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We are very proud of our world renown POLLED Brahman herd and are excited about the consumer demand they have created. Be on the lookout for more goodness to come from these special and elite POLLED BREED CHANGERS many of which are double polled.

707 is the Matriarch of our herd and is the dam to Pistolero, Polled Maestro, Polled Success and six daughters in our herd.

LMC WFF Beth 24/6 is a JDH 636/1 x 707 cow that is one of four full sisters in our herd. Co-owned with Mike Quintanilla.

LMC MQ Moolan is an Ambassador x Beth that is a champion and future donor for the Quintanillas and LMC.

LMC WFF Caroline is a full sib to Beth and is the most capacious of the litter. They are full sibs to Polled Maestro and Master.

“Donna” is an outstanding donor bred by the Schneiders. She is the dam to Polled Aussie and Polled Donna.

LMC Polled Donna is another of our future donors and is a full sib to LMC Polled Aussie. Co-owned with Mike England.

LMC Polled Crickett is an Ambassador out of Polled Donna and is another future donor co-owned with Mike England.

LMC Polled Evita is a Pistolero out of our 187 cow. Evita is Polled Ava’s dam and is a maternal sister to Polled Maravilla,

“Samantha” is one of the best POLLED cows ever made. She is a herd bull producer and the dam to Polled Sugar, Spice, Samson & Sambo.

LMC Polled Sugar is a full sister to the many times champion Polled Spice. Her first ET Calves by LMC Apollo are awesome!

“Stella” is a gorgeous POLLED donor that is a paternal sister to Samantha and is the dam of LMC Muñeca Perfecta.

La Muñeca Perfecta is just that. She NEARS PERFECTION IN THE FLESH. She is one of our best Pistolero daughters.

LMC Polled Spice is an Ambassador x Samantha that won 20 shows & the SA $10,000 for Winston Walters. She is a BEEF MACHINE !

LMC Polled Ava is an Ambassador x Polled Evita GOLDEN CROSS. We coown her with Kelly Barnard from Kansas.

LMC Polled Paulette is another of Winston Walters super champion POLLED show heifers that is a top contender for 2013-14.

LMC Polled Maravilla is a LMC WFF Polled Success x 187 making her a sister to Polled Evita. Co-owned with Nevada Huffman.

LMC Polled Blue Belle is another champion Pistolero whose first ET babies by V8 51/6 are special. Co-owned with Louie Flores.

LMC RM Julia is a powerful young donor sired by Pistolero and a V8 Powerstroke cow. We have big plans for her.

LMC Stephanie is another capacious Pistolero daughter that we co-own with Louie Flores and is one of our top cows.

LMC Victoria’s Secret is a full sib to Baby Doll, They are full sibs to LMC Apollo and are both herd bull producers.

LMC Valentina is a super long Pistolero x V8 Miss Double A 325/6 is a super capacious 34/5 cow destined for greatness in our Kansas and angular mama cow sired by +V8 901/4. 2 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN | May 2013 donor herd. Co-owned with Kelly Barnard. REVIEW®She is the dam of Polled Dakota.

Lucky Rema is a double bred JDH Remington donor we own with Jacob Tipp. Her first two daughters averaged $10,000.

LMC +S Polled Madonna is a proven donor and is a Pistolero x JDH Datapack that sold at Houston for 20 g’s to Barnard & England.

World Class POLLED Brahman Bull Power Call or email us, Brushy Creek or Bovine Elite for semen prices. THANKS for the opportunity.

LMC LF Ambassador is a phenomenal, smooth polled JDH x V8 cross bull whose progeny are outstanding. Semen sells foreign. Breeding shares sell in USA.

LMC Polled Dakota is a double polled Ambassador son out of a polled/scurred V8 901/4 cow. He is co-owned with Kelly Barnard from Kansas. His first calves are really good and can be seen at Kansas Polled Brahmans.

LMC Polled Authority is a massive Ambassador x Double A cow that goes back to V8 189/4, JDH Madison & Karu. Co-owned with the Mike England family. His first three calves averaged $7500 at the LMC $ellabration Sale.

LMC WFF Pistolero is our smooth polled Senior Herd Sire that has progeny all over the Brahman World. Semen sells foreign. Breeding shares sell in USA.

LMC Polled Samson is a double polled Pistolero x Samantha MEAT WAGON that we own with Larry Campbell. Semen sells in USA for $50 per straw (ten unit minimum).

LMC Polled Integrity is a smooth polled Ambassador x V8 “Tommy Bahama” that we own with Schneider Brahmans. Semen sells in USA for $50 per straw (ten unit minimum).

LMC Polled Jody is a NEW BLOOD herd bull produced by Jody Youngblood. He is a complete outcross to all LMC genetics. He can be seen at Westfall Family Farms in Fredericksburg.

JS Polled Patron is another NEW BLOOD herd bull that is also a complete outcross to all LMC genetics. He is sired by +Mr. V8 212/3. Co-owned with England Cattle Co. & SRS Land & Cattle.

LMC Apollo is a POLLED BREED IMPROVER sired by Pistolero x JDH Charley’s Jazz that we own with Chris Brasher & Ray Rodriguez. Semen sells foreign. Breeding shares sell in USA.

Simbrahs, Simbraviehs & POLLED Brahmans PO Box 81 • Linn, TX 78563 956-383-7566 (Office) Carlos 802-1641 • Victor 607-5515 • Carlos Jr. 330-1963 LMC Polled Aussie is a Pistolero x Donna that NEARS PERFECTION IN THE FLESH that we own with Beto Salinas. Semen sells foreign. Breeding Shares sell in the USA.

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CONTENTS May 2013 • Special Polled Issue

>>Cover photo of a young polled Brahman bull owned by Sam Sparks. Photo taken by Carlos Guerra.

FEATURES 34 44 54 56

American Brahman Polled Genetics Worlwide Breeder Spotlight: Polled Genetics Magic City Sale Report Deep South Brahman Association Sale Report Photo by Carlos Guerra





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2013 ajba schedule 53 SHOW & EVENT RESULTS 60 64

Miami International Agriculture and Cattle Show Florida Junior Brahman Association State Show

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Upcoming Events From our Friends From the Editor Behind the Scenes ABBA News Lunch with Chris Shivers Commercial World Doctor’s Orders The Run Down

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Workin’ Overtime Brahman Friend International News Brahman Happenings Industry Updates Farewell Tributes Looking Back Inspirtational Corner

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Excited !!!

We Are Very about how quick our program has been accepted in the sales arena and for the programs and events we have been able to get started in the Rio Grande Valley. CONGRATULATIONS to all of the exhibitors in the history making RGV Registered Brahman Steer show. It was very well accepted with the judge making several comments on how deep the quality was and how well the Champion steer looked in the championship drive. We look for next year’s to be bigger and better. Our 2nd Annual RGV Brahman & F-1 Association Showmanship Clinic & Show was also very educational and well accepted. We THANK the RGV Show for their support and also send a SPECIAL THANKS to the donors, bidders and buyers of our 2nd Annual Silent Auction that is how we raise monies to fund these new junior events. We awarded $7,000 in premiums to our RGV Show Junior Brahman heifer and steer exhibitors. We are looking forward to our first ever RGV Brahman & F-1 Association Field Day to be held here at England Farms on May 4th. It will be very educational and lots of fun. It starts at 2 PM with a great program, followed by tours of England Cattle Co. and SRS Land & Cattle Co. followed by dinner and a party. The POLLED Brahman business is very healthy and keeps us excited. Come join in the excitement !! VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME !!

A BIG HEARTY THANKS goes to the Chuck Selman family for investing $10,000 in the pick of our calf crop at the LMC $ellabration Sale. We appreciate their repeat business and all that they do for our juniors and community.

MIL GRACIAS to the Javier Sosa family for investing in the 2nd pick of our calf crop. Javier’s father in law, Pete Abrigo was my ag teacher, my second father and is the reason I was able to win the prestigious FFA American Farmer Award. Makayla did an outstanding job showing her heifer this year and we are very proud of her.

We welcome the Newt Huffman family as a new client and THANK them for investing in the 3rd pick of our calf crop. They are assembling a top quality POLLED Brahman herd in North and Central Texas.

England Cattle Co. Reg. Polled, Horned Brahmans & F1’s

We are so proud for having hosted the First Annual RGV Brahman & F-1 Assocation Brahman Camaraderie Party for our RGV Show Brahman exhibitors at our house. MIL GRACIAS to Flo, Benny, James, Oreo, Gabe and their families on a great job prepar ing and serving the food. Everyone had a grand time !!

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We are so excited about the consistency of top quality calves our LMC Polled Authority bull is producing for us. We look forward to showing them to you at our upcoming Field Day if not sooner. They are big boned, soggy lots of BRAHMAN power, muscle, pigment Mayl 2013calves | THEwith AMERICAN REVIEW® | 9 and breed character.

