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College Station, TX

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The Champion Slap Heard Around the World By Joelynn Donough 2011 International Show Results

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Oden & Ghalayini Families Set Record for AJBA Foundation Female

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Browse through ABBA members from Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee

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By Rachel Cutrer Miss T0 Miracle sets record sale price for Foundation Female, raising $15,000 for junior programs

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Beat the Heat & Fescue With Brahmans By Ashley Charanza Brahman cattle show a proven resistance to Fescue toxicity, making them a popular choice for crossbreeding in the southeastern United States.

Breeder Spotlight: J&H Farms Not So Different in Tennessee By Ashley Charanza A look at the Johnson Family and their contribution to the Brahman breed in the southeast.

Southeastern Spotlight: Membership Directory

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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI – Mississippi Brahman breeders have been experiencing a renewed excitement for Brahman cattle building throughout the state, and participation at this year’s Dixie National show indicates just that! Brahman cattle entries topped out at 146 head at this annual American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) approved show, held February 14th in Jackson. Judge Tammie Watts of Texas evaluated the combined red and gray show, commending exhibitors on the outstanding quality of American Brahman genetics paraded for spectators in attendance. Breeders brought in cattle from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas for the show. Competition for the females was fierce, with several large classes vying for glory. The late spring heifer class, calved May to July 2010, topped the show with 13 entries, ultimately surfacing Sarah Felix with BAR Miss 735/1 as the champion. Miss V8 100/7 (P), owned by V8 Ranch, continued her successful fall show season by claiming grand champion female. Coming from the senior division, this polled gray female had previously been selected as the 2010 national champion female as well as claiming the championship banner at Ft. Worth the month prior. For reserve grand champion, Watts selected CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9, owned by Circle T Cattle Company. This dark

OPEN BULLS

Calf Champion: Mr. V8 948/6 Exhibited by V8 Ranch Reserve Calf Champion: Mr. Batson Reese 10 Exhibited by Tyler Choiniere Intermediate Champion: Mr. KC Manhattan 93/9 Exhibited by Cannon Creek Ranch Reserve Intermediate Champion: Mr. V8 918/6 Exhibited by Amie Ferguson Junior Champion: SCD Didor Esto 623 Exhibited by D Bar Ranch Reserve Junior Champion: Mr. V8 830/6 Exhibited by V8 Ranch Senior Champion: Mr. B-F 14/8 Exhibited by Bennett Farms Reserve Senior Champion: KF Mr. Passport Success 2/8 Exhibited by K Bar Farms

By Rachel Cutrer cherry red female tacked the Jackson trophy under her belt, adding to a long list of championships claimed on her way to being named 2011 international champion female. She is a daughter of Red Rhino and under the exhibition of Legacy Cattle Service. Competition held strong in the bull show, with judge Watts ultimately selecting Bennett Farms’ Mr. B-F 14/8 as grand champion bull. Emerging from the senior division, this bull is sired by Pat Cone’s top herd sire, JDH Mr. Noreno Manso “Mo” and out of a Dream Boy Navasota 89/1 daughter. For reserve grand champion bull, Watts went to the junior division champion, SCD Didor Esto 623. This January 2009 bull is owned by D Bar Ranch and under the exhibition of Valley B Enterprises. He is sired by SCD Didor Esto 302 and out of a Register of Renown Powerstroke daughter. In the group classes, Circle T Cattle Company placed first in the ET-produce-of-dam, with progeny of 5M Miss Marcia. K Bar Farms earned the natural-produce-of-dam award with offspring from KF Ms. American Passport. Reese Ranch claimed another get-of-sire win with progeny of Mr. Grayson Reese 176. TABR©

GRAND CHAMPION BULL Mr. B-F 14/8 Exhibited by Bennett Farms

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL SCD Didor Esto 623 Exhibited by D Bar Ranch

OPEN FEMALES Calf Champion: Miss B-F 175/0 Exhibited by Bennett Farms Reserve Calf Champion: Miss Reese II Exhibited by Tyler Choiniere Intermediate Champion: CT Lady Rhineaux 8/9 Exhibited by Circle T Cattle Co. Reserve Intermediate Champion: Miss V8 274/7 Exhibited by V8 Ranch Junior Champion: Miss Susan Reese 903 Exhibited by Tyler Choiniere Reserve Junior Champion: Lady H Elizabeth Rojo 946 Exhibited by Amie Ferguson Senior Champion: Mis V8 100/7 (P) Exhibited by V8 Ranch Reserve Senior Champion: Miss H Carmen Manso 983 Exhibited by MK Farms

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GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Miss V8 100/7 (P) Exhibited by V8 Ranch

RESRVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE CT Lady Rhino Ray 8/9 Exhibited by Circle T Cattle Co.


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By Joellyn Donough

HOUSTON, TX- There comes a time every year when Brahman breeders, young and old, prepare for the ultimate delight. No, not Christmas, but the international Brahman show held in Houston, Texas, in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Show goers are delighted with the colors and creativity our Brahman exhibitors show by bringing the best of the best in stall arrangements, signage and food! More impressive than the festive displays and immaculate aisles are the gray and red cattle preparing for the ultimate title: International Champion. This year, Houston was not let down. Over the course of two days worth of showing, Judge Randall Tipp sorted through 537 head of the world’s best Brahman cattle. The green shavings laid in the ring were no match for the appeal and showmanship of both the bovine and their handlers.

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Our show began with the ladies in red and gray sweeping through Houston’s arena. Maternal legends strutted their stuff and new blood made their grand appearances. As the sun began to set over the city, division winners entered the ring for one last lap. Calf champion, Lady Slugger 07/0, was the first to be led in by Heritage Cattle Company. Following her was CT Lady Rhineaux Ray, followed by junior champion, TO’s Marie Laveau 20/9, exhibited by Oden Ranch. The last division winner entered with exhibitor Bailee McDonald and her senior champion, KR Ms. Red Stomgette 307. The open red females were dominated by grand champion, CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9, exhibited by Legacy Cattle Service and owned by Circle T Cattle Company. Reining from the intermediate division, this female is sired by +Mr. H Red Rhino 765, a +Mr. 3H X-Ray 825 son. This sire proved his winning genetics when reserve grand red female was awarded to Lady Slugger 07/7, owned and exhibited by Heritage Cattle Company. This paternal half sibling to the champion came out of the calf division and is a Lady H Baylee 881/6 daughter. The finale of the international Brahman female show was captured by the gray ladies. Calf champion, JDH Lady Debbie Manso, made her mark by being the first division champ to step onto the green, and truly setting the pace for the rest of the drive. She was followed by intermediate champion, JDH Lady Manso 563, owned by Forgason Cattle Company of J.D. Hudgins, Inc. Junior champion, Miss V8 137/7 entered next, and was followed by the ring’s last champion, senior JDH Miss Carly Manso 547 shown by J.D. Hudgins, Inc. Tipp slapped his calf champion, JDH Lady Debbie Manso 873/7, as grand champion gray female. Owned and exhibited by J.D. Hudgins, Inc. this female is sired by JDH Beckton De Manso, out of JDH Mr. Amos Manso. Tipp went back to the junior division for reserve grand gray female by using L2 Ranch’s Miss V8 137/7, owned by Adrian Land, II. She is out of +JDH Karu Manso 800 and +Miss V8 228/6. The following morning brought the brute strength of the bull show and the ending to an extremely successful international show. Bulls from across the globe entered the green with hopes of earning the top honor of international champion. The day’s successors started with red calf champion, Mr. Fontenot 957, exhibited by Fontenot’s Red Brahmans. He was

joined by red intermediate champion, Mr. SS 197, of Sangrera Brahmans. The evening’s grand red bull drive was finished with junior champion, Reese Ranch’s Mr. ACF Dinozzo and SRS Mr. Troubador. Tipp selected his grand champion red bull out of the senior division with SRS Mr. Troubador 933, owned and exhibited by Swaner Brahmans. The international red champion is sired by +Winchester Magnum 999, a +HK Passpot son. Staying in the same division, Tipp named Mr. Rosario Passport Too 100 for reserve red bull honors. This bull, exhibited by James Daniell, is out of +HK Passport and +Wal’s 926 MS Amber 204. Finishing up the week’s events was the naming of the grand and reserve gray bulls. The four champions were headed off by calf champion, JDH Roma Manso 713/1. He was followed by intermediate champ, Mr. L2 Macho 3, as well as junior champion, JDH Lynch Manso of J.D. Hudgins, Inc. The Hudgins Crew finished the day’s divisions with their senior bull. As cameras flashed, Tipp selected JDH Cutler De Manso 816/7 as his champion. The senior bull division winner is sired by JDH Mr. Bremser Manso, a +JDH Sir Liberty Manso son. Hudgins snagged not one but both champion banners when their JDH Roma Manso 713/1 was slapped reserve grand. This bull, representing the calf division, is out of JDH Mr. Echo Manso and JDH Lady Fisk Manso. ©TABR

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2011 HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL SHOW CLASS & DIVISION WINNERS

