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TLBAA Regions




Canada, New Zealand, Australia

Chairman of the Board: Keith DuBose • (303) 500-9465

Secretary: Chad Smith • (701) 764-6277

Executive Vice Chairman: Tony Mangold • (830) 237-5024

Treasurer: Mark Hubbell • (269) 838-3083

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

Parliamentarian/Director: David Wars • (936) 404-2116

2nd Vice Chairman: Stephen Head • (979) 549-5270

Director: Kevin Rooker • (817) 692-7843



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.rombeck60@gmail.com

At-Large Director

At-Large Director

At-Large Director

Tom Smith

John Parmley

Tom Matott

(616) 293-0977 tom@widespreadranch.com

(281) 541-1201 john@jspservicesinc.com

(303) 500-9465 tom@rockymountainlonghorns.com

Region 1 - Director

Region 7 - Director

Region 13 - Director

Deb Lesyk

David Wars

Chad Smith

(306) 867-9427 halters.buckets@yahoo.com

(936) 404-2116 w5longhorns@yahoo.com

(701) 764-6277 smithlonghorns@hotmail.com

Region 2 - Director

Region 8 - Director

Region 14 - Director

Todd Spaid

Kevin Rooker

Brian Varner

(304) 963-0699 jeremyspaid73@gmail.com

(817) 692-7843 krooker61@gmail.com

(785) 224-1005 longhorncreek@yahoo.com

Region 3 - Director

Region 9 - Director

Region 15 Director

Johnny Hicks

Russell Fairchild

David Edwards

(269) 721-3473 hicksamericanbulldogs@yahoo.com

(254) 485-3434 fairchildranch@yahoo.com

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

Region 4 - Director

Region 10 - Director

Region 16 - Director

Matt Durkin

(512) 923-9015 mattdurkin1073@aol.com

Sandi Nordhausen

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

Kenny Richardson

Region 5 - Director

Region 11 - Director

Region 17 - Director

Reid Tolar

Stephen Head

(970) 352-3054 krichardson21@aol.com

Alex Dees

(334) 412-8400 rgtolar@yahoo.com

(979) 549-5270 headshorns@hotmail.com

(805) 300-4617 atdees@aol.com

Region 6 - Director

Region 12 - Director

Region 18 - Director

Dora Thompson

Tony Mangold

Chris Herron

(318) 872-6329 echoofambush@aol.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 Tom Matott 2016-2019


(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


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Coming Soon To An Ear Near You? Radio Frequency Identification Ear Tags May Become A Necessary Accessory A look at what RFID tags are and where the cattle industry may be headed with them. By Myra Basham

November 2019 Vol. 31 • No. 8

22 TLBAA Brand Regulations & Tips on Branding Private Herd Number and Holding Brand

information you need to know.

24 Safety Factors To Consider When Handling Cattle

Factors that should always be in mind when working with cattle. By Heather Smith Thomas


2 TLBAA Directors

6 Editor’s Note

8 Chairman’s Letter

Procedures To Nominate Division B Directors Texas Longhorn Weekend: The Tradition Continues, With New Features! Join us January 17-21, 2020 in Fort Worth, TX


2nd Annual Rodger Damrow Colorful Calf Contest Time to take


Being Behind = Loss of Marketing Value If you want full value out

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East Coast Classic Sale Results Fort Worth Stockyards Longhorn Auction Results


Detecting Signs of Disease In Cattle Learn to notice changes in



those photos and get your colorful offspring featured in March 2020 Trails Magazine.

of your marketing dollars, don’t procrastinate. By Myra Basham

36 TLBT News

38 Affiliate News

42 In the Pen

Longhorn Beef: Going Beyond Ground Don’t believe the myth that

47 Index/Just For Grins

Longhorn has to be ground to be good!

behavior that could indicate illness. By Heather Smith Thomas.

48 Calendar

Call For TLBAA Logo Submissions The Board is accepting submissions for an updated logo for our association. Find guidelines and criteria here.

About the Cover:

A son of Hubbells 20 Gauge, out of Hubbell’s Tari Catchit (a Cowboy Catchit Chex daughter), Hubbell’s Romans 7 is a genetic masterpiece ready to prove himself as a rising star. He measured 81.3125” TTT at 28 months. Semen is available. For more information visit www.hubbelllonghorns.net or contact Mark Hubbell 269-838-3083 or hubbelllonghorns@aol.com. The Texas Longhorn Trails (ISSN-10988432, USPS 016469) is published monthly by the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America, 221 W. Exchange, Ste. 210, Fort Worth, TX 76164. Periodical Postage Paid at Fort Worth, TX. Subscription rates: $105 per year; foreign per year $180. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Texas Longhorn Trails, 221 W. Exchange, Ste. 210, Fort Worth, TX 76164. Phone (817)  625-6241. Fax (817) 625-1388. Advertisers and advertising agencies assume liability for all content of advertisements printed and also assume responsibility for any claims arising from such advertisements made against the publisher. Publisher reserves exclusive rights to accept or reject advertising or editorial material submitted for publication in the Texas Longhorn Trails magazine. Articles and photos from this publication may be reprinted only with permission of the publisher.

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EDITOR’S NOTES Thinking Thankfully As I put this issue of Trails to bed and get ready to roll into the next issue (and calendar and Eddie Wood Cowtown Classic Catalog) I am tired. But I can still smile, as I am so thankful to be doing what I love for a living. I love working with words and images. I enjoy putting out information that others may find helpful or interesting. I like the mechanics of producing a publication. Sometimes when I get home and I feel like I’ve neglected my family, see what needs to be done at home and realize we haven’t done anything special in a long time, I have to stop and look at the little things. A laugh with my kids, actually having a conversation that’s not about work with my husband, a moment outside with the dog breathing in some much needed fresh air - those moments I am washed over with gratitude for the blessed life I have. The things that are broken, the bills that have to be paid and the crazy hours of work all seem insignificant. I think most Longhorn breeders can relate. In my many conversations and the thousands of posts on Facebook by our members, those moments of watching cattle graze in the pasture, taking in a breath of fresh air and relaxing can outweigh a ton of doctoring sick or hurt animals, mending a broken fence or getting up early to do chores before going off to your full-time job just to come home and do it again. Isn’t it amazing how considering the blessings makes it all so much more bearable even when we think we’ve been pushed to our limits? I hope you take time this Thanksgiving to let others around you know how much those little moments with them mean to you, even if it’s your pets and livestock...LOL! Sometimes those of us with busy lives, which is most of the world these days, forget that those around us may be oblivious to the fact that moments with them are special. If you don’t normally tell them, now’s a good time to do it. So, to all of you I’ve interacted with over the years, a sincere thank you. If I didn’t enjoy time communicating with the members I serve, I would not still be here after all these years. You are a special group of people whose love of the breed, camaraderie with each other and willingness to help others far outweighs any negativity or conflict that may have surfaced throughout the years. This is a special breed of cattle owned by very special people. In the coming year of Trails I hope to feature more stories highlighting the people as well as the breed. As always I welcome suggestions and comments from our members on what you do and don’t like about this magazine and things you might like to see in future issues. Happy Thanksgiving!