From the Editor

By Ashley Patterson Hello, Brahman friends! It is an exciting time for the Brahman breed and TABR! I was proud of our last issue, cattle handling and facilities. Like I said in my last column, talking with Dr. Grandin and using her research and information for our issue was really something special. We received great feedback from that issue. Each issue we publish is full of educational articles that we know can be used to change or improve aspects of your operation. And of course, for enjoyment! They are issues that readers file away—issues that stay on bookshelves for future reference. And for our advertisers, that’s even more exposure. We are honored to produce such a publication. Our April issue, again, was definitely a hit. We traveled with it to the Deep South Brahman Association Sale, the Miami International Show and Sale, the Heritage Cattle Production Sale, and the Florida Brahman Association Field Day. Our southeastern representatives, the Bishop family, worked hard during the events in the southeast, and we appreciate their dedication for the Brahman breed. If you haven’t met the Bishop family yet, be sure to find Mark, Christel, Briana, Brandalyn, and Bethalan at future events, and talk to them about subscribing and advertising. This issue is no different from our last three, as we keep to our dedication of promoting the American Brahman breed. I won’t say much on the content of our special polled genetics issue because Milton addresses that in his column, “Workin’ Overtime.” But, I will say that our polled breeders are making great strides. You will be sure to enjoy the articles about the polled programs across the world. With our May issue, we will travel to the Rio Grande Valley Brahman and F1 Association Field Day on May 4 in Mercedes, Texas, the ABBA Spring Select Brahman Sale on May 24 in Brenham, Texas, and the V8 Ranch Junior Field Day and Preview Show May 31-June 1 in Wharton, Texas. In addition to these events, we are mailing our magazines around the world to Brahman breeders in 20 different countries. We are still seeing continuous growth in our subscription list after each


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Behind the Scenes

By Brooke Prather Hello everyone! As I reflect on this past month working with the Brahman Review, I am reminded of the family atmosphere the Brahman industry truly is. I am overwhelmed by the support and congratulations I have received from my “Brahman family” since the announcement of my internship position. I am truly ecstatic to be working with the Brahman Review and to represent them at shows and events. I had the opportunity to meet some of you at the 26th Annual ABBA National F1 Sale last month in Caldwell, Texas. This was my first event as an intern and I had a great time interacting with ABBA members and producers from many different areas. The sale proved to be a success once again. It was great to see the amount of buyers who showed up to purchase females for their operation which proved the demand for Brahman genetics and characteristics is still high. It was during the sale that I had the pleasure to meet incoming ABBA president Dr. Ricky Hughes. Dr. Hughes’ feature story was my first writing assignment for the magazine. As you can imagine I was a little nervous when writing the article; thankfully Dr. Hughes was kind enough to take a few minutes to speak with me in person at the sale which made my job a lot easier! I hope you had a chance to read the story and now know a little more about the new leader of ABBA. I also had the opportunity to team up with Cattle in Motion and interview Dr. Hughes and Chris Shivers before the National F1 Sale. Dr. Hughes discussed what he hopes to see happen during his term as the ABBA president through increased enrollment and went on to discuss the F1 plus program. Chris Shivers and I discussed the sale and the turnout expected. If you 12 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | May 2013

missed these videos don’t worry, they can be found on our Facebook page! Along with writing feature stories and hosting interviews, I have also been posting on our social media sites Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I encourage you to follow us on these sites in order to stay current with what our team is working on and also at which shows and events you can find us! If you do not have a smart phone you can still find this information located on our website Each issue I will be sharing my thoughts and what I have been working on here in this column. I just want to personally thank you for taking the time to read the magazine and please look for me at the Brahman events! I love making new friends and catching up with longtime ones, so if you ever see me around with a Nikon strapped to my neck, stop me and say hello! I look forward to getting to know those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting and if you need anything at all please feel free to contact me. Until next time, Brooke Prather ©TABR




Houston, Texas—Nine new committee chairmen, vice chairmen, and sixty-eight committee members of the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) were confirmed and announced on April 2, 2013. Committee assignments were appointed by newly elected president, Dr. Ricky Hughes. ABBA members from the states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arizona, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, as well as Ecuador, Guatemala, Canada, and Venezuela will serve as volunteer representatives of the ABBA throughout the coming year. Members and chairmen will be present for 2013 activities and meetings beginning immediately. August will mark the first full meetings with all new committee chairs and members. As a grass roots cattle organization, ABBA committees create and facilitate the ABBA’s plan of work throughout the year. These volunteers collaborate to present new and improved programs, which are then voted on and approved by the ABBA Board of Directors. Following the directives of the committees and board of directors, ABBA staff members, and other volunteers then implement these decisions. 2013 ABBA Committee assignments are as follows: Communications Committee: Rachel Cutrer, Chairman; Scott Satterfield, Vice Chairman; Connie Nettles; Johnny Gnemi; Melissa Laurent; Bob Parish; Richard Sturlese; Rick Butler; Jimmy Chapman; Bob Hudgins Constitution Revision Committee: Bubba Sartwelle, Chairman; Marcus Shackelford, Vice Chairman; Dean Burkhardt; Ricky Hughes; Coleman Locke; Carl Fontenot Finance Committee: George Kempfer, Chairman; Tommy Stadler, Vice Chairman; Carl Fontenot; Dean Burkhardt


International Committee: Larry Barthle, Chairman; David Domsch, Vice Chairman; Mike Partin; Steve Hudgins; Steamer Swaner; John Milton Torres; Raimundo Riojas; Rene Finol; David Andrews; Javier Souto; Barry Smith; Carolyn Falgout; Carl Fontenot; Bill Hudgins Marketing Committee: Arnold Saunders, Chairman; Terry Novak, Vice Chairman; Wade Watkins; Glenn Ruschaupt; Rudy Rios; Kenneth Allen; Jim Usery; Tommy Stadler; Milton Charanza; Sloan Williams; Carl McKenney; Billie Wayne Key, Sr. Membership/Member Services Committee: Dean Burkhardt, Chairman; Lanny Sullins, Vice Chairman; Will Detering; Ricky Hammonds; Bill Nettles; Myra Neal Morrison; Suzanne Lindley; Marcus Shackelford; Ed Cullers; Dorothy Saunders; Coleman Locke; Pat Cone; Jerry Wood Research and Breed Improvement Committee: Loren Pratt, Chairman; Jim Bob Trant, Vice Chairman; George Kempfer; Steve Wilkins; Wes Schneider; Jason Smith; John Allen; Louis Dooley; Jim Williams; Richard Forgason Show Committee: John Coleman Locke, Chairman; Danny Acevedo, Vice Chairman; Brandon Cutrer; Scott Esthay; Kelvin Moreno; Shirley Watts; Shep Batson; Sam Duplantis Youth Committee: Craig Fontenot, Chairman; Gerald Young, Vice Chairman; Buddy Bailey; Patricia Collins; Robert Barlow; Cindy Prather; Billie Farris; Sara Allen; Rhonda Peterson


ABBA News ABBA SPRING SELECT SALE SET FOR MAY BIF RESEARCH AND SYMPOSIUM 25 AT WICHITA RANCH SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 12-15 IN The American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) OKLAHOMA CITY and Broken Triangle Cattle are pleased to announce the Spring Select Brahman Sale and educational workshop on May 25, 2013, at Wichita Ranch in Brenham, Texas. Wichita Ranch, owned by the Lannie Mecom family, is a historic and respected cattle and horse operation located conveniently off Highway 290 in the rolling hills of Washington County. ABBA members are invited to consign their top Brahman females to the sale, in which cattle will be carefully screened for quality and pedigree. Consignments will include Brahman pairs, bred females, and open heifers. The sale will also include a group of show heifer prospects for the young Brahman enthusiast as well as flushes and semen packages. Prior to the sale, ABBA will host an educational workshop and pre-sale social on Friday evening. All ABBA members are welcome to attend this event at no cost. The sale will be carried live through Cattle In Motion. Cattle will be available for viewing on Friday, May 24 and on sale day. To view consignor information, visit news.html. To consign cattle, request a catalog, or for more information contact: Milton E Charanza, Jr. Sale Manager; Broken Triangle Cattle 979-450-8588 (cell) 979-535-4445 (fax) Chris Shivers American Brahman Breeders Association 713-349-0854 (office)


Oklahoma State University, in collaboration with the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF), will be hosting the 45th Annual Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Meeting. BIF is an organization dedicated to coordinating all segments of the beef industry, from researchers and producers to retailers, in an effort to improve efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of beef production. BIF was initiated almost 70 years ago to encourage the use of objective measurements to evaluate beef cattle. Continuing the tradition, BIF is now the clearing house for developing standardized programs and methodology for recording of performance data for all traits from birth weights to carcass traits. Their three leaf clover logo symbolizes the link between industry, extension and research. The 2013 BIF convention will be held in Oklahoma City from June 12-15, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. It will be a forum bringing together industry professionals, producers, and researchers to discuss current issues facing the beef industry. The schedule boasts an interesting array of speakers, socials, and tours that promise to be exciting and informative. Special features include a night out at the National Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame featuring live music and museum tours. We are anticipating a large turnout and hope that all of you will be there to promote the rich history and spirit of Oklahoma beef production. You can see the schedule and register for the convention by visiting the Oklahoma State extension website at, or visit for more information. Early registration is $250 and ends April 15, after which time registrations will still be accepted at a higher price. Hotel rooms at the headquarters can be reserved in the BIF block at a reduced rate by contacting the hotel directly at (405)228-8000. Additional rooms at the same rate are available at the Courtyard Marriott by calling (405)232-2290. We hope to see you there!

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Lunch with Chris Shivers

Executive Vice President Report Chris Shivers discusses recent demand in Brahman and Brahman F1 genetics.

Ashley: Can you give us some more updates on the

recent F1 sales across the south? Chris: I left you last month with anticipation of the National F-1 Sale and this is where I will pick back up with an update. As expected it was a good sale. With the beginnings of a potential drought across many areas, the sale was very realistic but not quite the runaway some had expected. Our F-1 & Brahman breeders alike both had a good day selling quality cattle for respectable prices and certainly better than many other sales that have taken place since. The demand was high but producers were very cautious with their purchases. Over the past month the Louisiana Brahman Association also held their Annual F-1 & Brahman Sale over in Carencro. As always this was an outstanding sale with some of the cattle selling for unprecedented prices. This demand and the increased prices continue to show the need for quality cattle with verified genetics and that producers are willing to pay more for this guarantee. Since the inception of the F-1 Program in 1979 this concept has been the basis of the program and some 34 years later we are seeing its importance more than ever before.

