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MARCH 2017 Vol. 28 • No. 11




DRONES: EYE IN THE SKY IS A HELPFUL TOOL More than a toy, drones are fun and helpful. By Myra Basham


Officers & Directors


Product Spotlight


Affiliate News

40 TLBT News


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Herd Management


TLBAA Brand Regulations Learn what is required to successfully register your Longhorn

Calving Season Checklist: Be Prepared Items you need to have on hand if calves will be arriving soon. By Heather Smith Thomas


2017 National Western Stock Show Wrap-Up


NTLBA Holiday Extravanga Wrap-Up

By Nik Nikodym

By Scotty O’ Bryan

News on the Trail


In The Pen


In Memoriam


Show Results


TLBT Points/Hall of Fame About the Cover: Monte, Melissia & Nick Bierschenk started MonMel

Longhorns with a “3 in 1” in August 2016. Featured on the cover are AML 007 Lady Kay, Jack Pot’s Love Tari, their bull Gunsmith BCR 468 and 585 Riverboat. It was meeting Joe and Stephanie Sedlacek of Lazy J Longhorns that has changed their lives forever.  Joe’s support & guidance is the tool they have found most valuable in growing their herd.  Since purchasing his “Joe Chute” they can measure & work their cattle anytime.  His chute is featured on his website www.lazyjlonghorns.com and you can learn more about MonMel Longhorns at www.monmellonghorns.com

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(817) 625-6241 817) 625-1388 (FAX) P.O. Box 4430 Fort Worth, TX 76164 trails@tlbaa.org www.tlbaa.org

EDITOR’S NOTES LONGHORNS AND TECHNOLOGY Technology is center stage this month as we take a look at how Longhorn Breeders and even the Texas State Longhorn herd are taking advantage of drones. From being a time-saver covering distance to find missing cattle or check tanks to being a great tool for acquiring videos and photos for your marketing efforts, drones are rapidly increasing in popularity. Want to know more about these fun but useful tools? Take a look at the feature starting on Pg. 18 to learn more about the use of drones in Longhorn operations. In our product spotlight this month we bring you an exciting new product that could change the way we manage herd health. By utilizing existing technology in a new way this smart ear tag captures biometric data much like a Fitbit. One of our very own TLBAA members is beta testing the product on his herd, read all about it on page 26. Don’t miss the Longhorn Weekend Wrap-Up starting on Pg 27. If you have never attended this fun-filled long weekend event, make plans to join us next year. In addition to catching up on association business during the meetings, there are ample opportunities to enjoy Longhorn events and also enjoy the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards and the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. There’s lots to see and do and lots of great breeders to meet or catch up with! We appreciate all of you who took the time to come by the office and see our new space and visit. If you’re ever in Cowtown, come by. We’d love to say hi face to face. If you’re about to have calves hitting the ground as spring approaches, take a look at the checklist of recommended supplies to have on hand in case need arises. Better to be prepared for the worst and not need these items than to be caught unprepared. If you have a graduating TLBT member, take a look at page 41 to see the application requirements for the TLBAA Bright Future Scholarship. If you don’t have a youth graduating, please keep in mind that the number of scholarships we award is dependent upon the availabilty of funds. We are so grateful for those who have given to the fund so far and enjoyed watching the bidding wars at the Year-End Banquet as some really special items went up for bid benefitting the scholarship fund. Anything done to support our youth ensures the future of the Longhorn breed.


DEADLINE: April 2017 Issue:

Feb 24th Youth Issue

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Myra Basham Myra Basham Editor-in-Chief


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Frank Anderson Jr. and III 828 S. Rosemary Dr. • Bryan, TX 77802 (979) 846-8020 • (281) 501-2100 edie.wakefield@gmail.com

Beadle Land & Cattle Ray & Bonnie Beadle Los Gatos & Hollister, CA 95032 (408) 834-0110 Ray.Beadle@gapac.com

Christa Cattle Co. Jason & Louis Christa 2577 FM 1107 • Stockdale, TX 78160 christacattleco@msn.com www.christacattleco.com Louis (210) 863-7003 Jason (210) 232-1818

Dalgood Longhorns Malcolm & Connie Goodman 6260 Inwood Dr. • Houston, TX 77057 (713) 782-8422 dalgood@comcast.net www.dalgoodlonghorns.com

DuBose Bar D Ranch Keith & Tina DuBose P.O. Box 370 • Ben Wheeler, TX 75754 (979) 277-2161 kwdubose@gmail.com www.dubosebard.com

Jack Mountain Ranch Hal & Betty Meyer 8000 Mount Sharp Rd. • Wimberley, TX 78676 (512) 422-4681 cell (512) 842-1116 halmeyer@hotmail.com

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

This space is available for your ranch listing! Call Lindsay Maher: (817) 625-6241

Kaso, Lisa & Jake Kety Little Ace Cattle Co. P.O. Box 386 • Folsom, LA 70437 (985) 796-3918 ketyfolsom@aol.com

LL Longhorns Neil & Cynthia Hall 1414 Thorton Rd. • Houston, TX 77018 (206) 574-8950 www.lllonghorns.com cynthia@lllonghorns.com

McLeod Ranch Michael, Jackie, Mike & Makayla McLeod 355 CR 3031 • Edna, TX 77957 (361) 782-0155

Brennan & Michele Potts Rocking P Longhorns P.O. Box 579 • Emory, TX 75440 (903) 473-2430 Cell: (903) 348-5400 www.rockingplonghorns.com bpotts1@verizon.net

Rio Vista Ranch Elmer & Susan Rosenberger 4818 Eck Lane • Austin, TX 78734 (512) 266-3250 Cell: (512) 422-8336 e-mail: elmer@riovistaranch.com www.riovistaranch.com

Triple R Ranch Robert & Kim Richey 21000 Dry Creek Rd. • San Angelo, TX 76901 (325) 942-1198 r3ranch@aol.com www.butlertexaslonghorns.com

Westfarms Inc. Dale, Lynette, Leslie & Matt Westmoreland 13529 Hwy 450 • Franklinton, LA 70438 (985) 839-5713 Cell: (985) 515-3172 e-mail: westfarmsinc@gmail.com

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TLBAA Regions




Canada, New Zealand, Australia

Chairman of the Board: Tom Matott • (303) 500-9465

Secretary/Parliamentarian: Alex Dees • (805) 300-4617

Executive Vice Chairman: Ken Morris • (704) 361-6035

Treasurer: Mark Hubbell • (269) 838-3083

1st Vice Chairman: Jim Rombeck • (785) 562-6665

Director: Todd McKnight • (620) 704-3493

2nd Vice Chairman: David “Nik” Nikodym • (405) 227-7127

Director: Tony Mangold • (830) 237-5024



At-Large Director

At-Large Director

At-Large Director

Mark Hubbell

Keith DuBose

Jim Rombeck

(269) 838-3083 hubbelllonghorns@aol.com

(979) 277-2161 kwdubose@gmail.com

(785) 562-6665 jl.rombeck@outlook.com

At-Large Director

At-Large Director

At-Large Director

Ken Morris

John Parmley

David “Nik” Nikodym Region 13 - Director

(704) 361-6035 khaoslonghorns@gmail.com

(281) 541-1201 john@jspservicesinc.com

(405) 227-7127 bardies@hotmail.com

Region 1 - Director

Region 7 - Director

Jeff Jespersen

Cody Himmelreich

Region 2 - Director

Region 8 - Director

Region 14 - Director

Nelson Hearn

Kevin Rooker

Todd McKnight

(780) 966-3320 jeffj91@hotmail.com

(484) 638-0228 nel_tam_hearn@yahoo.com

(303) 775-2034 hi5longhorns@att.net

(817) 692-7843 krooker@centurylink.net

L.D. McIntyre

(308) 750-8384 or (308) 246-5600 tejas@mcintyreranches.com

(620) 704-3493 tmck7@ckt.net

Region 3 - Director

Region9 - Director

Region 15 Director

Tom Smith

Russell Fairchild

David Edwards

(616) 293-0977 tom@widespreadranch.com

(254) 485-3434 fairchildranch@yahoo.com

(918) 557-0364 dledwards.texaslonghorncattle@gmail.com

Region 4 - Director

Region 10 - Director

Region 16 - Director

Aaron Adkins

Sandi Nordhausen

Tom Matott

(704) 490-9208 doublealonghorns@gmail.com

(512) 750-1350 sandi.nordhausen@gmail.com

(303) 500-9465 tom@rockymountainlonghorns.com

Region 5 - Director

Region 11 - Director

Region 17 - Director

Terry King

Stephen Head

Alex Dees

(850) 299-6875 tklonghorns@centurylink.net

(979) 549-5270 headshorns@hotmail.com

(805) 300-4617 atdees@aol.com

Region 6 - Director

Region 12 - Director

Region 18 - Director

Kathy Kittler

Tony Mangold

Chris Herron

(501) 690-0771 k.kittler@hotmail.com Charles Schreiner III* 1964-1967 Walter G. Riedel, Jr.* 1967-1969 J.G. Phillips, Jr.* 1969-1971 Walter B. Scott* 1971-1973 James Warren 1973-1975 J.W. Isaacs* 1975-1977 J.T. “Happy” Shahan* 1977-1978 John R. Ball* 1979-1980

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Bill Anthony* 1981-1982 Dr. L.V. Baker 1982-1984 Dr. W.D. “Bill” Clark 1984-1986 Richard D. Carlson 1986-1988 John T. Baker 1988-1990 Riemer Calhoun, Jr. 1990-1992

(830) 237-5024 tmangold@sbcglobal.net

Glen W. Lewis 1992-1995 Tim Miller* 1995-1998 Sherman Boyles 1998-2003 Bob Moore* 2003-2005 Joel Lemley 2006-2007 Ben Gravett* 2007

Dr. Fritz Moeller 2007-2009 Maurice Ladnier 2009-2010 Robert Richey 2010 Steven Zunker 2010-2011 Brent Bolen 2011-2012 Bernard Lankford 2012-2013 Todd McKnight 2013-2016


(909) 721-7577 chris@herronconstructioninc.com

TLBAA EDUCATIONAL/RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE Matt McGuire - (405) 742-4351 semkinlonghorns@mindspring.com Mark Hubbell – (269) 838-3083 hubbelllonghorns@aol.com Dr. David Hillis – (512) 789-6659 doublehelix@att.net Felix Serna – (361) 294-5331 fserna@elcoyote.com John T. Baker – (512) 515-6730 jtb2@earthlink.net Russell Hooks – (409) 381-0616 russellh@longhornroundup.com

Registration Matters

TLBAA Brand Regulations T he TLBAA requires that each animal registered have a private herd number and a holding brand. Your registration certificate application contains a space for these brands as well as the location of the bands on the animal, i.e. right hip, left hip, left shoulder, etc. The TLBAA does not require that your holding brand be registered with your state agency; however, we recommend that you check with your state to be sure you area in accordance with the laws there in. Registering your brand with the TLBAA does not get your brand registered in your state. Registration of brands varies from state to state. In  Texas,  you must register your brand at your county clerk’s office.  In  Mississippi,  brands should be registered with the Brands Registrar with the Bureau of the Highway Patrol. Check with your local veterinarian, state cattleman’s association or your county extension agent to locate the agency that registers brands. Also ask them how often your brand must be renewed. The Private Herd number, or PH number, as it is more commonly called, is often misunderstood. While it is required for all registered animals, the TLBAA office does not assign these numbers. The PH number is your own personal  identification system to assist you in keeping each individual animal’s records. Any system can be used. A common practice is the “Three Numeral System”. The first number is usually the last numeral of the year (9 for 2009, for example). The next two numbers are usually in sequence of the ar-

rival of the offspring. For instance, the first calf born in the year 2009 could be numbered 901. With a simple odd/even number modification,  a breeder can add more information to his PH numbering system. A common method is to assign bull calves odd numbers and heifer calves even numbers. For instance, a PH number of 903 could tell a breeder that the animal number he is referring to is the third offspring bull calf born in 2009. The third female offspring would be 904. Roman numerals or letters of the alphabet are not accepted for use as private herd numbers. The PH number is the animal’s permanent number and cannot be changed. The number must be branded on the animal, along with the breeder’s holding brand, before application is submitted to the TLBAA office for registration. A breeder is not allowed to duplicate the same number on two different animals within the same herd. Anyone requiring assistance with a PH numbering system should contact the TLBAA office for assistance. If you have made an error in assigning a PH number, you can get assistance from the office in correcting the problem.

H.O.R.N.S. 101 those pesky prefixes The H.O.R.N.S. system is a great tool for managing your herd and for research. It is amazing how fast and easy it is to register, transfer and maintain a herd from the comfort of your home. One thing that many forget when using the HORNS system is the use of “prefixes” in the registration number. When entering information many breeder only enter the numerical digits of the registration number, normally 6 digits for cows and 5 for bulls and steers. Those breeders using HORNS to register and transfer animals online have already found out that will not work….HORNS needs those pesky prefixes or it will “red

flag” you and not let you proceed. You must enter the entire registration number including prefixes (eg. C, B CI, etc.) that are on the animal’s registration certificate! The same happens if you manually fill out and send in your registrations and transfers without those prefixes. Staff must stop and manually look up each animal to verify its full registration number and prefixes which drastically slows down and stalls the registration and transfer process. PLEASE USE THOSE PESKY PREFIXES! Not on HORNS yet, call staff to set up your password! Access to the system is a benefit of your membership with the TLBAA.