DEADLINE: January 2020 Issue:

November 25th ______________ Feature: Cash Cows


Myra Basham Myra Basham Editor-in-Chief

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

Editor-in-Chief: Myra Basham Ext. 104 • myra@tlbaa.org trailseditor@tlbaa.org Advertising: Karen Price • (254) 223-4470 karen@tlbaa.org Graphic Design & Production: Trace Neal • Ext. 103 trace@tlbaa.org

Registrations/Office Manager Rick Fritsche • Ext. 101 rick@tlbaa.org Membership/Registrations Dana Coomer • Ext. 102 dana@tlbaa.org Administrative Assistant/DNA Specialist Amelia Gritta • Ext. 100 amelia@tlbaa.org Special Events Pam Robison • Ext. 106 pam@tlbaa.org Accounting Theresa Jorgenson • Ext. 105 theresa@tlbaa.org Administrative Assistant/Receptionist Lisa Roberts • Ext. 100 lisa@tlbaa.org

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Association News

Chairman’s Message Longhorn Family, Well, it’s hard to believe that it’s November. This year has flown by and now winter is creeping up too fast. Hope you have put up plenty of hay and winter pastures are planted. The Horn Showcase, the largest and only measuring event in the country, was a great success! Complete results will be posted in the December Trails for all to see which animals won the categories in all age groups. Thank you to the Horn Showcase Committee and their volunteers for putting together a great event. You will be receiving information and bylaw change language on the Board reduction soon. It was discussed at the General Membership Meeting at the World Expo in June and if you have any questions, please contact any of the committee members and let them hear from you. This will come up for vote in January 2020. The nomination ballots for Division B were mailed out October 17, 2019 and need to be returned back by November 18, 2019. If you’re in Division B, please nominate the directors for your Regions 7-12 and you have two At Large Directors to nominate, also. The Election Ballots will go out on December 3, 2019 and will need to be returned by December 27, 2019 to be counted. This is the time for you, the members of Division B, to speak your mind and vote, as in any other Division during their election time. Time to think about who will be representing you. The TLBAA 30 day special for registering ANY animal, any age, for July for $15.00 was such a great success with over 2,700 registrations. We’ve had a lot of calls from members who didn’t get some in and wanting to know if and when we were going to do it again. Well, you’re in luck, the TLBAA is running a end of the year, “seasonal special” again to allow everyone who missed it a chance to register the stragglers for the months of November and December, same rules. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend The Eddie Wood Cowtown Classic Sale on January 18, 2020. There is a great group of cattle with something for everyone that have been consigned, probably some of the best cattle we’ve had in the sale. The sale catalog will come out in your December Trails. If you have any questions, contact Pam at the TLBAA office or the Sale Chairs, Russell Fairchild 254-485-3434 or Keith Du Bose 979-277-2161. Also, preparations are coming together for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo that will be on January 20-21, 2020. We’re excited to be offering Free Division classes at the Stock Show this year! I’d like to thank The Source for generously adding $8,000 in additional premiums for the Open Classes. You can find out more on pg. 12, on the TLBAA website or www.fwssr.com. Plan to go to the stock show and watch and support the Longhorn shows that will be going on. A fun time for all, I guarantee. I send out a great thank you to the group that never really gets enough thanks for all they do to help all committees, the members and the association. The TLBAA Office Staff. They work at every event, helping coordinate getting awards and trophies, running the office and taking up slack for others so they can be at events. Rick, Dana, Myra, Pam, Amelia, Lisa, Theresa and Trace, I really appreciate ALL you do for all of us. To my Longhorn Family, Thank You,

Keith DuBose, Chairman of the Board Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America

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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

JOIN THE STAMPEDE! www.ButlerLonghornMuseum.com THINK OF TEXAS AND YOU THINK OF LONGHORNS. The Longhorn is synonymous with Texas and its ranching history. Yet few Texans or visitors to this state realize that by the beginning of the 20th century, Longhorns were on the verge of extinction. Today, the Longhorn is alive and well due to the efforts of seven pioneer breeders who refused to allow these animals to become extinct. A huge thank you to our Butler Breeders of today for continuing to preserve this magnificent bloodline for future generations and for its continual support of the museum and its mission. The Butler Longhorn Museum is located in the heart of the League City Historic District. The former homestead and surrounding land has been transformed with the help of patrons and volunteers into a state-of-the-art museum dedicated to telling of the story of Milby Butler and his role in the amazing comeback of the Texas Longhorn. This museum chronicles Texas history in coordination with our school’s curriculum.

1220 Coryell Street, League City, Texas Contact us to schedule a tour, corporate event, wedding or for more information on the museum. Docents available for tours of historic League City. The Museum is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization. Phone: 281-332-1393 Email: info@butlerlonghornnuseum.com


Christa Cattle Co. Jason & Louis Christa 2577 FM 1107 • Stockdale, TX 78160 christacattleco@msn.com www.christacattleco.com (210) 232-1818 Dalgood Longhorns Malcolm & Connie Goodman 6260 Inwood Dr. • Houston, TX 77057 (713) 782-8422 dalgood@comcast.net www.dalgoodlonghorns.com Jane’s Land & Cattle Co. John & Jane Thate 418 W. Margaret St. • Fairmont, MN 56031 (507) 235-3467


How You Can Help: We need benefactors like you to assist us with the funds needed to maintain and expand the museum’s innovative exhibits and educational center. These activities are important in teaching and promoting our local heritage. Contact the museum for more information to make a donation or to volunteer. Purchase Art: Help fund our art, science and history exhibits. Purchase original works of art, prints and other items in our gift shop or online.


