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Texas Longhorn Trails

APRIL 2012

Texas Longhorn Trails (817) 625-6241• (817) 625-1388 (FAX) P.O. Box 4430 • Fort Worth, TX 76164 E-Mail:

Staff VOL. 24 NO. 1

APRIL 2012

Editor in Chief: Laura Standley • Ext. 105 •

Contributing Editor: Henry L. King Advertising: Troy Robinett • Ext. 117

Rick Fritsche •

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Graphic Design & Production Myra Basham, Art Director • Ext. 108


Feature Article: Investing In The Youth Of Today 12-14 By Henry King

Articles: First Hired Hand Huddle ..............30 By Molly Clubb Registration Opportunities ............31 Fort Worth Steer Spotlight ............33 By Henry King Membership Matters ......................36 By Rick Fritsche Longhorns, Love & Liability ....38-39 By Darol Dickinson Foot Rot In Cattle ......................45-46 By Heather Smith Thomas Annual Butler Breeders Meeting ....48 By Robert Richey

Departments: Officers & Directors..........................5 Chairman Letter................................6 TLBT Update ................................19 Board Of Director Interviews ........29 News On The Trail ....................40-41 In The Pen ......................................44 Affiliate News ................................52 In Box ..............................................53 Herd Management ..........................56 Movers & Shakers ..........................57 Ad Index ........................................63 Just For Grins ................................63 Save the Date ..................................64

Sales, Shows & Tours: Autobahn Classic 2012....................16-18 Southeastern Winchester Futurity 42-43

About the Cover: We are celebrating the youth of the TLBT on this month’s cover.

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Regional Correspondents Lori Beeson • Nolensville, Tennessee Bonnie Damrow • Roca, Nebraska Paige Evans • Kiowa, Colorado Wanda Moore • Sulphur Bluff, Texas Bodie Quary • Prague, Oklahoma

Office Staff Special Events: Pam Galloway, Shows & Sales • • Ext. 106

Registrations: Dana Coomer • Ext. 116 • Rick Fritsche • Ext. 107

Financial Services: Dawn LeBlanc • Ext. 121 •

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From the Chairman of the Board I have been asked by some BOD members and several TLBAA members to address several issues discussed in recent e-mails circulating among the membership. Following are responses to these issues:

BY-LAWS - The original By-Laws were set up when the TLBAA was formed in 1964. They have been amended from time to time. All By-Law amendments must be approved by the TLBAA membership before they become valid. The By-Laws describe the procedures for operating the Association. They are not put in place to specifically protect either the membership or the Board. The Board is currently evaluating the TLBAA By-Laws with the guidance of our Attorney. TLBAA FOUNDATION - The TLBAA Foundation is a separate corporation with its own By-Laws. As stated in the Foundation By-Laws, the TLBAA executive Committee is the Board of Directors for the Foundation. The Foundation Board does solicit and receive input from the TLBAA Board, but the Foundation Board makes final decisions for the Foundation. There are separate bank accounts and financial books. Money is not comingled between the two organizations. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - The Executive Committee is set up according to the TLBAA By-Laws. This Committee functions just like all of the many TLBAA Committees. It has no power to make, and does not make, final decisions on TLBAA issues. No TLBAA Committee informs the Board Members when they are meeting. Likewise, there is no notification given to the entire Board when the Executive Committee is meeting. This is not done in an attempt to keep anything secret. SIZE OF BOARD - There are 24 members on the BOD. There is no “small” group running the TLBAA. All decisions are made by a majority of the Board present at the meeting. If 24 members seems unwieldy, consider that the Board Members represent all 50 States and Canada. If the Board was reduced to 7 or 10 members, a majority of 4 or 6 people could be making all TLBAA decisions. Now that is a small group! LAND - A Buyer’s letter of intent was received to purchase part of the Foundation land. After much Board discussion and consideration of an Attorney’s opinion, it was recommended by the TLBAA Board that the Foundation Board decline signing the letter of intent. Until we get final plans for our building, it would be premature to sell any of the property. We have received a clean Phase 1 environmental study and are proceeding with our building plans. As a side note, if the property was sold, none of the money could be used by the TLBAA. The money would belong to the Foundation. ATTORNEY - With the consent of the BOD, an Attorney has been engaged for any matters that may come up in the future. The Attorney is an employee of a prestigious law firm in Ft. Worth and gives the TLBAA access to Attorneys with expertise in many specific areas. BOARD OF DIRECTOR MEETINGS - The TLBAA policy is to allow only members of the TLBAA to attend BOD meetings. In the future, a sign-in sheet will be provided and current membership will be verified at the door. Only TLBAA members will be allowed to attend. Regarding telephone conference BOD meetings, on the advice of our Attorney, because of the impossibility of checking membership of people who call in, only BOD members will be allowed to participate. As always, the minutes of all BOD meetings will be available on the TLBAA website. OFFICE STAFFING - A committee has been formed to evaluate and recommend to the BOD the hiring of an individual to oversee and run the office. This item is a top priority. WORLD SHOW - The World Show Committee is working diligently in planning and obtaining sponsorships. This year, the show will be held in the Ft. Worth Stockyards Coliseum, June 10 thru 14, 2012. The Show is under the careful guidance of Pam Galloway, our new Events and Show Staff leader. In order to better acquaint membership with your Board of Directors, we will be featuring bios of two Board Members each month. This month we have Dora Thompson, At-Large Director of Division A, and Todd McKnight, At-Large Director of Division C. Be sure to turn to page 29 to get to know the interviewed board members. May God bless you, the TLBAA and the USA.

Bernard Lankford


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Darlene Aldridge, DVM • John Parmley 8405 FM 1361 • Somerville, TX 77879 • 979-272-3600 home 281-541-1200 cell • •

“Thank you Lord for the rain!”

Give your breeding program Beadle Land & Cattle - Ray & Bonnie Beadle Los Gatos & Hollister, CA (408) 834-0110 • (408) 656-6266 e-mail:

Box Z Ranch - Steven Zunker & Louis Christa 1506 Harwood Road, Luling, TX 78648 Ranch mobile (210) 827-3940

Buckhorn Cattle Company - Buck & Sharon Adams 110 N. Broad, Guthrie, OK 73044 (405) 260-1942 • (405) 282-9800


Eagles Ridge Longhorns - Paul & Judi Sellers 3245 Sugarloaf Key Rd, U21A, Punta Gorda, FL 33955 (941) 979-2419 or (443) 624-0792 e-mail:

Kent & Sandy Harrell

15 W 6th St Ste 2510, Tulsa, OK 74119 (918) 299-6402 • (918) 733-4008 • e-mail:

Kaso, Lisa & Jake Kety - Little Ace Cattle Company P.O. Box 386, Folsom, LA 70437 (985) 796-3918 e-mail:

PJ’s Cattle Company – Jim Swigert or Lance Swigert


2130 CR 100, Caldwell, TX 77836 Jim: (979) 224-2861 or Lance (979) 219-4902 e-mail: or

MCA Ranch – Andrew & Carina Menzies 26610 Woodpecker Trl • Spicewood, TX 78669 (512) 739-6808

McLeod Ranch – Michael, Jackie, Mike & Makayla McLeod 355 C.R. 303A, Edna, TX 77957 (361) 782-0155

Brennan & Michele Potts - Rocking P Longhorns

P.O. Box 579, Emory, TX 75440 (903) 473-2430 Cell: (903) 348-5400 • e-mail:

Rio Vista Ranch - Elmer & Susan Rosenberger


Eagles Ridge Longhorns - Paul & Judi Sellers

3245 Sugarloaf Key Rd, U21A, Punta Gorda, Florida 33955 (941) 979-2419 or (443) 624-0792 email:

4818 Eck Lane, Austin, TX 78734 (512) 266-3250 Cell: (512) 422-8336 e-mail:

Westfarms Inc. - Dale, Lynette, Leslie & Matt Westmoreland 13529 Hwy 450, Franklinton, LA 70438 (985) 795-1539 Cell: (985) 515-3172 e-mail:

a boost with Butler genetics! Frank Anderson Jr. and III 828 South Rosemary Drive • Bryan, TX 77802 (979) 846-8020 • (281) 501-2100

DALGOOD Longhorns - Malcolm & Connie Goodman (713) 782-8422 • Waller, TX e-mail:

MCA Ranch – Andrew & Carina Menzies 26610 Woodpecker Trl • Spicewood, TX 78669 (512) 739-6808

Moriah Farms - Bernard Lankford Weatherford, TX (817) 341-4677 • (817) 319-9198 cell

Rocking G Ranch - Mrs. Ramie Griffin 5005 Callais Road • Beaumont, TX 77713 (409) 892-2662 • Fax (409) 838-6926 Cell (409) 781-3215 e-mail:

Rocking I Longhorns - Nancy Ince & Tony Mangold 30 FM 3351 N, Bergheim, TX 78004 (830) 237-5024 • e-mail:

Sidewinder Cattle Company - Ed Shehee, Jr. 1007 Airport Blvd • Pensacola, FL 32504 (850) 572-6595

Jane’s Land & Cattle Co. - John & Jane Thate 418 W. Margaret St. • Fairmont, MN 56031 (507) 235-3467

Triple R Ranch - Robert & Kim Richey 21000 Dry Creek Road • San Angelo, TX 76901 (325) 942-1198 • e-mail:

V&J Longhorns - Vernon & Janis Webb 9303 Lone Star Rd. • Washington, TX 77880 (936) 878-2954

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INVESTING IN THE YOUTH OF TODAY: In this report on the activities of three organizations dedicated to working with young people and their Texas Longhorn cattle, you will notice two recurring themes: the willing dedication and involvement of the adults and the growth and maturity of the young people. The donors make a material contribution and the youngsters utilize that contribution to mold their knowledge and personalities. The donors provide animals and knowledge; the young people blossom into responsible citizens. The far-reaching results of such programs nationwide not only build new generations of Longhorn enthusiasts, but more importantly, new generations of individuals we are proud to call neighbors and friends.

Wise County Youth Project Tina Cook is beginning her fourth year of involvement with the Wise County TLBT youth, through her association with the Paradise Independent School District. The kids involved received their first donated heifers in January, 2009. “I work as an advisor with the new families that have joined; it could be anything from animal husbandry to showmanship skills to vaccination programs or feeding programs. We want to try to be a mentor with these new families as well as with those that have already been in it. Some of the kids are FFA and some 4-H. Approximately 20 heifers have been donated by the North Texas Longhorn Breeders Association since the current youth group was started.” A similar program was started by the North Texas Longhorn Breeders Association in 2001 with 12 donated Longhorn heifers. A Longhorn class was created at the Wise County Youth Fair heifer show, and the program was quite successful. Many of the young people who received heifers that year went on to join the TLBT and show animals many years; among these were Sarah and Allie Galloway, Aaron Estel and Amanda Rooker. As a result of the program, several families started their own herds and still continue to be involved. When the first group of young Longhorn enthusiasts aged out of eligibility, the Longhorn class at the Youth Fair began to dwindle. The Wise County Youth Project is designed to revive that interest. Several young people in Wise County plus Ag Teachers from area High Schools expressed an interest in Longhorns, and wanted to become involved in raising and showing them. In an effort to improve upon the prior program, the North Texas Longhorn Breeders Association developed the criteria now in effect.


