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12 Two Breeding Programs Making A Mark On The Breed Johnson Cattle Company and RGV Cattle Company are two family operations, who value the junior segment of the breed and strive to produce quality cattle.
Just look at Bella Bella’s son, Smith Rhett.
22 Taking Care Of Your Herd Bull Investment Dr. Gary Warner looks at injuries that occur to bulls and how to handle the injuries when they occur
Smith Rhett, a son of Bella Bella and Matt
He is a three-quarter blood, polled son of Smith Bella Bella and Smith Matt N Black. He’s loaded with bone, muscle, substance and total internal dimension!
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26 Webinars Becoming Valuable Tool For Producers A look at how webinars provide a convenient and economical tool for additional education.
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Hannah Wine with the American Simmental Association captured this Simbrah female at Reavis Farms, Mission, Texas.
He ranks in the top 1% for All Purpose Index (API) and top 2% for Terminal Index (TI). Wait till you see his first calves—they are hitting the ground now and they are impressive!
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La Morra Cattle Co. -- Building Lifelong Relationships With Our Customers. First of all, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all of our 2015 customers which include, Cluck Cattle Co, Newman Farms, La Muneca Cattle Co, Louie Flores Family, Josh Henderson and junior breeders, Caleb Richardson, Konner Decuire,Victor and Marco Moreno,Amelia and Robert Stavinoha, Mackenzie and Taylor Groce,Abby Solis, Graceann Mullins, Clay Smith and Madi Mello. We appreciate your business and your trust in La Morra genetics. Going into our 15th year in the business, we are honored to have such a loyal following of clients and each year, new clients are coming onboard. We know that our success is due to your support. In turn, we try to “Pay It Forward”. You are our “ASSET”. Come by and visit us.We hope that when you visit with us, some of these adjectives come to mind (Friendly, Honest,Trusting, Supportive, Humble, Sincere and Dedicated). This is La Morra’s “Way of Life”.
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Synergy VIII Set For October 23-25th Simbrah Synergy VIII will be held October 23-25th at Smith Genetics, Giddings, Texas. The weekend event includes an educational skill-a-thon and sales talk competition for juniors, sale and the $15,000 Synergy Showcase junior show. The sale will be the evening Saturday, October 24th and includes over 140 lots of cattle. The lots are predominately Simbrah. Bulls, embryos, donors, pairs, breds and some fancy show prospects sell. The skill-a-thon, sales talk and showmanship competition will be held Saturday afternoon. The Synergy Showcase
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will award $15,000 to junior exhibitors of cattle purchased from the Synergy participants and/or purchased in the sale. The Showcase includes five divisions of showmanship in addition to the Simbrah, Percentage and Simmental shows. Pre-registration is required. Participants in this year’s sale include Burch Farms, Hempstead, Texas; Diamond RF Farms, Wallis, Texas; Hagan Cattle Company, Yoakum, Texas; Hallak Ranch, Athens, Texas; Honeycutt Cattle Co., Mabank, Texas; McCrary Farms, DeKalb, Texas; Monte Christo Cattle Co., Edinburg, Texas; Pine Ridge Ranch, Dallas, Texas; Reavis Farms, Mission, Texas; Smith Genetics, Giddings, Texas; Triple J Ranch, Sour Lake, Texas; Triple P Ranch, Pearland, Texas; Southwestern Farms, Kirbyville, Texas; 7N Ranch, Falls City, Texas; and Smith Farms, Denton, Texas. For additional details, entry forms, rules and sale accommodations, visit www.smithgenetics.com or call 512/587-7896. You can also follow the event on Facebook.
Silent Auction set for Synergy Simbrah Advisory Council President, Wayne Reavis, announced that once again there will be a silent auction during Simbrah Synergy, October 24th. The funds from this auction will be used for Simbrah promotion throughout the year. All are encouraged to bring an item to help the cause. This year Belva and Twila Johnson, Johnson Cattle Co., will be coordinating the auction so if you have questions contact them at 830/391-2526 or email belvajohnson@sbcglobal. net.
Guerras recognized with Texas FFA award Carlos and Sister Guerra received the prestigious Texas FFA Passion for Excellence Award at the annual Texas FFA Convention. The award is given annually to an individual(s) who have demonstrated a passion of service to others. The Texas FFA Foundation works with a core value of developing stewardship in our homes and communities. The annual award is a way of recognizing those who give to make their communities a better place to live, work and raise families. “We have always believed the essence of leadership is (Continued on page 9)
We have added the sire power of Smith McCrary Fireball to our growing program! We think this bull can really add genetic fire as he ranks in the top 1% of the breed for API and top 2% for TI. He also brings the genetics of Smith Satisfies on the sire side and his dam, Smith McCrary Hi Price, a Dream On x Smith Priceless bred female. In addition, he is homozygous polled and is genetically tested as a non-dilutor. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT OUR FIRST FIREBALL CALVES—WATCH FOR THEM!
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to plant trees under whose shade you may never sit. Carlos and Sister Guerra have touched the future by their selfless and generous support of Texas FFA and 4-H members,” said Aaron Alejandro, executive director of the foundation. The Guerras own La Muneca Cattle Company, Linn, Texas. It is a family owned and operated business that started in 1989. The hard, honest work that has brought the Guerra family success for years in agriculture is still in practice today. Through the ranch, their junior livestock program with Simmental, Simbrah, Brahman and Simbravieh cattle helps to provide more than $60,000 a year in scholarships. The Texas FFA Association envisions a future in which all agricultural education students will discover their passion in life and build on that insight to chart the course for their education, career and personal future. The Guerra family is a leader in developing responsible citizens and ethical leaders for tomorrow through agriculture education.
New arrival in Tortorice Family Congratulations to Jake III and Amber Tortorice on the arrival of son, Jake IV, on August 5th. He weighed 7 lb. 7 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches. He joins his sister, Gianna, in the family. Congratulations also to grandparents, Jake, Jr and Mary! Gianna Tortorice with her brother, Jake IV.