Butler Longhorn Museum

BPT Longhorns Ben & Phyllis Termin Weatherford, TX 817-374-2635 luvmylonghorns@gmail.com

If you would like to know more about the Butler Breeder ’s Invitational or the Butler bloodline and to research Butler pedigrees, please visit: www.butlertexaslonghorns.com

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

(281) 332-1393 info@butlerlonghornmuseum.com www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com Butler Breeder’s Futurity

James K. Turner (936) 689-1914 the5tcorp@yahoo.com www.butlertexaslonghorns.com


Procedures To Nominate Division B Directors Please Note: To be placed on the voting ballot, an active TLBAA member in good standing must receive 5 nominations from active TLBAA members in good standing. If you are interested in becoming a director, please make sure your membership is active and your account is current. TLBAA will be seeking nominations soon for all Division B directors, two At-Large positions and directors to represent Regions 1-6. Nomination forms will be mailed 90 days prior to the TLBAA Annual Membership Meeting in Fort Worth, TX, January 17, 2020. 1. Nomination Ballots will be mailed out to Division B Members October 17, 2019. 2. Nomination Ballots must be returned to the CPA postmarked no later than November 18, 2019. 3. In order for an individual to be placed on the final ballot, they must receive at least 5 nominations from Active or Lifetime members of the TLBAA. 4. The final ballots will be mailed out December 3, 2019. 5. Final ballots must be returned to the CPA postmarked no later than December 27, 2019. 6. Newly elected Directors will be announced January 17, 2020 at the General Membership Meeting during Longhorn Weekend in Fort Worth, TX. The TLBAA By-Laws, Section 2-D, Membership, state: “At least ninety (90) days prior to the annual Membership Meeting, the TLBAA office shall mail to the Active and Lifetime members a request for nomination of individual or individuals for Director in the member’s representational region. Such member nominations shall be received in the Association’s office no later than sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Meeting. In order that any member nominee be eligible to be placed on the election ballot, he must receive write-in nominations from five (5) members who are Active or Lifetime members. Should there be no members nominated by the membership for a particular region, or should a nominee decline to have his name placed on the election ballot, the Board of Directors will appoint an Active or Lifetime member in good standing domiciled within the division to fill the vacant position at the same meeting as the election of TLBAA officers.

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Division B Highlighted in Yellow No less than forty-five (45) days prior to the annual meeting of the membership, the TLBAA Office or designated CPA firm shall mail official printed ballots to each qualified Active and Lifetime Member in good standing of that region and division. This ballot shall contain the names of the candidates, if any, who were properly nominated by members. All written ballots must be returned by U.S. mail to the CPA with a postmark not less than twenty-one days prior to the Annual Meeting in order to be validated and counted. All ballots received will be validated and counted by an independent CPA firm or other organization experienced in voting tabulation as designated by the Executive Committee. The nominees receiving the most valid votes shall be elected. All newly elected Directors shall be installed at the Board of Directors meeting prior to the general membership meeting. A tie vote will be broken by the Chairman of the Board drawing one of the names by lot.” Division B TLBAA members, watch for your nomination form in the mail. For a complete set of TLBAA By-Laws, including all sections regarding the election of Directors, visit www.tlbaa.org/tlbaa/official-handbook/



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Texas Longhorn Weekend: The Tradition Continues, With New Features! January 17-21, 2020 H Fort Worth, TX Since 2005 TLBAA members have descended on Fort Worth, TX during the Historic Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo for a weekend of fun, fellowship and association meetings. This year the tradition continues with some exciting changes. Friday, January 17th, kicks off at the Radisson Hotel Fort Worth North-Fossil Creek with an Affiliate Presidents meeting, followed by a General Membership Meeting and a TLBAA Board Meeting. New board members for Division B will be seated and officers will be elected. Fort Worth Stock Show barns

The TLBAA Board Meeting

TLBAA Special Awards

New for 2020, the TLBF Hall of Fame Induction & TLBAA Special Awards presentation will begin with a social and heavy Hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. with the awards presentations at 6 p.m. This allows time for those attending to go out and enjoy the evening with friends old and new and experience Fort Worth. Saturday head out to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and view the registered Texas Longhorns selling at the Eddie Wood Cowtown Classic. Breeders bring their best for a chance to expose their programs to buyers from across the country. It is a great opportunity to catch the attention of potential new breeders stopping by in the Stock Show barns or stepping in to see the sale. Sunday is a great day to spend enjoying the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Over 53,000 guests a day can’t be wrong! From a large carnival Midway to barns full of livestock of all kinds and a championship rodeo to boot, there is something for everyone to see and do. Add to that a wide array of food and what more could you ask for? Sunday also includes a World Show meeting and a TLBT Membership Meeting so whether you are participating in the Stock Show or just want to keep abreast of what’s going on, be sure to join in. Monday, January 20th, be up early to join us for the Texas 12 | November 2019

Longhorn Youth Show. A day-long show, it is always a pleasure to watch and a fun one to participate in. There’s still time to enter by November 15th! Tuesday brings a brand new event to the Fort Worth Stock Show – the Free Division to be held in the Historic Will Rogers Coliseum, the past home of the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo which is now held in the new Dickies Arena. Adding the Free show to the Fort Worth Stock Show provides another avenue for those animals to qualify for the TLBAA World Show in June. All Open Trophy Steer classes will be conducted as Free classes. (No haltered open steer classes) Be sure and enter your animals by November 15. There is no more fitting arena to showcase Longhorns roaming freely in an arena being judged just as they are. Later that day, beginning at 5 p.m., the Open Haltered Longhorn Show finishes out the Longhorn events. Adults and youth alike enter the ring to show their Longhorns at halter. Also for this year, The Source has contributed an additional $8,000 in premiums for the Open Classes. This brings the grand total in premium moneys to be paid out to $17,150! The spacing of the shows allows maximum exposure to passersby, both while in the ring and as the crowds pass through the barns hoping for an up-close looking at the attention-grabbing Texas Longhorns. Whether you just want to see old friends or make some new ones, this weekend has something for everyone and will make memories you can treasure.

