of hay are coming into Texas from other states. In return for this kindness, these ranchers are forever tied to the lives and herds of those they have helped – and that is something you cannot put a price on. God teaches us that it is right to help those less fortunate. As cattlemen, we are all connected through our passion for our breed of cattle and for the heritage we live by. It is our duty to each other to make sure the future is fruitful, productive and blessed. ©TABR

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Show Results

Ft. White Brahman Classic October 31, 2011

Judge: Carolyn Falgout

As the end of October rolled around, the leaves began to change and Brahman breeders made their way to the Ft. White Brahman Classic. Carolyn Falgout judged the show, where reds and greys were shown together. D Bar Ranch exhibited the grand champion female with D Bar Miss 766/1. This is an SCD Didor Esto 302 sired female that is out of a =JDH Mr. Manso 449/1 daughter. Adrian Land of L2 Ranch exhibited the reserve grand champion female with Miss V8 137/7. She is sired by =JDH Karu Manso 800 and is out of a +Mr. V8 287/5 daughter. Turning to the bull show, Falgout selected D Bar Ranch for grand champion with 91/9 “Snowman”. This JDH Mr Constance Manso son is out of a +JDH Sir Lawford Manso daughter. Bethalan Bishop and IS Ranch exhibited the reserve grand champion bull with IS Mr A Plus 82. This Miss B-F 26/6 sired bull is out of a Mr. V8 960/5 daughter. ©TABR

GRAND CHAMPION BULL Mr DF 91/9 Exhibited by Dyess Farms

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE D Bar Miss 766/1 Exhibited by D Bar Ranch

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL IS Mr A Plus 82 Exhibited by IS Ranch

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Miss V8 137/7 Exhibited by Adrian Land

OPEN FEMALE RESULTS

OPEN BULL RESULTS

Calf Champion

D Bar Miss 766/1

D Bar Ranch

Calf Champion

Mr DF 140/0

Dyess Farms

Reserve Calf Champion

JME Lady Didor Esto 54

Edwards Brahmans

Reserve Calf Champion

D Bar Mr 780/1

D Bar Ranch

Intermediate Champion

Intermediate Champion

IS Miss Paparazzi 144

IS Ranch

GS Mr Emperor Manso 634

Gray Shadow Ranch

Reserve Intermediate Champion

JME Sir Liberty Manso 51

Edwards Brahmans

Junior Champion

Mr DF 91/9

Dyess Farms

Reserve Junior Champion

IS Mr A Plus 82

IS Ranch

Senior Champion

SCD Didor Esto 623

D Bar Ranch

Reserve Senior Champion

JME US Lexar Manso 71

Edwards Brahmans

Grand Champion

Mr DF 91/9

Dyess Farms

Reserve Grand Champion

IS Mr A Plus 82

IS Ranch

Reserve Intermediate Champion Miss V8 374/7

MK Farms

Junior Champion

FF Miss Rueben Gibson 14

Ford Farms

Reserve Junior Champion

JME Ms Esto 32

Edwards Brahmans

Senior Champion

Miss V8 137/7

Adrian Land

Reserve Senior Champion

GS Ms Docs Manso 357

Gray Shadow Ranch/Valley B Enterprises

Grand Champion

D Bar Miss 766/1

D Bar Ranch

Reserve Grand Champion

Miss V8 137/7

Adrian Land

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Brahman Women

Mrs. Social Media Melissa Laurent takes her love of Brahman to the next level in beef promotion The Laurent Family

Melissa Laurent, a Brahman breeder from Nacogdoches, Texas, has made the beef industry her passion over the past few years. Her involvement with the beef industry began with a Brahman heifer purchased through the Houston calf scramble program, and turned this lady into the premiere voice of beef advocacy in Texas. Laurent is extremely involved with American National CattleWomen and serves the nation on the ANCW newlyformed beef promotion committee. Her goal, helping promote Brahman cattle and beef! “I devote much of my time to beef advocacy and cattlewomen now that my daughter, Mandy-Jo, is off at school,” says Laurent. Her daughter, currently a student at Texas Tech University, has done more for her than just free up her schedule. Once she was old enough to show, Mandy-Jo started exhibiting dairy cows. However, when she received a Houston scramble certificate in the 5th grade, she was bound and determined to purchase a red Brahman heifer to show. Mother Laurent remembers, “The Brahmans were often in the barn at the majors when Mandy-Jo was showing dairy, and she had always admired them.” It was love at first ear for this crew. They soon evolved into the small herd that they maintain today. But the purpose of having these cattle 70 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

isn’t to see how many banners the family can collect. “We have never won a major stock show. For us it is more about doing something we love and doing it together.” Eventually, Mandy-Jo participated in the Texas Beef Ambassador Program. This sparked an interest in her mother that still holds strong to this day. “I think when you find something that you are passionate about, it is just natural to reach out to people who share that passion. These organizations have helped us do just that. We have met amazing people and made lasting friendships through our involvement. We have learned so much from others in

these organizations. The wealth of hands-on knowledge and many years of experience is priceless,” explains Laurent. For the past three years she has served as “coach” for Texas’ team at the National Beef Ambassador Contest, where her team is hoping for a 4-peat, with a Texas contestant winning a spot on the National Team. “I love working with these outstanding students who share my passion for beef. They are the future of our industry, and they are out there making a difference.” This has all led Laurent to her “taste” for beef. She began “Meaty Monday,” which is a contrast to the “Meatless Monday” campaign.