GRAY SUMMER BULL CALF: ....................Mr. TT Sugar Ray 300, Ken Ramsey Brahmans GRAY LATE SPRING BULL CALF: ...................TTT Mr. Suva’s BB 644, Tic Tac Toe Ranch GRAY SPRING BULL CALF: .................JDH El Gran Jefe Manso 92/8, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY LATE JR. BULL CALF :.......................JDH Roma Manso 713/1, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY EARLY JR. BULL CALF: ......................................................Mr. V8 948/6, V8 Ranch GRAY CALF CHAMPION BULL:....................JDH Roma Manso 713/1, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY CALF RESERVE CHAMPION BULL: .......WR Mr. Roger’s Echo 084, Tic Tac Toe Ranch RED SUMMER BULL CALF: ..........................................Mr. HB King-Ray, Someday Farms RED LATE SPRING BULL CALF: ...........DB Southern Style 776/0, Detering Red Brahmans RED SPRING BULL CALF: ............................Mr. Fontenot 957, Fontenot’s Red Brahmans RED LATE JR. BULL CALF: ...........................Mr. Fontenot 947, Fontenot’s Red Brahmans RED EARLY BULL CALF: ..................................WR Sir Vall Lotto 1/10, Jacqualyn Cawley RED CALF CHAMPION BULL: .......................Mr. Fontenot 957, Fontenot’s Red Brahmans RED CALF RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER: ...............Mr. HVR 0/865, Happy Valley Ranch GRAY LATE SR. BULL CALF: ........................................................Mr. V8 937/6, V8 Ranch GRAY EARLY SR. BULL CALF: ........................JDH Expression Manso, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY LATE SUMMER YEARLING BULL: ..Mr. H Buckle Manso 111/9, Heritage Cattle Co. GRAY EARLY SUMMER YEARLING BULL: .................................Mr. L2 Macho 3, L2 Ranch GRAY INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION BULL: .................................Mr. L2 Macho 3, L2 Ranch GRAY INTERMEDIATE RESERVE CHAMPION BULL: .......................Mr. V8 937/6, V8 Ranch RED LATE SR. BULL CALF: ............Mr. Broken Triangle 9209, Broken Triangle Cattle Co. RED EARLY SR. BULL CALF: ...............................................Mr. SS 197, Sagrera Brahmans RED LATE SUMMER YEARLING BULL: .......................JFC Southern Style 04/9, Jeff Jenkins RED EARLY SUMMER YEARLING BULL: .........DB Southern Style 667/9, Rancho La Parota RED INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION BULL: ...............................Mr. SS 197, Sagrera Brahmans RED INTERMEDIATE RESERVE CHAMPION BULL: Mr. Broken Triangle 9209, Broken Triangle GRAY LATE JR. YEARLING BULL: ...............................Mr. JS/EM 928/9, Smith Brahmans GRAY LATE JR. YEARLING BULL: ..........................JDH Lynch Manso, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY EARLY JR. YEARLING BULL: .............................SCD Didor Esto 623, D Bar Ranch GRAY JUNIOR CHAMPION BULL: ..........................JDH Lynch Manso, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY JUNIOR RESERVE CHAMPION BULL: .................SCD Didor Esto 623, D Bar Ranch RED LATE JR. YEARLING BULL: ..............................4N Mr. Guitar Man 22/9, Bill Nettles RED LATE JR. YEARLING BULL: ......................Mr. H Steel Rojo 75/9, Heritage Cattle Co. RED EARLY JR. YEARLING BULL: .....................................Mr. ACF Dinozzo, Reese Ranch RED JUNIOR CHAMPION BULL: .......................................Mr. ACF Dinozzo, Reese Ranch RED JUNIOR RESERVE CHAMPION BULL: .......Mr. H Steel Rojo 75/9, Heritage Cattle Co. GRAY LATE SR. YEARLING BULL: ................JDH Russo Manso 631/1, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY AGED SUMMER BULL: ................JDH Cutler De Manso 816/7, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY AGED SPRING BULL: .................JDH Sir Harper Manso 752/7, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY SENIOR CHAMPION BULL: .........JDH Cutler De Manso 816/7, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY SENIOR RESERVE CHAMPION BULL: JDH Sir Harper Manso 752/7, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. RED LATE SR. YEARLING BULL: .......Mr. Rosario Passport Too 100, Ganaderia El Rosario RED AGED SUMMER BULL: ..........................Mr. MK Jackpot 588/8, Dr. Carl McKenney RED AGED SPRING BULL: ..............................SRS Mr. Troubador 933, Swaner Brahmans RED SENIOR CHAMPION BULL: ......................SRS Mr. Troubador 933, Swaner Brahmans RED SENIOR RESERVE CHAMPION BULL: ...Mr. Rosario Passport Too 100, Ganaderia El Rosario

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GRAY SUMMER HEIFER CALF: ........................................Miss SCC Tulip, K Bar C Ranch GRAY LATE SPRING HEIFER CALF: .........................LMC Polled Blue Bell, K Bar C Ranch GRAY SPRING HEIFER CALF: ...........JDH Lady Donna Manso 938/7, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY LATE JR. HEIFER CALF :..........JDH Lady Debbie Manso 873/7, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY EARLY JR. HEIFER CALF: .................................................Miss V8 307/7, V8 Ranch GRAY CALF CHAMPION HEIFER:......JDH Lady Debbie Manso 873/7, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY CALF RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER: JDH Lady Donna Manso 937/7, J.D. Hudgins, Inc.

RED SUMMER HEIFER CALF: .............................Miss SCC Co-Co 518/0, K Bar C Ranch RED LATE SPRING HEIFER CALF: ..........................Lady Slugger 07/0, Heritage Cattle Co. RED SPRING HEIFER CALF: ........................Miss Fontenot 945, Fontenot’s Red Brahmans RED LATE JR. HEIFER CALF: .................................Ms. BJW Cherry Sox 1, Bennett Farms RED EARLY JR. HEIFER CALF: .........................KR Ms. Red Lotto 323, Sandy Lane Cattle RED CALF CHAMPION HEIFER: .............................Lady Slugger 07/0, Heritage Cattle Co. RED CALF RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER: ....Miss Fontenot 945, Fontenot’s Red Brahmans GRAY LATE SR. HEIFER CALF: ..............................................Miss ILA Reese, Reese Ranch GRAY EARLY SR. HEIFER CALF: ..........................................Ms. SS 200, Sagrera Brahmans GRAY LATE SUMMER YEARLING HEIFER: .TTT Ms. Suva Jordette 606, Tic Tac Toe Ranch GRAY EARLY SUMMER YEARLING HEIFER: .....JDH Lady Manso 563, Forgason Cattle Co. GRAY INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION HEIFER: .....JDH Lady Manso 563, Forgason Cattle Co. GRAY INTERMEDIATE RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER: Lady H Mae Manso 66/9, Heritage Cattle Co.

RED LATE SR. HEIFER CALF: .....................................JFC Gold Crown 001/9, Jeff Jenkins RED EARLY SR. HEIFER CALF: ................CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9, Circle T Cattle Co. RED LATE SUMMER YEARLING HEIFER: .................Ms. Bar W Ruby 990/0, Bar W Ranch RED EARLY SUMMER YEARLING HEIFER: ...............Lady H Sherley Rojo 63/9, Bill Nettles RED INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION HEIFER: CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9, Circle T Cattle Co. RED INTERMEDIATE RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER: ....Ms. Bar W Ruby 990/0, Bar W Ranch GRAY LATE JR. YEARLING HEIFER: .........................JDH Lady Manso 559, 3E Cattle Co. GRAY LATE JR. YEARLING HEIFER: .....................................Miss SG 104/9, SG Cattle Co. GRAY EARLY JR. YEARLING HEIFER: ..........................................Miss V8 137/7, L2 Ranch GRAY JUNIOR CHAMPION HEIFER: ............................................Miss V8 137/7, L2 Ranch GRAY JUNIOR RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER: ..............JDH Lady Manso 559, 3E Cattle Co. RED LATE JR. YEARLING HEIFER: .........................HRW Miss Fancy 59, HRW Cattle Co. RED LATE JR. YEARLING HEIFER: ..............................Miss J&R 69/9 , Heritage Cattle Co. RED EARLY JR. YEARLING HEIFER: ........................TO’s Marie Laveau 20/9, Oden Ranch RED JUNIOR CHAMPION HEIFER: ..........................TO’s Marie Laveau 20/9, Oden Ranch RED JUNIOR RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER: .Miss Rosario Passport 100, Ganaderia El Rosario GRAY LATE SR. YEARLING HEIFER: ...........................................Miss V8 100/7, V8 Ranch GRAY AGED SUMMER HEIFER: ................JDH Ms. Carly Manso 547, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY AGED SPRING HEIFER: ..........................Miss H Carmen Manso 983/8, MK Farms GRAY SENIOR CHAMPION HEIFER: ..........JDH Ms. Carly Manso 547, J.D. Hudgins, Inc. GRAY SENIOR RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER: .................................Miss V8 100/7, V8 Ranch RED LATE SR. YEARLING HEIFER: ............KR Ms. Red Stomgette 307, Sandy Lane Cattle RED AGED SUMMER HEIFER: ........................................Ms. Winchester 4/8, Oden Ranch RED AGED SPRING HEIFER: ........................DB Southern Style 535/8, LL Red Brahmans RED SENIOR CHAMPION HEIFER: ............KR Ms. Red Stomgette 307, Sandy Lane Cattle RED SENIOR RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER: ...DB Southern Style 535/8, LL Red Brahmans


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GRAND CHAMPION INTERNATIONAL GRAY BULL JDH CUTLER DE MANSO 816/7 EXHIBITED BY J.D. HUDGINS, INC.

GRAND CHAMPION INTERNATIONAL GRAY FEMALE JDH LADY DEBBIE MANSO 873/7 EXHIBITED BY J.D. HUDGINS, INC.

GRAND CHAMPION INTERNATIONAL RED BULL SRS MR. TROUBADOR 933 EXHIBITED BY SWANER BRAHMANS

GRAND CHAMPION INTERNATIONAL RED FEMALE CT LADY RHINEAUX RAY 8/9 EXHIBITED BY CIRCLE T CATTLE COMPANY 12 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW™ | SPRING 2011


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RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION INTERNATIONAL GRAY BULL

JDH ROMA MANSO 713/1 EXHIBITED BY J.D. HUDGINS, INC.