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Affiliate Relations Committee Invites You To Enter The

2nd Annual Rodger Damrow Colorful Calf Contest In the Texas Longhorn industry there are events that look at two out of three aspects of the breed, conformation and horn, but never has there been an event that features the uniqueness of colors so evident in the breed. The Affiliate Relations Committee will again be offering TLBAA members the “Rodger Damrow Colorful Calf Contest” respectfully titled after longtime Nebraska Texas Longhorn Association President, Rodger Damrow, Rodger Damrow who was very fond of colorful calves. Here’s how the contest will work: • A colorful photo of an active TLBAA member’s most colorful calf born in 2019, will be submitted to the TLBAA office. The picture must be high quality. Preferred format is digital file from a camera, saved and sent at maximum file size. If using a cell phone, please do not use zoom. Get close to the calf. If sending a print to be scanned it must be at least 8 x 10 inches and printed out as a photo (Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Office Stores). • A $20 entry fee made payable to the TLBAA is to be included with the photo. • Members can enter more than one animal, but each entry must have a TLBAA registration number (calves too young to be branded can be “recorded but not registered” in HORNS. List registration numbers of sire and dam on entry). • Contest will be open until December 31st, 2019. • Winners will be decided by an independent judge not involved in the contest. • Winners will be announced during the Longhorn weekend in January. • The winning entry will be featured on the front cover of TRAILS. (If possible, think vertical when snapping the photo) The additional finalists will be featured elsewhere in the magazine. Entries must be e-mailed or mailed to the TLBAA office by December 31st. Get involved, check your 2019 calves and pick your entries for this new contest. For questions or concerns, email Tina DuBose (tinadubose10@gmail.com), Deb Lesyk (halters.buckets@yahoo.com), or Myra Basham at the TLBAA office (myra@tlbaa.org). Let’s see if we can have entries from every state and country that has TLBAA members. Make it fun and encourage other members to send entries.

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Coming Soon To Radio Frequency Identification Ear Tags


he ability to identify animals both in your herd and when traveling out of state has been a part of the cattle business since ranching began. The traditional method of identifying beef cattle is by a brand applied to the hide, and that remains a required method of identification by the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA). The most common secondary form of identification are ear tags for personal use and metal clips for official use, such as proof of Bangs vaccinations (OCV). Add to the mix that some people like to use ear tags for fly control and suddenly you’re running out of real estate in your cow’s ears. While it is a bit controversial with recent USDA animal traceability act of 2013 guideline changes, there are many benefits of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags being used in your herd. From reducing the clutter in your cow’s ears to being able to access animal information in a database automatically, RFID tags can make life easier and more efficient. These tags are included in the broader term of Electronic Identification (EID) tags.

WHAT IT IS – AND ISN’T! Technically, any ear tag embedded with a transponder which can be read with a transceiver is an RFID tag. The transponder is a microchip coupled with antennae (copper coil) housed in a hard polymer, most frequently a round button tag. A transceiver can be a handheld device (often a wand) or a stationary one that emits radio frequency signals which allows communication with the tag. The transceiver’s signal is what gives the transponder the power to communicate. There are no batteries in the ear tag. The only information stored in the ear tag is the animal identification number. The microchip itself is not a storage device for your information or your animal’s records. Once the number is read, however, it can be sent to a device where it is tied to a database, such as those used in keeping your own cattle records or your state’s animal disease traceability system. The low-frequency radio wave and passive tags mean that you can access the tag through most nonmetallic substances like wood, mud and even body mass. It cannot, however, be read across a pasture. Variables such as metal siding, gates, panels and potentially electric motors or fluorescent lights interfering with signals, as well as the necessarily small antennas, their read range is short – 18 inches to 39 inches depending on the tag type and the device reading the tag. 16 | November 2019


By Myra Basham

An Ear Near You? May Become A Necessary Accessory So how can this number being transmitted in any way help your day-to-day operation? If you have a cattle software that works in conjunction with your RFID reader, then that number is transmitted to your phone or laptop and immediately pulls up that animal’s records allowing you immediate access to enter vaccination or breeding information. This can really speed up recordkeeping during those times you work cattle in a chute. As the technology becomes more prevalent due to the push by the USDA to implement the RFID tags as the only acceptable form of identification, many states and veterinarians have already adopted the technology and can read the tags. Scanning a tag and having a number that immediately identifies the animal is easier and quicker than unloading a trailer load of animals you’re traveling with and matching registration papers to brands or Bangs tags to numbers on health certificates. As far as Bangs tags go, the metal tag is not necessary if using the new USDA approved RFID tags. There will still be a tattoo in the right ear, but no orange metal clip. The RFID tag is required to have the animal ID number printed on the front of the tag so there is always a visual reference when a reader is not being used.

USDA TIMELINE The USDA has stepped up efforts to enact more uniform animal traceability measures that include a timeline to move to RFID tags being the only official identification for beef cattle. The following is taken from a USDA Factsheet: USDA understands producers need time to transition to RFID and has worked with the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials to establish manageable milestones to achieve this goal. The following timeline applies to: Beef Cattle & Bison Sexually intact and 18 months or older Used for rodeo or recreation events (regardless of age) Used for shows or exhibitions Dairy Cattle All female dairy cattle All male dairy cattle born after March 11, 2013 December 31, 2019 USDA will discontinue providing free metal tags. However, approved vendors will still be permitted to produce official metal tags for one additional year.

Manufacturer’s logo


US Shield BACK

Unlawful To Remove Warning on back

Unique Animal ID number beginning with 840 (US origin)

Required Elements for USDA approved RIFD Tags Approved vendor tags will be available for purchase on a State-by-State basis as authorized by each State animal health official through December 31, 2020. January 1, 2021 USDA will no longer approve vendor production of metal ear tags with the official USDA shield. Accredited veterinarians and/or producers can no longer apply metal ear tags for official identification and must start using only Official RFID tags. January 1, 2023 RFID ear tags will be required for beef and dairy cattle and bison moving interstate that meet the above requirements. Animals previously tagged with metal ear tags will have to be retagged with RFID ear tags in order to move interstate. Feeder cattle and animals moving directly to slaughter are not subject to RFID requirements. Some states, such as Michigan, have already made RFID tags mandatory, even for animals moving within state borders. Their program went into effect March 2007. Other states are working on steps to both improve their animal disease traceability systems and work toward compliance with USDA requirements. “These rules will apply to everyone who likes to put their animals in a trailer and go to shows, futurities, horn measurements or sales in the cattle industry, whether you own one or a thousand,” warns Carla Payne of CP Longhorns in Slidell, TX, “we will all be under the new rules.”