The agreement between NTLBA donors and Wise County youth recipients is designed to protect both, with ownership remaining with the breeder until after the heifer is exhibited in the Wise County Youth Fair. At that time, the breeder, the youth and the Wise County Youth Project committee determine if all requirements have been met. The young recipients are required to maintain and show the heifer, to communicate regularly with the donor, and to participate in 4-H or FFA Longhorn projects. A committee of three NTLBA members will oversee care of each animal to assure the breeder that it is being cared for properly. Tina Cook’s first contact with Longhorns followed receipt of an e-mail from her county extension office telling of a field day sponsored by the North Texas Long-

horn Breeders Association. “My family attended that field day, and that’s how we got started in it.” “Our donation program is set up for students within Wise County,” she said, “but we are looking at expanding that in the future to some of the surrounding counties here in North Texas. We have kind of saturated this area, so we need to move farther out and try to reach more kiddos and more families.” Although they seek new members through the schools and through county fairs, the Wise County Youth Project has no official connection with the schools. “In March of last year,” said Tina, “we set up and organized our own North Texas

youth affiliate, which has its own set of officers and its own mission statement. We give our heifers away at our field day in October. The kids put together an information packet as well as a sort of “welcome” bucket with brushes and leads and all the sort of things a kid would need when they took their heifer home. They give them a list of contacts if they have a question; breeders who are really supportive of our youth. They work really hard to try to help these kids get started with their calves so they will keep them and enjoy what they’re doing.” “One of the main things our Wise County kids are proud of is that last year they started their own World Qualifying show over at Decatur, and the proceeds from that were used to start a scholarship fund for kids that are involved in the North Texas Longhorn Breeders Association. They did very well with their first year and did their second one in December; they were very successful with it also. The kids did all the original planning, contacted judges, got announcers, decided on prizes…they did it all themselves. It was a great accomplishment for these kids.” “We have had a couple of kids decide this is not what they want to do, and we have had some calves go back, but the majority of our kids have hung in there and stayed with it.” “All told,” said Tina, “we have about 30 kids in our group, from fifth grade to seniors, and about 20 of those are from Wise County. Not all of these kids received Texas Longhorn Trails


IT’S MORE THAN WINNING RIBBONS By Henry King heifers; some just got interested and went out and purchased their own animals.” “The kids that got their heifers the first and second go-round, they have now had calves and some of the cows have had two or three calves. They’re starting to produce their own offspring to put on the show circuit, and not having to depend on someone else to get their calves. That is real good to see.” “We are really family oriented,” Tina said. “In the barn, you’ll see families to-

gether playing dominos or the kids are playing cards and the parents are there in the middle playing with the kids. It’s really family centered – you see everybody getting together to wash, or clean stalls, getting the animals fed and taken care of. It’s not petty. If a child has a question or someone needs help, everybody pitches in and helps. It’s not like “I’m not telling you my trade secrets,” it’s family oriented; it’s in our own barns, within our own hearts.” “Our kids are really independent; they

are very knowledge hungry, they want to know things and to do things on their own. I’ve seen a lot of these kids really grow from when I first met them to where they are now. They are a lot more outgoing, they are very responsible kiddos. When you go to shows and see our kids out there, you are very proud to think that they are with our group. It’s really wonderful the way the breeders interact with our kids – this is something I wish we were involved with years ago.”


Ferris FFA “I am really proud of our program,” said Tracey Krueger, a teacher in the Ferris High School. Ferris, Texas, is located just south of the Dallas County line in Ellis County. “We have a population which is unlike most school districts; we have predominantly economically disadvantaged students here; maybe 65 to 70 percent Hispanic kids. Our program is really different here because we don’t do the traditional FFA-type agricultural science stuff. The reason that we don’t is because we found that the program we have now gives more kids more opportunities at success and scholarship money. Instead of dealing with maybe ten or fifteen that would excel in your leadership contests and typical FFA type stuff, the program that we have developed here really focuses on including more of the students, and making them feel they have more of a shot at success instead of a chapter that seems to excel at typical FFA things. And that’s where our Longhorn program comes in.” “When I interviewed for my job at Ferris, I asked the superintendent if he would be open to allow me to do that, and he said ‘I didn’t know they did that kind of thing.’ At the end of the very first year, I had 17 kids and we were hauling, I want to say, 26 or 27; by the fourth or fifth year, I had 31 kids and we were hauling 62 head of Longhorns. As you can see, it really opened up a door for kids who normally would not be able to participate in activities such as showing.” “Most of the children I have that are showing Longhorns, honestly, could not even afford to show a chicken. But I have breeders who partner with these kids, and offer them animals, and loan them animals, and enter into partnerships with April 2012

them. And by partnership, I mean the breeder will enter into a contract with the student; the student takes the animal, halter-breaks it, provides its daily care and maintenance. The student keeps track of every expense, such as hay and regular maintenance. At the end of every month, the student makes a photocopy of their receipts, and we have an invoice form that the student fills out and makes copies for the breeder.” “We have all different kinds of deals, but the standard contract is that the kid invoices in a timely manner, which is before the tenth of the following month, and gets the information to the breeder. The breeder sends him a check back for half of the expenses. It’s kind of like the kid is a fitter, and the kid does understand, ‘it is a job, and I’m working for this person.’ They develop a relationship and connect with other adults who have a vested interest and take the place of a role model in that student’s life.” “That’s what makes this job so much more than a place to earn a paycheck – to see these relationships develop. Some of these kids in the program, they don’t have parents at home that show up for things or really don’t have the money to play this game. It is because of these breeders that the kids are able to do these things. It’s a treat just to stand off and watch these relationships form.” “I’ll tell you a story about a certain young man. It’s a perfect story because I had this student, he was 16, he came to

school when he wanted because he was bored; there was nobody at home that cared whether he came to school or not. It was the second week of school and I was just introducing the Longhorn program and concept. This young man came to my desk and slapped fifty bucks cash on my desk and said, “There’s my membership fee; there’s my first entry fee. When do I get my cow?”” “I had to scramble real fast to get this young man a calf, and I called Wilton Wilton, and Wilton sent this young man a calf, and – long story short —that young man went to college because of Wilton, that young man every now and then will stay with Wilton, they’ll drive through the pastures and talk Longhorns; Wilton provided an adult role model for this young man that nobody had seen coming.” “I’ve got so many stories like that, but that one is so memorable because it was the first; it was the first time I saw the dynamics of really neat things happening between these breeders and these kids. They just enable these kids to do things they could have never done.” “Other chapters, other FFA groups don’t understand it; they don’t get it, they see it as unconventional and they tend to want to criticize because we are not doing the conventional FFA-type career development events and leadership development events. But they’re not looking at the demographics we have to deal with and they’re not looking at the big picture that this has opened up for us – for so many other kids


to be able to participate who normally could not in traditional programs.” “Right now I’ve got 26 students, and last week at Autobahn, we had 39 head of Longhorns and earned close to $16,000 worth of scholarship money. That was fantastic, and that show put us over the $500,000 mark that Ferris students have brought home in scholarship dollars in less than eight years.” “I love FFA and I grew up in it, and I’m an ag teacher and its got wonderful things, but there are just some things that are prohibitive – just like going to these major stock shows and kids having to buy livestock projects – like I say, some can’t even afford to feed a chicken or buy one, much less something like a cattle project. The Ferris students are getting experiences that normally would be out of their realm of reality. Some people around here are starting to get it; a girl that teaches over at Venus showed up at Autobahn and said they’re going to start a Longhorn project at their FFA chapter.” “The Autobahn show tries to spread things out so more kids have opportunities to actually win scholarship dollars instead of just the few that can afford the better an-

imals…or the few that have access to more funds that can buy the better animals. I think that’s what Mr. Chase is trying to do, spread the opportunity out so that more kids have access to it. Every year, they try something new; bring some new component in that offers something else – maybe something a little different than what they had before – something that will draw in a student that didn’t participate before, but this may be their key in, to get them to participate.”

“I can definitely vouch for the fact that there have been a number of my students that have gone to college that thought that would never be a possibility for them.” “Also, here at Ferris, we started an actual hands-on equine program. Instead of

just teaching equine science in a classroom with a projector and books, I talked my school district into letting me bring horses into our project center. We catch a bus every morning at 7:40, because it is first period, and go to the Ag Barn. We actually brought in rescue horses last year. It wasn’t a riding course at all; it was just basic horsemanship. The kids were working with rescue horses, and you could see the rescue horses healing kids and kids healing horses. That was a phenomenon that was very new to me.” “Again, a lot of the kids that I have in this program – they don’t come from twoparent homes; they don’t come from homes that are even single-family homes; they might have two or three families living in one home. There might not be a father around, there might be one income for three or four families – it’s just not a traditional student that you’re dealing with anymore. You have to find ways to involve them and give them a sense of pride, a sense of accomplishment. You’ve got to be creative sometimes in ways to do that.” “I also have a veterinary technology program that I got to bring in three years Continued on p. 32


NASA Group The NASA Group is comprised of four different entities: the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Clear Creek Independent School District, the Johnson Space Center and the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America. The TLBAA Affiliate associated with the program is the Gulf Coast affiliate. A Longhorn Development Board, comprised of a representative from each of the four entities, oversees things that go on within the project. Breeders within the Gulf Coast association agree to donate cattle for a year to two years to the kids within the program, and the breeder agrees to fund the upkeep of the animal for feeding, vet bills and expenses of that nature. The school district provides for the travel in order that the kids may participate in the various livestock shows. The Johnson Space Center provides the area for the Longhorn Project – it’s 60 acres, and about 50 of those acres are open pasture. The young people also take care of the five trophy steers and three females out there for visitors to the Space Center to look at. When a Longhorn from the Space Center pasture dies, the horns are harvested and donated back to the Gilruth Center for display in the Hall of Horns. There are six high schools within the Clear Creek ISD, and all of the kids in the


Longhorn program have to be in FFA, and they have to take at least one agriculture science class a year. And in order for them to participate in the Longhorn program, they have to fill out an application, provide four letters of recommendation, and do an interview in front of a panel of four judges – one from each entity. The judges rank them from first to whatever the number of applicants, and the available spots are awarded according to these rankings. Most of the kids start their project their junior year, but even if they want to come back their senior year, they have to re-apply and go through the selection process again -- they are not guaranteed an automatic renewal. “Obviously,” said Jennifer EmshoffEdenfiel, “it favors them more, because they have already been in the program, but this year we are opening it up to incoming freshmen, so the kids have an opportunity to be in it four years.” “Obviously, if the student chooses to be in the Longhorn project four years, they have a better opportunity to get scholarship money awarded through the Autobahn Motorcar Group Youth Scholarship Tour, the Mosser Family Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the TLBAA-sponsored Bright Futures Scholarship Program.”

“The Gulf Coast Association,” Jennifer pointed out, “does give a $1500 scholarship to one NASA senior every year, so that is an additional scholarship.” “One thing I try to encourage the kids to do is to stay involved in their FFA department. That is where they can apply for the real big scholarships – the ten-, fifteen-, twenty-thousand dollar scholarships from San Antonio and Houston, you know. Houston gave seventy $15,000 scholarships to FFA students.” “I always try to tell them, ‘you have great opportunities to get additional scholarships you wouldn’t have through the Longhorn association, but also remember that your FFA is where you can get your bigger scholarships.” “Right now I have nine students, and next year my goal is to have twelve.” “We travel; last year we went to ten shows, this year we are doing eight. We will Continued on p. 32 Texas Longhorn Trails

AUTOBAHNCLASSIC2012RESULTS Submitted by Larry Barker


Thursday February 16, 2012 was arrival day for the Autobahn Classic and the kick off of the 2012 Autobahn Youth Tour. By the end of the day, 283 head of Texas Longhorns were stalled in the Moncrief Building on the grounds of Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX. Arrival day is always exciting, full of activity and nervous anticipation. The exhibitors and their families welcomed the relief from the routine, when Rodney and Patti Mahaffey had the pizza delivered for the party. As families enjoyed the pizza and getting reacquainted with old friends, everyone was talking about the weekend’s competition and the $140,000 in scholarships up for grabs. Friday greeted the exhibitors with Laura Harding (C) presents the Laura Harding Perserverance rain showers and Award and a $2,500 scholarship to both Bailey Bright (l) and Showmanship. Cortney Petrich (r). Wes Stover, Binger OK., was eagerly the speech contest was stellar with Fort Worth’s Mayor Betsy waiting the opporPrice and Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead joining Kristin Jaworski, tunity to judge the Dan Stuchal and Jerry Wackerhagen. Sixty five young orators Showmanship porspoke on the topic of either goals or choices. The judging panel tion of the Classic. selected the following for their division champions; Junior diAfter the prayer vision, Justin Crumpton; Intermediate division, by Emily SelShelby Rooker; Teen division, Tud Carolyn Hunter’s son, Joe Pat Clayton, man and the Krier; Senior division, Hannah presents Kathryn Head with the singing of the Carolyn Hunter Memorial Scholarship Faske. At the conclusion of the National AnAward and a $5,000 scholarship. speech contest, the exhibitors them by Britwere back hard at work preparing tney Frontera, their animals for Saturday’s female Taylor Frontera and Cortney Petrich, the pee wee showshow. men were center stage. Judge Stover was so impressed by The exhibitors arrived early Sattheir skill that he placed each in first place. Stover then urday morning well aware that it went about the task of judging the eight classes of the would be a full day. After a prayer highly competitive showmanship portion of the Clasfrom Matthew Head and the National sic. New to the Autobahn was the selection of an overAnthem by the Frontera sisters and all winner in each of the 4 divisions. Judge Stover was Cortney Petrich, Judge Wes Stover impressed with the quality of the showman in each began his evaluation of the fedivision and selected the folmales. As has come to be the lowing for 1st place in each rule at Autobahn Tour shows, class and his overall division the quality of the animals from winner: Junior division, Justin top to bottom in all of the Crumpton and Wyatt Schaper classes was extraordinary. After (overall); Intermediate division, viewing the 170 females, Judge Miriam Grace Faske (overall) Stover selected TL Country Razand Sydney Tucker; Teen divizle Dazzle, exhibitor Garrett sion, Lydia Faske (overall) and Tanner, for his Grand ChamJoseph Faske; Senior division, pion Female and SCCC Rocking Sarah Faske and Julia Faske Angel, exhibitor Kelby Mead(overall). ows, for Reserve Grand ChamAfter the lunch break, it was pion Female. After a quick break time for the speech contest. Sevat the conclusion of the female eral of the youth decided to give show, Morgan Cook and his a speech for the first time due to crew setup the pens for the popSixty-five youth spoke on the topic of either goals or choices. the participation criteria estabular Team Penning. Twenty six Justin Crumpton (l) was Junior Division Champion and lished to earn an Autobahn Letteams vied for the $10,000 in Tud Krier was named Teen Division Champion, ter Jacket. The judging panel for