She posts on twitter and Facebook different facts and recipes which are in promotion of the National Beef Cook-off. “I also do Hump Day” posts on Wednesday about Brahman cattle, sometimes just a picture, sometimes a Brahman fact. People who have never been around Brahman cattle are fascinated with them and curious about them!” To say that Laurent is a current superstar in the beef industry is quite the understatement. She is the newly-elected 4th Vice President of Beef Promotion for Texas CattleWomen and is on the Beef Promotion Committee for the American National CattleWomen. She has over 1,200 followers on twitter and maintains several social media accounts that promote Brahman and the beef industry. In August, 2011, her Brahman photos were featured in Beef magazine, where she helped inform national beef producers about the droughttolerance ability of Brahman cattle. She is continually proving that the more positive promotion cattlemen do, the better. But Laurent sees herself as nothing but a servant. “I’m not an expert of any kind, just a real person, raising cattle trying to make a difference for all of us. Just a soldier in the beef advocate army.” © TABR WINTER 2012 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 71


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By Joelynn Donough Raising cattle in the southern part of the country has proven to be nothing short of exhausting during the past decade. But to be able to raise cattle that are still making money? Now that’s a miracle! Paul Dufrene has been in the cattle business for the past thirty plus years, and making a profit thanks to the versatility of the Brahman F1 female. Not only has he been raising F1s successfully, but he has been raising them in the two roughest areas of the south: hurricane alley and drought central. THE CATTLE BUSINESS IS IN HIS BLOOD When Dufrene’s grandfather, Harris Pierce, started raising Brahman-influenced cattle in the 1940’s, he never expected his compassion and love for cattle would carry on to the current generation. However, Dufrene has loved the cattle since those early days and has maintained that family heritage. He and his wife of thirty-three years, Becky, own Triple Sons Farm in Cut Off, Louisiana. The name Triple Sons was named after their three children: T-Paul, Dustin, and Jacob. Dufrene’s family operation started in the 80’s with a small herd of commercial cattle. Dufrene soon realized he was raising cattle in a very special part of the country. In southern Louisiana there was a need for Brahman-influenced commercial cattle that could survive the climate and “weather the storm.” He tried to purchase black F1 cattle at this time but could never find the number he wanted. So he decided to raise his own. Before he began his F1 journey, he researched and traveled to Brahman and Angus breeders across the country, and sought to establish a successful genetic base that is the Triple Sons operation today. “I always liked the Brahman cattle my grandfather had. I just wanted to raise the same kind of cattle with a little better quality,” says Dufrene. This quality has passed on to his three sons. “I showed when I was younger and was heavily involved in sports. It taught me the responsibility of time management and how to still care for your livestock and produce the best.” His three sons are all active in the daily cattle operations, and have followed in their father’s footsteps when it came to inheriting his sense of responsibility.

Paul Dufrene

Triple Son Farms Cut Off, Louisiana

“All three were extremely involved in athletics; football, basketball, track,and swimming. T-Paul got a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky to play football. He lettered every year and graduated with a degree in Agriculture Communications. Becky has spent countless hours hauling those three to and from sports events. But ya know what? They still are just a phone call away. Any time we need anything, they are right there to help,” says Dufrene proudly. DUFRENE FACES DROUGHT AND HURRICANE...AND WINS Triple Sons Farm currently has about 800 head of registered and purebred Angus, 250 registered Brahmans, and covers about 3500 acres in South Louisiana. “Some of the pastures are four feet above sea level. Some pastures are four feet below sea level,” says Dufrene. On that note, the drought has not entirely WINTER 2012 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 75


been the first thing on this Louisiana cowman’s mind. “The land we have in Louisiana is continually fighting mother nature. Being located on the gulf coast, there is no escaping the hurricanes,” says Dufrene. He isn’t kidding. Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Gustav all ripped through his land and his herd. After seeing some of the images Dufrene has taken from the aftermath, it is a wonder how he still has the energy and will to keep producing cattle. “Mother Nature cannot stop me from doing what I love. I knew I was going to have to look for something different. In 2010 we took some of our operation to Texas,” says Dufrene. Triple Sons Farm, Trinity River Division, is located just outside of Crockett, Texas. It is now home to the Dufrene’s registered herds of Brahman and Angus cattle. The F1 herd is still in Cut Off, riding out the storm. “We’ve got drought to worry about in Texas and hurricanes to worry about in Louisiana. It’s one extreme to the other. But I will remain positive,” says Dufrene. Triple Sons is ‘committed to providing some of the best replacement heifers the black F1 breed has to offer.’ The commitment has shown through the tribulations. Dufrene markets his cattle through F1 sales across the southern United States. His ability to master the AngusBrahman cross has led him to recognition and many pen show championships. This list includes the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, multiple shows in Louisiana, and many

more. It’s been a wonderfully effective way to get buyers’ attention on the herd that has been through years of improving to survive. Dufrene and Triple Sons Farm have been able to make it through some of the roughest hands Mother Nature can deal. The cattle have survived and succeeded through it all. Dufrene hopes for the same success in the next twenty years for the operation. “I hope that I am still here. I mean both in me being around and for cattle producers to still be able to return some sort of profit. With the high cost of feed, equipment, fuel, and everything else, I hope cattlemen are still around to do what we love to do. For some folks, raising cattle is a hobby. But for us and most producers, it’s our income and way of life,” says Dufrene. He has been able to one-up Mother Nature for the past twenty-five years. He has done so with the help of his family and with the love his grandfather instilled in his heart. Paul Dufrene produces some of the most creditable cattle in some of the worst conditions. He truly represents the F1 as someone who will not lose. “My advice is to never give up on anything you are doing. I always strive to produce the perfect F1 female and do so while being able to bounce back from anything Mother Nature tosses my way. Four hurricanes in two years in Louisiana. The worst drought in Texas history. That is why the cattle industry is not for quitters.” ©TABR