Ashley: Tell us more about the ABBA Spring Select

Brahman Sale on May 25. Chris: I am sure you have heard about an upcoming marketing opportunity for Registered Brahman cattle on May 24-25 in Brenham,Texas. This will be a first time event where producers will have an opportunity to market cattle that are ideal for registered production but don’t have to be haltered to fit into the International Brahman Sale. We are receiving a lot of interest in this event and I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to either market or purchase some outstanding cattle. 18 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | May 2013

Ashley: To what do you attribute the demand of

our Brahman cattle? How can we capitalize on this demand? Chris: Much of the demand that we have seen for our cattle recently is due to the increased quality. As your cattle approach a year of age, I encourage you to contact an ultrasound technician to get your cattle scanned as well as be sure to submit all of your yearling data. It is only through genetic improvement that we will be able to stay at the forefront of the industry. You as breeders have adopted these tools and now as a result have made great strides in progressing the breed and meeting the expectations of your customers. The time has come when those who have the information will be rewarded and those that don’t will see a significant discount due to simply not knowing how their cattle will perform in the different sectors of the industry. Adapted from

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Commercial World

News from the commercial world By J.D. “Bubba” Sartwelle, Jr. Animal ID and traceability and USDA’s proposed remake of the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (MCOOL) regulations that was struck down by the World Trade Organization (WTO) when Canada and Mexico filed complaints, are the hot button topics in the commercial cattle world right now. Probably both of these topics, but particularly MCOOL, are symptomatic of burdensome regulations that are thrust upon businesses in the U.S. today. These regulations dramatically add increased costs to production with little or no economic benefit, much less a reasonable return to the added costs of production. We’ll save the Animal ID and traceability rules for another column and speak about MCOOL and what it can, or will mean, if regulations are adopted as now proposed by USDA. MCOOL is the law that requires that all beef, pork, lamb, fish, poultry, certain nuts, etc., sold at retail must be labeled as to its country of origin. It is a mandatory program, thus the “M” for Mandatory. Whether or not one agreed in 2009 that labeling retail product as to its country of origin was beneficial to consumers (or producers and all others in the supply chain), the law, when it went into effect, immediately drew the ire of Canada and Mexico. As background, remember that the U.S. imports fed cattle from Canada and feeder cattle from both Canada and Mexico. Remember also that Canada and Mexico are also the largest importers of U.S. beef from the U.S. Soon after implementation of the program, our trading partners filed a discrimination complaint with the WTO that was upheld last year. The WTO ruling essentially gave the U.S. the choice of dropping the program or administering it in such a way that it did not discriminate against either Canada or Mexico, which means that all animals including U.S. origin animals whether they be alive, dead, in parts, or pieces, or ground up, must be documented as to country of birth, where it is raised, slaughtered, processed, and fabricated. In practice, it would mean that live cattle would be separated, carcasses separated, 20 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | May 2013

J.D. “Bubba” Sartwelle, Jr. of Sealy, Texas, is a long-time Brahman breeder, marketman, and commercial cattleman

cuts separated and all documented becoming a record keeping nightmare. The USDA comment period ended on April 11 and, unless extended, has just a few days to comply with the proposed rule or changes to it. Towards the end of the comment period, the Canadian Minister of Agriculture indicated a possible Canadian retaliation to the tune of $1 billion a year; Mexico has said nothing but is probably sure to. When MCOOL was implemented several years ago, some thought the American consumer wanted to know all there was to know by reading the label when the only thing that the majority of consumers really want to know is if the product is wholesome and safe. One writer put it, “only a very few want a passport and a storybook with their piece of meat”. This writer will bet that you would have to read the label in your shirt to know where it came from; it was bought because you (your wife) liked it and its cost. MCOOL revised the way USDA is proposing can be a disaster for our industry and as importantly is indicative of the way some in government approach solving a problem that wasn’t there to begin with. ©TABR

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Home to some of the world’s finest Red & Grey American Brahman cattle. Whether looking for bulls to fill your registered needs or produce F1 females, we always have a great selection available. Give us a call or visit our website at: Beto Salinas - Owner Cell: (956)240-5656 Office: (956)584-5555 Email:

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Doctor’s Orders

Advice from a veterinarian By Dr. Don Goodman

A Herd Health Vaccination Protocol: Part 2 In the previous article, I discussed the more important factors of just selecting a vaccine “The Silver Bullets” that will immunize your herd. Those factors previously discussed for optimal immunization should include: 1) vaccine handling, 2) vaccine placement, 3) vaccination timing, 4) nutrition issues, 5) bio-security, 6) minimizing stress and 7) control internal and external parasites. Selecting the necessary vaccines that you need on your unique herd should be a cooperative joint venture between you and your local veterinarian. Absolutely no individual is more qualified concerning local diseases unique to your operation than your local veterinarian. As a veterinary practitioner, my approach with a producer/client is simple. We define the diseases that are ubiquitous or common to the area and the intent or activity of the operation. Is it a closed herd or do you trade cattle constantly? For example, in my practice area of south central Texas, I consider the viral pathogens (IBR, BVD, PI3 and BRSV) to be the most important


diseases we encounter. All cattle are susceptible as they cause abortions and respiratory illness. Next in importance is Leptospirosis to include HB--Hardjo bovis- (L5HB), a disease that causes abortious and weak calves. Vibrosis is optional and often accompanies the Lepto vaccines (VL5HB). However, I have not diagnosed this disease in quite some time in my practice area. The next diseases you are likely to encounter are the clostridial diseases, commonly referred to as “blackleg”. Be sure to incorporate an 8-way blackleg with “Red Water” or clostridials haemolyticum, especially if you have poor draining pastures that harbor liver flukes resulting in liver damage that predispose cattle to the red water disease complex. Red water causes sudden death along with black leg and is common in my practice area. I will consider other vaccines on an individual herd basis if we have historical or future evidences of re-occurrence. These include pinkeye, E. Coli, rotovirus, and coronavirus. The open cow and bull battery: I. One month prior to breeding: This is the optimal time to vaccinate as MLV (modified live vaccine) will not interfere with ovarian function. Remember nonimmune pregnant cattle that are vaccinated with a MLV IBR/BVD vaccine will abort. If there is any doubt of pregnancy status of cows, use a killed vaccine. Vaccinate with: 1) IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV and Lepto vaccines (L5HB) (Vibrio is optional) and 2) Clostridial or 8-way blackleg to include red water (clostridials haemolyticum). II. Weaning time or Pregnancy exam: Vaccinating at this time helps to booster immunity, but not as optimal as one six weeks prior to calving, as this ensures clostridal or passive immunity that is passed on to the newborn calves. 1) Vaccinate bred females with IBR, BVD, BRSV, PI3

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and Lepto HB approved for use on pregnant cows and 2) vaccinate cows against E Coli, Rotovirus and Coronavirus if scours are a problem in your herd. Replacement Heifers: Open heifers should be vaccinated twice, 2-6 weeks apart. Vaccinate with: 1) IBR,BVD, PI3, BRSV and Lepto vaccine. MLV is preferred. The last of the series should be given at least one month prior to breeding. 2) 8-way blackleg. Calves: It is difficult for me to recommend a standard vaccine protocol for calves without knowing the intended market or target goal of your calves. If you intend to retain ownership for replacements: I. Calves that are one-month-old or older 1) 5 way Lepto 2) 7-way blackleg 3) 4-way viral-killed or MLV under the skin for nursing calves with pregnant cows is recommended. A booster dose administered 2-4 weeks later is recommended for more reliable protection. The newer approved intranasal


viral vaccines are safe and effective in controlling respiratory disease-“summer pneumonia” in these young calves. Studies demonstrate that these intranasal vaccines help circumvent the maternal antibody blockage that occurs when calves under one month of age are vaccinated with under the skin vaccines. II. Weaning Time 1) MLV 4-way viral with 5-way Lepto, HB 2) 7-way blackleg. There always seems to be confusion when referring to a vaccine as a 4-way or 7-way. This is simply referring to the number of components or antigens in the vaccine, i.e. a 4-way viral has IBR, BNV, PI3, BRSV versus a 2-way viral has IBR and BVD only. Remember even the best vaccination protocol will not mask POOR MANAGEMENT! Until next time, Doc ©TABR Dr. Don Goodman is a large animal practitioner in Navasota, Texas, serving Grimes and surrounding counties for more than 30 years. He is co-owner of Beard-Navasota Veterinary Hospital.

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The Run Down

An excerpt on agricultural issues By Jimmy Sartwelle

Look Beyond the Fence Row

I write this month’s column flying home from a week in Washington, DC. A group of 150 Texas Farm Bureau leaders took precious days from their farms and ranches—in the middle of calving and planting seasons—to share with their elected leaders the concerns of agriculture. Continued drought, uncertainty with the economy and labor availability, and the lack of a farm bill were all on the agenda. Given the amount of current political dysfunction, a cynic might wonder whether even getting on the airplane was worth the effort. So much of your future as a cattle producer is not determined on the ranch; it is set in places like Austin, Baton Rouge, Jackson, Tallahassee, and DC. We would all rather just ranch, merchandise our cattle, and work hard to promote our breed. Ignoring the effects of state and federal legislation and regulation on our ranches is all fine and good, right up to the point you are faced with an EPA action or you lose your Section 179 equipment expensing on your taxes. One of those hot-button issues is immigration reform. At present, members of Congress are working feverishly to forge a compromise on the number of agricultural guest workers who would be allowed to enter the United States annually. This issue seems intractable, given that it inevitably dissolves into a discussion on “amnesty” or “pathway to citizenship.” The bottom line for agriculture—an industry with an estimated 70% of its employees that are undocumented or falsely documented—is that feedlot and dairy work goes undone without foreign workers. Billions of dollars of vegetables and fruit would go unpicked every year without foreign workers. Agriculture’s role in this policy debate is to settle the issues closest to us and leave the bigger picture topics to others. If every massive policy debate is truly a collection of smaller policy issues, 26 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | May 2013

Jimmy Sartwelle, III, of Robinson, Texas, is a public policy specialist for Texas Farm Bureau

then us working through the ones most applicable to agriculture makes us part of the solution to partisan political gridlock. Look at animal welfare issues. Almost all of us do it right on our ranches on almost all of our animals almost every single time. Look at the current fight over genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The vast majority of farmers and ranchers adopt all sorts of technologies because we believe we are doing God’s work making two blades of grass grow where only one grew before. But if we’re not in there telling our side of the story—helping solve OUR parts of the problems—the story is left to be told by those who do not have your best interests at heart. Whether you believe the process by which we govern this country is irretrievably broken or just in search of some event sufficiently cataclysmic to shock the system back to working, it is our process. It’s the only one we have and if we give up on it, someone else will be there to set the future of United States agriculture. And it’s a 110% probability that we won’t like that future. ©TABR


Workin’ Overtime

From the desk of... Milton E. Charanza, Jr.

