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Feature Articles: How Important Is Your Herd Sire? ..............16 Brreding Ability of Bulls is Vital ....................35 by Heather Smith Thomas New Year Means New Rules in Texas ..........42 10 Steps to Purchasing a Herd Sire ..............48
Sale Information: Tri-State Longhorn Sale ..........................52
Memoriams: Harvey Rasmussen ....................................8 Tim Cross................................................53
Departments: Chairman Letter ........................................6 In The Pen ..............................................51 TLBT Letter ............................................56 Herd Management ..................................58 Movers & Shakers....................................60 Affiliate News ..........................................61 New Members ........................................62 News on the Trail ....................................64 Dams of Distinction ................................65 Best At West Pre-Sale Catalog ............66-69 Just for Grins ..........................................75 Ad Index..................................................75 Save the Date ..........................................76
About the Cover: Showing real bull power this month on the cover are the herd sires from End of Trails Ranch, owned by Mike and Debbie Bowman, Benton KS. Mike and Debbie are known throughout the TLBAA as premier breeders and exhibitors, so when Mike talks...people listen. Henry King has a sit down with Mike and garners some of his wisdom to share with other Longhorn breeders. Read all bout Mike's business philosophy beginning on page 26. Bulls pictured on the cover: Cadillac 55 (2009 T2T & Total Horn Champion) - GR Grand Unlimited x BL Raggedy Ann Majestic Admiral EOT 29/5 - Boomerang CP x PC Hot Time Mustafia Eot 10/7 (2009 T2T Horn Showcase Champion) - Donovan x EOT Outback Miss Charmin Renegade 19/5 - JR Grand Slam x R3 DejaVu Donovan EOT 468 - EOT Henry x Lively Hot Rose Mujanda EOT 13/7 (2009 T2T Horn Showcase Champion) - Jumangee ET 58 x EOT Annie Potts 245
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From the Chairman of the Board Dear Members: As your new chairman for 2010, I would like to use this opportunity to introduce myself. First, I am the Director for Region 9, a Butler Breeder, a rancher, and my wife Kim and I are the Triple R Ranch of San Angelo, Texas. We look forward to meeting and visiting with you throughout the coming year, as we attend the events, shows and sales promoting our magnificent breed and the TLBAA. I am reminded that regardless of your area of interest, promotion is one of the keys to success in our industry. Whether you have just joined the TLBAA or have been a member for years, you have to promote your product and yourself. If you are like us, you are evaluating all costs and want to be smart as to where you put your advertising dollars. Especially in today’s economy, it is just good business to advertise in the Trails magazine. The Trails offers the best rates in the industry, the largest paid readership base, and it is your member-supported monthly publication. The best promotional campaign has three key elements: simplicity, consistency, and frequency. It is like compound interest: follow those keys and you will build your future as you grow your program. That brings to my mind two programs, which had memorable promotional ads. During the 1980’s, the Barrows ranch of Eola, Texas ran a business card size ad every month with the slogan, “The easy raising kind.” And, later in the early 1990’s, Collier Longhorns of, Gustine, Texas ran a quarter page ad each month featuring their herd sire, Phenomenon. I urge you if your not advertising in the Trails Magazine, to call the office and visit with the Trails staff, and let them assist you with your promotional needs. The TLBAA Board and staff are here to help you to achieve your goals because we understand; the beneficiaries of your success are our industry and association. I look forward to visiting with you at one of our many events this month, so look for me – I am generally easy to spot in a crowd. See ‘ya down the road,
Robert Richey TLBAA Chairman
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Harvey E. Rasmussen Harvey Elmer Rasmussen, Jr. passed away peacefully at his residence on Friday, the 8th of January 2010. He was 79. Mr. Rasmussen was the founding President of Columns Inc., at 1011 North Main in Pearland, Texas. He proudly served as President for 45 years until his retirement in 2009. Harvey designed, manufactured, and sold the very first aluminum column in the United States. These columns, caps, and bases were load bearing, weather resistant, and were readily installed in commercial buildings, libraries, and residential homes coast to coast in the United States and Canada. Additionally Harvey later designed aluminum and steel spiral stairways for the industry. Harvey was born in Gibson City, Illinois, on the 12th of February 1930. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Atlantic Fleet of the US Navy and served his country an extra year as the Korean War was just beginning. He was a long time member of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America and more recently served its Board of Directors as the At Large Director for the State of Texas. His Rolling Hills Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, served as home for some 200 head of registered Texas Longhorns. Through his associations he became endeared to many fellow men and women Texas Longhorn Breeders; Harvey cherished those friendships. He unselfishly helped new breeders by freely offering pasture, breeding stock and countless assistance when necessary. Throughout this wonderful breed, Harvey was proudly referred to by many as “Mr. Longhorn Ambassador.” He was a lifetime member and active supporter of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Until 2006, he served as Chairman of the Texas Longhorn Cattle Sale of the Rodeo for 12 years. During those years, this sale generously donated to charitable organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the NASA Longhorn Project, the Texas Heart Institute, and the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Center at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Additionally, Mr. Rasmussen served as chairman for twelve years of Best of Texas Sale, held annually in Bastrop, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Elmer Rasmussen Sr., and his mother Rose Gandy Rasmussen; his uncle, Anthony Gandy of Gibson City, Illinois; beloved sister-in-law June Rasmussen; and step-son Robert Ascheal. He is survived by his loving wife Evelyn, step daughter Sarah Karst, husband Erik Karst, and grandson Andrs Rasmussen
1930 – 2010 Karst of Houston; brother Robert R. Rasmussen of Lake Forest, Illinois, nephews R. Ragnar Rasmussen, wife Megan and daughter Tracey of Houston, Kurt Rasmussen, wife Katie and son Tyler of Lake Forest, Illinois, Carolyn Ascheal of Huntsville, Texas, step grandchildren Michael and Robin and families. We are deeply grateful to Harvey’s physicians, especially Dr. Neil Strickman, Dr. Pat Herlihy and colleagues, Dr. Ross Ruel and Dr. Scott Lea. We sincerely appreciate our caregivers and Vitas Hospice which assisted in his peaceful and painless departure under the direction of Dr. Michelle Cunningham. There was a visitation with the family Tuesday, the 12th of January, in the Library of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons in Houston. A memorial service was conducted on Wednesday, the 13th of January, in the Calkins Chapel of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, in Houston, where the Rev. Victoria E. Jones officiated. Immediately following the memorial service, there was a reception with the family in the adjacent parlor of the church.
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How Important Is Your Herd Sire? Selecting the right herd sire is one of the most crucial decisions you will have to make in the Texas Longhorn business. Remember, that bull selection is the foundation for building a profitable herd. Approximately 88 percent of the genetic make-up of your herd after 10 years of breeding will have come from the bulls that you used. The sire and dam each contribute 50 percent to the genetic make-up of each calf. Onehalf of the dam’s contribution comes from her sire and one-fourth of her contribution comes from the sire of her dam. Thus, the contribution of these three sires to the calf totals 87.5 percent. Clearly, sire selection is the major tool available to producers for changing the genetic potential of their herds. What then should a breeder of Texas Longhorn cattle look for in a herd sire? Dr. Bob Kropp, Texas Longhorn breeder, animal scientist, and chairman of the TLBAA Breed Advisory Committee, offers some suggestions. “The historic uniqueness of our breed of cattle, the unknown origin of many of the foundation cattle, and the many diverse breeding objectives of the breeders have contributed to the variation in type and kind observed in Texas Longhorn cattle today,” says Dr. Kropp. “However, there are certain considerations you should make when selecting a herd sire: pedigree, overall quality, functional efficiency, conformation, breed character, horn development, and color.“
correctness breed character and merchandiseability. “Quality” is a very difficult term to explain, but simply put, “Do you perceive this animal as better than the average of the breed?” Selecting for quality in terms of “complete” cattle that possess adequate size and growth, the appearance of fertility and functionality, acceptable muscling and structural correctness, all in a package that exhibits breed character, acceptable
BREED CHARACTER__________ This is a very subjective trait and may be viewed differently by breeders of Texas Longhorn cattle. The importance of breed character in the evaluation of any breed of cattle should be apparent to any purebred cattleman. The purity and integrity of the breed is paramount. Texas Longhorns should look like Texas Longhorns!
Approximately 88 percent of the genetic make-up of your herd after 10 years of breeding will have come from the bulls that you used.
PEDIGREE __________________ The genetic make-up of the animal will determine the future direction of your program. The herd sire’s sire and dam plus all other ancestors should be genetically superior in the traits that are most important to the success of the ranch’s goals.
OVERALL QUALITY __________ Overall quality is a combination of functionality, conformation, structural
horn development, color, eye appeal, and balance is often difficult to understand. Some breeders may single out one trait on which they desire to place more emphasis than on another, but if you will view the “complete” animal, you will come nearer to the term “overall quality”
FUNCTIONAL EFFICIENCY ____ Functional efficiency refers to the design or development of an animal for a specific use or purpose; that is, a beef animal for the conversion of forage, unsuitable for human consumption, into a highly nutritious, wholesome product called beef. A bull should be masculine and rugged in his appearance, and prominent in muscularity. He should also possess desirable shape and adequate circumference of the scrotum for his age. Also important are sound feet and good eyesight.
CONFORMATION ____________ Conformation is the general combination of growth, muscling, capacity and volume of the animal. The production of superior seedstock that can ultimately be used to improve the general cattle population should be the goal of every Texas Longhorn breeder.
The horn development of Texas Longhorn cattle is what makes our breed unique. The heritage and significance of horns in Texas Longhorns requires that considerable emphasis be placed upon this trait when evaluating Texas Longhorn cattle. Selection for horn length along with other economically important traits is definitely a satisfactory ranch objective.
COLOR ____________________ The color of our cattle also makes us unique. As the TLBAA Breed Guidelines suggest, there are colors more varied than those of a rainbow. Breeders have their own preference, but color is definitely an important part of the marketability of the Texas Longhorn. “In conclusion,” says Dr. Kropp, “having become directly involved in the breeding and selection of Texas Longhorn cattle, I have grown to admire and appreciate all types and kinds. The tremendous diversity within the breed is extraordinary. My primary objective in breeding and selecting Texas Longhorn cattle for today’s market has been to select those that possess functionality, performance and conformation while maintaining acceptable Texas Longhorn breed character, adequate horn development and color to be marketable and in demand by other purebred Texas Longhorn breeders. And the main key to this goal is in the selection of herd sires.” Texas Longhorn Trails
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That old saying about making lemonade when life hands you a lemon could apply in the life story of Mike Bowman, and the lemonade has been widely distributed and enthusiastically received throughout the world of the Texas Longhorn. The lemon was Mike’s loss of his job as a machinist when Beech Aircraft in his home town of Wichita, Kansas hit a hiccup. And the long range lemonade benefits as a result of that forced career change continue to refresh the Texas Longhorn business. “A friend owned a fence company in Wichita,” said Mike. “I was poor as a snake and I went to work for him. I really enjoyed it and set up a contracting business doing the physical part. After a few years, he offered me a halfinterest in the business, and then a few years later he
retired and I bought out his half. It’s been good to me; it’s hard work but you make a good living.” The business, Wichita Fence Company, prospered and Mike and his wife Debbie bought a small ranch outside of Wichita and developed a commercial cattle operation. “That didn’t work out real well,” observed Mike, “and we got out of it. We saw an ad in the paper — Jerome and June Walburn at Valley Center, Kansas, had shown a lot and had some registered longhorns for sale and we bought part of them. Then I started going to the sales and buying cattle and buying land. We went to Montana when they had that cattle drive up there and bought some of those steers, and that really hooked me.” Early on, while still building their End of Trail Ranch herd, an incident happened that set a course for Mike’s future cattle dealings. Jerome was guiding Mike, and they went to another longhorn operation to look at some cattle. Mike saw a cow he liked and asked the owner about it. “He looked at me kind of funny,” said Mike, “and he said ‘I bet you would like that cow but I’m not selling her.’ He said ‘I’ll sell you these culls, but I’m not selling her.’ Well, I said, these others don’t inter-
est me and we left and I’ve never been back. But I have never told a customer that. If they wanted to buy one, I’d give them a price, but I would never offer to sell them culls.” “I don’t believe in that. I’m a firm believer that if something is so bad that you can’t sell it to the public, then use it in a commercial application or take it to the sale barn and get it away from there.
physically breed anything, and it is just a matter of time. He has done everything I could ask him to do, but he is just hanging on by a thread. When that bull dies, my ranch manager, Donn Schouten, said it will be like he lost one of his kids. He treats that bull as good as anybody treats their children.”