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Culpepper, as his Grand Champion Bull followed closely by Sanddollar Escalade, exhibitor Mackinlie Tucker, for his Reserve Grand Champion Bull. During the break between the bull and steer show important awards were given. Laura Harding presented the Laura Harding Perseverance Award and a $2,500 scholarship to both Bailey Bright and Cortney Petrich. Joe Pat Clayton, son of Carolyn Hunter, presented the Carolyn Hunter Memorial Scholarship Award and a $5,000 scholarship to Kathryn Head. The herdsman award was won by the hard working show team from Ferris FFA. After the special awards were presented, it was time for the steer show. Nine classes of steers totally 83 head were paraded in front of Judge Stover. Stover selected Silent H Ike, exhibitor Hunter Winkel, for his Grand Champion Steer and Johnny Horton BCB, exhibitor Tracey Weldon, for Reserve Grand Champion Steer. By all accounts, the 2012 Autobahn Classic was a success. Ninety nine of the 134 exhibitors won scholarship money. Four exhibitors that did not win scholarship money won a calf. Sixteen of the twenty four first time Autobahn exhibitors won scholarship money. Always a popular event, 26 teams competed in the Team Penning with Team 14, consisting of Lainey Lampier, Taylor Sowell, Tanner Hudson and Bailey The next stop on the Bright posting the best time at 12 seconds flat. Autobahn Youth Tour is the Autobahn Super scholarships. After all 26 teams had their go with T.M. Stakes, August 1-5, 2012. Smith’s steers, team 14 comprised of Lainey John and Diann Chase, Lampier, Taylor Sowell, Tanner Hudson and in their continuing effort Bailey Bright posted the best time of 12 seconds to help our youth secure flat. a college education, For the first time at an Autobahn show, a have raised the bar. The guest speaker was engaged to address the youth. August Super Stakes Once the pens and steers were cleared from the will have $300,000 in Watt Arena, Curtis Childers was introduced and scholarships to be talked to those gathered about the importance of awarded to the parthe choices one makes and their impact on your futicipants and the ture. The audience listened intently as Curtis relayed 2013 Autobahn his own story of self destruction and his rehab from Tour will bring the destructive grip of drugs with the help of god and even more exciting family. changes. Be watching for upcoming information about the $350,000 2013 Autobahnanza. If you would like to learn more about the Autobahn Youth Tour and the upcoming $300,000 Super Stakes, contact General Manager Larry Barker (817) 988-6110 or Larry would like to talk with you about the opportunities that await, when you participate Ferris FFA won the Herdsman Award. in the most unique show not only in the Sunday was the final day of the Classic with both bulls and Texas Longhorn breed but the entire cattle industry. steers on tap. After a word of prayer from Kyle Tanner and the singing of the National Anthem, Judge Stover evaluated the 6 classes of bulls. Stover chose CL Vesuvius, exhibitor Jordan




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Grand Champion Female: TL Razzle Dazzle Exhibitor: Garrett Tanner

Reserve Grand Champion Female: SCCC Rocking Angel 110 Exhibitor: Kelby Meadows

Grand Champion Bull: CL Vesuvius Exhibitor: Jordan Culpepper

Reserve Grand Champion Bull: Sanddollar Escalade Exhibitor: Mackinlie Tucker

Grand Champion Steer: Silent H Ike Exhibitor: Hunter Winkel

Reserve Grand Champion Steer: Johnny Horton BCB Exhibitor: Tracey Weldon


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Dear TLBT Members,

Summer is right around the corner, and I hope that it will bring more rain to each of you and that this year will be better than last. During the drought, many people have had to cut back on their herds, which I know is hard to do. In our herd, we’ve had to cut back TLBT OFFICER tremendously. There are some good things that can come from this drought though. It’s made it where SPOTLIGHT we’ve all kept the best of the best in our Texas Longhorns. As I have mentioned in my previous letters, the 2012 TLBT World Show is going be held at the historical Fort Worth Stockyards. To kick off this year’s World Show, there is going to be a Parade of Horns through the Stockyards. TLBT Office: Any youth that would like to participate are welcomed to Junior Director either ride a steer or walk a calf with us! In my next letter, I Age: 8 years old will have a time and date for you to add to your calendar. I School: Home hope to see you at upcoming shows and sales! schooled See You on the Trail, Number of

Jonah Faske

Years in the TLBT: About 3 years

Sarah Faske TLBT President

Find us on Facebook by searching Texas Longhorn breeders of Tomorrow or visiT our Web siTe:

When and how did you start raising and showing Texas Longhorns? I started showing Texas Longhorns when I was 5 years old. My older siblings were doing it, and I thought it looked fun. My parents got me a show steer named “VNR See My Buckle”. He is my favorite steer. Now he is too old to show in youth, so I ride him in parades. What are some important things you have learned from showing and raising Longhorns? I have learned that working with your cows makes them a lot easier to show. I have learned to properly set up a Longhorn in the show ring, and that you have to focus on the judge and watch him at all times. What would you tell someone just getting started in raising Texas Longhorns? I would tell them that Texas Longhorns are very sweet animals when you halter break them and work with them. There are also a lot of pretty different colors and horn shapes. What is your favorite part of raising and showing Texas Longhorns? My favorite part of raising and showing Texas Longhorns is winning all of the prizes! I also like washing the cows at the show and at home. I really like showmanship too.

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SAND HILLS RANCH (Dora Thompson) Consignments to CATTLE BARON SALE on May 12

SH LILLIPOP BRANDY – SH Double Brandy x Diamond Blue Belle. Lillipop is an HCR granddaughter. Double Brandy is HCR x Nock - Roundup x Fletch.

SH AMARILLO RATTLER – EOT Outback Rattler x SH Amarillo Ambush. Amarillo is a Boomerang granddaughter with Ambush, Red Duke & Doherty on bottom.

Exposed to our Straight Butler:  SH Farlap Rock (Combines  Dalgood’s Rocket Man &  Farlap Chex breeding.)

Exposed to our best and favorite  Hunts Command Respect Son, Out of Eggnog: King Pin

SAND HILLS RANCH (Dora Thompson) 318-872-6329 We’re located 20+ miles off the Texas line just below Shreveport near Hwy. 84. COME VISIT!! I’ve got a lot of great LONGHORNS to see… 20

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Division C At Large Director - Todd McKnight BIRTH DATE & PLACE: Born in Wheatridge, Colorado RESIDENCE: Pittsburg, Kansas OCCUPATION: Chief Operating Officer for Names and Numbers Phonebooks, serving 12 states and 65 communities FAMILY: Married to my beautiful wife Kelli for 24 years and have three children Caitlin, Trace and Caroline BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: 1988 to 1997- Assistant Athletic Director for Abilene Christian University 1997 to 2005 - Chief Operating Officer for Area-Wide Phonebooks 2005 to Present - Chief Operating Officer for Names and Numbers Phonebooks, In Print – Online – Mobile ORGANIZATIONS/VOLUNTEER: Currently Serve on - Frontenac Education USD #249 Foundation Board - Mt. Carmel Hospital Foundation Board - Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors - Pittsburg State University Athletic Department Advisory Board - Association of Directory Publishers - Serve in our Church in various rolls, from teaching to playing in our Worship Team. - Member of TLBAA, ITLA and TLMA RANCH LOCATION: Pittsburg, Kansas HOW LONG RAISING LONGHORNS: since 2001 MEMBER OF TLBAA SINCE: 2001 ELECTED TO BOD: January 2012 REASON FOR SERVING ON BOD: To use my business experience and leadership skills to serve the membership and do what is best for the breed, the breeders and the industry.

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Division A At Large Director - Dora Thompson RESIDENCE: 3502 Hwy 513, Mansfield, LA 71052 OCCUPATION: Longhorn Cattle Rancher, Rental Stable, Raise Cutting Bred Quarter Horses. Have Broker’s License in Louisiana. FAMILY: Daughter, grandson, granddaughter and extended family. BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: Partner in Construction Co. Duties: planning, managing sales, decorating, ordering materials and helping build homes, apartments, convenience stores, motels – 23 years. Partner and managed large carpet/lighting/decorating/appliance store. Realtor – managing real estate company approx.. 16 sales associates. Managed managers - apartments and motels. In charge of policy and advertising all companies, Shreveport, LA. RANCH LOCATION: Mansfield, Louisiana HOW LONG RAISING LONGHORNS: Approx. 22 years MEMBER OF TLBAA SINCE: August 14, 1990 ELECTED TO BOD: June 2010 REASON FOR SERVING ON BOD: Interest in Reg. Texas Longhorn Cattle and promoting the betterment and growth of TLBAA. REMARKS: I enjoy being on the Board of Directors of TLBAA and talking to many of it’s members. I worked on the Horn Showcase Committee in 2011 and am helping with World Show Sponsors this year. I’m on the building committee and the Executive Committee. I think TLBAA is “the GREATEST”, because it’s membership is “the GREATEST”.


First Hired Hand Huddle Shows Longhorn Breeders How to Utilize Technology Submitted by Molly Clubb

n Saturday, February 11, 2012 Longhorn breeders gathered at the Tarrant County Community College campus in Fort Worth, Texas for the first Hired Hand Huddle. Most attendees were current Hired Hand website customers while some came to learn more about Hired Hand or how to better market their cattle on the internet through such tools as Facebook, YouTube and more. Molly Clubb and Jaymie Feldmann, Hired Hand Software, walked Huddle participants through various aspects of Hired Hands’ Animal and Content Management System. They announced several new features that Hired Hand will be offering in 2012 including an on-line sale pen that will be free to Hired Hand customers; the merging of the Wrangler and Foreman hosting packages which will save customers money but offer additional tools breeders on the Wrangler package; changes to the way Hired Hand will power Arrowhead Cattle Company’s Gallery , of Horns; and more.


Steve and Peggy Lee, Deer Park, TX; , Vincent Girolamo, Jacksboro, TX; and Becky Gutierrez, Bryan, TX.

other Huddle attendee, Stacey Schumacher, Schumacher Cattle, said “I learned so much! It was a great day with great people and my website will be better because of it. Thank you for holding this seminar!” Hired Hand is making plans to hold another Huddle in the Houston area this fall as well as seminars in 2013. For more

Barbara and Ron Hamilton, Schulenburg, TX.

Hired Hand also promoted its role in the 2012 Longhorns & Lace Benefit & Sale which took place March 2nd - 3rd in Marietta, Oklahoma as well as their role in a Dawn Divinia, Red Oak, TX and Brian Gail Moore, Hanford, CA and Sandy Martin, Brett, Brownwood, TX. new website called Wellington, TX. This new website is geared at attracting new people into the Longhorn Industry but also offers benefits to information on Hired Hand Software please call Molly at 319current Longhorn breeders such as a free ranch listing. “After at- 269-8903 or visit Hired Hand tending the Huddle I worked on my Search Engine Optimization currently serves approximately 150 Longhorn breeders with web(SEO) tools and have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of site services who promote almost 40,000 head of Longhorns ontraffic my website is receiving,” said Brian Brett, Brett Ranch. An- line.

Hired Hand Huddle participants, 2012.