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Simbrah show back on Fort Worth schedule The Fort Worth Stock Show has announced that they are adding back into their schedule an open Simbrah Show. This will be effective with the 2016 show. The open Simbrah show will be January 29th and entry deadline is November 15th. For additional details visit www.fwssr.com.
Caleb Fuchs exhibited the grand champion Simbrah heifer at the AJSA National Classic. She is a daughter of 6G/LMC Rajin Cajun.
Dulce Fields, Mt. Pleasant, Texas, claimed the grand champion bred and owned Simbrah heifer honor with a daughter of LMC KPBR Evolution 1Z135.
We are committed to offering only our best at Synergy and we have selected two females that are really hard to part with, but definitely honor our commitment! Also we want to remind you that we have moved our operation to Floresville and hope that when you’re travels take you to South Texas, you will stop and visit. We look forward to seeing you at Synergy! October 24th.
This percentage female is ranked in the top .01% of the breed for API. How’s that for an attention getter—but wait till you see her. She will impress you. She’s a daughter of WLE Uno Mas and out of a Sargeant x Smith Ciao Bella first calf heifer. Offered with Smith Genetics and sells as lot 65. Richard and Betsy Foster and Richard III P.O. Box 88 • Floresville, Texas 78114 713/412-4487 (Richard III) Or 713/412-4480 diamond email@example.com
This young purebred female is a daughter of Smith Satisfies and out of Nu Wave II bred female that goes back to the Smith/Reavis donor, RFI Rio Princess. She combines pedigree and performance with profile. She’s eligible for Synergy and Superbowl. Sells as lot 64. Offered with Smith Genetics.
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He’s part of our progam! We have added the sire power of Smith Detonator to our program. • Sired by Satisfies • Out of Smith Ciao Bella—a daughter of Smith Bella Bella • Ranks in the top 5% of the breed for API and top 3% for TI • His service sells with a number of our lots in Synergy VIII
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This is our first year participating as a sponsor in Simbrah Synergy and we have selected two young Powerman daughters to sell. Our family invites you to join us October 24th for this event!
First of all Lot 119. We, along with Smith Genetics are offering a semen package from Smith Satisfies—who could very well be the hottest sire in the breed right now! He’s sired by NF Smith Simply Great and goes back to Dream On. He ranks in the top 2% of the breed for API and 1% for TI. Also we are selling six fancy, open heifers. Lots 13-18. Look them up in the catalog!
CHCC Super Girl-Sired by Powerman and a PRR Morning Star granddaughter. She is thick, deep bodied and correct. She can show the next day in the Synergy Showcase and at the 2016 Superbowl. Seller reserves the right to the first flush on CHCC Super Girl.
CHCC Shelles Belle-She is a paroduct of Powerman and our donor, SNF Ms KT Belle Y110. She has a wonderful disposition in addition to desirable phenotype. She will make a great junior heifer project. Synergy and Superbowl eligible.
We will see you at the sale and all the related events, October 23-25th
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with $300 and a buckle to each division champion and $250 to each reserve champion. Gerald Young served as judge of the cattle, while David Fleming
was the showmanship judge. For additional results and photos, visit the photos and events tab on www.simbrahworld.com.
Zach Mills won the reserve grand champion purebred honor and $1,500 with his Smith Genetics sponsored heifer. She was also the reserve senior champion female.
Grand champion percentage heifer was exhibited by Kaitlyn Davlin and sponsored by La Muneca. She received $600 with the title.
Winston Walters exhibited the grand champion bull, sponsored by Smith Genetics, and received $600.
Mia Barba won the reserve grand percentage honor and $400 with her La Muneca sponsored heifer.
MAS Showcase held The MAS X $15,000 Showcase was held in conjunction with the American Junior Simbrah Roundup, June 25th. One-half of the premium money was awarded in showmanship
Grand champion purebred female was exhibited by Caleb Fuchs and sponsored by La Muneca. He was awarded $3,000 as the senior champion winner.
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Two breeding programs making a mark on the breed
hese families place a high value on education and sportsmanship, and started raising Simbrah because of the many opportunities for youth to participate. By Lesli Groves
Johnson Cattle Company Kenedy, Texas
RGV Cattle Company Edinburg, Texas
Kenny and Wayne Johnson’s Simbrah and Simmental partnership has a laser focus: producing show-quality cattle with agreeable dispositions, ideal for junior exhibitors and producing cattle that will add quality to the breed in general. Kenny and his wife, Twila, and Wayne and his wife, Belva, became familiar faces at Simbrah shows before the joint venture’s first calves even hit the ground. “We go to every show we can,” said Kenny. “We try to be pro-active and help people and we all like working with youth.” Wayne, along with Kenny’s wife, Twila, actually made careers of working with youth. Wayne has a winning record as a high-school football coach and has also served many years as an athletic director. His name has appeared on the all-time leading coach’s list compiled by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football publication – and considering the importance of high-school football in the Lone Star State, that’s quite a feat. Twila, who returned to college after her own children started school and earned her doctorate degree in educational leadership, is currently the career and technical education director for the Floresville, Texas school system. “Our first Synergy show and sale was a real eye-opener,” said Wayne. He tends to look at everything, including cattle shows, from a coach’s perspective. “With any competition, you’ve got to work at it and that includes a lot of study.” Their game plan started with an initial purchase of six embryos out of Tim Smith’s Annie Lou, Priceless and Pure
In 1990, for their very first date, Rene Vela took Gina Garza to the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show. He was a junior in high school. She was a sophomore. They went to the Simbrah show to give moral support to Gina’s cousins, Lora and Martha Pena. It was shades of things to come. Gina wasn’t at home in the cattle barns then, like Rene was, but she certainly is now. Their daughters, Olivia, 14, and Ava, 10, had five Simbrah heifers to show this year and four of the five were home-raised. Their biggest winner was RGV LN Hope, who was reserve champion at the Simbrah Super Bowl in San Antonio. At what has to be the Velas’ sentimental favorite show, the Rio Grande Valley, Olivia showed “Hope” to grand champion and LMC RGV CTCF Olive was calf champion in both the junior and open show, as well as reserve grand in the open show. Little sister Ava, in her second season of showing, showed LMC RGV CTCF Ivy to reserve heifer calf honors at the $ellabration. The Velas married in 1997 and started breeding Simbrah with junior exhibitors in mind before they even had children of their own. They currently live in Edinburg, Texas, and maintain around 35 Simbrah. In 1998, they partnered with Gina’s uncle on a show prospect from the Guerra family’s La Muneca Cattle Company in Rene’s hometown of Linn, Texas. Rene’s family’s home and 18 acres were about two
Wayne and Belva (l) and Kenny and Twila Johnson are the owners of Johnson Cattle Company.
