2018 Spring Simbrah World

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Scenes From The National Show

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Here’s A Stout One

The next generation of Smith Stout N Black

Smith Just Because represents the next generation of greatness for herd sires at Smith Genetics. He is sired by Smith Stout N Black and his dam is Smith Just A Diva, who is a LMC Diva daughter, sired by Smith Satisfies. We have built our program on generations of proven cow families and now we are showcasing our generations of greatness in our sire lineup. Thank you to McCrary Farms, 7N Ranch, Johnson Cattle Co. and Temperance Livestock for each purchasing a onetenth semen interest in Smith Just Because.

Keep your eye on this one and his coming calves!

Smith Just Because

Smith Stout N Black, sire of Smith Just Because

Tim Smith, Joel Isgrig & Haley Smith P.O. Box 330, Giddings, TX 78942 512-587-7896 • smithgenetics1@gmail.com


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12 2018 National Show Full coverage of the National Simbrah and Percentage Simbrah Shows 22 Smith Elected As ASA Chairman Simbrah breeder, Tim Smith has assumed chairmanship of the ASA 24 Make A Drought Plan Information on practices that can help you before the drought hits. 26 He’s Everybody’s Uncle Jody A visit with “Uncle Jody” Matejicek

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Scenes from the 2018 National Simbrah Show. Photo by Show Champions

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Alamo City to host sale

Cristina Guerra weds

The Alamo City group has announced that their spring sale will be held April 2-4th. The sale will be online through www.cattleinmotion.com and members of the group include Baring Cattle Co., Freasier Ranch and La Morra Ranch. For additional information contact Joe B. Rodriguez, 210/2750839.

On November 25, 2017 Cristina Elena Guerra and Justin Ross LaGrange were married at St. Anne's Catholic Church in San Manuel, Texas. This is the same church in which the bride's parents, Carlos and Sister, were married. Parents of the groom are Charles and Maggie LaGrange from Edinburg, Texas. Matron of honor was the bride's sister, Laura Guerra Ramirez. The groom's father was the best man. Father Chris San Angelo officiated the marriage. Their outdoor reception was held under the oak trees at La Muneca Ranch and a large crowd was on hand to celebrate the couple. The newlyweds honeymooned in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. The groom is a produce farmer and the bride owns Tina G, a jewelry and gift shop in McAllen. They now reside in Edinburg, Texas.

La Muneca announces event/sale dates La Muneca Cattle Co., Linn, Texas has announced that their annual Jackpot Show will be held at the ranch March 23rd, followed by the $ellabration Junior Show on March 24th, Linn, Texas. In addition, they will host online sales on www.cattleinmotion.com. The La Muneca Cattle Co. GenePLUS Online Sale XXII will be March 24-27; La Muneca Cattle Co. GenePLUS Online Sale XXIII will be June 24-27, and the LMC GenePLUS Online Sale XXIV is scheduled for August 25-28.

HOTSSA plans sale The Heart of Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association (HOTSSA) will hold their online sale, September 15th. The sale will be held at Buzzard Hollow Ranch, Granbury, Texas. For additional information contact Robert Piper, president at 830/305-4550.

Simbrah Synergy XI set for September Sale host, Tim Smith announces that Simbrah Synergy XI will be held the fourth weekend of September. The date for the 11th annual event will be September 21-23rd and it will include a sale, a junior show for qualifying heifers, showmanship and educational contests. For additional information contact Smith at 512/587-7896 or smithgenetics1@ gmail.com.

Juniors, mark your calendars Junior Simbrah exhibitors, mark your calendars for the summer shows. The Texas Junior Simmental/Simbrah Futurity will be held June 7-10 in Bryan-College Station, Texas, while the American Junior Simbrah Roundup will be June 20-23 in Crescent, Texas. The American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) South Central Region Classic will be June 13-16 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, while the AJSA National Classic will be July 2-7 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Please check the respective websites for entry deadlines and ownership date requirements. PAGE 6

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Christina and Justin LaGrange are pictured with the Guerra family at their wedding.

Wedding bells ring for Mallory Mobly Mallory Mobly, a former junior exhibitor, and Matthew Pfeifer were married on November 11, 2017 in Caldwell, Texas. Mobly is a 2014 and 2016 graduate of Texas A&M University, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism. Pfeifer is a 2012 graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture science. The couple met in 2011 at the Texas Junior Simmental/Simbrah Association State Futurity (TJSSA). Mobly spent her high school years as an active member of the TJSSA showing heifers and competing in leadership events. The two will reside in Bryan, Texas as she is the (Continued on page 8)

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Liana Flores exchanges vows (Continued from page 6)

communications specialist at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and he is pursuing a master’s degree in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. Mallory is the daughter of DeAnna Browning of Eustace, Texas and Matthew is the son of Mike and Lynn Pfeifer of Port Lavaca, Texas.

Liana Flores and Feliciano Cano exchanged vows on September 16, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Edinburg, Texas with a reception at Mario’s Banquet and Conference Center in Mission, Texas. Parents of the bride are Dora and Luis Flores III and parents of the groom are Lourdes and Feliciano Cano. Over 500 guests attended the reception and received Chorizo De San Manuel Spices, which is owned by the Flores family, as their wedding favors.

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Pfeifer

RGV Cattle Co strives to produce quality cattle consistently

Mr. and Mrs. Feliciano Cano

New hand at Baring Cattle Co. Kora Louise Baring arrived August 26, 2017 to parents Krystal and Roy Baring III “Trey”, Elmendorf, Texas. She weighed 9 lbs. 15 oz. and joins her brother, Roy Baring IV “Cuatro” at Baring Cattle Co. Grandparents are Mary and Roy Baring, Jr.

