Texas Longhorn Trails
JULY 2015 VOL. 27 NO. 3
About the Cover:
The essentials of any type of Texas Longhorn breeding program – green grass, blue sky and and young stock. Photo courtesy of Daniel Harabis.
28 Registered Texas Longhorn Beef Insights from breeders with Active Longhorn Beef Programs
39 Registered Longhorn Beef Providers
16 TLBAA Breeder Spotlight - Haltom Hollar
20 Texas Longhorn Beef In The Local Foods Movement
submitted by Grassfed Longhorn Alliance, LLC
38 Horns, History & Hamburgers 44 Summer To Do List 48 Producing Grass-Finished Beef 53 Improving The Value Of Your Herd 57 100% Grass-Fed Texas Longhorn by Henry King
34 Breeder Profile:
The DuBose Family and Longhorns: Eight Generations and Counting By Henry King
by Becky Mills
by Heather Smith Thomas
by Mike Crawford
Sales & Shows: 12 Red River Longhorn Sale 4
Beef, the new “Texas Gold” by Larry Ferguson
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Departments: 10 Officer & Directors 43 In the Pen 49 News on the Trail 52 Affiliate News 56 Movers & Shakers 57 Herd Management 58 Save the Date 63 Ad Index 63 Just For Grins
Notesfrom the Editor It’s all about the beef! This month’s issue is focused on the lean beef program that revolves around the Texas Longhorn breed. A big thanks to the Lean Beef advertisers who took part in this issue. We have asked several questions to TLBAA members who participate in the Lean Beef program. Check out their insight on their beef programs on page 28. We have updated the story about the Meers Store located in Meers, OK. Be sure and check out their world famous Longhorn burgers when you are headed to this year’s Horn Showcase in Lawton. Be sure to tell them you read the article and saw the ad in the Texas Longhorn Trails magazine! The Fall sales are getting closer, so don’t forget the many options to promote those consignments. Through Trails magazine ads, online ads, and e-blasts, we’ve got you covered for advertising your breeding program. I encourage you to email, fax or mail your comments and suggestions to continue moving the Trails magazine in the right direction for our members and readers. See you down the road...
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MAY 29-30, 2015 OVERBROOK, OK AUCTIONEER: JOEL LEMLEY, BLACKWELL, TX SALE HOSTS: RICK AND TRACEY FRIEDRICH, FRANK AND MICHELLE HEVREDJS & BOB AND PAM LOOMIS SALE MANAGEMENT: LEMLEY AUCTION SERVICES RESULTS SUBMITTED BY: LEMLEY AUCTION SERVICES
Next year’s sale will be held in conjunction with the Oklahoma Indian Texas Longhorn Association Futurity.
Highlights SALE AVERAGE: $3,015.18 VOLUME BUYERS: Dale Smith-$12,300 Brian Brett-$12,000 Lynn Struthoff-$10,150 Jeff Ketelsen-$10,000 Bill and Elizabeth Hudson-$10,000 Devin and Annissa Graves-$9,000
Suzanne Torkildsen, Fayetteville, TX; Darlene Aldridge, D.V.M., Somerville, TX
Jeff & Sylvia Ketelsen, Norfolk, NE
Donation Lots for Texas Longhorn Cattle Associations-$6,700
✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯ HIGH SELLING LOTS:
LATEST TREND IN STARS Consigned by Star Creek Ranch Buyer: Jeff Ketelsen
Steve Jordan, Ardmore, OK
Bubba Bollier, Llano, TX; Brian Brett, Southlake, TX
HUNT’S RESPECTED DIANE Consigned by Helm Cattle Company Buyer: Bill and Elizabeth Hudson
BL COWGIRL FOX Consigned by Bob and Pam Loomis Buyer: Brian Brett
BCR SALTY SUGAR Consigned by Bill and Suzanne Torkildsen Buyer: Joe Cunningham
Chris Clark, Taft, TX; Dale Smith, Allen, TX
Ron Campbell & Rhonda Harris, Dallas, TX
JR DELILAH Consigned by Bill and Elizabeth Hudson Buyer: Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs
OUTRAGEOUS SHOW OF STARS Consigned by Star Creek Ranch Buyer: Devin Graves
PACIFIC HARMONY Consigned by John Marshall Buyer: Lynn Struthoff
Mary Ann & Joe Cunningham, Hillsboro, TX
Photos by Laura Standley
Charles Spencer, Sulphur Springs, TX
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Roger Garlitz, Oakwood, TX Sherrill Caddel, Ardmore, OK; Pam Loomis, Overbrook, OK; Tracey Friedrich, Houston, TX; Rhonda Poe, Whitewright, TX; Whitney Mayden, Diana, TX
John & Debra Helm, Red Oak, TX; Tracey & Rick Friedrich
Kathy Kittler, Carlisle, AR; Kelby, Jodi & Kevin Bryant, Camargo, OK Jakki, Addison, Seth and Brandon Stewart, Ardmore, OK
Hilton Reed, Whitesboro, TX Kerry Mounce, Bennington, OK Stacey & Scott Schumacher, Era, TX
Keeley Nabb & Sam Doty, Wynnewood, OK
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Larry & Toni Stegemoller, Cleburne, TX
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Linda Harman enjoying the Pink Pistol. Lynn Struthoff & Josie Becker, San Antonio, TX; Felix Serna, Kingsville, TX
John, Hayden & Larry Lemmon, Oklahoma City, OK Texas Longhorn Trails
KENTUCKY KITCHEN AND TEXAS LONGHORNS – James and Lynette Haltom It was a long and winding road to London, KY, site of Haltom Hollar, James and Lynette Haltom’s 45 acre Longhorn ranch. Lynette was a “typical” California girl—long blond hair, surfing and listening to rock and roll. James, a native of Boerne, TX played high school football and rode bulls and saddle broncs with their rodeo team, but cancer and a joyous heart eventually brought them together. THE EARLY YEARS Lynette was born in Fullerton, CA and in her late teens, she went to work as a temporary secretary for a variety of recording studios including A&M, RCA and Capital Records. In 1978, she began her first “real” job typing scripts for the popular soap opera General Hospital in the basement of ABC Studios and then onto a gig as programming assistant for KLOS, the market’s number one rock station, in Los Angeles. “It’s an understatement to say those were really fun times,” said Lynette. After earning a college degree, Lynette went on to work for the city of Hemet, CA where she retired at age 50. James Haltom hails from Boerne, TX, just north of San Antonio. After high school, James joined the Navy as an Avionics Technician and Recruiter. He fought two years in Vietnam, where he sustained multiple injuries. In all, he served 26 years in the Navy and retired with disabilities in 1991. Upon his discharge, James attended school in Louisiana and received a degree in nursing. It was during this time he felt he needed a change of scenery and moved to California. It was while serving as a hospice nurse that he met Lynette. WEDDING BELLS Lynette had been so busy with her career that she did not marry until the age of 45. Shortly after the marriage, her husband was diagnosed with melanoma cancer. She struggled with taking care of him and after several nurses had come and gone, James was sent over as the hospice nurse. “James was an exceptional nurse and helped me get through that terrible time of my life. We developed a friendship. James had lost his wife of 28 years to cervical cancer, so we had a lot in common,” said Lynette. Soon after they wed, James wanted to retire somewhere in the country. “I told Lynette I would not live in California,” said James. So, they hopped on a plane to Knoxville, Tennessee and started looking. “Money was tight and all the places we looked at in Tennessee were too expensive, so we rented a car and drove to Kentucky.” “We were outside of London (Kentucky), the land was beautiful and we felt it was something we could build from scratch,” James said. At that time, the land had a fallen down barn and two old mobile homes on it. They called it “Hillbilly Heaven.” Eventually, James brought up the subject of getting a cow to raise for beef. Ever the California girl, Lynnette was not keen on the idea as she had never been around cows. She told James “no horns, no bulls and she wouldn’t take care of it”, so the idea was tabled for a while. A NEW CUTTING BOARD AND DICKINSON CATTLE COMPANY An avid cook, James used an old wooden cutting board that his father had made 40 years earlier. But, with age and use, the cutting board began to warp and crack. It was Lynette’s search for a new cutting board that led to the purchase of their first Texas Longhorns. Lynette found a cutting board she liked at the Dickinson’s Longhorn Store online, so she telephoned the store to order the cutting board and spoke with Linda Dickinson. As they were visiting, she told Linda about James’ desire to get a cow or two. Linda began to extol the virtues of owning Texas Longhorns and Lynette was intrigued. James was shocked but happy. He and Lynette bought four cows and a DRAG IRON bull from Dickinson Cattle Company, borrowed a trailer and brought them home to Haltom Hollar. Their first herd and love of Texas Longhorns was born.
GETTING AN EDUCATION In 2013, the Haltom’s met Terry King of Westville, FL. Terry worked for the Southeastern Winchester Futurity, traditionally held during the Hudson-Valentine Sale in Bowling Green, KY. James and Lynette had seen the Futurity advertised and were interested in attending, so contacted Terry for information. Terry convinced them to come and in 2013, they entered one of their yearlings. Their bull took fifth place, and Lynette was thrilled. “I could be heard screaming with excitement over into the next county,” she said. It was at the Hudson-Valentine Sale Lynette and James met Joe Valentine. Lynette told Joe she wanted to win a rifle at the next Southeastern Winchester Futurity. Joe advised they had some good cows, just needed to find the right bull. Joe let the Haltom’s “borrow” RIO MAGIC and they got a couple of the cows bred. Lynette had really admired one of his cows, HORSESHOE J DELICIOUS and let Joe know that if he ever got ready to sell her, she wanted a heads up. Joe promised he would. RIFLES, A BULL AND MAKING JAM The 2014 Southeastern Winchester Futurity was quite a different story for the Haltom’s. They entered two heifers, with one winning first place and the other taking third. They had also bought a little bull from Bob Loomis, BUBBA TUFF CHEX. Bob brought the bull to the futurity and not only did he take first place but won Grand Champion as well. Lynette had won her rifles and really screamed her head off. The heifer that won the Southeastern Winchester Futurity, MIGHTY DRAG IRON LADY, also won first place at the Winchester Futurity of the North in IN and Lynette had her third Henry Golden Boy rifle. She was so thankful for the counsel and education given her by Joe Valentine and Bob Loomis, she sent them each a case of homemade jam. In fact, at Longhorn events she attends, everyone calls her “the jelly lady.” How Lynette became the jelly lady was quite by accident. Making jam was something she had always wanted to learn to do so she took a class. Once she mastered her recipes, she began giving it to family and friends. Then she started bringing some to various Longhorn events and it snowballed from there. Lynette makes more than 200 jars of jams and jellies each year. “It takes about five hours to make 16 jars of jam, but the joy I get from handing it out makes it all worthwhile,” she said. JOE’S PROMISE Shortly before he passed away, Joe Valentine contacted James and Lynette to see if they still wanted to buy HORSESHOE J DELICIOUS. “Joe and Lorinda could have sold that cow for a lot of money,” said Lynette. “He knew I loved that cow and he knew about what we could afford for her, but Joe made good on his promise and sold us the cow anyway.” When people ask Lynette why she is so happy, she says it’s because of James. “He does so many wonderful and thoughtful things for me on a daily basis.” “Life can’t get any better when you have a great husband, a joyous heart and Texas Longhorns.”
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The Texas Longhorn was the ideal match for our marginal, predator-beset Texas Hill Country rangeland, converting native browse to energy and experiencing no difficulty traveling long distances between water sources and ac-
fits of a balance of Omega 3 with Omega 6 fatty acids and the antioxidant advantages of conjugated linoleic acid and beta-carotene; all nutrient dense in muscle
Texas Longhorn Beef in the Local Foods Movement Submitted by Grassfed Longhorn Alliance, LLC ceptable forage. We feared the naturally evolved traits of fertility and disease resistance characteristic of this iconic symbol of the American West were consigned to oblivion due to its fall from favor in the beef industry and prevalence of crossbreeding in the alternative livestock farm market. We sought an approach to enlighten the public to the value of desirable traits possessed by pure cattle of this breed. The Grassfed Longhorn Alliance, LLC dba Bandera Grassland™ was established in 2003 in an effort to preserve the Texas Longhorn by creating a demand for Texas Longhorn beef. Having researched Texas Longhorn beef quality through feed trials in the 1990’s with the TLBAA affiliate – South Texas Longhorn Association, we knew the breed’s potential as an artisan beef product. A Grassfed production system befit our stewardship values, so we resolved to market the niche of all niches, Grassfed Texas Longhorn beef. We assured confidence in our customers with American Grassfed Association thirdparty certification of our management standards. These include animal traceability in the USA from birth to harvest, forage only diet, no added antibiotics or hormones, humane animal treatment and sustainable pasture management designed to benefit the soil and groundwater. The healthful aspects of lean Texas Longhorn beef were already documented; fewer calories, less fat and cholesterol and higher protein than beef from other breeds, and those numbers came from grain-fed cattle. The nutritional margin between Grassfed Texas Longhorn beef and commodity grocery store beef was even more dramatic. Health-conscious consumers began educating themselves in the first decade of the twenty-first century about the bene-
and yellow fat of Grassfed animals, and not present in grain-fed meats. After overcoming the initial challenge of dispelling myths about toughness and convincing people to try the deep red product, we soon cultivated a following of chefs, health-food grocers and discerning farmers market patrons. Many people found the robust flavor of Texas Longhorn beef superior to the ordinary flavor of beef from other breeds. Once they tried it, they were hooked. Maintaining a consistent supply of fresh beef for our restaurant and grocery store customers was difficult with the limited number of cattle we were able to obtain and grass finish on the acreage we had available. After several years of barely breaking even paying distributors and trying to please all our customers while running ourselves ragged grazing cattle on over ten thousand acres of leased land, we decided to cut back our operation. The new business model would market only calves born to our breeding herd on our ranch that we could finish on property we own. We stopped buying steers from other breeders and gave up our grazing leases and wholesale restaurant and grocery store customers in favor of bulk retail sales to individual end users. We scaled back the numbers in our breeding herd to ensure adequate pasture to retain beef steers for twenty-four to thirty months until they reach targetprocessing size. This quality lifestyle was more in keeping with our holistic goal. In a short time we actualized a profit for our efforts while acquiring
time to enjoy it. Complexity of flavor and marbling is directly associated with maturity in Grassfed cattle that cannot be rushed. Quality Grassfed Texas Longhorn beef was truly a Slow Food. Taking cattle to market too soon could turn out a substandard product that could be detrimental to public perception of the breed. Lean beef does not have to equate to a lack of intramuscular marbling. Both are attainable with good nutrition and patience without trading for lower yield as seen in many other breeds. Reserving our best pasture of the sweetest forages for our beef steers to produce a quality grass fattened product, our breeding herd utilized our rugged terrain where the breed was uniquely adapted. We accepted we could not be the sole supplier of Grassfed Texas Longhorn beef to the increasing numbers of eager customers across the USA. Our focus was on our local market. We encouraged other Texas Longhorn breeders to venture into producing beef in their areas and advocated forming marketing alliances between multiple breeders for economy of scale and ability to supply larger clientele. There are roughly fifty small outfits marketing Texas Longhorn beef across this country. We would like to see that number increase and take the beef industry by storm. Texas Longhorn Trails
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MEASURING CLASSES _____________________________________ FEMALES
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Cattle arrive
Thursday, October 1, 2015
8:00 a.m. - Female Measuring/Futurity Begins (measurement by class) 9:00 a.m. - Vendor Exhibits Open 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Fashion Show hosted by Crutcher’s Western Wear 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Seminars and Roundtables 1. Marketing and Promoting Longhorn Beef Charlene Semkin 2. HORNS System Tutorial - Rick Fritsche 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Bull Alley Reception 6:30 p.m. - Bull Alley (In Alphabetical Order) 8:00 a.m. - Bull Measurement/Futurity Begins (measurement by class) 9:00 a.m. - Vendor Exhibits Open 12 NOON - Wichita Refuge Tour 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Seminars and Roundtables 6:00 p.m. - Heifer Sale 7:30 p.m. - Horn Showcase Banquet and Dance
Friday, October 2, 2015
9:00 a.m. - Vendor Exhibits Open 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Cattle Viewing 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Sale Brunch 11:00 a.m. - Horn Showcase Sale Cattle move out 30 minutes after sale conclusion
Saturday, October 3, 2015
7:00 a.m. - 12 NOON - Move out cattle
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Class 1 Females October 2014 (TTT only) Class 2 Females September 2014 (TTT only) Class 3 Females August 2014 (TTT only) Class 4 Females July 2014 (TTT only) Class 5 Females June 2014 (TTT only) Class 6 Females May 2014 (TTT only) Class 7 Females April 2014 Class 8 Females March 2014 Class 9 Females February 2014 Class 10 Females January 2014 Class 11 Females December 2013 Class 12 Females November 2013 Class 13 Females September-October 2013 Class 14 Females July-August 2013 Class 15 Females May-June 2013 Class 16 Females March-April 2013 Class 17 Females January-February 2013 Class 18 Females October-December 2012 Class 19 Females July-September 2012 Class 20 Females April-June 2012 Class 21 Females January-March 2012 Class 22 Females September-December 2011 Class 23 Females May-August 2011 Class 24 Females January-April 2011 Class 25 Females July-December 2010 Class 26 Females January-June 2010 Class 27 Females 2009 Class 28 Females 2008-2007 Class 29 Females 2006-2004 Class 30 Females 2003-2000 Class 31 Females 1999 and older Class 32 Bulls October 2014 (TTT only) Class 33 Bulls September 2014 (TTT only) Class 34 Bulls August 2014 (TTT only) Class 35 Bulls July 2014 (TTT only) Class 36 Bulls June 2014 (TTT only) Class 37 Bulls May 2014 (TTT only) Class 38 Bulls April 2014 Class 39 Bulls March 2014 Class 40 Bulls February 2014 Class 41 Bulls January 2014 Class 42 Bulls December 2013 Class 43 Bulls November 2013 Class 44 Bulls September-October 2013 Class 45 Bulls July-August 2013
Get of Sire and Produce of Dam
• Get of Sire and Produce of Dam will each offer a Junior Division and a Senior Division. • Each Division is based on the age of the offspring of the animal entered. The Junior Division consists of offspring between the ages of two and five years of age. The Senior Division consists of offspring six years and older. • Sires must have three offspring in any Division to compete in that Division. All offspring must be measured both TTT & TH. • Dams must have two offspring in any Division to compete in that Division. All offspring must be measured both TTT & TH. • Both living and deceased bulls and cows can be entered since entries are based on measurements of offspring. • Scoring for each animal will be computed by adding the values of TT & TH of all three offspring for a bull or both offspring for a cow. The bull or cow with the highest value of the total added measurements will be the winner. • Animals do not need to be present to compete in this class • Only breeding animals (Bulls or Cows) can compete as offspring. • Offspring may be produced by natural breeding, artificial insemination or embryo transfer.