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Herd Health

By Heather Smith Thomas

Calving Season Checklist: Be Prepared Before calving, you want everything on hand that might be needed, and all facilities and equipment functional and ready for use. A few calves may arrive early, so don’t wait till the last minute to get machinery or other equipment out of the calving barn or maternity pen if that’s where you stored/parked it. In mild climates many ranchers’ cows calve out in the pasture without much supervision, but most people monitor their heifers to make sure they calve ok and to be able to give assistance if necessary. If you haven’t used your calf puller for a few years, or other items that might be needed, remember where you left these. It’s frustrating to be searching in the middle of the night trying to find something when a heifer decides to calve ahead of schedule and needs help, or you discover that the item you need is broken.

Dr. Robert Callan, Colorado State University, says you’ll need disinfectant for cleaning up a cow to check her or assist a birth, or for dipping a calf’s navel. “Povidone iodine (Betadine) or chlorhexadine (Nolvasan) both work. Nolvasan is more expensive but not necessarily better,” says Callan. It’s nice to have both the scrub and the solution. The scrub contains a detergent and can be used when cleaning the back end of the cow. “The disinfectant – Continued on pg 16

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Things to have on hand • Bedding for calving barn or maternity pens unless cows are out on clean pasture • Halter and rope, or a headcatch and swing-away gate that’s safe for pulling a calf when the cow is down • Disposable long-sleeve OB gloves • Obstetrical lubricant in squeeze bottle • Plastic bucket and/or plastic squeeze bottles for wash water • Rags or roll cotton for washing the cow • Clean OB chains or straps, and handles • Long soft cotton rope for laying down (casting) a cow for easier calf delivery (after correcting a malpresentation • Calf-puller • Oxytocin for stimulating milk let-down and uterine contractions (to help a cow clean) • Epinephrine to relax the uterus so you can push a calf back in to correct a malpresentation • Suction bulb for suctioning fluid from nostrils of newborn calf that’s not breathing • Iodine or chlorhexadine for disinfecting navel stump of newborns • Flashlight (with batteries that work!) • Injectable antibiotics for cows/calves, prescribed by your vet • Sterile syringes and needles • Bottle and lamb nipple for feeding calf • Stomach tube (nasogastric tube) or esophageal feeder for feeding calves that can’t nurse • Separate tube used only on sick calves, and marked/labeled for that use • Frozen colostrum from last year, or packages of commercial colostrum replacer • Tool box to hold/carry needed items in one handy place • Calf sled/cart to bring newborn calf from field to barn • Elastrator rings if you band baby bulls at birth • Injectables like vitamins A, D & E, selenium, etc. for newborns • Vaccines for newborns if your veterinarian recommends them • Ear tags for calf identification • Electrolytes – or use homemade mix (½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon “lite” salt, ¼ teaspoon baking soda) dissolved in 2 quarts of warm water • Warm box or some other system for warming a chilled newborn • Towels for drying chilled calf • Two thermometers—one for sick calves and one for checking newborn or young calves that get hypothermic



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Herd Health– Continued from pg 14 abdomen. If there’s any chance solution is something you’d dilute she’ll need a C-section, don’t with water as a rinse,” he says. use J-Lube,” he says. Have a bucket for warm water Callan recommends giving mixed with disinfectant solution, newborn calves vitamins A, D a scoop for pouring the water/ & E, if cows were on dry forage disinfectant over the back end before calving, or if pasture of the cow to clean her up, or quality is poor due to drought. squeeze bottles (like empty dish “Don’t use last year’s bottle with soap bottles) for squirting warm dust on top that already had water/disinfectant onto the multiple needles going into it. If cow. “Roll cotton works well for the product was contaminated scrubbing and cleaning. It holds with bacteria, this could result a lot of fluid when you pull it out in injection-site infections. of the bucket. It works better than Vitamin E preparations have paper towels or clean rags,” Callan short expiration date. Start with says. You need a good OB lubricant new bottles.” Calf Pulling Chains when assisting a dystocia. “There Have colostrum for emerare two kinds. One is carboxy gencies. A colostrum product methylcellulose--which works best if you add half a should have a minimum of 100 g of IgG per dose. “Frogallon of hot water to the gallon of lube. You can use zen colostrum from one of your own cows is better than a stomach pump and stomach tube to put the lube any commercial product,” says Callan. “For freezing codirectly into the vaginal canal and uterus. Diluting it lostrum, use 1-gallon Ziploc bags. Collect 1 to 2 quarts with hot water makes it easier to pump in, and warms it of colostrum from a mature cow right after her calf has nursed and put 1 quart of colostrum in the gallon bag to body temperature,” says Callan. “The other type (J-lube, a polyethylene polymer), is to freeze. The gallon bag has a large surface area when less expensive and comes as a powder. Just add warm frozen flat, and can be thawed quickly in warm water,” water. But this lube can be fatal if it gets into the cow’s he says.

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Feature Story


Two steers from the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd being filmed by drone for a promtional video. Photo by Eric Abercrombie, Program Specialist with the Texas Historical Commission

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By Myra Basham

EYE IN THE SKY IS A HELPFUL TOOL The term drone covers a wide range of technology, from a small indoor flying toy to a weapon delivery sytem used by the military. In between these two extremes falls a class of drones with onboard cameras capable of delivering high quality photos and video. A quick trip to Facebook not only shows how popular these drones are, but also the growing number of Longhorn breeders utilizing the technology to assist them with their operation.

MORE THAN A PRETTY PICTURE The amazing herd video footage and photos that can be captured is often the reason people choose to get a drone. Don’t underestimate the value of the unique views and footage a drone can supply for marketing purposes. The photo at left shows a drone filming the State of Texas Longhorn herd at the Fort Griffin State Historic Site. The promotional video that resulted, offered memorable views of the herd and resulted in a marketing piece that can be accessed on their website (www.visitfortgriffin.com) and Facebook page. Camera quality on drones can be outstanding, if you’re willing to spend a little more, with some models now offereing 4K quality. These unique angles and live shots can be incorporated in print ads, Facebook posts and your web page. Video is growing in popularity as a way to allow potential buyers to experience Longhorns “in person” without ever leaving home. Those camera images are a good source of time-saving information as well. From finding heifers that have gone off to calve to checking water supplies and fences, the drone can cover a lot of territory faster than driving around in a vehicle or on foot. While those applications may seem obvious for larger operations, small properties can benefit as well.

LONGHORN INTERACTION The first question Longhorn owners tend to ask is how do Longhorns react to the drones, especially if flying low for good photo ops? The breeders we spoke to all agreed, the reactions varied based on the animal. At first some were bothered by it but most were curious. Some will even approach the drone and challenge it. Kathy Palladini, Double K Longhorns, likes flying low around her herd to get footage, especially of calves. “Some of my Longhorns are bothered by it and some aren’t. It re-


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Feature Story ally just depends upon the personality of the cow. They all know it’s there, that’s for sure.  I like to fly low around them, so I have to be careful that they don’t hook it with their horns.  Flying it low in front of and around calves is my favorite thing to do.  They’re so curious!” That curious nature is what makes for interesting film footage on many occasions. Jeremy Johnson, Dos Niños Ranch, agees and advises “Be sure you’re rolling when you first start flying over cows.  Their reactions are priceless.” David Mills, Legend Valley Ranch, adds “As long as you don’t chase them, the reaction is usually pretty minimal though.” While some say they reach the point where they ignore it, Mills was actually able to use a drone to recover loose cattle. “One of the first few visits with the drone we forgot to close a gate at the far end of a catch pen.  No way we would have made it on foot or otherwise without the cows getting out.   Fortunately I had the drone out and after the wife yelled to let me know the cows were

ing that he really needs to utilize the pictures and video in his marketing efforts. The marketing value was not first in Palladini’s mind when getting a drone but it has turned out to be. “It has actually worked well as a marketing tool even though that wasn’t my intent. Videos seem to grab attention when done correctly, especially on Facebook.  I’ve seen drone videos that are filmed at such high altitudes the subject is just a dot.  I like to get up close and personal with my cows when flying the drone (or taking still pictures with a camera).”


So, you think you’re ready to purchase a drone and get some outstaning footage of your herd? There are lots of options out there for drones today. When you start searching for information, views on how to best start vary greatly. Some sources suggest starting with an inexpensive toy drone to get used to flying with the controls while others prefer going ahead and spending the extra up front for a model with controls built in that make flying novice friendly. All three of the breeders we spoke with started out with the model they currently use; and all three have versions of the Phantom 3, a popular high quality drone. (Prices have actually dropped some on this model as the Phantom 4 hit the shelves. A Phantom 3, Standard or Professional, can now be Drones can be very useful in Even when Longhorns are accustomed to the drone it still gets their found in the $350 locating Longhorns quickly. attntion. Photo courtesy of Jermey Johnson $500 range) Photo courtesy of David Mills The Phantom 3 escaping, I was able to fly the drone over and literally Standard has a beginner mode which Palladini likes. herd them back into the catch pen very easily. Didn’t “The beginner mode can be engaged to limit distance even think of that as a potential use case, but it worked and height. The “Return-to-Home” feature which flies out very well.” the drone back to it’s take-off point automatically.  This “For expected use cases,” Mills adds, “the big help is feature can be engaged by the pilot at any time during finding cows on the property.   Whether you’ve lost a flight or the craft will engage it automatically when the bull, can’t find the herd, or are looking for a cow that is battery reaches a dangerously low level or loses contact hiding with a calf, it’s a great tool.  In fact, I just recently with the controller.  These features will keep most new used it to find a cow/calf after an hour of searching by pilots out of trouble.  As they gain confidence and expetruck and foot with no luck. rience flying and filming, they can move up to a more Johnson used to use it to help pen cows, but his herd sophisticated model if they’d like. Also, the more expenhas become accustomed to it. He labels himself a “feed sive models come with higher resolution cameras.” bucket” cowboy, saying that cubes are more effective Mills chose his Phantom 3 Pro drone based on the for him. It does still have pratical applications for him 2 mile flight range as well as reviews. “DJI is pretty though. “I’ve used it to find animals, mainly new moms much the standard for drones, so this ended up being who like to calve far away from the herd.” he says, add– continued on pg 22

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Feature Story – continued from pg 20 a no-brainer. Quality drones can be 20 minutes of flight time, so having bought in the $400-1500 range.   I multiple batteries is a must.  That ended up buying a refurbished one equates to several hours of charging and saving a few hundred dollars time prior to flight.  It’s also important over new...and couldn’t be happier.” to note that each rechargeable batAs far as ease of flying, Mill states, tery (for my model) is priced around “It’s incredibly easy with the high$125, so there are additional expenses er end drones.   They take off and beyond the drone itself (extra batterland automatically, so no worries ies, storage case, replacement prothere.   They also hover in place aupeller blades, etc.). tomatically if you let go of the conTHE LEGALITIES OF trols, so no need to work keeping the Photo courtesy of David Mills drone positioned like on the cheaper ones.  Make sure DRONES your first flight is in a nice open area and you won’t have Longhorn breeders operating a drone around their any issues.” property should not have any issues unless they happen Johnson appreciates the Phantom 3 Pro’s ease of fly- to have property near an airport. That being said, with all ing as well. “It was actually easier than I thought.  You the media coverage of neighbors shooting drones and can fly it off the remote or an app for your phone or tab- people getting arrested for flying in public areas, the FFA let.  They make it so easy that if you get lost you can is really vague in many areas on personal drone usage. actually just have it fly back where you took off with one In reading FFA regulations, there are many instances where it lays down a rule and then adds the clause “unless you get a waiver”. These are only a few guidelines found on the FFA website. Waivers can be for those who make a living • Must weigh less than 55 lbs with drones in real estate, agriculture or as a • Must remain in visual line-of-sight professional photographer or videographer. • Must not operate a drone over persons not directly participating in the operation, Even journalist employ them at times. not under a covered structure, not inside a covered stationary vehicle. For the sake of this article, we simplified • Daylight only operation the general FFA rules listed at left and say • Must yield right of way to another aircraft that you are safest keeping the drone away • Maximum groundspeed of 100 mph from airports and to be aware of restrictions • Maximum altitude of 400 feet or within 400 feet of a structure or higher. in any area other than your own property. In the FAA’s own wording, any and all conditions of use can be waived if the applicant demonThe Federal government requires the strates that his or her operation can be conducted safely under the terms of a certificate of waiver. owner to register any drone weighing more than .55 pounds and up to 55 lbs. The $5 press of a button.” He says he’s comfortable flying it up registration fee covers any number of drones you registo 1/4 mile. ter. They require the ID number associated with you to While it can be flown beyond your line of sight using be on the drone. For more go to https://registermyuas. the video feed, most people feel more comfortable keep- faa.gov/. ing it in their line of sight, especially in the beginning. Battery life on drones is still being improved and var- THE FUTURE OF DRONES With advancements in technology such as eartags ies by model and battery type, but it can be an issue. Palthat gather biometric information, the drone will most ladini’s experience with batteries has been a little fruslikely continue to gain popularity in managing cattle trating. “I was surprised to find out the batteries aren’t herds. The ability to read chips in eartags and locate an supposed to be stored fully charged.  In fact, they’re deanimal or gather the chip’s information via a bluetooth signed to discharge themselves after a few days, so unenable drone is already in development. less the drone is used often, the batteries will have to be For drones, the sky holds limitless possibilities. charged before each flight.  Each battery only provides

General FFA Guidelines for Small Unmanned Aircraft

MEET THE BREEDERS: DAVID MILLS: David Mills owns Legend Valley Longhorns in Spicewood, TX. David has owned Longhorns for 7 years and currently keeps them on 240 acres. David has only been using a drone for a couple of months but is very comfortable flying one and has posted some beautiful footage of his ranch and Longhorns on Facebook.

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JEREMY JOHNSON: Jeremy Johnson owns Rancho Dos Ninos in Harwood, TX. They got their start with Longhorns in June 2013. The property their Longhorns are on covers 123 acres. Jeremy started out with drones just for fun but now uses it more around his Longhorns.