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION INTERNATIONAL GRAY FEMALE

MISS V8 137/7 EXHIBITED BY L2 RANCH

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION INTERNATIONAL RED BULL

MR. ROSARIO PASSPORT TOO 100 EXHIBITED BY GANADERIA EL ROSARIO

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION INTERNATIONAL RED FEMALE

LADY SLUGGER 07/0 EXHIBITED BY HERITAGE CATTLE COMPANY

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By Rachel Cutrer

HOUSTON, TX  A standing-room-only crowd filled the meeting room at Reliant Center for the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) annual meeting, held on March 1 in conjunction with the activities of the International Brahman Show in Houston. Members from the United States, as well as over 15 different countries, were on hand to socialize, conduct business and recognize fellow members for their accomplishments throughout the past year. As outgoing president Billy Wendell Schronk and Jim Williams. Each Dan Lindley opened the meeting, of these speakers gave heartfelt remarks a loud round of applause filled describing the accomplishments of the the room as he gave a preview of honorees. Following the presentations, the meeting’s agenda for the day: each Hall of Fame inductee gave a teary“We’re here to have a good time eyed acceptance speech, evoking standing and recognize our many members ovations with fellow breeders applauding for their hard work throughout the the contributions made by these three year,” Lindley stated. individuals. The ABBA Hall of Fame awards The ABBA recognized more than 50 presentations highlighted the members for owning animals that have meeting, as Dinah Weil, Richard excelled in ABBA programs, including HK AWARD PRESENTATION Forgason and Johnny Jeffcoat were Register of Renown and Maternal Merit inducted into the ABBA Hall of awards. J.D. Hudgins, Inc. was awarded Fame. These famed members were honored with presentations from the annual HK Trophy in honor of being the premier exhibitor of friends and fellow members, including Joe Brockett, Kevin Bryant, the 2010 international show.

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Following the awards presentations, each ABBA committee chairman gave a brief review of their committee’s accomplishments over the past year. President Lindley then presented the chairmen with a special plaque in appreciation of their volunteer efforts. Nineteen members were recognized for their continued years of service as ABBA directors. At the conclusion of the meeting, the ABBA Board of Directors convened to elect officers for the upcoming year. Bob Hudgins of Hungerford, Texas, will lead the organization over the next year as president. Dr. Richard Hughes from Donaldson, Arkansas, was elected vice-president and Tommy Stadler of Floresville, Texas, was elected secretary/ treasurer. ABBA members elected to the executive committee were Danny Acevedo, Texas; Dr. Kevin Bryant, Texas; Rachel Cutrer, Texas; George Kempfer, Florida; Billy Dan Lindley, Texas; John Coleman Locke, Texas; and Arnold Saunders, Texas. ©TABR

DIRECTOR SERVICE RECOGINITIONS

OUTGOING PRESIDENT

MATERNAL PERFORMANCE SIRE AWARD WINNERS

ABBA REGISTER OF RENOWN AWARD WINNERS

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ABBA 2011 COMMITTEES EXECUTIVE

MARKETING

COMMUNICATIONS

FINANCE

INTERNATIONAL

President: Bob Hudgins

J.D. Sartwelle, Jr. - Chair

Dr. Ricky Hughes - Chair

Tommy Stadler - Chair

Scott Satterfield - Chair

Past President: Billy Dan Lindley

Arnold Saunders Vice-chair

Neil Hudgins - Vice-chair

Carl Fontenot - Vice-chair

Kevin Bryant - Vice-chair

Dinah Weil

Pat Cone

Vice-president: Dr. Ricky Hughes

Coleman Locke

Dinah Weil

Dr. Scott Satterfield

Ed Cullers

Jimmy Chapman

Milton Charanza

Secetary/Treasurer:Tommy Stadler

Rudy Rios

John Coleman Locke

Leo Casas

George Kempfer

Sloan Williams

Rachel Cutrer

Billie Wayne Key

Kevin Bryant Arnold Saunders

YOUTH Rachel Cutrer - Chair

Danny Acevedo

PERFORMANCE John Coleman Locke Chair

Jim Usery Rachel Cutrer Tommy Stadler Vicki Lambert Ricky Booth Rick Butler

SHOW COMMITTEE Will Detering - Chair Shep Batson - Vice-chair Jim Williams Steve Hudgins Jason Smith

MEMBERSHIP

Larry Barthle

Dr. Craig Fontenot Vice-chair

Gerald Young - Chair

Louis Dooley

John Coleman Locke

Dean Burkhardt Vice-chair

Shirley Watts

Gerald Young

Billy Dan Lindley

Loren Pratt - Vice-chair

Pat Cone

Richard Forgason

Patricia Collins

Sam Duplantis

Buddy Bailey

George Kempfer

Billie Farris

Reggie Rodriguez

Jim Bob Trant

Cindy Prather

Myra Neal Morrison

Dr. Robert Barlow

Barry Smith

Johnny Gnemi

Larry Barthle

Scott Rogers

Jerry Wood

Brandon Cutrer

Danny Ace

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Suzanne Lindley Nancy McKenney Carol Hawksley

Carl Fontenot Danny Acevedo Mike Partin

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By Stacey Forgason As with most years at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Brahman cattle and American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) F-1 certification program participants faired above the rest in the Commercial Female Sale and the All Breeds Bull Sale. With 517 lots offered in the female sale, the gross sales totaled $826,200, resulting in an average of $1598 per head. H&M Cattle Company from Wharton, Texas, once again reigned in the heifer sale, winning Overall Champion Pen with their Golden Certified F1 Braford females. The Hamilton family is known nation-wide for producing certified F1 Brahman cross cattle that are not only pleasing to the eye, but to the pocket book as well. This fancy pen of females averaged $3000 per head, proving the F1 program demands a premium. Jim Watts, Jr. of Houston purchased H&M’s pen, undoubtedly to the envy of the many buyers present. The Champion Pen of Brahman Heifers was consigned by Martin Ranch of Brenham, Texas. These females sold above the average at $2000 each to Umphrey Land and Cattle, more than likely headed towards their Golden Certified program. Certified F1 breeders, Bonchasse Land & Cattle Company of Shreveport, Louisiana, averaged $1800 on their pen of Champion Bred Brahman Cross Heifers. These fertile females left Houston for Donaldsonville, Louisiana, with Warren Harang. Mr. Harang will be receiving his coupon on this pen very soon. Earning the Champion Pen Open Brahman Cross banner was

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the seasoned F1 breeder, Rolling Oaks Ranch of North Zulch, Texas. Mike and Florence Rutherford of Houston purchased this pen at $1750 per head. This year was the 44th Annual All Breeds Commercial Range Bull Sale. Eighty-seven lots traveled through the ring, grossing $298,050 for consignors, at an average of $3425.86. All seven of the bulls representing our breed graded in the top half of the offering. Always a buyer favorite, the Brahman bulls averaged $4478.57 per head, well above the overall average and the average of any other breed. The Reserve Champion Overall High Grading Bull prize went to Horsegate Ranch of Hempstead, Texas. Paul Dufrene of Triple Son Farms in Louisiana and Texas, purchased Horsegate’s bull for $5000. Whether used in their purebred herd or in their Certified F1 program, this bull is destined to make a substantial contribution for the Dufrene family. J.D. Hudgins-Locke Division was the proud consignor of the second overall high selling bull. Demanding a premium of $7200 from Heritage Cattle Company, this JDH Elmo Manso 309 son didn’t have far to travel, returning to Hungerford with the Cullers family. Thanks to ever-improving genetics, a professionally executed sale and a beef-savvy crowd Brahman consignors left Houston this year with their heads held high and their wallets a little fatter! TABR©


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By Rachel Cutrer

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ouston, Texas – Garrison Tullos, an American Junior Brahman Association (AJBA) member from Bremond, Texas, accomplished one of his show-career goals on March 18, 2011, when his heifer, Miss Southern Rhino 836, was named grand champion female of the 2011 Houston Livestock Show Junior Red Brahman Show. Garrison and Miss Southern Rhino 836 have been a dominant force on the junior show circuit for the past year, including being named the champion bred and owned red female at the 2010 All American Junior Brahman Show and 2010 Texas Junior Brahman State Show. She is sired by +Mr. H Red Rhino 765 and out of DB Southern Style 10/2. Bailee McDonald, an AJBA member from Big Sandy, Texas exhibited KR Ms. Red Stomgette 307 to the reserve grand

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championship. McDonald’s heifer is another Red Rhino daughter, giving him a clean sweep in this junior show. Ms. Red Stomgette is out of a Ken Ramsey female, KR Ms. I Got Stung 267. Both of these females emerged as champions from the senior division. Also competing in the champion drive was Tiffany Deling of Columbus, with the calf champion female, KR Ms Red Lotto 325; Lane Smith from Eustace, exhibiting Ms. CR 10/12 as the reserve calf champion; Miss HVR 9/942, exhibited by Tyler Webb of Gilmer, Texas, as junior champion female; followed by Holleigh Hollis’s HK Ms. X-Ray 915 as reserve junior champion. Other class winners were exhibited by Michael Cook of Pearland; Ashley Caldwell from Avery; and Cody Markwood from Burleson. Mark McClintock, an ABBA approved judge from Texas, evaluated the junior red Brahman show. TABR©


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By Rachel Cutrer

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ouston, Texas – Haley Herzog, an American Junior Brahman Association (AJBA) member from Robinson, Texas, put Brahman cattle in the spotlight once again by claiming both grand champion gray Brahman heifer as well as the American division supreme champion female at the 2011 Houston Junior Livestock Show on March 18, 2011. Herzog’s heifer, Miss CBR 465/9, is sired by BNA Deacon Manso 253/0 and out of BNA Miss Nel Manso 356/4. She was previously named senior champion female by the judge, Mark McClintock. For reserve grand champion, McClintock chose Kelsi Campling’s AJP Diamond Bella who was also reserve senior champion female. Bella is sired by JDH Martin Manso and out of RPB Sweetie’s Stella.