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Feature “I believe in being proactive and started with my Applicator (cost $23.86), just make sure they have a deep Longhorn herd this year,” explains Payne. “I believe it’s a jaw because the buttons are thicker,” explains Payne. lot easier on animal and human to put (RFID) ear tags in She continues, “Something I have not invested in yet Longhorns while they are less than a year old. That way, is the wand reader. A ranch neighbor of mine has one I when ole Suzie Q is 3 years old and I still really enjoy can use if I want to start using cattle management softshowing her or maybe its time to put her in a registered ware. For the time being I just keep a spreadsheet that sale, I am not scrambling to get one of these buttons in has the calf’s name and EID tag number. The readers her ear and winding up with my finger mashed.” can range from $345 for a pocket reader with no display Payne walks us through the steps necessary to start (best used with iPhone), to a stick reader that will Blueusing RFID tags for official animal identification. “First, tooth to your iPhone and has a display on the which can you need a Premise ID (PIN) cost up to $1,445. There are number for your ranch. If multiple online stores and a you have multiple ranch lolot of feed stores that can orAllflex RS420 Series Stick cations you might opt for der your numbers for you. To Reader has Bluetooth as well each one having their own read a lot more information as built in display. Compatible individual id number. I obabout EID tags go to www. with Andriod and iOS. tained a PIN by contacting allflexusa.com.” the TAHC Animal Disease Once you receive your Traceability (ADT) departEID tags and you’re ready to ment. For other states look install them, keep some kind up your State Animal Health of record system. It doesn’t Allflex LPR Commission. They will take matter if it is herd managePocket Reader your information over the ment software, a spreadsends number phone, physical address, sheet, word document, penvia Bluetooth. name of ranch, type of opcil and pad or another sysComes with eration, etc., and in return tem, as long as you keep up Windows®-based they will give you a ranch id with which number you put software number.” on each individual cow. My The USDA does not give system of choice is HORNS. Samples of Transceivers (readers) out PINs, that is handled by If you go into HORNS and each state. The state systems select one of your animals, at are designed to meet the USDA requirements for animal the bottom of their pedigree there is a place for private traceability nationwide. comments (only the owner of record can see this). This Please be aware that the PIN numbers are designed is a great place to type in your cows individual EID tag to trace an animal back to a physical location it origi- number. Then when you are ready to hit the road and nated from, so if you lease property, it is expected that you call your vet up for health papers you can find Suzie the property owner acquires a premise id and can then Q’s EID number and she is good to go.” list you, the leasee, as the main contact. It is important to keep in mind that states are free Payne continues, “Once you have this number you to require more than what the Federal guidelines state can start purchasing EID (Electronic Identification) tags. when it comes to moving animals around within their I went to www.cattletags.com, clicked on EID Tags, then borders or when crossing them. It is extremely imporUSDA Electronic ID tags, then to half proof tags (which tant that you do your due diligence in learning state reis what I purchased). These tags have optimal signal quirements where you live, as well as those that you intransmission and the best possible read/scan distance. tend to travel to. In addition, each location your animal A bag of 20 cost $54.86.” travels to (sale barn, fairground, etc.) can, potentially, “The full duplex tags must be read at close range (For have their own requirements. example, only in a squeeze chute and not out in the pasture with a wand),” she explains. “A bag of 20 cost $47.14. CONTROVERSY ABOUNDS A recent news release from R-CALF USA regarding a While these tags can come with different beginning numbers, the ones you want will start with 840 which newly filed lawsuit sums up the concerns about the didenotes USA origin. All other tags are just for your own rection the USDA is taking in requiring RFID tags as the personal identification and will not help you travel with only means of identification. See the full press release on pg. 20. your animal out of state.” In the fact sheet accompanying the release, they As far as equipment goes, these tags are a lot thicker so you will need a special applicator gun or an adaptor explain the effectiveness of the current measures befor your ear tag gun. “The tag applicator I went with is ing taken by the states and individuals in cooperation the Allflex EID Ultra Retractomatic Applicator for $72.26. with already existing federally accepting identification You can also go with an Allflex Universal Total Tagger methods. – continued on pg.20

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– continued from pg. 18

It goes into detail on how the order to phase out other methods is being done without going through proper steps and how it hurts all except those manufacturers already producing the compliant RFID tags. It is interesting to note that on an April 2019 Factsheet from the USDA it states under “Other Official Identification” - Brands and tattoos may still be accepted as official identification if both the shipping and receiving State or Tribal animal health authorities agree to accept

the markings in place of RFID.” While there is no way to know at this point what will happen when the dust settles, there is certainly no harm in using the RFID ear tags until the future is certain. You can still use other visual ear tags for your personal identification purposes, if desired. Keep in mind that brands are still required on all registered Texas Longhorns regardless of the status of RFID tags as USDA approved identification.

Lawsuit Filed to Stop Mandatory RFID Tags for Cattle & Bison Identification Cheyenne, Wyo. – Today, Harriet Hageman, Senior Litigation Counsel with the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA), filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Casper, Wyoming representing the Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) and four ranchers from Wyoming and South Dakota, to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) effort to eliminate all animal identification options other than radio frequency identification (RFID) devices and premises registration for adult cattle and bison moving interstate. The lawsuit seeks declaratory judgment and an injunction against Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and USDA Administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Kevin Shae, who together issued the RFID mandate in April of this year. The lawsuit alleges that USDA’s mandate that livestock producers use RFID ear tags, along with the requirement that they obtain a premises identification number (PIN), and the elimination of all other animal identification options currently available to U.S. cattle producers, violate current traceability regulations. The existing regulations, adopted in 2013, allow livestock producers to use the types of effective animal identification techniques and devices that have been widely used by the industry for over 100 years, including brands, tattoos, permanent metal ear tags, group/lot identification, and backtags on animals destined for harvest. The lawsuit further alleges that the USDA violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) by relying exclusively upon a hand-picked group of individuals who have been advocating for the use of RFID, including industry officials and ear tag manufacturers who stand to earn windfall profits from the mandate. The USDA created this advocacy committee simply by winnowing out those U.S. cattle producers who oppose RFID. The defendants’ actions in that regard violate federal law, which requires balanced representation on advisory committees. According to Harriet Hageman: “This case is important well beyond the livestock industry. Under our Constitution, Congress is the legislative branch responsible for making the law. The executive branch, which encompasses USDA and APHIS, is tasked with carrying it out. Congress has not passed legislation requiring animal RFID, these agencies have. Of even greater concern is the fact that they did so through the back door and without following the law. Forcing livestock producers to