KATHY PALLADINI: Kathy Palladini owns Double K Longhorns in Gentry, TX. While very nervous about the drone when she received it for Christmas, Kathy now flies amongst her herd gathering video and photos that has received a lot of attention on her ranch’s Facebook page.


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TexasGold The Texas Gold Futurity is new to the Longhorn Exposition this year. A $150 entry fee is required. ($50 is utilized for stalling fee.) $100 will be split in a 75 percent cash payout . Payout schedule will be determined on size of class. Class structures will follow the age divisions of the Longhorn Expo resulting in 9 Female classes and 8 Bull classes. Animals will enter the ring based from youngest to oldest. There will be a three judge panel equipped with DOB’s of all animals. Judges decisions will be final. Owner will be responsible for water tub, feed and shavings.


For more information contact the TLBAA Office at 817-625-6241.



Held during the longhorn Expo - June 9, 2017 Will Rogers Coliseum • Fort Worth, Texas

Circle One: Bull or Heifer _______$150 Entry Fee ($50 stalling fee included) ____$50 Additional Feed/Tack Stall Animal Name ___________________________________________D.O.B. ___________ TLBAA or ITLA Registry No. __________________________________________________ Owner _______________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________ Phone Number _____________________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________ All Texas Gold Futurity entries must be postmarked by April 28, 2017. No late entries accepted. No change or substitutions after due date. Please send entry and payment to the TLBAA office.

Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America • P.O. Box 4430 • Fort Worth, TX 76164

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Product Spotlight

HERDDOGG- SMART TAGS FOR SMART COWS If you were in attendance this year at the 2017 National Western Stock Show in Colorado, you might have seen a herd of Texas Longhorns flood the arena floor all donning HerdDogg smart ear tags. The herd owned by longtime TLBAA member Gary Lake of Silverado Ranch, is participating in a beta test for the Ag Science tech start-up HerdDogg of Longmont, CO which has released the first biometric ear tag utlizing bluetooth technology. Think Fitbit for cows.

How It Works

Much like an activity tracker, the DoggTag is fitted with an on-board radio and sensors which records temperature (ambient and animal), activity, and location. The DoggBone is a small multi-pairing device that reads data from the DoggTags within a 30 foot range. Data is then transmitted using Bluetooth Low Energy(BLE). When the DoggBone is near a cell phone or laptop it then transmits that data to the cloud at HerdDogg. The data can be accessed via your dashboard from anywhere, mobile or computer.

DOGGTAG • • • • •

Lifetime smart tag Captures body temperature, activity, check-ins LED Locator, RF with 30ft range Lightweight, approx. 20 grams 12month replaceable battery

DOGGBONE READER • • • • • • •

Smart tag reader Gathers biometrics, ID, location data from tags Portable, wireless, no internet required LED Locator, RF with 30ft range Water/weather resistant Battery powered Able to generate SMS alerts and connect to social media

Product Features & Benefits

Trails Magazine spoke with Melissa Brandao, HerdDogg’s CEO, to find out more about the product and its benefits. “Our goal is to create a technology that is 26 | March 2017

The HerdDogg System is made up of the DoggTagg (above), the DoggBone (left) and your bluetooth device such as a phone or laptop.

rancher friendly,” Brandao said. “The data is stored and transmitted when the rancher needs it.” The idea being that with more data, cattle breeders and producers can make better-informed decisions which could help to identify potential health concerns thus improving heard health as well as profitability. Gary Lake is thrilled with the results so far, “Typically when we’re checking cows we look for potential ailments; runny noses, droopy ears, or respiratory issues. With HerdDogg we’re able to access information we’ve never had access to before such as body temperature and activity.” He went on to say, “We now have the opportunity to catch them early and to treat at the onset of symptoms.” HerdDogg allows producers the ability to easily access heard health data in real time without the need for costly equipment or invasive procedures. Brandao has said she believes the technology could allow small- and medium-sized producers to grow their herds without adding staff. One of the key features is that ranchers can put the DoggBone anywhere they want to collect data; the watering trough, the ATV, or even in their pocket. A significant potential benefit for Texas Longhorn breeders is the Bone’s constant gathering of data could help to better identify when cows are open. As the Bone allows breeders to see which cows are more active at night, an indicator they are in heat. The cost of the HerdDogg starter pack is $500 which consists of 25 Doggtags and 1 DoggBone. Visit herddogg.com for more information.


2017 Texas Longhorn Weekend


2017 Texas Longhorn Weekend Cowtown is the place to be in January as Longhorn breeders come from near and far to Fort Worth, TX to be a part of Longhorn Weekend. This year we had a wonderful turnout with event attendees enjoying various activities from planning meetings, the End of Year Awards Banquet & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to the renowned Eddie Wood Cowtown Classic Sale and the Texas Longhorn shows at the Fort Worth Stock Show as well as lots of fun extras such as experiencing the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo or taking in the sights of the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Friday started off with a meeting of the Affiliate Presidents discussing plans and concerns for the upcoming year. Next, the TLBAA The Fort Worth Herd on display for visitors. They Joeseph and Johannes Gerlach also competed in the Trophy Steer classes. relaxing in the barns. Board and the membership came together to discuss association matters including a budget review, the new Division B Board members were seated, and Executive officers were also elected. Affiliate Presidents Meeting (above) and TLBAA Board Meeting (Below) Division B elections brought some new faces to the board and the elected directors were: At-Large-Director Keith DuBose, At-Large Director John Parmley, Region 7 Director Cody Himmelreich, Region 8 Director Kevin Rooker, Region 9 Director Russell E. Fairchild, Region 10 Director Sandi Nordhausen, Region 11 Director Stephen Head, and Region 12 Director Tony Mangold. Those voted to serve on the Executive Committee were Chairman Tom Mattot, Executive Vice Chairman Ken Morris, 1st Vice Chairman Jim Rombeck, 2nd Vice Chairman David ‘Nik’ Nikodym, Secretary/ Parliamentarian Alex Dees, 2017 TLBAA Board Members present were (back row) Kevin Rooker, Alex Dees, Jespersen, Ken Norris, Russell E. Fairchild, Mark Hubbell, Terry King, Treasurer Mark Hubbell, Di- Jeff Kathy Kittler, Todd McKnight, Tony Mangold, John Parmley, Tom Mattot, rector Todd McKnight and (front row) Chris Herron, Sandi Nordhausen, David Edwards, Keith DuBose, Tom Smith, L.D. McIntyre, Stephen Head. Director Tony Mangold. With business taken care of, it was off to let loose with a night of cel- TLBAA Chairman ebration at the TLBAA Year-End Awards Banquet and TLBF Texas Long- Tom Mattot with horn Hall of Fame Induction. Members enjoyed the time to catch up with John & Christy Randolph old friends and meet a few new ones before going in to enjoy a delicious meal. The live auction added excitement as some outstanding items were presented, all to benefit the Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow Bright Futures Scholarship Fund. Thank you to those who purchased the items donated by Kathy Kittler, Hoosier Longhorns and Bruce & Connie Ollive. Items included an outstanding hand tooled saddle, gorgeous Longhorn hide rugs, custom boot racks and boutique western wear. The total raised for Bright Futures was $2,750. Congratulations to those lucky enough to take home the silent auc- Haley Calhoun, Paula Wilkins, Nikki Gambrell, Connie tion items which included handmade ceramic Longhorn ornaments, Ollive, and Dora Thompson enjoy the banquet.


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2017 Texas Longhorn Weekend leather goods, paintings, gift baskets, and more. Thank you to those who donated; In-N-Out Burger, Stockyards Champion Rodeo & Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show, Keith & Tina Dubose, NASA Project, Ms. Becky’s Holiday, TLBAA and Kathy Kittler. Following the dinner and auction all in attendance enjoyed the Year End Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, where we honored and recognized our award winners for their achievements within the Longhorn industry (see pg. 30 for honorees). It was a lovely evening with good food, great Ken Hubbell, Mark Hubbell, Andy Mast, Terry Adcock, Kurt Twining. entertainment, and the best company. Saturday was sale day and time for lucky bidders to take home some outstanding consignments to add to their program! The Eddie Wood Cowtown Classic Sale always draws a crowd and this year was no exception. Co-chairs Keith DuBose and Russell E. Fairchild put together a nice set of consignments and the sale boasted an average of $3,850 per head with all 66 lots selling! See pg. 35 for a full sale recap. On Sunday, the youth of the Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow held their membership meeting as well as the World Show Committee. It was a great day to take in some of the other Stock Show activities before the Longhorn Shows Monday and Tuesday. We are thrilled to report that this year we received a record number of entries in the Longhorn shows. Our total number of entries was up 177% from 2016, from 240 to 425 entries!! The youth show on Monday and open show on Tuesday drew a great crowd of spectators visiting the Stock Show with lots of folks stopping in to watch some of the show. The cattle barns received a lot of traffic from folks wanting an up-close look at the Longhorns, and this year one of those folks was none other than Mark Zuckerburg, co-founder of Facebook. ZuckBruce Harris, erburg stopped in the barn, visited with Kristin Jaworski of the Fort Frank Peterman & Keith DuBose Worth Herd and took time to pet one of the newborn Texas Longhorn calves all with the media capturing every moment and broadcasting it nationally. Zuckerburg even took to Facebook posting a photo with him and the calf. If you missed Longhorn Weekend this year or have never joined us for this annual event, start making plans for next year. It is a great time for fellowship and fun. We’re looking forward to seeing you in January 2018! Teresa & Brett Krause Photo by

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The newborn calves were a big draw in the barns.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price brought Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerburg on a tour of the Longhorn barn. The Longhorn show set a record for number of entries this year.

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TLBAA Special Awards and TLBF Hall of Fame Induction On Friday, January 13, 2017, TLBAA members and guests gathered at the Radisson Hotel in Fort Worth to honor and recognize our End of Year Award Winners & Hall of Fame Inductees. After a social hour full of handshakes, hugs, conversation and much laughter, attendees sat down to a delicious southern style feast. Thanks to the wonderful donations, there were many silent auction opportunities as well as a live auction with some outstanding items that brought in $2,750 for the Bright Futures Scholarship Fund. Thank you to all who participated and helped to support our Youth! After the gavel fell for the last time, the TLBAA’s Theresa Jorgenson and Dana Coomer check first awards for Affiliate Prince & Princess were presented by Tina DuBose folin the Robertson Family, Texas Four Bar R Ranch lowed by the association awards presented by TLBAA staff. Each year members have the privilege of nominating fellow TLBAA members to receive three very coveted awards; Jack Phillips Award, Dave Evans Breeder of the Year, and the Elmer Parker Lifetime Achievement Award. All the deserving nominees were announced in each category and then the award winners were announced. The winners were then presented awards by those who nominated them, many were overwhelmed with emotion with being honored by their fellow breeders and dear friends. It was heartwarming to hear the nominators speak on why they felt the award Blayne Chenoweth, Chris Herron, Bar H Longhorns; Joyce Wood; was deserved and truly a joy for the recipients. TLBAA Director Russel E. Fairchild; Jim Freeman, Bar F Longhorns The Texas Longhorn Hall of Fame Induction rounded out the evening with two new inductees, Red and Charline McCombs who were honored for their contributions and achievements in the Texas Longhorn industry. The McCombs, although unable to attend, graciously accepted the award via a pre-recorded video message which was played for all. They expressed their gratitude and shared some of their journey with how and why they continue to breed Texas Longhorns. The video provided all in attenLana & Dr. Gene Hightower, dance with a glimpse into Red and Charline’s history and Laury Rooker, Betty Baker, Donna Downing G&L Cattle Co. passion for the Texas Longhorn breed. We appreciate the and Sandi Nordhausen McCombs for sending this wonderful video and for all they have done and continue to do for the Texas Longhorn. Kurt Twining took to the podium to share some personal anecdotes from Red’s early days and to accept the award on behalf of the McCombs’. It was a special evening of recognition and appreciation. Do you have someone you would like to nominate? Be on the lookout for nomination announcements for the TLBAA Special Awards and the Texas Longhorn Hall of Fame in future issues of Trails and in E-Trails. It is your nominations that make these honors possible. Kenny Richardson; Tina & Keith DuBose, DuBose Bar D Ranch

2016 Mover & Shaker Debbie Bowman End of Trail Ranch

2016 Carolyn Hunter Trails Supporter of the Year Brooke & Shawn Fairbanks, Fairbanks Farms

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Sherri Adcock, TS Adcock Longhorns; Gwen Damato, Diamond G Longhorns; Kathy Palladini, Double K Longhorns

John & Christine Talley, Talley Longhorns


Bill & Elizabeth Hudson Hudson Longhorns

2017 Texas Longhorn Weekend

2016 Elmer Parker Lifetime Achievement Award

TLBF Texas Longhorn Breeder Hall of Fame

James and Paula Wilkins (left) and Keith DuBose (right) presented Wes Watson with his award.

Mr. Wes Watson

of Garvin, Oklahoma, has lived the spirit of this award described as a lifetime of devotion to the Texas Longhorn breed and its breeders. Wes began his Longhorn journey in the 1950’s, before most of us were born! For the past sixty years, he has pioneered the study of the breed and their characteristic traits. He and his son, Wesley, have worked to preserve the best traits in their herd through artificial insemination, collecting bulls, flushing cows. Watson also partnered with other breeders to successfully clone his Watson 101 steer, and at the time, set a world record of 110 inches of total horn! Wes Watson loves horns with twist! His son described his father’s work and his focus on preserving traditional Texas Longhorn corkscrew horns since the 50’s. He stated, “The true corkscrew horn is becoming obsolete.” “It is the only trait that is truly unique to the Longhorn breed.” The Watson cattle with twist horns are highly desired by breeders from across the nation!