Class 46 Bulls May-June 2013 Class 47 Bulls March-April 2013 Class 48 Bulls January-February 2013 Class 49 Bulls October-December 2012 Class 50 Bulls July-September 2012 Class 51 Bulls April-June 2012 Class 52 Bulls January-March 2012 Class 53 Bulls July-December 2011 Class 54 Bulls January-June 2011 Class 55 Bulls 2010 Class 56 Bulls 2009-2008 Class 57 Bulls 2007-2005 Class 58 Bulls 2004 and older
Class 59 Females Twisty Horn October 2013-January 2011 Class 60 Females Twisty Horn 2010-2008 Class 61 Females Twisty Horn 2007 and older
Class 62 Steers October 2013-January 2011 Class 63 Steers 2010-2008 Class 64 Steers 2007 and older _____________________________________
FUTURITY CLASSES _____________________________________ Class 1 September-December 2014 Class 2 July - August 2014 Class 3 May - June 2014 Class 4 March - April 2014 Class 5 January - February 2014 Class 6 September - December 2013 Class 7 May - August 2013 Class 8 January - April 2013 Class 9 Born 2012 Class 10 Born 2010-2011 Class 11 Born 2008 - 2009 Class 12 Born 2007 Class 13 Born 2006 & Before
Class 1 September-December 2014 Class 2 July - August 2014 Class 3 May - June 2014 Class 4 March - April 2014 Class 5 January - February 2014 Class 6 September - December 2013 Class 7 May - August 2013 Class 8 January - April 2013 Class 9 Born 2012
• Bulls must be TLBAA A.I. certified and have an A.I. certified number • Bulls that are living must be present in Lawton, OK; deceased bulls may be entered for semen sales only. • Each owner may bring a semen tank with semen for sale or have semen sent to Champion Genetics. Must have 100 straws minimum available. • No minumum straw purchases allowed. • Bulls will be measured onsite.
Exhibitor’s Phone: __________________________ Exhibitor’s TLBAA N0. ______________ Animal’s Name: ____________________________________________________________
OCTOBER 1-3, 2015 LAWTON, OK
Animal’s Date of Birth:________________________ Animal’s TLBAA NO. ______________ Animal’s Brand and PH No. ____________________________________________________ Animal’s Description __________________________________________________________
Measuring Class Entered_____________________
Twisty Horn Class Entered____________________
$100 Twisty Horn
$100 Total Horn
(Measuring along horn lines wrapping around horn; required to submit photo) Non-Haltered Class Entered___________________ ❑ $100 Non-Haltered Show GET OF SIRE OR PRODUCE OF DAM (See rules published in Trails or on TLBAA.org) – Only breeding animals (bulls or cows) can compete as offspring
❑ $100 Senior Division Get of Sire ❑ $100 Junior Division Get of Sire ❑ $100 Senior Division Produce of Dam ❑ $100 Junior Division Produce of Dam Offspring Competing for Sire or Dam with TLBAA Nos. (limited to breeding animals – bulls or cows) 1. ________________________________________ 2. __________________________________________ 3. __________________________________ BULL ALLEY (See rules published in Trails or on TLBAA.org)
❑ $200 includes optional TTT or TH entry, please designate above. If additional measuring entries are desired, fee is $100 for second choice. Bull’s A.I. No. _________________ FORM OF PAYMENT: CASH
Regular Semen Price ______________________
Horn Showcase Special Price ______________________
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SATELLITE LOCATION ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
❑ Animal will be in Lawton, OK
❑ 10’X10’ stall included ❑ 20’x 10’ additional $100
ALL FORMS MUST BE IN THE TLBAA OFFICE BY MON., SEPTEMBER 7, 5:00 P.M. WITH FULL PAYMENT – NO PAYMENT ACCEPTED AFTER DUE DATE!
2015 TLBAA Horn Showcase Satellite Locations • September 25-26, 2015 HASTINGS, MI….Hubbell’s Longhorns – Contact: Mark Hubbell (269) 838-3083 – email@example.com HARPER, OR….CR Ranches – Contact: Alexandra Dees & Eric Youngberg (541) 358-3787 – firstname.lastname@example.org KINGSVILLE, TX….El Coyote Ranch – Contact: Felix Serna or Della Serna (361) 522-0807 – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org GREENLEAF, KS….Lazy J Longhorns – Contact: Joe & Stephanie Sedlacek (785) 747-2204 – email@example.com COMFORT, TX....3S Ranch – Contact: Alan Sparger (210) 445-8798 – firstname.lastname@example.org BRENHAM, TX….Deer Creek Longhorns – Contact: Bruce Hazlewood (979) 277-8016 – email@example.com SAINT GEORGE, UT….Hunt Longhorns – Contact: Doug & Dianne Hunt (435) 275-2112 – firstname.lastname@example.org RAPID CITY, SD…..Contact: Chad Smith (701) 590-9073 – email@example.com MARIETTA, OK….Loomis Longhorns – Contact Bob & Pam Loomis (580) 276-7498 – firstname.lastname@example.org NORCO, CA….Bar-H Ranch – Contact: Chris Herron (909) 721-7577 – email@example.com BIG TIMBER, MT….Contact: Dave Hodges (406) 932-6181 – firstname.lastname@example.org WINFIELD, KS….Gilliland Ranch – Contact: Mark Gilliland (713) 303-9714 – email@example.com PONOKA, AB CANADA….Contact: Jeff Jespersen (780) 966-3320 – firstname.lastname@example.org
1. The eligibility age for each class will be the animal’s age on October 7, 2015. 2. To be eligible to compete, the animal must be registered as a miniature with the TLBAA. 3. There will be no height measuring at the HSC. 4. Measuring at satellite locations is permitted. For more information: Mark Christenson (941) 374-1856
ALL FORMS MUST BE IN THE TLBAA OFFICE BY MON., SEPTEMBER 7, 5:00 P.M. WITH FULL PAYMENT
Exhibitor’s Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Exhibitor’s Phone: __________________________ Exhibitor’s TLBAA N0. __________________________ Animal’s Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Animal’s Date of Birth: __________________________________________________ Animal’s TLBAA NO. __________________________ Animal’s Brand and PH No. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Animal’s Description ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Miniature Class Entered: (Mark ONE below) FEMALES ($200 - includes TTT & TH)
Juvenile (Weanling up to
Both measurements required
MALES ($200 - includes TTT & TH)
Juvenile (Weanling up to
Both measurements required
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18 months of age)
Juniors (18 months, one day
up to 3 years)
Juniors (18 months, one day
Mature (3 years, one day and older)
Mature (3 years, one day
18 months of age)
up to 3 years)
NO PAYMENT ACCEPTED AFTER DUE DATE!
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1. Each Bull receives spotlighted arena time. 2. All bulls Must be TLBAA AI Certified to enter. 3. Each owner may bring semen tank with semen for sale or have semen sent to Champion Genetics. Must have 100 straws minimum available. 4. All Living Bulls must be present at Horn Showcase. Deceased Bulls may be entered, but must be represented by a direct descendant. 5. Bulls will be measured onsite. 6. No minimum straw purchases allowed.
Exhibitor’s Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Exhibitor’s Phone: _______________________________________Exhibitor’s TLBAA N0.: ______________ __________________________ Animal’s Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Animal’s Date of Birth:____________ Animal’s TLBAA NO. ____________________AI CERTIFICATION NO. __________________________
Not currently TLBAA Certified - please send a kit - $150.
❑ BULL ALLEY ($250 includes one measurement.) ADDITIONAL MEASUREMENT $100. ❑
NORMAL PRICE OF SEMEN ______________________________HORN SHOWCASE PRICE OF SEMEN______________________________ Please include a brief summary tor read-out during the spotlight arena time: __________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Total Payment $___________
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CREDIT CARD ON FILE
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ALL FORMS MUST BE IN THE TLBAA OFFICE BY TUES., SEPTEMBER 8, 5:00 P.M. WITH FULL PAYMENT CHAMPION GENETICS WILL BE ONSITE FOR SEMEN TRANSFERS AND WILL ALSO ASSIST IN SHIPPING AND HANDLING SEMEN AT BUYERS EXPENSE.
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Horn ShowCase Sale • Oct. 3
TLBAA Member Name ___________________________Phone _______________ TLBAA#_____________ Name of Animal: __________________________________________ Registration # ________________ __ Heifer Sale (Friday Oct. 2) *12 - 30 months old, Bred & Owned * $300 Consignment Fee __ Heifer __ Cow __ Pair (No Bulls Accepted) OCV Vaccinated Yes ___ No ___ __ Picture of Animal __ Measuring (please specify TTT or TH) __ ITLA & CTLR Dual Reg. Fee $15 Consignment Fees: $300 per lot (includes measurement) (Commission: Participating: 5%; Non-Participating: 10%): __________ ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS: Must have completed transfer application, original TLBAA certificate or dual registration certificates, completed consignment form and quality photo in TLBAA office by AUGUST 1, 2015. Consignment fees will not be refunded on animals pulled from the sale. The committee will select the top animals. ALL consignment fees must be paid at deadline to make it in the catalog- NO EXCEPTIONS! THIS FORM MUST BE ATTACHED TO ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE WITH COMPLETED TRANSFER FORM.
BREEDING INFORMATION Cow Exposed To ________________________________ From __________ To ____________ Bull’s Name
Cow Exposed To ________________________________ From __________ To ____________ Bull’s Name
Calf at Side Information:
Date Calved ____________
Sired by ______________________________________________ COMMENTS ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ These comments will be read at sale. Any changes for pedigree reader must be submitted in writing to management no later than 24 hours before sale start.
(This form must be signed and returned in order to complete your consignment) The Horn Showcase Sale (HSS) assumes no responsibility for any guarantee made by the consignor. All guarantees are strictly between the consignor (seller) and the buyer. HSS is not responsible for the health or safety of any animal consigned to the sale. This includes loss of life, loss by theft or other perils. All consignors must comply with the rules and regulations. The undersigned hereby agrees to conditions of the sale and agrees that all guarantees are between seller and buyer. The undersigned further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless HSS, sale employees and duly authorized representatives from any and all claims, demands, causes of action or liabilities of any nature which may arise from or in any way relate to the Horn Showcase Sale. The undersigned agrees that if the buyer is unable to accept delivery because of Interstate health requirements, the consignor, not HSS or its management, shall be responsible for refund or adjustment.
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M A N A G E D B Y T H E T E X A S L O N G H O R N B R E E D E R S A S S O C I AT I O N O F A M E R I C A S A L E S M A N A G E M E N T D I V I S I O N P. O . B o x 4 4 3 0 • F o r t W o r t h , T X 7 6 1 6 4 • ( 8 1 7 ) 6 2 5 - 6 2 4 1 Sale Chair: Tom Smith • (616) 293-0977 • email@example.com
Insights From Breeders With Active Longhorn Beef Programs The following TLBAA members have already ventured into the world of raising and marketing Longhorn beef, some have been involved for many years. They are all a part of the TLBAA’s Registered Texas Longhorn Beef program. We posed some basic questions about their venture into marketing Longhorn beef and here are the insights they had to share with fellow breeders. L.D. MCINTYRE ★ MCINTYRE RANCHES We entered the Longhorn business in 2005. Originally I wanted a Longhorn steer to lead my Angus heifers in to the facility for A.I. purposes. I thought he would be pretty, and they are known for leading cattle on cattle drives thousands of miles in the old days. Then I thought, why not a heifer, and she could reproduce herself. Of course Charlene Semkin (who I bought my first cattle from) talked me into buying a pair for companionship. Well, as you can guess, one leads to more. When the first steer got big, I sent him to the local livestock commission sale. After giving him away, I knew I needed an outlet for anything that didn’t happen to fit Longhorn breeding stock. So I worked hard on developing that outlet, way harder than the breeding livestock outlet. It kind of takes care of itself. This (finding Longhorns to process) is a very slow process, until this year, I have been able to raise my own supply. Even to the point of grinding some pretty good cows from time to time. This year, Joe Sedlacek has helped me find the kind of cattle I need. There are not enough grass fed good young steers to be found. Breeders are missing the boat by just dumping their steer crop on the market. There is a premium here much like the buffalo people have developed, we are missing it. The question about what we look for is pretty much bloodline. The Longhorn line has stayed unique, meaning not very consistent. The only thing breeders have really concentrated on has been horn growth, a lot are bred for horn only and this makes them not grow anything else. There are a few bloodlines that grow good meat, and those are what we go after. Commercial cattle were developed to grow meat from eating grain, the
Longhorn’s best trait is to grow meat on vegetation, of which they are the top of the pile. I do think our breeders will eventually use the Longhorns number one asset,
and develop their natural ability of turning grass into healthy, great tasting beef. Also we need to work harder on the market. Follow the buffalo industry, and then pass them. Advertise in venues that have a following for healthy red meat! One breeder or just a few can’t do this. But as an Association, we can. We really have to if we want real growth. People can’t eat
horns, but we can develop an animal with really good horns and beef. My advice is to build your beef business in tune with your expansion. In the commercial cattle business, less than 1% of the producers are raising seed stock. Everyone can not raise seed stock and have a cattle business. It will not work. Someone has to raise what cattle are for, beef. Stop giving your steers away. Go to health work out facilities, independent stores that sell beef, farmers markets, etc. to find your customers. It does take a lot of work if you want to stay in the Longhorn business, you will eventually want to capitalize on everything the Longhorn is superior at producing. When Longhorn beef prices grow to $20/pound you will be happy you have some to sell.
WILTON WILTON ★ ASTERA MEADOWS Astera Meadows Ranch was founded in 1986 with two cows and a calf at side. The cows were put with a mixed breed commercial herd on my wife’s family property. Before we put the cows with this herd, we informed the cowman that leased the property of our intentions. To our surprise, we were met with stone silence and followed by guffaws. The reaction stiffened our resolve to make a success of the operation. We had done our homework. With the sound advice of our friends and mentors, we grew our herd of old blood Longhorns; showed our best; enjoyed sponsoring TLBT and supplied our own
table with beef. Sooner or later a rancher has to “put up or shut up.” The ranch had to make money or at least break even. We had begun slaughtering a calf twice a year for our table. We began supplying family and friends with ground meat. While we supplied a growing interest of weekend ranchers with startup herds, we still had an over abundance of calves. The South Texas Longhorn Association affiliate had a roper sale each year but returns weren’t enough. Other markets were necessary and, we watched with in-
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-- continued from pg. 28 terest those who were selling their animals to a meat market. The natural food movement gained attention. Austin, Texas was a hub with Whole Foods and others showing success. We watched friends venture into the business. Steve Mobley and Don and Debbie Davis appeared to be successful. We kept adding a few new customers that would buy ground meat. Eventually we began processing the steers yield into the popular cuts because of the interest of our customers. Our network grew with several customers buying halves and quarters a year. Then after a lengthy study we began working farmers markets. We labeled our product AMR Beef. The Longhorn even as a beef animal is not large, so we do not get the t-bone steaks, rib roasts, beef ribs and the large round house cuts an Angus would produce. We promoted the healthy beef and educated our customers accordingly. We were happy with our market.