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What you want to sell, and how you want to be perceived, is what you put out in front of the public. I don’t want them to remember me for something that’s a piece of junk or something that’s crazy. I want to put something in there that the public wants to buy. We have tried to put the very best in these sales, and I think that helped more than anything.” Mike believes that one of the best decisions he made in the Texas Longhorn business was when he bought a half-interest in Boomerang C P; later on he was able to acquire full ownership. “Boomerang has had the biggest impact on our herd, and he has had the most Cash Cows, I believe, every year the TLBAA has published that list. Last year he produced the most winners at the Horn Showcase, and I had never had a sire that did that. Boomerang now can’t
“Donn has been with me about ten years, and he and his son Kevin take care of the cattle, do all the work, and operate the ranch. I just sit around and talk about it.” “We’ve got some young bulls we are starting that are really doing well. I’ve got a bull called Cadillac 55 that won the Horn Showcase this year. I’ve got a bull named Mustafia that also won the Horn Showcase. I’ve got Donovan, Renegade, Titan – he won the Horn Showcase. I’m thinking about doing a collage of those bulls that we are just bringing into the picture, and they are top bulls. When you can bring in that many that are winners of the Horn Showcase, you are really doing something. And I think they will do well.” “Cadillac 55 is a bull I bought. Renegade, I bought his mother – he’s a JR Grand Slam grandson. The rest of them I raised. They are out of my breeding. I’ve got one called Majestic Admiral
that’s really a nice bull – he’s almost 80 inches.” “We’ve been doing this about 16 years now, and we’ve had pretty good success. Boomerang and Phenomenon are the most prominent bloodlines in our cow herd, but now we are getting to the point that most of our younger cattle are with our brand and our breeding. The older cattle – I’ve lost some this winter – some are 20 years old that we’ve used all those years. When they get to a certain age you get more out of them by using them than you would by selling them. We sell some, but after they get to a certain age we don’t try to sell them.” “We breed for the total deal. I’d hate to say ‘I’m going to breed for horn this generation and body in this one.’ I haven’t got that much time, I want to get it all in one deal because it takes too long.” “With Boomerang I’ve been really lucky, because I get everything. They’re not all $150,000 heifers, but I’ve been very successful with what they’ve brought, and that is the type of animal I put into my program. This Cadillac bull is a lot like Boomerang – dead gentle, lots of horn – now I just hope he produces like Boomerang did. But it takes three years before you even know. A man needs to start this thing when he’s about 20 years old. It takes a long time, and a lot of people don’t have the patience to stay with it that long.” That patience paid off handsomely during the 2009 Horn Showcase when Mike and Debbie earned the dual titles of Premier Breeder of the Year and Premier Exhibitor of the Year. The Bowmans have been very supportive of the longhorn youth group. “We have five kids in our family,” said Mike, “so I’ve been in the kid business a long time. I went to the World Show one time and spent a week down there and watched how hard these kids work at it – it’s amazing how hard they work and the passion they have for it.” They have also been major supporters of the TLBAA organization and the official publication. “I do believe in supporting what you are in, because honestly, with advertisTexas Longhorn Trails
ing and supporting things, it will all come back to you in sales. If you’re marketing things, it will come back to you. A lot of these things are good causes, and I believe in that. I have never held an office, and I probably never will because I’m not interested in that aspect.” “I believe you have to do a lot of advertising, show the public what your product is. The last time I bought the cover for the A.I. Herd Sire issue, I paid $10,000 for it, but I sold $100,000 worth of semen that year. That was pretty cheap advertising.” “I don’t work at the fence company any more. I own it and I used to work there every day, but now my wife, Debbie, runs it. Most of our work is commercial chain-link fence. We do really big jobs and we do small residential yards — a little bit of everything, but no farm fences to speak of. Most of ours is security fence, and we have done that for about 35 years. Security fence is the tall chain link with barbed wire or razor ribbon wire on top; we install it around industrial businesses and prisons, that sort of thing.” “The ranch is about 60 miles from my house. The reason we picked that area is because I had lived there at one time and the land prices were economical enough to make it pencil out. We own about 4,000 acres near Latham, Kansas, and have owned as much as 5,000. It’s a big operation. We have two full-time people and run about a thousand commercial and longhorn cows. We have commercial Angus and Brangus, and the registered Texas Longhorns. We don’t cross many with the longhorns, maybe some of the lower end stuff, but our commercial herd is a cowcalf operation. We wean the calves the day we take them to the sale barn.” Before the cattle operation grew to its present size, Mike and Debbie worked the cattle themselves. “We had two panels that we would chain up,” Mike laughed, “and I’d be hollering at her and she quit working for me. So I decided we had to come up with some-
thing different. We have a weld shop at the fence company, and I had seen some of these chutes around, so we put our weld guy on it to make one for our ranch. Then we would see things we didn’t like, and we would change it. I
bigger ones. We had people come from everywhere, and they had a good time.” “We have one sale a year, in April. When I first decided to do it, I felt we needed something in this area where people had a market place to sell their cattle. You know, when you get people involved you also need a place to sell the cattle in order to keep them involved. It worked real well for that.” “It’s like selling anything — you have to find out what the public wants. And you have to be able to sell it — you can’t just keep everything. I remember when I sold a heifer at the Legacy Sale for $150,000 — I would have never believed in my wildest dreams that I would ever be able to do that. I’ve had people say ‘I wouldn’t have sold her’ and I told them ‘you must be crazy’ because I would sell them like that all day long. You know, we raise these animals to sell them to our peers, and hopefully our peers will think we are on the right track, and you have to offer the good ones to do that.” The good ones from the End of Trail Ranch are part of that ‘lemonade’ that continues to refresh the longhorn cattle herd nationwide.
“We breed for the total deal. I’d hate to say ‘I’m going to breed for horn this generation and body in this one.’ I haven’t got that much time, I want to get it all in one deal because it takes too long.”
was asked to sell one, and I had to figure out what it cost and what kind of time we had in it. It kind of caught on and I put a price tag on it, and the first Horn Showcase, they asked me to bring one of those chutes down.” Building chutes takes care of a lot of dead time in the weld shop, Mike observed. “When we weren’t building fence gates and things like that they could switch over to making the chutes. The winter months are our slow months – from the first of January until about the first of March – then when the weather got good people were ready to buy a chute.” “It’s pretty hard to work those cattle by yourself. Until this economic slowdown, we sold them as fast as we could build them, and they went all over the country.” The Bowmans started the Midwest Longhorn Sale at Winfield, Kansas in partnership with Eddie and Joyce Wood. “It was a fun deal,” he said. “We got the city involved, had parades, kids got involved, my daughter rode a riding steer in it and there were draft horses and wagons. The schools would let the kids out and line them up on the parade route and we would throw candy like they do in New Orleans. It was a big event. A lot of the city businesses helped sponsor it. We would have a big cook-out at the sale barn, had a live band. It mushroomed into something really big, and the longhorn people really liked it. At that time, there weren’t all that many big sales going on, and that was one of the
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o have cows successfully bred and settled, it's important to pay close attention to breeding behavior, to know if bulls are doing their job. A bull may become tired or injured, and not service his cows. You need to know what's happening, so if a problem arises, it can be quickly resolved before cows are missed. To insure a high rate of pregnancy, cows must be cycling (with adequate nutrition levels) and bull power sufficient and February 2010
reliable. Bulls must not only be fertile, but also physically fit (not too fat nor too thinâ€“or they won't hold up through the whole season), athletic and aggressive. According to Dr. Duane Mickelsen, Bovine Reproductive Specialist at Washington State University (Pullman, WA), a bull is only as good as his ability to breed cows. The best-looking, most expensive bull with the best pedigree is still a dud if he won't settle cows. He may be fertile, but he can't get them pregnant
unless he breeds them. Breeding ability is just as important as good genetics and fertility. A bull's ability to service a cow depends on many things, including desire (sex drive, called libido), psychological factors such as social dominance (if there's more than one bull in a group of cows and a bull is intimidated by a more aggessive bull) and physical factors. A physical problem may cause discomfort when breeding or sap his energy and sex drive;
These two bull calves may look similar now but when they are ready to breed, there may be important differences.
he may start the season with enthusiasm but quit due to fatigue or injury, psychological intimidation or any problem that dampens his desire for the job. Yearling bulls, with proper selection and feeding, can often work well since they tend to be more aggressive breeders than older bulls (due to youthful enthusiasm), but on some ranches where breeding is done under harsh and extensive range conditions, it's better to use older bulls, according to Ron Baker, C & B Livestock, Hermiston, OR. Feed may be too marginal, or there may be too much country to cover for a yearling to keep his condition while still growing, says Baker. To be successful, yearling bulls, must be well grown and well fed (but not fat) so they won't "run out of gas", becoming thin and tired. Bulls that have not been used before should always be observed carefully when first turned out with the cows. Bulls raised in all-male groups may be hesitant at first when introduced to females, but most will quickly figure out what to do. Some young bulls are clumsy and blundering, or over-eager, or continue to think more about fighting other bulls than looking for cows in heat. As the young bull learns about cows he usually gets better at his job, but some don't. There can be vast differences in the breeding capabilities of bulls. Yearlings and two-year-olds are sometimes not as dependable as older bulls if confronted with several cows in heat. They may spend all their time with one cow,
ignoring the others. Older, experienced bulls are more likely to distribute their services more efficiently. There are also differences in libido between individuals. Detecting these differences when first evaluating a bull can be difficult because almost every bull will get excited and breed a cow when first turned in with femalesâ€“you cannot tell whether he will keep up his efforts throughout the season. A number of studies have shown major differences in sex drive amongst bulls. How important this factor is in your situation may hinge on what type of breeding pastures you use. In small pastures you may get by with a bull that is not a very aggressive breeder, but in larger areas where a bull must travel long distances or over steep terrain to seek out all the cows in heat, the effect of sex drive difference may be very important. Dr. Peter Chenoweth, an Australian professor who was an anima reproduction specialist at Texas A & M University (and now at Kansas State University) did much of the early study on breeding behavior in bulls. His research showed that one out of every five bulls in his studies was a failure at breeding cows. Some bulls have more drive and aggressiveness and try to do most of the breeding, while others may take out their frustrations by fighting rather than breeding. Just because a bull is aggressive doesn't mean he'll be a good breeder. Sometimes the quiet mildmannered bull will stick to business and breed the cows while the aggressive ones
spend their time fighting or pacing the pasture fence bellowing at other bulls on the farm. You need to know what's going on in every breeding pasture. One bull may take his harem to a corner and keep them boxed in, trying to keep them away from the portion of the field nearest another breeding pastureâ€“and may spend more time jealously herding and guarding his cows than breeding them. Every bull is different. Cattle are very social animals; pecking order and individual attitudes can have a bearing on what happens in the breeding herd if there's more than one bull in a group. One might spend all his time trying to keep the other from breeding. Social dominance in bulls is something that should never be ignored. If a bull is dominant, he will intimidate other bulls and sire most of the calves himself, or try to keep the other bulls from breeding. Dr. Chenoweth said that fertility (evaluated by a veterinarian in a breeding soundness exam) and sex drive are not necessarily related. A bull with high quality semen may have a poor sex drive, and vice versa. The largest, fastestgrowing bulls do not necessarily have the most sex drive. Studies have shown that big, fast-gaining bulls may be slower to reach puberty and sexual maturity (having smaller scrotal circumferences, and being less fertile) and may be poorer breeders than the early-maturing bulls. Texas Longhorn Trails
The largest, fast-gaining bulls may reach puberty later, and so will their female offspring. Early maturing bulls that reach full growth sooner (and never get quite as large) often have larger scrotal circumference, sire daughters that mature early and breed faster than the larger latermaturing heifers. How many cows you can put with a bull will depend on the ranch conditions and the length of breeding season. If the breeding season is 45 to 60 days or longer, you can usually get by with one bull for every 30 to 50 cows (and save bull costs) if the bulls are good breeders. In a season this long, a cow has more chances to get pregnant; there is room for error. If a bull doesn't get the job done on first cycle, due to his fatigue, injury, social dominance problems, etc. there's another chance later. With only one bull per group, there are no injuries due to fighting. Ranchers with short breeding seasons (45 days or less) may want more bull power (less cows per bull), to make sure no cows are missed. For getting a herd bred and settled quickly, it helps to have several small breeding pastures, with only one bull in each group of cows. With small groups there is more chance of getting every cow bred, because some days there will be many cows in heat at once (but only a few in each group). Even with smaller breeding groups, you have to pay close attention to what's happening. If there is just one bull in a group, he'd better be a good one you can depend on (fertility tested, functionally sound, and also very willing to breed cows) and you'd better be watching to make sure he's getting his cows bred. A yearling bull may tire if he has to breed three or four cows each day, day after day, especially if he spends his energies repeatedly breeding just one cow. An older bull is more apt to breed each cow just once and go on to the next. If you are paying close attention, you'll know if a bull is able to do his job. Sometimes an injury will keep a bull from servicing cows, but you won't know it unless you see him try. Some problems are not obvious unless a bull is attempting (and failing) to breed. Some kinds of injuries will not keep a bull from trying, but he won't complete the service. You have to know what's happening and whether or not the cows are actually getting bred. This may mean observing February 2010
the breeding groups more than once a day. Then, if a problem shows up, you have a chance to correct it before it interferes with conception rate.