In the beef cattle industry, polled is playing an everincreasing role in our production schemes. It is only a matter of time until the world will demand we all do the same. You might want to put some thought into incorporating some polled genetics in your herd. I am certainly considering this even more now since working on this issue. As you look through this issue the quality of the polled cattle will be evident. Lindsay Garrett has again done a wonderful job with the feature articles. Our new International Director, David Andrews of Canada, has been breeding polled Brahmans since 1991 and is a true promoter of the breed. I first met David and his wife Claire in 1995 while I was in Bay City managing Hudson Cattle Company. As our friendship grew, I made a trip to Alberta, Canada and was simply amazed at how well the Brahman cattle adapted in a climate they are not accustomed. If Brahman cattle (pure) can survive in Canada, our genetics can help the beef industry be more productive anywhere in the United States. We all need to dedicate ourselves as breeders to do all we can to make this happen. We must keep accurate performance records, work on disposition aggressively, improve carcass quality by removing the outliers and breed thick beefy cattle with capacity. Lindsay also visited with many of our U.S. polled breeders and discussed their programs. Those breeders are blazing a new path, a path which probably holds more merit than we have ever given credit. Look at these cattle. They are good and they are polled. As you go through the show results you can find polled genetics in the winner’s circle. I am confident with the numbers of the current polled breeders, their dedication and cooperation among themselves will make them a force in the future. As 2013 rolls on this could be the year of the Brahman. A great sale held by the Deep South Brahman Association in Mississippi has continued a strong spring sale season. Bill Nettles and the Deep South group did an excellent job. The Miami International Show and 28 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | May 2013

Sale was also a huge success. Kelvin Moreno, Senator Javier Souto, and the Florida group have done an equally outstanding job promoting the breed. The Brahman calendar is full of activities. Try to attend as many of the upcoming events as possible. I take my hat off to all the affiliates for really stepping up and putting the breed’s best foot forward. The American Brahman Review (TABR) and our staff continue to work hard for the American Brahman. We want to excite as many people as possible. It doesn’t matter if you are a new breeder or a seasoned veteran, we need you to help make the breed strong. We hope when someone picks up TABR they will want to become a Brahman breeder or a producer of Brahman influenced cattle. This breed has made great strides lately but we must continue the battle. We have to work together to regain a dominate place in the U.S. beef industry. We are confident the American Brahman can play a more important role in the beef industry and we don’t have to take a back seat to anyone. Sure the breed’s not perfect but our advantages far out way any disadvantages. It doesn’t really matter if we are pushing the cart or pulling the cart. What does matter is that we are all going in the same direction. We are cattle people making a living in the cattle business. We believe in American Brahman cattle and the people who breed them. Our goal is to tell everyone about this great breed and we want you to join us. Gig ’em Milton ’84

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Brahman Friend

Don Wakeman: A Promoter and Friend of the Breed By Joe Ed Brockett Don Wakeman has a long and distinguished animal science career that includes decades of research, study and dissemination of information that has been vital to the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) members and the Brahman breed. Three universities have played particularly critical roles for the ABBA: the University of Florida in Gainesville, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and Texas A&M University in College Station. Wakeman, who served the University of Florida Animal Science Department in a variety of positions from 1953 until his retirement in 1995, spent the vast majority of his career deeply involved with Brahman cattle, their various crosses, and the vital role they have played in beef production along the Gulf Coast and in the world’s tropical and sub-tropical regions. Two areas of his work were particularly important. The most visible to members of ABBA was his job as the organizational head of the 1983 ABBA Judging Seminar hosted jointly by the University of Florida, ABBA, and the Eastern Brahman Association in Kissimmee, Fla. This was one of many annual reviews held during the 1980s to provide judges and members with an opportunity to stay abreast of the trends and changes in the beef cattle industry. Cattle were fed and evaluated visually and then harvested for a frozen carcass evaluation. This had to be accomplished in a three to four day time period, so obviously quality of organization and speed were critical, as was the particular selection of the individuals used in the demonstrations. The program designed by Wakeman and his animal science department staff was considered by most to be the best of the many that were held. It was so successful that the association invited the group to Houston, Texas, in 1984 and repeat it in total for the World Brahman Congress that was hosted by the United States that year. His work with the university’s beef herds and as an international and national beef cattle judge may have been even more far-reaching. Much of the data used in Brahman advertising and promotional brochures through the years came from research that was directed by or overseen by Wakeman. When ABBA was using a 30 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | May 2013

dual judge system for placing cattle at the major shows, he and Dr. L.D. “Doug” Wythe of Texas A&M were the first team to be used. This was at the 1967 National Brahman Show in Tampa, Fla. Wakeman spent his early years in the central United States. He was a Lebanon, Mo., native who graduated in animal husbandry from Oklahoma State University. He then taught animal science at the University of Tennessee for a short time before becoming ranch manager for Donahoe Ranch in Red Rock, Okla. Wakeman moved to Florida in 1953 starting his career with the University of Florida as beef manager while working on his master’s degree in beef cattle nutrition. Within a year he was an instructor as well, and by 1978 received a full professorship. Wakeman coached the intercollegiate livestock judging team, was an advisor to the Block & Bridle Club, and has judged some 400 local, national, and international livestock shows throughout his career. He retired from the University of Florida in 1995 but continued to work for them parttime on a consulting basis. Brahman breeder Marcus Shackelford, who was one of Wakeman’s students and a member of one of his livestock judging teams, said that Wakeman’s consulting work may have turned out to be his greatest contribution. “He had a unique ability that enabled him to bridge the gap between the scholastic community and production agriculture.” Under his tutelage, animal science students participated in tours to area ranches and key agricultural companies. Several of his students or judging team members hold state or national offices with livestock or purebred cattle associations, including several presidents. Florida commercial cattleman and purebred Brahman breeder Duck Smith said, “Nobody helped me like Don Wakeman did.” Wakeman has served as a delegate at large to the Florida Horse Council and was an advisor to the livestock committee of the Florida State Fair. He was a 1984 Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame inductee. He and his wife Mary still live in Gainesville.


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visit to Calgary, Alberta, promises a good time at the Calgary Stampede, a beautiful view of Lake Louise and thanks to avid Brahman breeder David Andrews, an invitation to view Brahman genetics grazing on the Canadian countryside. Recently elected as international director for the American Brahman Breeder’s Association (ABBA), Andrews has been raising and breeding Brahman cattle since 1989. While Andrews is not the only Brahman breeder in Canada, it is still a rare site to see eared cattle that far north and he said people will often stop on the side of the road to photograph them. Andrews’ operation is unique to say the least. At 72 years of age, Andrews and his wife, Claire, live 35 miles northeast of Calgary in Western Canada and raise anywhere from 25-75 head of polled, American Brahmans, depending on the year, the markets and his energy level. Their herd is comprised of American polled genetics. Andrews and his wife were born and raised on mixed farms that included cattle, hogs, chickens and grains and brought their own five children up in the same environment. No stranger to the beef industry, Andrews has had a hand at raising purebred Angus, Limousine 34 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | May 2013

and Hereford and other breeds of cattle before he started his Brahman cowherd. The Andrews have also owned an oilfield construction company and their five children are now all involved in oilfield construction. “After visiting a farm that had a very friendly Brahman cow, we decided to try raising Brahman. We started raising them as a novelty. Over the past 24 years, we have imported more than 300 head of Brahman cattle from the Southern USA (Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina),” Andrews said. The first bull that Andrews Polled Brahmans purchased was Canadian Connection in 1991 from the Nolte Ranch in Texas. It took him almost two years before he finally had Canadian Connection at Andrews Polled Brahmans, thanks to help from Manuel Amparan and the Texas Department of Agriculture. The Andrews herd has been polled since the foundation bull was imported 22 years ago. The biggest advantage the American genetics have brought his herd is their disposition, Andrews says. “It was a big surprise to us that these cattle were gentle and not wild. It’s all in how they have been handled. Just this weekend I had two calves born and I can pet both the calf and the mama at the same time because they are

biggest challenge of raising Brahmans in the north. “We calve from April to August as warmer temperatures are essential for new born Brahman calves. If calves are born at temperatures lower than 65 °F they are very sluggish and may not get up unless heat is provided immediately.” “Where we live is quite level, you can see the Rocky Mountains to the West, that are 100 miles away. Our summers are from April 15 to October 15, and the temperatures range from 50 °F to 75 °F.” The David Andrews and his wife, Claire, are pictured with their family at a recent family gathering. summers bring plenty of rain—approximately 10 so tame.” inches each summer, said Andrews. From October 15 to He said, “There are about 20 Brahman breeders in April 15, winters can range in temperatures from -40 °F Canada and most are in Ontario, Eastern Canada. to +50 °F with 2 to 4 feet of snow, he said. “Our coldest Almost all the Brahman breeders in Canada have temperature was -50 °F in the winter of 2010.” purchased from us, but only a few people in Canada The reason behind the polled genetics comes from his register their Brahman cattle due to fees.” stewardship over the animals. “Although Brahman cattle are generally a hot weather “We concentrate on producing polled Brahman, as breed, they can be raised in colder climates, if reasonable I am the worst dehorner on the planet. I don’t want to care is taken. We find that they can handle temperatures as low as -5 °F with minor discomfort. For lower temperatures shelter is required. We feed outside all winter with temperatures ranging from -40 °F to +50 °F. We provide shelter that will retain the animal’s body temperature without using artificial heat. Brahmans are intelligent enough that they will only come out of the shelter for short periods during cold weather. The trick is to provide the shelter,” Andrews said. Special care and attention must be taken in regards to calving season and Andrews admits that this is the An aerial view of Andrews Polled Brahmans shows the wide-open spaces in the Canadian province. May 2013 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 35

Brahman cattle are heat tolerant animals, but Andrews Polled Brahmans has proven they can take the cold, too. hurt the sell to over animal, so I the years. In would never some parts use enough of Europe, dehorning it is illegal paste when to dehorn they were cattle, so babies. I then his polled have to repeat genetics the dehorning have opened process. In doors for this addition to market. the dehorning “We have problem, sold live many Brahman countries do cattle into not approve seven of dehorning. Canadian In some Provinces Few adjustments in raising eared cattle in the north have not been necessary for the countries and embryos Andrews’; however, they do provide a shelter for the cattle in the winter. dehorning is and/or illegal. We believe that there is a bright future for polled semen in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Belize, genetics, but it is important to do it without sacrificing Martinique, New Mexico, Germany and France. We quality. We can do this by sharing information, genetics have had inquiries from many other European countries. and communication between breeders. These are not For most of our sales we were contacted out of the blue, only polled times, but exciting times for those raising by people wanting polled Brahmans. Our cattle advertise polled themselves.” Brahman Andrews cattle.” credits the While the ABBA with operation is some of the focused on business he producing receives as polled genetics, he is often Andrews said, recommended “We try not to to other let polledness Canadians or pedigree or Europeans replace when they quality.” call the ABBA Andrews office to ask credits for advice the polled or Brahman genetics for cattle to the worldwide purchase. markets he has Andrews been able to also helps A red, polled bull calf raised on the Andrews’ operation.