We found the grass-fed beef market to be a marketable specialty. When the TLBAA Board decided to sponsor the Longhorn lean product, it fit our plan perfectly. We spoke about the breed as a healthy alternative especially after I had by-pass surgery in 1995. I read about diet and nutrition for heart patients, consequently the Longhorn was a necessity to maintain a healthy cholesterol free diet. Friends began to ask about trying it. In 2010, we decided to develop a beef herd. We would breed for weight and beef conformation as much as possible. The business plan we developed included online, online through other farm products umbrellas such as “Home Grown Cow”, direct sales to outlets like Brazos Natural Foods, advertising through social media and local newsletters and farmers markets. Joe Dowling joined us in 2011, bringing with him knowledge of the big boned cows and bulls standpoint. Remember now, I knew that the
DAN & DEANNA STOLTZ ★ MIGHT AS WELL RANCH We bought our first Texas Longhorns in 2008. A few years ago ropers were not bringing very much and we knew we would need a place to go with our steers and culls. We started working on selling beef as a way to get as much as we can for the non breeding animals. We sell direct through a farmers market and from the ranch because we do not have enough volume to go for a large wholesale market and they usually want large discounts. Most of our cattle that are processed are raised in our herd. We will buy a few at sales or on Craigslist if we feel we will not meet the demand in the future. We select animals that have enough body size to make the math work and some just volunteer by not respecting fences or being difficult. We have been keeping all our steers and a few heifers to raise up to
butcher size. Our sales have been growing a little each year. Hopefully the word will start to travel about how lean Texas Longhorn beef is and more customers will start seeking it out. My advice to other breeders thinking about getting in the meat business would be try to find customers that are heath conscious and concerned about knowing where there food comes from. Those customers will be willing to pay enough for the meat to make the program worthwhile.
breeders could not supply a national market for Longhorn beef. Firstly, we as breeders are parochial. I have found it very difficult to source the animals that fit my market. Some breeders don’t want to sell to a killer. We raise as much as we can and solicit breeders for others. We sell every animal we can get. Our market is now four steers a month and growing. We can only sell what we grow in the farmers market so out sourcing and the grain-fed product goes to our private customer base and online sales. Frankly I do not see it (Longhorn beef program) getting much larger. How many producers are listed in the Longhorn Beef Provider list? A few more join the list from time to time. I know of four breeders that are serious with the product. For the market to grow there needs to be a separate organization whose sole duty is to design, implement and promote a vertical marketing channel. Most of us are ranchers that use the program as a method for maintaining a herd we can afford. Thinking about getting into the Longhorn beef business? “It ain’t easy.” Decide if you are going to raise to sell your calves to a producer or go it yourself. ❖ Do your homework: read, talk to other producers, visit super markets, farmers markets and meat markets. Follow the beef market through newsletters and blogs. ❖ Find a processor you can trust. It must be either USDA or Texas certified. ❖ Design and get a label approved. The processor will help with that step. ❖ Decide the cuts you will sell: study the anatomy of the animal and discuss with your processor. Price your product competitively, but not too cheap. The super market is a start. ❖ Build a city and state approved facility to house the freezers and equipment to store the product. ❖ Advertise in your local newsletters, feed store bulletin boards, and social media. ❖ Find and join a farmers market. Even if you don’t stay with it, it is excellent experience. -- continued on pg. 32 Texas Longhorn Trails
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SCOTT & DARA SIMMONS ★ SS BACKWARDS LONGHORNS I got into the Longhorn business in March of 2000 and got married in January of 2002 to my wife Dara. She started the meat business in 2009. The year Dara decided to start a meat business, we had a major drought across the country that summer. I had bought several nice cows and had gave some good money for them the prior fall and spring. With no grass comes no hay for winter feeding. I consigned them to a sale, as everyone else in the business had done. One of my better cows I had bought went through the ring and brought less than $300. It was a several thousand dollar loss. Dara leaned over to me and said I needed to start a meat business and PO all my cattle. I didn’t want a meat business, I replied and if you want one you start one. So she did.
JIMMY JONES ★ HORSESHOE J LONGHORNS When I first got started in the Longhorn business around 30 years ago, I got into it like a commercial operation. I bought cows on their ability to produce 205 day weights. We were successful at what we were doing, as we were 1st and 2nd in the first South Texas Bull Test and we were 1st the next year with the only bull we entered. We sold a lot of first calf heifer bulls at that time. People who came here were surprised at the cattle we had, saying those sure don’t look like the Longhorns they had seen on TV. And they did not. They were more like beef cattle. We started eating the beef from the steers, and we started sharing the beef with friends and family. More and more people were interested in the beef because of the lean factor. Back then, there was a butcher between me and work, and I just dropped the steer off at the butcher shop and had the customer call and tell the butcher how he/they wanted the beef processed. When the butcher died, it presented a problem because the nearest butcher was a couple of hours away. We always sell the steer on the hoof and then let the buyer handle the processing. We deliver the steer to the butcher for them, and they handle it from there. I think more people are leaning toward the healthy products, and they are surely concerned with safety. I think the future is bright for Longhorn beef.
We raise most and buy what we can at sales. We look for old and or open cows and bulls. We have had poor luck with old steers being too fat for our program. If an animal is too fat, we pass on them. Our customers don’t want the fat. As long as the prices are high we will cut back due to ropers bringing enough to sell off of the mommas and not hold to finish. We are processing our open animals, animals that aren’t doing good
carrying a calf on their own, or older animals. If you’re thinking of getting into the Longhorn beef business, be sure time is your friend. Follow all the rules set by the state you reside in. Be honest. Don’t be scared to sell your animals to someone else that is already in the business if you can’t do the above. It helps promote our breed in another avenue.
KATHY KITTLER ★ KITTLER LAND & CATTLE I got my first Longhorns in 2006. Several years after I got into Longhorns, I'd heard about how lean the beef is. I already had been finishing out steers, so it seemed a natural progression to try it with Longhorn steers. Now I mostly feed out and sell only to family and repeat customers. I source the beef Longhorns either from my own herd or if an exceptional one comes to me from another breeder, I will use it. In selecting animals for beef, I look for a heavy built steer with a lot of muscling. My bull Zabaco, has been an excellent provider of calves with an outstanding beef frame. I only feed out steers, so that gives me an extra option if the bull calves out number heifers in any particular year! I think that Longhorn beef is quickly gaining in popularity as word gets out. It
is more and more often I run across folks who have eaten it and prefer it, and grow their own! All of the beef producers I know in the Longhorn industry are not able to keep up with demand at this time. Visit with other beef producers, is my advice to anyone wanting to get into Longhorn beef. Everyone has a system that works for them, and I think that is the key, finding what will work for you. Some are more geared for major production, some are more occasional in finishing out animals. There are different ways of finishing out your animals. That is why it's good to talk with others and learn what some options are, but more importantly, the reasons WHY they do it that way. Then you can custom fit a program to your needs and market demands.
JOHNNY & MISSY HICKS ★ HICKS TEXAS LONGHORNS We bought our first cows in the spring of 2006 and have been hooked ever since. We just bought some cows because I worked on a dairy until we started our family, and I missed being around cattle. So Johnny happened to get in contact with Mark Hubbell and liked the breed. They seemed unique and had a lot less maintenance than other breeds we were researching. Most of our cattle are show cattle, and the ones that don't make the grade in that respect head into the beef end of the program. We look at horn, color, pedigree and conformation for our show stock. We want to improve the breed and grow total package cattle. If we choose nice cattle for that, the beef grows a lot better, and they finish easier.
I really hope the Longhorn beef market takes off and can form a nice niche in the beef industry. I don't know if we'll ever compete with the Angus market, but I think there is room for the Longhorn grass fed beef in the market. For some one getting into the beef market, I would advise them to do their homework. Look at the type of animals that work best for you. I prefer easy fleshing cattle, I want them to look at food and get fat, haha. I would also say for your breeding stock to buy the best you can afford. That is the foundation of your program. Don't buy cows just to buy cows. They need to be able to breed back like clock work and raise a good calf, and if they can't they aren't worth having around. Texas Longhorn Trails
By Henry King
he late Wayne and Billie DuBose picked up the torch of Texas Longhorn ownership and honored the generations before them who had cherished the cattle by adding even more generations of Longhorn fans. Their son, Keith, and daughters Sandy and Betty, continued the Longhorn tradition, and each of them produced grandchildren for Wayne and Billie who actively participated in breed activities. Wayne was a fifth generation Texan and a fifth generation Texas Longhorn owner. While he and Miss Billie were both born in San Augustine County, they didn’t meet until they were young adults, but they were married two months after that in 1953. After service in the U.S. Army, Wayne worked at various jobs in Southeast Texas before accepting the position of city manager of Jasper, Texas in 1968. Wayne’s parents, A.E. and Laura DuBose, had land south of Jasper stocked with Texas Longhorns, so Wayne got permission from the city council to move outside the city limits and soon he, Billie and their kids were enthusiastically involved with the Longhorn breed. Although generations of the DuBose family had relied on the cattle for part of their living, their involvement with the TLBAA began several years after the registry was formed. Keith Dubose, Director At-Large for TLBAA division B, represents the sixth generation of the family’s involvement with Texas Longhorns and has a lifetime recollection of family lore. “After the Civil War,” said Keith, “my great-great grandfather, Amos P. DuBose — he was a Colonel – he and his family left Thomasville, Georgia and came to East Texas, just outside of Newton. He later became the third County Judge in the county of Newton. They got here using a team of Texas Longhorn oxen pulling their wagon.” “When they got to Texas, they used the big steers in logging, skidding the logs to the Sabine River, where they would lash 20 logs together then float those log rafts to the sawmill.” “He raised his family there until my great-grandfather was a young man. He decided he would move to San Augustine County, took some of his cattle with him. Then they moved on down to Jasper County.” “My granddad was a self-made business man, rancher, farmer and whatever. He
2nd World Show – Rebecca, Wayne, Ellen & Jessica
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raised Longhorn cattle, cross-bred cattle – but we always had a few of the old cows. In the 1970s, he heard about the Longhorn cattle being a registered breed, and he and Dad got into the Longhorn registered cattle in the mid-to-early-70s, and started our registered herd.” “We had some of the old Grady Woods cattle –some people tried to make it an eighth family but the records back were not clear enough to do that.” “Granddad got the whole family started in the Longhorn cattle business. In 1982, he gave me my first registered cow, and I became a member. I was working on the ranch at Jasper with the cattle all the time, but I just never had the reason to want to own one.” “In the late 70s – early 80s, Granddaddy A.E. and Dad were charter members of the Ark-La-Tex three-state affiliate. They helped get it established, get it off the ground and make it a true TLBAA affiliate. Mom and Dad joined several of the other affiliates as they came on, helping in the formation of some, joining the South Texas Longhorn Association, Heart of Texas, Dixie Texas Longhorn Affiliate, Gulf Coast and any affiliate they were asked to join or showed cattle in their shows — serving as director, president, vice-president — any old thing that was there. We got the whole family involved – cousins, brothers, sisters.” “Also in the late 70s and early 80s, if anybody was trying to get a fledgling Longhorn show started, we would help. We were showing all across nine states — county fairs, state fairs, parking lots — wherever anybody would let us set up to show our cattle. During that time, most of the cattle being hauled across these nine states was my Dad, hauling 25 or 30 head – two to three trailer loads and five to eight kids — to every show we went to; Russell Fairchild, Sr. loaded him and his kids up; John T. Baker carried steers, and that’s how we presented the cattle. In the early 80s, at the very beginning of the show circuit, we thought we were pretty good partners, trying to get this thing off the ground.” “When they started forming the Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow, my sister, Sandy and her husband, Norman Hoff, were instrumental in setting it up, and were probably the first sponsors. There are adults in the Longhorn business today that were possibly charter members of the TLBT when it started, and Sandy and Norman were the directors for them. Mom and Dad
Exhibiting for Grand Champion Bull
Norman & Sandy Hoff
(Wayne and Billie DuBose) are listed as the first Grandparents of the Year for TLBT.” “That’s the way it was – the whole family deep in Longhorns. Just about all of us went to Texas A&M, so it’s really strange that we all raise Longhorn cattle!” “We all did work for the sales; we were told that we needed to be a member of every affiliate that we dealt with. Mom and Dad were there when they started a bunch of affiliates — the West Texas affiliate, South Texas, Gulf Coast — they were members of all that, and we are still members of several affiliates today, my wife and I. We still try to participate in the shows, and if they have a sale, we try to make the sales. We still try to support them — it’s been a family deal all along.” A. E. DuBose Keith’s grandfather, A.E. DuBose, contributed an article to the Texas Longhorn Journal that was published in the FebruaryMarch issue, 1990. Titled “As I Recall the Texas Longhorn Cattle Seventy Years Ago,” he told of the ways the cattle helped his family survive. “I had six brothers and two sisters,” he wrote, “which required us to milk five or six Longhorns to have enough milk to drink, make butter and to use in cooking.” His dad had about 100 head that he ran with about 500 head belonging to a great-uncle, Frank Newton. They grazed them in the Piney Woods in the summer then moved them to the Sabine River bottoms for the winter. “These hearty cattle,” he wrote, “also provided the beef we put on our table. They were also trained to work and could stand up better and pull heavier loads than horse and mule teams in the muddy river bottom.” … “I have seen them pull logs to the Sabine River with oxen teams, make them into rafts of twenty logs each and float them by the hundreds down the Sabine River to Orange to be cut into lumber.” … “I was just thinking about watching Dad and Grandad gather up their Longhorn cattle. They would drive them three miles from where we lived, to Ben Wier, Texas and load them in cattle cars to be shipped by rail to the market. Then everybody would have a little money after the selling of their cows.” Keith DuBose has a wide-ranging set of memories centered around the antics of his grandfather, A.E. DuBose — “My Granddad,” Keith said, “he was a character! He enjoyed the Longhorn sales and stuff like that when he was in his 70s Working Cattle at DuBose Ranch
Longhorns: Eight Generations and Counting and 80s. We’d be going to these sales, and me and him would leave two or three days early. He had to go early so he could visit with people like Mr. Vick Maden, Royce Slater, Mr. Jude Bell or Mr. Johnnie Hoffman– all of them are gone now. We’d go early so he could sit and chew the fat, tell stories, tell lies, and just have a grand old time.” “I was self-employed so I could leave any time and haul the cattle, and Granddad, he was “Come on, we’ve got to leave, we’ve got to get there so we can get those cows settled in.” “I can remember catching him and Mr. Jack Phillips at one of the Wright sales. They had a big sale party on a paddle boat in Corpus Christi Bay, I got to looking for him and found him and Mr. Jack, they were down on the bottom deck – they had a live band down there – he and Mr. Jack were down there having a good time dancing around.” “At Baton Rouge one time, they had a big brouhaha, crawfish boil, beer – they had a bunch of cloggers, square dancers. They had them there dancing. My Dad came around and said, “Keith, have you seen your grandpa?” And I said, “No, it’s not my day to keep up with him.” Daddy said, “He’s gone – I don’t know where he’s at.” So I said I’d go check on him, make sure he’s OK. He was in his 70s then. I raised up, pushed my chair back under the table and looked around. The dancers were doing a promenade in the middle of that dance floor, and as they came around, I noticed on the end of one deal was Mr. Jack Phillips, and on the second row that came around, there was A.E. out there – he was cuttin’ the floor up! I mean, he enjoyed life. He enjoyed the Longhorn people; he enjoyed going and having a big time!” Another proud moment in A.E.’s Longhorn life came in 1987 when his trophy steer, Willie, earned custody of the traveling trophy “Texas Gold” as Grand Champion at the World Show. “Besides raising the cattle and loving the cattle for what they were,” said Keith, “my family has always loved the breeders and we’ve got some old, old friends in this breed right now. People we’ve known for generations and are just special people. All those old heads, we grew up around them. Most people have missed that – they’ve just heard about these people.” Bull to Bolivia In addition to the family record of Keith loading up for a sale
A.E. DuBose, Glen Marshall
involvement with the TLBAA and several affiliates, at least one member of the DuBose family has helped expand the breed internationally. While he was still City Manager for Jasper, Texas, Wayne DuBose donated a bull to be gifted by the Texas National Guard to the people of Bolivia. “In the mid-eighties,” explained Keith, “the Texas National Guard came to my Dad and asked him about trying to find a bull to send to Bolivia. We caught one up, had him registered as “Admiral DuBose” and had him tested for blue tongue and everything else. They came by and measured the bull, built a crate then air lifted the bull in a C130 to Bolivia. We also sent a batch of semen from a mature bull that we raised, DuBose’s Butler Blue, a straight Butler, dark blue roan, that we had tested and qualified for shipment. Local physician Ron McMurray was a Captain in the Texas National Guard, and he was instrumental in helping Dad and keeping us informed about how this good-neighbor deal was working out. There were pictures and news coverage for a while – the bulls and cows, their longevity and such, but we lost track when Captain McMurray retired. It was probably one of those deals that was done through good faith with the people of Bolivia and the National Guard that was stationed there that kind of fell out, but it was kind of neat at the time. It was a big thing in Jasper, Texas!” Wayne DuBose continued to own Longhorns until his death in 2001, and his widow, Billie kept the herd until 2005, assisted by various grandkids and daughter Betty and her husband, Joe Matthews. She began her herd reduction with her successful participation in the first nationally televised Texas Longhorn auction. The fifth annual Spring Round-Up Sale, managed by Russell Hooks, was held April 16, 2005 in Crockett, Texas. It was broadcast live nation-wide on RFD-TV, and pre-registered bidders could participate from the comfort of their own homes. Billie’s cow, SW Tear of the Moon, topped the sale at $20,000. Second-high at $7,500 was DuBose’s Buttons, also consigned by Billie. Keith DuBose “Besides ranching, cattle and horses my whole life,” said Keith, “I’ve been in the construction business – from the time I was about 14, swinging a hammer with my grandfather – working in all types of
Billie & Wayne DuBose, Josh Matthews, Cody and Sarah Hoff
Dewitt Michelle and A.E. DuBose