Rene and Gina Vela, with their daughters Ava (l) and Olivia (r).
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Diamond females in 2010. At the 2011 Synergy sale, they partnered with Smith and bought a Nu Approach x Golden Glory donor named Glorious. That move resulted in the heifer named Richer Look, which sold for $32,500 at the 2014 Simbrah Synergy Sale. The Johnson Cattle Company headquarters is just outside Kenedy, Texas, 60 miles southeast of San Antonio. It’s a former dairy operation that their paternal grandmother bought around 1946. Their father, Brooks Johnson, quit school after ninth grade in Corpus Christi to run the dairy. “He milked 25 cows, morning and night, by himself. We called him ‘Popeye,’ because he sure did have some arms on him,” said Wayne. After Brooks enlisted in the Merchant Marines, the dairy cattle were sold. When he returned from the service, he went to work for Haliburton in Pleasanton, Texas, about an hour west of Kenedy. It wasn’t convenient, by any means, but he ran a few commercial cattle on the old dairy property. “He kept it going all those years and now we really want to keep it going,” said Wayne. The two brothers and another brother, Bill, and sister, Sandra, inherited the property in 2010. It was youngest brother, Kenny, who pitched the idea of raising registered cattle for the show ring. Back in high school, Kenny showed a steer that their dad
miles up Highway 281 from the entrance to La Muneca’s cattle headquarters. He and his older brother used to ride their bikes to Guerra’s show barn. A few local boys were regulars at the barn and comprised sort of an informal junior show team. His brother, Marc, had the greatest victory with a heifer their father bought from Guerra Brothers. She was the reserve champion Indu-Brazil Female at the Houston Livestock Show. Her daughter by Revolution won the Rio Grande Valley show later. Rene showed from fifth through 10th grade, until his brother left for college. His parents had two kids in college and two more to send, so money was tight. Rene focused on school and earning academic scholarships. Rene and Gina both come from families who emphasize the importance of education. “When we were kids, our dad had us out clearing (weeds from) grain fields by hand. I was so little, I was shorter than the milo. When they would see a sunflower fall by itself, that’s how they kept track of where I was,” Vela said. “The lesson he was teaching us was ‘stay in school.’ You don’t want this to be your career.” Rene and Gina waited to marry until he graduated and became a P.A., a physician assistant. Gina has a bachelor degree in accounting, a teaching certicate plus a master’s
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ZZ Crimson Beauty was one of the first females purchased by RGV Cattle Co. and she is still in their herd. Johnson Cattle Company runs their Simbrah cattle outside of Kenedy, Texas, just 60 miles southeast of San Antonio.
Olivia Vela won reserve grand Simbrah honors at the 2015 Superbowl with this Bosco daughter bred in the RGV program.
Smith McCrary Fireball is one of the herd sires for Johnson Cattle Co. This is one of the females selected by the Johnson’s for the foundation of their herd. She is a Smith Isgrig Charismatic sired female out of Smith Priceless. Her calf at side is sired by Smith Satisfies.
This female was raised in the RGV program and was a winner at many elite shows for the Chappell family.
RGV Roxie, a daughter of Hagan Ante Up, was Olivia Vela’s first champion.
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picked from his commercial herd. The hands-on education included castrating and dehorning. “It was a challenge,” he said. “Because I was so involved in sports I only did it one year, but I did win my class.” Kenny and Twila’s children showed poultry. “A chicken condo was all we had room for,” Kenny explained. Their projects always made the sale and Kenny got a reputation as a man who could sure pick poultry. “Even now, people around Kingsville and Corpus Christi get him to go with them to evaluate chickens,” said Wayne. “He’s got a really good eye.” Tommy Smith, a friend of Kenny’s in Kingsville, got Kenny involved when Smith’s children wanted to show heifers. “We researched it and decided on Simbrah,” said Kenny. “I learned a lot during those four or five years. We bought a couple of heifers from Smith Genetic, Giddings, Texas and (Tim) Smith helped us a lot.” Wayne and his wife, Belva, owned commercial feeder steers. She worked for a pre-conditioning yard in Floresville as the office manager, but could also be found outside on horseback, sorting cattle. She previously worked at the King Ranch for four years, when Wayne coached in Kingsville, and that led to her current job as office manager at the King Ranch Turfgrass Farm in Poteet, Texas. Switching Wayne from commercial stock to registered show cattle required some sales talk from Kenny. “Wayne and I are both very competitive people; this appeals to our competitive nature,” said Kenny. “And I knew he would be good at figuring out the genetics involved and embryo transfer – anything that involves science.” (In addition to coaching, Wayne also taught biology.) Part of Kenny’s strategy was to introduce Wayne to Tim Smith, who had advised him and Tommy Smith in their previous show heifer venture. “Anything Wayne does, he wants to do well,” said Kenny. “And Tim’s got a wealth of knowledge he’s willing to share.” “We’ve partnered with Smith on five or six donor cows and some heifers,” Wayne said. “In our early situation, everyone working full-time and no one living near the ranch, the partnerships made sense to help us get started.” They’re right where they hoped to be at this stage of the game. Wayne retired from coaching in December 2013 at the end of a winning season at Jourdanton High School with an overall record of 172-104-5. Kenny retired last December, after 38 years in the pipeline business now owned by KinderMorgan. They’re devoting full time to the breeding program and making improvements to the ranch, which now is Kenny and Twila’s home. They maintain 30-35 cows producing show prospects with pedigrees reflecting the likes of the LMC Oprah family, Miss LMC Diva, and Smith’s Bella Bella, Priceless, Annie Lou, Black Mystic, Pure Diamond and Golden Glory cow families. They have sire influence from Smith Genetics’ Satisfies, Nu Wave II, Nu Approach, Stout N Black, Sargeant, Charismatic, and RFI Real Deal, plus a recently acquired partial ownership in Smith McCrary Fireball, a