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adhere to an RFID program will have an enormous impact on their operations, with noncompliance resulting in the denial of access to interstate markets. The USDA and APHIS are seeking to force compliance through extralegal lawmaking. That practice violates our clients’ Constitutional rights. This situation is exactly why NCLA was formed—to stop federal agencies from violating the law by circumventing rulemaking.” R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard said the U.S. cattle industry developed numerous and highly effective traceability systems over the past many decades, making the U.S. cattle industry’s disease resistance capabilities the envy of the world. Then, in the years leading up to 2013, cattle producers worked with USDA to further improve what was already a highly effective traceability system. That effort resulted in the 2013 Traceability of Livestock Moving Interstate regulation that improved traceability for adult animals through identification during interstate travel. “Today, the USDA is catering to special interests and running roughshod over the rights of America’s cattle producers by forcing them and their industry to incur costs that could run into the billions of dollars. The agency wants to gift RFID ear tag manufactures even more profits and is continually subjecting our industry to greater risks of foreign disease introduction through unrestrained imports of cattle from Mexico, a known reservoir of bovine tuberculosis; and from Canada, a known reservoir of brucellosis. “Our lawsuit draws a line in the sand telling the USDA that our industry will no longer stand for the agency’s blatant government overreach.” Bullard said. The individual plaintiffs in this case are Tracy and Donna Hunt, cattle ranchers from Newcastle, Wyoming, and Kenny and Roxene Fox, cattle ranchers from Belvidere, South Dakota. A fact sheet regarding the lawsuit is available on Rcalfusa.com. NCLA is a nonprofit civil rights organization founded to protect constitutional freedoms from violations by the Administrative State. NCLA strives through its public-interest litigation and other pro bono advocacy to tame the unlawful power of federal agencies and to foster a new civil liberties movement. For more information, visit NCLAlegal.org or, call 202-869-5210. R-CALF USA is the largest producer-only cattle trade association in the United States. It is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. For more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-2516.



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TLBAA BRAND REGULATIONS Any system can be used. A common practice is the The TLBAA requires that each animal registered have three numeral system. The first number is usually the a private herd number and a holding brand. Your regislast numeral of the year date (8 for 2018, for example). tration certificate application contains a space for these The next two numbers are usually in sequence of the brands on the animal, i.e. right hip, left hip, left, etc. arrival of the offspring. For inThe TLBAA does not require stance, the first calf born in the that your holding brand be regyear 2018 could be numbered istered with your state agency; 801, 802, etc. however, it is recommended. With a simple odd/even Registering your brand with number modification, a breeder the TLBAA does not get your can add more information to brand registered in the state. his PH numbering system. A State registration varies from common method is to assign state to state. In Texas, you bull calves odd numbers and must register your brand at your heifers even numbers. county clerk’s office. In MissisAn example of a private herd number (left) and a sippi, brands should be regisThe PH number is the aniholding brand (right). tered with the Brands Registrar mal’s permanent number and with the Bureau of the Highway Patrol. Check with cannot be changed. The number must be branded on your local veterinarian, state cattleman’s association the animal, along with the breeder’s holding brand, beor your county extension agent to locate the agency fore application is submitted to the TLBAA office for regwhich registers brands. Also ask them how often your istration. A breeder is not allowed to duplicate the same brand must be renewed. number on two different animals within the same herd. The Private Herd number, PH number, as it is more Anyone requiring assistance with a PH numbering commonly called, is often misunderstood. The TLBAA system for their herd should contact the TLBAA office office does not assign these numbers. The PH number for assistance. If anyone has made an error in assignis your own personal identification system to assist you ing PH numbers, you can get assistance from the office in keeping each individual animal’s records. in correcting the problem.

TIPS ON BRANDING TYPES OF BRANDS • Freeze branding: Uses liquid nitrogen to produce an extremely cold iron which kills the cells which produce pigmentation in the hair. Requires more expertise and result of brand do not show for 60 days or longer. • Electric Brands: Popular for safety and speed. Requires a 110-volt power source to heat the iron but can reach branding temp in 90 seconds. • Fire brands: Rarely break and need no electricity, but do require a heat source. Butane, charcoal and wood are popular heat sources. BRAND DESIGN Your brand should be as simple as possible. Sharp angles or small circles should be avoided. They create a concentration of heat that will cause the brand to burn out and blotch. This may be partially overcome by cutting a groove or allowing a one-quarter inch gap at these points. APPLYING THE BRAND • Depending on age, hair cover, etc., a rough guide to time application of an iron at the right heat should be three to five seconds. Cattle with extremely long hair should be clipped. 22 | November 2019

• Branding requires adequate time and consideration of various conditions. Never brand animals that are damp or wet as it will scald the hide and cause a scar or blotched, slow-healing sore. Also, never brand cattle after application of a pour on liquid as it could ignite from the heat of the iron. • Application of an oil to the fresh brand surface after applying the iron will help healing and produce a better, more identifiable impression on the hide. Cattle will carry brands for their entire life, so much care should be taken at the time the brand is applied. • The animal must be restrained in such a manner that it cannot move. Make sure the iron does not slip, which will result in a blotched, illegible brand. • When applying a branding iron to the animal, use a rocking motion with the iron firmly against the animal. Rocking the iron should assure a uniform placement of the heat on all lines of the brand. A properly applied brand should be the color of saddle leather when the iron is removed. • There should only be one application of the iron. If it is necessary to retouch the brand, do so with extreme care to avoid blotching. Source: 1996 TLBAA Breeders Handbook



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Safety Factors to Consider When

Handling Cattle

The handlers are quiet and still, out of the path of the exiting animal, with a stick ready if needed. They are allowing the Longhorn to take it’s time moving out of the trailer.