construction, whatever it took to make a dollar to put groceries on the table. At age 42, I changed professions, got into the oil business with land work. I later got a chance to get into the production end, too – oil production, completion work. Now I am a consultant for K W DuBose, LLC, and have developed a pretty wide skill set – from land negotiation to construction, completion and production.” “I have done everything but the drilling – I didn’t care about sitting on a drilling rig. Anytime somebody would say ‘you think you can do this?’ I would say yes, because that’s what I did. And I liked it because it was a challenge, and a challenge is fun.” Longhorn Involvement “I’ve been involved with Longhorns in a lot of ways,” said Keith. “I worked with Eddie Woods – doing sales with him – for years. I can remember when Mel Raley was with El Coyote Ranch – years ago before Mel passed away. Mel and I would do the Starlight Sale for the El Coyote Ranch on a Friday night and do Eddie Woods’ sales on Saturday – moving the stock for them during the sales. El Coyote would bring 25 or 30 head for their sale on Friday. Saturday, Eddie’s sale might have maybe 400 to 800 head. I continued to do that after Mel quit; I did that until, I guess, TLBAA took over doing the sales Eddie was doing. I did sales for Russell Hooks, handling the cattle and sometimes working the ring.” “After watching some of these sales, where they would hire sale barn help – people who would run these hornless cattle – they’d get in there and hotshot and beat on them and not give them time to get through a gate if they had any kind of horn at all.” “Mel and I got together and we were doing these sales, basically for nothing to start out. We volunteered to handle these cattle. You learn to move them a little slower, you walk them through, give them time to go through these gates and through these chutes. That way, the people’s cattle weren’t all stressed out too bad when they hit the ring. You just learn to move the cattle at their pace, and they work a whole lot easier. If you work cattle with horns, give them a little bit longer – they’ve got to look at that chute and they’ve got to turn their head so they can squeeze through it. If you hit them, the first thing they do is turn their head, afraid you’re going to hit them, then its hit and back up, hit and back up.” “I’ve done sales with Eddie and Russell “Willie” wins Grand Champion Tropy Steer at the 1987 TLBAA World Show
and anyone who needed help doing sales. Most of the Gulf Coast, Ark-La-Tex and South Texas affiliate sales; the West Texas Affiliate sales, back when they were doing it. I helped with the West sale several times. I had put together and trained a crew that could handle the cattle – I did it for Eddie for several years, for him and Miss Joyce, working the Fort Worth sales. We would start two or three days early and stay a day or two late – whatever it took to get out of there.” “I just turned 61 in January, and I’ve got three grandkids. Once they’re old enough to start showing, they’ll start owning cattle. I’m going to get them a momma cow or I’m going to get them a calf, and it stays in their name.” “I am the sixth generation with Longhorns. I can count back – it’s me, Dad, Granddad is three, Poppa Alan is four, Poppa Amos is five, and Amos’s dad, Peter Purdette DuBose – that would be the sixth that had Longhorn cattle, because that was the cattle that were available. Now you could add to that my daughter Sydney and my daughter Jessie. My grandson Mason pushes it out to eight total generations.” “Tina and I live in Ben Wheeler, Texas, between Tyler and Canton. We cut back in the last year and a half from about 70 momma cows down to about 45. We still raise the traditional type of Longhorn – we have them that have some good horn, in the 60s and 70s – I don’t care too much about measuring horn. I just like them that when you walk out in my pasture, a cow catches your eye. I’m not a single trait type person. I don’t raise just the horn, I raise a good, solid Longhorn cow. That’s what we still try to do.” “I have two herds – blended cattle and a straight Butler herd. One of my bulls is a straight Butler Coach son. I like the way the Butler genetics have stayed undiluted and in one family type. The cows are not going to be as big-bodied but they are going to be good, solid cattle, they’re going to be good momma cows, they’re going to have good horn. I do outcross with my blended cattle.” “In my blended cattle, I do have a mixture of family-type blood, and I do raise some cattle with good horn – they will catch your eye. I don’t care what they will measure, you will like them. They’ve got twist and they’ve got turn and they’ve got curl and they are elliptical in shape and not round. But I’ve got cattle with a lot of capacity and a lot of body. It’s not 1st World Show – Keith & Jessica
Ace’s Little Beauty, Wayne DuBose
Longhorn cooking tips by me, KWD
– Always have steaks cut 1-1/2” thick – Cook on lower heat on grill or indirect heat – About 1 minute on first side turn – 3-4 minutes turn – 3-4 minutes - medium to medium well
Bacon Pinwheels – Take a ¾ to 1 inch round steak – Lay flat and cover with thick cut bacon – Roll up from one end to the other – Cut in 2” thick steaks and skewer – Cook over open fire for approximately 4-5 minutes per side for medium. uncommon to have 1,000- to 1200pound cows in my blended cattle.” “I don’t keep but one, maybe two, bull calves a year. I’m real critical on the bulls I try to keep or what I would sell somebody. If I have a bull calf hit my pasture, if he’s not brindle and he’s solid red or solid white, he’s as good as gone, I don’t care. Everybody’s got a solid red bull. But they’ve got to have good bone structure, they’ve got to look a little bully, and maybe have a little flash of color that makes them distinct.” “Now my heifers, I try to grow them out where they are 16 months to two years old before I breed them or before I turn them loose to somebody, because I want to see what they’re doing. Our main concern with our program is to develop good, correct and sound Longhorn cattle. Most of our cattle, we sell private treaty, and I like to follow up with the purchase long after they buy. It has been a long, ongoing practice started by my grandfather, that when you sell a cow to a new buyer who is not a member, you buy them their first membership.” “We butcher and eat Longhorn meat. If somebody asks me about Longhorn lean and wants to buy a pasture calf, they pay me for him, I’ll steer him and keep him for them, trim him out 30 days on corn to help clean him up. But as far as me trying to do it as a market, I don’t want to have to worry 1983 Dixie National
about doing that. But if I’m asked to sell steers for meat, yes, sir, I do. But I don’t want to go into the business of it.” “I know that as the cattle improved and the genetics improved that horn would come with it, but I don’t raise strictly for horn. I’ve seen way too many people that raise the cattle paying lots of money for lots of horn – but sometimes they give up way too much in the rest of the cow. You see cows that are sway backed, bad bags and bad bone structure, giving up a lot of the factory and production for horn. I still judge cattle and if somebody calls me wanting a breeder judge, I’ll tell them, “I judge Longhorn cattle; not beef cattle, not big-horned-only cattle – I’m going to judge the full package cow. And I love judging jobs and seeing all the great cattle the members bring to the shows – I’ve done four shows in the past eight months.” “When I judge and a cow’s got a big bunch of horn and is correct, yeah, I’ll place them where they go. But if somebody brings one that’s got a ton of horn and the rest of the animal falls apart — they are weak on the topline and short in the flank, drooped in the hip — I’ll put him in the bottom. It’s an all-or-nothing deal.” “And I’ve judged some steer shows doing this – I judge them the same way – color, conformation and then horns. I’m still old school.” “Somebody asked me, ‘What if you weren’t a member of the TLBAA?’ Well, I said if I weren’t a member of the TLBAA the first thing I would do is join. And if there wasn’t a TLBAA, I would still be raising Longhorns, whether there was an association or not. My family has had some for a long, long time!” “I’ve been involved with just about every aspect TLBAA has with Longhorn cattle. I am now the Region B Director at Large. I served two terms on the Ethics and Conduct Committee before running and becoming a director. Over the years, I have been asked to run for director several times because people know how I stand and I try to be fair and square with everybody. They know we’ve raised Longhorn cattle for a long time and know of our love for this magnificent breed. When I decided to run for director, it’s at a time in my life where I’ve got the time to do this. I try to represent each and every member of this organization to the best of my ability. My love for the cattle and the people who raise them is not something I have to work hard for – it’s all in the family, really in our blood.”
Cattle working crew: Bubba Herbert, Keith, Clif Hebert, Wayne
Justin Matthews, Rachel Woods, Bill Stovall, Ellen & Joh Matthews, Wayne DuBose
Everyone Can Participate in the Affiliate Competitions!
Affiliate Entries Due to the TLBAA Office August 28
★ Entries appear in the October TRAILS ★ Judges will have their short list selected prior to September 15th when the October TRAILS is mailed ★ The semi-finalist are featured in the November issue of the TRAILS ★ Final votes by the affiliates entering the competitions are due to the TLBAA office by December 18th, 2015 ★ Awards presented at the annual meeting in January The Affiliate competitions have both been reviewed for 2015 and the guidelines updated to share with TLBAA members. Every TLBAA member who currently owns a 2014 registered heifer or bull can get involved. The comments about "the show is too far to travel to" or "too expensive to attend" or "just too much work" won't apply to the 2015 Prince and Princess competition. Every active member can be a part of this competition, the more affiliates involved the better the payouts are for the winners.
Here are the guidelines for 2015: 1. Animal must be born in 2014 year. 2. One picture per entry (expanded on further below). 3. Profile photo with no brands showing or ear tags with identification visible. Nothing in the background that would identify the animal or affiliate. 4. 300 dpi, 4”x6” picture is required, saved as a high quality .jpg file. 5. Entry form to include animal’s date of birth, registered name, registered owner and TLBAA number. 6. Owner must be a current TLBAA active member in good standing and an active member of the affiliate represented by the entry. 7. Each affiliate can send in one entry per competition (one bull, one heifer). 8. Entry fees must be included with entry forms, $100 per animal. 9. Submit entry form and fee to the TLBAA office by due date, no exceptions. 10. Final payout is based on the number of entries and checks are paid to the affiliates. To the affiliates, this is "an opportune time to shine", promote your affiliate and the great cattle that are being raised by members belonging to your association. Each affiliate decides how and when they select their entry. The more innovative the selection process, the more it needs to be shared in the TRAILS so others can read about it in the affiliate news section. The deadline for this year's competition will be August 28, 2015. Have fun, get members involved, and select your best. Start looking...there's cash to be won, and bragging rights if your entry is selected to join the elite group of "TLBAA Princes and Princesses."
For questions or further information, contact Deb Lesyk at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Henry L. King Editor’s Note: This article ran in the September 2004 Texas Longhorn Trails, and we have been in contact with Joe regarding Longhorn Lean Beef. He had updates to the story. Be sure and check out the store during the 2015 Horn Showcase. oe Maranto is a jovial man with prize-winning Longhorns and an award-winning restaurant - and a straight line connection between the two. “My deal is this,” said Maranto. “When I got into the Longhorn business...that’s my kind of business...I can control it from the time that calf is born to the time somebody eats it. I’m going to get the full value out of it.” In years past, Maranto had owned other breeds, and when they went to auction, they were docked for too much ear, too much navel, too much this or that. His ownership of the Meers Store and Restaurant in Meers, Oklahoma, and the switch to Texas Longhorns, gives him the control over his product that was so absent with other breeds. Fans of Texas Longhorn cattle are aware that the U.S. Government helped save the breed from extinction by gathering a small herd and shipping it to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, Oklahoma. The tiny town of Meers, Oklahoma, is about a mile outside the boundaries of the Wildlife Refuge, and it is very likely that anyone who has attended an auction of WR cattle at the Refuge has been to downtown Meers. And if you went to Meers and didn’t eat a hamburger, you missed a high point that ought to make you turn around and go back! Proclaimed by the media as the “Best Burger in Oklahoma” and celebrated by exposure on ABC’s Good Morning America television show and articles in Southern Living magazine, the mainstay meal at Meers has enthusiastic fans from coast to coast. People from throughout Oklahoma and North Texas routinely trek to this hamburger heaven to get their Meersburger fix, and the walls of the various add-on rooms are lined with pictures of the famous who have dined
there. Until the state fire marshal ordered their removal, the walls and ceilings were adorned with business cards. Some 35,000 cards were removed to satisfy the safety concern. The Meers General Store had a hamburger history before Joe Maranto bought the place, but under the guidance of the professional restaurateur, the signature dish has become a virtual art form and additional delicacies have been added to the menu. A former executive with the Underwoods Barbecue chain, Maranto had moved to the Lawton area and had eaten his first Meers meal in 1961. He decided right then that he wanted to own the place but didn’t achieve that goal until 1983.
From Meers to Here Meers had its beginning as a goldmining town around the turn of the 20th century. It was named after Col. Andrew Jackson Meers, who in 1889, found mineral-rich quartzite near the site. In 1901, President McKinley, by proclamation, created the Wichita Forest Reserve (which later became the Wildlife Refuge) and government officials ordered everyone not actively involved in mining out of the Forest Reserve. Residents had to move their tents and belongings, and choose a site along Medicine Creek about a mile outside the government boundaries. The relocated town prospered several years with grocery stores, drug stores, a café, three doctors, a smelter, a weekly newspaper and a population of about 500. The building that is now the Meers Store was originally owned by F.C. Davis, a pharmacist, chemist and assayer, and a Dr. Starbuck, who published the newspaper and was also noted for prescribing a locally distilled moonshine whiskey for medicinal purposes. By 1905, it became obvious that the precious metals in the ore were not pres-
ent in sufficient quantities to justify the cost of extracting them, and Meers began to decline. By 1922, when Noel and Dick Lilly purchased the Meers Store, there were only 75 people living there. The Lillys dismantled the structure and moved it to its present site to take advantage of the automobile traffic. A gas pump was installed to service automobiles, and they operated a print shop, a grocery store and sold medications. Noel was postmaster and his family lived in the store until 1939, when they moved to a nearby town so the eldest of their five children could begin high school. The hamburger history began with the next owners, Lee and Gladys Myers, who purchased the Meers General Store in 1949. Several years earlier, electricity had reached Meers, so Lee purchased a refrigerated display case, a meat grinder, a slicer and a butcher block so that fresh meats could be added to their growing inventory of grocery items. The Meers Store became the headquarters for visitors to the Wildlife Refuge, offering picnic and camping supplies and freshly ground beef for the day’s outing. Gladys got a new cook stove and griddle and began making hamburgers; she soon added pies, chili, and a breakfast featuring her homemade biscuits and gravy. Her fame as a cook spread, and with the help of neighbors, she prepared 14,000 hamburgers and 1,100 pies annually. A change in government policy again affected Meers. During the depression years, the Civilian Conservation Corps had built 22 picnic sites and campsites, which were very popular with visitors to the Refuge. These were removed in the 1970s due to a policy change mandating a reduction in human activity; there are now three picnic areas
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-- continued from pg. 38 Underwood Barbecue “In 1989, our first year of raising our locations in Wichita own beef, we slaughtered 48 head for our Falls, Texas, and in Meersburgers,” said Maranto. Last year, Lawton, Altus, Norman 2003, we slaughtered 93 head for hamand other Oklahoma burger - enough for 55,000 Meersburgers towns. and 72,000 hamburgers plus some beef “We moved to for chili. In addition to that, we bought Lawton in 1961,” said 35 head to satisfy our demand.” Maranto. “And shortThese purchases are live animals ly after, I went to from other Texas Longhorn producers Meers to try the and are generally sent directly to slaughfamous hamburger. ter at Marlow, Oklahoma. Maranto I knew from that knows the herds that are the outside very first visit that sources for his beef and is confident that I wanted to own no growth hormones or antibiotics are … m the place, but I used. The meat is packed in 60-pound i s l a and vand f abuse o t just had to wait boxes for daily delivery to Meers, where lo a s taken rs. meter ha the past 40 yea g my turn. That old the restaurant grinds the fresh hamburgin rk a nly p …in ne-and-o t very few coins building reminded me of my er. The resulting product is not only Meers’ o bu father’s grocery store in Marshall.” healthier but tastier. and one campsite. The reduced traffic Soon after Joe and Margie took over The “Meersburger”, the specialty of also mandated changes at the Meers the eatery, they tweaked the menu by the house, is a half-pound of exclusively General Store, which now became a desadding barbecue, chicken fried steak, a Texas Longhorn beef served on a seventination instead of a stop on the way. giant BLT sandwich, homemade ice inch bun. “We claim it is the biggest Hamburger sales increased and grocery cream and banana pudding. The kitchen burger in Oklahoma,” laughs Maranto. sales dwindled. The Myers had sold the area was doubled, and two walk-in refrig“And we also think it is the best. We have store to Frank and Lucille Sales in 1969, erators and a walk-in freezer were built. to special-order the seven-inch buns and after Frank’s untimely death in 1974, Dining rooms were expanded to seat 114 from Johnson’s Bakery in Lawton - I it was purchased by Al Foster, who compeople, and a new meat grinder that can guess there’s not a lot of demand for pleted the transition from local grocery grind 60 pounds of beef in less than five buns that size. The actual hamburger to regional restaurant. He took out all the minutes was installed. looks a lot bigger than a regular halfgrocery shelves, replaced them with pounder because the Meersburger has tables and seating for 60 people and less fat and doesn’t shrink up when Meers Longhorns added a 48-inch griddle. He also added cooked. We need a heck of a big bun.” Added to the Mix rib-eye steaks to the menu, starting at 5 “The meat is formed into eight“In the mid-1980s we noticed a p.m. - the kitchen was too small to do ounce balls, and the key to making it drop in hamburger sales,” said Maranto. both hamburgers and steaks at the same tasty is to mash it into the patty shape “We attributed that to doctors telling time, and besides, the limited refrigerator right on the grill. Then don’t over-cook it. people to cut down on fat. We started space only held 100 pounds of hamburgWe demonstrate to the public day after barbecuing chicken, but people still er, which was normally sold out by 5 day that a hamburger doesn’t have to be wanted a good hamburger. They just didp.m. greasy to be good. In fact, we prove that n’t want the fat.” burgers made with freshly ground, lean After Texas A&M published the Maranto to Meers beef have absolutely the best flavor.” famous study on Texas Longhorn beef, When Joe Maranto purchased the The “Meersburger” was voted the Maranto had an answer to the doctors’ Meers Store and Restaurant in 1983, he best hamburger in Oklahoma by preaching. The research found that brought with him a lifetime of experiOklahoma Living Magazine in their “Best Longhorn carcasses had less muscle fat ence in the retail grocery and restaurant of ‘03” awards, and received a similar and less saturated fat than carcasses business. His family operated a neigh-- continued on pg. 42 from traditional European breeds. In borhood grocery near Marshall, Texas, fact it proved lower in fat, calories and and during the Great Depression, many cholesterol than turkey or chicken. customers, who had charge accounts at The Marantos now had a way to the store, settled up by bartering beef or serve a tasty hamburger with a minipork animals, which his father butchered mum of fat. and retailed. One of Joe’s jobs as a In a timely marketing move, youngster was to help his mother kill, they decided on a step that tied the scald, pluck the feathers and dress about Meers Store and Restaurant, as it fifty chickens a week for sale at the growas now known, to the neighboring cery. Following World War II, his brotherWildlife Refuge. All the beef the in-law, Millard Underwood, expanded restaurant sells is exclusively Texas the barbecue restaurant business his Longhorn, and in 1988 they started father had started in Brownwood, Texas Meers Longhorns, their own regisand asked Joe to help. 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Winners on the Hoof and on the Bun The registered cattle operation, Meers Longhorns, owned by Joe and Margie Maranto, is under the care of Joe’s step-son, Peter Hood, and Peter’s wife, Stacie. Peter and Stacie have a separate Texas Longhorn entity, Hood Longhorns, and both operations are located between Lawton and Altus, just south of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. With the meat operation being a handy outlet, both have a ready option for culling, and they retain only the top end of their annual calf crop. The quality of their top end is attested to by their wins at the recent World Show. “We had a class winner at the World Show,” volunteered Stacie. “Her mother was a Reserve Champion. HL Brianna 31 won Class 5, and her dam, Bar M Bon Bon, was Reserve World Grand Champion Mature Haltered Female.” “Several of the sires we use are Champions,” said Peter. “Country Liberator was World Champion in 1992, and many of his offspring are champi-
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The person who talks about lazy summer days obviously does not have beef cattle. Auburn University extension beef specialist Kimberly Mullenix reminds us that summer is definitely not a slow season with a list of chores to keep us on track:
•START WITH SOILS
“Use your soil test results from the spring to know how much nitrogen to apply to your hay fields,” says Mullenix. “You’ll want to put it out after every hay cutting.” For Morris, Georgia, cattleman Phil Moshell, that is 80 lbs. of nitrogen after the June cutting of his bermudagrass fields. Ranging in varieties from common to Coastal to Tifton 85, he applies chicken litter in February, which he says takes care of most of the phosphorus and potassium needs. He also says, “We topdress our bahiagrass pastures as needed.”