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spread American Brahman genetics through his agreements and business connections in Europe. Andrews also promotes crossbreeding with Brahman cattle by promoting “The Twelve Month Steer.” Data from Texas A&M University’s “Ranch to Rail Program” has shown Brahman cross steers to be more efficient in terms of gain when compared to other breeds. Brahman genetics can produce a 1,200 pound calf at 12 months of age verses 18 months of age with straight bred calves. In addition, the average Brahman female produces approximately 40% more milk when compared to other breeds, statistics that Andrews Polled Brahmans do not shy away from when promoting their Brahman cattle. “Since American cattle and genetics cannot be sold directly to Europe, I am able to serve as the middle man. I am currently working with a man in Germany, who wants American Brahman cattle. I purchased the semen, am using it on my herd and will ship him the embryos for his operation. It’s the only way he can get the American genetics,” Andrews explained. Andrews hopes that as an international director he can promote American Brahman genetics to be raised outside of the tropical climates and continue exporting American Brahman cattle and their genetics and believes the breed could use some more polled genetics, especially females.


With winters getting as low as -40 °F and up to four feet of snow, these Brahman cattle know how to stick together to stay warm.

Brahman cattle are heat tolerant animals, but Andrews Polled Brahmans has proven they can take the cold, too. Brahman genetics have been withstanding colder temperatures for this Canadian outfit for 22 years and this provides a strong marketing tool for the use of Brahman throughout North America. If you are considering a visit to Calgary, plan to visit Andrews’ operation and join the tourists on the side of the road to see first hand the Brahman cattle in Canada. ©TABR


International News

World Brahman Federation Invitation Guayaquil, Ecuador; October 9-13, 2013 To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Ecuador Coastal and Galápagos Cattlemen Association, we invite you to the World Brahman Federation Assembly, International Conferences, as well as, our National Brahman show to take place in Guayaquil, Ecuador October 9–13, 2013.


Guayaquil, city astride Western South America´s largest river system, 50 miles upriver from the Pacific Ocean, with three distinct ecosystems converging in its perimeter, give the city an extraordinary natural setting. The city was founded in 1538 by one of the History´s greatest explorers, Francisco de Orellana, discoverer of the Amazon River. He was the first to cross the entire South American continent starting in Guayaquil on the Pacific in February 1541 and reaching the mouth of the Amazon on the Atlantic in August 1542, a three thousand mile journey down the world´s greatest and most amazing river. In colonial times, Guayaquil became the most important shipyard in Spanish America´s Pacific Coast. By 1820 and on its own, Guayaquil succeeded in becoming the first territory in Ecuador to achieve independence from Spain and two years later, the city was site of the only meeting between the “Fathers” of

Spanish South America´s independence, Bolivar and San Martin. A beautiful monument, “La Rotonda”, commemorates this very famous meeting and is located in the city´s riverfront. Guayaquil is Ecuador´s economic hub, modern and vibrant with one of South America´s largest and most up- to- date maritime ports. The city also counts with the World´s Best International Airport in the 2-5 million passengers category. With 20 years of extraordinary city government, Guayaquil has tip top infrastructure with expressways, tunnels, and bridges combing the city. Parks, monuments and beautiful public buildings of older days are well kept. Hotels are excellent and well staffed with friendly and efficient people. Finally the climate in October is pleasant (max day temp 30c- min night 20c) with no rain guaranteed. The assembly will be held at the Hotel Hilton Colon. The current hotels that are listed are Hotel Hilton Colon, Hotel Sheraton and Hotel Sonesta. These hotels have given us special rates for our guests with breakfast included. For reservations and prices, please go to our web page: Sales booths will be available for companies, cattle associations among other, to allow international promotion. For more information about a sales booth, e-mail

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Wednesday, October 9 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 10 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 5:00 a.m.

Registrations Booth Installation HOTEL HILTON COLON

7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

City Tour WBF Delegates meeting Opening ceremony WBF meeting in conjuction with the 70th Anniversary of the AGLYG and Livestock show 2013 Welcome Cocktail

Friday, October 11 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

Opening Presentations Conferences

Saturday, October 12 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Transfer to livestock show Brahman female judging Lunch Brahman male judging Hotel transfer

Sunday, October 13 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Train transfer Train to Bucay To “LA VICTORIA” ranch Lunch Return to City



Ecuadorian Coastal and Galapagos Cattlemen Association photo.


Cattle at Butler Polled Brahmans graze at the Grant, Oklahoma location.


olled genetics are becoming more and more desirable, and with an increase in demand, comes an increase in supply. While the number of registered polled Brahman cattle are relatively low compared to the total number of Brahman cattle registered today, the number is on the rise and so is the number of polled Brahman cattle producers. The technology to assist Brahman breeders is also improving in this regard. In August 2010 the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit at the University of Queensland, Australia developed a test to determine if Bos indicus and Bos indicus-cross cattle have the homozygous gene for polled. The reasons for breeding polled are numerous and include money, time and labor saved as a result of not having to dehorn, plus there is a safety advantage of working cattle that are dehorned verses horned. The American Brahman Review® visited with a number of polled Brahman breeders to learn more about their operations and the reasons why they are breeding polled Brahmans. 44 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | May 2013

SRS Land & Cattle

Sam Sparks III, a third generation farmer in Mercedes, Texas, said that polled cattle save expenses for veterinarian/medical bills, dehorning, weight loss due to stress, additional feed and most importantly the great expense of losing a calf from the dehorning process. “Breeding polled genetics is not even a question for me,” explained Sparks. “From a business perspective, we are producing cattle that will return a premium to us as soon as the calf is born.” Sparks has operated SRS Land & Cattle since 2008 as a division of the family farming operation that includes corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, sugarcane, hay, commercial Brangus, commercial Brahman and registered Brahman. He purchased the outfit’s first polled Brahman bull in 2010 from La Muneca Cattle Company. “The bull that I purchased was too young to breed the cows that I had at the time. It has been of utmost importance to me to breed polled and nothing but, therefore, I negotiated the lease of a mature polled Brahman bull in order to breed for polled genetics


polled cattle business, Kelly Barnard of Madison, Kan., said he believes good polled genetics are in high demand. Barnard raised horned Brahman cattle in the 1980s and early 1990s with his father, and a few years after graduating from Kansas State University in 1991, they sold the herd and Barnard went into the commercial cow business. He decided to start raising Brahman cattle again because of the positive traits the breed offers the cattle industry. “The people I talk to like the polled cattle, especially the rancher that crossbreeds with the Brahman JS Polled Patron, a polled Brahman bull, co-owned by SRS Land & Cattle, bull. I think the future of the polled La Muneca Cattle Co. and England Cattle. Brahman looks very bright. You immediately,” said Sparks. can see by sale reports the premiums SRS Land & Cattle herd sires are predominately La these cattle are bringing that demand is good,” Barnard Muneca Cattle Company bloodlines and Sparks does said. “Here in the Midwest, ranchers prefer not to have co-own JS Polled Patron with La Muneca and England to dehorn their calves when Brahmans bulls are breed to Cattle, a bull from Jason Smith’s program in Louisiana. their European cows.” Sparks said he is currently breeding as set of polled Barnard credits Carlos Guerra of La Muneca Cattle heifers purchased from Butler Brahmans and is looking Company with supplying him some of the best polled forward to double polled calves this next year from these genetics and said his main bloodlines are Ambassador, matings. LMC Pistolero, Polled Maestro, and he has acquired He continued to say, “I have heard people say some heifers from V8 Ranch that are sired by their that a breeder will give up or lose other good traits scurred bull V8 51/6. in Brahman when breeding for polled genetics. The Having seen the benefits and returns of raising polled polled Brahman breeders are working hard to produce Brahman cattle, Kelly Barnard is planning to continue quality not quantity. Polled genetics is a quality and breeding polled genetics for years to come. breeders are being very meticulous when selecting the breeding of their polled cattle. As a longtime producer of commodities, I know that producing quality is where your optimum return on investment comes from.” Sparks will tell you that the demand for polled cattle is high and their customers are excited to hear that SRS Land & Cattle is producing polled Brahmans.

Kansas Polled Brahmans With approximately 40 head of polled/scurred Brahman females and two years invested in the


A group of polled Brahman females gather under a tree at Kansas Polled Brahmans.


Detering Brahmans

Will Detering has 10 years of experience when it comes to raising polled Brahman cattle and said, “The biggest advantage, not to mention the additional market, is the need not to dehorn, which consequently brings decreased costs, benefits of less stress and more weight gain of polled offspring.” He started breeding polled red Brahmans when he bought a set of females from Jerry Armstrong of Diamond A Ranch that had several polled and scurred animals in the group. “It seemed that as fast as we produced a scurred or polled animal, someone wanted to purchase it. That trend continues today. All of the polled females in that group traced back to V8 212/3 bloodlines,” Detering said. He also emphasized the following points, “I think two things will drive a stronger demand for polled animals in the future: animal activists around the world and the need to produce beef faster and more efficiently, consequently without the costs and setbacks of dehorning calves.” Detering sees the need for polled genetics and says that the “availability of quality genetics that produce top quality offspring carrying the polled gene” has been an obstacle they believe is worth overcoming.

La Negra Cattle Co.

La Negra Cattle Company has been in business since 1988 and have been breeding polled red Brahman cattle since 1996. Javier Moreno, owner of La Negra Cattle Co., said, “We got our start with polled Red Brahmans by accident; we bought a herd of red Brahman cows

DB Southern Style 930/2, owned by Detering Brahmans, is out of their polled bull DB Governor 405/6.

from La Muneca Cattle Company in 1996, which included a smooth polled heifer, La Muneca 512. This heifer was sired by a national champion, polled Gyr bull, RW New Hope 645/9, bred by Dr. Robert Witherspoon. La Muneca 512 became the matriarch of our polled herd today.” While La Negra Cattle Company’s involvement in polled cattle may have been by chance, Moreno does not deny the numerous advantages of using polled genetics, including, “the attractiveness and marketability to both purebred and commercial breeders.” When customers visit La Negra Cattle Company they almost always ask to see the polled cattle first, and the polled cattle have certainly brought a significant premium for the operation, according to Moreno. Moreno is looking forward to a time where producers will breed more double polled cattle instead of the current challenge of breeding polled females to horned bulls in order to not sacrifice any quality. “I think the future is very bright for polled cattle as the quality and the demand of the cattle are continuing to rise,” Moreno said.