We have Winter babies on the ground and lots of Spring babies on the way and we’re excited about the quality we have arriving. Our senior sire, RFI Bad Medicine is helping us achieve our goal and the female pictured here is a Bad Medicine daughter and her dam is a full sib to Dr. Beauty. She’s the kind we strive to produce. We invite your inquiries about our cattle.

RGV CATTLE COMPANY Rene, Gina, Olivia, Ava and Emma Vela 34729 Black Buck Dr. • Edinburg, Texas 78542 • 956-279-2200 • Rgvrene@aol.com


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Kora Baring

New arrival at Freasier Ranch Myra Renee Couhig was born on September 3, 2017 to parents Trent and Georgia (Dunn) Couhig. She weighed 7 (Continued on page 9)


involved in many organizations, as well as being an active member of 4-H. She plans to attend Texas A&M University. (Continued from page 8)

lbs. and 13 oz. Grandparents are James and Betty Freasier, Floresville, Texas.

Myra Couhig

New arrival for Martinez family Henry Lucas Martinez was born to parents, Vanessa (Hinojosa) and Charley Martinez, College Station, Texas on August 15. He weighed 7 lbs. and 6 oz. His grandparents are Lucas and Norma Hinojosa, Edinburg, Texas, and Rick and Martha Martinez, Dallas, Texas.

Olivia Vela (Continued on page 28)

We’re utilizing these two sires in our program and feel they provide tremendous breeding power and exciting genetic possibilities.

Smith TMP Red Jewel Sired by RFI Real Deal, the 2014 ASA National Champion and 2014 National Champion And out of Smith RFI Hidden Jewel, the 2014 ASA National Champion.

Smith Just Because Henry Lucas Martinez

Olivia Vela selected as royalty Oliva Vela, Edinburg, Texas, was recently selected as the 2018 South Texas Agricultural Roundup Queen and will represent the organization for the coming year. Vela, a junior Simbrah exhibitor, is the daughter of Rene and Gina Vela. She is currently ranked as the top student in her class at Edinburg North High School and will graduate in May. She is also captain of the ladies’ golf team at her school and is

Sired by Smith Stout N Black and out of Smith Just A Diva, a Smith Satisfies x LMC Diva daughter.

We’re excited about the extra value these sires are adding to our program.

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Our sale saw 92 lots average $4,581. Thank you to everyone who came and bid and to the following buyers: Johnson Cattle Co. Dan & Kris Grinstead Zachary Mills Reavis Farms McCrary Farms Chris Baker Smith Genetics Kathy Hutto Justin Triesch Jason Smith Bob & Tammy Maiorano Trial Run Cattle

Hensgens Brothers Tortorici Sarah Garland Reed Cherokee Cattle Bill & Ginny Smith Bob Buresh Ronnie Reeves Christopher McCrary Braden Roehling Callie McGinley Nathan & Lisa Naîve Braxton Butler 7N Ranch

Diamond RF Farms Jacob Friedrich Andy & Aimee Nienabor Burch Farms Pine Ridge Ranch Monte Christo Pebble Creek B&M Cattle Colton Hewitt Charles McNeil Ashley Dieckmann Haley Smith

Bobby Barth Cameron Young Bell Farms Mark Melson Joel Isgrig Doug Schultz Laine Doucet Justin Harland Temperance Livestock Triple J

SIMBRAH SYNERGY XI Sept. 21-23, 2018 For additional information contact Tim Smith 512/587-7896 smithgenetics1@gmail.com


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Simbrahs Compete For National Titles Calves Take Purebred Championships

Smith Genetics and Reavis Farms exhibited the National Grand Champion Purebred Female.

La Muneca Cattle Co. exhibited the National Grand Champion Purebred Bull.

Morgan Culpepper exhibited the National Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Female.


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Judge Dave Allen of Schulenburg, Texas evaluated the 83 head of purebred Simbrahs and the 31 head in the percentage division of the 2018 National Show, held in conjunction with the San Antonio Livestock Show and Exposition on February 12th in San Antonio. PUREBRED SHOW Smith Genetics, Giddings, Texas, and Reavis Farms, Mission, Texas, saw their calf champion, Smith RFI Double Takes, a daughter of Smith Satisfies, win the grand champion female. The reserve grand champion also originated in the calf division. Morgan Culpepper, Gonzales, Texas, saw her Hagan Arapaho daughter, Hagan Elana 60E, win the overall reserve grand title. Mia C. Ramirez, Linn, Texas, took the intermediate champion female honors with LMC Electra 5D/165, a Mr. HOC Broker daughter. Zachary Mills, DeKalb, Texas, won the reserve title in this division with Smith Redi To Win, a daughter of Smith Nu Approach. Diana Garcia, Mission, Texas won the junior champion female honor with Charlotte’s Beauty, a daughter of LMC 6G Red Rock 5Y/203 and Madison Culpepper, Gonzales, Texas, was named reserve junior champion with LMC SSC Yolanda 5D/83, a daughter of LN LMC 12th Man Y238.