Mullenix recommends walking through your pastures and hay fields at the start of each season. “A pasture walk is a reminder of what is actually out there. It looks different walking rather than riding in a truck.” “Estimate the amount of grass versus weeds and/or bare ground. Use that percentage to determine if renovations are needed.” She says the first of June is right on the edge of being too late to plant or sprig pastures and hayfields, and the same for planting summer annuals. However, if you find you have more bare spots than you thought in your pastures, you can rotate cattle off more quickly than usual to give your forages more recovery time before you let them graze again.
Pasture walks also give you a chance to spot weeds. “Watch for warm season broadleaf weeds like dogfennel, pigweed, ragweed, pokeweed and sicklepod,” says Mullenix. She also says to look for weedy grasses like signalgrass, crabgrass, and Johnsongrass. She says to think about spraying while they are in a young, vegetative stage. Just make sure to study the herbicide label for rates and potential grazing restrictions. This is also your chance to check for pests. “Last year the armyworm infestation snuck up on us very quickly,” says the Auburn specialist. “Although fall armyworms tend to show up later in the season, start to scout early to catch an infestation as early as possible.”
• HAY TIME
With hay season in full swing, early summer is not the time to neglect your hay equipment. A rainy day or two in the first part of the month will hopefully give you time to get that chore out of the way before it is time for your June cutting. “The worst feeling is heading out to harvest a hay crop when it is ready only to break down and miss your window of opportunity,” says Mullenix. That window of opportunity is a little wider for Phil Moshell since he bought a Tubeline bale wrapper in 2014. It allows him to put up high moisture haylage or baleage when the forage is at its peak nutritional level instead of waiting for perfect conditions for dry hay, which can often be when it is over-mature. For both ryegrass and bermudagrass haylage, that means baling and wrapping when the moisture content is 40 to 60%, rather than waiting until it is below 20% moisture for dry hay. “It is a game changer,” says Moshell.
“If I had it in 2013, it would have paid for itself then as far as hay I would have saved.” He says the bale wrapper will wrap 54” bales as fast as he can get them off the trailer. “Those weigh around 1,400 to 1,500 lb. bales. That’s as heavy as my little tractor can handle.” Moshell says maintenance of the bale wrapper is a snap. “Just keep oil and gas in the motor. There are only ten grease fittings.” He says the only maintenance it needs daily is to clean the rollers that stretch the plastic around the bale. “The tacky glue on the wrap builds up on the rollers. They need to be wiped off with an oil based cleaner.”
• KEEP AN EYE ON THE MINERAL FEEDERS
“Make sure to monitor mineral feeders and keep minerals out consistently,” says Mullenix. “In hot weather, cattle tend to increase their consumption because of the salt in the mix.” Look at the mineral bag to the check on the recommended consumption per head per day. Also make sure you have enough mineral feeders so all your cattle can get what they need. The rule of thumb is to have one feeder per 30 to 50 cows.
• WATCH FOR FLIES
Mullenix says it is time to treat when you see 100 horn flies per side on your cattle. Don’t treat before or you’ll risk creating resistance problems to the insecticide before fly season is over. Moshell keeps back rubbers in with each group of cows and checks them daily. When needed, he services them with an in-- continued on pg. 46
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507, LLC | Tim & Anita Able | Ace Cattle Co. | Terry & Sherri Adcock Darlene Aldridge, D.V.M. & John Parmley - Star Creek Ranch | Alft’s Longhorn Acres | Allison & Dunaway Amon G. Carter Foundation | Frank Anderson Jr. | Anonymous Donation | Kenneth Archer | Ark-La-Tex Longhorn Assn. Wayne Aswell | Avery Mays Construction |Steve & René Azinger | B & C Farms | B. J. Barnhart Ranches John T. & Betty Baker | Lisa Baker | Dr. L. V. & Pat Baker | Rand & Jeannine Baker | Robert Barham | Tom Barnes Bar Cee Longhorn Ranch | Ray Beadle | Minford Beard | Mikeal Beck | Charles Belen | B. Eugene Berry, M.D. Tom & Cay Billingsley | Blackwell Castle Co. (Charles Blackwell) | Mark Strever Blackwood | Blair Ranch |Cary M. Blake Levi & Brittni Blake | Don Blansitt | Gary Bloomer | Clare Bogart | Mimi Bogart | Ray Bohy | Bubba Bollier | Larry Bond Mrs. Larry Bond | Randall Bordelon (R B Longhorns) | Gary & Teresa Bowdoin | Brett/Marshall Partnership | Joe Brisbois Curtis Bruner | Brush Creek Ranch | Bullard Ranch | Butler Breeders | Donald & Annette Butts | Ken Caldwell Riemer & Marcia Calhoun, Jr. | Bob & Laura Campbell | Ronnie Campbell | Richard D. & Cheryl Carlson | Bow Carpenter William B. Cary | W.C. Cheatham | Chris & Christina Clark | Darryl Clark | Robert Douglas Clark | W.D. “Bill” & Shirley Clark Clear Fork Ranch | Dan O. Coates | Dan W. Coates | Tom Cochran | Bob Coffee | Roger Cole, D.V.M. | Mary Colgan Moe Collins | T.W. Comer | George Conly | John M. Copeland | Don Corley | Dustin & Missy Cothern | Richard & LuAnn Crist Billy & Molly Crozier | Bob Crow | Crumpton-Cunningham Partners | Raymond Cruthis | Joe Cunningham | Shirley Crystal Cuerno Largo Cattle Co. | Palmore Currey | Carl Curry | Dick & Cheryl Curry | Jim Curry | Gwen Damato G.C. “Bo” & Dorie Damuth | Billy D. & Delynn Davis | James Davis | Gene & Eileen Day | Brandon & Easton Dean (Paver) Shad & Betty Dean (Paver) | Mrs. Ted Derryberry | Alexandra Dees | JoAnne & Jim Dickens | Richard Dimon Darin & Dawn Divinia - Diamond D Ranch | Claude H. Dixon | James P. Dodds | Frank Doherty | McKenna Donovan Warren & Cathy Dorathy | Double R Acres | Stephen A. Douglas, Jr. | Dow Longhorn Ranch | Wallace E. Downey Andy Drake | Dreamcatcher Ranch | DuBose/Semkin Partnership |A.E. & Laura DuBose | Keith & Tina DuBose Donley & Carol Duerksen | Neil & Paula Dugger | Blake Dwoskin | Nancy C. Dunn | David & Jana Edwards El Coyote Ranch | Bernard Esunas | Evans Cattle Co. | Dave & Billicarole Evans | Shirkie Evans | James & Pia Eyman Russell Fairchild | Richard & Jeanne Filip | Allan Finch | Howard Fleming | Bobby & Linda Fletcher | Dale & Gina Francisco Rick & Tracey Friedrich | Fuhriman Cattle Co. | Wilford Fultz | G-C Longhorns | G R Ranch | Gerald Galipp Asa & Joan Gamble | Ron & Donna Garison | Gene Garrett | Judge Thomas & Nola F. Gee | George J. Gerst, Sr. Don Gibson | Mark Gilliland, M.D. | Golden Spread TLBA | Malcolm & Connie Goodman | GM Goodpaster |J. H. Graham Tom & LeAnna Graham | Tom & William L. Graham | Lucas Graywolf | Cecil Guinn |Hacienda PBT, LLC (Phil & Brenda Tudyk) Curtis & Kathy Hall (Lonestar Longhorn Ranch) | Dennis Handschke | Dot & Dick Hansen | Sidney Hanson | Sidney Hanson, Sr. David L. or Robert W. Harcrow | Harman Ranch, LLC | Doyle Harrell | Harrell & Sons Cattle Co. | Kent & Sandy Harrell -- continued on pg. 47
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secticide and a diesel fuel carrier. He tries to put the back rubbers where cows have to use them, like on their way to water, but says they will learn to use them on their own. If he isn’t getting enough control with the back rubbers, Moshell has a 12 volt sprayer he uses. “I pour out a line of range cubes and the cows line up. The sprayer will spray 20 feet.” Whatever class of chemical you use, whether it is a spray, in a back rub or in fly tags, Mullenix recommends rotating the chemical annually to help slow down resistance problems.
• FENCING AND CONTROLLED GRAZING
If you’ve been dragging your feet about starting a controlled grazing program, now is a good time. Mullenix says fencing technology has come a long way, and as for the season, she says, “Anytime is a good time to start a planned pasture management program.” The Auburn specialist continues, “Scale is the bigger issue. Start small and simple.” If the idea of putting up multiple paddocks and moving your cattle every day is more than you want to tackle, Mullenix says, “Even if you only put up one fence, it will help if you pay more attention to when you put cattle on and off pastures. See what happens on either side of that fence. It will enhance the use of your forage.”
• WEANING AND PRECONDITIONING
For fall calving herds, summer means it is weaning and preconditioning time. At Phil and Austin Taylor’s Adel, Georgia, operation, that typically takes place the last of May and the first part of June. Consultant Kurt Childers, who works with the Taylors, says the process actually begins back in the winter when the calves are worked for the first time. Since the cows are on a vaccination program using killed vaccines, the first vaccinations for the calves are also killed. Childers says they vaccinate against the respiratory diseases, Haemophilus somnus, pasteurella, blackleg and pinkeye. They also deworm
with a drench dewormer. At weaning, they switch to a modified live virus (MLV) vaccine and use an injectable dewormer. Two weeks later they booster the vaccines, use a pour on dewormer and insert an Electronic Identification (EID) tag in their ear. In addition to the vaccinations, they start creep feeding the calves the last few weeks before weaning so they’ll get used to the preconditioning ration. Also, to help minimize the stress on the calves, they fence line wean where possible. Childers says they remain on self feeders for ten days after weaning, along with free choice Coastal Bermudagrass hay. The preconditioning ration is a pelleted soy hull, dried distillers grain and corn gluten product. At day ten, they also begin to add corn silage, then take the self feeders away on day 14. Around day 28, they’ll start limit grazing the calves on millet or Tifton 85 bermudagrass while they continue to feed corn silage at the rate of 3.5% of the calves’ body weight. Whenever they get the calves up to work them, and around 45 days after they put them on grazing, they weigh all the calves to make sure they are gaining according to schedule. Childers says the calves average around 550 to 650 lbs. at weaning but by the time they are shipped in September they usually weigh 800 to 850 lbs. While preconditioning is a labor and cost intensive practice, Childers says it is worth it. He feels they gain extra dollars by marketing the cattle in load lots through the Georgia SAFE sale, a board sale held the first part of August. “We do it because of their reputation and it gives us the chance to bond with other cattlemen who produce similar quality cattle,” Childers says. “Even in a high market, we want to insure we give our customers the utmost in quality so they’ll have no misgivings about buying the cattle.”
brought in for their weight check after 45 days on limit grazing, the top two thirds are selected as potential replacement heifers while the bottom third is sold as feeder calves. They continue to supplement the replacement heifers with silage on grazing so they’ll reach their target breeding weights of 800 to 850 lbs. by the time they are synchronized and bred A.I. the first part of November. Childers says that puts them at 65% of their projected mature weight of 1,350 to 1,450 lbs. Auburn’s Mullenix says they are wise to continue to supplement the heifers. “Most of our warm season grasses won’t support the necessary gains to get them to breeding weight by late fall. We recommend feeding an energy based supplement at the rate of 0.5% of their body weight per day.”
• DON’T FORGET YOUR COWS
When it comes to weights, she also recommends producers weigh their cows when they wean their calves, as well as give them a Body Condition Score (BCS). BCS range from 1.0, extremely emaciated, to 9.0, which is obese. “You can compare the weights and BCS over time to see how well they maintain their condition,” Mullenix explains. “A BCS is an indicator of her reproductive state. Typically, cows in a BCS of 4.0 will breed 65% of the time. Cows in a BCS of 5.0 should breed 85% of the time.”
• GET A HEAD START ON REPLACEMENT HEIFERS
The Taylor’s heifers go through the same weaning and preconditioning process as the steers. When they are
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In the past 60 years, most people in the U.S. came to believe that cattle must be finished on grain in order to provide an excellent eating experience, and with the advent of feedlots, animals could be “finished” at a younger age. Most countries around the world, however, finish cattle on grass, and many of them do a great job of it. As grass-fed beef has begun to gain popularity in the U.S. for health reasons, a growing number of producers are moving into niche marketing to supply the desired grass-fed products. Stockmen in this country are beginning to re-learn the key aspects of what it takes to produce a good grass-finished beef animal. Kathy Panner, a beef producer near Riddle, Oregon, raises grass-fed beef. “I remember reading Joel Salatin’s advice when we first started. He told people to make sure they had a quality product to sell. He said to grow some, eat some yourself, give some to your neighbors and see if they come back and ask for more. You need to find out if you actually have a product that somebody wants. We’ve found some grass-fed beef in the stores that is poor quality—basically not edible. You need to find out if you can create a quality product,” she says. The next thing is to decide whether you’ll try to finish cattle year round, having animals finishing at all times of the year, or just seasonally when your grass is best. In many parts of the U.S., the grass is not good enough to finish beef except during the months it is actively green and growing. “Most of the country does not have
the proper climate for year-round grass finishing. We can’t even do it here in the Northwest. There are very small pockets of the country that enable you to do it year-round on a fresh basis. You might be able to market it yearround by harvesting the animals during the optimal months and freezing/storing the beef for later marketing,” explains Panner. You also need to decide if you want to direct-market your product (which requires a lot of time and effort, and a cooperating slaughter plant) or sell it to a branded beef program that does the slaughtering and marketing for you.