2016 Dave Evans Breeder of the Year Award

Kathy Kittler (left) and Jimmy Jones (right) present Nancy Dunn with her award.

Ms. Nancy Dunn

is known for her positive promotion of the longhorn breed. She is a sterling example of what others hope to become in cattle and as a person. With dedication to her breeding program, she has been recognized as she dominates futurities and topping sales. Visiting her ranch validates the quality of her breeding program. She is a responsible breeder and a fine example of a Longhorn ambassador. She is well deserving of this award.

More Awards on Pg. 32

2017 Inductees

Red & Charline McCombs “This is not a hobby for me,” he said. “If it didn’t work out financially, I might have five or six head instead of 250. But it is a good business. I’ve been in it since 1978, and I enjoy it very much” — Red McCombs quote from a profile published in Trails Magazine, June 2013. Inductees Red & Charline McCombs delighted the room with a video acceptance speech in which they humbly and graciously thank everyone for honoring them and told a bit of their history with Longhorn cattle. Those present got to see a glimpse of what makes Red & Charline the success they are, as a couple and as Longhorn breeders. Red has had a lot of firsts in the Longhorn industry, all of which have brought a wealth of positive attention. • He was the first to syndicate a bull for a half million dollars. • He was the first to syndicate a bull for a million dollars. • He was the first to make use of embryo transfer to genetically improve his herd. • The first Texas Longhorn black tie “Legacy” Sale, held at the Westin Galleria in Houston was under the McCombs banner. Red acknowledges Alan Sparger, the man who refused to sell Red his best Longhorns at any price, as being an important part of his life with Longhorns. Alan continues today as a herd consultant for McCombs. Red continues to host his McCombs Fiesta Sale at his ranch each year, keeping his tradition of offering top quality cattle in a family picnic atamosphere.


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2017 Texas Longhorn Weekend

2016 Jack Phillips Award

Joe & Stephanie Sedlacek

Joe Sedlacek

has impacted the Longhorn industry with his steer and bull program, but he has also been an inspiration to many with his “ok let’s do it” attitude. He is known to work tireless hours. He helps any breeder, new or veteran, whether it’s helping to haul to and/or from sales, providing helpful tips, or assisting on how to do something. He is always asking shows where more entries are needed and assists in getting them. He hosts a satellite measurement each year and gives a calf away. He also feeds everyone that attends, knowing that most are just locals. Joe has helped so many people, but most of all new breeders to get a good start. He just seems to want our breed to get a little further down the old dusty trail being led by a big horned steer with his bell on. That is why Joe should be the recipient of this award.

2016 Mel Raley Rising Star Award

Kurt Twining (right) accepts the 2017 TLBF Hall of Fame plaque from Dr. Eugene Berry on behalf of Red & Charline McCombs.

Kurt Twining speaks on behalf of Red MCombs following the video.

Terry Adcock, TLBAA Chariman Tom Mattot, Terry & Tammy King James Wilkins and Lana & Gene Hightower accepts the first place award in the Affiliate Prince Contest.

Connie Ollive presents Paula & James Wilins with their award

James & Paula Wilkins

of JP Ranch, Ben Wheeler Texas hit the Texas Longhorn business like a wild tornado. James and Paula purchased a few longhorn cows and really liked having them around, liked their versatility, and the potential contributions they would have on their small ranch. They started breeding and showing cattle and within two short years started producing champions. Their bulls have been champions in futurities, Horn Showcase and the TLBAA show circuit. James (formerly a Duck Dynasty look-a-like) and Paula, like to buy cattle. Together, they have participated in about every aspect of the TLBAA. They have bought and sold cattle at most of the longhorn sales throughout the country, have shown both haltered and nonhaltered cattle, have supported the TLBT youth by donating heifers and awards and allowing them to show their cattle in the youth classes, and in June they were a part of the ETLA longhorn herd tour. On second thought, James and Paula are Rising Stars, and a couple that Mel Raley would have enjoyed swappin’ longhorn tales with. It wasn’t a rising star that hit the TLBAA, it was a storm!

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Melissia, Monte & Nick Bierschenk, Monmel Longhorns. Photo by Hired Hand Websites

TLBAA Director Ken & Jessica Morris, Khaos Cattle Company Photo by Hired

Rick & Tracey Friedrich, River Ranch

Hand Websites

Photo by Hired Hand Websites







Southeastern Texas Longhorn Association Owner: Terry & Tammy King



Canadian Texas Longhorn Association Owner: Mark & Tina Stewart


Ark-La-Texas Texas Longhorn Association Owner: Dr. Gene & Lana Hightower





Gulf Coast Texas Longhorn Association Owner: Brent and Cynthia Bolen

Gulf Coast Texas Longhorn Association Owner: Brent and Cynthia Bolen



East Texas Longhorn Association Owner: Hightower/Wilkins Partnership






The results from the Affiliate Prince & Princess contest were announced at the Year End Awards Banquet during Longhorn Weekend. We would like to congratulate the breeders and Affiliates these outstanding Longhorns represented. Plans for next year’s contest are under way, so get involved with your affiliate! A big thank you to Deb Lesyk, Committee Chairman for all her hard work with this project.



Canadian Texas Longhorn Association Owner: Double D Arena


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Sale Results

2017 Texas Longhorn Weekend

2017 EDDIE WOOD COWTOWN CLASSIC SALE RESULTS January 14, 2017 • Fort Worth, TX Auctioneer: Joel Lemley • Sale Host: TLBAA Results Furnished by Lemley Auction Services Photos by Joshua Farias

HIGHLIGHTS 66 Lots (70 head) sold Sale Average: $3,850 Caden Grace sings: ”God Bless America”

John T. & Betty Baker, Sunrise Ranch; Andrea Wilson, NASA Project





OTHER HIGH SELLING LOTS: The crowd recognized Wes Watson for receiving the Elmer Parker Lifetime Achievement Award that was presented the night before.

Sherrill Caddel & Dale Hunt, Rockin H Longhorns; Taylor & Austin Rohr, Rolling Horns Ranch Photo by Hired Hand Websites

TLBAA Director Russell Fairchild, Fairchild Ranch; Sherri & Terry Adcock, TS Adcock Longhorns.

$13,000 – Lot 44A - ECR Southern Lady $13,000 – Lot 44B - ECR Southern Tequila $13,000 – Lot 44C - ECR Respected Paloma $8,000 – Lot 22 - Hubbells Rio Victoria 3 $7,900 – Lot 40 - Sheza Rio Whip Er Will $6,900 – Lot 53 - 585 Riverboat $6,500 – Lot 34 - Watson 821 $5,500 – Lot 62 - BL Rio Liza $5,000 – Lot 41 - Super Dolly EOT 929 $5,000 – Lot 24 - M Arrow Kelly’s Mischief $5,000 – Lot 26 - WS Royalty

Frank Peterman, Bruce Harris, Frank & Sue Bowdoin, Crown B Ranch

Danielle & Scott Mershon, Whistling Longhorn Ranch

James Wilkins, JP Ranch; Mike Beijl, MB Longhorns Photo by Hired Hand Websites

Molly Clubb, Hired Hand Websites; Mike Davis, Lucky Mountain Ranch; Jaymie Feldman, Hired Hand Websites. Photo by Hired Hand Websites

TLBT Youth present the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance


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TLB 7 1 20


Bred & Owned


Sale • October 6-7 Lawton, OK Sponsored by the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America


Horn Showcase Sale • OCTOBER 6-7

TLBAA Member Name ___________________________Phone _______________ TLBAA#____________ Name of Animal: __________________________________________ Registration # ________________ __ *Bred & Owned Heifer Sale (Friday October 6 ) *12 - 30 months old __ Heifer

__ Cow

(1) Measurement Included (please specify

__ TTT, __ TH, or __ Twisty)

__ Picture of Animal (required) OCV Vaccinated Yes __ No __ ITLA & CTLR Dual Reg. Fee $15 Consignment Fees: $350 per lot (includes one 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 JULY 1, 2017. 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.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS: __ Additional Measurement $100/each __ TTT __ TH __ Twisty or __ Composite $200 __ Extended Pedigree $100 __ Full Page Ad in Sale Program $400 __ Half Page Ad in Sale Program $250 BREEDING INFORMATION Cow Exposed To __________________________________________ From ______________ To ______________ Cow Exposed To __________________________________________ From ______________ To ______________ Calf at Side Information:

Sex ________________

Date Calved____________________________

Sired by ______________________________________________________________ COMMENTS __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Comments will be published in catalog. 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.

_______________________________________________ Owner of Animal/Consignor’s Signature

____________________________ Date

Submit Payment & Forms To the TLBAA Office : 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

(817) 625-6241


Sale Chairman: Johnny Hicks 269-721-3473 TEXAS LONGHORN TRAILS

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This news was submitted for the January 2017 issue of Trails and was mistakenly not included. We apologize for the error. We wrapped up another fun and successful show, the 6th Annual Kaufman Police Association Longhorn Show in Athens, TX, on November 20, 2016, to the tune of Willie Nelson’s “Turn Out the Lights!” This year we had a total of PRESIDENT 193 entries and broke the record of 165 entries for the ETLA’s second worldKEITH DUBOSE qualifying show of the year!!! The Kaufman Show raised $515 for ETLA youth DUBOSETINA@YAHOO.COM scholarships through a silent auction and a raffle. We want to say thanks to all our great exhibitors!! It was an honor to host the Mini Longhorns and exhibitors, Jeff Robinson, Dave Sullivan, David Mann, and L48 Ranch, here for their first time at the KPA Show! The East Texas Longhorn Association has been supporting the men and women in “Blue” of the Kaufman Police Association for six years! Donations assist in making crafts for nursing homes in Kaufman, TX, and the KPA fishing tournament. Show participation: Youth Class – 107; Open Haltered - 31; Non-Haltered – 31; Mini Non-Haltered 10; Mini Haltered – 8; and Trophy Steers – 6. Total Entries = 193 On behalf of ETLA and Joel Norris, we want to thank the Norris Production crew and all the help provided from volunteers! This wonderful, extended Longhorn family made this show a success! As one exhibitor said in the show ring to the judge, this is a “family affair”!!! We want to thank everyone, starting with the ring stewards in the Haltered Divisions: Jimmie Lynn Gee, Rick Garcia; and in the Non-Haltered Division: Kevin Murray, Josh Baldwin, and Joe Hynes! Thanks to the guys in the back pens and crew members of Norris Productions: Cody Garcia, Kelly Murphy, Bronson Baker (AKA – “Little Hoss”), George Avalos, Caleb Thomas, Carter Smith and Jacob Weatherholtz! We thank the make-ready ladies: Tina DuBose, Connie Ollive, Carrie VanderWeele Grace, and Cori Holloway Garcia for getting everyone lined out! Thanks to the people that handed out awards, Joel Norris’ dad, Al Norris, Kaufman Police Association member, Robin R. Smith, and Lauren Lainey Lampier! Joel also wants to recognize Lauren Lainey for coming out to help with check-in on Friday, and Haley Calhoun for coming out Thursday to help set up and hang banners, and Shyanne McClendon! Thanks to show announcer and ETLA Youth Advisor, Jacob Weatherholtz, for his great emceeing skills, and to Kim Vinson for her assistance in keeping everything straight! Thanks to Joel’s mom Glada Burch Norris, who has been doing the books for the 6 years of this show!! She also learned to run the awesome music/ PA system! Thank you, Eric Smith, for giving us the sermon on Sunday at church service! Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 343 from First United Methodist Church of Athens for presenting our colors on Saturday. Thanks to our singers Skylar Vasil, Lainey Lampier and little man Caden Grace! Lastly, we want to say thank you to our judges, Russell Hooks and Justin Hansard! We also want to thank our sponsors, Double S Automotives, Express Tires, Wings, Circle M Trailers, Ramirez Collison Center, Lupe Ramirez, JP Ranch, James and Paula Wilkins, Triple M Trailers, Double L Liquor, Norris Longhorns, Fabulous Vinyl Designs, Paula Griffis, host hotel Best Western Plus Royal Mountain Inn and Suites in Athens!


2016 was a great year for the TLBGCA. We are well into 2017 and expect it to be even better. We operate as the largest affiliate of the TLBAA. We have five officers and twelve directors and usually meet one afternoon early in the month to plan our upcoming events. We have 170 members and our website is www.tlgca.com. Our mission is to help promotes and encourage interest RICK FRIEDRICH in the Texas Longhorn breed. If you are a Longhorn breeder or enthusiast PRESIDENT in the Houston, TX area, please join us. Our monthly meetings are open to RICK@RIVERRANCHLONGHORNS the public. Thank you to everyone that participated, attended, and helped us with the Winchester Futurity and Cattle Baron’s Premier Longhorn Sale. It was a great event and we are already thinking about our next one, The Spring Show. The Spring Show will again be held at Miracle Farm, located near Brenham, TX. The show dates are May 5-7, 2017. This show gets a little bit bigger and better every year. With entries and attendance rivaling the World Show, we hope to make it the biggest and best Longhorn event of the year. The entry deadline is April 20th and entry forms can be downloaded and printed at www.TLBGCA.com. Please make plans to join us. Congratulations to Brent & Cindy Bolen for breeding the first place heifer (Handful BCB) as she represented our Gulf Coast Affiliate and won the Princess contest and also for the second place bull (Rust BCB) as the runner-up in the Affiliate Prince competition.