PHYSICAL FACTORS There are several problems that can affect a bull's desire to breed or hinder his mating ability, including overfat, too thin, sick, poor conformation, genetic or congenital abnormalities, scrotal frostbite (if severe damage has occurred), or injury, according to Dr. Duane Mickelsen at WSU. A bull that is too fat may tire easily and lose his desire to breed or to travel to where the cows are in a large pasture or range. Excessive paunchiness may physically interfere with the athletic act of breeding. The thin bull may wear out and quit. Any condition that causes discomfort when breeding may discourage him (poor hind leg conformation that puts strain on joints, foot rot, lameness of any kind). Back problems, commonly seen in older
prepuce (foreskin). Some abnormalities are congenital or inherited, and some due to injury. An injury may keep a bull from servicing cows, but you may not be able to tell he is injured until he tries to breed. Some are readily obvious – there is excessive swelling, or the penis will not retract–but some are not noticed unless you see the bull attempt and fail. Bulls with loose sheaths and foreskin, genetic traits often correlated with being polled, says Chenoweth, are more prone to injuries such as tearing of the sheath. Another cause of breeding disability, according to Dr. Larry Rice, Oklahoma State University, is penile deviation. The penis does not extend straight, but may droop down, or have an S shaped curve, or spiral (corkscrew) or a rainbow deviation in which the penis is bent in a semi-circle, making it difficult for the bull to breed. Corkscrew and rainbow deviations are not apparent on casual observation, nor even with conventional fertility testing, says Rice. Electro-ejaculators do not create a
If you are paying attention, you’ll know if a bull is able to do his job.
bulls or bulls fed too much calcium, may keep a bull from adequately servicing cows. Joint problems in feet and legs are being found more often in young bulls, due to genetic or nutritional factors. In one study cited by Chenoweth in which 223 young European breed bulls were examined, the most severe joint lesions were found in those fed most intensively. Overweight, straight-hocked bulls (post legged) are prone to stifle problems. But one of the most common causes of serving disability, according to Chenoweth, is abnormality of the penis or
full extension of the penis. Thus a vet could certify a bull as fertile (healthy and abundant sperm) yet the bull might not be capable of actually breeding a cow. Other problems include a bruised or swollen penis, nerve damage, hair rings that restrict circulation, prolapse of the prepuce (fold of skin over the penis), or even warts on the penis. Most of these problems can be diagnosed and treated by a vet, if damage is not too great. The affected bull will be unable to breed for awhile and should be removed from the herd until he recovers–or he may make the injury worse by trying to breed.
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1. Identify the bull. Identification is essential for matching animals with virgin bull certificates or test documents. One form of identification is needed, and it may be an official USDA ear tag, breed registry brand or tattoo, an 840 flap, bangle or an 840 radio frequency identification device. If the bull originated from another state, it may have that state’s official state of origin trichomoniasis ear tag (Texas does not have an official trich ear tag). An accredited veterinarian can apply an official USDA ear tag.
On January 1, Texas bulls that undergo a change of ownership (except to slaughter) must be either certified as a virgin bull or be tested first for cattle trichomoniasis, a protozoal disease that can cause cows to abort very early in pregnancy. Infected bulls carry the microscopic “bug” that causes trichomoniasis without any signs and can transmit the singlecelled protozoa to cows during breeding. 2. Certify virgin bulls. A breeder can certify the “There is no effective treatment for bulls, and once infected, they can continue to spread trichomoniasis when they bull as a virgin, if the animal was raised away from cows after breed,” said Dr. Dee Ellis, who will be Texas’ state veterinari- weaning, and the bull is 24 months of age or younger. A Texasan and head of the TAHC, as of January 1. “Infected cows origin bull’s virgin status may be extended to 30 months, if the may clear the infection, virgin certificate is signed also by the breeder’s but only if they are accredited veterinarian. given rest from breed- “If you are obtaining a breeding Virgin bulls are not required to have a triing for 120-150 days— chomoniasis test prior to change of ownership. bull, make sure the animal has Virgin bull certificates are available at no cost on the an expensive option, as a calf crop will be been certified as a virgin or was TAHC web page at http://www.tahc.state.tx.us. missed. A vaccine also tested—for your herd’s sake” is available to help in 3. Test older or non-virgin the management of infected cows, but it will not prevent bulls. Bulls older than 30 months or bulls that were maininfection.” The country’s western states have long-standing cattle tri- tained with cows after weaning chomoniasis regulations. About two years ago, the Texas must have a negative triranching industry requested similar regulations, to protect chomoniasis test within 30 against the introduction and the spread of cattle trichomoni- days prior to change of ownerasis, or “trich.” For months, representatives from the state’s ship. A certified, accredited veterinarian ranching, marketing and veterinary industries worked with must collect the sample for testing at the the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) to develop Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic effective regulations to control the disease, which affects herd Laboratory. While awaiting test results, productivity and an operation’s bottom line. In April 2009, the which usually takes about a week, the bulls TAHC, the state’s livestock and poultry health regulatory must be kept away from cows. Upon receipt agency, enacted requirements for bulls entering Texas. In- of the negative test results, the animal is ready for change of ownership. state regulations were delayed until January 1, 2010. “Breeding bulls that haven’t been certi“For months, we have worked with the Texas cattle fied as virgins or tested are considered to be industry to inform producers and have participated in many meetings about cattle trichomoniasis and the regulations. slaughter-only bulls,” said Dr. Ellis. “In some More than 600 accredited private veterinarians in Texas have cases, however, buyers may want an untested been certified to collect samples for trichomoniasis testing, bull, although they may be buying trouble. We and we are ready to implement the intrastate regulations for have provisions under the regulations for bulls undergoing a change of ownership in Texas,” said Dr. untested bulls to be identified and moved under a TAHC-issued hold order and moveEllis. Dr. Ellis said the regulations will apply to bulls being sold, ment permit. The animal must be isolated traded, leased or undergoing any change of ownership (except from female cattle, and cannot be moved until it is tested within 30 days of purchase for slaughter). The regulations include three basic steps:
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at the owner’s expense.” “In Texas, two tests are accepted. One is the Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction test, or PCR, which looks for the DNA of the protozoa. Because only one PCR test is needed to detect infection, this may become the preferred method for producers who want to move cattle more quickly. The second acceptable test is the culture test, and it involves looking for the protozoa under a microscope. A series of three culture tests is needed, each conducted at least seven days apart,” said Dr. Ellis. “Because cattle trichomoniasis is a reportable disease, we will be notified regarding test-positive animals,” explained Dr. Ellis. “Test-positive bulls may undergo a confirmation test, provided the owner or the accredited, certified veterinarian makes the request within five days of the positive results.” Because there is no effective treatment, infected bulls must go to slaughter within 30 days of confirmation. The remaining bulls in the herd will be held, isolated from female cattle, until they undergo two consecutive negative RT-PCR tests, each conducted at least seven days apart, or three consecutive negative culture tests, with each of th etests conducted at least seven days apart. When they are confirmed negative for trichomoniasis, the bulls remaining in the herd are free to be moved or to be commingled with cows. “The cattle trichomoniasis regulations can save cattle producers a lot of money in the long run, because this disease greatly affects calf production. If you are obtaining a breeding bull, make sure the animal has been certified as a virgin or was tested—for your herd’s sake,” said Dr. Ellis. “We will be reviewing the regulations on a yearly basis with an industry working group, to ensure that the rules remain timely and effective.” Texas’ trichomoniasis entry requirements for breeding bulls is similar to the intrastate regulations, but allows out-of-state bulls to be certified as virgins only until 24 months of age. Exhibition or competition bulls may enter Texas without a trichomoniasis test, but must be kept away from female cattle. The TAHC must be contacted in advance of entry for a waiver of the test requirement to be issued on exhibition bulls. The TAHC’s cattle trichomoniasis regulations and additional information are available on the TAHC web site at: http://www.tahc.state.tx.us .
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BUYING THE RIGHT BULL:
1. IDENTIFY HERD GOALS 2. ASSESS HERD 3. ESTABLISH SELECTION 4. UTILIZE SELECTION TRAITS 5. ESTABLISH BENCHMARKS 6. FIND SOURCE 7. DO YOUR HOMEWORK 8. HAVE A LOOK 9. MAKE A SOUND INVESTMENT 10. MANAGE THE NEW BULL
Reprinted with permission By Scott P. Greiner, Ph.D., Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech
1. IDENTIFY HERD GOALS Herd goals serve as the foundation for sire selections and provide guidance as to traits with the most economic importance. Defining the production and marketing system, along with management strategies and environment are key factors that warrant consideration: a) Will the bull be used on heifers, mature cows, or both? b) Will replacement females be retained in the herd? c) How will the calf crop be marketed (at weaning, backgrounded, retained ownership, sell females)? d) What are the labor and management resources available? e) What are the feed resources and environmental conditions of the operation? f) How will this sire contribute to the overall breeding system plan?
2. ASSESS HERD Strengths and weaknesses: fundamental records are key to identifying strengths and weaknesses. Basic performance parameters such as calving percentage, weaning percentage, weaning weights, sale weights, carcass merit, feed usage, etc. are necessary to serve as the basis for assessing areas of strength and those that need attention.
3. Establish Selection Priorities: concentrate on those factors which stand to have the largest impact on profitability. Remember that income is derived from performance (sale weight, percent of calf crop weaned, carcass merit, etc.). Performance is a function of both genetics and environment/management. Superior genetics can be negated by poor management, which emphasizes the importance of separating the impact of management (nutrition, health program) from that of genetics when specific priorities for the herd are established. Considering both the genetic and management influences on various traits is important. Focus on the handful of prior-
ity traits rather than attempting to change many traits simultaneously. Establishing the few traits to focus on is the key factor.
IV. Utilize Selection Tools
7. Do Your Homework
DOING YOUR HOMEWORK IS ESSENTIAL, FROM EVALUATING THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF YOUR HERD TO RESEARCHING SOURCES AND TRAITS OF AVAILABLE BULLS.
Once selection priorities have been established through close examination of herd goals and current status, a number of useful tools are at the disposal of beef producers to assist in making genetic improvement. Genetic differences across breeds have been well established, and utilization of different breeds in a complementary fashion through structured crossbreeding plans provides the opportunity for improvement in multiple traits. Most importantly, heterosis attained through crossbreeding has been shown to have significant favorable impacts on traits such as reproductive efficiency and cow longevity, which are critical for her profitability. The limited ability to select for reproductive traits in the form of Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) further emphasizes the importance of capturing the value of heterosis. EPDs are available for many traits of economic importance. The introduction of economic indexes, which combine several related traits and their economic values into one EPD are available to assist with simultaneous improvement in multiple traits which impact areas such as carcass merit and post-weaning profit. Again, with the large number of EPD tools available, the critical step is to determine the EPDs which are most important and establish benchmarks relative to each.
5. Establish Benchmarks Several tools can be utilized to assist in the determination of EPD specifications. EPD values for current and past sires can be used as benchmarks. With these benchmarks, EPD specifications can be set to reflect the desired increase or moderation in performance for a particular trait. As an example, establishing a benchmark for milk EPD can be determined through the relationship between previous sires’s genetics for milk and the performance of his daughters in the herd.
6. Find Source With the above defined, we can now begin to look at individual bulls. There are many sources of bulls that warrant consideration - production sales, tests stations, and private treaty sales. Of critical importance is that the bull be from a reputable source, which will stand behind their product. It may be necessary to look at several sources in order to find the correct bull.