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The gray Brahman show was one of the largest competitions at this year’s junior heifer show, with classes topping out at 13 head in the calf division. Rhealee Spies, an AJBA member from Burton, Texas, claimed another big win with her female, Miss BER Princess 277, being named calf champion. Spies’ heifer is sired by BER 252. Lady H Mystic Manso 151/0, exhibited by Cole Williams of Montgomery, was named reserve calf champion. Sarah Caffey from Yancey, exhibited the junior champion female with Lady H Mae Manso 66/9. McKenna Schulte’s Ms SCC Margarita 21/0 was named reserve junior champion. Other class winners were exhibited by Clayton Garrett of Marshall; Garret Villemez from Anahuac; Katie Garrett from Marshall; Dalton Wickham of Conroe; and Peyton Craig from Marshall. TABR©


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By Rachel Cutrer HOUSTON, TEXAS – Junior Brahman exhibitors were the stars of the 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Calf Scramble show, held March 18. In order to participate in this competition, 4-H and FFA members begin preparing a year in advance. In 2010, contestants competed against hundreds of other youngsters, scrambling to catch a calf during the daily rodeo performances held during Rodeo Houston. Every night, 28 contestants, representing 4-H clubs and FFA chapters across the state of Texas, take to the floor of Reliant Stadium, anxiously awaiting their chance to catch 1 of the 14 calves released into the huge arena. Strength and determination take over for some, as the young people begin to capture the animals and pull them into the winners’ square. In exchange for a successful catch and crossing the finish line, the student receives a $1,250 calf purchase certificate. They may Michael Chavana 2nd Place Monthly Reports then use the certificate towards purchasing either a registered breeding beef heifer, breeding dairy heifer or market steer. With their certificates in hand, many youngsters take this opportunity to purchase a registered Brahman female. This is the beginning of a year long project of grooming, feeding and training. The exhibitor must keep accurate and detailed records of the animal’s progress, submitting records to both the Houston Livestock Show™ and the donor, chronicling the heifer’s development.

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The following year, the exhibitor returns to Houston with their scramble project for a special competition and a $250 bonus from the donor. Each year, approximately 350 scramble certificates are donated. Since this competition was added to the show in 1942, a total of $9,835,500 has been awarded in certificates and bonuses to 18,242 young Texans. This year, Brahman exhibitors earned top prizes in both the show Bowie FFA competition and the annual Calf Scramble Outstanding 4-H/FFA Group calf scramble banquet. Hannah Callaway, an American Junior Brahman Association (AJBA) member from Alvin, Texas, claimed the purple banner with Miss V8 300/7. Callaway’s heifer is a daughter of +JDH Karu Manso 800. Hannah was also recognized at the banquet for writing the 2nd place awardwinning breed essay, describing why she chose to purchase a Brahman heifer. Lauren Daniel, of Huntington, Texas, took home reserve honors with Miss V8 276/7, a daughter of Mr. V8 John Howard 960/5. 4th Place Supreme Scramble Heifer Brahman juniors also rose to the top in various leadership and educational competitions held in conjunction with the calf scramble show. AJBA member Randy Rogers was included in the Outstanding 4H/FFA Group presented to Bowie FFA. Lauren Bailey, an AJBA member from Lindale, Texas, Lauren Bailey 5th Place Supreme Scramble Heifer won 5th place Supreme Scramble heifer for her success with BDL Ms. Woodman Manso 841. John Howard, another Brahman showman, earned 4th place Supreme Scrambler with HSR Ms. Madge 931. Bloomington, Texas exhibitor, Michael Chavana, presented his Brahman Holleigh Hollis female, Ms. Bar W Liberty 5th Place Good Herdsman 102/9, placing 2nd in the monthly reports competition. In the herdsman competition, junior association member, Holleigh Hollis from Pearland, presented HK Ms. X-Ray 915 to a 5th place award.TABR©


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HOUSTON, TEXAS – In the words of Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This year, American Brahman By Rachel Cutrer Breeders Association (ABBA) members Tom Oden and Samir Ghalayini, made a difference in the lives of the over 1,000 members of the American Junior Brahman Association (AJBA) by their support of the AJBA Foundation Female program. The AJBA Foundation Female was started in 2009 as the primary fundraising activity to fund programs of the AJBA. Each year one Brahman breeder donates a halter broke heifer to the AJBA to be sold as Lot 1 of the International Brahman Sale in Houston. All proceeds from the heifer are donated to the AJBA to help fund educational activities, leadership seminars, awards and host the annual All-American National Junior Brahman Show.

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The Tom Oden Family of Marshall, Texas, donated their top show prospect, TO Ms. Miracle 4/10, as the 2011 Foundation Female. This red Brahman heifer had previously made a name for herself, prior to the sale, by winning her class at Ft. Worth and San Antonio open shows. Interest and excitement over the heifer had been steadily building since many breeders saw her at these two shows. Additionally, the Oden family had over 100 special edition


baseball caps printed featuring the Foundation Female logo to give out to visitors at Houston. As the sale began, Darby Oden, an AJBA member and breeder of the calf, proudly led Ms. Miracle into the sale ring. Chris Shivers called the Oden Family up to the front of the auction block as members of the AJBA junior board made a special presentation honoring the Odens for their donation. Over 500 spectators in attendance applauded the Odens for their support of the junior programs. Throughout the week at Houston, ABBA members John Locke ke and Arnold Saunders had been diligently working on establishing ng a buyer group for the heifer. They had assembled a group of 15 breeders, each contributing $500, to go in together and purchase ase the heifer. “Going into the sale, we felt confident we’d be able to buy the heifer, since we had $7,500 put together,” says Locke, International Sale Committee chairman. Though $7,500 would have purchased the heifers in the past two years, this year it didn’t even come close. As the syndicate’s designated bidder, Arnold Saunders, placed his final bid at $7,500, the bidding hadn’t even stalled. Auction spotters kept turning in bids frantically as the crowd enthusiasm mounted and the crowd anxiously awaited to see who would be the proud owner of this outstanding female. As auctioneer Leo Casas slapped his gavel and yelled “SOLD!” the crowd went wild, knowing they just witnessed history as this year’s Foundation Female sold for $15,000, nearly tripling the previous sale record.

The spectators in the crowd wd turned their heads to the very top row of the Reliant sale pavilion, where there here sat Samir Ghalayini, owner of Roughneck Ranch in New Caney, Texas. Ass Chris Shivers recognized Ghalyini and his family as the buyers of the Foundation Female, AJBA president, Eli Graham, raced to the top of the stairs to present Ghalayini with the second special edition commemorative trophy, presented each year to the buyer of the Foundation Female lot. The crowd erupted into a huge cheer as their way of thanking Ghalayini for his purchase. This exciting purchase helped set the stage for another very successful international Brahman sale, indicating a high level of interest in Brahman genetics from buyers around the world.TABR©

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By Stacey Forgason TAMPA, FL – Right in the heart of “Cracker Country” Brahman breeders from across the great state of Florida paraded through the show ring at the Florida State Fair held for over 100 years now in Tampa. The cattle were evaluated by Dr. David Husfeld of Navasota,Texas. Grand champion female, Miss V8 137/7, was exhibited by Adrian Land II of L2 Ranch. Hailing from the junior division, this February 2009 daughter of +JDH Karu Manso 800 is out of a Superstroke daughter. For reserve champion Dr. Husfeld chose the intermediate champion, GS Ms. Doc’s Manso 357. Owned by Gray Shadow Ranch and exhibited by Valley B Enterprises, this Brahman female was calved in May of 2009 out of –GS Empress Didor 319 and by MDS Doc’s Pride 196. NC Mr. Elmer 17, claimed the grand champion bull prize for owners Candler Cattle Company. Mr. Elmer is sired by JME Mr. Suva Crat 225, out of +MDS Lady Sugar 156. Born February 2008, he was previously the senior division champion. Keeping his champions in the same division, Dr. Husfeld went with L2 Ranch’s

OPEN BULLS

Calf Champion: IS Mr. A Plus 82 Brandalyn Bishop Reserve Calf Champion: MDS Barnburner 465 Noah Register Intermediate Champion: Mr. DF 91/9 Dyess Farms Reserve Intermediate Champion: NC Mr. Dee Jay 38 Nathan Candler Junior Champion: SCD Didor Esto D Bar Ranch Reserve Junior Champion: IS Mr. Esto’s Ronde-Vu 76 Brandalyn Bishop Senior Champion: NC Mr. Elmer 17 Nathan Candler Reserve Senior Champion & Reserve Grand Champion Mr. Berchman Suville 176 Adrian Land

OPEN FEMALES

Calf Champion: Rock’s Ms. Juno Moriah McCullers Reserve Calf Champion: GS Ms. Annette 161N Robert Newsome Intermediate Champion & Reserve Grand Champion GS Ms. Doc’s Manso 357 Gray Shadow Ranch Reserve Intermediate Champion: MDS Lady Reload Brandalyn Bishop Junior Champion: Miss V8 137/7 Adrian Land Junior Champion: Tiara Lexus Dioro Heart Bar Ranch Senior Champion: Miss H Carmen Manso MK Farms Senior Champion: Miss L2 1 Arica Land