degree in education. She works as a curriculum assistant, similar to an assistant principal. The uncle with whom they bought their first Simbrah, Cipriano Pena, was actually Rene’s elementary school principal and is still the principal at Brewster Elementary in Linn. There are many other examples within their two families, but perhaps the most inspiring is Rene’s mother, Beatrice. She was 57 when she graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house at her commencement,” Vela said. The Velas targeted the Simbrah market because it provided the most opportunities for youth in their area. Even if their own children didn’t want to show, the income from the cattle could help fund their education. Toward that, they formally incorporated RGV Cattle Company in 1999 and made their first major purchase. They invested in six females from Freasier Ranch in Floresville, Texas. “We still have one of them. She’s 18 and pregnant again, and still has a pictureperfect udder,” Vela said. In 2006, they made what has proven to be an especially insightful purchase in ZZ Crimson Beauty, from the Filegonia Cattle Company. ZZ Crimson Beauty produced – among other notables -- RGV LMC Dr. Beauty, grand champion at Rio Grande Valley open show in 2012, grand champion at the 2012 $ellabration Show, grand champion at American Junior Simbrah Roundup (AJSR), reserve at Synergy. She was shown by Savannah and Cameron Chappell of Raymondville, Texas. Crimson Beauty’s most recent champion was RGV Painted Beauty, reserve junior at the 2015 American Junior Simbrah Roundup. The Velas market their show prospects through the MAS and $ellabration Sales, as well as private treaty. “I’ve never held back. We actually sold Hope (their first major winner) at MAS IX, then the buyer called and wanted to work it out where we would still show her. He gave us half-interest in Hope in exchange for half-interest in RGV Black Widow, who is a percentage Simbrah out of RGV Beyonce Destiny and sired by JS American Pride. Buyers overlooked Olivia’s first champion, RGV Foxie, though Vela admits she was a late bloomer. “The very best thing about her was that she was a total pet, totally gentle,” he said. He always tells people that for a first project, it’s more important that the calf be gentle than for it to be a potential winner. “You want it to be fun; you want them to be safe; and I want them to learn showmanship,” he said. “We only took Olivia to three or four shows when she started in 2010,” Vela said. “We want them to enjoy showing. This was Ava’s second year, and both of them made us so proud.” To celebrate, they committed to go to the American Junior Simmental Classic in College Station, Texas, in July. At that show, Olivia was fourth out of 95 in her division of showmanship and 19th in sales talk out of more than 100. That was the first time she has placed in sales talk. At the AJSR in Wharton, Texas, 10-year-old Ava placed in every competition and was third overall and won her
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complete details visit www.simmental.org and click on the AJSA tab. The Simbrah honors were won by Caleb Fuchs and Dulce Fields.
RGVBIA tests set to start The Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association (RGVBIA) will once again hold their official bull gain test and heifer development test. This is conducted with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service and members of the RGVBIA with direction of Dr. Joe Paschal, extension livestock specialist and county extension agents in Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy and Starr counties. Consignors must reserve a space for their cattle by October 16. Delivery dates for the bulls and heifers is October 22nd and for steers November 6th. This is an official 112 day gain test. Bulls must be from 615 months of age. There are three different age groups of bulls. For additional information contact the Hidalgo County Extension office at 956/383-1026.
other beef education resources developed by the Foundation can be found at http://www.agfoundation.org/ resources/learn-about-beef. “The Beef Ag Mag was designed not only for classrooms, but also to be used by families and other youth groups as they learn where their food comes from,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the foundation. In addition to the beef-based curriculum, the Ag Mag features four agricultural leaders who play different roles within the industry. The featured leaders include a meat scientist from Minnesota and cattle ranchers from Nebraska, Mississippi and Idaho. (Continued on page 21)
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The Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association is now taking space reservations for its upcoming tests.
New ‘Ag Mag’ helps students beef up food production knowledge A new beef “Ag Mag,” developed by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and funded in part by the Beef Checkoff, is available for purchase in classroom sets of 30 and in free eReader format. The Ag Mag, a newspaper-style reader, features information about beef production, nutrition and related careers, and encourages discussions about the industry in the classroom and at home. The Ag Mag is aligned to national learning standards and is written at a fourth-grade reading level, although the interest level is very broad. The Ag Mag and
second buckle. “She went from a little hermit to placing in everything,” said Vela. Gina never expected to be a stock show mom; her whole perspective on cattle has changed. “She’s a big part of things now, especially getting them gentle and getting them ready to be halter-broke,” Vela said. “If we get to a show and anything is off feed or off water, she has a way with them, where she just spends time with them and talks to them, and they relax and come back around.” Rene’s dad, Humberto Vela, recently retired after 34 years as an executive at Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers, Inc. “He has always played a part but he has taken a much larger role since he retired. He takes a lot of pride in seeing these little ones grow up and show – both the kids and the cattle, ” said Vela. It’s been 25 years since Rene and Gina’s first date at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show. The odds are good they will be returning there for many years to come. The Velas are expecting another child in October. About the time Ava makes her farewell tour on the junior circuit, her younger sibling will be eligible to show. ***
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Makin Moves! Our breeding program is making moves to always be improving. . . . just look who we have added to accelerate that move, Smith Makin Moves.
Smith Makin Moves Also we are selling two lots in partnership with Smith Genetics at the Synergy
Lot 118-A December daughter out of Smith Rhett, who is a Matt x Bella Bella son. This is one of his first calves!
Lot 97-A March baby doll, sired by Sargeant and traces back to the Smith Heartfelt cow family.