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The 2017 National Western Stock Show was another great success this year. We were blessed with good weather and large crowds. Starting of Friday, January 19th with the youth show. Glen West was are judge. It appeared that he enjoyed the kids as much as they did showing their cattle to him. It was followed immediately by the halter show. Our judge this year was Joel KENNY RICHARDSON Dickinson of Barnesville, Ohio. He also did a great job judging the loose PRESIDENT KRICHARDSON21@AOL.COM show on Saturday. Thank you to all of you who helped and participated. With growing numbers and great weather we couldn’t ask for more.     We were fortunate to have exhibitors from five states. Thanks for making it to Denver. We all know it isn’t an easy task traveling all those miles. The support we get from these folks is fantastic. Summer is coming, lets all get out and see each other.


Our annual meeting was held at the Firefighters Museum in Kearney on Saturday January 14, 2017. Board of Directors elected were Les Lautenschlager, Paul Schlecht and Chelsey Georges. Officers are Rodger Damrow-President, Delwin Smeal-Vice President, Chelsey Georges-Secretary/Treasurer. Meeting discussions were annual spring sale and Nebraska State Fair Longhorn show. PRESIDENT A youth meeting was held by Youth President Conner Scheer. The youth are RODGER DAMROW 402-423-5441 planning on an additional fund raiser of t-shirts this year. More to come later. A raffle will be held again this year with 25% funds going to the Nebraska youth-N.T.L.B.T.-Nebraska Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow. A heifer calf and a bull calf is first place, 2002nd place, $100-3rd place, $50-4th place. If you are interested in a ticket call Chelsey Georges 402.580.3140. Chelsey_damrow@hotmail.com or any member of the NTLA or NTLBT. Drawing to be held at the Nebraska State Fair in August. The annual spring sale is scheduled for Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Broken Bow Livestock, Broken Bow, NE. This year a heifer futurity will be added to the sale. Sale catalog will be available online at nebraskatla.com. To request a sale catalog email brdamrow6@aol.com or leave a message at 402.423.5441. If you can’t attend the sale you can view it at cattleusa.com. Sale contacts: Delwin Smeal 402.568.2353 or Rodger Damrow 402.423.5441. The Nebraska State Fair World Qualifying Shows will be held on the weekend of August 26/27, 2017 in Grand Island, NE. The World Qualifying shows will be held on Saturday-Free Division and Trophy Steers and Sunday Youth and Halter shows. Cattle will be located in the Beef Barn and shown in the Five Points Bank Arena. Show contact: Delwin Smeal 402.568.2353.



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President’s Message

Dear TLBT Members, The show season is getting slightly busier now that it is warming up, and it’s been nice seeing all of you around the show circuit. Since we’re on the subject, there are several opportunities for you members to involve yourself in our TLBT fundraisers. First and foremost, we are raffling off a beautiful, wooden Rocking Longhorn Bull. We will be selling tickets throughout the season, and will be drawing for the rocking longhorn bull at the 2017 World Show Banquet. All benefits from this fundraiser will go to our service project, Shriners Hospital. If you would like to help sell these tickets, please contact myself, Traci Moore, or Patti Mahaffhey. If you see either of them at a show, I’m sure they’d be glad to give you a packet of raffle tickets to sell. Just in case you don’t, or if you have any questions, my email is srooker@centurylink.net, and I would be glad to forward your request to either of those ladies. In the same breath, we have several fundraisers to help pay for TLBT World Show expenses and the prizes we are so fortunate to have in the prize shop. Keep your eyes open for opportunities during the upcoming shows to help out with fundraising games like Adult Showmanship, Cow Pat Bingo, and even a Crazy Cakes for Kids auction. I will try to keep you all as updated as possible. I’ll also remind you guys that we have several places that you can share your photos from shows throughout the year with us: Facebook- Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow Instagram- @TLBT_Corner Hashtag- #tlbt2016 Email- tlbtofficers@gmail.com Please please please share your photos with us, especially seniors! Keep being the awesome, generous, world changing, and amazing people you are.


Cason Rangel

TLBT Office: Senior Director Age: 17 School: Alvord High School Birthday: 11/01/2016 Number of years in the TLBT: 6 1.)Why did you join TLBT? I joined the TLBT because I believed it would be a good opportunity for me. 2.)What is your favorite Longhorn show, and why? My favorite the Autobahn because of all the activities and games and the number of youth that attend that show. 3.)What is your favorite Longhorn color and/or pattern? My favorite color pattern is a dark brindle and white. 4.)Where did you earn your first award?What type of award? My first award was at the Stillwater Shootout when my first heifer got reserve junior heifer champion 5.) What is your funniest TLBT moment? There is no funniest moment for me the whole experience has been fun for me. 6.) What has been your biggest challenge showing Longhorns? My biggest challenge showing Longhorns is the time management between school, sports, and Longhorns. 7.) What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is “Remember the Titans”. 8.) Do you enjoy showing Longhorns and why? I enjoy showing Longhorns because it teaches me responsibility and time management, as well as giving me the opportunity to meet and make new friends. 9.) What person has influenced you the most? The person who has probably influenced me the most is my dad. He teaches me all the things I need to know and is there for me when I am struggling. 10.) If you were going to be turned into a mythical creature, what would you want to be? I would want to be a Minotaur, half man half bull. 11.) What is your favorite quote? Why? When something goes wrong in life just yell “PLOT TWIST” and move on. Because not everything will go as you plan sometimes you just have to move on with it. 12.) What is your favorite season? Why? My favorite season would have to be fall, the time of year when it’s cool enough to enjoy being outside and it’s football season. 13.) What do you want to be when you grow up? I am still not quite sure what I want to be when I grow up. 14.) What is the best part about being a TLBT member? The best part about being a TLBT member is the friends that you will make that have common interest with you. 15.) What advice would you give a newcomer to TLBT? Enjoy the show and the company of the people around you.

Just For Fun Shelby Rooker, TLBT President 40 | March 2017

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TLBAA Breed Advisory Committee’s

Herd Management Guide

SPRING Calving: 1. Continue supplemental feeding as recommended. During the last 30-60 days of gestation, females require 1.8-2.0 pounds of total protein daily from grass and supplemental feeds to insure adequate fetal development and first milk production. During the first 3-4 months of lactation, nutrient requirements increase substantially. Warm season pasture grasses are dormant until mid-April and provide most of the energy needs, but limited protein, phosphorus and Vitamin A. Sufficient nutrients must be supplied to the lactating females in the form of protein and/or energy supplements as well as mineral and vitamin mixes to meet their nutrient requirements. Feeding 3-4 pounds of a 40 percent CP supplement, 4-6 pounds of a 30 percent CP supplement or 6-8 pounds of a 20 percent CP supplement per head per day should be adequate to meet most protein and energy needs. Choice of appropriate supplement (20 percent CP, 30 percent CP or 40 percent CP) should be based upon cheapest source of protein. Price per pound of protein may be determined by dividing the cost per pound of protein supplement by the percentage of crude protein in the supplement. A source of salt as well as a good commercial calcium:phosphorus mineral mix with added Vitamin A should be available on a free choice basis. If your cows are thin in body condition or pasture grass is limited due to overgrazing, then feeding a medium (8-10

percent crude protein) hay free choice plus 2-3 pounds of a 20 percent CP supplement daily or approximately 15-20 pounds of a high quality (15-17 percent crude protein) hay per day will provide an excellent source of energy and protein for the females. If winter pasture is available, then the females should not need additional energy or protein supplementation. 2. Continue to check first-calf heifers (due to calve) and pregnant cows daily for possibility of calving difficulties. Remember, assistance usually is not necessary, but be prepared. The rate of gain of a dead calf is not real high! 3. Many females, especially first-calf heifers, do not produce sufficient colostrum (first milk containing vital antibodies for the calf) and there is no way of knowing how much the calf has nursed. Baby calf scours are typically the result of inadequate consumption of colostrum during the early hours of a calf’s life. Clean calving areas and proper attention to the newborn may reduce exposure to disease organisms and reduce incidence of scouring problems. Pay attention to detail. 4. Semen evaluate bulls. A standard breeding soundness exam should be conducted on all bulls prior to the start of the breeding season. 5. New bulls, if needed, should be purchased now, well ahead of the breeding season. Bulls should be allowed to acclimate to your ranch conditions. 6. Plan ahead to have sufficient breeding bulls to service all females. Mature bulls in single sire pastures should be able to service 30-50 females in a 60-90 day breeding season. Young yearling bulls can be excellent breeders, but reduce the number of females per bull to 15-25 head and limit the breeding season to 60 days. Special attention to maintaining good nutritional condition of the young bulls is needed. Yearling bulls should only run with other yearling bulls in multi-sire pastures. Older bulls will tend to establish a social dominance over young bulls, creating potential problems. 7. After calving and before breeding, vaccinate all cows for leptospirosis. Consult your veterinarian about the need to also vaccinate for vibriosis and anaplasmosis.

FALL Calving:

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

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NEWS On the Trail... Texas Longhorns Hit The Streets of San Antonio, TX Submitted by Hope Thurmond On February 4th, 2017 in downtown San Antonio, they held the kickoff to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo with a Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive & Western Heritage Parade. It was the 2nd year for it to have full TV coverage for the cattle drive. We had 138 head of Texas Longhorns from (2) TLBAA families. Thurmond Longhorns with Derek, Hope & Thera Hope Thurmond brought 110 head of Texas Longhorns a mix of trophy steer J Boomer, cows & calves. The Kimble Longhorns with Dr. Scott, Mackie & McKenna

Kimble & Sean & Dr. Janice O’Brien brought 28 of their trophy steers from their ranch in Karnes City. We had 2 dozen wranglers handling the herd thru (4) turns due to road construction, which everyone doing great. When asked how we were going to handle the turns…we told them we were teaching our longhorns right & left turns, so they would not have any problems. Also, we had several Texas Longhorn riding steers which consisted of Russell Tiner of Cross T Ranch & Brian Black were riding Casino & Vegas. Joel Norris of 4N Longhorns was riding his steer Measles. Charlotte Browning was riding her steer Tex. Wes Hatch brought his steers Freckles & Redneck, which he rode Freckles & Hope Thurmond rode Redneck. We had 6 riders with the steers to help with the crowds. We were asked why my husband & I do this with all the hassles of getting this together. It’s simple to see the looks of surprise, joy and plain enjoyment of both the children &

adults who in most cases this is their 1st or only time they get to see the Texas Longhorns…makes the hours of hard work worth it. Our little bit to help with the history of the Texas Longhorns.


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NEWS On the Trail... Dallas Zoo Acquires Miniature Longhorns

Althea Sullivan delivering the two Miniature Longhorns to the Dalls Zoo.

The Dallas Children’s zoo contacted Dave & Althea Sullivan about purchasing 2 Miniature Longhorn steers for the children’s petting zoo. It was a long process with a visit to their ranch by zoo officials, a talk with the Sullivans’ vet and then the approval process. They wanted 2 Miniature Longhorn bulls. They had to be bottle fed and start halter training before delivery, and we had a set date that they had to be delivered. “We were on a run of heifers and had 1 bull calf in the pasture, but he was too old to bottle feed,” says Althea Sullivan. “So we waited and waited. Finally a bull. We contacted Mary and David Mann and they just had a bull calf so we were off and running.” The two Miniatures, renamed by the zoo to be Captain and Kirk, have settled in nicely and were even allowed to be the zoo denizens allowed to make the Super Bowl pick. They chose the New England Patriots. They were winners for the zoo from the start. You can learn more about Captain and Kirk at dallaszoo.com.

IN THE PEN We thank these folks for kindly droppin’ in at the TLBAA office.



1. Rebecca & John Wampler, T Bar W Ranch 2. Andy Martinez, MMR Longhorns; TLBAA’s Myra Basham; Ron Marquess, Marquess Arrow Ranch

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John Michael Murphy John Michael Murphy, 76, of Firth, NE passed away October 24, 2016. Survived by Diane Murphy, and four children – Dan, Theresa, Andy and Maggie; four grand- children and two great-grandchildren. He was a graduate of UNL and US Navy Veteran. John was a longtime member of the T.L.B.A.A. known as Quarter Circle J Longhorns. He was an active member of the N.T.L.A., past Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Director, and lifetime member. He looked forward to the longhorn shows and along with wife, Diane welcomed longhorn friends at their ranch for cookouts. At the Nebraska State Fair John would bring horses to ride in the show arena-this was back in the days when the loose cattle were brought in by horseback, even the judge rode a horse. John and Diane hosted last year’s annual meeting at the Firefighters Museum. He attended as many sales, shows and meetings that his health would allow. He thoroughly loved the Texas Longhorn breed and the youth held a special place in his heart. He will be long remembered for his dedication and deeply missed by all his longhorn friends. A memorial for John will go to the Nebraska Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow, the youth association. Checks can be addressed to N.T.L.A./ N.T.L.B.T. and mailed in care of Chelsey Georges, 11800 S 12th St, Roca, NE 68430. There was a private family memorial service. Condolences to www.aspenaftercare.com.