The first step to doing so is to evaluate the sale catalog, performance pedigree, and data. By examination of the bull’s performance record, determine which bulls meet the EPD and other specifications that have been established (and likewise eliminate those that do not meet the specifications). Be prepared to make trade-offs, as the perfect record may not be attainable. Do not be surprised or alarmed when the bulls you have highlighted appear scattered throughout the sale order. Remember to stick to the selection criteria and qualifications/specifications that have been established. All this can be and should be accomplished prior to departing for any sale.
8. Have a Look Once the list has been narrowed to only bulls which meet the criteria, these bulls can be further evaluated and selection refined. Having a list of suitable bulls prior to arrival at the auction or farm will not only save time, but also assist in making sure the right bull for the situation is purchased. Upon narrowing the potential candidates on paper, the bulls can be evaluated for suitability of phenotypic traits and the potential candidate list shortened even further. Not all relevant traits have EPDs (examples include disposition, food soundness, fleshing ability, etc.), and therefore must be evaluated visually.
9. Make a Sound Investment For many cow/calf productions, purchasing a new bull is a relatively infrequent occurrence. This emphasizes the importance of selecting the right bull, particularly in single sire herds. The value of the right bull cannot be underestimated. Investments in good genetics will pay dividends both short and long-term through influence the bull has on each calf crop as well as his daughters that are retained in the herd.
10. Manage the New Bull Properly of equal importance is the care and management of the newly acquired bull. Proper management and nutrition are essential for the bull to perform satisfactorily during breeding season. With most new herd sires purchased as yearling bulls – management prior to, during, and after the first breeding season is particularly important. Plan ahead by acquiring a new yearling bull at least 60 to 90 days prior to the breeding season so that ample time is available to allow for adjustment to a new environment, commingling with other bulls, and getting the bull in proper breeding body condition.
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SDR Amy J o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 1 8 , 5 0 0 BH Boomerang’s Phenomena . . . . .$17,500 Consignor: Dave & Sheila Hovingh, Allendale, MI Buyer: Joe & Becca Munsch, Emory, TX Texas Longhorn Legacy Sale V 2006 daughter of JP Rio Grande & SDR Rebecca
2007 daughter of Boomerang C P & S&L’s Phenomenal Trudy
Consignor: Buck & Sharon Adams, Guthrie, OK Buyer: Richard & Jeanne Filip, Fayetteville, TX Texas Longhorn Legacy Sale V
JP Grand Kaitlyn 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . .$14,000
YO Diamond Maker . . . . . . . . . . . .$12,500
2006 daughter of J.R. Grand Slam & J.R. Kaitlyn
2007 daughter of Peacemaker 44 x 585 Crystal
Consignor: Johnnie & Pat Robinson, Celina, TX Buyer: Wes & Carol Chancey, Lampasas, TX Texas Longhorn Legacy Sale V
Consignor: Jim & Carrie Marek, White Bird, ID Buyer: Bill Hudson, Jonesboro, TX Longhorn World Championship
Aweso me Opra h . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 1 5 , 0 0 0 2007 daughter of Awesome Martin Luther & Awesome Carmen
Consignor: Butch & Kelly Geurin, Saint Jo, TX Buyer: Ben & Ann Gravett, Catlett, VA Texas Longhorn Legacy Sale V
BS Ba ndits Bea uty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 1 0 , 0 0 0 2007 daughter of BC Bandit & Cheyennes Beauty BW 23/2
Consignor: Bow & Sylvia Carpenter, San Antonio, TX Buyer: John & Ursula Allen, Harper, TX Texas Longhorn Legacy Sale V
7 LS Miss Mikey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 1 0 , 0 0 0 Consignor: Troy & Brenda Kingsbury, Smith Center, KS Buyer: Red & Charline McCombs, Johnson City, TX Texas Longhorn Legacy Sale V 2006 daughter of Iron Mike ST & 7LS Buckskin Baby
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1. TLBAA Accountant Stephanie Braudrick; TLBAA Sales Kim Barfield; Mary Ann Crenshaw, College Station, TX. 2. Jamie and Geno Martinez, Missouri; Trails Editor in Chief Brenda Cantrell; Ralph and Mary Martinez, Ennis, TX.; 3. Stan Comer, Ardmore, OK; Trails Art Director Laura Standley.; 4. Ryan Culpepper, Jacksboro, TX; TLBAA Registrations Clerk Rick Fritsche. February 2010
VJ Tommie (aka Unlimited) Dies at 18+ The prominent Butler herd sire, VJ Tommie (aka Unlimited) died peacefully on January 12, 2010, at Loomis Longhorns in Marietta, OK. Born May 19, 1991, VJ Tommie was almost 181/2 years old. He was TLBAA AI Sire #535. Bred by Vernon & Janis Webb of Brenham, TX, VJ Tommie was sired by No Double, a son of Classic, out of OT Superior Droopy, a Superior daughter. The outstanding bull was sold to Darol Dickinson of Barnesville, Ohio, and Bob Loomis purchased the bull when he was about eight years old. His last set of calves was born when VJ Tommie was 15. “VJ Tommie was a wonderful bull,” said Loomis. “Anyone who has used him has noticed that he was a ‘herd improver’. His daughters are phenomenal producers and his sons are outstanding.” His name is included in the pedigrees of a number of exceptional cattle. Loomis’s cow, Windjammer, won the Horn Showcase in tip-totip and total horn. His Rio Catchet had 77-1/4” TTT at 36 mos. And the list goes on.
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NOVEMBER 22, 2009 CRAWFORD, NE Sale Results Provided by Art Anders
Top Cow: Ander N Montana
TOP COW: $1,000 – ANDER N MONTANA Consignor: Art and Haley Anders, Crawford, Nebraska. Buyer: Russ and Tamara Thacker Scotts Bluff, Nebraska TOP BRED HEIFER: $550 – SALTILLO JEWEL 80, Consignor: Roger and Bonnie Damrow. Buyer: Art and Haley Anders Bred Heifer Average:$410
TOP BULL CALF: $800 – ANKER REGENCY 2K951, Consignor: Anker D Ranch, Devader, Kansas. Buyer: Art and Haley Anders and Bonnie and Roger Damrow Top Bull Calf Average: $510 TOP HEIFER CALF: $750 – ANKER D 2K WENDY 920, Consignor: Anker D Ranch, Devader, Kansas. Buyer: Michael Pittman, Bellefouche, South Dakota Average Heifer Calf: $370
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IN MEMORIAM Tim Cross Timothy Errin Cross, 29, of Clarksville, TX, died tragically in Bryan, TX on Monday, January 4, 2010. TLBAA members since 2005, Tim and his wife, Kassandra, operated LSR Longhorns (Long Shot Ranch) at Cameron, TX, and had recently relocated to Clarksville where Tim had finally found his dream ranch. According to Kassandra, Real Good Man, by Tim McGraw, epitomized her husband as he always sang that song to her. In those few short years, Tim and Kassandra acquired some outstanding animals, many with over 70” horns. JP Grand Able, a JR Seman X JMC Phenomenal Abigail son, served as their only herd sire the first few years and was followed by S.R. Unhittable (70 TTT) and their latest addition, M Arrow Dazzler, a DH Red Ranger X Dazzles Girl son with over 72 TTT, which Tim was just so proud of. He just knew that M Arrow Dazzler would be the next cornerstone of their program. Tim also started an In-Vitro Fertilization/ET program, which enabled him to choose the sex of a calf. Tim owned his own IT company, CrossConnects Telcom, which he started at the age of nineteen and although it meant a lot of traveling, he always volunteered his help in any way he was needed. He and Kassandra often provided and served the food at the Friday night get-together before the Best at West Sale. Tim had a love and passion for Texas Longhorns that was only surpassed by his love and devotion to his wife and son. Tim’s dream was to become a full time rancher and pass his love for the breed to their son. Survivors include his wife, Kassandra, and their 3-year-old son Preston; his parents Mel and Tammy Cross along with a younger sister Chelsea and a younger brother Michael of Magnolia, TX; and a number of relatives and friends. A memorial fund has been established to assist the family with expenses. Contributions may be made to: Timothy E Cross Memorial Fund Acct. No. 3477495 Prosperity Bank Texas 3333 E. University Drive Bryan, Texas 77802 979-731-1750 February 2010
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Dear TLBT Members: As we move into February, I am looking forward to the weather warming up and days growing longer so I can spend more time outside with my animals. We took fourteen head to the Southwest Exposition in Fort Worth. It’s extremely timeconsuming to get that many animals ready and good weather is really needed. In my move south from Oklahoma, I was really looking forward to warmer climate. The joke was on me. San Antonio has had a record cold winter with freezing temperatures. And that means frozen pipes. I was really depressed with the weather until I checked the news and saw that it was in the single digits back in Oklahoma with sleet and 40 miles an hour winds. Guess one shouldn’t complain. Some of the great things about showing cattle is going to all these historical complexes and the excitement and good times. You can’t get much more history and culture than at the Will Rogers complex in Fort Worth. It’s hard to image all the cattle and people that have come through these buildings. There was a husband and wife who are Texas Longhorn Breeders from France, visiting the livestock show. I hope we gave them a good show and our Longhorns were something they will go home and remember. The TLBT had designated Fort Worth as our show to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Mr. Dale of Dale Land and Cattle Company purchased 1,000 pink bandanas that were printed with the youth logo and the statement, “Showing For A Cause”. Each youth exhibitor received a bandana before the show. The remaining bandanas were sold by the youth for a five dollar donation, with all the proceeds going to the Susan G Komen Foundation. Over $800 was collected at this show alone. At the end of the show season the TLBT will be presenting a check to the Susan G Komen Foundation at the World Show. Thank you Mr. Dale for always being there with a helping hand when it comes to the youth. The T-shirts that the TLBT sold spaces on the back with ranch brands are finally in. I want to thank everyone who purchased a stone for the T-Shirt. I also want to thank Mr. By Jacob Faske Stotts, as he jumped in at the last minute and (I do mean the last minute) helped organize The TLBT fashion show took place before the Select Heifer Sale on Saturday, all the brands in a printable format and January 16th. The fashion show was a big success with 29 youth modeling an rushed the whole process from his art array of clothing provided by Shepler’s Western Wear. Each of the youth received a gift card to Shepler’s, thanks to the generosity of Brent and Cindy Bolen, Mike designer to the printers. Because of him, we and Debbie Bowman, Joe and Lorinda Valentine, and Paul and Cami Proctor. had them ready for the Stock Show at Fort With their help and through donations from the crowd, the youth raised a total Worth. Mr. Stotts is another breeder always of $1,850.37. Each of the four age divisions were judged on presentation and willing to help the youth. appearance. Winners included Andrew Faske (Senior), a volunteer from AQHA The youth held their general membership (Teen), Shelby Coats (Intermediate), and Rachel Faske (Junior). We would also meeting, on Tuesday during the Stock Show. like to thank Kim Several items were on the agenda, but the Hudson for helping banquet during the World Show took center with make-up and Billy stage. We are planning a great banquet this Thompson for hair year. Even if you don’t show, you will want to styling. Thank you to come to Fort Worth in June to watch the show everyone who showed and attend the banquet. We were told during their support during our meeting that Mrs. Tammy Tiner (aka this event. We look Laura Harding’s mom) will be chairing the forward to holding Gold Merit competition this year. She will get another fashion show support from Mrs. Carol Phillips and Dr. Lou next year, before the Shields. 2011 Select Heifer Sale.