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She is sired by Satisfies and is out of the great She Moves Cow. This makes her a maternal sister to our Smith Charming Moves heifer that won several majors, including the Supreme American title at the Houston Junior Show. Makin Moves is phenotypically appealing, polled and she ranks in the top 3% of the breed for API and top 10% for TI.
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Lot 3-Show heifer prospect. Sired by our new herd sire, LMC Red Alert 5A/25 and her dam is a full Fleckvieh Simmental cow. This is a polled, double red three-quarter blood heifer that qualifies for the Synergy Showcase, which will be the day after the sale.
Lot 5-We are selling embryos from this MCM Top Grade x HTP/SVF Honey Dew W300 bred female. She was the Elite’s Grand Champion Simmental female for Paige Hovey in May. She will have a three-quarter blood calf sired by Mr Strack 254Y by sale time and we will offer the calf, also.
Lot 4- Red, polled herd sire prospect with a great disposition. He is sired by our Strack 254Y sire. He is ready to go to work.
Lot 6-Ready for the show ring. This is a homozygous polled daughter of Mr. Strack 254Y. She is halter broke and ready for the Synergy Showcase.
HALLAK RANCH Billy & Malika Hallak 1167 Oval Drive • Athens, Texas 75751 903/203-8524 • Nhalla@hotmail.com • www.hallakranch.com
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m a r g o r p r u o g in c n Adva Each year we have selectively added females to our program and many of these have been through the Synergy Sales. Our purchases there entitled us to choose semen from several herd sires to use in breeding the females we bought.
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We have utilized Smith Satisfies several times and we now have outstanding calves on the ground by this popular and proven sire. We really feel like this has advanced our program tremendously and are excited about the future of our Simmental and Simbrah program.
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Smith RFI Nuanced 325W Smith RFI Nuanced 325W is now a donor for us, Smith Genetics and Reavis Farms. Nuanced is a Smith McCrary Andy Black daughter out of a Smith Trendsetter bred dam who is a donor for Smith Genetics and Reavis Farms. She has already produced Smith RFI MCCR Gangster, who is sired by Smith Satisfies. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Gangster’s first calves. Gangster ranks in the top 2% of the breed for API and 10% of the breed for TI. Embryos out of Nuanced and Smith Satisfies sell as Lot 120 in the Synergy Sale. These will be full sibs to Gangster! You can add value to your program with this lot!
RFI MCCR Gangster
McCrary Farms will be selling Lots 51-63 and 120 Mark and Martha McCrary 903/667-5135 • 903/278-6819 • firstname.lastname@example.org 307 North Runnels • DeKalb, Texas 75559 We accept calf scramble certificates. www.mccraryfarms.net SIMBRAH World • Fall, 2015 PAGE 23
By Dr. Gary Warner Times are good in the cattle business with high prices found in all categories of cattle, and those with cattle to
sell in “high cotton”. Not only are we seeing high prices for calves and yearlings, but also replacement females
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and bulls are more valuable. This past fall many bull sales averaged between $6,000 and $10,000. Bull numbers are predicted to be low this year, leading to predictions of high prices for young bulls this fall. With this kind of monetary commitment, it is only natural that we should take the best care of that investment. With that in mind, this article is intended to educate those of you in the business on how to provide emergency care to your bull’s breeding related injury until professional help can be attained. Our primary discussion will involve the penis and prepuce, as well as injuries that may occur to the scrotum. Recognizing the injury The most common injuries we see that directly impact a bull’s breeding soundness involve the prepuce. These injuries can occur in any breed, although we see them more often in breeds of polled descent. It is thought that the muscles that help to keep the prepuce in the sheath are not as strong in polled bulls. Also, bulls that are of Brahman descent are more susceptible due to the excess hide that results in pendulous sheath and more redundant prepuce (see figure 1). Most injuries are accidentally self-inflicted. Typically a bull rises from lying down, “catches” the prepuce with a dewclaw or hoof of a rear leg, and lacerates or tears the unprotected skin of the prepuce. If this injury goes unnoticed for several days, it can become infected, develop edema (swelling) and make the prolapse worse until most of the preputial tissue is outside the sheath (see figure 2). Another preputial injury that is now commonly seen in all breeds is preputial phlegmon or abscess(see figures 3 and 4). This is often misdiagnosed as a penile hematoma. While hematomas usually occur right in front of the scrotum, phlegmon typically causes swelling in the mid-sheath region and is usually isolated. If severe
infection is present, then the entire length of the sheath can be affected. Hematomas are often an injury of yearling bulls aggressively breeding larger, mature cows. Either injury should be considered a medical emergency and should be taken to a vet for proper diagnosis and medical treatment, as soon as possible. Scrotal injuries occur less frequently, but most often occur in the warmer seasons. Once again, it is believed by some to be the result of trauma (see figure 5). Many suggestions have been proposed for the explanation of a swollen testicle, but it is our opinion that most are due to direct trauma. The result is a ruptured blood vessel with subsequent bleeding occurring into the tissue surrounding the testicle. The increased fluid volume within the tissue surrounding the testicle produces an increased pressure, which can have an insulating effect, causing a rise in temperature, and can eventually lead to degeneration of the testicle. Very rarely do we find an actual “infection” of the testicle. Last, but certainly not least, scrotal hernias may occur as a direct result of servicing cows. This often happens while the bull mounts the cow. The positioning of the bull and abdominal compression allows some portion of bowel to “herniate” (usually small intestine or omentum) through the inguinal rings. This causes a diffuse swelling from the top of the scrotum to the bottom on just one side (see figure 6). This is in contrast to orchitis (swollen testicle), which is usually isolated to the bottom two thirds of the scrotum. Emergency care There are some things that may be done at home in order to protect the injured tissue until a professional diagnosis may be attained. In the case of the swollen prepuce, bandaging is in order, if there is not too much swelling present (see figure 7). The tube technique is preferred for most Brahman influenced bulls and the use of a sock for breeds with “shorter” sheaths. Both are quite simple to apply, particularly if you have elastic tape available. A portion of garden hose maybe used; although we prefer the use of polypropylene tubing, which is available at any hardware store. A better explanation of how to apply a proper