Most accidents happen when people handling cattle don’t understand basic cow psychology, being in the wrong place at the wrong time or trying to force an animal to do something it doesn’t understand. Cattle can be dangerous when handled in a confined area if they panic and become defensive. Their reaction to a perceived threat to their safety is to flee or fight, and if they don’t have room to run away they will attack. Wild, nervous cattle are more dangerous in close quarters such as a small corral or barn stall because they panic quicker and need a lot more room (bigger flight zone). They 24 | November 2019

may become defensive and charge at you, even if you are some distance away. Accidents at calving time may occur if a cow considers you a threat to her calf. Even when working with gentle cattle, make sure you have room to dodge aside if a cow backs into you or turns around when you try to push her into the chute, for instance. Don’t be where you could get run over or smashed into the fence. Even a calm cow may kick if you come up behind her suddenly or poke her. Know the animals and be prepared for what they might do. Putting two individuals into a corral together


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that don’t get along may lead to a fight, and they may be If an animal does charge, yell as loud as you can. Catso busy fighting each other that they don’t pay attention tle have sensitive ears, and a high-pitched scream may to you. If you get in the way, they may crash into you as temporarily distract or make them pause. This may give one pushes the other, or one may suddenly whirl away you a chance to dodge away. If you are handling a more from a charge and run over you if you’re too close. placid animal in close quarters (such as a pet that has no When you know the individuals, you can generally fear of you) and it tries to bunt or push on you with its predict what they’ll do in any given situation, and handle head, grab an ear and twist it. This will usually cause the them accordingly. If you’re trying to handle cattle you animal to back off or move its head away from you. don’t know, however, it helps to be able to read their Proper restraint (safe for you, low stress for cattle) body language. This gives you a clue to what they are Some management tasks (such as vaccination, dehornthinking and you can anticipate their next action. ing, administering medication, putting in ear tags, etc.) Cattle are front-heavy and use the head and neck for require that the animal be restrained. Even a pet cow will balance; watching the head and shoulders of an animal not stand still for something that causes pain, discomfort will tell you which way it is about to move. Cattle are also or even mere annoyance. It is safer, and less stressful to somewhat methodical in their actions and once an ani- the animal, to take time to properly immobilize her bemal shifts its balance to move, it will move that direction. fore attempting any procedure. Though it seems like it You can also determine a cow’s thoughts by her head would be quicker to just walk up and squirt the pinkeye position and eyes--to know if she is calm, frightened, or spray into her eye, for instance, she won’t understand angry. A cow with her head up and alert, giving you a that you are trying to help. She may run off, or sling her steady stare, may mean she is aggressive, ready to stand her ground and fight. She may charge at you. SAFETY WHEN VACCINATING THE HERD If her eyes are rapidly moving, she Most cattle herds are gathered and worked for branding, vaccinatmay be nervous. If her eyes are ing, pregnancy testing, weaning and other necessary management tasks. moving slowly, she may still be evalMany cow herds are put through the chute twice or more annually. It uating you. is important to make sure these cattle-working tasks are accomplished A cow that shakes her head at smoothly and safely, for health of the cattle and safety of the crew doing you is upset and angry. This is a the job. threat gesture. An animal that bows Make sure corrals and facilities are in good repair and working properits head and neck is defensive and ly, before you bring cattle in. Take time to replace broken boards or poles, prepared to fight; this is the posture re-hang a gate, remove boards or poles lying along the fence, grease the taken by a bull or cow when sizequipment, clean the walkways—both the alley down to the chute for ing up an adversary--prepared to the cattle, and the walkways along the chute for the people helping. You charge, or to counter and deflect a want the footing to be safe for the people as well as the cattle. head charge. Cattle that show this Take time to talk to the crew about how things are going to work, that behavior are not in a good frame of day. Make a plan, and go over it with the crew. If you frequently work mind and may be dangerous. cattle with the same people, you know how they think, and know what If an animal you do not know they are going to do, and everything usually goes smoothly. If you bring makes aggressive gestures, back in a new person, they may not know what to do or where to be—to not away slowly to give it more space, be in the way. but do NOT run. Any sudden You want things to go quietly and smoothly. Low stress, quiet cattle movement may cause the animal handling makes things safer for the animals, and the people. Work at cow to charge at you or chase you. If speed. Make sure you allow enough time for the job, so no one has to this is an animal you know, and it hustle. If you can work cattle slowly, so they don’t get upset and excited, should respect you, stand still and it actually saves time (and is safer) in the long run. project your most firm, dominatIf they can flow through the facility smoothly and quietly and you ing thoughts, showing by your body don’t have to chase them, or have to get one back in that runs past the language that you are not afraid gate or gets away, this saves time and reduces safety risks. Cattle are less and that you are the boss. When likely to get excited and flighty. you work with a potentially aggresIf there are younger kids helping or spectating, make sure you know sive animal, always carry a stick where they are and that they are not standing in front of the chute or in a (stock whip or prod, or some kind of place where they might get hurt. If certain animals are flighty or aggresweapon) to give you a psychological sive, handle them with care, and give everyone a heads-up warning when advantage and convey your domithey come through. Bulls should always be handled carefully. Make sure nance. Like the horns of a boss cow, your helpers know how to handle cattle properly. If you have some folks the weapon is your outward show of helping who don’t have a clue, give them an easy job, out of harm’s way, strength and you won’t have to use where they won’t mess it up for someone else. it if the animal respects you.


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Handling head away from you, or hurt you in her attempts to avoid the annoyance. It’s best to quietly restrain her BEFORE you try to give her the medication. A gentle cow that is halter trained can be tied up for some types of procedures, but usually it’s best to restrain the animal in a chute, head-catcher or stanchion, or behind a stout gate (swung against the animal to hold her next to a solid fence or wall, with a rope behind her so she can’t back out). Any animal that is NOT gentle should be restrained in a proper chute. Whatever method you use, it should be accomplished in a manner that will upset the animal the least. The most ideal situation is a catch pen or barn stall in which you can quietly herd the animal into the restraint (so it will put its head through the head-catcher or stanchion to eat feed you’ve put there) or into the end of a properly designed runway/chute so it can’t run around the corral to avoid going in, and cannot turn around once it starts in. When using a squeeze chute (situated at the end

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Squeeze chutes used correctly can help lower the risk of injury to animals and handlers alike. Just maintain your calm and quiet handling methods.


of an alley or runway), don’t squeeze the animal too tightly--just enough to keep it from jumping around. When moving several cattle through a runway (as for vaccinations or delousing/deworming), don’t jam too many in at once or some may try to rear up over the ones in front of them. When moving an animal through the runway, stay behind its shoulder, to encourage it to move forward. If a cow balks, prod her gently with a blunt stick, or twist her tail. If she responds by moving forward, reward her by halting your persuasion tactic. Any time you can handle cattle without them running (to try to get away) or becoming upset, you minimize stress-and also keep them in a better frame of mind for cooperating next time. If they associate being “captured” with lots of yelling, running, whipping, dogs barking and biting them, etc. they will balk at going into the corral, chute or barn in the future. Handling cattle calmly and quietly makes it easier on you and on them, and trains them to be cooperative instead of evasive.