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February - Herd Management Guide Spring Calving: 1. As females near parturition and lactation, nutrient requirement for energy, protein, minerals and vitamins increase substantially. Two-thirds of fetal growth occurs during the last three months of gestation. Prepartum nutrition of females has been shown to also influence colostrum (first milk) production, subsequent calf viability and liveability, weaning weights and percent of calves actually weaned. During the last 30-60 days of gestation, it is recommended that females consume 1.8 -2.0 pounds of total protein daily from grass and supplemental feeds to insure adequate fetal development and first milk production. 2. During the first 3-4 months of lactation, a 1000 pound cow with average milking ability (producing 10 pounds of milk daily) requires 11.5 pounds of energy, 2 pounds of protein, 0.06 pounds of calcium, 0.05 pounds of phosphorus and 36,000 international units of vitamin A per day. 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. If pasture grass is plentiful, but dormant and poor in quality during this time of year, then protein is generally your first concern. A 1000 pound cow in good body condition with average milking ability should generally be fed at least 1.5 pounds of crude protein (CP) from a protein supplement, depending upon the protein value and availability of the dormant pasture grass. 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 the 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, then feeding supplemental hay plus higher levels of a low crude protein, high energy range cube (20 percent crude protein) will provide increased intake of vital nutrients. If pasture grass is limited due to overgrazing or poor rainfall during summer, then energy is your first concern. 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. Even though Texas Longhorns are known for calving ease, difficult births may arise. Check first calf heifers (due to calve) and pregnant cows daily for possibility of calving difficulties. Once fetal membranes (water sac) have been expelled and ruptured, assistance should be provided if calf delivery has not occurred within 30-60 minutes. 4. Colostrum consumption during the early hours of a calfâ€™s life is essential for passive absorption of important antibodies needed for protection from disease. Absorption of antibodies found in colostrum ceases after 24 hours after birth; therefore, a newborn calf should receive at least 2 quarts (5-6 percent of birth weight) in first milk within the first 6 hours to insure adequate antibody protection. Commercial sources of colostrum may be purchased or the first milk from other cows may be frozen for later use. Many females, especially first calf heifers, do not produce sufficient colostrum and there is no way of knowing how much the calf has nursed. Baby calf scours are typically the result of inadequate consumption of colostrum during the early hours of a calfâ€™s life. Clean calving areas and proper attention to the newborn may reduce exposure to disease organisms and reduce incidence of scouring problems. 5. Dip navels of newborn calves in a 7 percent tincture of iodine solution when you happen to be there shortly after birth as a preventive measure of navel ill problems.
6. At 12-14 months of age, vaccinate replacement heifers with intramuscular IBR/BVD (modified live virus), a 7-way Clostridial booster, 5-way Leptospirosis, and vibrosis at least 60 days before breeding. Consult a local veterinarian on vaccine types and other vaccinations recommended in your area. Deworming is recommended prior to spring grass. 7. Evaluate the growth of your yearling heifers as well as first calf females. The goal should be to have your yearling heifers weigh 65 percent of their mature weight by first breeding (14-15 months of age) and have a weight of 85 percent of their mature weight, including the weight of the fetus, prior to calving at 23-25 months of age.
Fall Calving: 1. Continue 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. Remove bulls after a 90 day breeding season. A February 20 breeding date will result in December 1 calves. For a fall calving program, September, October and November calves are most desirable. 3. 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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Setting Your Herd Sire Apart From the Rest Is there an outstanding herd bull or prospective herd sire grazing out in your pasture? Does anyone else know or are you keeping him a deeply guarded secret? Failing to promote your herd sire is a little like “hiding your candle under a bushel basket”. No one knows he’s there so when you get ready to market his progeny, there may be a lack of interest because no one has ever heard of your valued bull. If you want to obtain your share of the Texas Longhorn market, you must determine the best methods of promotion. The first consideration in promoting a bull is to have a product which can be promoted. A bull in today’s competitive market must have certain credentials which will attract prospective buyers. These credentials include, but are not limited to, pedigree, genetics, horn, progeny, and breed character. Pedigree selection is extremely valuable for traits which have not yet been expressed. This is especially true in promoting younger bulls which have not yet developed a record. In pedigree selection, you are drawing on the records of relatives February 2010
to predict the animal’s breeding value. Therefore, it is a good idea to include at least the name of his sire and dam in advertisements. As the bull becomes older, it is easier to observe and measure various traits, such as horn length, conformation and size. Much of a bull’s promotion should be based upon these records. Utilizing GOOD photographs of your herd sire in your advertisements will ensure his recognizability. Next comes evaluation of the bull’s progeny. This evaluation is the most valuable tool in estimating a bull’s breeding value. Once his offspring have established themselves, promotional emphasis should shift to the bull’s siring ability. Your bull must be seen to be appreciated. (Remember the bushel basket!) The easiest way to reach the greatest number of people is to advertise consistently in your breed publication. Take advantage of the inexpensive over-runs of your advertisements offered by the Texas Longhorn Trails. These can be distributed at numerous events or used in any mail-outs.
While not reaching as many prospective customers, pasture promotion is a viable tool. Invite prospective buyers to your ranch or consider hosting a field day at your place. This could be for your affiliate, the local cattleman’s association or 4H group, even the Wednesday Rotary Club. Some breeders utilize the show circuit or the Horn Showcase as an advertising tool for their herd sire. After the bull has been campaigned, the exhibition of progeny become very important in his continuing promotion. Sales are another tool to utilize in promoting your bull and his progeny. Prospective buyers pay attention to the sale-topping bloodlines. Repeated emphasis on your herd sire pays off. Many breeders incorporate their bull’s photo or name on their letterheads, business cards, fence signs, trailers, etc. Here you are limited only by your imagination. In striving to make their herd sire’s name a household word, most successful breeders use a combination of the promotional tools discussed above.
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George W. Wilhite
4 Bar Ranch
Tom and Molly St. Hilaire
Benjamin C. Gravett
Gary and Carolyn Huebner
Fort Griffin State Historic Site
Broken Wagon Cattle Co., LLC
James & Kelly Young
Kate Morgan/ Jheroen
Stephen and Peggy Lee
Jeffrey L. & Sue L. McMahan
Freddie & Barbara Lindy
Del Vic Farms
Ken & Charlotte Beler
Lazy L Longhorns
Bob Moore/Ginger Kinder
Frank and Linda Pate
B T Farms
Star Creek Ranch
Carole & Lonnie Kent
Mike Mc Clanahan
Lee and Linda Blackwell
Dale Land and Cattle
George and Laureen Gennin
David & Lynda Bradley
David & Pamela Jones
Billy & or Audrey Doolittle
Sand Hills Ranch
Allen & Suzanne Perry
Bob & Pam Loomis
Bruce and Carol Curtiss
Diamond D Ranch
David & Diane Hampton
Billy R. Walker
Randy & Miki Bienek
Folsom Falls Ranch
Edwin & Debra Stojanik
Brent & Cynthia Bolen
Michael J. Keegan
Marie and Mike Galloway
Red and Suzann Riter
Hickman Longhorns Inc
JM and Cathie Smith
David F. Lauricella
W.C. & C.R. Mc Cowen
Kay L. Roush
Stephen D. Smith
Alton C. Rudin
Krazy K Ranch
Wesley Earl Watson
John and /or Judy Coats
Mike and Kim MacLeod
Dean & Belinda Franke
Gary & Teresa Bowdoin
Dion C. Wilson
Panther Creek Ranch
Knippers Longhorns, LLC
Deer Creek Longhorns
Steve and Rene' Azinger
Claude or Carole D. Lipscomb
James O. & Freida Delaney
Buckhorn Cattle Company
Khaos Cattle Company
Cross C Ranch
Ross and Teresa Suber
Rugged Cross Ranch
William T. & Sandra J. Martin
Donald & Sharron Wiens
Royal Heritage Farm
Johnny and Barbara Coleman
Chris & Lisa Parker
Jerry & Martha Stevens
Fairlea Longhorn Ranch, LLC Goddard Longhorns
Holland Farms, Inc.
Jim & Sylvia Johnson
Los Tres Amigos Ranch
Charley E. and Doris Snyder
Jimmy L. Jones
Doak Parker and Dean Freeman
Manuel Modiano and Patricia
Don & Velna Jackson
Scot & Jodie O'Bryan
Flying N Ranch
Oren & Dianna O'Dell
Terry R. Moore
Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller
Red Hills Ranch
Thomas or Kimberly Rachel
Billy Thompson and Gary
Kent and Christine Bladen
Richard & Linda Spooner
Todd & Jenny Nottestad
Shawn R & Teresa Kroll
Larry F. Overbeck
Tom & Linda Nading
Anchor D Ranch
W.A. (Al) Vinson
Rocking O Ranch
John T. & Betty Baker
Troy Mc Ginnis
Robert and Louann Rubel
RC Larson Longhorns
Taylor Cattle Company
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AFFILIATE NEWS Texas Longhorn Breeders Gulf Coast Association Larry Smith, President (281) 376-7771 The TLBGCA met on January 4 at our favorite hangout, the Longhorn Cafe and Saloon and enjoyed dinner and fellowship before the meeting. We can currently report 130 members and are soliciting volunteers for various opportunities during the year. Anyone interested in some of our activities may contact Glen Smith at (281) 376-7771 or (281) 704-0211. Some events are included in this report. Discussion regarding the awarding of TLBGCA Scholarships resulted in a tabled motion until further discussion can take place. At the present time, no decision has been made. The Longhorn Sale, scheduled to take place on March 3 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been cancelled due to lack of entries. If you are interested in more information contact Randolph Holford, (713) 825-1760. Speaking of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! March 13, 14, 15, the TLBGCA will be hosting the Hospitality Booth right next to the show arena and highlights Steer Alley with BEVO!! Come see us! On March 13, we will again be hosting the Revelry Party and hope to see each of you there. Look for details and invitations around the first week in February. We have a wonderful time getting together with no agenda other than to have a good time together and enjoy a wonderful bar-b-que dinner. Please plan to join us. If you have items you might like to donate to the silent auction, please contact Joyce Hruzek at (713) 464-1422. By now you should have seen the notices of our Spring Show on April 16, 17, 18, 2010, at the George H. Henderson, Jr. Expo Center in Lufkin, TX. We are excited to have an ad hoc committee working on calf donations and expect to generate some quality animals to give away. For more information and opportunities to volunteer, contact Dean Freeman or Doak Parker at (281) 658-4690, or Russell Deshotels at (281) 592-7977. Don't miss this show! The TLBGCA Board of Directors has
voted to cancel the Best of Texas Longhorn Sale for this year. Economic situations for most, the number of sales and the trend toward low prices for cattle has led us to postpone the sale for a year. We will evaluate hosting next year's sale at a later date. We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season and pray for all to have the best New Year ever.
Texas Longhorn Breeders of New Mexico
Wade Wilson, President (575) 336-9940 The New Mexico Stockman magazine is in it's 75th year of publication. We could trace annual articles on Texas Longhorn cattle in the February issues to at least 25 of those years. The 2010 article will interview TLBAA members Gail Kocian of Texas, Lynn Starritt and Larry and Cathy Bissey of NM. The article can be read on line: www.aaalivestock.com. Please note a new telephone number for Kristi Wilson, NM Youth Chairman – (575) 354-1210. Hope to see you in Truth or Consequences, NM during our February 1314th shows.
Northwest Longhorn Association
Sheryl Johnson, President (503) 829-9459 The NWLA is holding the annual meeting in Clackamas, Oregon on February 20, 2010 at 1pm. Contact Sheryl for directions. The meeting will wrap up all the events that went on in 2009 and elect new officers and delegate new committees. We have some ideas for events in 2010 that should be fun. By attending the meeting you will also get all the information from the West Coast Sale set up for June 19, 2010. Our auctioneer will be Bill Le'an. We will also be discussing the budget for the sale committee and discuss ways to motivate buyers and sellers. We are always looking for suggestions on how to make things work more efficiently or improve. Congratulations to Ed & Sheryl Johnson on the newest little longhorn showman Brennen Clark Emch. His mother Heidi Johnson Emch and father David are doing fine. The little guy was born January 7, 2010 at 5:28 am weighing and measuring, 8lb 9oz 21 inches . Grandpa says he's a keeper!!!
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Bob Dube, Roundtop, TX, has graciously donated a Longhorn Chute that works for everything that you may want to do to a cow: — palpation gates on both ends — total squeeze a mature cow or a baby calf with no adjustments — branding let downs for access — fold down table for medicine — works great for loading or unloading cattle The Longhorn Chute is valued at $2,500 and all proceeds from ticket sales will go to the World Show. Tickets will be sold at various Longhorn events throughout the year: One ticket for $10.00 or Three Tickets for $25.00. For more information, contact Traci Moore at (254)7964269. When you see Bob, be sure to tell him “Thanks!”