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Show Results

State Fair of Louisiana November 3-4, 2011

Judge: Clyde Goudeau

Shreveport, Louisiana – Breeders brought their best to the State Fair of Louisiana this year. Clyde Goudeau, ABBA approved judge from Texas, placed 203 head of red and grey Brahman. Wesley Thibodeaux exhibited the grand champion red heifer with red female point leader CT Lady Rhineux Ray 8/9. She is sired by Mr H Red Rhino 765 and is out of a Sting-Ray daughter. Behind her, K Bar Farms exhibited the reserve grand champion red heifer with KF Millionairess. This +KF Progeny’s Success sired female is out of a Mr. V8 806/4 daughter. V8 Ranch exhibited the grand champion grey heifer with Miss V8 341/7. This Mr. V8 380/6 sired female is out of a JDH Mr. Welu Manso daughter. For reserve grand champion grey heifer, Goudeau selected K Bar Farms with KF Ms. Martin Success. She is sired by +JDH Martin Manso and out of a +KF Progeny’s Success. Moving to the bull show, Jessica Smith with Smith Brahmans exhibited the grand champion red bull with Mr. JS-CH Rouge. The reigning All American champion is sired by +DB Valentino 48/9 and is out of a Sting-Ray daughter. Darby Oden with Oden ranch exhibited the reserve grand champion red bull with Mr. TO Ferris 10/4. He is sired by Mr Comanche 175/4 and is out of a +Mr. 3H X-Ray 823 daughter. 78 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Miss V8 341/7 Exhibited by V8 Ranch

GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 Exhibited by Wesley Thibodeaux

GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Mr. Impact Manso Exhibited by Logan Goudeau

GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL Mr. JS/CH Rouge Exhibited by Smith Brahmans

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE KF Ms. Martin Success Exhibited by K Bar Farms

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE KF Millionairess Exhibited by K Bar Farms


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Finishing the day, Logan Goudeau exhibited the grand champion grey bull with Mr. Impact Manso. Mr. Impact is sired by JDH Mr. Elmo Manso and is out of a +JDH Mr. Charley Manso daughter. V8 Ranch took another banner home by exhibiting the reserve grand champion grey bull with Mr. V8 885/6. He is sired by +JDH Karu Manso 800 and is out of a +Mr. V8 777/4 daughter. ©TABR

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Mr. V8 885/6 Exhibited by V8 Ranch

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL Mr. TO Ferris 10/4 Exhibited by Oden Ranch

GREY BULL RESULTS

GREY FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

JDH Dollie Manso 829/1

Joyce Custom Fitters

Calf Champion

LD Papoose 80/1

Joyce Custom Fitters

Reserve Calf Champion

Miss V8 488/7

V8 Ranch

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr. TO 1/9

5M Farms

Intermediate Champion

Miss V8 382/7

V8 Ranch

Intermediate Champion

Mr. Impact Manso

Reserve Intermediate Champion Bar L Magnolia 105

L2 Ranch

Logan Goudeau

Reserve Intermediate Champion

LD Who Dat 69

Reese Ranch

Junior Champion

Miss V8 341/7

V8 Ranch

Junior Champion

KF Mr. Majestic

K Bar Farms

Reserve Junior Champion

Miss ILA Reese 941

Reese Ranch

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr. V8 918/6

Amie Ferguson

Senior Champion

KF Ms. Martin Success

K Bar Farms

Senior Champion

Mr. V8 885/6

V8 Ranch

Reserve Senior Champion

Miss Ken 248/1

Lynsie Fulkerson

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr L2 Macho 3

L2 Ranch

Grand Champion

Mr. Impact Manso

Grand Champion

Miss V8 341/7

V8 Ranch

Logan Goudeau

Reserve Grand Champion

KF Ms. Martin Success

K Bar Farms

Reserve Grand Champion

Mr. V8 885/6

V8 Ranch

Class winners exhibited by Tori Doucet, F&R Brahmans, V8 Ranch, Joyce Custom Fitters, Kaston Gore, Kelsey Spencer, L2 Ranch, Kameron Montie, Reese Ranch, Oden Ranch, Cody Doucet, K Bar Farms, Lynsie Fulkerson RED FEMALE RESULTS

Class winners exhibited by Joyce Custom Fitters, V8 Ranch, Bennett Farms, Circle F Farms, K Bar Farms, L2 Ranch, Logan Goudeau RED BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

5M King Tut 697/0

5M Farms

Reserve Calf Champion

Mr. JS Angel Rouge

JS Brahmans

Calf Champion

Miss B-F 218/0

Bennett Farms

Intermediate Champion

Mr. TO Ferris 10/4

Oden Ranch

Reserve Calf Champion

CT 2/11

Bennett Farms

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Oden Ranch

Intermediate Champion

Ms TO Daisy 5/10 Oden Ranch

Mr. TO Ammo 10/1

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Ms TO Ruby 14/10

Junior Champion

5M Rojo Rhino 944/1

Joyce Custom Fitters

Junior Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Wesley Ray 8/9 Thibodeaux

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr. CC Casanova 500/0

Cross C Cattle Company

Reserve Junior Champion

KF Millionairess

K Bar Farms

Senior Champion

Mr. JS/CH Rouge

Senior Champion

Miss JS Rouge

Smith Brahmans

Smith Brahmans

Reserve Senior Champion

4N Mr. Guitar Man Joyce Custom 22/9 Fitters

Grand Champion

Mr. JS/CH Rouge

Smith Brahmans

Reserve Grand Champion

Mr. TO Ferris 10/4

Oden Ranch

Oden Ranch

Reserve Senior Champion

Miss B-F 89/8

Grand Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Wesley Ray 8/9 Thibodeaux