TIMING IS CRUCIAL “To finish well, cattle have to be gaining at least 2 pounds a day during that last 120 days. If you are trying to finish cattle on pasture, you have to look at your climate and determine which 120 days of the year can provide pasture of this quality. Irrigation can extend this period of time,” she says. “The first thing to ask yourself is what time of year you can finish animals. If you want them to gain 2.5 pounds a day for 120 days, do the math and arrive at the start of that period with an animal large enough to finish in that length of time,” she explains.
“That’s where more people run into trouble. Their management system is set up to get the animal to 900 pounds at the end of their best season of grazing, rather than at the start of the best grass. In order for this animal to spend his finishing time at home on pasture, you have to get him to that stage at the beginning of when you’d have 120 days of really good pasture,” she explains. This is very challenging for a lot of grass-fed operations. You have to think about when to calve, and how you are going to get the weaned calves through winter. “Any time you start to manipulate your resource dramatically, to do something like this, you run into trouble with Mother Nature because you will get out of sync and somewhere along the line it’s not going to work very well. You need to think this through and figure out how you can do it,” says Panner. “We are fortunate here in our part of Oregon that we have very mild winters. We calve in March, and by the following March, if we take good care of our calves after weaning, they will hit this crucial period of time at about 800 to 900 pounds. Then we’ll have the necessary 120 days of really good pasture to finish them. Those calves can be finished by the time they are 16 to 17 months of age,” says Panner. “But everything has to be working well, every step of the way, to do this. The cows have to be doing a good job raising their calves. Then you have to supply the calves with an adequate diet through the winter so they continue to gain well. Then they hit the grass at just the right time. It took us about 15 years to figure out how to do this just right,” she says. -- continued on pg. 50 Texas Longhorn Trails
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Longhorn Beef is being promoted to new national audiences through ads in â€œClean Eatingâ€? magazine, a perfect platform targeted at those wishing to improve quality of life through healthy diet.
Dave Brodke and TLBAA member Marek Bodke submitted this photo on behalf of their friend Leon Hoernschmeyer of Lee Haven Farm in Norwalk, OH. The healthy pair of bull calves are identical except for one white mark on the head.
Roadtrip along the Chisolm Trail Submitted by Craig Perez Allens 239 and Allens Cherry Top at TK Ranch, Austin, TX, owned by Tom & Linda Harman
Kelly & Daisa Whitton with LR Sweetheart at Diamond G Longhorns in Weatherford, TX, owned by Gwen Damato.
Enjoying the grass at Split Rock Cedar Ranch, Palo Pinto, TX, owned by Mike & Kim MacLeod. Clear Creek Pecan Plantation, Coppell, TX, owned by Dr. Zech Dameron III, after the rain. July 2015
-- continued from pg. 48 “A lot of ranches don’t have adequate pasture during the winter to keep the cattle on good feed. It is very difficult to get cattle to finish on any kind of a stored forage that qualifies for grass fed. You can feed hay, and you can feed silage—as long as it’s not corn silage— but it takes very high quality silage or hay to get cattle to gain enough through winter,” she explains. “You can do it on pasture, however. Our calves have been finishing their time on pasture, eating alfalfa and orchardgrass. They have gained well through the winter and can go to pasture at a weight that they can make it by summer,” Panner says. “Know what the requirements are, to be qualified as grass fed. The USDA has a specific criteria now for the term grass-fed, and it’s about 5 pages long”. This is part of the homework you need to do.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE GRASS “In order to get an animal finished to the point of quality eating experience, forage must have energy levels similar to a feedlot diet. You need highenergy pastures. At the finishing stage, the animals have to be able to eat all they want of a high quality pasture, and the limiting factor will be energy,” Panner says. “A fast-growing short, green pasture will be very high in protein but very low in energy. You need to be looking at using something like an annual ryegrass or perennial ryegrass mixed with clover, in a pasture 6 to 8 inches tall. At this height, the animal can reach with the tongue and take a full, big mouthful with every bite. It has to be easy; they can’t be working hard to get full,” says Panner. Some forage species are more energy-dense than others, containing higher levels of sugars. Beef producers around the world have been utilizing some of these species in grass-fed beef production, using forages instead of grain for finishing beef animals.
HARVEST ANIMALS AT THE RIGHT TIME Finishing at optimum age/weight and season of year for best flavor and tenderness can be a challenge when producing grass-finished beef, especially in a northern climate. Fat content and flavor/tenderness is ideal when animals are butchered while pastures are at their peak, rather than in fall when forage plants decline in carbohydrate levels, or during winter in a region where you have to feed hay. For this reason, it may be most practical to raise small-to-moderateframed animals that mature and finish sooner than larger-framed breeds or crosses, finishing more readily on grass. Some of the larger breeds just keep growing. Also, many customers who buy a whole, half or quarter of a beef directly from the producer may prefer a smaller carcass; it will fit more readily in their freezer. But the specific breed is not as important as individual body type. You can select for good grass-finishing type in nearly any beef breed.
Dan Undersander, Extension and Forage Agronomist, University of Wisconsin, says ryegrass is one of the most energy-dense grasses, used all over the world and in parts of the U.S. “The main issue with ryegrass it that it lacks winter hardiness. In the northern half of the U.S., it will die out most winters and would therefore need to be replanted annually. In the southern half it can persist and be a perennial forage,” he says. “Ryegrass is the single forage that is higher in quality than anything else. The ryegrasses vary in energy density from Italian (with the highest sugar levels) which some people call annuals, to the perennials, and then there are crosses between the two. There is research developing some high sugar types, but we can finish beef on pasture whether or not we have these high sugar types. The main thing is to have adequate forage and graze it at an early stage of growth when nutrient levels are highest,” says Undersander. You need a type of forage that will grow well in your climate. “Annual ryegrass is ideal, but we can also produce good beef on pasture with perennial forages like tall fescues and orchardgrass. Ryegrasses need a cool, wet environment and won’t work for hot or arid regions. In those environments we have several other choices,” he says. “In looking at annuals, the sorghum/sudan grasses are a good
choice for finishing cattle, particularly the brown midrib types. These annuals will grow in warmer weather. They’re not the best choice in northern states but work well in southern climates. In order to get good productivity for these grasses, however, we need 20 to 30 inches of water annually. They would be most appropriate for the wetter regions of the West, Midwest and South, or for irrigated pastures. In dry land across the West where we have less than 20 inches of rain, we might look at permanent pasture and some of the range grasses. We can do some nice finishing of beef on buffalo grass, which is a short-growing perennial grass on the high plains of Texas and Oklahoma. The best species to use will vary from region to region. The main thing is use species adapted to the local environment and then harvest or graze them at an appropriate stage when they are high in quality,” he explains. “We can finish beef on many kinds of forage, as long as it is grazed at a stage when it is leafy, immature and high in quality, with adequate density of stand that the cattle can take big bites. Cattle take about one bite per second and will graze for a few hours a day and take 30,000 bites or so. If those are big bites and the forage is high in quality, the cattle will gain weight. If they are small bites and/or low in quality, then they won’t finish as well,” he explains.
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Stop your rain dances per request of the NTLBA! We'd love to have you join our association by contacting our President Scotty O'Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please visit our website at NTLBA.org to keep up with our latest information, and while you are there, check out our sale pen! Stay tuned for more information about our Fall Field Day, and mark your calendars for the S NTLBA Holiday Extravaganza in Decatur, TX that will take place December 11-13th. By A X TE NORTH BREEDER now, the TLBAA World Show and TLBT National Youth Show has finished. We would like to congratulate all NTLBA members on a remarkable season and wish you all luck RN LONGHOSOCIATION in the season to come! Moving on to some member shout outs, we would like to tell AS you about NTLBA member Janice Heinze (riding steer guru) and NTLBA youth member Cody Garcia (guru in training) who represented the breed well and made the news in Stephenville, TX while riding their Longhorn steers at the Steak Cook Off Grand Entry. Way Scotty O’Bryan to go!! Also, we want to wish NTLBA member Ross Ohlendorf the best of luck as he pitches for President email@example.com the Texas Rangers! Our final shout out goes to NTLBA members Scott & Stacey Schumacher who recently hosted visitors from Germany to look at their herd! Longhorn dreams and green pasture wishes!
STLA Spring 2015 Field Day & AGM Stormy skies and very soggy ground gave way to a full day of bright sunshine and good times as approximately 50 STLA members and friends gathered at Smithville, Texas for the STLA Spring 2015 Field Day & Annual General Meeting. The event was hosted by John and Christy Randolph at their Lonesome Pines Ranch. Guests enjoyed a morning hayride ranch tour to visit various pastures, view the herd, and learn more about the Lonesome Pines’ award-winning breeding program. Following the hour-long ranch tour, attendees (young and old) had the chance to sit back and listen 2015 STLA Youth Scholarship recipients, Xavier Castillo (left) and Keely to guest speaker and former show judge, John T. Baker, give his insights Dennis (rt.), were presented with their Christy Randolph, into “What Is That Judge Thinking?” Baker emphasized the wide variety of fac- awards during the AGM. President tors a judge is looking for and must consider when evaluating and ranking firstname.lastname@example.org mals (along with their exhibitors) in the ring. His presentation was followed by a variety of interesting questions and discussion from the audience that rounded out the morning learning session. A delicious lunch was served at noon and the meal was followed by the 2015 STLA Annual General Meeting. President, Christy Randolph called the meeting to order and gave reports on the various events, shows, and other projects done by STLA during the past year along with a brief financial overview and membership report for the association. Steven Zunker, Chair of the STLA Youth Scholarship Committee, presented the 2015 scholarship awards to Xavier Castillo of Lexington, Texas and Keely Dennis, of Coupland, Texas. Each of these graduating seniors received scholar- The Anniversary cake was ship funding for college endeavors in the amount of $1,000 and both of the served with champagne to Guest speaker, John T. Baker, explains recipients have both been a part of STLA activities since they were youngsters. honor a proud 40 Years of STLA. some of the important attributes about The AGM also included elections of Directors for the coming year. Those showmanship a judge considers for when who were nominated and elected to serve on the STLA Board were: Bubba Bollier, Suzanne Perry, Sandi sizing up animals and exhibitors in the Nordhausen, Judy Coats, Louis Christa, Derek Thurmond, Patsy Davidson, and Troy Unger. show ring. Throughout the day, a Silent Auction was ongoing with guests bidding on numerous Texas Longhorn items. A Bucket Raffle featuring two special décor items donated by Blue Ridge Ranch and Pearl Longhorn Ranch, also helped raise money for the Youth Scholarship Program. Bucket Raffle prize winners were Judy Coats and Patsy Davidson. Winners of the popular Field Day Door Prizes included Sandi Nordhausen (taking home a gift certificate for a quarter-page color ad in the Trails magazine), Jon Sylvie (winner of a Tractor Supply gift card) and Hope Thurmond’s name was drawn as the lucky winner of the special Republic of Texas Commemorative print that was the Anniversary Door Prize. The afternoon activities concluded with a 40th Anniversary celebration for STLA, complete with The pasture tour included time to feed the cake and champagne to toast the occasion. STLA cattle, get information on specific animals, received its charter in April 1975 and forty years and submit entries to guess horn measureGuests about to set off on the hay-ride ranch tour to learn more later remains the oldest (and one of the largest) ments on one of the big-horned females. about the Lonesome Pines breeding program. -- continued on pg. 54 affiliates of the TLBAA.
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-- continued from pg. 39 email@example.com • 704-490-9208 White Pine Ranch - Scott Hughes 1356 Rock Road • Rutherfordton, NC 28139 www.carolinacartellonghorns.com firstname.lastname@example.org • 828-287-7406 NORTH DAKOTA Smith Longhorns - Chad & Janell Smith 422 HWY 22 N • Killdeer, ND 58640 www.smithlonghorns.com email@example.com • 701-590-9073 OHIO Dickson Cattle Co. Inc. - Darol Dickinson 35500 Muskrat Rd. • Barnesville, OH 43713 www.head2tail.com firstname.lastname@example.org • 740-758-5050 North View Farms - Emanuel Jr. & Carolyn Miller 8014 Township Road • Dundee, OH 44624 330-359-7165 OKLAHOMA Arrowhead Cattle Co. - Craig Perez 103 N 1st Street • Comanche, OK 73529 www.arrowheadcattlecompany.com email@example.com • 979-906-0043 Rockin 4 Browns - Brian & Carolyn Brown 1679 Shoffner Way • Sulphur, OK 73086 firstname.lastname@example.org • 580-277-0220 Commanders Place Longhorns - Kim Nikodym 531 SW 5th Street • Newcastle, OK 73065 www.commandersplacelonghorns.com email@example.com • 405-387-2460 Diamond Q Longhorns - Steve & Bodie Quary 358345 E 1010 Road • Prague, OK 74864
firstname.lastname@example.org • 405-567-3093 GFT Longhorns - Devin & Annissa Graves PO Box 1143 • Altus, OK 73522 www.gftlonghorns.com email@example.com • 480-713-2769 Harrell Ranch - Kent & Sandy Harrell 20035 Happy Camp Rd • Okmulgee, OK 74447 www.harrellranch.com • firstname.lastname@example.org 918-587-2750 KC3 Longhorns - Kasi Dick 6420 CR 4151 • Pawhuska, OK 74056 email@example.com • 918-694-6180 Kropp Cattle Co. - Dr. Bob Kropp 10701 Deer RDG • Perry, OK 73077 firstname.lastname@example.org • 580-336-0220 Semkin Longhorns - Charlene Semkin & Matt McGuire 6650 John Wayne Road • Perry, OK 73077 www.semkin-texaslonghorns.com email@example.com • 580-336-2925 Simmons Cattle Co. - Ralph & Christa Simmons 5234 Old Highway 7 • Tishomingo, OK 73460 www.simmonscattlecompany.com firstname.lastname@example.org • 580-384-8365 VanLiew Ranch - Rob VanLiew 29911 New Hope • Tecumseh, OK 74873 www.vanliewranch.com email@example.com • 405-420-1728 WI Longhorns and Leather - Roland West 6973 Odessa Hills Road • Odessa, MO 64076 www.wilonghornsandleather.com 580-682-3016
OREGON RC Larson Longhorns • Bob & Carmen Larson 8635 Long Prairie Road • Tillamook, OR 97141 firstname.lastname@example.org PENNSYLVANIA Nel-Tam Longhorns - Nelson & Tammy Hearn 308 Elm Street • Richland, PA 17087 www.neltamlonghorns.com email@example.com TENNESSEE Win Vue Longhorns - James Dyal 3955 Big Orange Dr. • Russellville, TN 37860 www.winvuelonghornfarms.com firstname.lastname@example.org • 423-231-9122 TEXAS ACR Longhorns - Diane Rivera 808 Shady Brook Lane • Red Oak, TX 75154 email@example.com • 214-243-0572 Astera Meadows Ranch - Carolyn & Wilton Wilton 681 CR 459 • Coupland, TX 78615 www.asterameadows.net • firstname.lastname@example.org 512-560-1264 or 512-560-1263 (see beef ad on page 39)
Blue Ridge Ranch - John Marshall PO Box 97 • Llano, TX 78643 www.blueridgelonghorns.com email@example.com • 713-398-5024 Cactus Rose Longhorns - Dan & Merrilou Russell 11288 FM 822 • Edna, TX 77957 www.cactusroselonghorns.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherokee Cattle Co. - Bob & Brady Elmore 1043 Peterson Road N • Iowa Park, TX 76367 www.cherokeelonghorns.com elmoreB84@gmail.com 940-257-3921 or 940-282-3575 Cottonwood Creek Ranch - Gary Kudrna 2203 Princeton Dr • Ennis, TX 75119 www.cwcreekranch.com • LzLonghorn@aol.com 214-893-1770 Diamond G Farms - Ben Garner 10103 Chukar Circle • Austin, TX 78758 email@example.com • 512-801-8242 DreamWeaver Ranch - Stephen and Susan Clausen 555 E Houston St. • Giddings TX 78942 firstname.lastname@example.org Diamond D Ranch - Dawn Divinia 511 Pratt Road • Red Oak, TX 75154 www.ddrlonghorns.com email@example.com • 972-890-8891 El Coyote Ranch - Felix Serna PO Box 711 • Kingsville, TX 78364 www.elcoyote.com • 361-294-5462 firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com Cynthia Williams 1806 Woodlawn Drive • San Angelo, TX 76901 firstname.lastname@example.org • 325-653-5257 Ferguson Ranch - Larry & Meloney Ferguson 3712 Bill Owens Parkway • Longview, TX 75605 email@example.com • 903-297-5893 -- continued on pg. 55
Improving the Value of Your Herd Written by Mike Crawford Buying and selling Texas Longhorns has been a time-honored tradition for many years. We are captivated by the natural beauty of these animals standing majestically against expansive landscapes. Many become new owners after searching the Internet and finding a couple of new Longhorn friends. While they all are beautiful in their own way, not every Longhorn looks like the prized bulls and cows advertised in magazines like this one, fetching tens of thousands of dollars. Texas Longhorns vary drastically in size and structure. Each Longhorn has a set of individual traits. These traits may or may not be of value to potential buyers. As breeders, we spend years and years growing and improving our herd. We continue to match cows and bulls hoping to get the perfect calf. When you do, it is a great feeling and can be highly profitable. When you don’t, you have a calf on the ground that will eat the same amount of grass as a high value Longhorn. The Dilemma All breeders face a similar problem. There comes a time when you simply have too many July 2015
Longhorns and selling is inevitable. At that point, breeders evaluate their herd, make decisions about their best cattle and look for options to selling the others. Longhorn sales offer an opportunity to sell cattle but the consignment fee and transportation costs can eat away at a profit on Longhorns at the low end of the market. I wrestled with the problem of what to do with too many Longhorns that were not going to improve the herd and was able to turn the problem into an opportunity. A Lean Beef Solution The alternative is working with companies that buy Longhorns for their lean healthy meat. A wide variety of ranchers have successfully sold their less-desirable bulls and cows as a lean beef option to organizations like Chisholm Trail Longhorn Beef and other Longhorn beef producers located throughout the country. This not only creates an opportunity for you to profit from your herd but also a chance to stimulate the health-food market and bring better food to families all over the country. The general population is growing more interested in
lean, local, grass-fed beef and Longhorn beef provides the best healthy and nutrient-dense option. Longhorn beef provides the same omega-3 fatty acids as wild caught fish and is packed with nutrients such as vitamin B6 and beta-carotene, it is also very low in fat, cholesterol and calories. Each serving only contains about 140 calories on average. This means it is healthier than almost any other meat or poultry available. As you work to improve the value of your herd, consider the benefit of the consistent market for Longhorn beef. By culling the low end of your herd you will improve your Longhorn program and profit at the same time. You only have so much land and a $1,000 Longhorn eats the same amount of grass as a $10,000 Longhorn. Improve the quality, and therefore the value, of your herd by selling those Longhorns that aren’t making the cut. Don’t wait, because this problem increases over time. Now is the time to evaluate your herd while the grass is green, so you can consistently get top value for your Longhorns.