Butler Polled Brahmans

Current polled donor, LN Polled Sahari 100/0 is a granddaughter of the original 512 cow at La Negra Cattle Co. 48 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | May 2013

In 1969 Rick Butler received his first Brahman bull calf and ever since has had a life long love of the cattle. Operating in Mt. Vernon, Texas, and Grant, Okla., the Butlers began breeding polled Brahman in the early 1980s. “Polled cattle in my opinion have an economical advantage over horned

counterparts. The stress of de-horning can be eliminated and reduce input costs into any operation. Dehorning calves can have a tremendous impact on end-product quality and value of feeder/stocker cattle,” Butler stated. “It may seem like one of the simpler management processes, but it still gets overlooked. Polled Brahman cattle, for instance, are naturally polled—and breeding cattle to polled Brahman bulls is an easy way to remove horns naturally without the stress of using mechanical means.” He went on to say, “The biggest obstacle for us to overcome has been to produce polled Brahmans with the same power as the horned bulls. The number to select from for polled cattle is substantially smaller and it is going to take some time to produce the quality in quantity that we need. As the numbers increase, the consistency of quality will also increase.” Butler recognizes the benefits of breeding polled and said, “In my opinion there has been a dramatic increase in the interest and demand for polled cattle over the past few years. During times of drought and high feed prices, the most beef a breeder can produce with the least cost can be an important economic piece to the puzzle. The future of polled cattle appears to be excellent.” Horned feeders sell for less because they require dehorning when they arrive to the feedlot and that negatively impacts their performance and health. If they are not dehorned, they decrease the value of the entire pen they feed with. Dehorning replacement females and bulls is also very important. Horned cows can cause damage to other cattle during transportation and are often difficult to work in a handling facility. Non-fed

A Polled Maestro calf nurses a J.D. Hudgins cow at Butler Polled Brahmans.

market animals (cull cows and bulls) also experience a significant amount of carcass trim from bruising when they are managed or hauled with horned cattle.” The majority of Butler’s polled cattle are from J.D. Hudgins and V8 bloodlines and he has bred them to Polled Maestro. In 2011 he purchased interest in Mr. V8 135/7, “The Butler,” that he will use to breed to his horned and polled females.

Rocking B Cattle

As a second generation, polled Brahman breeder, Shep Batson of Wiggins, Miss., has been breeding polled cattle since the 1970s. Batson and his parents began breeding polled cattle early on and continue to this day to focus and concentrate on the polled genetics for their operation. “Dad came across a polled commercial bull that he used on commercial Angus cattle and that got him to hunting polled cattle. At the time there were not that many around. In 1974, dad acquired our first registered polled Brahman cows from Mr. “Geech” Partin of Heart Bar Ranch in Florida and started our breeding program from there. That is root of all our polled cattle,” Batson said. In 2001, Batson purchased a registered polled Brahman bull, JME Mr. Esto 28/8 from Mr. J.M. Edwards, Jr. of Edwards Brahmans in Florida. Sugarland’s JME Mr. Esto 28/8 is a bull that appears to be homozygous polled and is revolutionizing the Brahman breed with more than 300 progeny from registered horned Brahman cattle with 100 percent polled results. Batson said the advantages of their polled offspring include convenience, time saved and it’s economically smart. Because the majority of his purebred bulls go to commercial breeders, having polled genetics is a plus, as feedlots do not want horns in the pens that can bruise the carcass. In addition, Batson said it doesn’t matter what age you dehorn your cattle, there will be a setback to their growth, even if they don’t loose weight, the cattle that are dehorned won’t gain weight for a certain time frame, which is money lost at $2 a pound. Batson remembers a time when Rocking B Cattle and his family’s operation were one of the few polled breeders and now they are one of many in the Brahman breed. With the progress polled genetics are making and the influence animal activists are having in regards to dehorning, Batson doesn’t think it will be long before all Brahman cattle are polled. May 2013 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 49

“During times of drought and high feed prices, the most beef a breeder can produce with the least cost can be an important economic piece to the puzzle. The future of polled cattle appears to be excellent.” -Rick Butler, Butler Polled Brahmans V8 Ranch

V8 Ranch, Hungerford, Texas, has maintained a small focus on high quality polled Brahmans since the early 1980s. However in recent years, Rachel and Brandon Cutrer have developed a small niche herd of polled cattle. “V8 Ranch’s early polled cattle were a result of my dad’s intense focus on Sugarland breeding, where there was a lot of polled genetics,” said Rachel. “We never began strictly to raise polled cattle, it just happened by chance, and we were thankful that it did.” In the mid 1980s, this U.S. Sugar influence helped V8 breed some of the most notable animals in the polled sector including +Mr. V8 212/3, the only polled bull in the Register of Renown. “Probably one of the neatest things for polled history buffs is that V8 was the breeder of both the first - and I think the only – two polled females to ever win the national championship, ” said Rachel. “These females would be Miss V8 490/3 (P), who was the 1988

National Champion Red Female, and Miss V8 100/7 (P), who was the 2010 National Champion Grey Female. In 2003, Jim Williams, suggested Rachel buy back +Miss V8 98/6, who was a polled heifer that was owned by junior exhibitor Micah Knox. “We were at the All American in Waco and Micah was graduating and didn’t want to own her heifer anymore,” reflects Rachel. “Dad told me I should buy her and when my dad gives me advice in the cattle business I usually take it.” This female went on to become the focus of V8 Ranch’s modern polled program, according to Brandon. The 98 cow family produced the 2010 national champion female, the 2013 reserve national champion female, and the high selling lot of the 2013 Houston sale. “Rachel and I have a very strategic quest to breed phenomenal polled Brahman cattle that carry the highest standards of quality,” says Brandon. “We have somewhat become identified as two people who really enjoy the

Miss V8 507/6, a polled female, is pictured above on the V8 Ranch in Texas.



Polled grey Brahmans at La Muneca Cattle Co.

polled breeding, and as a result we’ve been able to spend a lot of time talking about pedigrees and improvement with other breeders who enjoy the polled cattle. We really feel like there has been tremendous improvement in the polled sector over the past few years and it is only going to continue.” Since 1951, when the first polled animal registered in the ABBA was Mike’s Mile High, much progress has been made in regards to producing quality polled Brahman genetics. With breeders singing in unison about the convenience of not having to dehorn, as well as the market that exists for polled cattle, many are looking forward to the number of polled cattle registered with ABBA to continue to increase over the years. As the breeders mentioned above—and many others like Justin Hall, Dr. David Meduna, Randall Tipp and Jody Youngblood—continue to strive for quality, polled genetics, you can be assured that the polled Brahman segment of the breed is in good hands and progressing positively. ©TABR


George H. Henderson Jr., Expo Center Lufkin, Texas

Thursday, June 27 8:00 a.m.

Bred & Owned Judging-Judge: Mark Ebeling Livestock Judging ContestExpo Center Pavilion; Officiated by Texas A&M University Livestock Judging Team Shawnee Bailey Nominee Interviews-Special Events Room Queen & Princess Tea/InterviewMuseum of East Texas

3:00 p.m.

Monday, June 24 (Facilities available for cattle) 4:00 p.m.

AJBA Jr. Board Meeting-Special Events Room

Tuesday, June 25 7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:00-10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

AJBA Jr. Board Meeting-Special Events Room Queen and Princess Contest Meeting-Special Events Room Exhibitor Registration-Expo Center Platform Autograph Contest Begins All cattle must be in place Weigh & Measure-Expo Center Pavilion Photography/Poster Contest Judging-Special Events Room Public Speaking ContestConvention Center Opening Ceremonies, Welcome Supper, Semen Auction & AJBA Fun Auction-Convention Center Sponsored by The Roundtable

4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Friday, June 28 8:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 29 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 26

2:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

Showmanship Contest-Judge: Johnny Levasseur Sales Talk Contest-Expo Center

Female Judging-Judge: Mitch Thomas Hot Dog Lunch-Expo Arena Stands; Sponsored by Ken Ramsey AJBA Annual Membership Meeting-Expo Arena Stands Autograph Contest Due Herdsman Quiz-Expo Arena Stands Queen & Princess Tea/InterviewMuseum of East Texas Bull Judging-Judge: Mitch Thomas Quiz Bowl-Special Events Room Awards Banquet-Lufkin High School Cafeteria; Sponsored by Square Shooters Dance-Lufkin High School Cafeteria

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Miami, Fla. (April 19, 2013)—The Brahman breed is a family, one of close-knit members who promote and support the industry at whatever cost. Not only do they support the Brahman world, at times, they step up to support various causes. On Friday, April 12, 2013, the Magic City Sale of the Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show was held in the Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center of Tropical Park in Miami, Fla., where producers purchased lots to support the South Florida

Autism Charter School and the fight against autism. Brahman breeders from Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas consigned heifer, embryos, pregnancy, and semen lots. The staff of the sale would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2013 Magic City Sale, supporting this great cause, and the auctioneer, Lex Forgason of J.D. Hudgins, Inc.-Forgason Divison; the Cattle in Motion staff, Tim and Erin Lockhart; and the volume buyers of the sale. Adapted from Magic City Sale press release



Emilio Garcia

Mi Tierra Ranches

Aaron Bryson

Arrow B Cattle Company

Junior Lanier

Lanier Ranch

Brock Laramee

Two Horses Ranch

Karl Valenta

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A. Fernandez,

IFSA Cattle Company

Carlos Santiago

Costa Rica



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8 Embryo Lots


3 Pregnancy Lots


57 Semen Lots




Selling price



Heifer Lot: JDH Miss Step Up Manso 518/4


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Arrow B Cattle Company

Pregnancy Lot: +Mr. Maddox Manso 684 x Lady H Fanci Manso 652


Hertiage Cattle

Carlos Santiago (Costa Rica)

Embryo Lot: Mr 3XHK Oro Rojo (800) x +HK Ms Visa 549


La Preciosa LLC

Gustavo Camacho (Nicaragua)