tube bandage can be observed at www.elginveterinaryhospital.com. An emollient type salve (one that is water repellant) that has bactericidal properties should be used and systemic antibiotics may be warranted after proper diagnosis. For those bulls with significant swelling that will not allow the use of a tube bandage we will use a supporting sling (see figure 8) to help bring the sheath and prepuce closer to the body. This reduces the downward pull on the tissue and will hopefully improve blood and lymphatic drainage. We use this support device long enough to get enough of the swelling to resolve so that we may get a tube bandage in place. Often, bulls that have incurred significant trauma to the prepuce require surgery to attain breeding soundness again. Bulls with preputial phlegmon, or those suspected of having it, should be presented to a veterinarian for proper diagnosis. Often, ultrasound is used to determine whether there is just tissue inflammation or if there is the presence of an actual abscess. If an abscess has formed, it must be surgically opened and drained and a proper course of antibiotic therapy prescribed. Sometimes it may be several weeks before the outcome of the case can be determined. These bulls must be given significant time to heal before determining their ability to return to breeding. Penile hematoma should be considered a medical emergency and is usually best treated with surgery. Some veterinarians will prescribe rest and antibiotics for bulls with small hematomas (smaller than a tennis ball);
however, our observations indicate that it is always best to surgically remove the blood clot and close the torn tissue. These bulls respond well to surgery if diagnosed and repaired within five days of injury. Scrotal hernias are another medical emergency and should be attended swiftly. Most often the small intestine becomes trapped in the inguinal ring, which may lead to a damaged blood supply that could result in death of the entrapped intestinal tissue. At the very least, obstructed flow of ingesta through the trapped bowel can compromise gastrointestinal function. Bulls can tolerate hernias for a short period of time, but it is best to have them repaired as soon as possible. Bulls can return to breeding duties after a period of rest following surgery. Lastly, traumatic scrotal injuries are a little more forgiving when it comes to time-before-treatment, but attention should be given when they occur, particularly in the summer when ambient temperature can result in increased scrotal temperature. In summary, the most important thing to take away from this article is the need for proper diagnosis and treatment of any of the conditions described. With the value of bulls today and the ability to recover that investment by providing necessary therapy and rest, it seems only natural to provide care as quickly and efficiently as possible. Many bulls can return to service by the next breeding season (at the very least) with proper diagnosis and care. See our web site www.elginveterinaryhospital. com and our Facebook page for more animal care tips.
About the author Dr. Gary Warner, DVM joined Elgin Veterinary Hospital, Inc. in 1980 as an associate veterinarian after graduation from Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1983, Dr. Warner became a partner in the practice and is currently the bovine/food animal practicing partner. Dr. Warner is licensed to practice both in Texas and Louisiana. He is also a USDA Accredited Veterinarian. He is a member of many committees, including the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) Bovine Practice Committee, where he served as chairman for 10 years. He has been awarded the TVMA Clinical Consultation and Referral Award, as well as, TVMA Food Animal Practitioner of the Year. He is world renown in the bovine industry for his veterinary expertise and vast experience in treating bucking bulls and livestock. He also writes articles for many different publications. SIMBRAH World • Fall, 2015 PAGE 25
Grand Champion Bred and Owned Percentage Female and Grand Champion Percentage Female in Owned Show, exhibited by Kaitlyn Davlin.
Grand Champion Champion Percentage Bred and Owned Bull and Grand Champion Percentage Bull in the Owned Show, exhibited by Brody Hill.
Juniors compete at American Junior Simbrah Roundup Simbrah kids, parents and cattle converged on the Wharton County Fairgrounds, Crescent, Texas for the annual summer event. Fifty-eight kids competed with 105 head of cattle during the three days. Judges included Chris Boleman for the purebred and percentage show, David Fleming for the bred and owned and Kaysee Schulte for showmanship. Overall high point winners were Loralei Hill, junior; Robert Stavinoha, intermediate and Josh Evans, senior. For additional winners and photos, please refer to the junior news tab on www.simbrahworld.com.
Grand Champion Purebred Bred and Owned Female, exhibited by Rowdy Baker.
Grand Champion Purebred Bred and Owned Bull and Reserve Grand Champion in the Owned Show, exhibited by Mia Barba.
Division II Owned Champion Purebred and Grand Champion Female, exhibited by Winston Walters.
Division IV Owned Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Female, exhibited by Caleb Fuchs.
AJSR Scholarship winners and committee members. Hadley Baker, winning $2,000 as he won the Bud Wentz AJSR Scholarship. Kaitlyn Davlin won the AJSR/Victor Guerra scholarship for $2,000, and Nicole Stevenson won $2,000 from the Victor A Guerra Scholarship Fund. L to R: Leroy Stavinoha, Kellie Rodenbeck, Baker, Davlin, Stephenson, Victor Guerra and Joe Mask. PAGE 26
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Grand Champion Owned Bull, exhibited by Winston Walters.
BHR P221 • Many thanks to Buzzard Hollow Ranch and Fred Schuetze for the purchase of a flush in Olianna, our most profitable female! Olianna is the dam of 6G Evangeline and the maternal granddam to the great, 6G LMC Rajun Cajun. In addition, she is the foundation for the breed changers, 6G LMC Pappadeaux, Dr. Red Duke, and 6G Ms Red Belle. We purchased this phenomenal three-quarter x one-quarter from Buzzard Hollow and we greatly appreciate their confidence in this maternal line of cattle.
6G Ms Red Belle 5B431 • Maternal performance and strength are the backbone of this female! Look for her in the winner’s circle this next year under the showmanship of Josh Evans. Many thanks go out to the Evans Family for their investment in Red Belle. She joins a long line of powerful and productive progeny of 6G Evangeline! Red Belle is the maternal sister to 6G LMC Rajun Cajun and two up and coming females in our herd. Cow family strength is evident as she traces back to BHR Olianna P221, who has been our most profitable female over the past 5 years!