Reserve Grand Champion

KF Millionairess

Bennett Farms

K Bar Farms

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Show Results

National Peanut Festival November 8, 2011 Judge: Heath Lucas Dothan, Alabama - Brahman breeders were “nuts” for the National Peanut Festival this year as ABBA approved judge Heath Lucas made his way through the open show, where greys and reds were shown together. Adrian Land exhibited the grand champion female with Miss V8 137/7, the many-time champion and 2011 Reserve International Champion. This GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE +JDH Karu Manso 800 sired female is Miss V8 137/7 Exhibited by L2 Ranch out of +Miss V8 228/6. For reserve grand champion heifer, Lucas selected an new winner on the southeastern circuit, D Bar Miss 766, Reserve Senior Champion exhibited by Sam Duplantis. She hailed from the calf division and is sired by SCD Didor Esto 302 and is out of a +JDH Mr. Manso 449/1 daughter. Grand Champion Dyess Farms exhibited the grand champion bull with Reserve Grand Champion their Mr. DF 91/9. “Snowman” has been making his mark on the Brahman show circuit with numerous wins OPEN BULL RESULTS throughout 2010 and 2011 for owners M.G. Dyess, Calf Champion manager Chance Hinton, and showman Joe Butt. He is sired by JDH Mr Constance Manso and is out of a +JDH Sir Lawford Manso daughter. Reserve grand Reserve Calf Champion champion bull honors went to Mr. V8 135/7, a joint Intermediate Champion entry from Butler Polled Brahmans and V8 Ranch. This young, polled, grey bull was calf champion and is sired Reserve Intermediate by Mr. V8 380/6 out of Miss V8 797/6. ©TABR Champion OPEN FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

D Bar Miss 766

D Bar Ranch

Reserve Calf Champion

Miss V8 488/7

V8 Ranch

Intermediate Champion

Bar L Magnolia 105

L2 Ranch

Reserve Intermediate Champion

JDH Lady Elmo Manso 412/4

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Junior Champion

Miss V8 341/7

V8 Ranch

Reserve Junior Champion

Miss V8 326/7

L2 Ranch

Senior Champion

Miss V8 137/7

L2 Ranch

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GRAND CHAMPION BULL Mr. DF 91/9 Exhibited by Dyess Farms

GS Doc’s Ms Sugar Pride 335

F&R Brahmans

Miss V8 137/7

L2 Ranch

D Bar Miss 766

D Bar Ranch

Mr. V8 135/7

Butler Polled Brahmans, V8 Ranch

Mr. V8 139/7

V8 Ranch

WR Mr Roger’s Echo 084

Three Sisters Ranch

Mr. V8 16/7

V8 Ranch

Junior Champion

Mr. DF 91/9

Dyess Farms

Reserve Junior Champion

KF Mr. Majestic Success 130

K Bar Farms

Senior Champion

IS Mr Esto’s Ronde-Vu 76

IS Ranch

Reserve Senior Champion

L2 Macho 2

L2 Ranch

Grand Champion

Mr. DF 91/9

Dyess Farms

Reserve Grand Champion

Mr. V8 135/7

Butler Polled Brahmans, V8 Ranch


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Herdsman’s Tips

Hoof Trimming James Daniel gives insight on hoof trimming for cattle Since 1975, James Daniel has made outstanding herdsmanship his priority. Among his many areas of expertise, he stands out as a leading cattle hoof trimmer. Hoof trimming is a necessary practice for cattle. Whether dealing with a calf preparing for its first show, or an aged cow that has curled toes, a simple cut and file can save an animal from potential injury, infection, or structural imperfections. SCHEDULING Before scheduling a hoof trimmer, Daniel says the most important thing to do is look at your calendar. “If you are wanting to trim your cow’s hooves, try to keep it before 7 months into a pregnancy,” he says. “Also, ideally show cattle shouldn’t be trimmed any sooner than two

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weeks before they go

somewhere.” Daniel continues, “For those who go to shows every weekend, communicate that with the trimmer, to allow him to adjust accordingly to what he thinks is best, whether trimming on a different day or not taking as much off the hoof.” Daniel is on the road most of the year, so booking appointments should be done far enough in advanced to ensure best results. Like fingernails, cattle hooves grow fast. This brings up the question of how often should cattle have their feet trimmed. “Every 10 to 12 weeks is my suggestion,” says Daniel.

WHEN DO YOU START? “You can start as early as needed, normally weaning. However, it is easy to mess up feet at this age. Unless the calf has a problem with their feet, sometimes trimmers end up making them worse than what they were to begin with by incorrectly trimming.” THE PROCESS The process of trimming takes Daniel about ten minutes per head. After each hoof is cleansed of any material or dirt, Daniel uses what looks like a hand sander to file the edges of the hoof and shape them for comfort. He also measures the flatness of the two hooves lined up together to ensure a level plant for each foot. SAFETY Daniel uses the basic ‘don’t rush, don’t push, don’t yell’ method on all animals. His top priority is to make sure that no animal or human is harmed in any way. To accomplish this, he uses a safety chute with an adjustable head gate and side rails. “Some chutes squeeze at the sides, but I’ve been using my chute for many years and it works just fine. I can adjust it to fit all sizes of animals.” After the animal is safely in the chute, Daniel gently tilts the


table sideways, to ensure the animal won’t hurt itself. No matter what age or size animal, Daniel advises one thing: “Take cattle off feed and water 24 hours prior to trimming. In the late 70’s I saw an Indu bull go up, try to regurgitate, and choked on its own spit. Not long after, a Charolais cow did this same thing up north. Both were extremely expensive animals. Both would have been fine had they not had anything in their stomachs. I won’t put anything on my table that even has a bloat. It’s too risky,” says Daniel as he shakes his head. Sometimes larger bulls need larger tables. Daniel accounts his experience, “With the big Brahmans, most guys use the hydraulic chutes. I’ve put mine on block to fit a couple, but the largest bull I’ve been able to do was 2,600 pounds. He was Johnny Jeffcoats’s 260 bull, I think was his number. I was sweating with that one.” With thousands of miles traveled, multiple truck replacements, and visiting five different countries, Daniel has seen more cattle feet than he can count. When asked how many head he does in a year, he replies with a laugh, “I have no clue. I know on a normal day I can do ten head, and then my back starts hurting. That’s kind of how I know I’m at ten. But some places want 30 plus head done. In Nicaragua I’ll do about 40 head a day.” But it is all worth it. Daniel has not only perfected the art of improving cattle’s foundation but also the business he is dedicated to. “It’s like running a race. After the first lap, the second feels longer, and then the third even longer and so on. But if you don’t think about it, it doesn’t seem bad at all. I get to do what I love and it looks like I’ll still be doing it in the future.” ©TABR WINTER 2012 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 85