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2017 National Most stories or articles that we read hit the five-W’s. Those being Who, What, When, Where and Why. This article is about the National Western Stock Show, that is the “What”. But what a “What” that is! The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) has been going on since 1906 and is one of Colorado’s most important tourism destinations. Approximately 685,000 people visited the “Western” this year and Longhorns have been a part of the National Western Stock show since the beginning. This year’s NWSS ran from January 7-22, 2017. Grand Champion Haltered Bull CS Captain Crowbar Who reading this article is thinking “Hmmm, Colorado, in Janushown by Conner Scheer. Photo by Charlie Searle. ary…that sounds cold?” Well there have been bad years, this year’s Longhorn Cattle Drive in downtown Denver to kick-off the NWSS had to be cancelled because of bad weather. Stan Searle and Gary Lake have been opening the National Western with a Longhorn cattle drive through downtown Denver for the past 12 years, and this is the first time the longhorn drive had to be cancelled because of weather. During the Longhorn Show this year, we did have temperatures that ranged from the sixties to the twenties at night (not bad at all). Well so far we have hit several of the five-W’s’: What, When and Where. This only leaves us Who and Why. Who was part of the Longhorn portion of the NWSS? This year there were approximately 75 Longhorns entered into the show. These animals were brought by 15 exhibitors from 5 states. The five states were: Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota and Oklahoma. This year’s exhibitors were Grand Champion Haltered Female (Youth Show) Araby Cow- Nicky Adams & Fayne McDowell, Rodger & Bonnie Damrow, John & Darlene Nelson, Ron & Lana Pearson, Conner Scheer, Art & Haley Angirl CPL shown by Wyatt Nikodym. Photo by Charlie Searle. ders, Norm & Barbara Fillmore, David & Kimberley Nikodym, Marlene Reynolds, Stan Searle & Gary Lake, Amanda Collins, Toby Johnson, Scot & Jodie O’ Bryan, Kenny & Karen Richardson and Randy & Marsha Witte. Before I forget to mention and I think that it is an important detail, the Longhorn Show is a co-sanctioned event. That is to say regional affiliates of both the International Texas Longhorn Association (ITLA) and the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA) put this show on and have been working together for several years to make the show a success. This year’s Organizing Committee; Randy Witte (Co-Chair), Kenny Richardson (Co-Chair), Lana Pearson, John Nelson, Gary Cole and Gary Lake all came together to put on a longhorn show that included a Youth Show, along with Haltered and Non-Haltered shows. Joel Dickinson served as the judge for the haltered and non-haltered shows and Glen West served as the judge for Grand Champion Haltered Heifer Double Caliber the Youth Show. shown by Shelby Reynolds. Photo by Charlie Searle. I guess that we are down to the “Why” portion of this story. On the surface, putting on a stock show since 1906, in Denver, CO, within the month of January seems like a tough sell. I realize that different regions of the country have their own livestock show traditions. For those of us who grew up or are living now in the upper midwest, the National Western Stock Show is our version of the Houston Livestock and Rodeo or Fort Worth Stock Show. You pick the biggest stock show in your region – that is what the National Western Stock Show means to livestock people from a very large swath of upper-middle America. The NWSS is a huge deal and its 110+ year history only adds to the draw. Winning at the Western may not have the prestige for Longhorn Breeders that it once had, but I’m here to tell you, the National Western Stock Show is back! There has been Reserve Grand Champion Haltered Bull RJL Twenty One a steady rise in the number of exhibited animals and you should Guns shown by Kim Nikodym. Photo by Charlie Searle. consider making the trip…perhaps adding your name to the list of 46 | March 2017


By Nik Nikodym

Western Stock Show Wrap-Up Longhorn people that have won at the National Western Stock Show. For more information about the National Western Stock Show please visit their website: www.nationalwestern.com

Show Champions Youth Division NWSS 2017 Grand Champion Haltered Female - Araby Cowgirl CPL, shown by Wyatt Nikodym Reserve Champion Haltered Female - Obryan’s Warpaint, shown by Conner Scheer Grand Champion Haltered Bull - Saltillo Agie Up 67, shown by Ella Wieczorek Reserve Champion Haltered Bull - Saltillo Superman, shown by Dalli Anders Grand Champion Haltered Steer - CS Diesel 65, shown by Conner Scheer Kim & Cheyenne Nikodym with two of the nearly 685,000 Reserve Champion Haltered Steer - Irish Cowboy CPL, shown by Cheyenne Nikodym visitors to the NWSS in 2017. Photo by Nik Nikodym SHOWMANSHIP WINNERS Pee Wee: Logan George & Cash Anders Juniors 7-9 years: Dylaney Georges Intermediates 10-12 years: Dalli Anders

Teen 13-15 years: Cheyenne Nikodym Senior 16-18 years: Conner Scheer

Haltered Show NWSS 2017 Haltered Bulls Champion Haltered Junior Bull: RJL Twenty One Guns, shown by Kim Nikodym Reserve Champion Haltered Junior Bull: Saltillo Super Duty 63, shown by Damrow Longhorns Champion Haltered Senior Bull:CS Captain Crowbar, shown by Conner Scheer Reserve Champion Haltered Senior Bull: Anders Lord Pete, shown by Art Anders Grand Champion Haltered Bull: CS Captain Crowbar, shown by Conner Scheer Reserve Grand Champion Haltered Bull: RJL Twenty One Guns, shown by Kim Nikodym

Haltered Heifers

Lana Pearson along with Codi Miller working the Longhorn Show at the NWSS. Photo by Nik Nikodym

Champion Haltered Junior Heifer: Double Caliber, shown by Shelby Reynolds Reserve Champion Haltered Junior Heifer: Tin’s Sweet Pepper, shown by Conner Scheer Champion Haltered Senior Heifer: FCL Black Eyed Gypsy, shown by Kenny Richardson Reserve Champion Haltered Senior Heifer: Anders Maple Dust, shown by Art Anders Grand Champion Haltered Heifer: Double Caliber, shown by Shelby Reynolds Reserve Grand Champion Haltered Heifer: Tin’s Sweet Pepper, shown by Conner Scheer

Haltered Mature Cows Grand Champion Haltered Mature Cow: Jammin Dancer, shown by Kenny Richardson Reserve Grand Champion Haltered Mature Cow: FLC Gypsy Queen, shown by Kenny Richardson

Non-Haltered Show Champion Non-Haltered Junior Heifer: Spit Fire, owned by Randy & Marsha Witte Marsha Witte and Betty Civis enjoying the Longhorn Reserve Champion Non-Haltered Junior Heifer: Holy Moly, owned by Randy & Marsha Witte Show at the NWSS. Photo by Nik Nikodym Champion Non-Haltered Senior Heifer: Reindeer Games, owned by Randy & Marsha Witte Reserve Champion Non-Haltered Senior Heifer: Windy Point Penelope, owned by Ron & Lana Pearson Grand Champion Non-Haltered Heifer: Reindeer Games, owned by Randy & Marsha Witte Reserve Grand Champion Non-Haltered Heifer: Windy Point Penelope, owned by Ron & Lana Pearson Grand Champion Non-Haltered Mature Cow: Awesome Aspen, owned by John & Darlene Nelson Reserve Grand Champion Non-Haltered Mature Cow: Bar S Emotions, owned by Stan Searle & Gary Lake Champion Non-Haltered Bull: Miracle, owned by Randy & Marsha Witte Reserve Champion Non-Haltered Bull: Sundance Cowboy CPL, owned by David & Kim Nikodym Stan Searle, Nik Nikodym and Tom Mattot (Three Champion Non-Haltered Steer: BN Jim Reeves, owned by Toby Johnson Amigos) at the NWSS. Photo by Charlie Searle.


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By Scotty O’Bryan

NTLBA Holiday Xtravaganza Wrap-Up The 2016 NTLBA Holiday Extravaganza was once again hosted in Decatur, Texas on December 9-11. Exhibitors from multiple states, backgrounds and programs brought their best to town and once again made it the show to attend. The Holiday Extravaganza is a unique show, with 75% of the profits from the show fund the North Texas affiliate scholarship. The success of the show largely relies on the countless volunteers and sponsors who believe in that mission. Our sponsors this year were Dick & Cheryl Curry, Randy Alvarez, Scott & Stacey Schumacher, Grace Cattle Company, Wise County Electric, Chris Schaper, and Insurance Marketing Group of Fort Worth. The Lindsey family of Laurel, MS, once again brought their BBQ skills and set the standard of feeding everyone for the weekend. On Friday move in began! Trailers started showing up midday and the excitement of getting the show weekend started had begun. Wash racks filled up despite cooler temperatures, and chatter of reconnecting friends filled the barns. In the check in building Patti Mahaffey and daughter-in-law Wendy Moreland were hard at work decorating. Rodney and Patti were the hosts of the evening’s chili cook-off. The tables quickly filled and a fun afternoon of conversation and chili was had. Saturday morning started early, and everyone hit the ground running. Show day is here! We began our day with the TLBAA Open Haltered Qualifying show. There were over 100 entries with females, bulls, steers and miniatures. It is always a joy to see breeders showing off their programs and animals. The Holiday Extravaganza proudly was the first haltered miniature Texas Longhorn show a few years back. We’ve continued to set aside that time for the miniatures to show. Last year, we opened the haltered steer show up to some of the younger animals and continued that in this year’s show. During the day, the barns were graced with the voice of Mr. Jim Curry from the Autobahn Youth Tour announcing. In the ring were stewards Jessica Johnson and fiancé moving animals for judge Webb Fields. After the Open Haltered show, there was a quick lunch break with meat from the Lindsey family followed up with a points only TLBT show judged by Garrett Briney. After the youth show, the crowd made their way to the main building for the annual barn party. Michelle Smith and Carrie Grace did a superb job organizing the Chinese gift exchange and coordinating with families bringing sides to eat. The night had an auction, free food for the families and the gift exchange went well into the night. Festivities and Texas Longhorn fellowship were enjoyed by all. Starting at 9 AM on Sunday morning the premium paying TLBT show began, judged by Michael Schertz. 48 | March 2017

Close to 150 of the country’s finest animals were there to represent and win kids points. The voice heard around the barns keeping everyone up to date was Mr. Larry Barker from the Autobahn Youth Tour. We certainly are thankful for all Larry has done, and continues to do, for the youth. Lining animals up in the make-ready area were Beth Tanner and James Culpepper, who tackled that job all weekend. Thank you guys! The weekend truly could take up several pages with the memories made. The show was once again one for the books. Shows can’t happen without volunteers and exhibitors and we were certainly thankful for ours. The Holiday Extravaganza not only helps raise scholarship money, but pays out close to $5,000 in premiums in both the open and youth show. We love to feed you when you come, and most importantly hope you enjoy your weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone next year!




Youth Female Junior Champion: SUNRISE SPECIAL 16, Cade Radenbaugh, MCKINNEY, TX Youth Female Junior Champion Reserve: MS DUTCHESS SH, Hadley Morgan, BOWIE, TX


CLASS 1: 1. OL PLAYLIKE, John Oliver, MALAKOFF, TX CLASS 2: 1. HD CHARM CITY CONSPIRACY, Don English, Jr., DALLAS, TX 2. DIAMONDKHEARTOF ETERNITY, Diamond K Livestock, LIPAN, TX CLASS 3: 1. CL PEPPER, James Culpepper, SUNSET, TX 2. JCG CHARLIE 1042, Grace Cattle Company, LLC, FORT WORTH, TX CLASS 4: 1. IVANKA 4/12, The Cattlerack Ranch, BOWIE, TX 2. JCG SWEET CAROLINE, Grace Cattle Company, LLC, FORT WORTH, TX CLASS 5: 1. SUNRISE SPECIAL 16, Greg & Kathy Radenbaugh, MCKINNEY, TX 2. MS SAUCY LADY SH, Chris D. & Brandi Lindsey, LAUREL, MS Haltered Female Junior Champion: SUNRISE SPECIAL 16, Greg & Kathy Radenbaugh, MCKINNEY, TX Haltered Female Junior Champion Reserve: MS SAUCY LADY SH, Chris D. & Brandi Lindsey, LAUREL, MS CLASS 8: 1. SANDDOLLAR ANGELINA, Greg & Kathy Radenbaugh, MCKINNEY, TX 2. CS EDGE’S SWEET GEORGIE, George and Cindy Dennis, COUPLAND, TX CLASS 9: 1. DIAMOND Q LILA, Steve, Bodie & Chad Quary, PRAGUE, OK 2. CHAPARRAL MASQUERADE, Rodney & Patti Mahaffey, DECATUR, TX CLASS 10: 1. DIAMOND Q ZOEY, Steve, Bodie & Chad Quary, PRAGUE, OK 2. CT SYDNEY, Joe Tucker, PARADISE, TX CLASS 11: 1. CL BELLAMY, B&H Longhorns, ALBANY, TX Haltered Female Senior Champion: SANDDOLLAR ANGELINA, Greg & Kathy Radenbaugh, MCKINNEY, TX Haltered Female Senior Champion Reserve: CL BELLAMY, B&H Longhorns, ALBANY, TX

CLASS 8: 1. SANDDOLLAR ANGELINA, Cade Radenbaugh, MCKINNEY, TX 2. CS EDGE’S SWEET GEORGIE, Wyatt Reese Schaper, BRENHAM, TX CLASS 9: 1. CHAPARRAL MASQUERADE, Madilyn Moreland, DECATUR, TX 2. DIAMOND Q LILA, Clara Holson, GRANBURY, TX CLASS 10: 1. DIAMOND Q ZOEY, Caitlyn Holson, ALBANY, TX 2. DIAMOND Q CINNIA, Shelby A. Rooker, POOLVILLE, TX CLASS 11: 1. CHAPARRAL SPARKLES, Madilyn Moreland, DECATUR, TX 2. TESSA BELLA, Hadley Morgan, BOWIE, TX Youth Female Senior Champion: SANDDOLLAR ANGELINA, Cade Radenbaugh, MCKINNEY, TX Youth Female Senior Champion Reserve: DIAMOND Q ZOEY, Caitlyn Holson, ALBANY, TX Youth Female Grand Champion: SUNRISE SPECIAL 16, Cade Radenbaugh, MCKINNEY, TX Youth Female Grand Champion Reserve: SANDDOLLAR ANGELINA, Cade Radenbaugh, MCKINNEY, TX