Semen Lot: JDH Mr Deeds Manso 53/5


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By Brooke Prather


attiesburg, Miss., was the place to be April 5-6, 2013. Brahman breeders and American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) members came together for an educational program and the 2nd Annual Deep South Brahman Sale. A producer education program was held Friday, April 5 at the Southeast Livestock Association Auction in Hattiesburg. The program began at 3:30 pm and was geared to discuss the ABBA F1 and F1 Plus Certifications Programs. Producers were also encouraged to discuss their own F1 operations and what works for them when utilizing the “Queen of Cow Country”. An amiable crowd was in attendance to hear presentations from representatives of different sectors of the beef industry on their incorporation of Brahman and F1 genetics. ABBA Vice President J.D. “Bubba” Sartwelle, Jr. conducted the program. The program began with an overview of the topics of discussion and the layout for the afternoon session. Sartwelle then gave an overview of the role and importance of the Brahman breed in the commercial cattle world. ABBA Executive Vice President Chris Shivers discussed the ABBA F1 and F1 Plus Certification Programs. Shivers reviewed the simple mechanics of the program, the benefit of the program, and economic


value to both the producer and purchaser of the females. As many of you may know, the F1 program is divided into two divisions: Certified F1 and Golden Certified F1. In order for an animal to be labeled a certified F1, the sire must be registered and the dam is a purebred cow whose physical characteristics have been inspected by an ABBA representative. To be golden certified, the female must be the progeny of two registered parents. F1 plus is a newly founded certification program, which allows progeny of golden certified and certified F1 females to become certified. Success stories were shared by fellow producers Stacey Broadhead, Robert Berenger, and Stanley Knight. Broadhead of Mendenhall, Miss., told his story of

One of the top quality Brahman consignments at the Deep South sale.

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Part of the crowd gathered at the 2nd Annual Deep South Brahman Association Sale in Hattiesburg, Miss.

success using the F1 cow in his commercial operation. Not only did Broadhead give a glowing report of the performance of the cattle in the pasture but also their progeny’s performance in the feed yard. Bergner from Hitch Feeders in Hooker, Okla., was present to discuss the profitability of feeding F1 and ¼ Brahman steers in the feed yard. He told of the efficiencies and overall profitability that he had seen in feeding the cattle in his Oklahoma feed yard. Knight of Mt. Olive, Miss., followed up with an overview of his operation and the type of genetics he uses to produce F1s. Knight’s practical presentation also included discussion of marketing both heifers and steer calves while receiving top dollar for both. To conclude the program Joe Johnson, manager of Southeast Mississippi Livestock Association Auction, shared his thoughts on the F1 program and the endless opportunities of raising Brahman influence cattle. He discussed marketing opportunities available to local producers and also spoke of the top prices that could be earned for both Brahman influenced steers and heifers. Following the seminar, attendees had an opportunity to visit and view the offering of the Deep South Sale before enjoying a hamburger supper sponsored by ABBA. The sale offered 50 registered Brahmans and 150 F1 and F1 plus animals. On Saturday, April 6, the 2nd Annual Deep South Brahman Association Sale began with haltered heifers,


haltered bulls, and followed by the rest of the registered Brahmans. The crossbred cattle concluded the Deep South sale. Overall, the registered Brahmans averaged $3,168 per head. The haltered heifers averaged $3,750 per head, with GS Ms Esto Sugar Didor 385 of Gray Shadow Ranch of Florida as the high seller at $7,500. This lot sold to Southern Cattle Company of Marianna, Fla. The Brahman bulls averaged $3,218 per head with Mr. JS Rouge 493/5, better known as “Redneck” of LD Farms, was the high selling bull. Half interest of the bull was sold for $6,300 to K-Bar Farms of Amite, La. The Brahman pairs averaged $2,931 per head with MDS Lady Empress 255 of Moreno Ranches of Florida being the high seller, which sold for $6,400 to Junior Lanier of Okeechobee, Fla. The bred Brahmans averaged $2,617 per head with JDH Lady Jalyn Manso of Dyess Farms as the high selling bred Brahman cow for $3,500. The F1 and cross bred sale followed with the cow-calf pairs averaging $2,037 per head; bred cows $1,520 per head; open certified F1 heifers $1,980 per head; and other cross bred heifers averaging $1,370 per head. Mike Mitchell, president of the Deep South Brahman Association, stated the sale was once again a success and was overall pleased with the prices brought and the quality of the cattle offered. Adapted from and


Deep South Brahman Association Registered Brahman & F1 Sale


Show Results

Miami International Agriculture and Cattle Show April 13, 2013 Judge: Dr. Neil Burcham

Miami, Fla.—On April 12, Senator Javier Souto and ABBA Director Kelvin Moreno welcomed Brahman enthusiasts from around the country to the sunshine of Miami for the 6th Annual Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show. The three-day weekend sale attracted more than 50,000 people from several different countries. On Saturday, April 13, the open Brahman show was held with Dr. Neil Burcham of Las Cruces, New Mexico serving as the judge. In the red show, DB Southern Style 958/2 of Detering Red Brahmans/Joyce Custom Fitters was named grand champion red female, and Miss MK Yuletide Loja of Dr. Carl McKenney/Tammie Watts was named reserve champion red female. The grand champion red bull was 21st Mr Max HR 880/1 of Al Bueno/Tammie Watts and reserve champion red bull was DB Southern Style 831/0 of Detering Red Brahmans/ Joyce Custom Fitters. In the grey show, Burcham chose GS Ms Annette 61 N of Newsome Brahmans/Valley B Enterprises as the grand champion grey female and JDH Miss Goudeau Manso 224/0 of Brooke Cobb/Brandy Barnes as the reserve champion grey female. In the grey bull show, Mr SG 85/1 of Ford Farms/Valley B Enterprises was named grand champion grey bull while Burcham named JDH Mr Goudeau Manso 240/0 of Logan Goudeau/Brandy Barnes as the reserve champion grey bull. Results for the day are as follows:

Reserve Junior Champion

BB Bronson’s Hurricane

Circle T Cattle Co,/Joyce Custom Fitters

Grand Champion Female

DB Southern Style 958/2

Detering Red Brahmans/ Joyce Custom Fitters

Reserve Grand Champion Female

Miss MK Yuletide Loja

Carl McKenney/ Tammie Watts

Calf Champion

Mr CT Rojeaux Rhineaux

Intermediate Champion

Mr Red V8 241/7

Circle T Cattle Co/Joyce Custom Fitters Buford Cattle Co/Joyce Custom Fitters

Reserve Intermediate Champion

JDH Millionaire JH Genetics/ By Male Tammie Watts

Junior Champion

21st Mr Max HR 880/1

Al Bueno/ Tammie Watts

Senior Champion

DB Southern Style 831/0

Detering Red Brahmans/ Joyce Custom Fitters

Grand Champion Bull

21st Mr Max HR 880/1

Al Bueno/ Tammie Watts

Reserve Grand Champion Bull

DB Southern Style 831/0

Detering Red Brahmans/ Joyce Custom Fitters

Natural Produce-of-Dam

Miss Red Velvet

JH Genetics/ Tammie Watts

Embryo Produce-of-Dam

DB Southern Style 88/3

Detering Red Brahmans

Calf Champion

Miss B-B 292/2

Arrow B Cattle Co./ Tammie Watts

Reserve Calf Champion

Moreno Ms. Chocheta 128

Tic Tac Toe/ Tammie Watts

Intermediate Champion

Brooke Cobb/ JDH Miss Goudeau Manso Brandy Barnes 224/0

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Ms CJV Rae Manso 55/1




DB Southern Style 958/2

Detering Red Brahmans/ Joyce Custom Fitters

Reserve Calf Champion

Moreno Ms. Lady Reba

Bobbi Jean Frazier

Intermediate Champion

MS MK Yuletide Loja

Carl McKenny/ Tammie Watts

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Ms TO 88/11

4V Ranch/ Jacob Valenta

Junior Champion

DB Southern Style 846/1

Detering Red Brahmans/ Joyce Custom Fitters



4V Ranch/ Jacob Valenta

Junior Champion

JDH Lady Babette Manso 486/4

Reserve Junior Champion

JD Hudgins & Dyess Farms/ Brandy Barnes

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Mr B-F 271/1

Circle T Cattle Co/Joyce Custom Fitters

Miss SNS 572/1 Satterfield Ranch/ Tammie Watts

Junior Champion

Mr SG 85/1

Ford Farms/ Valley B Enterprises

Senior Champion

GS Ms Annette 61 N

Newsome Brahmans/ Valley B Enterprises

Reserve Junior Champion

Mr B-F 255/1

Bennett Farms/ Tammie Watts

Reserve Senior Champion

Ms Cheyenne Manso 487/0

Moreno Ranches/IS Ranch

Senior Champion

Mr J&R 192

J&R Farms/ Joyce Custom Fitters

Grand Champion Female

GS Ms Annette 61 N

Newsome Brahmans/ Valley B Enterprises

Reserve Senior Champion

BB Mr Doc’s Davon 609

Barthle Brothers Ranch/IS Ranch

Reserve Grand Champion Female

Brooke Cobb/ JDH Miss Goudeau Manso Brandy Barnes 224/0

Grand Champion Bull

Mr SG 85/1

Ford Farms/ Valley B Enterprises

Reserve Grand Champion Bull

Logan JDH Mr Goudeau Manso Goudeau/ Brandy Barnes 240/0

GREY BULL RESULTS JDH Mr Emblem Manso 885/4

Carol Hawksley & JD Hudgins/ Brandy Barnes

Reserve Calf Champion

JDH Mr Kodi Manso 880/4

JD Hudgins & Hidden Creek Genetics/ Brandy Barnes

Intermediate Champion

Logan JDH Mr Goudeau Manso Goudeau/ Brandy Barnes 240/0

Calf Champion

Grand Champion Red Female DB Southern Style 958/2 Exhibited by Detering Red Brahmans/Joyce Custom Fitters

Res. Grand Champion Red Female Miss MK Yuletide Loja Exhibited by Carl McKenney/ Tammie Watts

Grand Champion Grey Female Res. Grand Champion Grey Female GS Ms Annette 61 N JDH Miss Goudeau Manso 224/0 Exhibited by Newsome Brahmans/ Exhibited by Brooke Cobb/Brandy Valley B Enterprises Barnes