Show Results

Greater Jacksonville Fair November 11, 2011

Judge: Mark McClintock

Jacksonville, Florida - Trailers full of Brahmans were spotted heading east in November, making their way to the Greater Jacksonville Fair. Mark McClintock, ABBA approved judge from Texas, sorted the 19 head of bulls and 30 females of red and grey Brahmans. Adrian Land of L2 Ranch exhibited the grand champion female with Miss GRAND CHAMPION BULL Mr DF 91/9 V8 137/7. She is sired by +JDH Karu Exhibited by Dyess Farms Manso 800 and is out of a +Mr. V8 287/5 daughter. J.D. Hudgins, Inc. exhibited the reserve grand champion female with JDH Lady Elmo Manso. This yearling heifer is sired by JDH Mr Elmo Manso and is out of a JDH Mart Maddie Manso daughter. Turning to the bull show, McClintock selected Mr. DF 91/9 for grand champion exhibited by Geoffrey Dyess RESERVE GRAND of Dyess Farms. He is sired by JDH Mr CHAMPION BULL Constance Manso and is out of a +JDH Mr. L2 Macho 3 Sir Lawford Manso daughter. Adrian Exhibited by Adrian Land Land’s Mr. L2 Macho 3 was the reserve grand champion bull.. He is sired by +Mr. V8 901/4 and Reserve Grand Champion is out of a +EJL Emper Suvile 176 daughter. ©TABR

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Miss V8 137/7 Exhibited by Adrian Land

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE JDH Lady Elmo Manso Exhibited by J.D. Hudgins, Inc. JDH Lady Elmo Manso

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

OPEN BULL RESULTS

OPEN FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

Miss DF 129

Dyess Farms

Calf Champion

Mr DF 140

MLee Ivy

Reserve Calf Champion

Miss V8 458/7

Valley B Enterprises

Reserve Calf Champion

MDS Quazi B Alan

Bethalan Bishop

Intermediate Champion

JDH Lady Elmo Manso

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Intermediate Champion

WR Mr Rogers Echo 084

Brandy Barnes

Reserve Intermediate Champion GS Miss Annette 61

Adrian Land

Reserve Intermediate Champion

RLB Mr. 276

Morgan Pounds

Junior Champion

Mr. DF 91/9

Dyess Farms

Junior Champion

Miss V8 326/7

Adrian Land

Reserve Junior Champion

Reserve Junior Champion

JME Miss Esto Manso 32

Betty Edwards

JDH Expression Manso

J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

Senior Champion

Mr. L2 Macho 3

Adrian Land

Senior Champion

Miss V8 137/7

Adrian Land

Reserve Senior Champion

Betty Edwards

Reserve Senior Champion

GS Ms Doc’s Manso

Adrian Land

JME Us Lexor Manso

Grand Champion

Mr DF 91/9

Dyess Farms

Grand Champion

Miss V8 137/7

Adrian Land

Reserve Grand Champion

Mr. L2 Macho 3

Adrian Land

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Show Results

Jambalaya Classic November 11-13, 2011 Judge: Billy Wayne Key, Sr. Gonzales, Louisiana - Nearly 200 head of Brahman cattle made their way to the ring at the Jambalaya Classic, held November 11 through 13. ABBA approved judge, Billy Wayne Key, worked his way through what he said was an extremely highquality offering. Wesley Thibodeaux exhibited the grand champion red female once again with CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9, claiming one more banner for the leading show cow of the year contender. This many-time champion is sired by +Mr. H Red Rhino and is out of +5M Miss Marcia. Heather Fontenot of Fontenot Red Brahmans exhibited the reserve grand champion red female with Miss Fontenot 944. She is sired by Mr BF Iron Man 55/7 and out of +JDH Lady Cindy Manso. In the grey female show, Key selected Lady H Mae Manso 66/9 for grand champion, owned by Sarah Caffey. The recently crowned national champion is sired by JDH Sir Shank Manso and is out of a +BNA Double Take Manso daughter. V8 Ranch exhibited the reserve grand champion grey female with their emerging powerhouse, Miss V8 341/7. She is sired by Mr. V8 380/6 and is out of +JDH Lady Pitman Manso. Moving into the bull show, 5M Farms exhibited the grand champion red bull with 5M King Tut 697/0, 88 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Lady H Mae Manso 66/9 Exhibited by Sarah Caffey

GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 Exhibited by Wesley Thibodeaux

GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL BNA Bar Drake 411/0 Exhibited by Paden Allen

GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL 5M King Tut 697/0 Exhibited by 5M Farms

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY FEMALE Miss V8 341/7 Exhibited by V8 Ranch

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GREY BULL Mr H Buckle Manso 111/9 Exhibited by Heritage Cattle Comapny


whose popularity continues to grow, including having his own twitter account: @5M_King_Tut . He is sired by +Winchester Magnum 999 and is out of a Sting-Ray daughter. Key selected his grand champion grey bull with Paden Allen of SG Cattle Company with BNA Bar Drake 411/0. This reserve national champion is sired by Cross Fire 02/2 and out of a Double Take daughter. Heritage Cattle Company claimed both the red and grey reserve championship bull honors. Mr H Steel Rojo 75/9, a Red Rhino x Passport son, was named reserve grand champion red bull, while Mr. H Buckle Manso, a +Maddox son out of +Lady H Leala Manso 243, was named reserve grand champion grey bull. ©TABR GREY FEMALE RESULTS Calf Champion

Miss V8 488/7

V8 Ranch

Reserve Calf Champion

Miss Reese 31

Reese Ranch

Intermediate Champion

Miss V8 382/7

V8 Ranch

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE Miss Fontenot 944 Exhibited by Heather Fontenot

GREY BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

MR H Reno Manso 200/0

Heritage Cattle Co.