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Limited time SPECIAL REGISTRATION OPPORTUNITY ★★ February 1 through April 15, 2012 ★★ The TLBAA recognizes that over the past year many breeders has been enduring unusual circumstances with the ongoing drought, limited hay, high feed cost and the overall economy. In an effort to help breeders maintain the registrations of their herds we are offering a special registration pricing opportunity. Beginning on February 1, 2012 through April 15, 2012:

★★ Any age animal can be registered at the $15.00 per head rate. ★★ Dual registrations at $7.50 per head rate. (Any animal registered through another Texas Longhorn registry can be dual registered with the TLBAA at this rate)

If you have not signed up to get access to the TLBAA HORNS system you may do so by calling the TLBAA office at 817-6256241. Through the HORNS system you can register and transfer cattle quicker, saving you time and postage cost. If the TLBAA does not have your current email address, please let us know that as well so that we may keep our records up to date and be able to better communicate with the membership on important issues. This also allows us to have all of your correct information recorded in the next Membership Directory. Remember that many cattle are sold through the internet and email now. If your current email address is not shown in the Membership Roster you MAY be losing sales. Send us your email address NOW! If you do not wish to do your registrations and transfers online through the HORNS system you can download forms from the TLBAA website at under registrations and forms.

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ago. I have students that are in veterinary training programs like at the community college in Cedar Valley that are going for RVT – Registered Veterinary Technology certification – and getting Associates Degrees – students that never considered - ever – going to college. We have a full-blown vet lab here; it’s fully stocked. We process doing IVs; we practice sutures – the kids can actually leave high school with a Certified Veterinary Assistant’s certificate; then they have to take their tests through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. With this certification, they can do nearly everything a veterinarian can do except surgery and anesthesia; they can’t prescribe or diagnose, but everything else an RVT can do.” Tracey attributes the success of the Longhorn program with the Ferris ISD’s willingness to start the equine program and the veterinary student program, and wishes more school districts would offer them. “I have taken my Longhorn students to Ag Teacher conference and put them in official FFA wear so that the teachers could identify them, and I have the students talk

to the teachers about the Longhorn program. They take their Autobahn certificates, their buckles, their bronzes – all their awards – and try to show these ag teachers that we don’t have to spend $30,000 a year

to get a jacket at the end of the year; we can enter with $25 or $30 and leave a show with three or four thousand. I don’t know what the problem is; I don’t understand what the hesitancy is – why would you not, if you are a teacher and in this profession for the right reasons, why would you not want to provide every opportunity for success to as many kids as you can?” “Everywhere I go, I try to talk other teachers into it and try to share this program. I’ve got more breeders out there offering cattle than I have students; and that

many people who would help. And that just shows the heart of the Longhorn breeder to me. Speaking of Longhorn breeders, I’ve had kids who were super-needy before and I’ve sent out emails, telling people about a kid, a student that’s in a super-needy situation, and not asking anybody. About six years ago, I sent out an email to friends who were Longhorn breeders, asking if they had a used vehicle that was affordable, that was trustworthy for a kid to be able to drive – I had breeders sending me checks -- $100 checks, $200 checks – to help provide a vehicle for this kid. That’s what I’m saying is the heart of these Longhorn people; to want to be engaged in these kids’ lives. I was blown away. I was expecting people to say ‘I’ve got a little car that will be just fine that I’ll sell for $1500.’ I was amazed!” “I would shout this from the rooftops! I think any FFA chapter could be successful in this. It’s not about my kids versus other kids; it’s about ALL kids. It’s kinda scary, but we are going to be in a position to be kind of taken care of by them, and by golly, I want to be educating some breeders!”

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probably stick to eight, but may bump it up to nine next year. The kids really enjoy it; we have scheduled work days – they are out there taking care of their animals every day – but we have two scheduled work days for two hours each day, and that’s where I work with them on showmanship; we review information about the Longhorn breed so that when they do go into showmanship at all the different shows, they are a lot more knowledgeable about cattle in general, and especially their anatomy, their make-up, the Longhorn breed and all of that.” “Next year, Autobahn will only have one show. They are having one in August of this year to make the second one in 2012, then they will not have another one until August, 2013. They decided they are going to one show, and the money, normally $250,000, will be bumped up to $350,000 for one show. They said that with the economy and things, it is hard for people to travel twice in one year – the hotels for four or five days and all of that.” “Like I said, the Space Center provides the land for the project; they also take care of all the maintenance and operations, so if there are issues with water or electrical, they


will come out and take of that. They provide these services to the program as well – they lease everything to us for a dollar a year – and the Johnson Space Center covers the cost of electricity, water, maintenance, sand, and all that kind of stuff we need for the facility.” Jennifer points out that the students enrolled in the program are responsible for their own animal. “Once they get an animal in the program, they are responsible for feeding, washing, anything that is entailed about that animal. They go to the Johnson Space Center twice a day to care for them.” The kids in the Longhorn program are not involved in this, but the Clear Creek School District has field trips to the Longhorn Project for the seventh-graders in each of the schools. “We talk to them about genetics, about adaptation, about Texas history and the history of the longhorns; it’s a real neat program. We have one for third-graders as well, but theirs is for only half a day – they get everything but the genetics, and obviously that’s a little advanced for them.” “In the fall semester, we start typically in about September or October; we will start having classes out there and all the seventhgraders and their teachers throughout the

district -- the district has actually made it mandatory that they go out there as part of their science curricula to enhance their genetic lesson – they get to see it first-hand.” “Among the things the kids get anyway from agriculture studies is teamwork and leadership,” Jennifer observed. “One of the things I have noticed the most in the Longhorn project is that when a lot of the kids come in, they are very shy; they are more of an introvert. Then by the time they get out of the program, they are a completely different child. A lot of their parents have said the program totally changes their child’s personality and perspective, and it gets them way more focused on school and it really helps them pursue a career. You can tell that the program really enhances them for the future.” “I showed cattle when I was growing up, but wasn’t involved with the Longhorns. When I came into this job, I didn’t know very much about the Longhorns, and it’s like anything else – if you don’t know it, you just have to immerse yourself in it and learn. I told my husband, ‘I will tell you this, whenever we have children, they will be showing Longhorns.’ It is a great association, the people are very nice, it has been a great experience and it is a great opportunity for your kids to start earning scholarship money at the age of four. The more that they get involved, you have a better opportunity to help the student for their future. Texas Longhorn Trails

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he steer that traveled the farthest to become a member of the Fort Worth Herd is Ox-Bow Dallas Fort Worth. Donated by Richard and Linda Spooner of Kennewick, Washington, the steer was calved April 16, 2003; and was received into the Herd in April, 2009. Ox-Bow DFW was sired by CP Whelming Mac out of Glory B Ippity; the breeder was Glory B Farms Living Trust, Dayton, Washington. He has mostly a white body with red spots; his stocky frame is topped off with lateral horns that curve up. A little thicker than the other steers, he has been a healthy addition to the Herd. He’s not real tall, but he’s got some meat on his bones. “I call him DFW,” said Kristin Jaworski, Trail Boss of the Fort Worth Herd. “At the beginning, he was a little bit of a renegade; he would take off on his own and run through the Stockyards. He did his own cattle drive, all by himself!” “I can’t blame him,” she continued, “because we didn’t shut the gates. But fortunately, he knew where he was headed; he went down Exchange Avenue and turned, and went right back April 2012

to the pen. That’s when we learned – lock the gate and don’t leave him behind. And he has been doing the cattle drive every day since.” The Spooners, who now live in Stonewall, Oklahoma, bought his dam bred, then made a steer out of the calf. They showed the steer extensively in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Montana, and, as Richard said, “He just kept getting bigger, kept getting better. He started to win and before it was all over, was winning everywhere we were taking him.” “We named him ‘Dallas Fort Worth’ because of the marking on his forehead – it looks a little bit like part of the state of Texas, and if you look, there’s a white dot there where it looks like Dallas/Fort Worth.” Richard and Linda considered selling the steer, but, concerned about his future, decided to offer him to the Fort Worth Herd. After several attempts that took about a year, they finally got in touch with the right person – Trail Boss Kristin Jaworski – who explained that they could only accept a replace-

ment steer if one was retired or died. Then Richard got a call about six o’clock one morning saying they would like to have him. “We were thrilled,” said Richard, “because we wanted to have him somewhere where he could live out his life in peace.” “I hauled him down in April,” he continued, “and him and me got caught in a snow storm in Colorado. I had to stay in the trailer because no motels were available, but I had a sleeping bag for emergencies. I went to a restaurant and got water for him. He wasn’t too happy – he’d get up and walk around, but I gave him the two rear compartments, so he had quite a bit of room. We made it out, but had to sit there overnight about 16 hours waiting for them to let us go.” Rich Spooner was on the TLBAA Board of Directors while in Washington, then served on the Board as an AtLarge director after he and Linda moved to Oklahoma in 2009. “We came to Fort Worth at least two times a year,” he said, “and sometimes three. That’s one of the reasons we moved to Oklahoma. Another reason – at a Longhorn sale at Colorado Springs, I was asked to ride in the Oklahoma Centennial cattle drive across the state. I did that for two weeks. We liked the weather, liked the people, so we decided to move down here.” The Spooners still come to the Fort Worth Stockyards District to check on the big steer, but the trip from Southern Oklahoma is considerably shorter than a trip from Southern Washington.




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MEMBERSHIP “MATTERS”! More and more of our members/breeders are finding how easy it is to manage their herds by using the new HORNS system. Many who have commercial computer software programs to manage their herd find they no longer need it or the yearly or monthly update fees that comes with it. HORNS, this state of the art cattle management system is a TLBAA membership benefit…it comes FREE to all active, lifetime, promotional and junior members who pay their yearly TLBAA membership fee. The following is a partial list of key on-line capabilities of HORNS: Register calves RECORD unregistered calves Transfer calves Identify pasture location/automagically identify breeding exposure Record horn measurements Record Calving Ease Record Udder size and description View customer history thru processed transfers Private Treaty Listings and Catalog generation View entire recorded progeny list View full pedigree Upload photo(s) View all legacy/historical animals you had ownership of in the TLBAA registry

By Rick Fritsche

Manage partner animals from your individual account Add private comments/notes to individual animals such as medications/inoculations, branding date, etc. Calving History Report listing all calves reported to a female by year Search for TLBAA registered pedigrees Search for TLBAA members and their contact information Pay Fees on-line Manage the member profile such as brand and contact information HORNS Discussion Forum page Frequently Asked Questions page AND MUCH, MUCH MORE! If you haven’t signed up for HORNS, it’s simple! Simply call your wonderful office staff and request to sign up for HORNS. Have a password chosen and staff will do two things, 1) verify your current address and contact information such as phone number(s) and email address (if any) and 2) set your password this first time for you (passwords must be at least 4 characters long and can be more, you can use letters or numbers or a combination of both, and if letters are used the system is upper and lower case sensitive). You may change your password yourself should the need arise later. Don’t spend your hard earned money for something that comes absolutely FREE with your membership fees. You can spend that money on feed!

Combating Respiratory Acidosis Part of Newborn Calf Care Courtesy of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Cattle producers expecting a calf crop should take time now to review procedures to combat respiratory acidosis in newborn animals. "Every baby calf born is in a situation where there is a build-up of carbon dioxide and its byproduct lactic acid during the delivery process," said Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension cattle reproduction specialist. Delayed passage through the birth canal in the face of uterine contractions that pinch off the umbilical cord comprises oxygenation of the calf. Although the calf is able to breathe as soon as its nose passes the lips of the vulva, expansion of the chest is restricted in the narrow birth canal. "This situation is seriously aggravated when continuous forced traction is applied," Selk said. "As soon as the calf’s head has passed the lips of the vulva, traction should be interrupted, the nostrils cleared of mucus and cold water applied to the head." Again, when the calf is completely delivered, primary attention is directed toward establishing respiration. Mucus and fetal fluids should be expressed from the nose and mouth by external pressure of the thumbs along the bridge of the nose and flat fingers underneath the jaws, sliding from the level of the eyes toward the muzzle. Selk said the common practice of suspending the calf by its hindlegs to 'clear the lungs' must be questioned. "Most of the fluids that drain from the mouth of these calves probably come from the stomach, and the weight of the intestines on the diaphragm makes expansion of the lungs difficult," he said. "The most effective way to clear the airway is by suction." Respiration is stimulated by many factors, but only ventilation of the lungs allows the cattle producer to render help immediately. "Brisk rubbing of the skin and tickling inside the nostril with a piece of straw also has a favorable effect," Selk said. "The phrenic nerve can be stimulated with a sharp tap on the chest slightly above and behind where the heartbeat can be felt." Producers can pick up additional science-based information and recommendations on cattle management topics by visiting the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources site on the Internet.