-- continued from pg. 52 East Texas Longhorn Association met for its annual business meeting April 25 at the home of Kurt and Glenda Twining in Scroggins, TX. Following a delicious meal, highlights of the meeting included standard business items plus reports from TLBAA CEO EXAS EAST T BREEDER Barbara Linke and Board members Lana Hightower and Keith DuBose on current RN TLBAA plans and projects. Lana Hightower and Joel Norris Jimmie Gee, Jorge LONGHOSOCIATION announced shows they will superintend in Tyler (end of Avalos and Alex AS September) and Athens (weekend before Thanksgiving), and Rivera received scholarship checks. Joel presented to the affiliate a certificate of appreciation for regJoel Norris ular reporting of its activities in the Trails over the past year. firstname.lastname@example.org Jorge Avalos reported on ETLA youth events over the past year, and Dr. Tim Roddam recognized the affiliate's three graduating seniors with scholarship checks: Jorge Avalos (Ferris High School); Jimmie Gee (Springtown High School); and Alex Rivera (home school study program in Red Oak). The following officers were elected for 2015-2016: James Wilkins, President; Keith DuBose, Vice-President; Connie Ollive, Secretary; Lana Hightower, Treasurer; and Dr. Tim Roddam, Reporter. New directors elected to the Board included Barbara Marquess, Joel Norris, Paula Wilkins and Joe Hynes. Dr. Tim Roddam and Kathy Belt were named as Youth Advisors. The day was climaxed by a tour through the Twinings' pastures providing the opportunity for viewing some exceptional cattle. Once again, ETLA proved itself to be a great group of which to be a part!
ATTENTION AFFILIATES! It's a full time job keeping up the contacts for the active TLBAA Affiliates and we need your help! We have deemed 2015 as "new beginnings" for affiliates and are asking that you take the time to complete the short form below and send it to the affiliate committee in c/o of our chairman, Tina DuBose. We have attempted to contact everyone on our lists but understand that contacts continually change, and that maybe some of the affiliates on our list are no longer active. In order to get our communications out to you, and for us to ask for your input on issues that involve affiliates, we want you to complete the form. With new information, we will be better at utilizing our committee to work on identified issues, we will identify where we need to do a better job with promotional information, and in what areas of the country TLBAA Directors may need to focus, to energize and assist members. If someone from your affiliate would take a moment to complete the short form below, we would be so appreciative. Thanks for working with us. TLBAA Affiliate Committee
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G&L Cattle Co. - Dr. Gene & Lana Hightower 950 FM 1995 • Van, TX 75790 www.glcattleco.com • firstname.lastname@example.org 903-963-7442 or 903-681-1093
Lazy A Ranch - Steve Azinger 1306 Goliad Street • Houston, TX 77007 www.lazyaranch.org • email@example.com 713-823-5311
River Ranch - Rick & Tracey Friedrich 2381 Friedrich Rd • Fredericksburg, TX 78624 www.riverranchlonghorns.com firstname.lastname@example.org • 713-305-0259
Top Of The Hill Ranch - Dennis & Judy Urbantke 8567 N US HWY 67 • San Angelo, TX 76905 www.topofthehillranch.com • email@example.com 325-656-9321 • 512-970-3793
Helm Cattle Co. - John, Debra & Nathan Helm P.O. Box 2160 • Red Oak, TX 75154 www.helmcattlecompany.com firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com 972-670-5134 or 817-897-8535
Liberty Longhorn Ranch - Dustin Divinia 4286 County Rd. 3321 • Greenville, TX 75402 www.libertylonghornsranch.com firstname.lastname@example.org • 903-408-7288
Rocking O Ranch - Curtis Ohlendorf 1307 Westwood Road • Lockhart, TX 78644 www.rockingolonghorns.com email@example.com • 512-680-7118
Trinity Creek Ranch - Sandra Nordhausen 3843 CR 455 • Thorndale, TX 76577 www.trinitycreeksranch.com firstname.lastname@example.org • 512-898-2401
Miller Ranch Longhorns - Tom and Shana Miller 2499 E. State HWY 154 • Quitman, TX 77253 email@example.com 903-707-4582 or 903-497-2343
Running Arrow Farm, LLC - Sandra & Bill Martin 4230 Hwy 83 N. • Wellington, TX 79095 www.runningarrowlonghorns.com firstname.lastname@example.org • 806-205-1235
TS Longhorns - Terry & Sherri Adcock 1309 County Road M • Lamesa, TX 79331 www.tsadcocklonghorns.com email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org 806-488-7906 or 806-759-7486
IM Rockin I - Nancy Ince #30 FM 3351 N. • Bergheim, TX 78004 www.rockinilonghorns.com email@example.com • 210-219-4681 JD Longhorns - Jim & Denise Taylor 9649 Johnson Road • Beaumont, TX 77705 firstname.lastname@example.org • 409-553-7516 KD Bar Cattle Co. - Joe Dowling 5349 County Road 116 • Caldwell, TX 77836 www.kdbarcattlecompany.com email@example.com • 979-271-0277 Kelly’s Horn O’ Plenty Ranch - Kevin Kelly 15707 Quiet Bay Ct. • Houston, TX firstname.lastname@example.org • 713-471-9871 La Pistola Longhorns - Bobby Gutierrez 404 N Haswell Drive • Bryan, TX 77803 www.lapistolalonghorns.com email@example.com • 979-575-2838
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MLC Cattle Company - Chris Clark 3707 HWY 21 W • Madisonville, TX 77864 firstname.lastname@example.org • 936-520-4212 Moriah Farms - Bernard Lankford 240 Shanes Lane • Weatherford, TX 76087 www.moriahfarmslonghorns.com email@example.com • 817-341-4677 Pearl Longhorn Ranch • Allen Perry 5840 FM 183 • Evant, TX 76525 www.pearl-longhorn-ranch.com firstname.lastname@example.org Rafter Flying W - Guy Warren & Trent Warren 278 Bumpergate Road • Abilene, TX 79603 www.rafterflyingw.com email@example.com 817-526-4046 or 325-201-1620
Silver T Ranch - Kurt Twining 9 Riddington Place • Dallas, TX 75230 www.silvertranch.com • firstname.lastname@example.org Singing Coyote Ranch - George & Barbara Schmidt 4153 FM 537 • Floresville, TX 78114 www.singingcoyoteranch.com email@example.com • 830-393-6241 TL Longhorns - Toni & Larry Stegemoller 333 PR 2955 • Kopperl, TX 76033 www.ttltexaslonghorns.com firstname.lastname@example.org • 817-933-5059 Tonkawa Cattle Co. - Gary & Teresa Bowdoin 695 Vanishing Oaks Drive • Crawford, TX 76638 www.tonkawacattecompany.com email@example.com • 254-640-0844
Varner Farms, LLC - David & Colette Varner 3903 E FM 2237 • Muldoon, TX 78949 www.varnerfarmstx.com • firstname.lastname@example.org David: 281-750-2198 • Colette: 281-750-2197 White Rock Ranch - Vincent Girolamo 3704 Martin Road • Jacksboro, TX 76458 www.whiterocklonghorns.com email@example.com • 214-542-4727 XC Longhorns - Joe Cunningham 123 Corsicana Street • Peoria, TX 76645 www.xclonghorns.net firstname.lastname@example.org • 254-479-1080 UTAH Doug Hunt 7971 N Jade • Saint George, UT 84770 www.doughuntlonghorns.com email@example.com • 435-680-4822
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DIVISION A One Tree Ranching Co., LTD Mark Hubbell B. Eugene Berry, M.D. Larry & Charlotte Gribbins Kathy Kittler Scott Simmons Dora Thompson Nancy C. Dunn Hudson Longhorns
Stringer Ranches Meridian Longhorns Billy R. Walker Ann Gravett Dale & Linda Friesen Jim Steffler Triple R Ranch Circle E Longhorns Ricky McLeod
Struthoff Ranch Red McCombs Ranches of Texas Ben Liska Star Creek Ranch Richard E. Carroll Kip and Regina Dove Ronnie & Jackie Mullinax Joe Cunningham Reginald Brown El Coyote Ranch IM Rockin I, LLC John Marshall Sandra K. Nordhausen Liberty Longhorn Ranch Brian Brett Rick & Tracey Friedrich W.A. (Al) Vinson John & Ursula Allen Steven Zunker Brent & Cynthia Bolen Anchor T Ranch BPT Longhorns Eric & Anna Redeker Green Valley Ranch Harman Ranch, LLC Lee and Linda Blackwell Sheryl L. Hall Trigg & Traci Moore
John Oliver Taylor Cattle Company Lazy L Longhorns Patrick & Virginia Titterington Bo & Joe Ann Winkel Bruce Wooldridge Carla Payne Diamond D Ranch Don & Velna Jackson Helm Cattle Company John R. Randolph Justin Alonzo Peeler Kris Michalke Peterek Mark & Kerri Terrell Rocking 'O' Ranch John Stockton Mark & Laurie Witt Bow Carpenter Charles Castro Craft Ranch David Ritchey Davis Green Diamond T Holdings, LLC Doug and Sandy Stotts Dr. Zech Dameron III JP Ranch Larry & Paula Reck Michele Reed
Allemand Ranches Cody Robbins Johan Radius Leonard or Doris Boyd Matthew J. Durkin Robert Fenza Viggo Mortensen Phillip Cumberworth Terry King
Terry R. Moore Bruce and Carol Curtiss Dave Hovingh Double D Arena Ethan Loos Gary and Shana Spooner Jay Wachter & Susan Willard Jody Shaw
Johannes Brauchart Mark and Tina Stewart Mike & Jamie Tomey Rolling M Longhorns Steven & Kathy Daddona Sun Creek Ranches Tom Davis
Tensleon Ranch Teresa R. Castillo Cloud 9 Longhorns Gwen Damato James K. Turner Ron Coleman Scott & Denita Young Tom and Cay Billingsley Alan Sparger, III Andrea & Dick Stewart Annie Morgan & Steve Bell Brad & Robin Hancock Buffalo Gap Longhorns, LLC Cathleen Rangel Chris & Charland Burton Cody M. Himmelreich Copper Creek Ranch David & Colette Varner David & Linda Mills David & Stacie Bingaman D D Stiles Dennis & Marylyn High Elias F. Hal Meyer, Jr. George Helm Hacienda PBT, LLC Hollis Jefferies Hunter D. Winkel Jacob & Kathryn Juneau
James & Amy Roesler Jeff & Marcy Lewis Jim & Bethany Rosebrock JM & Cathie Smith J.T. Wehring Keith & Tina DuBose Kellen McCauley Kelly or Chrisann Merriman Larry Ginn Matt & Sarah Vuskov Megan Ekstrom Mikeal Beck MK Cattle Co. Richard James Filip Rocking 'O' Longhorns Rockn' T Longhorns Schumacher Cattle Company Shelby Johnston Tanner Longhorns Terry and Sherri Adcock Vincent T. Girolamo Wilton and Carolyn Wilton Wyatt Reese Schaper Dave & Althea Sullivan
Buckhorn Cattle Company Cliff McDougal Curtis and Donna Hoskins Dave Hodges Dean L. or Mary P. Horkey Dean M. & Jill K. Wagner Deer Haven, LLC Doug & Cheryl Ackerman Doug Hunt Dustin & Candice Brewer Dylan Pfizenmaier Fairlea Longhorn Ranch, LLC Gordon & Connie Howie J5 Longhorns James & Mary Clark JBR Longhorns, LLC
Jordan Ranch Kasi Dick Klampe Cattle Company Kurt Killgore M2 Land and Cattle Co. Melissa Reese Red Hills Ranch Richard & Linda Spooner Rocking K Bar T Ranch Rockin' J Longhorns Sather Family LLC Snoqualmie Cattle Co. Stompin Brush Farm Wayne Starch
DIVISION B Rodney & Patti Mahaffey Suzanne & William H. Torkildsen, M.D. Wes and Carol Chancey Circle Double C Ranch Ron & Barbara Marquess Armstrong Ranch @ Wolf Hollow Barbara Baker Bivins & Matthew Bivins Barrett & Melanie Evans Barrington Ranch C. Kenneth Hensley Dale & Janet Manwaring Danny & Lori Mynarcik Deer Creek Longhorns Dr. Gene & Lana Hightower Ernie Waugh Erskine Laird Ranch Grace Cattle Company, LLC K9 Brand Cattle Company Kimberly Lee Parker Kurt Twining Lloyd (Speedy) La Fond Mackenzie Hamilton Mike Crawford & Pam Watkins Ohlendorf Land & Cattle Co., LLC Richard & Sharon Parr Rio Vista Ranch Stephen P. Head
DIVISION C Mike & Debbie Bowman Brett or Darcy De Lapp Big Valley Longhorns Justin Risenmay Two Heart Bar Ranch Mark Gilliland, M.D. Kent & Sandy Harrell Justin Hansen Alexandra Dees David & Kimberley Nikodym Larry Johnston Kent Bladen Joel and Tamara Kuntz Pleasant Pines Bill & Judy Meridith
Dirty Spur Cattle Co. Carole Muchmore Flyer B Ranch R-B Farm Bob & Pam Loomis Ron Brock GFT Longhorns Jim Freeman, Jr. Jim Hutchinson Mike Bassett Peter & Stacie Hood Warren & Cathy Dorathy Woodson School Ranch Joseph M. Graham Semkin Longhorns Charley E. & Doris Snyder
Dale & Gina Francisco Dale Hunt Joseph Sedlacek Larry &/or Mary Ann Long Locke Ranch Mike Lutt Oren & Dianna O'Dell Pace Cattle Company Petersen Longhorn Wild Horse Creek Ranch Mark & Sue Cress Michael & Allison Bose Beere Cattle Company Bill & Polly Black Billy & Audrey Doolittle Brandon Crisp
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TLBAA Breed Advisory Committee’s
Herd Management Guide
1. Remove bulls after 90-day breeding season (July 20 equals an April 30 date of birth) 2. Water is extremely important as temperature starts to rise. Make routine checks of the water supply. 3. Continue fly and tick control programs. 4. As grass matures, realize that the protein value decreases. The feeding of two-to-three pounds of a high protein supplement (30-40 percent crude protein content) will stimulate the digestion of the mature forage; therefore, the cattle will consume more forage and will maintain their body condition as winter approaches. 5. If additional summer grazing or hay is needed, fertilize improved grass pastures with 50 pounds of actual nitrogen per acre.
If not previously completed: 1. Wean calves and select animals to be retained through yearling time. Breeders collecting weaning weight information should weigh all calves and adjust all weights to a 205 day of age equivalent. Within sex group, calculate a weaning weight ratio to be used as a selection criteria. Identify all calves by sire group to determine which sires are producing the superior calves. 2. Pregnancy check all females as well as check for unsoundness and udder problems for culling purposes. Consider culling females that are not bred, old or poor producers. 3.Vaccinate all heifer calves between four and 10 months of age for brucellosis. 4. All weaned calves should be vaccinated with a 7-way Clostridial bacterin, vaccinated for IBR-PI3-BVD and dewormed. Cull bull calves should be castrated prior to weaning. 5. Replacement heifers should definitely be vaccinated for blackleg, malignant edema, IBR, leptospirosis and brucellosis.