JUNIOR BULLS

Calf Champion: IS MR. A Plus 82 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Reserve Calf Champion: Mr. L2 Jordy Manso 9 Exhibited by Adrian Land Intermediate Champion: Mr. L2 Aussie Lee 5 Exhibited by Reed Fussel Reserve Intermediate Champion: N/A Junior Champion: IS Mr. Esto’s Ronde-Vu 76 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Reserve Junior Champion: MDS Sir Mayro Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Senior Champion: Mr. Berchman Suville 176 Exhibited by Adrian Land Reserve Senior Champion: Suva’s Mr. General Lee Exhibited by Yancy Ray

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Mr. Berchman Suville 176 for reserve grand champion. Calved March 2008, Berchman is out of S Bar Miss 598/8 and out of +EJL Emper Suville 176. Once the open show was completed, the junior exhibitor entered the ring to strut their stuff. Adrian Land of Branford, Florida, won grand champion female with Miss V8 137/7. Out of a Superstroke daughter and by +JDH Karu Manso 800, this February 2009 female has been a show-stopper for Adrian across the United States. Following with the reserve grand champion female was Brandalyn Bishop of Trenton, Florida with MDS Lady Reload 430. With MDS Lady Bross EMP 269 on the bottom of her pedigree and MSP Special Relaod 945 on the top, Brandlyn’s April 2009 heifer couldn’t help but be a winner. Once again presenting Mr. GRAND CHAMPION BULL Berchman Suville NC Mr. Elmer 17 176, Adrian Land Exhibited by Candler Cattle Company claimed grand champion honors in the junior bull show, as well. Staying close on Adrian’s heels, Brandalyn Bishop was once again reserve grand champion with IS Mr. A Plus 82, a January 2010 calf. Raised on her family’s ranch, Brandalyn’s A GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Plus bull is sired by Miss V8 137/7 Mr. B-F 26/6, out Exhibited by Adrian Land of L2 Ranch of Miss JS 631/6. on.TABR© JUNIOR FEMALES Calf Champion: IS Ms. Paparazzi Exhibited by Bethalyn Bishop Reserve Calf Champion: Bar L Cruel Girl 53 Exhibited by Adrian Land Intermediate Champion: Miss L2 15 Exhibited by Adrian Land Reserve Intermediate Champion: MDS Lady Reload 437 Exhibited by Bethalyn Bishop Junior Champion: Miss V8 137/7 Exhibited by Adrian Land Reserve Junior Champion: MDS Lady Reload 430 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Senior Champion: Mis L2 1 Exhibited by Arica Land Reserve Senior Champion: WF #13 Exhibited by Fort White


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By Stacey Forgason ORLANDO, FL – Maybe you can visit Disney World and ride a lot of rides and shake hands with Mickey Mouse. But, at Central Florida’s Fair you can ride lots of fun rides and pet a Brahman!! Judge Robbie Sands did just that and managed to squeeze in a little cattle evaluation in the process. After running through the tremendous line-up of Brahman females, judge Sands selected NC Lady Ella 48 as grand champion. Owned by Candler Cattle Company, this March 2010 heifer is out of +MDS Lady Sugar 156 and sired by Mr. B-F Hugo. Not one to be left behind, Bethalyn Bishop led the reserve grand champion, IS Ms. Paparazzi. Sired by +MDS Berch Manso 155, and out of LS Ms.Holly Paret Crata, Bethalyn’s heifer was born March of 2010. Grand champion Brahman bull honors for the day went to Brandalyn Bishop with IS Mr. Esto’s Ronde-Vu 76. Ronde-Vu was calved February 2009, making him the junior division champion. He is out of Ms. MF 63 and sired by JME Bevo Manso 248. Nathan Candler claimed the reserve grand prize with his senior division champion, NC Mr. Elmer 17. Nathan’s Elmer is by JME Mr. Suva Crat 225 and out of +MDS Lady Sugar 156.TABR©

OPEN BULLS

GRAND CHAMPION BULL IS Mr. Esto’s Ronde-Vu 76 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE NC Lady Ella 48 Exhibited by Candler Cattle Co.

Calf Champion: IS Mr. A Plus 82 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Reserve Calf Champion: NC Salvador Hugo 50 Exhibited by Candler Cattle Company Intermediate Champion: NC Mr. Dee Jay 38 Exhibited by Candler Cattle Company Reserve Intermediate Champion: Mr. Brantley’s Deacon Exhibited by Sara Lunsford Junior Champion: IS Mr. Esto’s Ronde-Vu 76 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Reserve Junior Champion: MDS Sir Mayro 427 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Senior Champion: NC Mr. Elmer 17 Exhibited by Nathan Candler

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL NC Mr. Elmer 17 Exhibited by Nathan Candler

OPEN FEMALES

Calf Champion: NC Lady Ella 48 Exhibited by Candler Cattle Company Reserve Calf Champion: IS Ms. Paparazzi Exhibited by Bethalyn Bishop Intermediate Champion: MDS Lady Reload 437 Exhibited by Bethalyn Bishop Reserve Intermediate Champion: -GS Doc’s Suville Empress 362 Exhibited by Bethalyn Bishop Junior Champion: MDS Lady Reload 430 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Senior Champion: TTT Ms. Suva Karaoke 431 Exhibited by Candler Cattle Company 52 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW™ | SPRING 2011

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By Stacey Forgason KISSIMMEE, FL – Osceola county was host to the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show held on February 17th, 2011. Ed Dillard served to evaluate the Brahman cattle presented. MK Farms and Valley B Enterprises completed the female show with a very successful exhibition. Their entry, Miss H Carmen Manso, was named grand champion Brahman female for the day. This April 2008 female is sired by JDH Sir Jerome Manso and out of Lady H Kelila Manso 653. Miss V8 137/7 and Mr. Adrian Land paraded through the ring as reserve grand champion. +JDH Karu Manso 800 sired this February 2009 female, with +Miss V8 228/6. Valley B Enterprises seemed to have the golden touch on this day as they led the grand champion Brahman bull, -GS Doc’s Senator 351, for owner Gray Shadow Ranch. This junior division champion is out of –GS Ms. Sugar Diamond 328 and by MDS Doc’s Pride 196. Getting in on the action, D Bar Ranch had Valley B exhibiting their reserve grand champion, SCD Didor Esto. He had also followed Doc’s Senator earlier as reserve junior division champion. TABR©

GRAND CHAMPION BULL -GS Doc’s Senator 351 Exhibited by Gray Shadow Ranch

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Calf Champion: LD Who Dat 69/0 Exhibited by Reese Ranch Reserve Calf Champion: IS Mr. A Plus 82 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Intermediate Champion: Mr. Reese 967 Exhibited by Reese Ranch Reserve Intermediate Champion: NC Mr. Dee Jay 38 Exhibited by Nathan Candler Junior Champion: -GS Doc’s Senator 351 Exhibited by Gray Shadow Ranch Reserve Junior Champion: SCD Didor Esto Exhibited by D Bar Ranch Senior Champion: Mr. Berchman Suville 176 Exhibited by Adrian Land Reserve Senior Champion: NC Mr. Elmer 17 Exhibited by Nathan Candler

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Miss H Carmen Manso Exhibited by MK Farms

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL SCD Didor Esto Exhibited by D Bar Ranch

OPEN FEMALES

Calf Champion: Miss Reese 11 Exhibited by Reese Ranch Reserve Calf Champion: FSH Chilly 16 Exhibited by Fuller Farms Intermediate Champion: -GS Ms. Doc’s Manso 357 Exhibited by Gray Shadow Ranch Reserve Intermediate Champion: -GS Doc Empress Manso 360 Exhibited by Dyess Farms Junior Champion: Miss V8 137/7 Exhibited by Adrian Land Reserve Junior Champion: Miss Susan Reese 903 Exhibited by Reese Ranch Senior Champion: Miss H Carmen Manso Exhibited by MK Farms Reserve Senior Champion: Miss L2 1 Exhibited by Arica Land 54 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW™ | SPRING 2011

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


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By Tricia Potts MIAMI, FLORIDA –Sunny Florida was the place to be for the 4th annual Miami International Agriculture and Cattle Show held March 19-20, 2011. Milton Charanza from Texas judged the Brahman cattle. Miss V8 137/7 was selected as the grand champion female. Owned and exhibited by L2 Ranch of Florida, she is the February 2009 daughter of +JDH Karu Manso 800 and +Miss V8 228/6. For reserve champion female, Charanza chose cow/calf pair Miss H Carmen Manso 983/8. She is an April 2008 calf sired by JDH

GRAND CHAMPION BULL Mr. H Buckle Manso 111/9 Exhibited by Heritage Cattle Co.

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

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Sir Jerome Manso; her dam is Lady H Kelila Manso 653. Owned by Heritage Cattle of Texas, this female was exhibited by Valley B Enterprises. Grand champion bull was Mr. H Buckle Manso 111/9. He is the August 2009 son of +Mr. H Maddox and +Lady H Leala Manso 243. He is owned by Heritage Cattle Company, and was exhibited by IS Ranch of Florida. Charanza chose Mr. L2 Macho 3 as the reserve champion. Owned and exhibited by L2 Ranch, he is a May 2009 calf out of +Mr. V8 901/4 and Miss V8 501/6.TABR©

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL Mr. L2 Macho 3 Exhibited by L2 Ranch

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Miss H Carmen Manso 983/8 Exhibited by Heritage Cattle Co.