Texas Longhorn Trails

April 2012


Longhorn owners often express their immense love and affection enjoyed when raising and interacting with their matchless Texas Longhorn cattle. While no one openly disagrees with those who strongly love their cattle, there are some good ways to love cattle but also some bad, wrong ways. It impresses city people to hand feed, pet, touch and scratch a massive horned critter. It even impresses people to see one far off in the distance. This breed is impressive to view, discuss or touch. The closer you communicate the more attached people and cattle become.

Seldom do people who work with cattle on a regular basis become injured. There is a certain carefulness due to the size and strength of the beast that receives valid acknowledgment. This is why squeeze chutes are used to give shots and apply hot iron brands. Everyone understands that cattle won’t hold still for these necessary things, gentle pets or not. During the Summer we do Texas Longhorn pasture tours and haul greenas-grass city people around the pastures allowing them to hand feed the cattle. They are thrilled by the special feeling of a slick-slimy cow tongue wrapping around their fingers and sucking-up the cattle pellets. They pay to do it. However, the process has to be done a very special way, totally safe and under a completely controlled plan. Non-cattle people can safely feed cow candy out a bus window that is located high above the horn level. For good entertainment keeping people at a safe distance and yet just close enough

to touch the cattle is the goal. Scratching and petting: There is something about scratching a Texas Longhorn right on top of the head that is enjoyed by the critter and the person. Cattle enjoy it once they are bonded with confidence to their scratcher. Of all things so easy to start doing, this is not a good thing to do. It causes the animals to lower their heads, due to the enjoyment, and they want more scratching therefore press forward. It is simple on a baby calf, but not so good when the calf becomes a ton bull. This position causes the horns to tilt forward toward a person. One horse fly drilling a critter’s flank and the head swing to swat a fly can be an unwanted shish kebab. It is a good rule to only pet, brush or scratch Texas Longhorns when they are restrained. To enjoy a hands-on Texas Longhorn experience there are several ways to do it. Cattle equally like to be scratched under the neck. With some patient training the

Longhorns, Love & Liability By Darol Dickinson

Thanks to Nicole Lenz, Rex Mosser, Jim Hix, and Brad Troy for use of photos.


This is the safest way to had feed a Texas Longhorn. The horns are far away from the face. Cattle almost never walk forward because they cannot see where they are walking. It is also a point to start training them for under-neck scratching. Texas Longhorn Trails

windy day cows were seen chasing after papers like a dog with a Frisbee. A bottle calf can be switched from milk to drinking soft drinks from a can. That is a fun thing. Liability: There is a well-worn law whereby a property owner is responsible for the safety of guests or even non-invited people to the ranch. A duty to warn is a concept that arises in the law of torts in a number of circumstances, indicating that a person will be held liable for injuries caused to another, where the person had the opportunity to warn One of the favorite ways of connecting the other of a hazard and failed to with gentle Texas Longhorns is the fado so. mous pole scratch. It is fun, hands on, Most notably, a property owner but not always the best. has a duty to warn persons on the main herd sire will raise his head in the property of various hazards, deair to be scratched under the neck. This pending on the status of the person raised position causes the horns to angle on the property. For example, the away from a person to a safer direction. property owner must warn a tresScratching from the shoulders back is passer of harmful conditions known a safe scratch-zone of a loose animal. to the owner which might possibly Some friendly critters will move sideways be unnoticed by the trespasser. The Feeding over a board fence is just as much to get a firmer scratch, yet the horns are in ranch or cattle owner should warn fun for guests, and a minimal risk. It forces people of all known hazards and a safe distant area. Cows like to be the critter to raise up and reach for the scratched between the hind legs above the must warn of all dangers that the bread. The feeder is totally safe and well udder. After getting addicted to the “rear property owner can discover beyond reach. scratch” technique they will often raise through a reasonable inspection of their tail making a clear statement that the property. (That property could be catcompressed 7/8” pellet with a mix of “all is well.” tle at a show.) grains, molasses or alfalfa powder is a faEncourage friends to never pet or There may have never been a case vorite. Use a plastic container strapped scratch a critter in front of the shoulders where a Texas Longhorn swung his head on a four-wheeler filled with pellets to unless the animal is haltered, or else around and whacked someone, or quickly train the herd when you enter the scratch under the neck with the nose jumped forward when another critter pasture. Rattle the pellets. Just a few pelpointed in the air. That is always a safe poked him on the rear. However, keep lets will train the whole herd to become plan. these things in mind: real pals. Train them to be addicts. False Assumptions: Show cattle 1) Work with cattle to be easily manOld bread, sweet rolls, candy, carrots that are handled several hours a day often aged if they are in public. and sugar lumps will create great bondget so gentle children love on them and 2) Each owner is responsible for his ing. Once cattle are hand fed treats like brush them over, under and on every side. cattles’ conduct, if it is not good. turnips, sweet potatoes, and apples you Just because many very well trained show 3) Don’t falsely assume your cattle have their undivided attention. heifers are completely safe this can cause will act good around people any more During the 2011 Texas drought one people to assume every show calf or herd than your children. farmer fed newspapers to his cows. On a sire is the same way. However, 4) Hand feed from a like people, every personality is high hand position rather different. than leaning down to the Education: Cattle learn cow’s mouth. from multiple experiences. The When it comes to liabilmore often they are loaded in ity, no matter how much a trailer, taken to shows, stand you love your cattle, it is tied, hand fed or even driven one thing to get kicked by around corral chute systems, your own pet show cow they learn. The first time a calf and another thing for your is pushed into a squeeze chute cow to kick your ex-wife’s it may be very scary to him. If mother. a calf is driven through a wide Pleasant memories are open chute a few times the planned in advance, as in A tour bus with windows that only open half way allows chute fear goes away. As with hand feeding of this special tourists to only hand feed up above any horn zone. Good manall learning experiences these breed of cattle. agement will force guests to stay on the bus, yet there is althings take time and a patient ways one on board who wants to prove his bravado and would person to do the training. With gladly, if allowed, run out and play with the cattle. repetitive educational experiences cattle can be trained to ride with saddle, lead with a loose rope, come when called or savor a friendly back scratch. The fastest way to work cattle is slow. Move slow and be quiet. Addicting things: Cattle have a wide range of tastes. They can become addicted to simple small feed treats. Cattle candy, a

April 2012


NEWS On the Trail... TLBAA Members featured in April 2012 Cowboy & Indians Magazine

Longhorns and their history were spotlighted in the April 2012 issue of the award-winning publication, Cowboys & Indians Magazine. The article was written by TLBAA member Wes Chancey and included quotes from veteran TLBAA members Red McCombs and Tommy Franks. The magazine can be found on newsstands or purchased online at

Australia Longhorn Breeder and TLBAA Member Interviewed

ABC Rural interviewed Don Constable, a New South Wales, Australia, Texas Longhorn breeder to find out why he chose the iconic breed 20 years ago. Accoding to Constable there are more than 60 registered Texas Longhorn breeders in Australia but it has been a slow process educating people about the breed. Constable discusses lean meat, and calving ease among other desireable traits that make the Texas Longhorn a winning choice. You can read the article and listen to the recorded interview on the ABC Rural website at the following link: h t t p : / / w w w. a b c . n e t . a u / r u r a l / n e ws / content/201202/s3437535.htm?site=riverina.

Brantley featured in Toronto Star Newspaper Ex-Pro Wrestler Shows Good Breeding By Katie Daubs – Toronto Star Reprinted with permission As pro wrestler Vladimir Koloff, he fought against Judge Dredd and tag-teamed the Fantastics. As poultry breeder Carl Brantley, he drove from North Carolina to Sarnia last weekend and bested the locals at the Poultry and Pigeon Show, taking top prize for champion standard poultry. His Black-Breasted Red Shamo was judged best of the large chickens, because it was closest to the breed's standard of perfection - with a nice upright stature, hard feathers, cruel expression and prehistoric look. "For me, the colouring of this bird was beautiful, the markings were great, the size was ideal. They're supposed to be big chickens, and his was in good condition," said Gary Parsons, an organizer with the Sarnia Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association. "He takes care of his chickens." Carl Brantley knows his poultry because he has always been a farm boy. When he retired from professional wrestling in 2001, he returned to animal husbandry full time. For him, life on the farm is serenity. "They don't judge you, these chickens and cows," he says from his home in Wilkesboro, N.C. "Instead of paying a shrink,


I can throw grain at my chickens." Brantley grew up in Indiana, raising poultry and livestock and playing sports. Summer trips were county fairs, though one legendary trip took the Brantley family to Toronto's CNE. He put the birds aside at university, where he was studying on a wrestling scholarship. When he got a job with a tobacco company in the late '80s, he still raised Texas Longhorn cattle at the family farm, now located in North Carolina. One day, a gentleman from a neighbouring town showed up to buy a few longhorns. His name was André René Roussimoff. Better known as André the Giant, the wrestling legend and movie star loved animals. He purchased one bull and five females. The two men became friends. One day, Roussimoff saw Brantley's wrestling awards, and asked if he had ever considered professional wrestling as a career. Brantley left his job in the tobacco industry and showed up at a training camp run by WWF heavyweight champion Ivan Koloff, also known as the "Russian Bear." With his shaved head, Brantley looked like a member of the "Koloff" family, so he adopted the name and backstory of his new mentor. "Within three weeks I was Vladimir Koloff in front of 15,000 screaming maniacs," Brantley says. When Roussimoff died in 1993, the

estate lawyer called Brantley about the Texas Longhorn he sold him all those years ago. "You need to get this bull; we don't know what to do with it," Brantley recalls him saying. "As a matter of fact, I've got that bull's skull, outside of my garage, hanging on the wall," Brantley says. During his pro wrestling career Brantley visited 58 countries while his brother helped look after the farm. He would stop in at livestock shows as he travelled. At his farm he still has Texas Longhorn cattle and a variety of poultry. Brantley loves pigs but won't keep them because they root up the pasture, and he's "contemplating getting into ornamental pheasants." Life is busy, with grain runs, feedings and weekend shows. "You would never think that from a guy who's six foot three, 290 pounds and used to bust people in the head for a living," he says. Brantley will be back for the Canadian National Poultry show in Woodstock in October, showing his birds and judging the junior show. The Sarnia poultry association hopes he will return next year for its 98th Poultry and Pigeon Show. "Next year we're going to try to get him to come again and bring Mike Tyson, who is into pigeons," Parsons said. Texas Longhorn Trails

Damuth Speaks on the Importance of branding Protecting the Brand By Carrie Thornton, Reprinted with permission from the Courier of Montgomery County Every 10 years, Montgomery County cattle ranchers and breeders must reregister their brands to ensure their namesake is not taken by another. For Magnolia’s Dorie Damuth , losing her brand would mean losing the legacy of her husband. This year, ranchers are required to register their brand by Feb. 29. On March 1, any brands not reregistered with the Montgomery County Clerk may be registered by another party. G. Scott “Bo” Damuth owned and operated the Flying D Ranch, located east of FM 149 on FM 1488, breeding Texas’ revered longhorns with his wife until he died nine years ago. Dorie Damuth hasn’t let even a recordbreaking drought keep her from carrying on the family business. “It’s hard times right now, but I could never give up on our longhorns,” she said. “I could never stop protecting them by breeding them right.” Dorie’s love for longhorns sprouted early in life from her days on her grandfather’s ranch, she said, where she worked with her sister with the iconic animals. That love took root in her marriage with Bo, whose family’s ranch dates back more than a century. The Damuths established a distinguished brand to mark their cattle, but it’s one that