Hayden Hackett of Texarkana, Texas was selected as senior champion female winner with McCrary Smith Look At Me, a daughter of McCrary Smith Inspired. Cole Bennett Mau of Columbus, Texas exhibited LMC BBS Candi, a LN LMC Dream UP W219 daughter to the reserve senior champion female honors. La Muneca Cattle Co., Linn, Texas, won the National Grand Champion Purebred bull title with LMC MT Transformer 5B/32, sired by LMC BBS Manziel 5B/2. He was the calf champion of the show. Baring Cattle Co., Elmendorf, Texas, took the reserve grand and reserve bull calf title with BCC Admiral, a son of BCC Power Driver. Hallak Ranch, Athens, Texas, won the intermediate bull title with HR Awesome D30, a son of LMC Red Alert. Grace Ann Mullins, Golden, Texas, exhibited LMC 6G Golden Boy D611, a son of LMC Justice, to the junior champion honors. These bulls were the only ones in their division. Melanie Evans of Raywood, Texas took the senior and reserve senior bull honors with two sons of Hagans Ante Up. Rocking Chair Cattle Co., Edinburg, Texas won the Best Three Head and Get of Sire honors were won by Jose Garza, Rio Grande City, Texas. Other female class winners included: Hayden Hackett with Smith Special Effect, sired by Smith Rhett; Smith Genetics and Reavis Farms with Smith RFI My Time 725E, sired by Smith Nu Approach; Quelee Rodriguez, Edinburg, Texas, with GRZA Maybelline, a LMC VG Go Getter 5T/27; Callie McGinley, Burton, Texas with Smith Marked Spirit 123D, a Smith SWFS Divas Nu Mark daughter; and Mackenzie Groce, Snook, Texas, with LMC BBS Layla 5D/37, a LMC Gold Medal daughter. Other bull class winners included La Morra Ranch, Floresville, Texas, with J7N Easy Money E18, a LN LMC 12th Man

Baring Cattle Co. exhibited the National Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Bull.

Madison Culpepper exhibited the National Grand Champion Percentage Female.

Baring Cattle Co. exhibited the National Grand Champion Percentage Bull.

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Y238 son, and Jacob Friedrich, Zabcikville, Texas, with Smith Triple J Dynamic, a Smith Satisfies son. PERCENTAGE SHOW Madison Culpepper won the grand female title, as her heifer, CRCF Mary Jane’s Beau, sired by LLSF Pays To Believe, won the junior title on the way to overall title. Reese Gonzalez of Poteet, Texas won the senior division and then was named reserve grand. His heifer, BCC Star Struck was sired by ZKCC Chopper 844U. Claire Godwin, Round Rock, Texas won the heifer calf portion of the show with C99 Mas Emotion, a WLE Uno Mas X549 daughter. Sedona Vitela of Harlingen, Texas exhibited the reserve heifer calf champion, Banditia 471E, a CTCF Made It Rain sired heifer. The intermediate title went home with Hallie Hackett, Texarkana,

Mia Ramirez exhibited the National Intermediate Champion Purebred Female.

Zachary Mills exhibited the National Reserve Intermediate Champion Purebred Female.

Reese Gonzalez exhibited the National Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Female.

Diana Garcia exhibited the National Junior Champion Purebred Female.

Smith Genetics exhibited the National Champion Percentage Reserve Grand Champion Bull.


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Madison Culpepper exhibited the National Reserve Junior Champion Purebred Female.

Texas, with Smith McCrary So Good, a Smith Entitled N Red daughter, while Clay Smith of Edinburg, Texas added the reserve intermediate title with BCC Red Mags, a GLS Red Assassin daughter. Audra Smith of Edinburg, Texas was named reserve junior champion with her heifer, BCC Wheelmans Lady, a FBFW Wheelman sired female. Jacob Friedrich’s heifer was named reserve senior female. The heifer, Princess Leah, is a daughter of Smith Prince Charming. Baring Cattle exhibited the senior and grand champion percentage bull, BCC Maverick, sired by ZKCC Chopper. Smith Genetics took the intermediate champion bull division and then was named reserve grand overall with Smith Just Because, a son of Smith Stout N Black. Hallak Ranch exhibited the bull calf champion, HR Red Label E31, a son of LMC Red Alert. Jacob Friedrich exhibited the reserve intermediate champion, Smith Prince N Black, a Smith Prince Charming son. Baring Cattle Co. exhibited the National Champion Best Three Head and the Produce of Dam honor on the progeny of CHCC Superstar.

Hayden Hackett exhibited the National Senior Champion Purebred Female.

Melanie Evans exhibited the National Senior Champion Purebred Bull.

Cole Mau exhibited the National Reserve Senior Champion Purebred Female.

Melanie Evans exhibited the National Reserve Senior Champion Purebred Bull.

Hallak Ranch exhibited the National Intermediate Champion Purebred Bull.

Jose Garza exhibited the National Champion Purebred Get of Sire on progeny of LMC VG Go Getter

Graceann Mullins exhibited the National Junior Champion Purebred Bull.

Rocking Chair Cattle Co. exhibited the National Champion Purebred Best Three Head.

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The Texas Junior Simmental/Simbrah Board Members and Sweetheart assisted with the barn party.

Nelda Rodriguez and Stacy Meuth.

Randy Reavis.

Rick Hovey and Joe B. Rodriguez.

Billy Wentz. Tanya and Randy Barba.

Nancy Maywald and Blayre Meligan.

Wayne and Belva Johnson.

Vanessa and Henry Martinez.


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Jennifer and Julie Mask, Steff and Ceci Guerra.

Noy Hendricks.

Simbrahs Compete For ASA National Honors The American Simmental Association (ASA) brought their national event to Fort Worth, Texas the weekend of January 27 and 28th. The ASA National Simbrah Show was judged by John Rayfield, Lubbock, Texas, and was an ASA Progress Through Performance show. There were 56 head in the show with entries from Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana and Texas.

There were no division champions named, just overall champions named. Females Class 1: Hensbros Ms Spicy E765/1, sired by Smith Rhett, exhibited by Leah Thibodeaux, Rayne, Louisiana. Class 2: Hagan Merryfield Belle, sired by Hagan Dinero 5B, exhibited by Miranda Skaggs, Bryan, Texas. Class 3: Smith RFI Double Takes,

Madison Culpepper exhibited the ASA National Grand Champion Simbrah Female, LMC SSC Yolanda 5D/83.