OPEN BULLS Calf Champion: Mr. A Plus 82 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Reserve Calf Champion: Mr. L2 Mi Socio Exhibited by L2 Ranch Intermediate Champion: Mr. H Buckle Manso 111/9 Exhibited by Heritage Cattle Co. Reserve Intermediate Champion: Mr. L2 Macho 3 Exhibited by L2 Ranch Junior Champion: Mr. Esto’s Ronde-Vu 76 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Reserve Junior Champion: MDS Sir Mayro 427 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop Senior Champion: NC Mr. Elmer 17 Exhibited by Nathan Candler

OPEN FEMALES Calf Champion: GS Ms. Annette Exhibited by Newsome Brahman Cattle Reserve Calf Champion: Miss V8 374/7 Exhibited by Valley B Enterprises Intermediate Champion: GS Doc’s Manso 357 Exhibited by Valley B Enterprises Reserve Intermediate Champion: GS Doc’s Suville Empress 362 Exhibited by IS Ranch Junior Champion: Miss V8 137/7 Exhibited by L2 Ranch Reserve Junior Champion: Miss V8 169/7 Exhibited by L2 Ranch Senior Champion: Miss H Carmen Manso 983/8 Exhibited by Heritage Cattle Co. Reserve Senior Champion: Miss L2 1 Exhibited by L2 Ranch

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BEAUMONT, TEXAS – Whitlock Cattle Company and Brady Benavidez, two Texas Brahman breeders, claimed championships in the gray Brahman show at the 2011 South Texas State Fair in Beaumont, followed by two Cajuns, Circle T Cattle Company and K Bar Farms, claiming the red Brahman championships. This annual American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) approved show was held March 26. Dr. Joe Paschal, livestock specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension, served as judge. The Whitlock’s cow-calf pair, Miss V8 978/6, was named grand champion gray female. This cow is by +Karu out of a +Powerstroke female. For reserve, Paschal selected Miss Susan Reese 903, a January 2009 daughter of the newly crowned Register of Renown bull, +Mr. Grayson Reese 176. Mr. H Bronx Manso 37/8 was named grand champion gray bull. This September 2008 son of +Mr. H Maddox Manso 684 is owned by Brady Benavidez of Laredo, Texas, and exhibited by Joyce Custom Fitters. Reese Ranch claimed another banner with Mr. Batson Reese 10, a January 2010 bull calf sired by +Mr. Grayson Reese 176 for reserve. In the red show, the CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 train kept rolling right along, claiming yet another championship for the

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By Rachel Cutrer Thibodeaux family and Legacy Cattle Company. Mason Boyer, an American Junior Brahman Association (AJBA) member from Wallisville, Texas, exhibited Ms. Erica 207/8 to the reserve champion red female position. Both of these females are sired by +Red Rhino. KF Mr. Passport Success 2/8 was named grand champion red bull. Owned by K Bar Farms and under the exhibition of Legacy Cattle Company, “Dozer” looks to be on a quest to gain another Show Bull of the Year title next year. For reserve, Paschal selected the east Texas bull, Mr. HB Playboy, owned by Herb Braswell. This powerful November 2008 bull is sired by Mr. JS Rouge 365/4 and out of Bobby Braswell’s old show heifer, Shania. There were two junior jackpot shows held in conjunction with the 2011 South Texas State Fair. Ring #1 was judged by Reagan Schwab of Seguin, Texas, and Ring #2 was judged by ABBA approved judge Reggie Rodriguez of Columbus, Texas. In Ring #1, Emily Jernigan exhibited the grand champion with Miss V8 122/7, a +Karu daughter. Paden Allen exhibited the reserve grand champion with Miss SG 106/9. In Ring #2, Rodriguez selected Wesley Thibodeaux and CT Lady Rhino 944/4 as the grand champion female, followed by Paden Allen’s heifer as reserve TABR©


OPEN GRAY FEMALES

Calf Champion: Miss KB 1/0 Exhibited by Kaleb Bendy Reserve Calf Champion: Miss Reese 11 Exhibited by Reese Ranch Intermediate Champion: +S Hermosa Manso 397 Exhibited by Michael Joyce, Jr. Reserve Intermediate Champion: Lady H Bailey Manso 87/9 Exhibited by Jenna Kimball Junior Champion: Miss Susan Reese 903 Exhibited by Reese Ranch Reserve Junior Champion: Miss SG 106/9 Exhibited by SG Cattle Senior Champion: Miss V8 978/6 Exhibited by Whitlock Cattle Co. Reserve Senior Champion: Miss V8 117/7 Exhibited by Desiree Boyd

OPEN RED FEMALES GRAND CHAMPION GRAY BULL Mr. H Bronx Manso 37/8 Exhibited by Brady Benavidez & Joyce Custom Fitters

GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL KF Mr. Passport Success 2/8 Exhibited by K Bar Farms & Legacy Cattle Service

GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 Exhibited by Circle T Cattle & Legacy Cattle Service

Reserve Junior Champion: KR Ms. Red Rhino 219 Exhibited by Kelli N. Doucet Senior Champion: Ms. Erica 207/8 Exhibited by Mason Boyer Reserve Senior Champion: Ms. EE Chicken on a Chain Exhibited by Roberto Estrada, Jr.

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GRAY BULL Mr. Batson Reese 10 Exhibited by Reese Ranch

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL Mr. HB Playboy Exhibited by H.J. Braswell

OPEN GRAY BULLS Calf Champion: Batson Reese 10 Exhibited by Reese Ranch Reserve Calf Champion: Reese 69/9 Exhibited by Reese Ranch Intermediate Champion: Mr. KC Manhattan 93/9 Exhibited by Legacy Cattle Service Reserve Intermediate Champion: Reese 967 Exhibited by Reese Ranch Junior Champion: SCD Didor Esto 623/1 Exhibited by Brandon Felix Reserve Junior Champion: Mr. V8 885/6 Exhibited by Legacy Cattle Service Senior Champion: Mr. H Bronx Manso 37/8 Exhibited by Brady Benavidez Reserve Senior Champion: Mr. V8 614/6 Exhibited by Jeff Jenkins

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE Ms. Erica 207/8 Exhibited by Mason Boyer

OPEN RED BULLS Calf Champion: Mr. CC Casanova 500/0 Exhibited by Legacy Cattle Service Reserve Calf Champion: KT Mr. HK Red Passport 327 Exhibited by Kelli N. Doucet Intermediate Champion: 3E Mr. Manso 8 Exhibited by Micael Joyce, Jr. Reserve Intermediate Champion: JFC Southern Style 04/9 Exhibited by Jeff Jenkins Junior Champion: Mr. TO 1/9 Exhibited by Legacy Cattle Service Reserve Junior Champion: Mr. JW 56 Exhibited by Dollar Short Cattle Co. Senior Champion: KF Mr. Passport Success 2/8 Exhibited by Legacy Cattle Service & K Bar Farms Reserve Senior Champion: Mr. HB Playboy Exhibited by H.J. Braswell

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GRAY FEMALE Miss Susan Reese 903 Exhibited by Reese Ranch

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By Ashley Charanza CALDWELL, TEXAS APRIL 16, 2011—The 24th Annual American Brahman Breeder’s Association (ABBA) National Certified F1 Female Sale and Texas Brahman Association (TBA) Registered and Purebred Brahman Sale drew a large crowd of cattlemen and grossed $731,000. The sale, held at the Caldwell Livestock Commission and managed by Broken Triangle Cattle Marketing (BTCM), included 46 consignors from 5 states, and prominent local breeders that provided a quality selection of F1 and registered Brahman females. “This year’s sale offering had tremendous quality from top to bottom,” said Milton Charanza, Jr. of BTCM, “The consignors had the cattle ready for sale.” Auctioneer Ruben Reyes kicked off the sale at 1 p.m. and sold 465 F1 lots. The highest selling lot, at $2,500 per head, was a pen of six Golden Certified Brahman X Hereford pairs consigned by H & M Cattle. The highest selling lot from 200 lots of Brahman cattle sold for $3,000. The sale was better than expected with the dry weather conditions across the south, said Charanza. Jerry Armstrong of Diamond A Ranch in Caldwell, Texas, was this year’s volume buyer who purchased 50 head of cattle. This year, the cattle were judged by Gary Bruns, Mike Domel and Ken Whitewood. Robbie Hamilton of H & M Cattle in Wharton, Texas, won Champion F1 Pairs, John Malazzo Farms of Caldwell, Texas, won Champion Exposed Heifers and Bruce Alford Cattle Company of Caldwell, Texas, won Champion Open Heifers. Blue ribbon winners were John Malazzo Farms, H & M Cattle, South Texas Cattle Marketing, and James Roberts. Consignors and buyers arrived Friday afternoon for the chance to look at cattle and to attend a crawfish boil. Chris Shivers, ABBA Executive Vice-President, thanked everyone for coming out to the

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sale, and J.D. “Bubba” Sartwelle blessed the meal of boiled crawfish, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, fried catfish and french fries. Sale day started Dedication to Mr. J.D. “Bubba” Sartwelle off with a constant flow of people in the barn with 110 registered buyers from 5 states. The Hungry Heifer Café, operated by Charla Matthews, served a hearty meal of brisket sandwiches for lunch. About 30 minutes before the sale started, Shivers thanked Sartwelle and his family for their work with the F1 and Brahman sales in the past, and dedicated the F1 sale to Sartwelle. Shivers also recognized the more than 42 sponsors of the sale, including the major contributors - Capital Farm Credit and Producer’s Cooperative of Bryan, Texas. The sale was also supported by the Texas Hereford Association, the Texas Angus Association and Elanco. Buyers unable to attend the sale could bid online with Cattle in Motion of College Station, Texas, the company that filmed each lot and provided the online auction. Twenty-five buyers registered on the internet, and bid actively the entire sale, eventually purchasing four lots. BTCM is a sales management, marketing and consulting company out of Caldwell, Texas. Charanza has more than 30 years experience in the cattle industry. To learn about upcoming sales, visit brokentrianglecattle.com. TABR©