Dam of Merit Roll of Honor Dams of Excellence Bell La Squaw Double D Arena, Outlook, Saskatchewan CO Barbwire David M. Hillis, Austin, Texas Cross M Cherokee Miss Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, New Mexico Dewlap Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, New Mexico F 3F Bevo’s T J Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, New Mexico High Hope, FD Bo & Dorie Damuth, Magnolia, Texas Miss CP Ruler 562 T.M. & Jean Smith, Bar S Ranch, Boyd, Texas Miss Peppermint Ed & Sheryl Johnson, Molalla, Oregon Rawhides Lady Pebbles Double D Arena, Outlook, Saskatchewan SP Hija Ben Tanksley, Alpine, Texas US 89076 Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, New Mexico Westhaven Ranger Reddy Fraser West, Ione, California
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Board of Directors Approves Reduction in Registration Fees Fees effective January 2010 The TLBAA Board of Directors approved a reduction in registrations fees to be effective January 2010. The fees are as follows: for animals 14 months and younger to $15, and 14 months one day to thirty-six months to $25, thirty-six months and one day and older to $100 and steers any age $15.
Bayou Daisy Dr. Eugene & Jolie Berry, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Bayou Princess Dr. Eugene & Jolie Berry, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Cross M Blue Velvet Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, New Mexico Cross M Delta Becca Jim & Wanda Taylor, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico Cross M Delta Charisma Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, New Mexico Cross M Salsa Jim & Wanda Taylor, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico Cross M Star Spangled Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, New Mexico Cross M Texas Ruby Red Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, New Mexico Cross M Whelming Matrix Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, New Mexico Cross M Whelming Sandy Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, New Mexico Delta Amber Phillip Bell, Arlington, Texas Diamond W 952 Meadowwood, Charley & Doris Snyder, Elgin, OK Dillons Fancy Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller, Socorro, New Mexico
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4 Bar Diamond Lil
CONSIGNOR: 4 Bar Ranch P.H.NO.: 902 TLBAA: 260560 CALVED: 1/14/09 DESCRIPTION: Brown BREEDING: Not Exposed COMMENTS: OCV'd. Beautiful heifer out of Unlimited Chex 331 and Lil Nicole 160, Refuge Chex, Don Julio, Coach, and VJ Tommie. Great genetic package. Gentle and easy to work. Horns just starting to take off. Great herd starter. ECR Unlimited Chex 331
March 6, 2010 • 11:00 A.M. • West, TX Lil' Nichole 160
r3 Unlimited Homerun
CONSIGNOR: David and JoAnne Norwood P.H.NO.: 4/9 TLBAA: 81154 CALVED: 4/14/09 DESCRIPTION: White body with red head, feet and red spots COMMENTS: Here's your chance to won a promising young bull out of Homerun, Grandslam, Circle K Donovan and Coach. R3 Unlimited Homerun will make the perfect Junior herd sire.
Homerun 1 R3 Hope's Calico
Shiloh Smokin Spur
CONSIGNOR: John I Roberts P.H.NO.: 11/5 TLBAA: 11560 CALVED: 10/25/05 DESCRIPTION: Black head and neck with white spots on body COMMENTS: Smokin Spur is a great young trophy steer that was bred and raised specifically for the WOW FACTOR. A beautiful black and white with great horns, great blood-line and a sweet gentle disposition.
CONSIGNOR: David and JoAnne Norwood P.H.NO.: 1 TLBAA: 223659 CALVED: 3/6/04 DESCRIPTION: Brown with white spots BREEDING: Exposed to: Bo Jangles Chex from 02/18/09 to sale date COMMENTS: OCV'd. A great mom and we are keeping her most recent heifer. In order to keep her lineage of Circle K Donavan and Hot Chex in our herd. Calf Secret Agent Doctor at side by sale date sired by Bo Jangles Chex. Re-exposed to Bo Jangles Chex for Ladys Reflection a possible 3-n-1 purchase.
Dynamite FM190 MS Sadie Mag Red Bill JW Anita 817
Hot Chex Rafter J Miss Shahan Sage Reflection B/108 Harlow Lady
IV Oaks Convict Miss Ritchie's Rose
CONSIGNOR: Joe and Carolyn Wissel P.H.NO.: 728 TLBAA: 263053 CALVED: 10/05/07 DESCRIPTION: Red BREEDING: Exposed to: Betcha A Grande from 12/17/09 to 03/01/10 COMMENTS: OCV'd. Look at the flat laid out horn on her. She’s bred for horn! Her Grand Sire is the great Butler bull Coach. Proven genetics for horn with Working Woman, over 81"TTT, TruGrit 2 is pushing Shaughnessy Chex 70" TTT and Diamond W Pay Chex with 72 1/2"TTT. She sells exposed to a son of TLMA Bull of the Year winner, Rio Grande. FL Rebecca Lynn
CONSIGNOR: John I Roberts P.H.NO.: 6/4 TLBAA: 11557 CALVED: 6/12/04 DESCRIPTION: Spotted Brindle COMMENTS: Calico has gorgeous coloring. Red, white, black spotted and striped. All wrapped up in one beautiful Texas Longhorn steer. Very Gentle. Calico eats out of your hand.
GR Grand Unlimited Grass Roots Big Doll Jesse James Gunslinger Hopes Secret
Refuge Chex Tommy's Treasure 031 Don Julio Delta Nicole
Coach Working Woman Trugrit LWR Diamond W Dawn
Bold Spaniard Bammers Rose SW Phantom Miss Ritchie
The Colonel's Texas Rose
CONSIGNOR: Joe and Carolyn Wissel P.H.NO.: 4/02 TLBAA: 223139 CALVED: 4/5/02 DESCRIPTION: Light red with white underline and topline BREEDING: Exposed to: RM Don Juan of Graves from 10/10/09 to 03/01/10 COMMENTS: OCV'd. Look at the pedigree on this young lady. Measles’ Super Ranger and Phenomenon on the top side, with Blackie Graves and Johnnie Hoffman breeding on the bottom. These bloodlines don't come along every day. She sells exposed to a straight Butler Coach son.
"The Colonel" Delta Orchid
D Bar S Supe's Payday L Majestic Cameo Lonesome Graves FM46 Delta Rebecca
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CONSIGNOR: Chad and Karen Niles P.H.NO.: 01 TLBAA: 263055 CALVED: 8/13/07 DESCRIPTION: Red with white splotch on forehead and white specks on body BREEDING: Exposed to: JBR American Express from 03/29/09 to 09/16/09 and So Sue Me 51/6 from 10/14/09 to 03/01/10 COMMENTS: OCV'd. Nice, big-bodied heifer out of a Phenomenon Grand Daughter. Drobarno ET 191 Exposed to two great bulls-JBR American Express (full brother to JBR Cash)and So Sue Happy Heather Me 51/6 (JM Sue X Awesome Teardrop).
Rodeo Queen 4428
Watson 120 Watson 187 Mcgill's Blue Boy Heritage Chiffon
CONSIGNOR: 4 Bar Ranch P.H.NO.: 167 TLBAA: 258287 CALVED: 5/18/07 DESCRIPTION: White with red spots on body BREEDING: Exposed to: Mesquite ECR from 12/24/09 to sale date COMMENTS: OCV'd. Colorful flashy cow out of Paint Brush bred Cloud 9 Longhorn. Had a pretty heifer calf out of Hard Eight, we are retaining as a show Paint Brush 12 calf. Good genetics with Hunts Command Respect and Slater. Sells exposed to a Don Julio, Tari Graves bull, Mesquite ECR. C9 Cotton Candy
Hunts Command Respect Peaches Slater B817 H/H Black Star's Marty
Diego’s Bunk Galloway Classy Toro Lady
Deigo’s Hot Shot Black Magnolia 585 Overwhelming Toro Hot Shot’s Lota Class
585 Tiger Lilly
CONSIGNOR: Chad and Karen Niles P.H.NO.: 242 TLBAA: 250212 CALVED: 6/1/07 DESCRIPTION: Brindle Lineback BREEDING: Exposed to: So Sue Me 51/6 from 04/19/09 to 08/26/09 and 585 Bullseye from 08/27/09 to 03/01/10 COMMENTS: OCV'd. Flashy Brindle 585 Southbrooke daughter. Exposed to 585 Bullseye a big horned brindle bull that is a grandson of EOT Henry. She should GF Southbrooke calve by sale date. GMR 1822
GF G-Man Stillclassy McGill's Blue Boy Heritage Chiffon
JBR Easy Peasey
CONSIGNOR: Chad and Karen Niles P.H.NO.: 14/7 TLBAA: 250574 CALVED: 6/15/07 DESCRIPTION: Red BREEDING: Exposed to: So Sue Me 51/6 from 04/15/09 to 03/01/10 COMMENTS: OCV'd. Nice young Wyoming Warpaint daughter that goes back to Phenomenon and Senator on the dam's side. Exposed to our herd sire So Sue Me 51/6. She should calve by sale Wyoming Warpaint date. Easy Choice
C9 Peach Candy
NR Cocoa Pebbles
CONSIGNOR: Chad and Karen Niles P.H.NO.: 03 TLBAA: 263054 CALVED: 3/01/08 DESCRIPTION: Black with white on belly. BREEDING: Exposed to: JBR American Express from 07/15/09 to 03/01/10 COMMENTS: OCV'd. Beautiful black heifer with a lot of potential for horn. Her dam is a 585 Overwhelming Toro daughter and a granddaughter of Deigo's Hot Shot. Exposed to JBR American Express (full brother to JBR Cash).
EOT Henry EOT Maxi Majority YO Raging Whirl 1780 YO Galaxy Lin 3412
CONSIGNOR: Chad and Karen Niles P.H.NO.: 197 TLBAA: 239097 CALVED: 4/3/05 DESCRIPTION: White with red head, shoulders and spots BREEDING: Exposed to: So Sue Me 51/6 from 07/08/09 to 03/01/10 COMMENTS: OCV'd. Nice, quiet cow with a beautiful 585 River Rock heifer at side. Exposed to So Sue Me 51/6 (JM Sue X Awesome Teardrop) from 07/08/09 to sale Mistah Watson's Buckaroo date. Should be a nice 3-n-1 package.
EOT Henry EOT Maxy Majority Dynamite FM190 L Happy Hue
NR Easter Surprise
CONSIGNOR: Chad and Karen Niles P.H.NO.: 1 TLBAA: 263056 CALVED: 3/23/08 DESCRIPTION: Red with white speck on forehead and white specks on body BREEDING: Exposed to: JBR American Express from 07/15/09 to 03/01/10 COMMENTS: OCV'd. Nice young heifer out of our best cow. We kept her first two heifers. She is exposed to our promising young bull JBR American Express (full Drobarno ET 191 brother to JBR Cash).
Roundup Torch Easy Street KK Sentor's Choice
4 Bar Taracita
CONSIGNOR: 4 Bar Ranch P.H.NO.: 820 TLBAA: 260559 CALVED: 10/1/08 DESCRIPTION: White with black head and spots BREEDING: Exposed to: Mesquite ECR from 12/24/09 to sale date COMMENTS: OCV'd. Flashy little heifer out of El Tirador and ECR Citas Hot Stuff who is out of Hootin-Nannie. El Tirador is a Tari Graves FM49 bull. She has the El Tirador genetics to produce. Would make a nice show heifer. ECR Cita's Hot Stuff 344
Straight Shooter Tari Graves FM49 Habanero Hootin-Nannie
Gypsy Chex PC 113
CONSIGNOR: 4 Bar Ranch P.H.NO.: 113 TLBAA: 258288 CALVED: 3/22/07 DESCRIPTION: White with red legs, neck, head and spots on side BREEDING: Exposed to: Southern Edition ECR from 07/26/09 to sale date. COMMENTS: OCV'd. Pretty Larime Chex daughter, with Impacts Rear Admiral on bottom side. Horns are 60" at 2 years. Nice confirmation and raises a nice calf. Good disposition and easy to work.