Miranda Skaggs exhibited the ASA National Reserve Grand Champion Simbrah Female, Hagan Merryfield Belle.

Miranda Skaggs and Hagan Cattle Co. exhibited the ASA National Grand Champion Simbrah Bull.

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Graceann Mullins exhibited the ASA National Reserve Grand Champion Simbrah Bull.

ESTES RANCH Smith Evocative Bella


Smith Evocative Bella We have added this powerful, nicely balanced, structurally correct female to our herd. Note the extension she has in the front one-third of her body and she has a pedigree to match that phenotype. She’s a daughter of Smith Satisfies and her dam is the Smith Donna Bella 333Z female, who is the third generation of the Smith Bella Bella Cow Family, as 333Z is a daughter of the International Grand Champion Smith Ciao Bella. Watch for her influence on our program and the breed.

JOHNSON CATTLE CO. Wayne Johnson 830/391-2571 • Kenny Johnson 361/438-3413 wjohnson4945@sbcglobal.net Tim Smith consultant • 512/587-7896 • smithgenetics1@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook-Johnson Cattle Company, Kenedy, Texas

Your Volume Source for Purebred Bulls and Heifers, as well as Commercial Simbrah-Angus Heifers. “The Simbrah cow is the best BEEF producer ever developed! Estes Ranch Simbrah cows are proving their value in the Real World. We fed 73 of our lower end heifers at Lubbock Feeders in 2017. They graded over 86% CHOICE or better, with no Standard grades! Our family has over 400 Simbrah and Simmental Cows, Contact us for your replacement heifer or bull needs.

ESTES RANCH Paul Estes 580-675-2407 home, 940-357-1454 cell Dr. Ben Estes, DVM 940-357-1483 cell • estesfamily@swoi.net 4100 CR 290 Wellington, TX 79095

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We added Smith Gaston to our herd for power and he is delivering.

Fall Fest Sale September 15, 2018

NEW SALE SITE LOCATION: Buzzard Hollow Ranch in Granbury, Texas We are returning to our format of a live sale and will have internet access for bidding and buying.

For consignment information contact: Robert Piper - 830/305-4550 Jim Carter - 254/697-1078 Jim Ethridge - 979/255-2882

KSSR Southern Lady Reserve Division Winner at 2017 Houston.

KSSR Diamond Reserve Division Winner at 2017 Fort Worth.

He’s a son of RFI Real Deal and his dam is a Smith Satisfies daughter that traces back to the Tulipe Cow Family at Smith Genetics. He’s polled and solid red. He’s loaded with power, mass and muscle. He’s strong in his top and correct. He has been named the Louisiana State Fair Junior Grand Champion Bull and the Open Reserve Grand Champion Bull, as well as the Bayou Classic Grand Champion and Charlee showed him to grand champion honors at her district show. We’re excited to have him working in our herd.

B&M Cattle LLC

KSSR Cadillac Grand Champion Simmental Bull at Bayou Classic Broker x KSSR Sweet Surrender

Brandon and Mary Hebert 7500 Harris Road • Bell City, LA 70630 337/370-8864 Brandonhebert60@gmail.com

KSSR Stormy A competitive heifer with a lot of future.


KNEZEK SIMMENTAL/SIMBRAH RANCH Red and Black Show Heifers, Bulls & Steers Call For Your Next Champion - Superbowl Eligible! Brian Knezek • 2140 Morris Community Road • Yoakum, Texas 77995 • 361/293-1590 Mobile knezek@gvec.net • www.knezeksimmentalranch.com (Continued on page <None>)


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Smith elected as ASA Chairman

Tim Smith


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Tim Smith of Giddings, Texas has been elected by the American Simmental Association (ASA) Board of Trustees to serve as chairman of the association for 2018. He was formally seated during ASA’s 50th Annual Meeting Jan. 13th in Denver. As owner/operator of Smith Genetics, Smith has been affiliated with Simmental and Simbrah cattle for more than 35 years. His operation includes 300 Simmental, Simbrah and SimAngus females. In addition, Smith operates a custom artificial insemination and embryo transfer center. Smith has built his program on strong cow family lines and utilizes performance testing in his herd. The cattle operation participates in the ASA’s Total Herd Enrollment (THE) program, as well as utilizing EPD data as part of their management plan. Smith Genetics shows cattle on a state and national level and Smith is an advocate of the show ring and junior programs. His involvement with SimGenetics started in 1980 after completing a Master of Science in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Kentucky and he has spent his lifetime building his program and promoting SimGenetics. Smith co-founded the Simmental-Simbrah Superbowl, an event that has awarded more than $750,000 in prizes, monies and scholarships to junior SimGenetic exhibitors over the past 25 years. He also hosts and coordinates Simbrah Synergy, which features a sale with genetics from some of the most progressive Simbrah breeders, a junior show that awards $15,000 in prizes and monies, as well as leadership contests for juniors. In May, Smith Genetics hosts a weekend junior leadership and cattle exhibiting camp to assist juniors in showing and building their breeding programs. Smith has served on the ASA Board of Trustees since 2012 and has served as treasurer on the ASA Executive Board. He is a former chairman of the ASA (Continued on page 31)

Congratulations to our granddaughter, daughter, and niece, Amelia, on winding down an amazing Simbrah show career! Time has flown faster than we all anticipated, but your family has enjoyed every minute of your show career! As you head to Aggieland, pack your competitive spirit, dedication, caring heart, and energetic smile! Faith, Family, and Friends will always be there to support you in your future endeavors. Carpe Diem and Gig ‘em. Aggie Class of 2022!