Reserve Calf Champion

LD Papoose 800

Louis Dooley

Reserve Intermediate Champion Lady H Margo Manso 150/0

Heritage Cattle Company

Intermediate Champion

LD Who Dat 69

Louis Dolley

Junior Champion

V8 Ranch

Reserve Intermediate Champion Mr J&R 192

J&R Farms

BNA Bar Drake 411/0

Padan Allen Garrison Tullos

Miss V8 341/7

Reserve Junior Champion

Miss ILA Reese 941

Reese Ranch

Junior Champion

Senior Champion

Lady H Mae Manso 66/9

Sarah Caffey

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr GRT Dublin Manso

Reserve Senior Champion

KR Ms Martin Success 202

K Bar Farms

Senior Champion

Grand Champion

Lady H Mae Manso 66/9

Sarah Caffey

Mr H Buckle Manso Heritage 111/9 Cattle Company

Reserve Senior Champion

Mr. V8 885/6

V8 Ranch

Reserve Grand Champion

Miss V8 341/7

V8 Ranch

Grand Champion

Padan Allen

Class winners exhibited by Alex Lovell, Donnie Cobb, V8 Ranch, Garrison Tullos, Jacob Joyce, Carriere Brahmans, Kameron Montie, Reese Ranch, Jenna Kimball, Sarah Caffey, Kelsey Fontenot, K Bar Farms

BNA Bar Drake 411/0

Reserve Grand Champion

Mr H Buckle Manso Heritage 111/9 Cattle Co.

RED FEMALE RESULTS

Class winners exhibited by Louis Dooley, K Bar Farms, Heritage Cattle Co., Erin Carriere, Ken Ramsey, Allie Carriere, J&R Farms, Kelsey Fontenot, Pady Allen, Amie Ferguson, V8 Ranch

Calf Champion

Miss SG 142/0

Padan Allen

Reserve Calf Champion

DB Southern Style 846/1

Detering Red Brahmans

Intermediate Champion

Miss Fontenot 944

Heather Fontenot

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Ms TO Ruby 14/10

Grace Guvernator

Junior Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9

Wesley Thibodeaux

Reserve Junior Champion

KF Millionairess Success 9/9

K Bar Farms

Senior Champion

Miss JS Rough Juanita

Jessica Smith

KR Ms Red Rhino 218

Ken Ramsey

Grand Champion

CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9

Wesley Thibodeaux

Reserve Grand Champion

Miss Fontenot 944

Heather Fontenot

Reserve Senior Champion

Class winners exhibited by Emilie Green, Joyce Custom Fitter, Detering Red Brahmans, SG Cattle Co., Padan Allen, Amanda Haley, Grace Guvernator, Heather Fontenot, Ken Ramsey, Darby Oden, K Bar Farms, Wesley Thibodeaux, Brandon and Rachel Cutrer, Jessica Smith

RED BULL RESULTS Calf Champion

5M King Tut 697/0

5M Farms

Reserve Calf Champion

KR Mr Rojo Grande 300

Ken Ramsey

Intermediate Champion

Mr TO Ferris 10/4

Darby Oden

Reserve Intermediate Champion Mr TO Ammo 10/1 Darby Oden Junior Champion

DB Southern Style 722/9

Detering Red Brahmans

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr Bar LLL Renegade 159

Christine Ladner

Senior Champion

Mr H Steel Rojo 75/9

Heritage Cattle Co.

Reserve Senior Champion

MR JS-CH Rouge 950/9

Jessica Smith

Grand Champion

5M King Tut 697/0

5M Farms

Reserve Grand Champion

Mr H Steel Rojo 75/9

Heritage Cattle Co.

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Brahman University

CATTLE STRUCTURE TERMINOLOGY Good Sound structured Structurally correct Free Moving Long Strided Big footed Heavy boned Smooth shouldered

Structure Recognizing the differences in good and bad skeletal structure.

Bad Poor structured Restricted on the move Short Strided Small footed Frail boned Straight fronted

Other structural faults: knock kneed, pigeon toed, weak pasterns, toes in, toes out.

CORRECT PLACEMENT Structure is defined as the framework or objects that have been put together from many different parts. The same holds true with cattle. Structure in cattle determines the cattle’s framework and how well their bones are formed together. Cattle are correct in their structure when the skeletal bones connect in a sound, smooth fashion.

SICKLE HOCKED

TOO STRAIGHT

Too much hock set can cause the skeleton to be lax and unattractive.

Both the knees and hocks should be able to flex and move with ease.

STEEP PASTERNS Animals whose pasterns are too upright may not have enough cushion to be able to travel. This animal will likely be short strided and uncomfortable if left to stand or walk for a long time period.

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Reagan Melton, representing The American Brahman Review, received a commemorative wine bottle at the convention as a corporate sponsor. She is pictured next to the event signage designed by Liz Tovar.

Giving Back

Supporting the Membership Convention Brahman Review provides financial support and in-kind donations From the first mention of the idea of having an ABBA membership convention, The American Brahman Review was on board 100 percent! We were positioned and ready to help get the word out about this wonderful event and support it as much as possible. We immediately volunteered to be a corporate sponsor. Hosting conventions takes large amounts of capital, and we were happy to write a check to ABBA to help pay for the event. We also gave back to the association by also donating in-kind services, in addition to our financial donation. To help get the word out about the convention, we donated four pages of advertising to the association in our fall issue, which is valued at $2000. This showed readers what the convention was going to offer, an in-depth schedule, sight-seeing attractions, and a registration form. When we arrived at the convention, we noticed many readers had brought their copy of the magazine with them for information on where to go and what to expect. As the event approached, our 92 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

editor, Liz Tovar, helped organize printed materials for ABBA and designed the event signage. The hotel was a bit tricky to get around, but with directors at every corner, convention goers could easily navigate to different sessions during their stay at Moody Gardens. The materials Liz designed helped with schedule overviews as well as general information needed for daily activity. Finally, Rachel Cutrer also volunteered as a speaker on the promotion and advertising panel discussion with Cattle In Motion’s Tim Lockhart. The convention was a success with or without the help of the Brahman Review. We simply are happy to help in any way we can. We speak for everyone who came in saying, “It was a great weekend!” The Brahman Review fully supports ABBA in all that it does and will do. We will continue to help in the promotion of the Brahman breed as much as possible. ©TABR

ank You! We salute the ABBA Member Services Committee, and especially chairman Gerald Young and his wife Nancy Young, for organizing this great event.