Dr Red Duke • Dr. Red Duke is another great extension of the Olianna line and we are grateful to the Barba Family for selling this next great Simbrah herd sire to 6G and La Muneca. Red Duke packs more power and function into an eye appealing package than most bulls his age! He is a breed changer and he will provide a “Rock Solid” Foundation to build a calf crop around. Thank you to Fred Schuetze of Buzzard Hollow Ranch and our friends in South Africa for purchasing the first two semen packages in Dr. Red Duke!
6G LMC Desperado 5B429 • Power, Performance, Pedigree and Pizzazz! This young herd sire prospect could be the next GREAT thing in the Simbrah breed. Desperado is out of the National Champion, 6G LMC Red Rock and an 18-yr-old, Desperado daughter, that today still has the udder of a 4-year-old female! He carries the foundation one-quarter x three-quarter genetics from La Muneca on the maternal side. His paternal granddam, LMC Dream Girl, is unmatched both in the show ring and the performance of her progeny. Look for this unique package on the road this coming spring!
6G Ms Cinderella • Mil Gracias to Carlos Guerra III, “Pop’s”, for purchasing this outstanding 6G LMC Red Rock daughter from us! Cinderella is the pick of our Red Rock calves from this past year, and Pops and her have a lot of great days in front of them as a pair! Look for this dynamic duo to grace the show ring and winner’s circle in the coming year’s shows! Thanks again to our long time PARTNERS & FAMILY FRIENDS at La Muneca Cattle Company!
6G Ms Red Moon • Thank you to Braden Janecek of East Bernard, Texas for your investment in these championship genetics! Red Moon is out of Camille’s Houston Jr Show Champion, LMC Moonlight and the proven National Champion, 6G LMC Red Rock! You will not find two more functional females in a pedigree than LMC Moonlight and LMC Dream Girl and 6G Ms Red Moon has them both represented! Look out for Braden and Red Moon in the show ring next year!
Congratulations on a wonderful spring and summer showing your cattle Robert and Amelia! Your diligence, hard work, and study habits paid off in high placing at the TJSSA State Show, American Jr. Simbrah Roundup and the AJSA National show in College Station! Good luck in 2015 – 2016!
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Webinars are becoming valuable tool for producers By Lindsay Allen In a business that asks you to work 365 days a year, it’s a challenge to leave the ranch for several days at a time. While face-to-face seminars and events will always have their advantages, agricultural organizations are thinking outside of the box and finding ways to connect with ranchers in a more convenient way. As the majority of households have high speed Internet, webinars seem to be a solution. Webinars are simply a seminar conducted over the Internet. Participants can log on from anywhere they wish and watch a presentation while listening to the speaker. They typically last one hour and because it is online, there are no limitations to the number of people who can participate. One of the biggest advantages to webinars is the turnaround time for hosting. In an industry that can have breaking news at any point, it’s important for organizations to be able to respond in a timely matter. For an organization to host media training or education about a certain topic affecting the industry, putting together a live event to provide feedback and training could take months. With webinars, organizations are able to respond in a timely manner and provide cattlemen and ranchers with the tools necessary to react and positively affect agriculture. Ellen Tom, Tom Brothers Ranch, said, “I stay busy with the different enterprises on the ranch and it is difficult to schedule time away to go to industry events and stay informed on beef industry happenings. Webinars are a great way to stay in touch with industry experts and keep an edge on what dynamics are driving the beef industry without leaving home.” Tom has been attending webinars since 2008 through the American Simmental Association (ASA) and CattleFAX. “These beef organizations have an audience that is spread across the country and planning face-to-face sessions is costly and would only attract a regional audience. Webinars can reach an audience anywhere, provided they have high speed Internet!” Tom said. Universities, Extension services and agricultural companies are all taking advantage of webinars for several reasons. The ASA says that in addition to the low cost for them, webinars help the association reach out to those who other wise would not be able to take advantage of educational efforts put on by the ASA because of the cost incurred for traveling. Webinars in general are also free to participate in, eliminating the cost of a registration fee had you attended a live event. For those hosting the events, the cost of flying in an industry professional to speak to a large group of people is reduced. Speakers can access the hosting site from the comfort of their own home or office and lead the webinar without ever having to board a plane. Many webinar hosts will attest that while numbers may (Continued on page 30)
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Take a look at these two full sisters, Olive and Ivy! They were campaigned this year by our two daughters, Olivia and Ava. They are out of the donor, RGV LMC Dr. Beauty X076 that we own with La Muneca and the Chappell Family. Beauty of course was a many time champion for the Chappell kids and is out of our donor ZZ Crimson Beauty and Dr. Feel Good. Their sire LMC RGV Red Rock, which gives them a shot of Dream Girl in their pedigree also. LMC RGV CTCF Olive 5B/23 RGVLS Junior Simbrah Reserve Grand RGVLS Junior and Open Simbrah Calf Champion
LMC RGV CTCF Ivy 5B/19 $ellabration Reserve Calf Champion
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We are excited about the potential these two females have as breeding pieces in our herd. We think they will be a pair of maternal powerhouses! SIMBRAH World • Fall, 2015 PAGE 29
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be high for the live webinar, being able to archive the presentation/audio on the website allows those who were busy during the scheduled webinar to still take advantage of the learning tool. Todd Hurt, training coordinator for the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture, has been hosting webinars for over four years now and said that after surveying the audience several times, there is no agreement on the best time to offer a webinar. “This is the reason the archives are viewed at such a high rate. Since we are serving landscape professionals and winter is their slow season, we have found it to be the best time to host a webinar.” Hurt said. He went on to say, “We initiated this project (Georgia Certified Landscape Professional (GCLP) webinar series for faculty, staff, and any interested landscape professionals) due to limited state travel dollars but it has greatly benefitted our clients in money and time saved traveling to professional development events. We like being able to offer a single targeted subject without having to plan a full day event.” Hurt and his partner for hosting webinars, Bodie Pennisi, Extension landscape specialist from the Horticulture Department at the University of Georgia, decided to take a look at the environmental impact their webinars had in 2012. Hurt and Pennisi reported the following, “The average round trip mileage saved per web attendee was 130 miles. Using a conservative estimate of 30 miles per gallon, each participant
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saved 4.3 gallons of fuel. Considering the 380 web participants, this would be a net savings of 1,634 gallons of fuel.” “According to emission facts from EPA (2005) each gallon of gasoline burned produces 19.4 lbs of CO2 per gallon. Our webinar participants reduced CO2 emissions by almost 10 tons in 2012. If an average speed of 60 miles per hour is used, each participant saved 2 hours of travel time at a cost savings of $10,055 in professional time ($19.19/hr First Line Supervisor Landscape Services, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008) and $5,392 ($3.30/gallon) in fuel for the year. If the participants that viewed the archives are included (262 live + 380 archive = 642 total participants), then 2,761 gallons of gasoline ($9,110) were saved, 24.3 tons of CO2 emissions mitigated, and $24,640 in professional time saved.” The numbers speak for themselves and reflect not only the time saved by attending a webinar, but also support cattlemen’s efforts of taking care of the environment and resources. The benefits and ease of attending a webinar are numerous. In fact, many stated that if the topic turns out to be one that isn’t relevant to you and your operation, you have the freedom to log off in the in middle of the presentation, whereas in a face-to-face session you would not be able to get up and walk out in the middle of the seminar. While many will tell you that webinars are not a means to replace traditional live events, they are an added method of connecting with their audience and covering topics that otherwise would not have been done. In a time when networking is of utmost importance, organizations and participants see the advantages of webinars and live events as ways to continue education and connections.