Congratulations to all our junior clients on an outstanding spring show season! Your hard work and dedication is evident in the progress you have made with 6G Genetics. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to continuing to supply the junior market with QUALITY, FUNCTIONAL females for the future! Colby Jedlicka was the Superbowl Purebred Simbrah Reserve Calf Champion and won his class in the San Antonio Junior Show.

Congrats Robert on winning Reserve Champion of the Simmental & Simbrah Superbowl Percentage Show! This dynamic heifer sired by Rolling Hills Endeavor and out of LMC Tanya is a breed changer! She checks all the critical points with a championship phenotype and power packed pedigree. Her maternal sister, LMC Goldie, was Grand Champion at the AJSA Jr. Nationals, so the proof is in the pedigree!

At 6G Ranch, we pride ourselves in producing realistic, functional cattle for both the seedstock and commercial producer. We have a small, but HIGH QUALITY set of Simbrah bulls that are looking for a new home! LMC Gold Medal, 6G LMC Desperado, LMC Nitro, and LMC Arcadio are all sires represented in this group. These bulls all have the functional structure and POWER to make an impact! We invite you to come take a look at this group!

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Make a drought plan By Lindsay Allen Cowmen in the southern tier of the country have become all too familiar with drought. With signs pointing towards another dry season coming, many are starting to look at their herd numbers, forage and hay supplies and figure out next steps. Perhaps there is another side to that coin that doesn’t lead producers to summarize that cattle herds should be reduced and sold. Perhaps with adequate preparation and stewardship, cattle herds can remain intact, or only see a few cull cows lost, verses a large number of head. Dr. Jane Parish, research and extension professor at Mississippi State University, said, “I always try to encourage cowman to not just focus on making it through a drought, but focus on where they want that herd to be after the drought. You have to find a balance, because if you sell off a large number of head before or after drought, it will be harder to buy back the quality and genetics you sold off, but at the same time, you can’t stretch yourself too thin just to keep your whole herd intact.” The obvious factor when looking at drought conditions is forage quantity and the ability to properly maintain body condition scores and good herd nutrition. Vincent Deshotel, associate county agent for St. Landry Parish in Ville Platte, Louisiana and regional beef program coordinator for the LSU AgCenter Central Region of Louisiana said, “The overall productivity of a herd can be directly correlated to nutrition. Good nutrition can help solve many problems when we begin talking about disease, parasites, and many other health issues associated with a lack of nutrition and available feedstuffs. Therefore, adequate nutrition is the cornerstone to productivity. In my mind, like most other cow/calf operators, a non-productive animal or loss of productivity in a herd is a loss of profit.” PAGE 24

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A soil test is a quick and inexpensive way to examine the forage in your pastures according to Parish, who said that the immediate results provided by the test show a cowman where to put their resources in terms of fertilizer. She continued by stating that establishing a good spring forage, before the drought has time to set in and before the first hay cutting, can help cover any gaps and also help stockpile the pastures for the summer time. “Look at how you have your pastures subdivided. Find ways in which you can rest pastures and move cattle around more frequently. The worst thing is for your pastures to be exposed to drought conditions coupled with constant grazing; your plants then become stressed and in the long run take longer to recover and grow back,” according to Parish. At the Mississippi State University Beef Center, they were able to move cattle around frequently and provide adequate forage in the last dry period. The center was able to decrease the amount of hay fed in the winter prior to the last drought. The cattle also became very gentle after being worked so often Parish noted. When hay is required to be fed during the months of drought, there are ways in which cattlemen can lower costs in this area. “No cowman choses to carry over hay from one year to the next, but when things get lean or when hay meadows are not growing during peak forage growing times of the year due to drought conditions, it is often a huge asset to have carry over hay. Even though there may be a great up-front cost associated with putting up extra hay when it is available, when possible, always have more hay on hand than you feel you may need. This is to help cover your winter feeding needs, as feeding hay during summer periods have

occurred in recent years across all cow/calf producing areas of the Gulf Coast,” said Deshotel, a cow/calf producer for over 25 years. You might even be able to purchase hay bales at a reduced cost when coming out of winter months by purchasing others’ excess hay, said Parish. If you have a method for storing the hay, then you create less pressure to produce as much hay that summer in dry conditions or less pressure to utilize all the pasture space. “During drought, the tendency is to graze pastures shorter than normal, so then you run into issues with parasites and cattle picking up more eggs due to the short grass and stressed pasture. I recommend having a good deworming plan in place, especially during dry conditions and to always avoid over grazing when you can,” Parish added. Forage isn’t the only area of concern during dry seasons as water quantity and quality can also create a need for planning. Depending on the number of head and depth of stock ponds, cattlemen may be left dealing with dried up ponds and thus, the pasture space is no longer an option without the water source. At times, the pond isn’t completely dry, but what’s left is low quality and because cattle are walking in to the pond, they are stirring up dust and creating a muddy mess. In events like this, it may be best to consider leasing

pasture space and moving cattle to less grazed and well watered areas to avoid losing productivity or culling. Early weaning is an option, especially since it will shut down lactation and reduce nutrient demands on cows, but Parish points out that this will also decrease the nutrient intake for calves, so a pre-weaning vaccination is recommended. “Managing and maintaining an adequate body condition score of a dry cow is much less challenging than that of lactating cows during dry conditions,” Deshotel said, and also noted that early weaning means reduced pounds sold by the producer, ultimately shortening the profit margin. A producer will need to weigh his options and determine the best path forward for his particular operation in these dry conditions. Having a plan, or plans, in place to help lessen the effect of drought can be beneficial to not only your herd numbers, but operation finances, too. Parish points out that feeder calf and cull cow prices are generally higher in the spring, so if culling a few head is necessary, it might be best to do so early on in favor of a higher profit. While we can’t perfectly predict the weather, there are alternatives in drought conditions that can help a cowman sustain his herd and maintain the genetics already in place.