CLASS 16: 1. TL SHINER, Callie Faragher, SOUTHLAKE, TX CLASS 17: 1. CHAPARRAL J.R., Cooper Holland, DECATUR, TX 2. ML RUMBLE, Haile White, FERRIS, TX CLASS 18: 1. DIAMONDKAMERICAN PATRIOT, Jarrett Kuhn, LIPAN, TX 2. CHARIS MEMPHIS REIGN, Rylee Yarborough, FERRIS, TX CLASS 19: 1. OL CHIPPY, Lainey Lampier, MALAKOFF, TX 2. REDSTAR THAT’S RIGHT, William Coleman Yarborough, FERRIS, TX CLASS 20: 1. OL OUTPLAY, Lainey Lampier, MALAKOFF, TX 2. CL VELOCITY, Wyatt Reese Schaper, BRENHAM, TX CLASS 21: 1. W5 ROCK ISLAND, Rafael Pereyra, FERRIS, TX 2. AWESOME CADDY, Ryan Henderson, HOUSTON, TX

Haltered Female Grand Champion: SANDDOLLAR ANGELINA, Greg & Kathy Radenbaugh, MCKINNEY, TX Haltered Female Grand Champion Reserve: CL BELLAMY, B&H Longhorns, ALBANY, TX

Youth Bull Grand Champion: OL OUTPLAY, Lainey Lampier, MALAKOFF, TX Youth Bull Grand Champion Reserve: CL VELOCITY, Wyatt Reese Schaper, BRENHAM, TX



Haltered Mature Female Champion: DIAMOND Q DELILA, Steve, Bodie & Chad Quary, PRAGUE, OK Haltered Mature Female Champion Reserve: TL COUNTRY RAZZLE DAZZLE, Tanner Longhorns, STEPHENVILLE, TX


CLASS 20: 1. TL SHINER, Tanner Longhorns, STEPHENVILLE, TX CLASS 21: 1. CT JOKER, Joe Tucker, PARADISE, TX CLASS 22: 1. DIAMONDKAMERICAN PATRIOT, Diamond K Livestock, LIPAN, TX 2. DEJA VU SH, Chris D. & Brandi Lindsey, LAUREL, MS CLASS 23: 1. HD SENTINEL, George and Cindy Dennis, COUPLAND, TX 2. OL CHIPPY, Mark Oliver, ATHENS, TX CLASS 24: 1. CL VELOCITY, Chris Schaper, BRENHAM, TX 2. OL OUTPLAY, John Oliver, MALAKOFF, TX


Youth Steer Junior Champion: TOMMIE TUCKER PLR, Sierra Skidmore, BURLESON, TX Youth Steer Junior Champion Reserve: JP FULL METAL JACKET, Cody Garcia, HICO, TX CLASS 30: 1. JCG G’DAY MATE, Jackson Grace, SUNSET, TX 2. JR’S TEXAS TWO STEP, Mary Margaret Morin, ARLINGTON, TX CLASS 31: 1. OL ROMEO, Brenna Casella, SOUTHLAKE, TX 2. ROCKY ROAD RZL, Lucas Zarsky, MARQUEZ, TX CLASS 32: 1. BONANZA ECR, Kalli Kimble, KINGSBURY, TX 2. LW KING GEORGE, Jacob Daniel Lowrie, RHOME, TX CLASS 33: 1. D/O TROUBADOUR, Madison Looney, ALVARADO, TX 2. TTT REAL MCCOY, Cody Garcia, HICO, TX Youth Steer Senior Champion: D/O TROUBADOUR, Madison Looney, ALVARADO, TX Youth Steer Senior Champion Reserve: BONANZA ECR, Kalli Kimble, KINGSBURY, TX

Haltered Bull Junior Champion: CL VELOCITY, Chris Schaper, BRENHAM, TX Haltered Bull Junior Champion Reserve: DIAMONDKAMERICAN PATRIOT, Diamond K Livestock, LIPAN, TX

Youth Steer Grand Champion: D/O TROUBADOUR, Madison Looney, ALVARADO, TX Youth Steer Grand Champion Reserve: BONANZA ECR, Kalli Kimble, KINGSBURY, TX

CLASS 27: 1. AWESOME CADDY, John R. Randolph, SMITHVILLE, TX CLASS 28: 1. DIAMOND K CHUNK OF COAL, Diamond K Livestock, LIPAN, TX 2. AJ NIGHTSTORM, Addison Crumpton, MIDLOTHIAN, TX CLASS 29: 1. DIAMOND Q TAGGART, Steve, Bodie & Chad Quary, PRAGUE, OK 2. HI 5’S MOONSHINE, Chris D. & Brandi Lindsey, LAUREL, MS


CLASS 1: 1. D/O TROUBADOUR, Madison Looney, ALVARADO, TX 2. HHR GUNNER, Kathleen and Jeff Hoffman, PARADISE, TX CLASS 2: 1. DIAMOND Q ZEUS, Kalli Winters, PARADISE, TX 2. R4 RESISTANCE, Justin & Ronda Sabio, BOYD, TX

Haltered Bull Senior Champion: DIAMOND K CHUNK OF COAL, Diamond K Livestock, LIPAN, TX Haltered Bull Senior Champion Reserve: AJ NIGHTSTORM, Addison Crumpton, MIDLOTHIAN, TX

Steer Junior Champion: DIAMOND Q ZEUS, Kalli Winters, PARADISE, TX Steer Junior Champion Reserve: D/O TROUBADOUR, Madison Looney, ALVARADO, TX

Haltered Bull Grand Champion: CL VELOCITY, Chris Schaper, BRENHAM, TX Haltered Bull Grand Champion Reserve: DIAMOND K CHUNK OF COAL, Diamond K Livestock, LIPAN, TX

Steer Senior Champion: FRISIA ROJO, Fort Worth Herd, FORT WORTH, TX Steer Senior Champion Reserve: NEON ROW CP, Kevin and Laury Rooker, POOLVILLE, TX


CLASS 34: 1. CL ATHENA, Ryan M.& Devin D. Culpepper, FORT WORTH, TX 2. ANCHOR T MERMAID, Anchor T Ranch, KEMAH, TX Produce of Dam: CL ATHENA, Ryan M.& Devin D. Culpepper, FORT WORTH, TX

CLASS 5: 1. NEON ROW CP, Kevin and Laury Rooker, POOLVILLE, TX CLASS 6: 1. FRISIA ROJO, Fort Worth Herd, FORT WORTH, TX 2. MIDNIGHT WARRIOR, Fort Worth Herd, FORT WORTH, TX

Steer Grand Champion: FRISIA ROJO, Fort Worth Herd, FORT WORTH, TX Steer Grand Champion Reserve: DIAMOND Q ZEUS, Kalli Winters, PARADISE, TX






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At Time of Publication

At Time of Publication

Junior 2270 1880 1480 1145 830 720 635 395 355 325

Madilyn Moreland • DECATUR, TX Ty Anders • CRAWFORD, NE Dylaney Rose Georges • ROCA, NE Justin Sabio, Jr. • BOYD, TX Caroline Holson • GRANBURY, TX Weston Riley Parks • HICO, TX Oran Chambliss • CROWLEY, TX Annalisa Romero • HOUSTON, TX Finch Griffin • ORANGE, TX Hannah Hays • DALLAS, TX

Intermediate 2465 2440 2255 1960 1790 1780 1575 1525 1255 935

Jacob Daniel Lowrie • RHOME, TX Chance Kearney • EVANS, WA Dalli Anders • CRAWFORD, NE Tyler Lindsey • LAUREL, MS Allison D. Lowrie • RHOME, TX Jackson Grace • SUNSET, TX Ashlyn Holson • ALBANY, TX Evelyn Sabio • BOYD, TX Ella Wieczorek • HICKMAN, NE Wyatt Reese Schaper • BRENHAM, TX Jodie Ging • PALACIOS, TX Caitlyn Holson • ALBANY, TX Ryan Johnson • BIG HORN, WY Gabby Curtis • LANCASTER, TX Caden Wieczorek • HICKMAN, NE Sara Jennings • ANGLETON, TX Clara Holson • GRANBURY, TX Joseph Gerlach • RHOME, TX Clarice Francis • ANGLETON, TX Rope Anders • CRAWFORD, NE

Senior 4355 2380 2030 1720 1380 1315 1260 1160 1070 1065

149 TH MISS CHA-VERRO Dennis & Judy Urbantke • SAN ANGELO, TX 141 COWGIRL WALK IN THE FIELD Two Heart Bar Ranch • PLAINS, MT 114 K - T RACHEL Rocking K Bar T Ranch • EVANS, WA 106 DV RAZ BY TAZ Del Vic Farms • SCRIBNER, NE 102 CK RUBIES AND PEARLS John Oliver • MALAKOFF, TX 102 ENR KASHMIR Ben and Ilse Myren • COLVILLE, WA 90 SOUTHERN CHABLIS Two Heart Bar Ranch • PLAINS, MT 89 HO HAY YOU REINDEER Dennis & Judy Urbantke • SAN ANGELO, TX 68 DECKERIFIC Toby Johnson • BIG HORN, WY

Haltered Mature Females 214 BLACK CADILLAC Jackson Grace • SUNSET, TX 211 K-T AUTUMN Rocking K Bar T Ranch • EVANS, WA 189 BLACK PEARL 82 Rocking K Bar T Ranch • EVANS, WA 142 FCL KEROSENE Fossil Creek Longhorns • GREELEY, CO

Teen 2620 1905 1655 1655 1530 1490 1465 1310 1190 1175

Haltered Females

Cody Garcia • HICO, TX Cody Mc Donald • OAKHURST, TX Shelby A. Rooker • POOLVILLE, TX Carter T. Smith • WILLOW PARK, TX J.F. (Josh) Vinson • HICO, TX Joseph Faske • BURTON, TX Matthew Wallace • SUNSET, TX Madison Looney • ALVARADO, TX Zaida Espinosa • HOUSTON, TX Ryan Henderson • HOUSTON, TX

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138 SALTILLO COWGAL IV 031 Damrow Longhorns • ROCA, NE 118 AUNT JEMIMA 012 Ryan Johnson • BIG HORN, WY 107 DIAMOND Q DELILA Steve, Bodie & Chad Quary • PRAGUE, OK


Free Females 394 DIAMOND DOLLAR Toby Johnson • BIG HORN, WY 160 KETTLE BELLE Troy Unger • CEDAR PARK, TX 160 IRON HOT FIREBALL Saddle Thorn Enterprises, LLC • DECATUR, TX 154 CHOCOLATE RAIN Ryan Johnson • BIG HORN, WY 152 THB TEXA’S MERLOT Two Heart Bar Ranch • PLAINS, MT 136 TTT SOUTHERN DRAWL Chris & Brandi Lindsey • LAUREL, MS 110 CR CUPID’S CANDY HEART Bronson Baker • BRENHAM, TX 106 DV AWESOME Del Vic Farms • SCRIBNER, NE 103 5SL LUCY 5 Star Livestock • DAYTON, TX 94 ENR MS OO LA LA Ben and Ilse Myren • COLVILLE, WA

Free Mature Females 234 SALTILLO CG 305 Damrow Longhorns • ROCA, NE


149 TH MISS CHA-VERRO Dennis & Judy Urbantke • SAN ANGELO, TX

98 JAMMIN DANCER Fossil Creek Longhorns • GREELEY,



91 ALAMO’S MEMORY Infinity Ranch Land & Cattle • BURLESON, TX

Haltered Bulls 321 ANDERS RODEO TITAN Art Anders • CRAWFORD, NE 257 CL VELOCITY Chris Schaper • BRENHAM, TX 239 G&L JOHNNY RINGO Kent & Sandy Harrell • TULSA, OK 232 WYOMING STRONG Toby Johnson • BIG HORN, WY 206 K-T TRAIL DUST Rocking K Bar T Ranch • EVANS, WA


114 K - T RACHEL Rocking K Bar T Ranch • EVANS, WA 106 DV RAZ BY TAZ Del Vic Farms • SCRIBNER, NE 102 CK RUBIES AND PEARLS John Oliver • MALAKOFF, TX 102 ENR KASHMIR Ben and Ilse Myren • COLVILLE, WA 90 SOUTHERN CHABLIS Two Heart Bar Ranch • PLAINS, MT 89 HO HAY YOU REINDEER Dennis & Judy Urbantke • SAN ANGELO, TX










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Classifieds Auctioneers

Bruce E. McCarty Auctioneer Weatherford, TX 817-991-9979

Cattle For Sale

OLIVER LONGHORNS www.oliverlonghorns.com

Cattle for Sale “To God Be The Glory”



Beaver creek longhorns - Check our new website with “Super Sales” and herd-reduction prices. Tazman (Gunman) genetics. Carole Muchmore, Ponca City, OK 580-765-9961, www.beavercreeklonghorns.com

BUTLER HEIFERS A select few yearlings and bred two year olds FOR SALE NOW! Our herd has been closed to outside genetics for over a decade. The very best Butler quality available in the breed.

Robert King at 210-827-6700 or rking6700@gmail.com

Bob King Ranches LONE WOLF RANCH Dr. Lee and Linda Ragains

918-855-0704 • Sallisaw, OK


March Winds....

cheerfully blow in the continuing good facts that surround the Flying D Ranches reputation for top quality, gentle, healthy Texas Longhorn Cattle... • Our new SPRING TIME SPECIAL will highlight beautiful trophy steers that will become unforgettable front pasture traffic stoppers. • Also for sale: Females, Cow/Calf Pairs, Heifers and Future Herd Sires The Longhorn life just gets better!! Call or visit…we have outstanding bulls, cows, heifers and steers for sale at reasonable prices. 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 information or to schedule a tour at either of our ranch locations, please call: Dorie Damuth - Flying D Longhorn Ranch 40206 Community Rd. • Magnolia, TX 77354 281-356-8167 • fax: 281-356-2751 dorie27@sbcglobal.net • www.damuthflyingdranch.com

THATE Cattle Company

Your source for big-horned cattle in the North— utilizing the right bloodlines to produce the horn. Fairmont, Minnesota


Small Registered Longhorn Herd For Sale 1 Bull, 6 Cows, 1 Bull Calf, 1 Heifer Calf Call 409-382-3096 for more information.