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—2015— •October 3-28th Annual La Muneca’s Jr Roundup & Futurity, Linn, Texas •October 16-State Fair of Texas Pan Am Open Simbrah Show, Dallas, Texas •October 18-State Fair of Texas Junior Simbrah Show, Dallas, Texas •October 23-25-Simbrah Synergy VIII, Giddings, Texas •November 14-Two Fast Nickels Private Treaty Bull Sale, Mineola, Texas •November 21-24-LMC Giving THANKS Online Sale II
—2016— Some dates are tentative—check websites for updated information •January 25-Fort Worth Junior Simbrah Show, Fort Worth, Texas •January 29- Fort Worth Open Simbrah Show, Fort Worth, Texas •February 15-National Open and Percentage Simbrah Shows, San Antonio, Texas •February 17-Simmental/Simbrah Superbowl, San Antonio, Texas •February 19-Junior Simbrah Heifer Show, San Antonio, Texas •March 2-International Simbrah Show, Houston, Texas •March 11-13-Junior Breeding Heifer Shows, Houston, Texas •March 16-Rio Grande Valley Junior Simbrah Show, Mercedes, Texas •March 17-Rio Grande Valley Open Simbrah Show, Mercedes, Texas
Index To Advertisers .................................... 6G Cattle Co. ..........................................27 7N Ranch .......................................3, 31,34 BETM Ranch ............................................5 Boening Bros ..........................................10 Bovine Elite.............................................29 Burch Farms ...........................................12 Brolaco Cattle Co....................................31 Buresh Cattle Co.....................................32 CMAN Cattle Co. ....................................29 Diamond RF Farms...................................9 Fields Cattle Service ...............................29 Floneca ..................................................13 Fort Worth Stock Show ...........................28 Hallak Ranch ..........................................20 Honeycutt Ranch ....................................12 Hutto, Kathy............................................32 Knezek’s Simmental/Simbrah.................29 KQ Cattle Co. ......................................... 31 Johnson Cattle Co. ..............................8,34 La Hacienda Hinojosa .......................21, 31 La Morra Ranch ........................................6 La Muneca Cattle Co. .......................31, 36 La Negra Cattle Co. ................................31 Lazy SF ..................................................12
Littlefoot Cattle Co. .................................32 Lost Cause Ranch.................................. 32 LPJ Ranch ..............................................31 Bob and Tammy Mairano ........................21 McCrary Farms..................................23,34 Monte Christo Ranch ...................11, 31, 34
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SMITH SWFS NU MARK
SMITH MCCRARY FIREBALL
SIRED BY SMITH SATISFIES AND OUT OF SMITH WENTZ DIAMOND DIVA. RANKS IN THE TOP 15% FOR API AND 1% FOR TI. PUREBRED SIMBRAH. OWNED BY SMITH GENETICS & SOUTHWESTERN FARMS. SMITH STOUT N BLACK
SIRED BY SMITH SATISFIES AND OUT OF SMITH MCCRARY HI PRICE-PRICELESS COW FAMILY. PUREBRED SIMBRAH. RANKS IN THE TOP 1% FOR API AND 2% FOR TI. OWNED BY SMITH GENETICS, MCCRARY FARMS, REAVIS FARMS, 7N RANCH, JOHNSON CATTLE CO., MONTE CHRISTO CATTLE CO. & SOUTHWESTERN FARMS. SMITH DETONATOR
SIRED BY DREAM ON, OUT OF TRIPLE C SHE’S AMAZING. PUREBRED SIMMENTAL. OWNED BY SMITH GENETICS & REAVIS FARMS.
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SIRED BY SMITH SATISFIES AND OUT OF SMITH CIAO BELLA-BELLA BELLA COW FAMILY. PUREBRED SIMBRAH. RANKS IN THE TOP 5% FOR API AND TOP 3% FOR TI. OWNED BY SMITH GENETICS, TRIPLE J/CARPENTER RANCH, REAVIS FARMS, SOUTHWESTERN FARMS & 7N RANCH. SMITH NU WAVE II
SIRED BY SMITH MCCRARY ANDY BLACK AND OUT OF A SMITH COWBOY BRED DAM. THREEQUARTER BLOOD. RANKS IN THE TOP 1% FOR API AND 15% FOR TI. OWNED BY SMITH GENETICS & MCCRARY FARMS. MCCRARY SMITH FORTUNATE
THIS LEGENDARY BULL CONTINUES TO IMPACT THE BREED, EVEN AFTER HIS DEATH. HIS DAUGHTERS ARE IN HOT DEMAND. THREE-QUARTER BLOOD. RANKS IN THE TOP 1% OF THE BREED FOR API AND TI. OWNED BY SMITH GENETICS & REAVIS FARMS.
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