United States Drought Monitor map as of February 6, 2018.

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He’s everybody’s Uncle Jody He really is “Uncle Jody” to his nieces, Mackenzie and Taylor Groce, but he has become “Uncle Jody” to almost everyone in SimGenetics, especially Simbrah junior exhibitors and their families. Jody Matejicek, Lost Cause Ranch of Anderson, Texas readily shares his passion for the beef industry, his experience and knowledge of cattle production, along with doses of high praise, strong critiques, some kidding and lots of discipline. He dishes all that out in a lovable way to not just his nieces, but to everyone equally and it’s what has elevated him to “Uncle Jody” status across Simmental and Simbrah junior circles. He’s an entertaining and motivating force on social media, too. His Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter posts are an extension of his personality and everyone knows that if you fall asleep at a show, not only will he photograph it—he’ll post it. His interest in the youth led Simbrah World to select him as our profile feature for this issue. His answers to our questions are printed here, but we must tell you that no words can convey the level of affection, concern and admiration he has for our youth. 1. Tell us about your background in the beef business. I grew up with commercial cattle and I was a successful calf scrambler at our county fair. That was my start in the registered business. Simbrah was not on the list at the time as a breed for their program, so I chose a Brahman and that eventually led me to Simbrah. I graduated from high school in 1986 and went to ABS Breeding/AI School. I started breeding my small Brahman herd to Simmental sires and developed Simbrahs through “breeding up.” I used Meyers Red Top on my Brahman cows to have halfbloods. My sister, Leslie (that’s Mackenzie and Taylor’s mom) began showing after me and by then she actually showed some calves I had raised. Over the years, I increased my Brahman and Simbrah numbers and marketed select show heifers. A few years ago, in one of the droughts, I sold all the Simbrahs to Walters Livestock. Today I have 15 Brahman cows and 10 Simbrahs/Percentage Simbrahs. 2. Through social media you have let us know you are recently retired. What’s retirement like? After 25 years, nine months, nine days, six hours and 31 minutes I am retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division. Retirement has become code for herdsman. First of all, it allows me to be more involved with Mackenzie and Taylor’s activities and all the things they are involved in travelling to Texas majors and the summer shows. I’ve always done some custom AI’ing, but now I’m able to do more of that. PAGE 26

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3. Discuss your involvement in your nieces’ lives? Well, we live 40 miles apart, but I’m involved in helping them select heifers, monitor their feeding program, and of course work on showmanship skills. I’m not a finesse and flair person when it comes to showmanship. I want the mechanics done right. I’m hard on them, but while I may be their biggest critic, I’m also the first and loudest to praise them. They both love the show ring and Mackenzie is having a great year, as her LMC BBS Layla heifer won the State Fair, Fort Worth and San Antonio junior shows, plus she’s been very successful in showmanship contests. Mackenzie has also won the Simbrah division of the Texas Junior Livestock Association. She’s also an accomplished livestock judger. Taylor, who is just 10 years-old is really just getting started, but she enjoys competing. She also thrives on the educational contests of the summer shows. Both are competitive in general, but there’s a lot of competition between them. I’m glad I’m close and can help. Their parents, Leslie and D.L. have fulltime careers and it takes all of us to go and do as much as they want to do. I love the junior show program and over the years have helped a number of families in Grimes County and I served on the fair board, too. 4. What is it that you like about the Simmental/ Simbrah junior programs? Well I think it’s the best as far as developing these young people overall, but it’s the kids themselves that have made it so powerful. Taylor was just a peewee at our first state show and she wouldn’t leave our side. Josh Willey, who was in charge of the peewee contests, made it all so fun and that just changed her outlook on the contests and showing. Mackenzie had a similar experience as she wasn’t going to do public speaking at her first state show. Kaleb Fontenot told me to just walk away and he would talk to her about it. She did it and has never said no to (Continued on page 30) Jody Matejicek, aka “Uncle Jody” with his nieces, Mackenzie (left) and Taylor (r).

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Hensgens and Thibodeaux to marry Joe Hensgens, Rayne, Louisiana, and Lanna Thibodeaux, Church Point, Louisiana, announce their engagement. They are both actively involved in the Brahman and Simbrah breeds and will be married in April of 2019. Thibodeaux is the daughter of Troy and Lisa Thibodeaux and grew up involved with the family’s Brahman and Braford cattle operation. She works for Purina Animal Nutrition. Hensgens is part of Hensgens Brothers Cattle operation and is the son of Simbrah breeders, Tony and Pam

Joe Hensgens and Lanna Thibodeaux

We’re in our second decade of raising Simbrahs and as always, our emphasis continues to be on quality, not quantity. That’s how we’ve established our program and continue to operate it.

We’ve established our herd on quality as represented in this female, 12W, dam of our herd bull, Smith DRFF Established.

We are located in Floresville, Texas and we are very excited about calves we have arriving from our sire, Smith DRFF Established. He’s a red, homozygous polled threequarter bull. He’s a son of Smith Stout N Black and maternally is out of 12W, a NF Smith Sargeant x JSSC Perfection N12 daughter. He has impressive EPD rankings including a top 1% for API and 4% for TI. We invite you to come see Established’s calves!