Lean Longhorn Beef Promoted to the Retail and Foodservice Industries TLBAA member Mike Crawford and Chiolsm Trail Longhorn Beef recently put the word out about the health benefits of lean Longhorn Beef to the retail and foodservice industry on the website The website is an outlet for news about perishables found in retail stores and is targeted to senior level executives in supermarkets, retail chains and foodservice chain operators or distributors. Extolling the benefits of the the lean beef coincides with National Heart Month. To read the whole article:


was inspired by an animal sizably different than the longhorn. “At the time, around 1959, I was showing dachshunds, funnily enough,” Dorie said. “When we were thinking of a name for our brand, we just knew that was it, this is what we would call it: Flying D Ranch.” The brand itself is a slanted “D” flanked by two horns. Working off land from the Damuth family’s 1,000acre ranch, Dorie and Bo started small with a vision Flying D Ranch owner Dorie Damuth displays the ranch’s cattle to breed longhorns in a way brand as several of her longhorn are seen in the background at her exemplifying their best ranch in Magnolia. traits, such as the trademark during the last registration period. So far this twisted horns, friendly demeanor and protecyear, the County Clerk’s Office has only registive motherly instincts. tered 119 brands, a spokesperson said. Now, on her personal property along A brand registration form for with other pastures she leases to others, Dorie Montgomery County can be found on the owns 200 longhorns ranging from full-grown County Clerk’s website at by bulls to newborn calves. clicking on the link for County Clerk. The Registering her brand means protecting form can be filed in person at the County both a family heirloom and the safety of her Clerk’s office, 210 W. Davis in downtown longhorns, because the registration helps Conroe, or by mail at P.O. Box 959 Conroe, identify animals if they are stolen or found TX 77305. For more information, call the outside of their pasture. County Clerk’s office at 936-539-7885. The Flying D Ranch is one of 632 brands that was registered in Montgomery County

New Mexico Stockman features Texas Longhorns The February 2012 issue of New Mexico Stockman featured Texas Longhorns on the cover as well as inside. The issue includes a feature article featuring TLBAA members Bill and Sandy Martin, as well as several ads by TLBAA members ands the TLBAA and the TLBNM. Popular Longhorn artist Kathy Winkler graces the cover. The issue can be found online at

TLBAA Members Participate in 2011 Fall American Photographic Competition The Hubbard Museum of the American West and the Photographic Society of Lincoln County held the 20th Annual Fall American Photography Competition and Exhibition. TLBAA members Rebecca Moeller of Socorro, NM and TLBT Member Kortnie Dotson of Socorro, NM showcased their photography

skills during the competition. Longhorn cattle of TLBAA members Wade & Kristi Wilson of Capitan, NM were the subject of a photograph submitted to the contest as well.

If you or someone you know in the Longhorn world has something to share, please send it to to be included in News on the Trail. Wade & Kristi Wilson’s cattle

April 2012

Rebecca Moeller’s Photograph

Kortnie Dotson’s Photograph



Submitted by Southeastern Winchester Futurity The first Southeastern Winchester Futurity was a tremendous success with participation from across the country. Breeders brought outstanding animals which resulted in fierce competition and large classes. The judges had a difficult job, but the atmosphere was exciting with great comaraderie and lots of fun. Ron Marquess did a great job keeping the crowd actively engaged while serving as announcer and auctioneer. Class winners were awarded engraved rifles from the class sponsors. Second and third place winners received beautiful hairon leather binders handmade by sponsor DC Saddlery and Leatherworks from Wetumpka, Alabama. Class earnings were also paid to approximately half of the 110 entries. The Southeastern Winchester Futurity would like to thank everyone that made the first show such a success. It took great cooperation from the sponsors, entrants, judges, office staff, pen Judges: Bear Davidson, Catlett, VA; Curtis Elburn, Peru, IN; Announcer workers and many more to accomplish such positive results. Ron Marquess, Ben Wheeler, TX; Kathy Kittler, Carlisle, AR; Zach MofFrom the outstanding BBQ social on Friday night to the loading fitt, Asheboro, NC; Joel Dickson, Barnesville, OH. out of the last cattle on Sunday morning, the entire weekend was Place Name Exhibitor filled with fun and the appreciCLASS ONE ation of great cattle and of the 1st Hubbells Rio Dazzling Mark Hubbell people that remind us why we 2nd WPR Lazy Lisa Scott Hughes have Longhorns. Plans are now 3rd WS Zonita Tom Smith under way for the Southeastern 4th LC Casino Royal Bill & Jo Le'AN Winchester Futurity to become 5th HL Elizabeth Ann Hudson Longhorns an annual event. 6th Something Else Steven Bryson

Class winner Mark Hubbell, Hastings, MI with class sponsor Scott Hughes, Rutherfordton, NC.

Class winner Jimmy Jones, Greenville, AL with class sponsors Terry King, Westville, FL and Nancy Dunn, Electic, AL – SETLA. Class sponsor Dan Jones, Washington, IN and class winner Brent Bolen, Lufkin, TX.

Class sponsor Jody Shaw - Tennessee Valley Association with class winners Nathan, John and Debra Helm, Red Oak, TX. Class winner Bill & Jo Le’AN with class sponsor Winchester Futurity of the North – Curtis Elburn, Peru, IN.


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4Wind Phenomenal Pearl Something Royal Helm Something’s Burning Riverforks Lil Empress RRR Miss Regan 120 Helm HGC Double Grande 2A Daisy Duke CL Miss Dallas 01/11 4Wind Phenominal Dawn Carmel Kiss Wiregrass From Dixie Wiregrass Starla BLL Valentine

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Horseshoe J Justifiable LC Bladen's Prissy Missy LC Butterball Ebony Eyes Dawn’s Early Light RRR Miss Estrella 092

Bill Wick Steven Bryson Helm Cattle Company Terry & Tammy King Dick & Peg Lowe Helm Cattle Co. Aaron Adkins Derek Channell Jody Shaw Hoosier Longhorns Joe Graddy Joe Graddy Gregg & Lori Beeson

CLASS TWO Bill & Jo Le'AN Hudson Longhorns Nancy Dunn Donnie & Marilyn Taylor Brent & Cindy Bolen Joe Raimo Ken & Jessica Morris Tom Smith Joe Graddy Larry Gribbons Donnie & Marilyn Taylor Aaron Adkins BT Farms BT Farms

CLASS THREE Jimmy Jones Bill & Jo Le'AN Tom Smith Larry Gribbons Hoosier Longhorns Dick & Peg Lowe Texas Longhorn Trails

Class winner Mark Hubbell, Hastings, MI with class sponsors Tammy and Terry King, Westville, FL.

Class Winners Missy & Johnny Hicks, Dowling MI, with class sponsors from the Great Lakes Association: Jim Steffler, Lapeer,MI; Mark Hubbell, Hastings, MI; Dick Lowe, Horton, MI and Tom Smith, Lowell, MI.

Class winner Jimmy Jones, Greenville, AL with class sponsor Joe Graddy, Cottonwood, AL.

Photos courtesy of Forrest Champion, Ft. Payne, AL.


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Brent & Cindy Bolen Hudson Longhorns Hoosier Longhorns Dick & Peg Lowe Hudson Longhorns Mark Hubbell Jody Shaw Hoosier Longhorns Larry Gribbins Randy & Camille Buckner Randy & Camille Buckner Larry Gribbons Calvin Deemer

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Hubbells Safari Tari Ring Around the Rosie BCB HL Lucky Lucille Betty Zane 10/9 Choctaw River Queen HL Sittin Lady Hubbells Rio Kay Humm Dinger BCB Rosie Rose RRR Rio Sadie 014 Iron Clad WPR Bright Eyes Hicks Sylvia Safari Little Molly Wiregrass Shea Precious Sweetie Wiregrass Carelle Easy G Lady Performance BLL Midnight Charmer BT Mercedes

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Horseshoe J Identify KCCI Rio Fancy Dunn Del Rio Ready HL Raindrop Dunn Respect Her Hubbells Miss Christmas BT Classic Ruler

Mark Hubbell Brent & Cindy Bolen Hudson Longhorns Hoosier Longhorns Clay Mitchell Hudson Longhorns Mark Hubbell Brent & Cindy Bolen Larry Gribbons Dick & Peg Lowe Nathan Jones Scott Hughes John & Missy Hicks Larry Gribbons Joe Graddy Don & Donna Kelly Joe Graddy Danny & Juanita Guffey Gregg & Lori Beeson BT Farms

Class sponsor Jody Shaw Tennessee Valley Association, Prospect, TN with class winner Dan Jones, Washington, IN.

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Delta Lucky Lady Tumbling Bandita BCB Rose's Overalls TCB WS Bodacious Riverforks Pearl Jam RRR Miss Amelia J 968 Close Win

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Hoosier Longhorns Brent & Cindy Bolen Hudson Longhorns Tom Smith Terry & Tammy King Dick & Peg Lowe Steve Bryson

CLASS EIGHT Helm Cattle Co. Tom Smith Jody Shaw Jim Steffler Hoosier Longhorns Randy & Camille Buckner Hoosier Longhorns Larry Gribbons Gregg & Lori Beeson Gregg & Lori Beeson

CLASS NINE Bill & Jo Le'AN Jim Steffler Jimmy Jones / Tom Smith Jim Steffler

CLASS TEN John & Missy Hicks Larry Gribbons Hoosier Longhorns Larry Gribbons BT Farms


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Jimmy Jones Ken & Jessica Morris Nancy Dunn Hudson Longhorns Nancy Dunn Mark Hubbell BT Farms







1. James Culpepper, Bridgeport, TX; 2. Gerald with Thomas N. Williams Ranch, Brownsboro, TX with TLBAA’s Dana Comer; 3. Hal & Carole Griffin, Alvord, TX; 4. Charlotte & Ron Hamilton, Schulenburg, TX; 5. Dale Hunt, Ardmore, OK with Mike MacLeod, Palo Pinto, TX.

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Texas Longhorn Trails


Foot Rot in Cattle By Heather Smith Thomas

oot rot is an infectious disease that causes swelling, heat and inflammation in the foot, resulting in severe lameness that appears suddenly. Dr. Randall Raymond, Director of Research and Veterinary Services at Simplot, says this foot problem can be caused by 2 different bacteria. “These are opportunistic pathogens that require trauma or break in the skin to enter the foot. The main one we deal with is Fusobacterium necrophorum,” he says. These bacteria are almost always present in the environment. Signs of foot rot include swelling—at the heel or between the claws—and the swelling sometimes breaks open and drains pus.


PREVENTION “The biggest thing in preventing foot rot is managing the environment in ways to reduce risks for foot rot. This means eliminating mud as much as possible, and reducing risks for trauma to the feet—especially between the toes. Rocky or frozen conditions (in which the skin may be broken by sharp rocks or ice) can predispose cattle to foot rot,” says Raymond. “In the feed yard, one of the things we focus on is trying to handle cattle with the least amount of stress possible, so they are not scraping their toes on concrete or getting abrasions on the sides of their feet by being jammed in the alleyways. We concentrate on moving cattle as quietly as possible, in a low-stress manner,” he says. “We also use wood chips sometimes to improve footing, and minimize any areas in our facilities where there might be potential for trauma to the feet. We do everything we can to avoid muddy conditions, keeping our pen space as clean as we can. This is a challenge in the winter, but we remove mud and manure as quickly as possible.” Cattle in pastures pick their own places to spend their time, so this should be monitored. “We deal with certain situations if we notice any mud or manure buildup,” says Raymond. Boggy conditions should be addressed, if possible. When skin is constantly wet, it becomes softer and more easily scraped and traumatized. April 2012


“We also try to select for cattle with good feet and leg structure. I believe this is very important. Just as in other diseases, there is a genetic predisposition for disease resistance (some cattle have stronger immune response than others), but good foot and leg structure is also crucial,” he explains. “Good husbandry practices and genetic selection in foot and leg structure, are key factors, along with good nutrition to keep the immune system, skin and feet healthy. Anything we can do to keep the immune system healthy and intact can help,” he says. “A good mineral program is part of keeping the immune system healthy. Our biggest issues here are selenium, copper and zinc deficiencies—all of which are needed by the immune system in order to function correctly. We strive for a balanced mineral program. Zinc and copper are a big part of this, especially in regard to foot health,” he explains. There is a vaccine for foot rot. “One of the commercial herds I work with in our area has used it a lot and the owner feels it has reduced their incidence of foot rot. They are now treating only one or maybe no cases of foot rot per year, compared with an average of about 20 cases per year before they started using the vaccine. A couple of seedstock breeders I work with who have used the vaccine have both spoken favorably, saying it has reduced the number of animals they’ve had to treat per season. The vaccine would be worth looking at, if a person has a high incidence of foot rot,” he says. “On the other hand, looking at husbandry and environmental management is a big part of the picture. If environmental issues are causing the problem, I would recommend changing those things. The vaccine can be a good tool, but should be looked at as just one part of the total management.”