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By Rachel Cutrer MERCEDES, TEXAS – Brahman exhibitors from Texas and Louisiana took a spring break trip down to the Rio Grande Valley in March to compete at the annual American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) approved show held in conjunction with the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show (RGVLS) in Mercedes, Texas. This show is known amongst exhibitors as a relaxed and enjoyable show, usually with warm weather, trips across the border and great hospitality from the Rio Grande Valley breeders. Dr. Chris Boleman of College Station, Texas, evaluated the cattle. In the gray Brahman female show, two south Texas American Junior Brahman Association (AJBA) members rose to the top of the competition GRAND CHAMPION GRAY BULL with their Mr. V8 614/6 Exhibited by Jeff Jenkins females from the junior division. Peyton Levien and Miss JP Rennee 103/9 were awarded the grand champion gray female award. This heifer is a March 2009 daughter of Mr. V8 954/6 and out of a female from GRAND CHAMPION GRAY FEMALE the Clay Powell Miss JP Rennee 103/9 herd. This win Exhibited by Peyton Levien was especially exciting for the Levien family since Mercedes is not too far from their hometown of Woodsboro, Texas. Boleman opted to keep the two junior division champions together, selecting Evan Acevedo’s Miss Double A 597/9 as reserve. This polled female is by the Double A herd sire Mr. V8 114/6 and out of a Diamond A female. 74 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW™ | SPRING 2011

In the red female show, a pair of full sisters took home the banners once again for Legacy Cattle Service. CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 took home the purple for Circle T Cattle Company, this time under her newly updated ABBA official registration name, noting the new spelling of Rhino vs. Rhineaux (straight Cajun style!) This reigning 2011 international champion is a daughter of Red Rhino and has racked-up quite an impressive list of wins in 2011. Her full sister, 5M Ms. Betty Rojo 544, owned by 5M Farms, was named reserve grand champion. Both females are by +Red Rhino and out of +5M Ms. Marcia. In the gray Brahman bull show, both champions were owned by Jeff Jenkins, under the exhibition GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL of Joyce Custom KF Mr. Passport Success 2/8 Exhibited by K Bar Farms Fitters. Boleman selected Jenkins’ pair of V8 bulls to be senior champions and grand champions of the show. The grand champion bull was Mr. V8 614/6, a son of +JDH Sir Avery Manso and out GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE of +JDH Marri CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 Holly Manso. Exhibited by Circle T Cattle Co. His reserve champion was Mr. V8 659/6, a son of JDH Mr. Manso 579/6 and out of a +Superstroke daughter. In the red bull show, KF Mr. Passport Success 2/8, better known as “Dozer”, earned another grand championship title for owner Carolyn Falgout. In the reserve spot, Boleman selected the intermediate


champion, DB Southern Style 667/9, owned by Detering Red Brahmans and exhibited by Joyce Custom Fitters. Bar W Ranch exhibited the champion gray produce-of-dam with progeny out of Ms. Bar W V8 604/5 and Evan Acevedo exhibited the gray champion embryo produce-of-dam. Legacy Cattle Service exhibited the champion red embryo produce-ofdam. The RGVLS also offered a junior show for Brahman exhibitors. Jacob Valenta exhibited the grand champion female, followed by Levien for reserve grand champion. Additional class winners were Megan Helle, Rumaldo Lozano, Evan Acevedo and Michael Joyce, Jr. TABR©

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GRAY BULL Mr. V8 659/6 Exhibited by Jeff Jenkins

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED BULL DB Southern Style 667/9 Exhibited by Detering Red Brahmans

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GRAY FEMALE Miss Double A 597/9 Exhibited by Evan Acevedo

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION RED FEMALE 5M Ms. Betty Rojo 544 Exhibited by 5M Farms

OPEN GRAY BULLS

OPEN RED BULLS

Calf Champion: LMC Polled Madison 133/0 Exhibited by LaMuneca Cattle Co. Reserve Calf Champion: Mr. CC General 900/0 Exhibited by Legacy Cattle Service Intermediate Champion: Mr. V8 14/7 Exhibited by Double A Brahmans Reserve Intermediate Champion: VF Precision Exhibited by Vogue Farms Junior Champion: Mr. Rebel Star Rex Manso 65/9 Exhibited by Colton Ruschhaupt Senior Champion: Mr. V8 614/6 Exhibited by Jeff Jenkins Reserve Senior Champion: Mr. V8 659/6 Exhibited by Jeff Jenkins

Calf Champion: Mr. CC Casanova 500/0 Exhibited by Legacy Cattle Service Intermediate Champion: DB Southern Style 667/9 Exhibited by Detering Red Brahmans Reserve Intermediate Champion: 3E Mr. Manso 8 Exhibited by Michael Joyce, Jr. Junior Champion: Mr. TO 1/9 Exhibited by Legacy Cattle Service Reserve Junior Champion: LN Frost 69/9 Exhibited by La Negra Cattle Senior Champion: KF Mr. Passport Success 2/8 Exhibited by K Bar Farms Additional class winners were exhibited by: Christian Quintero.

Additional class winners were exhibited by: Whitlock Land & Cattle, Daniel Acevedo, LaMuneca Cattle Co., Wade Watkins, Legacy Cattle Service and Hank Troppy.

OPEN GRAY FEMALES Calf Champion: Miss Double A 673/0 Exhibited by Evan Acevedo Reserve Calf Champion: Miss JP Taylor 105/0 Exhibited by Peyton Levien Intermediate Champion: +S Hermosa Manso 397 Exhibited by Michael Joyce, Jr. Reserve Intermediate Champion: Miss V8 372/7 Exhibited by Evan Acevedo Junior Champion: Miss JP Rennee 103/9 Exhibited by Peyton Levien Reserve Junior Champion: Miss Double A 597/9 Exhibited by Evan Acevedo Senior Champion: Miss V8 978/6 Exhibited by Whitlock Land & Cattle Reserve Senior Champion: Miss WC 1 Exhibited by Whitlock Land & Cattle Additional class winners were exhibited by: Arnold Saunders, Tobin Pennington, Peyton Levein, Megan Helle, Evan Acevedo, Felicia Garcia, Michael Joyce, Jr., Jacob Valenta, Jordan Guerra, Whitlock Land & Cattle and Double A Ranch.

OPEN RED FEMALES Calf Champion: 5M Miss Rojo Milli 506/0 Exhibited by 5M Farms Reserve Calf Champion: LN Sahari 100/0 Exhibited by La Negra Cattle Intermediate Champion: CT Lady Rhineaux Ray 8/9 Exhibited by Circle T Cattle Co. Reserve Intermediate Champion: 5M Ms. Betty Rojo 944/4 Exhibited by 5M Farms Junior Champion: BB Ms. Red Tide 700/9 Exhibited by Daniel Gomez Reserve Junior Champion: Lady H Kami Rojo 60/9 Exhibited by Jacob Valenta Senior Champion: DB Southern Style 542/8 Exhibited by Detering Red Brahmans Reserve Senior Champion: Miss Tuscany Cassie 32/8 Exhibited by Stanley & Virginia Ohnheiser Additional class winners were exhibited by: Bar W Ranch and Peyton Levien.

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NATIONAL F1 & BRAHMAN FEMALE SALE APRIL 16TH CALDWELL, TX

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In a place where it might take driving many miles through the hillsides to find a Brahman cow, J&H Farm has made its mark in the Brahman industry. The American Brahman Review takes a look at the Johnsons. Story by Ashley Charanza Photos by Nikki Johnson, J&H Farm

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“I feel like it draws your family closer and you meet so many good friends,” she says. “It’s like a family-oriented industry.”

POST JUNIOR DAYS Nikki’s senior year of high school did not mark the end of her show era. She continued showing at open shows while attending Middle Tennessee State University on a four year scholarship with the livestock judging team and was a member of the horse judging team. At the 1993 American Quarter Horse Association World Champion Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Nikki won World Champion for Oral Reasons and World Champion for Conformation. Her success as a horse judger did not go unnoticed. Texas Tech University recognized Nikki VL Rojo Bravo 72/7, the herd bull that started J&H Farm. 72/7 bred cows until 3 as a successful judger and student, and she months before he died at the age of 19. was recruited to coach the horse judging team and teach classes. Nikki coached Nikki’s competitive nature extended THE BEGINNING beyond the show ring to junior competitions the team from 1995 - 1997 while earning Harry Johnson, owner of J&H Farm her master of science in physiology of such as the public speaking contest. She in Charleston, Tennessee, has been raising reproduction. also served as the 1988-1989 AJBA Queen, commercial cattle for more than 55 years. In 1996, Nikki became an approved crowned at the 1988 All-American in Tampa, In the 1980s, Harry decided to take a new American Brahman Breeders Association Florida. business venture and purchased a Brahman judge and judged her first show in Harry was thankful that Nikki was able to show heifer for his daughter, Nikki, from Beaumont, Texas, at the South Texas State participate in an activity that taught her life Andy Tucker in Florida, which began the Fair. Since then, she has judged shows lessons and made family memories. J&H purebred Brahman herd. in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, “She learned responsibility and it taught Harry’s new cattle herd seemed strange Louisiana and most recently the South her to take the good with the bad,” he says. to cattle producers in Angus country, but Florida State Fair in West Palm Beach, Showing cattle is always an adventure, Harry knew they would have a strong Florida. whether it’s in the ring or on the road. market in the area, he says, and they have Sherrie, Harry’s wife, recalls memories proven just that. while the family traveled to shows, “We are very unique [in Tennessee] and including a time when making it home that enables us to truly market our product from a show in an old red truck seemed more effectively, especially the crossbred hopeless. cattle,” Nikki says. “It was hot. That truck had no air Harry chose Brahmans because of conditioning,” Sherrie says. “We bought problems with Angus and fescue toxicity; a bag of ice and let our dog lay on it to he knew that crossbreds and purebred cool him off. We thought that was an Brahmans performed well, even when awful trip, but it is something I won’t consuming fescue grass. The motivation forget.” to market quality Brahman genetics in an Even after the long trips home and area with few Brahmans has made J&H a nights at the show barn, Nikki realized reputable, family-owned ranch. her passion for the Brahman breed. “We’ve learn more every day,” says Harry, Nikki says she remembers everyone “You won’t ever learn it all.” welcomed her with open arms and THE OPEN ROAD offered words of encouragement. After the purchase of Nikki’s show “I met a ton of great people,” says heifers, the Johnsons’ life became a Nikki, “Those were lasting memories whirlwind of cattle shows, a life many junior that prompted me to truly want to be a exhibitors would never trade. Nikki showed breeder for a lifetime.” Brahmans through 4-H and the American For Sherrie, the Brahman industry is Junior Brahman Association (AJBA), like another family. Cattle shows are a A picture of Nikki after she was crowned the boasting a successful show career. time for Nikki and her sister, Cheree, to 1988 AJBA Queen. It was kept in a wallet for years, explaining the wear and tear. catch up as well, says Sherrie. SPRING 2011 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW™ | 81