Richard and Betsy Foster and Richard III P.O. Box 88 • Floresville, Texas 78114 713/412-4487 (Richard III) Or 713/412-4480 diamond rf@peoplepc.com


Thank you to Ronnie Reeves and Smith Genetics for purchasing our lots in Simbrah Synergy X.

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Hensgens. He also owns a fencing company with his brother. The couple share a passion for cattle and have a custom halter breaking and AI breeding service together.

Wedding plans announced for Kelly Garrett Karen Garrett of Cuero, Texas is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Kelly to Collin Morgan, son of Randy and Laura Morgan of Victoria. Garrett is also the daughter of Jack Garrett of Pleasanton, Texas. (Continued on page 30)

Collin Morgan and Kelly Garrett

We Appreciate

7N Charmin Gal 196D That’s why we added this female to our program. She’s Smith Nu Approach granddaughter on the paternal side and a Charismatic granddaughter on the maternal side— those are proven, popular genetics that are recognized for the quality they’ve added to the breed. Charmin Gal is a full sister to RFI Lady Charm, the 2014 Houston International Reserve Champion and we’re excited to see what Charmin Gal produces for us. WE HAVE REGISTERED AND COMMERCIAL SIMGENETICS FOR SALE CONTACT US!

LAZY SF RANCH 6899 Rossignol Road Bell City, LA 70630 Doug Schultz • 337.540.8901 — Craig Schultz • 337.802.2173 Email: lazysfranch@live.com

STARTING WITH THE BEST BURESH CATTLE Bob Buresh For information contact our consultant, Tim Smith, 512/587-7896 We have the influence of Priceless in our young program.


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Dale, Texas 78616 512/507-5718 Embryos for sale sired by Charismatic

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any speaking event again. Plus, she’s figured out that talking reasons is a very important part of livestock judging. There are lots of role models like Josh and Kaleb for them to look up to and the contests just prepare them so well for life. These kids involved in our breeds won’t let other kids fail—they’re always encouraging and cheering for each other. 5. What is one thing you stress with all these young exhibitors? I try to tell them while it’s okay to want to win and they should desire that, it’s more important to appreciate competing and to do their best. I am always impressed when I see kids congratulate each other, remain friends and genuinely enjoy each other’s successes. I believe our junior programs, like State Futurity and Roundup, have really developed that mentality. 6. What’s your favorite show? I like the State Fair. I like it because the junior and open shows are together and it allows these youngsters to interact and even compete with breeders. I wish we had more schedules like this. I enjoy the State Futurity and Roundup, as the kids learn so much in the contests and have so much fun. 7. Do you have a memorable moment you want to share? This year at Fort Worth was memorable. Mackenzie won the Simbrah show and Taylor was 5th out of 19 in her Simmental class, but she was smiling on her way out of the ring. I knew then that my constant harping about competing and doing your best over winning was making a difference. 8. So, what’s it like to be “Uncle Jody” to everyone? It


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just happened, but I’m glad these kids (and parents) value me. If I hear someone say Jody in the barns, I don’t even think they might be talking to me. . . I’ve become accustomed to answering to “Uncle Jody.”

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They both are 2016 graduates of Texas A&M University, where they earned degrees in animal science. Garrett, a former junior Simbrah exhibitor, will graduate from Texas A&M with a master’s degree in animal breeding in May 2018. Morgan is the assistant ranch manager of Collier Farms Beefmasters in Cuero, Texas. A February 2019 wedding is planned.

For Simbrah news, go online For additional news, events and updated calendar listings, Simbrah breeders and enthusiasts are encouraged to visit www.simbrahworld.com. In addition to the news, all issues of the magazine and the annual Simbrah News Commercial Feature are archived on this site. Simbrah World is also very social. Check out our Facebook page for posts on a weekly basis. Several advertising opportunities are available by contacting Martha at hollidaco@att.net or call 903/316-8465. Also, at the bottom of the website’s home page is a form that can be filled out to receive the magazine in the mail. Fill it out for your customers. There is no charge to receive the magazine.

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sired by Smith Satisfies, exhibited by Smith Genetics, Giddings, Texas, and Reavis Farms, Mission, Texas. Class 4: Smith Purple Dreams 722E, sired by Smith Sure Bet 58A, exhibited by Leah Thibodeaux. Class 5: Hagan Starlight 38D, sired by Smith SWFS Divas Nu Mark, exhibited by Hayden Hackett, Texarkana, Texas. Class 6: LMC BBS Dixie 5D/186, sired by LMC 6G Red Rock 5Y/203, exhibited by Graceann Mullins, Golden, Texas. Class 7: Hagan Joy 50D, sired by Hagan Shamoo 32X, exhibited by Miranda Skaggs. Class 8: LMC SSC Yolanda 5D/83, sired by LN MC 12th Man Y238, exhibited by Madison Culpepper, Gonzales, Texas. Class 9: Hagan Claire 7D, sired by Hagan Dinero 5B, exhibited by Claire Trennepohl, Middletown, Indiana. Class 10: LMC Aria 5C/158, sired by LMC Gold Medal 52/75, exhibited by Kiley French, Robstown, Texas. Grand Champion: LMC SSC Yolanda 5D/83. Reserve Grand Champion: Hagan Merryfield Belle. Bulls Class 1: Smith RFI To-To 708E, sired by Smith CRC Lubbock 36B, exhibited by Smith Genetics and Reavis Farms. Class 2: Hagan Skaggs Fearless, sired by Hagan American Chopper, exhibited by Miranda Skaggs and

Hagan Cattle Co., Yoakum, Texas. Class 3: HR Awesome, sired by LMC Red Alert 5A/25, exhibited by Hallak Ranch, Athens, Texas. Class 4: LMC 6G Golden Boy D611, sired by LMC Justice 5Y/127, exhibited by Graceann Mullins. Class 5: Cinnamon Roll, sired by Hagans Ante Up 51S, exhibited by Melanie Evans, Raywood, Texas. Grand Champion: Hagan Skaggs Fearless. Reserve Grand Champion: LMC 6G Golden Boy D611.