Laramie Chex Admiral's Gypsy
WW Phenomenal Squaw
CONSIGNOR: 4 Bar Ranch P.H.NO.: 806 TLBAA: 253072 CALVED: 3/30/08 DESCRIPTION: White with brown head and spots BREEDING: Exposed to: Southern Edition ECR from 12/24/09 to sale date COMMENTS: OCV'd. Flashy daughter out of J.R. Spotlight, with Wiregrass Phenomenon on the bottom. Great horn growth on this heifer with 40" at 18 J.R. Spotlight months. Good natured and easy to work. Exposed to Southern Edition ECR. 4Wind Holiday on Ice
Tri 7 Southern Emperor Slater 45/3
Emperor Cherry Mob's Colorado Rangerboy Slater 73
Beau Chex Little Crickett
Coach Beau's Flame Beau Chex Cricket 5115
4Wind Holiday on Ice
CONSIGNOR: 4 Bar Ranch P.H.NO.: 17/4 TLBAA: 228957 CALVED: 11/23/04 DESCRIPTION: White red ears, red on nose, spots on ankles BREEDING: Exposed to: Southern Edition ECR from 05/25/09 to sale date. COMMENTS: OCV'd. Nice big horned cow. Good solid genetics. Milks well. Raises nice calves with good horn. Currently measures over 70" of horn. Wiregrass Phenomenon Exposed to Southern Edition ECR. A Limited Edition / Southern Comfort bull. Apache Squaw
Phenomenon Horse Head Bold Debutant Lonesome Deuce FM1000 Lazy B 131
WW Fancy Delta
CONSIGNOR: 4 Bar Ranch P.H.NO.: 810 TLBAA: 253071 CALVED: 5/13/08 DESCRIPTION: White with brown nose ears and spots BREEDING: Exposed to: Southern Edition ECR from 11/15/09 to sale date COMMENTS: OCV'd. Very pretty daughter of Dixie River. Nice horn growth. Big bodied heifer that is from a great producing cow Bayou Fancy 211. Has Coach Dixie River Tommie, Emperor, Delta Nicole. Solid genetic package. Exposed to Southern Bayou Fancy 511 Edition ECR.
Emperor Delta Nicole Coach Tommie Bayou Rivera
CONSIGNOR: Glenn Phipps P.H.NO.: 45/3 TLBAA: 150523 CALVED: 10/15/93 DESCRIPTION: Red and white BREEDING: Exposed to: M Arrow Carnac from 12/30/09 to 03/02/2010 COMMENTS: OCV'd. Impressive horn of over 63" TTT on this mature cow who is the Dam of Cherry Empress. She is exposed/bred to M Arrow Carnac a young early 3 year old with 78+" of total horn. I Mob's Colorado Rangerboy am keeping her last bull calf by M Arrow Carnac. Carnac is a full brother to M Arrow Slater 73 Houdini at 74+" TTT.
CONSIGNOR: Glenn Phipps P.H.NO.: 74 TLBAA: 255363 CALVED: 4/28/07 DESCRIPTION: White with frosted face and body BREEDING: Exposed to: M Arrow Houdini from 08/20/09 to 11/03/09 COMMENTS: OCV'd. A double bred and staggered Beau Chex daughter that carries Phenomenon on the bottom side and Coach both sides with strong Butler influence. She has a fancy colored bull calf at side and is bred/exposed to Horn Showcase 74.44" TTT M Arrow Houdini.
J.R. Ramrod J. R. Reba Wiregrass Phenomenon Apache Squaw
IPR Cherry Empress
CONSIGNOR: Glenn Phipps P.H.NO.: 1/6 TLBAA: 240992 CALVED: 12/4/06 DESCRIPTION: White with red spots on neck and shoulders BREEDING: Exposed to: M Arrow Houdini from 04/06/09 to 07/20/09 COMMENTS: OCV'd. Cherry Empress is a big sound young cow with Emperor on the top side. Exposed/bred to M Arrow Houdini who placed second in the Horn Showcase 3 times running with 74+" TTT as a 4 year old.
Farlap Chex Casper Lady Lite BL Impacts Rear Admiral Easy Money
YP Colorado Ranger 774 L5B 25/7 "Frosty" Classic Dispatcher Miss Redmac 615
IPR Blanca Negro
CONSIGNOR: Glenn Phipps P.H.NO.: 287 TLBAA: 248697 CALVED: 8/5/07 DESCRIPTION: Black and white BREEDING: Exposed to: M Arrow Houdini from 02/02/09 to 09/10/09 COMMENTS: Phenomenon genetics are still strong components to add to a breeding program and here is offered a Phenomenon granddaughter bred/exposed to one M Arrow Houdini who is one of the top developing young bulls in our industry at 74"+ TTT and barely 4 years old.
Synergist Oreo Pepper
Phenomenon Creekmore's Shazam Copenhagen Tradition B A Request's Oreo
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CONSIGNOR: Glenn Phipps P.H.NO.: 402 TLBAA: 158445 CALVED: 3/15/94 DESCRIPTION: White with dark brown spots BREEDING: Exposed to: M Arrow Carnac from 08/30/09 to 01/11/10 COMMENTS: OCV'd. A Regal appearing grand Dam who's color and great horn will attract attention in any pasture. She has an M Arrow Houdini calf at side and is exposed/bred back to Houdini's 78" full brother another 80" Bayou Empress X 74" DH Red Ranger son.
Bondsman Morning Glory
30 Heaven's Heart
G&L Heart 2 Heart
Whelming King JVC Whisper Gal G&L Highjacker D Bar S Shady Lady
Boomerang C P EOT Hot Shot Zarita Sure Shot's El Tejano,FD LA Pluma
Miss Maxi Bluejean
Punjab's Fairy Sparkle
CONSIGNOR: Don Rogers P.H.NO.: 912 TLBAA: 207314 CALVED: 12/10/99 DESCRIPTION: Red and white BREEDING: AI'd to: Coach on 11/23/09 COMMENTS: OCV'd. This is one of our original foundation cows. She has great color, horn length and disposition. She has been exposed to Coach, who is an outstanding sire whose calves are known for the length of their horns, excellent conformation, and loud color. Take her home and put her to work in your program!
TP Punjab L Spots Sparkle
Overwhelmer Maverick Mary L Red Hunter Lamb's Bit o Honey
Miss Texas Midnight
CONSIGNOR: Don Rogers P.H.NO.: 72/2 TLBAA: 212014 CALVED: 5/22/02 DESCRIPTION: Black with white spots BREEDING: AI'd to: Coal Smoke on 12/15/09 COMMENTS: OCV'd. This black with white spots cows dam was the Grand Champion show cow in 2002. She has been exposed to Coal Smoke for 2010 and has already produced a gruella calf. Miss Texas is a friendly cow and would be an asset to anyones breeding program.
J.R. Seman L Miss Texas Fox
Gunman J.R. Sequential G&L Highjacker H and H Muneca
CONSIGNOR: Don Rogers P.H.NO.: 701 TLBAA: 263064 CALVED: 2/15/07 DESCRIPTION: White body with brown cape, brown measles and four brown stockings BREEDING: AI'd to: Coal Smoke on 12/15/09 COMMENTS: OCV'd. This fancy heifer will be an asset to anyone's breeding program. She has lots of color and a great disposition. She has been exposed to Coal Smoke. Don't miss the chance to make her yours!
Double Eagle Mi Tierra Caramel Wall Street YO Jalepeno Marquesa
CONSIGNOR: George and Angie Soliz P.H.NO.: 62 TLBAA: 76532 CALVED: 7/29/06 DESCRIPTION: White with brown head, neck and specks, white on forehead BREEDING: COMMENTS: OCV'd. This bull has a great genetic background. He produces beautiful calves with frame, color, and lateral horns. He has a great disposition, very gentle and stays at home. (Selling EOT Outback Hot Shot with a reserve)
CONSIGNOR: Don Rogers P.H.NO.: 20 TLBAA: 211747 CALVED: 7/24/02 DESCRIPTION: Grulla head with white spot, cape, legs, spots on white body BREEDING: AI'd to: Coal Smoke on 11/23/09 COMMENTS: This is a beautiful grulla cow. She'll add great horn to your herd and has been exposed to exposed to Coal Smoke. Donâ€™t miss the opportunity to Whelming Blackjack own this beautiful cow.
Bail Jumper Scarlett Stir Crazy Morticia
CONSIGNOR: Don Rogers P.H.NO.: 9/9 TLBAA: 202591 CALVED: 5/25/99 DESCRIPTION: White with red cape and socks BREEDING: AI'd to: Coach on 12/15/09 COMMENTS: OCV'd Get ready to bid! Bethany is one of our best foundation cows. She has been a consistent producer and is ready to produce for you. She is bred to Coach, who is an outstanding sire Double Time whose calves are known for the length of their horns. Excellent conformation and Wallstreets Mary Beth loud color.
RHF Glory Bond
TLBAA Sales Management Division Texas Longhorn Sales:
May 8, 2010 Best at West Membership Sale
August 7, 2010 Best at West Membership Sale HSR Steel Bethany 9/9
GF Star Man Miss Texas Midnight Double Time Wallstreets Mary Beth
December 4, 2010 Best at West Membership Sale
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Bruce E. McCarty Auctioneer Weatherford, TX
(817) 991-9979 Brian Uptmore Auctioneer (254) 826-3725 Day (254) 379-4283 Cell
J. Bryan Davis Auctioneer Ranch Real Estate
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JoelAuctioneer Lemley P.O. Box 471 Blackwell, TX 79506
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AN UNDENIABLE FACT; read "The Real Butler Story" by Don Limb. Send only $19.90 to Limb Cattle Co., 8375 Lone Star Rd., Washington, TX 77880-5205, 936-878-2988. View excerpts at www.limbcattle.com.
CATTLE FOR SALE
JONES RANCH – Home of Gunman genetics. 4-Sale: progeny of the great Gunman bull and his sons, Grand Slam & Hocus Pocus. We are now featuring cattle sired by J R Premium and K C Just Respect by Hunt's Demand Respect. (719) 5392771.Web: http://gunman1234.tripod.com. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. BETTER THAN GUNMAN – That's what Ron Jones says....and he owned them both. Ron told me PREMIUM was the best horn producing bull he has EVER owned. Offspring for sale by JR Premium. www.BlueMountainLonghorns.com • 918653-3647
> > > Hearts 'n Flowers… > > > To all our Longhorns friends and friends to be! Valentines Day is the perfect time to surprise your "sweetie" with a beautiful Longhorn or 2 or 3! We are all looking forward to the Texas Longhorn Breeders Gulf Coast Association's "Heritage" Youth and Open shows during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's annual Texas Longhorn weekend March 13-15. For details, call Dorie @ (281) 356-8167 Exciting events are planned!
BEAVER CREEK LONGHORNS- Check our new Web site with "Super Sales" and herdreduction prices. Tazman (Gunman) genetics. Carole Muchmore, Ponca City, OK (580) 7659961, www.beavercreeklonghorns.com. BOOMERANG OFFSPRING – Offspring that can be the 2009 Horn Showcase, Millennium Futurity, or World Show Champions that are the total package! Mike Bowman (316) 778-1717. SIX CHOICE UNEXPOSED 2008 heifers and two 2007 heifers (one solid black bred to Rio Boleto, a son of JP Rio Grande). Terrific replacement heifers! C.C. Land & Cattle Co. (since 1990). Carol Carlson, Oklahoma City, OK - www.cclonghorncattle.com or (405) 4249453. RAU Animal Immobilizer Agent.
RC LARSON LONGHORNS – 3 years of producing top of the line embryos. Embryos sales and guaranteed embryo pregnancies. Successfully assisting other breeders with their embryo programs. Our business is to maximize your breeding program. Contact us about the cost effectiveness of embryo sales. (503) 8427184 or email@example.com. At SAND HILLS RANCH we enjoy working with NEW BREEDERS & offer QUALITY GOOD HORNED STRAIGHT BUTLER & BLEND cattle, many to choose from & an attractive OWNER FINANCE PKG, Dora Thompson (318) 8726329 firstname.lastname@example.org Mansfield, LA www.sandhillsranch.com Located near the Texas Line & Shreveport.
Cattle for sale “To God Be The Glory”
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LONE WOLF RANCH Dr. Lee and Linda Ragains
New Location: Sallisaw, OK (918) 774-9107 • (918) 855-0704 new web site:
Dorie Damuth - Flying D Longhorn Ranch • Magnolia, TX 281-356-8167 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TRADE & BARTER
TRADE YOUR LONGHORNS – Weʼll take your bulls and steers in trade for cows, heifers, pairs, herd sires or semen from breedsʼ top quality bulls. Stonewall Valley Ranch, Fredericksburg, TX. Days (512) 454-0476 / Weekends (830) 644-2380.
LIVESTOCK TRANSPORTATION Ted Roush (713) 299-7990 Cell (979) 743-4439 Home www.asocl.com or email@example.com YOU CALL - I HAUL! HAULING - Anywhere-Anytime We specialize in Longhorns. Dan Tisdale (940) 872-1811 Mobile: 940/841-2619
CATTLE HAULING (C) 214/676-3598 • (H) 972/227-6779 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: MPKDhornshop8061@msn.com Web site: www.hornandleather.com
C P Longhorns - Carla Jo Payne Breeder of Boomerang C P
Cattle For Sale
(940) 453-4063 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.cplonghorns.com
THATE Cattle Company Your source for big-horned cattle in the North—utilizing the right bloodlines to produce the horn. Fairmont, Minnesota
Back at the ranch, I have beautiful, gentle, colorful, big-horned cattle for sale at all time.