The Collection View Auction Live at: www.dvauction.com

March 2, 2012 l 9:00 pm Holiday Inn Reliant Stadium Videos will be available in February Houston, Texas The Premier Brangus Event is returning to Houston 2012. An offering of BRAHMAN genetics, rarely seen in the United States, will be added! Only THE TH BEST has been represented in the past, so expect nothing less this year. Sale Management: Kyle Devoll 979/820-8362 kjdevoll@gmail.com Cattle Solutions www.cattlesolutions.com

Sale Headquarters: Holiday Inn South Loop Reliant Park 713/576-5075 Ask for the The Collection room block. Call immediately as they fill quickly.

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Western Fashion

Timeless Look of the Old West For ranchers, it has always been cool to wear cowboy boots. No fashion expert needs to convince those folk on why they should sport a pair when working cattle. But, with everything else in life, things change. What was affordable ten years ago now seems a luxury. And fashion? It’s gone completely from one direction to the other and then came back again. However, one thing has brought ranchers’ trusted and true fashion statement back to the main stage. Since Taylor Swift took the country by storm with her care free attitude and energetic brand of music, her signature look of cowboy boots paired with a dress have been seen from coast to coast. Jamise Fisher, owner of Cowgirl Justice, saw what an impact the young singer made on fashion. “All at once all things western changed. Immediately women of all ages were following the look of Taylor Swift by wearing their fashionable cowboy boots with dresses. And any kind of dress, too. It didn’t matter whether it was western or from a fashion line.” This comes from a lady that knows two things quite well: Western and Fashion. Fisher grew up living the cowgirl dream. She ran barrels in high school rodeo which turned into showing cutting horses as an adult. She says she has always had an interest in fashion, and why not? Her family ran a contemporary woman’s clothing store in Dallas, Texas. She 94 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | WINTER 2012

worked as a buyer for clothing while helping with the family store. It was this that led to Fisher running her own wholesale fashion showroom at the Dallas Apparel mart. “This gave me extensive retail and wholesale experience.” About four years ago, Fisher and her husband decided to launch their own line that started with T-shirts. When trying to figure out what to name the line, Fisher was gossiping with some girlfriends. They were talking about how to handle a sticky situation with a little “cowgirl justice”. And so started a revolution. The company grew and one year ago Fisher launched her full fashion line of Cowgirl Justice. With style lines like Cowgirl Justice supporting Taylor Swift’s look, its no wonder boots and dresses are everywhere to be found. But, how can this young, freespirited look be worn for all ages and professions? Older women have been wearing dressy boots with long skirts for years. By taking a classy, natural colored boot and pairing it with a long, ankle-length or longer dress or skirt, women are able to put a twist on the traditional look. Though the current generation has

changed up this style a bit, the look is still accepted in all the same ways. Younger ladies can wear longer dresses with their boots for a day at the show, or can show off their leather and legs. This look is widely seen in dance halls and even the streets of major cities! Love it or not, boots and dresses have remade the view of the cowboy. At least momentarily, the west is cool again! ©TABR


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In the Brahman breed, we believe in

friendships goals America

smiles

jokes

hard work care for animals good rains meeting kindness new friends good food prayer good cattle being there for each other

pride

powerful herd bulls

early mornings

faith good dogs

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In the Brahman breed, we believe in

leadership

education patriotism cherishing baby calves old memories

family competition travel traditions a good truck love hope forgiveness

hugs

respect

kids

dreams

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Looking Back

Rio Cherokee 978 The First Red Brahman Bull to enter the ABBA Register of Renown By Rachel Cutrer As my husband and I continue to research red Brahman history, we keep running across names like Cherokee, Vernon, Encino, Arauto, Cy Yoakum, Clifford Brothers, Henry Clay Koontz, Eligio Garcia and more. We continually wish we could have had the opportunity to visually see these pioneer bulls and visit with these pioneer breeders in red Brahman history. We have been fortunate that my father, Jim Williams, is willing to share information from his own personal collection of red Brahman memorabilia that he got from these legendary breeders when he was a young student of red Brahmans in the 1970’s. One such interesting piece we recently found a news

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clipping featuring Rio Cherokee 978, the first red Brahman bull to enter the ABBA Register of Renown.

IN THE WORDS OF HENRY CLAY KOONTZ: The following excerpts were originally written by Henry Clay Koontz, as he tells how he acquired Rio Cherokee 978. “HK Ranch breaks another color barrier! Naturally, it took a son of ol’ Cherokee Vernon 489, sire emeritus of the Red Brahman Breed to do it. Rio Cherokee 978 is the first Red Brahman Bull to ever be entered in the ABBA Register of Renown. He earned 236 points with only six HK Ranch-bred progeny exhibited. This gave Rio Cherokee 978 a seventh place ranking out of 16 in the registry, which previously had no red bulls entered. Rio Cherokee 978 was bred by the late C.E. Yoakum. It was shortly following the death of Mr. Yoakum that his ranch manager, Mr. Ted Harmon, gave me [Henry Clay Koontz] the privilege of selecting any two herd bulls from Mr. Yoakum’s entire herd bull Battery. My selection of Rio Cherokee 978, a son of ‘489’ was something of a surprise to Mr. Harmon, who felt there were many more promising bulls available to choose from. Later,

during our conversation concerning my selection, Ted did agree that this bull, while extremely masculine, did lack the curved head and twisted ear other bulls had. But, that from the head back and considering his bone, confirmation and doing ability, my choice was by far the superior bull on the ranch. These attributes have always been of paramount importance to me. Therefore, with these qualities foremost in my mind, I selected Rio Cherokee 978, a son of ‘489’ as well as an Arauto bred bull.