100% Grass-fed Texas Longhorn Beef, The New “Texas Gold” By Larry Ferguson East Texas Longhorn Association
Texas Longhorn breeders are sitting on a gold mine. They are producing the healthiest beef for public consumption, and the demand for that beef can bring wealth. However, Longhorn breeders must educate the public about the many health benefits of 100% grass-fed Texas Longhorn beef in order to achieve that wealth. In the early 1970’s, scientist noticed that the Eskimos in Iceland did not have heart disease, arthritis or other diseases caused by inflammation. After researching, they found the Eskimos’ diet consisted of animal fat from the sea. This fat was high in Omega 3 fatty acids and low in Omega 6 fatty acids. Research showed that Omega 3 fatty acids stopped inflammation whereas Omega 6 caused inflammation, and inflammation is the body’s number one enemy. It causes coronary artery disease, hypertension, arthritis, cancer and other inflammatory & autoimmune disorders. The public has been told that fat is bad, and they should only eat lean beef with less fat. In fact, the United States has a populous of fat phobic people. The grocery shelves are full of “fat-free” products, yet heart disease and cancer are on the rise. July 2015
New research is showing that the public is not getting enough good fats. The book, Grain Brain, by David Perlmutter, M.D. is an example of this new research. Grains cause high amounts of Omega 6’s, which causes inflammation in the body. Grain fed cattle can contain up to a 20 to 1 ratio of Omega 6’s to Omega 3’s. A person’s health starts to decline with a ratio as low as 4 to 1 of Omega 6’s to Omega 3’s. 100% grass-fed beef has over seven times the amount of omega 3 fatty acids than grain fed beef. Thus, the fat in grass-fed beef is not only healthy but also needed in the body. 100% grass-fed beef contains high amounts of vitamins B6, B3, B12, D, E (3 times grain fed), K, Beta Carotene, selenium, choline, Iron, Lycopene, potassium, phosphorus, lutein, zinc, complete protein (with all 23 amino acids), Omega 3’s (containing ALA’s, DHA’s, and CLA’s and some Omega 6’s, and the list goes on! It is hard to find a food that contains all of these vital nutrients. Cattle are ruminant animals and are designed to digest grass. Grass-fed beef produce yellow fat because of the beta-carotene in the grass. The fat of grain fed beef is white because of the lack of these grass nutrients. Grain-fed cattle from
feedlots contain growth hormones and antibiotics. Eating all the fat available in grass-fed beef provides the needed Omega 3’s which stop inflammation. Beware of the terms “natural” and “pasture-raised.” These terms don’t necessarily mean that the beef is 100% grass-fed. Many times pasture-raised cattle are supplemented with grain in their diet. Beef with the term “organic” could have been fed organic grains and would not be as healthy as 100% grass-fed beef because the grains would cause the increased number of omega 6 fatty acids. When Texas Longhorn breeders educate the public about the health benefits of Texas Longhorn 100% grass-fed beef, they must be honest in the education. Feedlot beef or grain fed beef has marbling in the meat to give the meat greater tenderness and taste. 100% grass-fed beef does not have much marbling and is less tender, but it is very tasty. Because the meat is less tender, breeders can encourage customers to grind all the meat, which makes a more versatile product. Ground meat also takes up less freezer space because of the lack of bone. Help others get healthy, by enjoying delicious 100% grass-fed Texas Longhorn beef.
Save The Date! AUGUST 2015
TEXAS LONGHORN Coming Events SEPT 27 • NRLA Central Washington Longhorn Show. Central Washington State Fair Park, Yakima, WA. Entry Deadline: Aug. 30, 2015. Shannon Kearney (509) 684-2963 or (509) 680-0019, firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth.
AUG 1 • Deschutes County Fair Longhorn Show, Deschutes Co. Fairgrounds, Redmond, OR. Tami Kuntz (541) 848-7357 or email@example.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. AUG 7 • Rocky Mountain Winchester Futurity, Elburt, CO. Tom Mattott (303) 663-7841. www.rockymountainwinchesterfuturity.com AUG 8 • Rocky Mountain Select TX Longhorn Sale, Elburt, CO. Stan Searle (719) 649-9590 or Gary Lake (719) 314-8294. OCT 1-3 • TLBAA Horn Showcase, Comanche Co. Fairgrounds, Great Plains Coliseum, Lawton, OK. Amy Weatherholtz AUG 29-30 • Ray Bohy Longhorn Show, Nebraska State Fairgrounds, (817) 625-6241 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Grand Island, NE. Entry deadline: Aug. 10, 2015. Delwin & Vicki OCT 1-3 • Tulsa State Fair, Tulsa Fairgrounds, Tulsa, OK. Steve Quary Smeal (402) 568-2353 or Rodger & Bonnie Damrow (402) 423(405) 567-3093 or (405) 567-9771. 5441 or (402) 580-3673 C or email@example.com. Qualifying Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. Haltered, Free & Youth. OCT 2-4 • ETLA World Qualifying Show, East Texas State Fair Grounds, Tyler, TX. Enter on www.etstatefair.com by 8/28/15. Lana Hightower (903) 681-1093 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. SEPT 5 • Butler Breeder’s Invitational Sale, Lockhart, TX. Kaso Kety OCT 14 • NRLA NILE Longhorn Show. Metra Park Fairgrounds, (985) 674-6492 or Michael McLeod (361) 771-5355. Billings, MT. Entry Deadline: Sept, 15, 2015. Shannon SEPT 5 • NRLA Sanders County Longhorn Show. Sanders County Kearney (509) 684-2963 or (509) 680-0019, Fairgrounds, Plains, MT. Entry Deadline: Aug. 10, 2015. email@example.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. Shannon Kearney (509) 684-2963 or (509) 680-0019, OCT 23-25 • Ark-La-Tex Annual Fall Show, George Henderson Expo firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. Center, Lufkin, TX. Entry deadline Oct. 12, 2015. Show Chair SEPT 6-7 • Colorado State Fair, Pueblo Co. State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, Jessica Wade (903) 948-5194 or email@example.com. CO. Kenny Richardson - firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 352Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth and Points Only Free & Youth. 3054 or Lana Pearson - email@example.com or (719) 7400741. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. SEPT 11-13 • Deep South Longhorn Show, Magnolia Center, Laurel, MS. Chris Lindsey (601) 319-9376 or firstname.lastname@example.org QualifyNOV 7 • Marquess Arrow Ranch Production Sale, Ben Wheeler, TX. ing Haltered, Free & Youth. Ron & Barbara Marquess (903) 570-8458 C or (903) 570-5199 C SEPT 11-12 • Hill Country Heritage Longhorn Sale. River Ranch, or email@example.com. www.maranch.com Fredericksburg, TX. Rick Friedrich (713) 305-0259 or firstname.lastname@example.org. SEPT 12 • Texas Longhorn Breeders of New Mexico World Qualifying Show, New Mexico State Fair Grounds-Expo NM, Albuquerque, DEC 11-15 • 2015 Holiday Extravaganza, Wise County Sheriff Posse FairNM. Entry Deadline August 1, 2015. Enter at www.ExpoNM.com. grounds, Decatur, TX. Scotty O’Bryan (254) 434-1155 or Dustin Brewer (505) 660-3061 or email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org or Ryan Culpepper (940) 577-1753 or Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. email@example.com. Qualifying Haltered & Youth. SEPT 12 • Spokane Interstate Fair (NRLA), Spokane Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Spokane, WA. Sheryl Johnson (503) 829-9459 or Shannon Kearney firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 684-2963 or (509) 680-0019. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. FEB 26-27 • Cattle Baron’s Sale & Winchester Futurity, Mid-Tex Sale SEPT 13 • Spokane Interstate Fair (NWLA), Spokane Fairgrounds & Barn, Navasota, TX. Rick Friedrich (713) 305-0259 or Steve Expo Center, Spokane, WA. Sheryl Johnson (503) 829-9459. Azinger (713) 823-5371. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. SEPT 18-19 • Hudson-Valentine Vegas Style Sale, South Point Casino and Equestrian Center, Las Vegas, NV. Lorinda Valentine (270) 996-7046 or email@example.com. APRIL 22-23 • Midwest Longhorn Sale, Winfield Livestock Auction, SEPT 25-26 • B&C Show-Me Fall Longhorn Sale, Brookfield, MO. Winfield, KS. Mike Bowman - firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Sayre (660) 258-2973. (316) 778-1717. www.endoftrailranch.com SEPT 25-27 • State Fair of Texas, Fair Park, Dallas, TX. Trigg & Traci APRIL 29-30 • Red McCombs Fiesta Sale, Johnson City, TX. Moore (817) 832-8742 or (254) 396-5592. Qualifying Haltered, www.redmccombslonghorns.com. Alan & Teresa Sparger, Free & Youth. email@example.com, (210) 445-8798.
In order to have your qualifying affiliate show included in the calendar, please submit your application to special events – Amy Weatherholtz (817) 625-6241 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All other events can be sent directly to email@example.com.
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THATE Cattle Company Your source for big-horned cattle in the North—utilizing the right bloodlines to produce the horn. Fairmont, Minnesota
LONE WOLF RANCH Dr. Lee and Linda Ragains (918) 855-0704 • Sallisaw, OK
www.lonewolfranch.net BEAVER CREEK LONGHORNS- Check our new website with "Super Sales" and herdreduction prices. Tazman (Gunman) genetics. Carole Muchmore, Ponca City, OK (580) 7659961, www.beavercreeklonghorns.com
The summer is filled with excitment at the Flying D Longhorn Ranch! The ranch, created in 1984 by G.C. “Bo” and Dorie Damuth has continued to feature very correct traditional/progressive Longhorn cattle that are very gentle, colorful, big-horned and frequent show winners with excellent conformation. The original Magnolia ranch will continue on a smaller basis with Dorie still living there and managing its operation. Scott, Dorie & Bo’s only child, and his lovely wife Shery, will showcase the cattle (which are currently being relocated to the new second Flying D Ranch at Mabank, Texas). They will own and run the ranch with the same commitment, dedication and knowledge exhibited by Bo and Dorie over the years. The ranch headquarters will be merged into Scott’s law office and title company located on Main Street in Gun Barrel City, Texas. Meanwhile, be assured the same big, gentle trophy steers, bulls, cows and heifers will be available at both ranches. Please call any of us to schedule a visit to each ranch. We love to talk Longhorns! Cattle always available at all times. Reasonable prices. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call:
Dorie or Scott Damuth - Flying D Longhorn Ranch 40206 Community Rd. • Magnolia, TX 77354 281-356-8167, fax: 281-356-2751 firstname.lastname@example.org • www.damuthflyingdranch.com Scott Damuth, Legal Counsel • Shery Damuth, Vineyard Consultant Law office: 903-887-0088 • Fax: 903-887-2925 Scott Cell: 214-546-3681 • Shery Cell: 940-393-0991 email@example.com
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SEMEN FOR SALE
LONGHORN SEMEN – Phenomenon, Emperor, DH Red Ranger, Tempter, JP Rio Grande, WS Jamakism, Working Man Chex, VJ Tommie and more. John Oliver 972-268-0083 or www.oliverlonghorns.com
WF POKER SEMEN – $50.00/straw. Outstanding herd sire prospect available by Poker. www.crazycattlecompany.com. (717) 577-3347
TRADE & BARTER
Quality HEIFERS & HERD SIRE PROSECTS FOR SALE- I have a LARGE herd, so you have lots of
variety to pick from! Located approx. 20 mi. off the EAST TEXAS line in Louisiana just below Shreveport. Lots of Hunts Command Respect, McGill Breeding, some ZD Kelly and Grand Slam, etc. Good cows, good babies. I specialize in bulls and am a partner in RIP SAW who now measures 83 1/2” TTT and is a gorgeous color. Several of his heifers and sons for sale. DORA THOMPSON Tel (318) 872-6329
TRADE YOUR LONGHORNS – We’ll take your bulls and steers in trade for cows, heifers, pairs, herd sires or semen from breeds’ top quality bulls. Stonewall Valley Ranch, Fredericksburg, TX. Days (512) 454-0476 / Weekends (830) 644-2380.
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Great genetics. I enjoy meeting and working with new breeders. Also have a large STRAIGHT BUTLER herd. email@example.com•www.sandhillsranch.com
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A Adcock, Terry & Sherri ....................................61 Adkins, Aaron....................................................31 Adkins, Clay ......................................................31 Almendra Longhorns......................................59 American Livestock..........................................49 Anderson, Frank Jr. & III ..................................9 Apache Casino Hotel......................................29 Astera Meadows Ranches ........................39, 61
B Bar H Ranch......................................................59 Beadle Land & Cattle..................................8, 59 Bentwood Ranch............................................IBC Big Valley Longhorns ......................................59 Billingsley Longhorns ....................................60 Brett Ranch ........................................................60 BT Farms ............................................................60 Buckhorn Cattle Co.........................................60 Bull Creek Longhorns ................15, 18, 19, 61 Butler Breeders ................................................8-9
C Caballo Bravo Longhorns..............................59 Cactus Rose Longhorns..................................18 Calpat Longhorns............................................19 CedarView Ranch....................................59, IBC Champion Genetics ........................................41 Christa Cattle Company............................8, 18 Circle Double C Ranch ..................................60 Cowboy Catchit Chex Partnership ..............31 CV Cowboy Casanova..................................IBC
L Lazy A Ranch ....................................................60 Lightning Longhorns ......................................60 Little Ace Cattle Co.............................................8 LL Longhorns......................................................8 Lodge Creek Longhorn ..................................59 Lone Wolf Ranch ......................................43, 60 Longhorn Sales Pen ........................................43 Lonesome Pines Ranch ..................................19 Loomis, Bob & Pam ........................................31
M McLeod Ranch ....................................................8 Meers Store........................................................42 Moriah Farms ..................................................60
N Northbrook Cattle Co.....................................60
P P&C Cattle Pens................................................41 Panther Creek Ranch ....................................2-3 Pearl Longhorn Ranch..............................18, 61
Khaos Cattle Company......................................31 Zulu Creek Ranch ..........................................IFC King, Terry & Tammy ..................................31, 59 Kittler Land & Cattle Co. ..................................59
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R & R Ranch......................................................60 Rancho Dos Ninos ..........................................61 Red McCombs Ranches of Texas ................BC Red Peak Ranch................................................17 Registered Texas Longhorn Beef....................33 Rio Vista Ranch ..................................................8 Rockin I Longhorns ....................................9, 61 Rocking P Longhorns........................................8 D Rocky Mountain Longhorns ........................59 Dalgood Longhorns ..........................................9 Rolling D Ranch ..............................................59 DCCI Equipment ............................................41 Running Arrow Farm......................................39 Deer Creek Longhorns....................................61 Diamond Q Longhorns ................................60 S Double LB Longhorns....................................60 7 Bar Longhorns ..............................................60 Double M Ranch..............................................19 Safari B Ranch ..................................................60 Doug Hunt Longhorns ..................................61 Sand Hills Ranch ........................................7, 59 Semkin Longhorns..........................................60 E Sidewinder Cattle Co.........................................9 Elah Valley Longhorns....................................59 Singing Coyote Ranch ....................................61 El Coyote Ranch ................................................1 Silver T Ranch..................................................IFC End of Trail Ranch ....................................11, 59 SS Longhorns....................................................60 Star Creek Ranch........................................21, 29 F State Fair of Texas ............................................33 Falls Creek Longhorns ......................................9 Stotts Hideaway Ranch ..................................60 First Financial Bank ........................................55 Struthoff Ranches of TX ..................................61 Fisher Ranch Longhorns ................................18 Swift Six Ag Works............................................41 Flying Diamond Ranch..................................59 T Foundation World HQ & Museum..............45, 51 Thurmond Longhorns....................................18 G TLBAA Affiliate Prince/Princess ....................37 Gilliland Ranch ..............................................IBC TLBAA Horn Showcase ............................22-27 TLBAA Membership........................................64 H Triple R Ranch (TX) ..........................................9 Haltom Hollar Ranch ....................................59 Twisted Sister Ranch ........................................21 Helm Cattle Co. ..............................................60 Hickman Longhorns ......................................60 U Hill Country Heritage Sale ............................13 Underwood Longhorns..................................59 Horseshoe J Longhorns ..................................31 Hubbell Longhorns ........................................31 W Hudson Longhorns ................................2-3, 5 Walker, Ron........................................................61 Hudson-Valentine Vegas Sale ......................2-3 Westfarms, Inc.....................................................8 Husky Branding Irons ....................................43 White Pine Ranch......................................31, 60 Wichita Fence....................................................43 J Woodson School Ranch ................................59 J.T. Wehring Family Ranch ............................60 J&C Longhorns ................................................19 X Jack Mountain Ranch..................................9, 61 Xcalibur Star Partnership ................................21 Jane’s Land & Cattle Co. ..................................9 Y JHC Longhorns ................................................19 Johnston Longhorns ......................................60 YO Ranch ..........................................................41
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