Quality HEIFERS & HERD SIRE PROSPECTS 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

echoofambush@aol.com•www.sandhillsranch.com Great genetics. I enjoy meeting and working with new breeders. Also have a large STRAIGHT BUTLER herd.

Realestate 778 Acres – Great for cattle or hunting. Native grasses. 5 ponds (one spring fed) two good water wells. Great fencing. Two small corrals. Metal shop (50x60, 2 silos, storm cellar. 3 br. home w/1920’ sf built in 1983. Central Heat and Air (2) Fireplaces in den. Built in appl’s. lots of cabinets. Lg. master br. w/lg. master ba. w/jet tub. Wrap around porch. Park like setting w/lots of beautiful oak trees & flower beds. Home is very secluded Grady, Ok. (S. of Ringling) $1,522,500. Linda Weber Realty, Inc: 580-226-8777 www.lwrealtyinc.com

Trade & Barter TRADE YOUR LONGHORNS – We’ll take your bulls and steers in trade for cows, heifers, pairs, herd sires or semen from breed’s top quality bulls. Stonewall Valley Ranch, Fredericksburg, TX. Days 512-454-0476 / Weekends 830-644-2380.

Scott Damuth, Legal Counsel • Shery Damuth, Vineyard Consultant sdamuth@damuthlaw.com • Gun Barrel City, TX Law office: 903-887-0088 • Fax: 903-887-2925 Scott Cell: 214-546-3681 • Shery Cell: 940-393-0991

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FMB Land & Cattle LLC Custom Hauling...Shows....Sales 8ft wide Trailer for Longhorn Care Ron Bailey 254.534.1886 Rodney Brown 682.220.8501

ADVERTISING INDEX —A— Anderson, Frank Jr. and III...........................8 Arch Acres..................................................... 51 Astera Meadows..........................................52 Autobahn......................................................29 —B— Bar H Ranch.................................................. 51 Beadle Land & Cattle..............................8, 51 Big Valley Longhorns.................................. 51 Billingsley Longhorns.................................52 Blue Ridge Sale............................................ 15 Bright Futures Scholarship................41, IFC Buckhorn Cattle Co....................................52 Butler Listings............................................ 8, 9 —C— Caballo Bravo Longhorns.......................... 51 Callicrate.......................................................45 Cedarview Ranch........................................ 51 Champion Genetics....................................45 Christa Cattle Co...........................................8 Crown B Ranch............................................23 —D— Dalgood Longhorns......................................8 DCCI Equipment.........................................45 Diamond Q Longhorns..............................52 Dickinson Cattle Co...................................BC DK Longhorn Ranch................................... 51 Double A Longhorns..................................52 DuBose Bar D Ranch....................................8 —E— El Coyote Ranch............................................ 1 Elah Valley Longhorns................................ 51 End of Trail Ranch....................................... 51 —F— Flying Diamond Ranch............................... 51 —H— Helm Cattle Co............................................52 Hickman Longhorns...................................52 Hudson, Kelly ..............................................43 Hudson Longhorns.......................................3 Hudson/Valentine Bowling Green.............2 Husky Branding Irons.................................39 —I— ITTLA Trail of Tears Futurity....................... 21 —J— J.T. Wehring Family Ranch........................52 Jack Mountain Ranch.......................... 8,9,52

—L— Lazy A Ranch................................................52 Lightning Longhorns..................................52 Little Ace Cattle Co....................................... 9 LL Longhorns................................................. 9 Lodge Creek Longhorns............................ 51 Lone Wolf Ranch.........................................52 Longhorn Sale Pen......................................43 Lucas Ranch................................................. 51


— M— McGuire Land & Cattle...............................52 Midwest Sale................................................ 17 MonMel Longhorns................................... FC Moriah Farms...............................................52

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—N — Northbrook Cattle Company....................52 —P — P & C Cattle Pens........................................42 —R— Red River Longhorn Sale........................... 21 Rio Vista Ranch..............................................9 Rockin I Longhorns.....................................52 Rocking P Longhorns............................... 8,9 Rocky Mountain Longhorns..................... 51 Rolling D Ranch........................................... 51 Rolling Horns Ranch.....................................5 Running Arrow Longhorns....................... 44 —S— Safari B Ranch..............................................52 Sand Hills Ranch...................................... 7, 51 Singing Coyote Ranch...............................52 SS Longhorns...............................................52 Stotts Hideaway Ranch..............................52 Struthoff Ranches of Texas.......................52 Sugar Hill Ranch..........................................49 —T— Tallgrass Cattle Company.....................12,13 Thate Cattle Co.............................................8 TLBAA TX Gold Futurity..............................24 TLBAA World Show 23, 25 Triple R Ranch (MI)......................................43 Triple R Ranch (TX)........................................9 TS Adcock Longhorns................................53 —W — Walker, Ron...................................................53 Wannaba Ranch...........................................53 Westfarms Inc................................................9 Wichita Fence Company...........................39

—K— King, Terry & Tammy................................... 51 Kittler Land & Cattle.................................... 51


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UPCOMING ISSUES: April: Youth Issue May: Brood Cow Edition June: Pasture Management and Nutrition July: Longhorn Beef

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Coming Events

JUNE 2017

MARCH 10-12 • NTLBA Spring Show, Hopkins County Civic Center, Sulphur Springs, TX. Contact John & Brenda Oliver 972-268-0031 or brenda@olivermfg.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free, and Saturday & Sunday Youth. MARCH 11 • Butler Breeder’s Meeting and Ranch Tour, Sand Hills Ranch, 3502 Hwy 513, Mansfield, LA. 10 a.m. Please RSVP to Dora Thompson 318-872-6329 MARCH 12-14 • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX. Amy Weahterholtz 817-625-6241 or amy@tlbaa.org. Qualifying Haltered and Youth, NQ Trophy Steers MARCH 24-26 • Oklahoma Spring Shoot Out, Payne County Expo Center, Stillwater, OK. Contact Rob Van Liew 405-420-1728 or vanliewranch@gmail.com David Edwards, 918-557-0364 or dledwards. texaslonghorncattle@gmail.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free, Youth & Friday Points Youth Only. MARCH 25 • 39th B & C Show Me Spring Longhorn Sale, Tina, MO, Grand River Livestock Market. Contact Shawn Sayre 660-734-8782, Bill Sayre 660-734-0827 or visit sayreauction.com MARCH 25 • Rodeo Austin-Star of Texas, Austin, TX. Entry Deadline is February 1, 2017, Christy Randolph 713-703-8458, Bubba Bollier 325-247-6249 or bollier7572@yahoo.com. Qualifying Free, Halter & Youth MARCH 31 • YMBL South Texas State Fair, Ford Park Fairgrounds, Beaumont, TX. Entry Deadline March 15, 2017. Tina Dubose 979-277-2656 or tinaduboseloe@gmail.com Qualifying Haltered, Youth & Youth Points Only. NQ Trophy Steer Free. MARCH 31 • Southeastern Winchester Futurity, WKU Ag Expo Center, Bowling Green, KY. Terry King 850-956-4154 tklonghorns@centurylink.net or Nancy Dunn 334-318-0887, nancydunn2010@windstream.net MARCH 31 - APRIL 1 • Hudson-Valentine Sale, Bowling Green, KY. Contact Lorinda Valentine, panthercreekranch@att.net or 270-996-7046.

APRIL 2017 APRIL 7 • Bayou Classic - Dixie TX Longhorn Assoc. & Ark-La-Tex. West-Cal Arena, Sulphur, LA. Chris Lindsey 601-319-8296 or clindsey04@yahoo.com. Qualifying Free, Haltered and Youth and Points Only. APRIL 8 • Nebraska TLA Spring Sale, Broken Bow, NE. Consignment deadline Feb. 25th. Contacts: President Rodger Damrow (402) 423-5441, Vice President Delwin Smeal 402-568-2353. APRIL 8-9 • Blue Ridge Ranch Sale, Llano, TX. Bubba Bollier 325-247-6249 or bollier7572@yahoo.com APRIL 21-23 • Rockdale Spring Show, Rockdale Fairgrounds, Rockdale, TX. Entry Deadline is April 11, 2017, Sandi Nordhausen-sandi. nordhausen@gmail.com or 512-898-2401. Qualifying Haltered, Youth & Youth Points Only (x2) APRIL 22 • Midwest Longhorn Sale, Winfield Livestock Auction, Winfield, KS. Joel Lemley 325-668-3552.

MAY 2017 MAY 5-6 • Red McCombs Fiesta Sale, Johnson City, TX. Alan & Teresa Sparger, 210-445-8798 or dodgeram52@yahoo.com. www.redmccombslonghorns.com. MAY 5-7 • TLBGCA Spring Show, Miracle Farm, Brenham, TX, Stephen Head 979-549-5270, headshorns@hotmail.com. Qualifying Haltered & Youth. MAY 11-14 • Millennium Futurity, Red River Livestock Auction, Overbrook, OK. Christy Randolph 713-703-8458 or lpinesranch@aol.com. MAY 26-27 • Red River Longhorn Sale & ITTLA Futurity, Marietta, OK. Rick Friedrich 713-305-0259 or rick@riverranchlonghorns.com. Rob Van Liew 405-420-1728 or vanliewranch@gmail.com

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JUNE 8-11 • 30th Longhorn Expo TLBAA World Show & National TLBT Show, Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, TX. Entry Deadline is May 5, 2017. (817) 625-6241. Qualifying Free, Haltered, Youth. NQ Trophy Steers & Miniatures. Texas Gold Futurity. Banquet June 8 - TLBT National Youth Show June 9 - World Show Free Division & Trophy Steers Texas Gold Futrity June 10 - World Show - Open Division, World Show Banquet JUNE 10 • Fey Longhorns Consignment Sale, Yamhill, OR Daniel Fey 503.349.7866/daniel@feylonghorns.com or Angelina Fey 503.537.8962/ angelinapike@yahoo.com JUNE 14-18 • Autobahn Youth Tour presents the Diann Chase Longhorn Scholarship Expo, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX. Larry Barker 817-988-6110, lbarker@abahn.com or www.autobahnyouthtour.com. JUNE 17 • Texas Mid-Year Blowout Sale, West Livestock Auction Barn, West, TX. Hosted by Mike MacLeod & Dr. Zech Dameron. Contact Russell Fairchild (254) 485-3434 JUNE 23-24 • Winchester Futurity of the North, JaeBird Performance Ranch, Bellevue, MI. Mark Hubbell 269-838-3083, hubbelllonghorns@ aol.com. www.winchesterfuturitynorth.com

AUGUST 2017 AUGUST 5 • Deschutes County Fair, Deschutes County Expo Center, Redmond, OR. Entry Deadline June 14th. Tamara Kuntz 541-280-1645 or tamaroo300@gmail.com. Qualifying Free, Youth

SEPTEMBER 2017 SEPTEMBER 2 • Butler Breeder’s Invitational Sale, Lockhart, TX. Kaso Kety 985-674-6492 or Michael McLeod 361-771-5355. SEPTEMBER 2-3 • Sanders County Fair Longhorn Show, Sander County Fairground, Plains, MT. Entry Deadline Aug. 10th. Shannon Kearney, rockingkbartranch@hughes.net or 509-684-2963. Qualifying Haltered, Free, & Youth. SEPTEMBER 8-9 • Hill Country Heritage Longhorn Sale, River Ranch, Fredericksburg, TX. Rick Friedrich 713-305-0259 or rick@riverranchlonghorns.com. Joel Lemley 325-668-3552 or jlem@camalott.com SEPTEMBER 9 • Spokane Interstate Fair Longhorn Show, Spokane Fairground, Spokane Valley, WA. Entry Deadline Aug. 15th. Shannon Kearney, rockingkbartranch@hughes.net or 509-684-2963. QualifyingHaltered, Free, & Youth. SEPTEMBER 15-16 • Elite Futurity, Enid, OK. L.D. McIntyre 308-750-8384, tejas@mcintyreranches.com. Kevin Bryant (580) 254-1864, cactus254@gmail.com. Joe Dowling 979-271-0277, dowlingjoe@yahoo.com SEPTEMBER 22-23 • Fort Worth Stockyards Sale, Fort Worth, TX. Contact Lorinda Valentine, panthercreekranch@att.net or 270-996-7046. SEPTEMBER 25 • Central Washington Fair Longhorn Show, Central Washington Fairgrounds, Yakima, WA. Entry Deadline Sept. 1st. Shannon Kearney, www. rockingkbartranch@hughes.net or 509-684-2963. QualifyingHaltered, Free, & Youth. SEPTEMBER 29-OCT 1 • East Texas State Fair, East Texas State Fair, Tyler, TX. Entry Deadline Aug. 28th. John & Brenda Oliver, joliver210@ yahoo.com or 972-268-0083. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. SEPTEMBER 30 • Central Washington Fair Longhorn Show, Central Washington Fairgrounds, Yakima, WA. Entry Deadline Sept. 1st. Shannon Kearney, rockingkbartranch@hughes.net or 509-684-2963. Qualifying Haltered, Free, & Youth.

OCTOBER 2017 OCTOBER 11 • Nile Livestock Longhorn Show, Metra Park, Billings, MT. Entry Deadline Sept. 1st online through the Nile. Toby Johnson, 307-674-4691. Qualifying Haltered, Free, & Youth.



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