ENDING UP RIGHT: 50% OF THE TIME Rio Cherokee fulfilled my expectations. The other bull, however, was of little importance to my breeding program. Like other breeders, I have found that when selecting the finest bulls from the finest herds, with the finest advice available, you usually end up right 50% of the time. However, when you do hit, as with Rio Cherokee - it makes up for all of the errors and disappointments you encountered along the way. There were many awards and honors but only one “FIRST” and I am tremendously proud that my HK breeding program was instrumental in capturing for the red breed the coveted “FIRST”. ©TABR


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Advertising Index 3X-HK Cattle….....................................................17, 105 4N Ranch, Inc…....................................................27, 103 4V Ranch…..................................................................105 5M Farms…....................................................................21 A.B.B.A….....................................................................BC Bar Crescent D Ranch...................................................100 Bar W Ranch….............................................................105 Bailey, Buddy.................................................................105 Barthle Brothers Ranch, LLC........................................100 Beard-Navasota Veternary Hospital................................110 Big Hat Cattle; Honea, Walter.......................................104 Bovine Elite...................................................................110 Broken Triangle Cattle.....................................................53 Broken Triangle Marketing......................................25, 105 Brushy Creek Custom Sires..........................................IBC Bryant Red Brahmans....................................................105 Buck N Hoss Cattle.......................................................101 Bulls Eye Ranch.................................................58-59, 105 Butler Polled Brahmans.........................................104, 105 Carter Brahmans............................................................106 Cattle in Motion..............................................................99 CattleSoft........................................................................95 Cattle Solutions...............................................................93 Chapman’s Double C Bar Ranch...................................100 Charlie Hurston Cattle..................................................101 Circle H Ranch.............................................................100 Circle T Cattle Company........................................43, 101 Coastal Cowboy Photography........................................110 D Bar Ranch.................................................................101 Diamond A Ranch.........................................................100 Doc Partin Ranch..........................................................100 Dollar Short Cattle Company........................................102 Dooley Farm.................................................................102 Double A Ranch, Acevedo.............................................106 Double A Ranch & Cattle Co, Muskus, Alfredo..............39 Dubina Rose Ranch.......................................................106 Dykes Farms..................................................................103 East Texas Ranch...........................................................106 F&R Brahmans.......................................................55, 102 Fat Dog Cattle Company...............................................106 Ferguson Cattle Company.............................................102 Five Oaks Cattle............................................................103 Flying W Ranch...............................................................91 Fontenot’s Red Brahmans..............................................102 G2 Cattle Company.......................................................106 Ganadera El Rosario.......................................................4-5 Genex Custom Collection Services..................................20 H&M Cattle Company...................................................16 HB Braswell Red Brahman Ranch.................................106 Heritage Cattle..............................................................106 Horse Stomp Ranch.......................................................104 HRW Cattle Company..................................................102 IS Ranch........................................................................100 Island Brahamns............................................................102 J.D. Hudgins, Inc..................................................9, 45, 87

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JaImages........................................................................109 JW Brahmans................................................................107 JW Red Brahman Ranch...............................................107 Ka-Wai Ranch................................................................107 K-Bar Farms..................................................................102 Key Brahmans...............................................................107 Kratzer Brahmans..........................................................103 L2 Ranch................................................................83, 100 La Muneca Cattle.............................................IFC, 3, 107 Lazy D Farms.................................................................104 Legacy Cattle Service.......................................................19 Legacy Genetic Resources..............................................110 Lindley Brahmans..........................................................107 LivestockJudging.com.....................................................64 Longview Ranch............................................................107 M. James Brahmans.......................................................103 Magic City Sale at Miami International......................48-49 McKenny Farms............................................................107 MGD Holdings, LLC...................................................104 Moreno Firms................................................................101 Newsome Brahman Cattle...............................................63 Oden Ranch..................................................................108 Parish Brahmans............................................................108 Pfizer Animal Genetics.....................................................33 Quad M Cattle Company................................................69 Queen Bling Boutique...................................................110 Ranch House Designs, Signs............................................47 Reese Ranch...................................................................108 Rincker Law, PLLC.........................................................66 Rocking B Cattle...........................................................104 Rocking S Ranch...........................................................101 Rooms to Bloom; Jan Powell.........................................110 Sagrera Brahmans..........................................................103 Salinas Ranch.................................................................108 Santa Elena Ranch, Inc...................................................13 Schneider Brahmans........................................................67 Seven Bar Cattle Company............................................108 Sexing Technologies.........................................................81 Signature Signs..............................................................110 SJ Cattle Creations........................................................110 Smith Brahmans..............................................................77 Southern Cattle Company.............................................101 St. Cyr Brahman Farm, Inc...........................................108 Stacey Shanks Photography............................................109 Sunnyside Ranch...........................................................108 Texas Junior Livestock Association.............................72-73 Tic Tac Toe Ranch.........................................................108 Tipp Ranch....................................................................109 Trans Ova Genetics..........................................................15 Triton Farms..................................................................103 V8 Ranch................................................79, 109, 112-113 Vogue Farms...........................................................65, 109 Watkins Cattle Company..............................................103 Whitlock Cattle.............................................................109 Windy Hill Ranch.........................................................109 World Brahman Congress................................................35


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The American Brahman Review - Winter 2012