SCD Miss Beth Manso 194

D Bar Ranch/ Valley B Enterprises


SCD Didor Esto

D Bar Ranch/ Valley B Enterprises

Grand Champion Red Bull 21st Mr Max HR 880/1 Exhibited by Al Bueno/Tammie Watts

Res. Grand Champion Red Bull DB Southern Style 831/0 Exhibited by Detering Red Brahmans/Joyce Custom Fitters

Grand Champion Grey Bull Mr SG 85/1 Exhibited by Ford Farms/Valley B Enterprises

Res. Grand Champion Grey Bull JDH Mr Goudeau Manso 240/0 Exhibited by Logan Goudeau/ Brandy Barnes


Miami International Show



Show Results

Florida Junior Brahman Assocation State Show April 12, 2013 Judge: Luis Alberto Martinez Ceballos BULL RESULTS


Moreno Ms Lady 112

Bobbi Jean Frazier

Calf Champion

Moreno Mr Bourbon Jazz

Lindsey Wilder

Reserve Calf Champion

Ms L2 Sugar Heart

Arica Land

Reserve Calf Champion

Moreno Mr Admiral

Kylie Perra

Intermediate Champion

Moreno Ms Lucky De Charley 94

Bethalan Bishop

Intermediate Champion

IS Mr Koscioku 100

Bethalan Bishop

Reserve Intermediate Champion

Reserve Intermediate Champion

IS Miss Amazing Grace

Bethalan Bishop

IS Mr Prime Time 102

Brandalyn Bishop

Grand Champion Bull

IS Mr Kosciusko Bethalan 100 Bishop

Junior Champion

Miss L2 Jazzy 21

Arica Land

Reserve Grand Champion Bull

Reserve Junior Champion

Moreno Ms Albita Charley

Bobbi Jean Frazier

IS Mr Prime Time 102

Grand Champion Female

Moreno Ms Lucky De Charley 94

Bethalan Bishop

Reserve Grand Champion Female

Miss L2 Jazzy 21

Arica Land

Grand Champion Female Moreno Ms Lucky De Charley 94 Exhibited by Bethalan Bishop

Res. Grand Champion Female Miss L2 Jazzy 21 Exhibited by Arica Land

Grand Champion Bull IS Mr Kosciusko 100 Exhibited by Bethalan Bishop

Brandalyn Bishop

Res. Grand Champion Bull IS Mr Prime Time 102 Exhibited by Brandalyn Bishop


Buster and Marlene Kahla, with Ka-Wai Ranch, would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Margo to Tyler Mansell, son of Tom and Deanna Mansell of Bedford, Texas. Tyler proposed Saturday, April 13, 2013, at his family’s ranch in Ivan, Texas, while hunting Rio Grande turkeys. Margo and Tyler met through the Purina Wildlife Series in 2010, where Tyler’s company was a sponsor for the educational events. The two started dating in summer of 2011 while Margo lived in Hewitt, Texas, as a species specialist for Purina. 64 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | May 2013

Currently Margo and Tyler live in Tomball, Texas, where she is a sales specialist for Purina covering North Houston; and Tyler is a sales rep for Wildlife and Outdoor products as well as ranch manager/guide for Brokenridge Ranch in Ivan, Texas. The two plan to marry in Forth Worth, Texas, May 2014.

Tyler Mansell and Margo Kahla


More than 400 Brahman, Simbrah and Simbravieh enthusiasts joined together amidst one of the toughest droughts in South Texas to enjoy fine hospitality, great cattle, and rewarding junior shows at the LMC $ellabration on La Muneca Ranch in Linn, Texas. “This year we dedicated this one of a kind event to four of my role models who all passed away this year, Dr. Lauro Guerra, Bud Wentz, Jimmy Adair and Pablo Vela Sr. These four men played a pivotal role in my development as a rancher, father and most importantly as a man. We were blessed as always to have so many solid volunteers come together to make this event run smoothly. With the support of the LMC $ellabration members, over $30,000 was awarded to the juniors in the LMC Jackpot and LMC $ellabration shows, we raised over $20,000 for my family’s scholarship fund which awards thousands of dollars in scholarships across Texas yearly and marketed over 110 cattle across the Simbrah, Simbravieh and Brahman worlds,” stated sale host Carlos X. Guerra. “The LMC $ellabration II at La Muneca ranch is the main event of the year for all of its customers where the main emphasis is placed on the youth and the marketing of LMC genetics from LMC clients and LMC. It’s a fun filled two and a half days where the kids show their animals but where showmanship is the climax of the event. I want to thank the Guerra family for opening up their home and their ranch that hosts so many people in a family oriented extravaganza. We are very excited with the success we achieved in our first public offering,” stated new $ellabration sponsor Mike England. The highlight of the weekend once again was the $20,000 in premium money and awards given to junior exhibitors who exhibited their Brahman, Simbrah and Simbravieh cattle successfully and $10,000 was awarded in the $ellabration Showmanship Show in five divisions going 10 deep in each division. Supreme champion showman was Kaitlyn Davlin of El Campo, Texas and reserve supreme champion showman was McKenna Tschirhart. La Muneca also held their annual LMC Jackpot Show on Friday afternoon. This year LMC junior show team members competed for $10,000 in premiums. The

2013 LMC $ellbration Showmanship Champions with $ellbration sponsores.

LMC Jackpot Showmanship judge was Macy Jennings from Houston, Texas. Junior division grand champion showman was Amelia Stavinoha and senior division grand champion showman was Faith Onstot. Reserve junior champion showman was Sabrina Cano and reserve senior champion showman was Adriana de los Santos. In the Brahman bull sale the top selling bulls were: Half interest in LMC WFF Polled Prosperity who was consigned by Westfall Family Farms and La Muneca and sold for $6,000.00. This interest package was purchased by SRS Land & Cattle of Mercedes, Texas. LMC Polled Boss 341/1 was consigned by La Muneca and also sold for $6,000.00 to Kempfer Cattle Company of Deer Park, Florida. Fifteen Brahman bulls averaged $3,150.00. First time LMC $ellabration member and long-time Brahman enthusiast Mike England of England Cattle Company, sold three buyer’s choices of their spring calf crop. First pick sold to the Chuck Sellman family of Mercedes, Texas, for $10,000, second pick sold to the Sosa family of Peacock Ranch in Round Rock, Texas, for $7,500 and the third pick sold to Newt Huffman of Weatherford, Texas, for $5,000. The next Brahman event will be the RGV Brahman & F1 Association Field Day on May 4, 2013, at England Cattle Company in Mercedes, Texas. For more information please call Carlos X. Guerra at (956) 802–1641 or email Adpated from LMC $ellabration press release. May 2013 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | 65


U.S. beef exports set new value records in 2012, topping highs set in 2011, according to end-of-year statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. The achievement was more significant in light of challenging export conditions that included non-science-based trade barriers in several key markets and an anemic economy in certain regions. The value of beef exports for the year rose 2 percent to a

record-high $5.51 billion on 12 percent lower volumes (almost 2.5 billion pounds). The per-head export value for beef hit $216.73, a $10.36 increase over 2011. Contributing to that was a new monthly record value of $242.65 set in December. For the year, U.S. beef exports accounted for 12.7 percent of total beef production and 9.8 percent of muscle cut production. This compares to 14.2 percent and 11 percent, respectively, in 2011.

Farewell Tributes LEE FORRESTER

DeKalb, Texas—Lee Collom Forrester, 28, of New Boston, Texas, died Sunday, March 24, 2013. Mr. Forrester was born Dec. 27, 1984, in Texarkana, Texas. He was junior director of American Brahman Breeders Association; director and secretary of Bowie County Farm Bureau; a rancher and race horse trainer; member of Horsemen Benevolent Protective Association; and a Christian. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Forrester of New Boston; three children, Taylor, Adison and Lawson Wright of New Boston; his parents, Kevin and Jane Forrester of New Boston; his grandparents, Doug and Mary McClaran of New Boston and Mildred Forrester of Texarkana; and a number of other Lee Forrester relatives.


Services were held Thursday, March 28 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, New Boston, with the Revs. Steve Minter and John Barfield officiating. Burial was held at Woodstock Cemetery under direction of Bates Family Funeral Home. Visitation was held 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at the church. The entire Brahman breed expresses their deepest sympathies for the family of Lee Forrester.


Jessie Aykes of Wharton, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013. He was known among the Brahman show circuit as the “nightman.” Aykes traveled to many Brahman shows and along with his crew, kept watch on the cattle during the night, also while keeping the barn clean. A Brahman breeder remembered Aykes as being a Christian man and a friend to all. He was described as a man with a calm personality and a gentle spirit. Aykes will be greatly missed at the cattle shows. Our hearts go out to his family.















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Looking Back

A Polled History

Some of the earliest breeders of polled Brahman cattle were the Cornelius’ in Texas, Avon Davis in California and U.S. Sugar Corporation in Florida. These bloodlines are continuing to have an impact today. Lindsay Garrett touched briefly on one of the earliest influential polled Brahman bulls, Sugarland’s Esto 225 (P) 730/7, in her article spotlighting U.S. polled breeders. As an early pioneer of polled genetics, we take you back to the early animals of the U.S. Sugar Corporation. Jim Williams of V8 Ranch, an astute follower of the U.S. Sugar Brahman herd, said all of the polled influence in the Sugar herd was from one female, Ms. Het of Sugarland 47. She was branded 500/4. She is the dam of Sugarlands Esto 225 (P) 730/7 pictured here with his full sister, Miss Het of Sugarland 78. The 730/7 bull produced many outstanding individuals, the most popular being +MR.V8 212/3, the only polled bull to hold the prestigious Register of Renown status. 212/3 has sired national and international champions in the red and grey show ring. Another outstanding polled bull is MR. V8 1/4, a +V8 202/3 son who is out of Miss Het of Sugarland 78. These genetics are still having an impact in numerous herds. The base of the quality polled cattle used to be small, but with the increased interest in these genetics, this market is growing strong. ©TABR 80 | THE AMERICAN BRAHMAN REVIEW® | May 2013

Sugarland’s 730/7 pictured with his full sister, Miss Het of Sugarland 78

+Mr. V8 212/ 3, sired by Sugarland’s 730/7, the only polled Brahman bull in the Register of Renown.

Miss HCC 55/1 (P), daughter of +Mr. V8 212/3 and 1994 Reserve International Champion Red Female.

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