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Simbrah Advisory Committee and has spearheaded several promotional events, fundraising efforts and promotional campaigns for the Simbrah breed. He is involved in many facets of the beef industry including being an active member of the Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association, the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Independent Cattlemen’s Association and Texas Farm Bureau. Smith is joined in ownership of the cattle program by Joel Isgrig and his daughter, Haley Smith. Fred Schuetze, Granbury, Texas, was also seated at the meeting as a member of the ASA Board of Trustees. He was re-elected to a second term. John Griswold, Stillwater, Oklahoma was also seated for his first term on the board. Griswold and Schuetze will represent the south-central region.

Our commitment to Simbrah started decades ago and today our commitment remains strong to the breed. We don’t want to just be multipliers—we want to deliver quality. It’s for this reason we have invested in these two sires and continue to be committed to improving our herd and the breed.

THANK YOU TO OUR BUYERS AT SIMBRAH SYNERGY X Jason Smith, Bobby Barth, Cameron Young, Smith Genetics, Pebble Creek, Bell Farms, Haley Smith, Cherokee Cattle and Monte Christo Cattle Co. Mark your calendars for our Sept. 2123 for Synergy XI.

F RALISE FARM AND R ANCH LLC Jake and Amber Tortorice 409/782-5892 or 409/287-3234 Jake and Mary Tortorice Sour Lake, Texas • jt@raosbakery.com

Smith Detonator-Purebred Simbrah Sired by Smith Satisfies and out of the International Champions, Smith Ciao Bella, whose dam is of course the International Champion, Smith Bella Bella. Detonator calves are impressive and we like the muscle, stoutness and overall completeness they possess.

WHF Devils Cut-Purebred Simmental We added a semen package from this bull to create new lines of Simbrah. He combines some powerful Simmental genetics as he is a son of High Voltage, who’s sired by Duracell. His dam is the Sierra cow, who is also the dam to the Alley Cow that won Denver and Dream On is represented in this lineage.

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March 11-Houston Livestock Show Junior Simbrah Heifer Show, Houston, Texas March 14-Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Junior Simbrah Show, Mercedes, Texas March 15-Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Open Simbrah Show, Mercedes, Texas March 17-20-Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association Online Bull Sale March 23-La Muneca Cattle Co. Jackpot, Linn, Texas March 24-La Muneca Cattle Co. $ellabration, Linn, Texas March 24-27-La Muneca GenePLUS XXII Online Sale March 24-Star of Texas Junior Simbrah Show, Austin, Texas April 2-4-Alamo City Online Simbrah Sale May 19-Buzzard Hollow Ranch’s 24th Annual Designer Classic, Granbury, Texas June 7-10-TJSSA Futurity, Bryan, Texas June 13-16-AJSA South Central Regional Classic, Fayetteville, Arkansas June 20-23-American Junior Simbrah Roundup, Crescent, Texas June 23-26-LMC GenePLUS XIII Online Sale July 2-7-AJSA National Classic, St. Paul, Minnesota August 6-8-Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, College Station, Texas. August 12-Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association Convention, San Antonio, Texas August 25-28-LMC GenePLUS XXIV Online Sale September 15-Heart of Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association Sale, Granbury, Texas September 21-23-Simbrah Synergy XI, Giddings, Texas October 6-Annual La Muneca Jr. Round-Up & Futurity

6G Cattle Co...................................................23 7N Ranch .......................................................31 B&M Cattle.....................................................20 Baring Cattle Co. ............................................34 Boening Bros. ................................................21 Bovine Elite ....................................................29 Burch Farms ..................................................32 Brolaco Cattle Co. ..........................................31 Buresh Cattle Co. ...........................................29

La Negra Cattle Co. ........................................27 Lazy SF..........................................................28 Littlefoot Cattle Co..........................................29 LMC Daydream Partners................................11 Lost Cause Ranch..........................................29 LPJ Ranch .....................................................27 McCrary Farms ................................................7 Melson Simbrah .............................................32 Monte Christo Ranch...............................2, 5, 27

Diamond RF Cattle Co. ..................................28

Pine Ridge Ranch.....................................18, 19

Estess Ranch.................................................17

Reagan, Terry.................................................29 Reavis Farms ...........................................27, 35 Reed, Jeffrey..................................................29 Reeves, Ronnie .............................................29 RGV Cattle Co. ...........................................8, 31 Rio Grande Valley Breeders ...........................27 RND Cattle Services ......................................29 Robertson Farms ...........................................32

Floneca ..........................................................11 Fralise Cattle Co. ...........................................31 Hallak Ranch....................................................5 Heart of Texas Association .............................20 Hensgens Bros. .............................................22 Hodges Cattle Co. .........................................29 Hutto, Kathy ...................................................29 KQ Cattle Co. .................................................27

Shallow Water Ranch .....................................29 Smith Genetics..............................................3,4 Smith Kentucky ..............................................32 Strack Farms..................................................30

Johnson Cattle Co..........................................17 Knezek Simmental/Simbrah...........................20

Temperance Livestock .....................................9 Top C Cattle Co. .............................................27 Trial Run Cattle...............................................32

La Hacienda Hinojosa ....................................27 La Morra Ranch..............................................32 La Muneca Cattle Co. ...............................27, 36

Vela Catle Co. ................................................27

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