TREATMENT “I think it is important to make an appropriate diagnosis when an animal becomes lame. Is it truly foot rot?” Swelling and lameness may be due to snakebite, a puncture wound, sole abscess or a sprain or fracture or some other injury. “Restrain the animal and examine the foot—especially the bottom—to make sure it’s not a sole abscess or a nail in the foot. If it’s something besides foot rot it may need additional treatment and not just antibiotics,” says Raymond. “If it’s foot rot, it should be treated with the appropriate antibiotic, with the proper spectrum and duration of activity. LA-200 (oxytetracycline) has been our traditional treatment antibiotic. The downside is that we only get about 48 to 72 hours of therapeutic drug levels in the animal, so it often requires a second treatment. But LA-200 is


an economical and effective choice, especially if you catch foot rot early,” he says. This is the key—catching it early, treating with the proper antibiotic, and putting the animal where it’s clean and dry. “Another antibiotic I often use for foot rot is Excede. This is a ceftiofur and has a 7-day tissue level. We get a longer duration of activity from one treatment. This is

In long-standing cases the infection may get into the joints and the animal may develop septic arthritis, or cellulitis if the infection gets into the tendon sheath. helpful when treating cattle out on pasture. Excede is more expensive, so I tend to use this drug when the condition is more severe, or when I don’t think I’ll have another opportunity to treat that animal,” says Raymond. There are some complications that can occur with foot rot. In long-standing cases the infection may get into the joints and the animal may develop septic arthritis, or cellulitis if the infection gets into the tendon sheath. Generally that animal has to be culled. “In seedstock animals with high individual value (and that won’t be entering the food chain), we may do joint flushes. It’s rare that we’d have to get this aggressive, however, because hopefully the producer noticed the condition early and treated it before it gets to this point.” Range cattle, however, may not be seen often enough to know when the problem started. There may be extensive damage by the time they are brought in for treatment. “In those cases, there may be no treatment that will completely cure the problem. We may just try to get the cow through that season, to wean her calf, and market her at a later time. Those that we catch early and treat appropriately have about a 90% success rate, if it’s truly foot rot,” he says. If surgery must be performed in a severe case to remove a damaged claw, the animal will be impaired and unable to travel. “If the animal has high value and genetic merit, however, it could be confined and manage ok. This might be the case with a valuable cow in an embryo flush program, or a bull that could be collected for AI breeding. We address these on a case-by-case basis, depending on what the owner might want to try,” he says.

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TLBAA Branding Regulations The TLBAA requires that each animal registered have a private herd number and a holding brand. Your registration certificate application contains a space for these brands as well as the location of the bands on the animal, i.e. right hip, left hip, left shoulder, etc. The TLBAA does not require that your holding brand be registered with your state agency; however, we recommend that you check with your state to be sure you area in accordance with the laws there in. Registering your brand with the TLBAA does not get your brand registered in your state. Registration of brands varies from state to state. In Texas, you must register your brand at your county clerk’s office. In Mississippi, brands should be registered with the Brands Registrar with the Bureau of the Highway Patrol. Check with your local veterinarian, state cattleman’s association or your county extension agent to locate the agency that registers brands. Also ask them how often your brand must be renewed. The Private Herd number, or PH number, as it is more commonly called, is often misunderstood. While it is reApril 2012

quired for all registered animals, the TLBAA office does not assign these numbers. The PH number is your own personal identification system to assist you in keeping each individual animal’s records. Any system can be used. A common practice is the “Three Numeral System”. The first number is usually the last numeral of the year (9 for 2009, for example). The next two numbers are usually in sequence of the arrival of the offspring. For instance, the first calf born in the year 2009 could be numbered 901. With a simple odd/even number modification, a breeder can add more information to his PH numbering system. A common method is to assign bull calves odd numbers and heifer calves even numbers. For instance, a PH number of 903 could tell a breeder that the animal num-

ber he is referring to is the third offspring bull calf born in 2009. The third female offspring would be 904. Roman numerals or letters of the alphabet are not accepted for use as private herd numbers. The PH number is the animal’s permanent number and cannot be changed. The number must be branded on the animal, along with the breeder’s holding brand, before application is submitted to the TLBAA office for registration. A breeder is not allowed to duplicate the same number on two different animals within the same herd. Anyone requiring assistance with a PH numbering system should contact the TLBAA office for assistance. If you have made an error in assigning a PH number, you can get assistance from the office in correcting the problem.


Annual Butler Breeders Meeting Held at Butler Museum Submitted by Robert Richey On February 11, 2012, the annual Butler Breeders meeting was held at the Butler Museum in League City, Texas. The Butler Museum was begun originally to house the Butler family history

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complex which included numerous Butler Longhorn skulls and shoulder mounts donated by breeders. The museum is a visual experience including a room especially for Butler longhorn shoulder mounts arranged to look and feel like a herd at night. Open to the public, this is a must see destination for any Texas Longhorn enthusiast. Go to for complete information. Following a bar-b-que lunch, we were introduced to museum directors and volunteers, including Anita Butler, granddaughter of Milby Butler. A short meeting led by Kaso Kety was held to discuss and plan the 2012 Butler Breeder’s Invitational Sale set for Labor Day weekend.

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Cattle Baron’s Premier Longhorn Sale May 12th, 2012 • 1:00 PM Hosted by the TLBGCA

Auctioneer: Joel Lemley

Pedigree Reader: Dale Hunt

Live Internet Bidding will be via the (LMA) Livestock Marketing Association Sale Catalog will be inserted with the April Trails magazine. Sale catalog will also be online at The sale will be held at the Mid Tex Livestock Auction, 5105 Highway 90S, Navasota, TX 77868 Phone: 936-825-3970 • Located on Hwy. 90S @ 3.75 miles east of Hwy. 6 There will be a social event with hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails at George & Peggy Wilhite’s ranch Friday afternoon starting at 6:30 pm. The address is 11674 FM 1227, Navasota, TX 77868. Viewing of sale consignments will be Saturday morning before the sale. There will be a noon time meal sold at the sale barn facility by a catering company. 100 lots to be sold, starting with the heifer lots at 1:00 pm.

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Jessica Wade, President • Greetings Longhorn Breeders, Spring is in the air, trees are budding and the grass is green. Also, the show circuit is hopping. Several of our Ark-La-Tex youth participated in the Autobahn’s February show in Fort Worth, Texas. Jace and Ellie Bolen took part in team penning for the first time. Taylor Sowell and his team won with a time of 12 seconds. The winning team penning team consisted of Tanner Hudson, Taylor Sowell, Bailey Bright and Laney Lampier. They will split the $2000 scholarship award. Hunter Winkel and his steer, Silent H Ike won Senior Champion and Grand Champion Steer. Jace Bolen’s steers Spartacus BCB place 3rd and Wiseguy BCB place 6th in their respective classes. Ellie Bolen’s steers Dude with Dots BCB placed 2nd and Candy Man BCB placed 4th in their classes. There were also seven of the 2011 Ark-La-Tex donated steers competing with Ramblin Man BCB shown by Bailey Bright and donated by the Bolen Longhorns winning his class. SS Kawliga shown by Alexzandria Rivera and donated by Devin Overdoft won his class and Junior Grand Champion. At least one of the 2010 Ark-La-Tex donated steers, now owned by Tracey Weldon of the Farris FFA won Reserve Senior Champion Steer. The Faske clan also brought home the bacon with several awards and scholarships. Congratulation to all the Show Exhibitors. We are so proud of our youth and how well you represent us in the show circuit.

Ellie Bolen, Hunter Winkel, Jace Bolen and Taylor Sowell

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Ellie Bolen, Jace Bolen and Hunter Winkel showing steers.

Mountain and Plains Texas Longhorn Association Betty Civis, President • (719) 336-5117 • We are ready for Spring here in the Mountains and Plains area! National Western Stock Show was a huge success. We had a great show with a lot of participation. Our annual Plop a Flop was a big hit. Although, T-Bull wouldn’t cooperate and plop (guess he was bashful in front of the crowd), we had to substitute a couple of his “team” mates to get a plop. Also had a fun time at our banquet. We held our general membership meeting and election of officers at Stock Show also. President: Betty Civis, Vice-President: Lyn Lewis, Treasurer: Lana Pearson, Secretary: Ginny Peek, and Board Members: Kenny Richardson, Barb Filmore, Gary Cole. We decided to add a Longhorn cow with cross bred calf at side class at the Colorado State Fair. There is a group of us from MPTLA traveling to the 100th Anniversary of the Wyoming State Fair in August and to the New Mexico field day and youth show on June 23 at Ron Gentry’s in Belen. Should be a fun trip. Don’t forget the Colorado State Fair over Labor Day. Entries due in July. For information call Glen Lewis 719-237-7188. Looking forward to Spring and all the new babies! Happy Trails.


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IN BOX As the editor, I receive various interesting photos along with explanations either through the mail or e-mail. I would like to share some of them with you inside the Trails magazine each month. If you have an interesting tid-bit or photo that may not be suitable for “Just for Grins”, please send them to me. You may end up in the next issue of the Trails!

Longhorn Tough

Submitted by Darlene Aldridge, DVM

This is Charter of the Star Club. When she was only one day old her dam stepped on her left front hoof and completely ripped her hoof cap off. Ouch! I found her in the pasture with a bloody foot and not much interest in moving. We bandaged her foot daily for a while, then every other day, then once a week. As John and I were bandaging her foot one day, he said “You should name her Club because she could use that leg as a club.” John rarely comes up with a name so I decided to incorporate the word “Club” in her name and as a result – Charter of the Star Club. We call her Charter though because it is much more fitting for such a lovely girl. Her foot is totally healed and nothing slows her down.

A True Story By The Schwabe’s

Submitted by Linda Ragains

LWR Diana was sold to Charles & Renee Schwabe in 2008 along with a small herd of 14 other cows. We received an email on January 9th, 2012 worried about the disappearance of LWR Diana and her one month old calf. They had been with the herd just the day before, but when feeding time came again, they were gone. The Schwabe’s checked the neighbor’s pastures and reported to the sheriff’s office, but with no favorable results. They found it hard to believe the pair LWR Diana straying off when being fed every day, but they also didn’t think someone could photo taken 2008 get them seperated and paired up to haul them out without being seen by someone. On January 28th, 2012, LWR Diana and her calf were found in a well house located on the property, which is always closed. As far as they could tell, the cow had died in the last several days and had kept her bull calf alive. Because of the calf bawling, that lead them to the closed up well house which had a heavy door. After rescuing the calf from the well house, he received electrolytes, plus feeding him milk replacer. After several weeks, the calf is doing great, and they have named him “Miracle”. This is a true testiment for the strength of this great breed.

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BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! Last year our youth exhibitors were given the opportunity to win $5000.00 in scholarship money. This experience was made possible by the generosity of The Sunset Ridge Ranch and Denise Webster. Ten youth exhibitors received $500 each to further their education and make plans for the future. THIS year, Denise has added another $1000.00 to make TWELVE (count em' - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR $500.OO EACH Thank you, Denise Webster and The Sunset Ridge Ranch for this generous gift and investment in the youth of the Longhorn Family!! Youth Exhibitors and Family Members -Please make plans to attend this year's March 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2012 - PAYNE COUNTY EXPO CENTER, STILLWATER, OK Contact Steve or Bodie Quary at (405/567-3093) for all show information See our website for all show information: April 2012



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April - Herd Management Guide Spring Calving: 1. Weigh your yearling heifers and make necessary culling decisions prior to the start of the breeding season. Make sure that all replacement heifers are weighing at least 65 percent of their mature weight prior to breeding and are exhibiting estrus activity on a regular basis. The post partum interval (interval from calving to first observed estrus) for first–calf heifers is typically 20–30 days longer than mature cows. Therefore, begin breeding replacement heifers 20–30 days before the rest of the cow herd to allow sufficient time after calving for the heifers to resume estrus activity and join the rest of the cow herd during the breeding season. 2. Continue supplemental feeding as previously recommended. During the first 3–4 months of lactation, nutrient requirements increase substantially. Warm season pasture grasses are dormant until mid–April and provide most of the energy needs, but limited protein, phosphorus and Vitamin A. Sufficient nutrients must be supplied to the lactating females in the form of protein and/or energy supplements as well as mineral and vitamin mixes to meet their nutrient requirements. Feeding 3–4 pounds of a 40 percent CP supplement, 4–6 pounds of a 30 percent CP supplement or 6–8 pounds of a 20 percent CP supplement per head per day, should be adequate to meet most protein and energy needs. Choice of appropriate supplement (20 percent CP, 30 percent CP or 40 percent CP) should be based upon cheapest source of protein. Price per pound of protein may be determined by dividing the cost per pound of protein supplement by the percentage of crude protein in the supplement. A source of salt, as well as a good commercial calcium:phosphorus mineral mix with added Vitamin A, should be available on


a free choice basis. If your cows are thin in body condition or pasture grass is limited due to overgrazing, then feeding a medium (8–10 percent crude protein) hay free choice plus 2–3 pounds of a 20 percent CP supplement daily or approximately 15–20 pounds of a high quality (15–17 percent crude protein) hay per head per day will provide an excellent source of energy and protein for the females. If winter pasture is available, then the females should not need additional energy or protein supplementation. 3. After calving and before breeding, vaccinate cows for leptospirosis. Check with your veterinarian concerning vaccination for vibrosis and anaplasmosis. 4. If not done previously, semen evaluate bulls. A standard breeding soundness exam should be conducted on all bulls prior to the start of the breeding season. 5. Complete sire selection and order any semen needed for artificial insemination. Plan ahead to have sufficient breeding bulls to service all females. Mature bulls in single sire pastures should be able to service 30–50 females in a 60–90 day breeding season. Young yearling bulls can be excellent breeders, but reduce the number of females per bull to 15–25 head and limit the breeding season to 60 days. Special attention to maintaining good nutritional condition of the young bulls is needed. Yearling bulls should only run with other yearling bulls in multisire pastures. Older bulls will tend to establish a social dominance over young bulls, creating potential problems. 6. Check spraying equipment, dust bags, etc., and purchase needed chemicals for external parasite control.