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

Champion Red Bull, JH Cowboy’s Firecracker “My goal is to breed 100, a son of Mr. V8 761/4 and JH Miss 66/6. Today, J&H strongly believes that its duty Outside the show ring, J&H effectively is to promote quality Brahman genetics in better every year and markets its Brahmans and maintains relations the United States and abroad, and prove with other breeders because it helps the that its cattle will be the right fit for any breed cattle that are entire industry in the long run, says Nikki. producer. International business is fundamental to the “My goal is to breed better every year and needed for the future,” Brahman industry, but proving that Brahman breed cattle that are needed for the future,” cattle can work for domestic breeders is Harry says. Harry Johnson important to J&H. The bloodlines at J&H go back to VL Rojo Bravo 72/7, a bull that Harry purchased from Santa Elena Ranch in Madisonville, Texas. For 19 years, the bull sired many cattle for J&H, and is the paternal greatgrandfather of Mr. JH 2000. com. Today, JH He’s Got Male 40/4 is the primary herd sire for J&H. J&H claims many champions, including 2004 Reserve Intermediate Champion Bull. the 2004 JH Cowboy’s Firecracker 100. International Grand

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“I think we have to do a better job of promoting our breed on the domestic home front,” Nikki says, “I think we have proven that at the last few years at Houston when the international business has been slower.” Many cattlemen have faced hard times in the past few years, but J&H is optimistic that quality Brahman genetics will always make money, especially for the commercial producers in the southeastern states. J&H firmly believes in the potential JH Miss Com’s Valentine 88, J&H’s of the Brahman breed best donor cow and says, “We’re a fundamental breed that is here to stay.” ©TABR


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By Ashley Charanza

Cool-season fescue grass, a main grazing forage in the southeastern United States, was introduced more than 100 years ago because of its hardiness. The grass was popular for its ability to be productive under stressful conditions like grazing pressures, parasites and droughts. However, soon after the grass was introduced, some problems were noticed with cattle. The root of the problem is chemical compounds, produced by a fungus in the plant, that disrupts breathing, heat dissipation and temperature control, and is sometimes fatal. In cows, the fescue fungus decreases milk production. The fungus and fescue share a symbiotic relationship; both the plant and the fungus benefit from each other. Fescue provides an environment for the fungus to grow, and the fungus protects fescue, which results in strong and healthy plants.

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affected by fescue toxins, but heat-tolerant breeds like Brahmans do not show as many signs of elevated heat stress as other breeds. Brahmans are not immune to the toxins; rather they can handle the heat stress caused by the toxins better than other breeds. In a study of Brahman and Hereford steers injected with compounds of the same classification of chemicals produced by the fescue fungus, Richard Browning Jr., associate professor of animal science at Tennessee State University (TSU), found that Brahmans showed fewer signs of heat stress than other breeds. “Perhaps heat-tolerant genetics, such as Brahman genetics,” he says, “might be able to provide some relief.” Herefords, Browning reports, showed signs of exaggerated heat stress like heavy breathing, standing in ponds and lying in mud puddles and water troughs to cool off. When cattle cannot properly dissipate heat, it stays in the core of the animal, which could lead to death.

PREVENTING FESCUE TOXICITY Fescue toxicity cannot be cured or treated. Therefore, farmers and ranchers


Photos complimentary of Myra Neal must prevent it by using basic management practices. Morrison of Morrison Farm & Richard Browning says one of the Browning Jr. of Tennessee State University. first solutions to prevent fescue toxicity involves eliminating the fungus. However, productivity of the new entophyte-free fescue, decreases and the grass becomes weak. Another way to handle the toxicity, according to Browning, is to rotate animals between fescue and forages like bermuda grass and clover. Alternative summer and cool season forages help lower the amount of chemical compound consumed by animals. Within the last decade, a new type of fescue with a modified fungus has been introduced, which produces a different chemical compound, one that benefits cattle. This fescue is expensive to plant due to the costs incurred from developing the new cultivar, Browning believes. “It has some application, but right now it is fairly limited,” Browning says. “It is questionable whether the added cost is more than made up for with extra performance in animals.” Browning says many producers remember the effects of the fungus-free fescue and are hesitant to adopt it. Because of the needs expressed by producers, Browning says, TSU looked into the possibility of using a breed with heat-tolerant genetics. “[It would] give the producers the opportunity to keep the old fescue and still have their cattle being productive,” says Browning. Most forages lack nutrients that can be supplemented by minerals. Mineral supplements promote strong immune systems and proper forage digestion, which balance the diet so “efficient animal production can be possible,” says Dan Puckett, product and pricing manager for Nutrition Plus. Fescue Plus CTC 1.4, a mineral with a mix of copper, zinc, selenium and other nutrients, could also be used in addition to grazing management to prevent fescue toxicity, Puckett says.

BRAHMAN BREEDERS IN FESCUE REGIONS Myra Neal Morrison, North Carolina cattle breeder and owner of Morrison Farm, says her cattle graze fescue, eat fescue hay and are supplemented with minerals year round which prevents her cattle from having elevated heat stress. “I think the biggest problem [with fescue toxicity],” she says, “is not giving cattle other feeds and not feeding enough highmagnesium mineral.” Dobbins Brahmans in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, uses mineral supplements throughout the year in its Brahman operation. Owner James Dobbins said he doesn’t see problems with his cattle being sensitive to high temperatures because of fescue. The only problem, he says, is the loss of a few tail switches. Cattle consuming fescue toxins usually lose outer extremities like tail switches and hooves during harsh winters, known as “fescue foot,” a symptom caused by decreased blood circulation. Terry McPherson, owner of Tiara Farms in Graham, North Carolina, has had a few cattle lose tail switches, but doesn’t have major problems associated with fescue toxicity and Brahmans, but had problems with Simmentals. McPherson said the Simmentals couldn’t handle the heat, and the farm stopped breeding them and now raises Brahman and Angus cattle.

POTENTIAL FOR BRAHMANS Although most Brahmans are found in the southern and coastal regions of the United States, Browning believes an increase in Brahman and heat-tolerant breeds in the southeastern area has the potential to overcome the toxic problems with fescue. “It’s something that producers will probably have to experience themselves,” Browning says. “For me, it seems to be a fairly easy step to introduce heat-tolerant genetics into some of the fescue producing areas.” Because the chemical compounds in fescue affect milk production, Browning believes that more research on fescue toxicity should be done on the cow-calf side of production, particularly on weaning weights of Brahmans and Brahman-influence calves. ©TABR SPRING 2011 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW™ | 85


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Five Oaks Cattle…...................................55 Flying W Ranch.......................................19 Fontenot’s Red Brahmans....................….60 Forgason Cattle Company........................69 G2 Cattle Company….............................63 Ganaderia el Rosario…......................IFC, 3 Genex Custom Collection Services.............7 H. Troppy, Inc..........................................73 HB Braswell Red Brahman Ranch............63 HRW Cattle Co…...................................60 Iron Shirt Brahmans.................................21 IS Ranch...................................................59 J.D. Hudgins, Inc...…15, 33, 37, 39, 62, 71 J&H Farms...............................................82 J-S Genetics Team....................................67 JW Brahmans….......................................62 JW Red Brahman Ranch…......................63 Key, Billie Wayne, Sr…............................64 L2 Ranch…..............................................59 La Muneca…............................................70 Lazy D Farms….......................................55 Legacy Cattle Services...............................53 Lindley Brahmans.....................................63 Longview Ranch...................................…70 McCutchen Land and Cattle....................18 M. James Brahmans…..............................60 Mexicana de Criadores de Cebù, Assoc.....29 Moreno Firms.......................................…59 Oden Ranch….........................................64 Parish Brahmans...................................…62

Reese Ranch…........................................63 SB Brahman Ranch…....................…….61 Sagrera Brahmans....................................60 Salinas Ranch..........................................62 Santa Elena Ranch, Inc.........…......63, 146 Schneider Brahmans, LLC..................19,34 Seven Bar Cattle Co.........................……64 Sexing Techologies...................................25 Shackelford, Marcus................................59 Smith Brahmans...........................….60, 67 Southern Cattle Company.......................59 STA Ranch..............................................70 St. CYR Brahman Farm, Inc................…62 Sunnyside Ranch….................................70 T.J. Gibson Ranch..........….....................63 Tic Tac Toe Ranch...............................…63 Tipp Ranch.............................................62 Triton Farms.....................................57, 60 V8 Ranch..........................................31, 62 Walter Honea…......................................82 Whitlock Cattle Company…..................62 Windy Hill Ranch…...............................64

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