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A DVERTISERS ’ I NDEX Splash of Color Longhorns ............72 A AAdcock, Terry & Sherri ..........................47
Adkins, Aaron..........................................28 Almendra Longhorns............................70 Land & Cattle ............................70 B Beadle Bear Grass Ranch ....................................71 Beere Cattle Co. ......................................40 Best at West..............................................17 Bladen, Kent &Christine................38, 51 Blooming Grove Farm ..........................71 Bluebird Ridge Longhorns ..................61 Bluebonnet Ranch ................................73 Blue Mountain Longhorns..................55 Bolen, Brent & Cindy .......................... 22 Bond Ranch ............................................70 Box Z Ranch.................................... 18, 72 Brett Ranch ..............................................17 Briscoe/Hunt Partnership ....................21 Brown Brothers Cattle Company......72 Buckhorn Cattle Company.............. 71 Butler Breeders..................................32-33
Event Farms ..................................70 M Main Marquess Arrow Ranch ........................20 Midwest Longhorn Sale........................10 Miller, Tim................................................70 Miniature Longhorns............................70 Mitchell, Clay ..........................................28 Moeller’s Cross M Texas Longhorns 70 Morgan Livestock....................................61 Moriah Farms......................................3, 71 Morris, Ken ..............................................28 Mosser Longhorns........................IFC, 72 Muchmore, Carole ................................55
Land & Cattle Co. ..................55, 71 C C.C. Cactus Rose Longhorns........................17 Cactus Ridge Ranch .............................. 71 Cain, Tony................................................33 Carpenter, Bow & Sylvia ......................72 CedarView Ranch ..................................70 Champion Genetics ..............................61 Cloud 9 Longhorns................................71 Cowtown Classic..................................IBC Crossed T’s Cattle Co. .......................... 55 Curtiss/Elburn..........................................71
DNA Ranch ............................................ 72 Deer Creek Longhorns ..................45, 72 Diamond Q Longhorns ......................71 Diamondback Ranch............................70 Diamond S Longhorns ........................71 Dick’s Ranch Supply..............................69 Dunn, Nancy ..........................................28
El Castillo Ranch ....................................19 El Coyote ................................1, 14, 15,72 End of Trail Ranch.............. FC, 11,23,70
4 Bar Ranch........................................63,72 4 Gone Ranch ....................................9, 71 Falls Creek Ranch ..................................52 Flowers Family Ranch ..........................72
No-Bull......................................................63 Northbrook Cattle Co...........................70
Pace, Scott ................................................28 Panther Creek Longhorns ..............2, 22 Pearl Longhorn Ranch............18, 19, 72 Prairie States Insurance ........................63
RHD Longhorns ....................................18 R&R Ranch ..............................................70 Red Peak Ranch ..............................13, 73 Red Tree Farms........................................72 Rio Vista Ranch................................19, 72 Rocking A Longhorns .......................... 71 Rolling Creek Ranch ..............................31 Running Arrow ......................................45
7 Bar Ranch Longhorns........................71 777 Ranch................................................72 SS Backwards Longhorns ....................70 Sand Hills Ranch....................................40 Safari B Ranch..........................................71 Select Breeders Sale................................12 Semkin Longhorns..........................43, 71 Sidewinder Cattle Co. ..........................30 Smith, T.M. & Jean..................................71 Snyder, Charley & Doris ......................53 Spidle, Agee..............................................59 STLA............................................ 17, 18, 19 Star Creek Ranch ..............................7, 72 Stotts Hideaway Ranch ................72, BC Struthoff Ranch...................................... 72
Tallgrass Cattle Co...........................24, 70 Taylor Cattle Co. ....................................38 Taylor Colt & Cattle Co. ......................52 TLBGCA....................................................34 Texas Longhorn Ranch Supply ..........62 Texas Perfection Cattle Co. ..................18 Transova Genetics ..................................42 Trinity Creeks Ranch..............................18 Triple M Ranch........................................70 Triple R Ranch (MI) ................22, 28 ,70 Triple R Ranch (TX)........................17, 19 Triple T Longhorns ................................71
Steve............................................28 G Gaskill, Gross, Ray ................................................64 Longhorns......................47, 72 H Hickman Hodges, Dave..........................................63 Horned Owl Ranch ..............................72 Hughes, Scott ..........................................28 Husky Branding Irons ..........................64
IndianPoint Ranch ................................71 Indian Territory Sale ..............................57
J5 Longhorns............................................71 J&C Longhorns ......................................18 JBR Longhorns........................................46 JHC Longhorns................................17, 19 Jack Mountain Ranch .......................... 72 Jones, Jimmy............................................28 JT Wehring Family Ranch ....................72
K Bar K Ranch..........................................71 Kimble Cattle Co. ..................................17 King, Terry & Tammy............................28 Kittler Land & Cattle ........................51,70
......................................70 W Weddle/Weddle West Farms ..............................................32 West Winds Ranch ................................19 Wichita Fence..........................................53
Y February 2010
Lazy A Ranch ..........................................29 Le’AN Cattle Co. ....................................38 Lemley Auction Services ......12, 39, IBC Lemley Longhorns ................................73 Little Star Longhorns ............................63 Lo Mejor Ranch......................................72 Lone Wolf Ranch....................................73 Longhorn Max........................................52 Longhorn Sale Pen ................................53 Long Shot Cattle ....................................70 Loomis, Bob............................................28 Lucky Lady Ranch..................................17
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Save the date! Texas Longhorn Coming Events FEBRUARY 2010 FEB 4-6 • San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo, San Antonio, TX. Entry deadline: Dec. 1, 2009. www.sarodeo.com. Annie Morgan (Chairman) firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-8858653. Doug Muenchow (Alt. Chairman) 210-394-1952 or email@example.com. Qualifying Non-Haltered and Youth. FEB 13-14 • 2010 Sierra Show, Truth or Consequences, NM. David Starritt, Show Chairman (915) 240-5902 or www.tlbnm.com or Lynn Starritt (915) 252-4118. Qualifying Non-Haltered and Youth. FEB 13-14 • Dixie National, Jackson, MS. Shannon Reeves - Youth (601) 783-6401 or Dixie National (601) 961-4000 or (601) 214-1344. FEB 18-21 • Autobahn Classic, Fort Worth, TX. Larry Barker (817) 988-6110. FEB 20 • Select Breeders Sale, Will Rogers West Sale Arena, Fort Worth, TX. Lemley Auction Services (325) 668-3552. FEB 27 • San Angelo Stock Show, San Angelo, TX. Dennis Urbantke (325) 655-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualifying Haltered and Youth.
MARCH 2010 MAR 6 • TLBAA Best at West Membership Sale, West, TX. TLBAA (817) 625-6241. MAR 12-14 • North Texas Longhorn Breeders Spring Show, Glen Rose, TX; Kevin or Laury Rooker (940) 748-1031 or email@example.com. Entry forms available at www.ntlba.org. Qualifying Haltered, Non-Haltered and Youth. MAR 13-15 • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Houston, TX. www.hlsr.com. (832) 667-1000 Qualifying Haltered, NonHaltered & Youth. MAR 19-21 • STLA Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo, Travis Co. Expo Center, Austin, TX. Daniel Harabis firstname.lastname@example.org or (361) 594-3433. Entries must be made on-line through the STFR website, www.rodeoaustin.com. Entry deadline: Feb. 1, 2010. Qualifying Haltered, Non-Haltered and 2 Youth Shows. MAR 25-26 • South Texas State Fair, Ford Park, Beaumont, TX. Carolyn Abney (409) 284-9881 or AJ Boudreaux (409) 466-4140. Qualifying Haltered and Youth. MAR 26 • Alberta Texas Longhorn Association Annual Meeting and Sale, Ponoka, Alberta. Meeting, Sale 3 p.m., VJV Auctions, Ponoka. For information, Mark Stewart (403) 704-1138. MAR 26-28 • Oklahoma Spring Shoot-Out, Payne Co. Expo Center, Stillwater, OK. Steve or Bodie Quary (405) 567-3093.
APRIL 2010 APR 9-11 • Rockdale Triple Show, Fair Park Arena, Rockdale, TX. Ray Berger (512) 253-6322 email@example.com; Sandy Nordhausen (512) 750-1350. Program deadline March 29. APR 10-11 • Lazy L Old Time Ranch Sale & Social, Lampasas, TX. Larry Stewart (512) 768-9953. APR 10-11 • Dixie Classic, Gulfport, MS. Maurice Ladnier (601) 762-5194 APR 16-18 • Texas Gulf Coast Breeders Spring Show, Lufkin Expo Center, Lufkin, TX. Doak Parker/Dean Freeman (281) 658- 4690 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Russell Deshotels (281) 592-7977. Qualifying Haltered, Non-Haltered and Youth. Deadline: March 22, 2010. APR 17 • Marquess Arrow Ranch Presents Longhorn Opportunities, Ben Wheeler, TX. Ron & Barbara Marquess (903) 833-5810 or (903) 570-5199. APR 24 • Midwest Longhorn Sale, Winfield, KS. Mike Bowman (316) 778-1717. APR 30-MAY 1 • Red McCombs 31st Anniversary Fiesta Texas Longhorn Sale, Johnson City, TX. Alan Sparger (210) 445-8798.
MAY 2010 MAY 1-2 • Bluegrass Texas Longhorn Show, Diamond C Ranch Nortonville, KY Ronnie Cruce 270-836-3571 or Stella Cruce 270-836-7533. Qualifying Haltered (2 shows), Non-Haltered (2 shows) and Youth (2 shows). MAY 7-8 • Hudson-Valentine Invitational Sale, Will Rogers West Arena, Fort Worth, TX. Joe & Lorinda Valentine (254) 584-2218 or email@example.com. MAY 8 • TLBAA Best at West Membership Sale, West, TX. TLBAA (817) 625-6241. MAY 8-9 • Run To The Mountains, Lincoln County Fair Grounds, Capitan, NM. Lynn Starritt (915) 282-4118.Qualifying Haltered, Non-Haltered and Youth. MAY 15 • Kentucky Blue Grass Sale & Heifer Futurity, Springfield, KY. Lemley Auction Services www.lemleyauctionservices.com or (325) 668-3552. MAY 21-22 • Millennium Futurity, Glen Rose, TX. Bill Davidson (405) 258-7117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.mlfuturity.com.
JUNE 2010 JUN 5 • Cowtown Classic, Will Rogers Sale Arena, Fort Worth, TX. Lemley Auction Services www.lemleyauctionservices.com or (325) 668-3552. JUN 12 • 13th Annual Indian Territory Texas Longhorn Association Sale, Red River Sale Barn, Overbrook, OK. Bob Weaver (405) 659-9222 or fax (405) 348-5015 or email@example.com JUN 17-19 • TLBAA World Show & National Youth Show, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX. Pam Galloway (817) 625-6241 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Barfield email@example.com. Qualifying Haltered, Non-Haltered and Youth. JUN 19 • West Coast Texas Longhorn Sale, Aurora, OR. Auctioneer: Bill Le’An, Humansville, MO. Daniel Fey (503) 349-7866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUGUST 2010 AUG 4-8 • Autobahn Super Stakes, Fort Worth, TX. Larry Barker (817) 988-6110. AUG 7 • TLBAA Best at West Membership Sale, West, TX. TLBAA (817) 625-6241.
SEPTEMBER 2010 SEPT 11 • The Appalachian Trail Registered Texas Longhorn Sale, Noon, Mt. Airy Stockyard, Mt. Airy, NC. Carl R. Brantley, Wilksboro, NC. (336) 667-5452 or email@example.com. SEPT 30-OCT 2 • East Texas State Fair, Tyler, TX. Dr. Gene & Lana Hightower (903) 963-7442. www.etstatefair.com. Qualifying Haltered, Non-Haltered and Youth.
OCTOBER 2010 OCT 14-16 • TLBAA Longhorn Weekend & Horn Showcase, Fort Worth, TX. TLBAA (817) 625-6241.
DECEMBER 2010 DEC 4 • TLBAA Best at West Membership Sale, West, TX. TLBAA (817) 625-6241.
Let us know about your upcoming events! (817) 625-6241 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Texas Longhorn Trails