Fall Calving: 1. Continue a supplemental feeding program until good spring grass is available and calves are weaned. Lactating cows grazing dormant range grass require approximately 3-4 pounds of a 40 percent range cube or 6-8 pounds of a 20 percent range cube daily to meet their protein requirement. If winter pasture is available, forage intake should be sufficient to meet nutrient requirements of lactating females. 2. Vaccinate all heifer calves between four and 10 months of age for brucellosis. 3. As weaning is approaching, consider routine calf management while the calves are still on their dams to reduce stress often associated with weaning. Calves should be vaccinated with a 7-way Clostridial bacterin, vaccinated for IBRP13-BVD and de-wormed. Cull bull calves should be castrated prior to weaning. 4. Consider limited creep feeding (16 percent crude protein) for calves, nursing older cows, first-calf heifers, or any calves needing additional nutrition.

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New Location: Sallisaw, OK (918) 774-9107 • (918) 855-4907 new web site: 62

LIVESTOCK TRANSPORTATION Ted Roush (713) 299-7990 Cell or YOU CALL - I HAUL!

HAULING - Anywhere-Anytime We specialize in Longhorns. Dan Tisdale (940) 872-1811 Mobile: 940/841-2619 WESTERN DECOR Specializing in mounted steer horns, cow skulls, horn furniture, hides M.P. & K.D. HORN and LEATHER SHOP 408 E. Drew • Ft. Worth, TX 76110 817-927-8061 • Fax: 817-927-7970 E-mail: Web site:

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Adcock, Terry & Sherri............36, 60 Almendra Longhorns....................58 Anderson, Frank Jr. and III ............9 Autobahn 2012 Super Stakes ......15

M Marquess Arrow Ranch........59, IBC

MCA Ranch........................................9 McCombs Ranches of TX ............25 McLeod Ranch ..................................8 Midwest Longhorn Sale ................11 Miller, Tim ......................................58 Moriah Farms ............................9, 59 Mosser Longhorns ........................60

B Bar H Ranch....................................58

Bar L Cattle Co. ..............................28 Beadle Land & Cattle................8, 58 Billingsley Longhorns....................60 Blue Mountain Longhorns ..........48 Box Z Ranch................................8, 60 Brett Ranch ......................................59 Broken Arrow Ranch ....................28 Buckhorn Cattle Co. ................8, 59 Bull Creek Longhorns ..............7, 60 Butler Breeders ..............................8-9


C.C. Land & Cattle Co. ................58 C R Ranches ....................................59 Cattle Baron’s Premier Sale..........49 CedarView Ranch ..........................58 Champion Genetics ......................55


Northbrook Cattle Co...................59 No-Bull ............................................55


P&C Cattle Pens ............................48 Panther Creek Longhorns........3, 60 Pearl Longhorn Ranch ..................60 PJ’s Cattle Company ........................8


Eagles Ridge Longhorns..................8 El Coyote Ranch ........................1, 59 End of Trail Ranch ..................10, 58 ET Longhorns..................................58


4 Star Ranch ....................................59 Flying Diamond Ranch ................58


Hall, Steveon & Deborah..............31 Harrell Ranch ....................................8 Helm Cattle Co. ................22-23, 59 Hickman Longhorns ....................60 Hired Hand Software ....................31 Hudson Longhorns..........................2 Husky Branding Irons ..................55


J.T. Wehring Family Ranch....27, 59 Jack Mountain Ranch....................60 Jane’s Land & Cattle Co...................9

K Kittler Land & Cattle Co. ................58 L

Lemley Auction Services................21 Lemley Longhorns ........................60 Lightning Longhorns ....................59 Linda Weber Realty, Inc.................54 Little Ace Cattle Co...........................8 Lone Wolf Ranch ....................54, 58 Longhorn Designs..........................47 Longhorn Sale Pen ........................47 April 2012

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Ranch ......................................58 R R&R Red Peak Ranch..............................60 Rio Vista Ranch ................................8 River Ranch....................................IFC Rocking G Ranch..............................9 Rocking I Longhorns ......................9 Rocking P Longhorns ......................8 Rosebud’s Flatrock Ranch ............60 Royal Heritage Farm......................58 Running Arrow Farm ....................55

D Dalgood Longhorns ........................9

Deer Creek Longhorns..................60 Diamond Q Longhorns ..............59 Diamond S Longhorns ................58 Dick’s Ranch Supply......................55 DNA Longhorn Ranch..................27 Double LB Longhorns ..................60

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7 Bar Longhorns ............................59 Safari B Ranch ................................59 Sand Hills Ranch............................20 Semkin Longhorns ........................59 Sidewinder Cattle Co.......................9 Smith, T.M. & Jean ........................59 SS Longhorns..................................59 Star Creek Ranch ..............................7 Stotts Hideaway Ranch..........60, BC


Taylor Cattle Company ................24 TLBAA Foundation ........................61 TLBAA Membership......................50 Texas Longhorn Ranch Supply....54 Triple R Ranch (MI) ......................58 Triple R Ranch (TX)..........................9 Triple T Longhorns ........................59 T Spur Longhorns ..........................58

U Underwood Longhorns................58 V

V&J Longhorns..................................9 Valley View Ranch..........................26

W Walker, Ron ....................................60 Westfarms, Inc...................................8 Wichita Fence..................................47 Winchester Futurity of the North..29 World Show ..............................34-35 Y

YO Ranch ........................................55

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, NM

MARCH PHOTO FIRST-PLACE WINNER: “Momma told me not to do it, but I just wouldn’t listen” Heather Boal, Nortonville, KY ◆ HONORABLE MENTION: "I know the milk is in here somewhere." Christy Boal, Madisonville, KY

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Save the date! Texas Longhorn Coming Events APRIL 2012

APR 13-14 • 3 Amigos Sale & Social, Red River Sale Barn, Marietta, OK. Sponsored by Buck Adams, Bob Loomis & Larry Stewart. www.lazyllonghorns or (432) 561-5879. APR 13-15 • TLBGCA Spring Show, Washington County Fairgrounds, Brenham, TX. Susan Young, (713) 294-6334 or email Qualifying Haltered, Free and Youth. APR 14 • Longhorn Ranch Sale & Social, Noon-4 p.m., Yamhill, OR. Daniel Fey (503) 349-7866 or Sale catalog online at APR 20-22 • Rockdale Spring Show, Rockdale, TX. Sandi Nordhausen (512) 898-2401 or or Patsy Davidson (518) 898-0321 or Three Youth Shows (One Points Only) Qualifying Haltered and Youth. APR 27-28 • Midwest Longhorn Sale, Winfield, KS. Mike Bowman (316) 778-1717 or

MAY 2012

MAY 4-5 • Red McCombs 32nd Anniversary Fiesta Texas Longhorn Sale, Johnson City, TX. Alan & Teresa Sparger - or (210) 445-8798. MAY 11-13 • Cattle Baron’s Premier Sale, TLBGCA, Mid-Tex Auction Barn, Navasota, TX. Rick Friedrich, Chair (713) 305-0259 or MAY 18-19 • Millennium Futurity, Glen Rose, TX. Bill Davidson (405) 258-7117 or MAY 19 • High Plains Texas Longhorn Sale, Centennial Livestock Auction, Fort Collins, CO. John Nelson, sale chairman (970) 897-244 or email Randy Witte (719) 749-9071 or Stan Searle (719) 481-3735. MAY 26 • STLA Spring Field Day & Annual General Meeting, hostd by Bill & Suzanne Torkildsen, Bull Crek Ranch, near Fayetteville, TX. Suzanne Perry (512) 263-5313 or

JUNE 2012

JUNE 2 • Fun Show & Potluck (PSLA fundraiser) at Rosalie Brackebush’s, Divernon, IL. Spring & Fall 2010 heifers (no bulls), 10 a.m. $20 per head (all proceeds go to PSLA). Rosalie Brackebush (217) 691-5012. JUNE 10-14 • TLBAA World Show & National Youth Show, Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth, TX. Pam Galloway (817) 625-6241 or Qualifying Haltered, Free and Youth. JUNE 15 • Sooner Cattle Stampede, Non-Auction Heifer Sale, Idabel, OK, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.,Wesley Watson (580) 286-1240 or JUNE 16 • Trails of Tears Heifer Futurity, Idabel, OK, 9:00 a.m., Wesley Watson (580) 286-1240 or JUNE 22-23 • Winchester Futurity of the North, Logansport, IN. Scott Simmons (618) 729-2004 or Deanna Sanders (618) 780-5365.


AUG 1-5 • Autobahn Super Stakes, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX. Entry Deadline: July 16, 2012. Larry Barker (817) 988-6110 or AUG 4 • Hudson-Valentine Invitational Longhorn Sale, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX. Lorinda Valentine (254) 584-2218. AUG 10-11 • Rocky Mountain Select Sale, Latigo Arena, Colorado Springs, CO. Stan Searle (719) 481-3735 or Gary Lake (719) 314-8294.


SEPT 1 • Butler Breeder’s Invitational Sale, Lockhart Auction Hwy 183 S., Lockhart, TX. Kaso Kety (985) 674-6492 or Michael McLeod (361) 771-5355. SEPT 1 • PSLA Field Day, Details: TBA. Ethan Loos (218) 6710420 or Dave Roberts (573) 406-9868. SEPT 15 • 4th Annual Appalachian Trail Registered Texas Longhorn Consignment Sale, Mt. Airy Stockyard, Mt. Airy, NC. Carl R. Brantley, Wilkesboro, NC. (336) 667-5452 or SEPT 15 • Wakka Lapish Longhorn Sale, Durant, OK, Wesley Watson (580) 286-1240 or SEPT 27-29 • East Texas State Fair, Tyler, TX. Dr. Gene & Lana Hightower (903) 963-7442 or Entry form and info at Qualifying Haltered, Free and Youth. SEPT 28-29 • B&C Show Me Longhorn Sale, Brookfield Livestock Auctions, Inc., Bus. Hwy. 36, Brookfield, MO. Sayre Auction & Sale Management, Bill Sayre (660) 258-2973 or cell (660) 7340827 or Shawn (660) 734-8782.


OCT 27 • Nebraska Texas Longhorn Assoc. 31st Annual Sale, Beatrice 77 Livestock Auction, Beatrice, NE. Online at Delwin Smeal (402) 568-2353, Larry Long (308) 530-7272, Roger/Bonnie Damrow (402) 423-5441,

MARCH 2013 MAR 30 • B&C Show Me Longhorn Spring Sale, Brookfield Livestock Auctions, Inc., Bus. Hwy. 36, Brookfield, MO. Sayre Auction & Sale Management, Bill Sayre (660) 258-2973 or cell (660) 7340827 or Shawn (660) 734-8782.

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Texas Longhorn Trails

Texas Longhorn Trails  

Official Publication of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America

Texas Longhorn Trails  

Official Publication of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America