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By Myra Basham

Being Behind

=Loss of

Marketing Value If you are always finding yourself rushing at the last minute because time slipped away, you are not alone. What you may not realize though is that delaying sponsorships, consignments and ad submissions can actually cause you to miss out on part of the value of the marketing tool. Perhaps the biggest marketing tool that loses value when you wait until the last minute to commit is event sponsorships. Most events accept sponsorship money from the moment the dates for the event are announced. Sponsors names are often included on print and social media promotion of the event as soon as the sponsorships start coming in. Depending on the event, that may cover a span of several months. If sponsor benefits include an ad in a program or promotional materials such as banners, coming in late may cause you to miss these opportunities. Many events occur about the same time each year. The TLBAA wall calendar has many annual events pre-printed on the date pages and there is a regularly updated events calendar in Trails each month as well as on www.tlbaa.org. Go ahead and plan ahead for events with sponsorships that would benefit your marketing efforts so you are ready to commit as soon as the call for sponsors is sent out. Consignment sales are a big investment. Part of the attraction is benefitting from being included in promotions put out by the sale. While lots may not be assigned until all the consignments are in, if yours is destined to be included in the sale, it could be promoted along with other early consignments. Another, perhaps more subtle benefit of having all your paperwork, payment and a photo in early is when it comes time to choose lots, those who were late or missing information are more likely to be cut. The posting of consignments on Facebook or through e-blasts is also common now and the earlier they can showcase early consignments the better for 28 | November 2019

drawing more in and getting buyers for the sale. There is a tie-in between magazine advertising and consignment sales. Publications are normally printed a month before the actual cover date of the issue. That means materials for advertising have to be submitted a month and a half to two months in advance. If you know a sale is in August, you need to know what you want in your July ad by the end of May to make the deadline for early promotion of your sale animal. The loss of value in magazine or catalog advertising can vary greatly depending on the publication. The most obvious loss is if you miss the deadline and are omitted, but there are other things to consider. Unless the creation of the ad is being done in-house by the one producing the publication, there is often a rush charge added to last minute design work. Sometimes the publication itself may charge extra if an ad requires re-working page layout to accommodate it at the last minute. Beyond the potential extra monetary cost is the much greater risk of errors in a rushed situation. The possibility of typos, image issues or missing information all rise exponentially when everything is put together under severe time constraints, often when the workload was already busy finishing up the project. Not only is investing in an ad and then finding mistakes in the final printed version disappointing, it can even lead to extra payment to put out additional information rectifying the error if it is misleading, such as incorrect pedigree information or wrong date of birth. One more thing to consider with periodicals, whether they are in print or digital... last-second ads are rarely sold at a discount. If you think ahead enough to know that you’ll be doing several ads over the upcoming months you can request a package deal or frequency discount. Most publishers have a price list that points out the different price breaks for repeat advertisers. These discounts are not given retroactively if you just happen to run six ads in a year. They must be committed to up front, when the first ad is placed. Have trouble planning ahead? Are you motivated by getting the best bang for your buck? Then consider your procrastination as losing valuable exposure for your program and it may be easier to make yourself think ahead and take full advantage of available opportunities. If you need help being prompted when the time comes, contact the sale host, event organizer or ad rep to request a reminder when participation can begin.



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Sale Results

EAST COAST CLASSIC SALE RESULTS September 13 & 14, 2019 • Culpeper, VA Auctioneer: Dan Huntington • Pedigrees: Chase Vasut Sale Hosts: Ann Gravett, Bear Davidson & Chase Vasut Results Furnished by Bear Davidson




Friday Sale Average: $3,478 Saturday Sale Average: $3,606

Volume Buyers: John & Tami Yake - $22,700 Brent & Cindy Bolen - $20,400 Cindy Manion - $17,400 Ann Gravett - $15,950 Dan Huntington - $12,000






LOT 10 - RZ ROYALTY OUT OF DRAG Consignor: RE Carroll Ranch Buyer: Brent & Cindy Bolen



OTHER HIGH SELLING LOTS: $12,000 – Lot 1 - RRR Miss Super Gwen Consignor: Ann Gravett Buyer: Dan Huntington $10,500 – Lot 20 - XC Heidi Consignor: Craft/Gravett Partnership Buyer: Lloyd Esh $9,500 – Lot H1 - Lazy J’s Dominatrix Consignor: Joe Sedlacek Buyer: Ann Gravett $9,000 – Lot H3 - HBR Sittin Maggie Consignor: Ricky McLeod Buyer: Tyson Leonard







1. Sale Hosts Bear Davidson, G&G Longhorns and Eastwind StockCo; Ann Gravett, G&G Longhorns and Chase Vasut, Rockin AF Ranch 2. Ryan & Brandy Schmidt, Rocky Meadows Longhorns. 3. Brent & Cindy Bolen, Bolen Longhorns. 4. Arlan Bush; Ken Morris, Khaos Cattle Company; Scott Hughes, White Pine Ranch; and Ricky McLeod, Home Branch Ranch. 5. Futurity Judges Dan Grove, Grove Cattle Co; Ethan Loos; Brent Bolen, Bolen Longhorns with Sale Hosts Ann Gravett & Bear Davidson, G&G Longhorns. 6. Nancy Dunn, Rolling D Ranch with the cooler she won for the “BC Ranch Rule”. 7. 26 kids came up for the drawling of the donation heifer, donated by Scott & Sandy Hughes and purchased by Dick Lowe and donated back to one of the lucky children. 8. John King, J&J Longhorns with Volume Buyers Tami & John Yake. 9. Sale Catalog Easter Egg winner Adam Case. 10. Previewing the sale lots. 11. Lloyd Esh and family. 12. John & Christy Randolph, Dylan Skarpa, Lonesome Pines Ranch.

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Sale Results

FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS LONGHORN AUCTION RESULTS September 20 & 21, 2019 • Fort Worth, TX Sale Hosts: Hudson/Valentine Auctions Auctioneer: Bruce McCarty • Sale Commentator: Dale Hunt Results submitted by H/V Auctions • Photos by Gary Davis, Hired Hand Software and Trace Neal

HIGHLIGHTS Heifer Sale Gross: $228,950 • Selling 31 Heifers Cow Sale Gross: $403,150 • Selling 50 Cows Total Sale Gross:$632,100 • Selling 81 Head of Cattle



Volume Buyers: Sandy & Kent Harrell Mike Crawford Josie & Lynn Struthoff Tyson Leonard Timothy Clark Lorinda Valentine & Austin Beal

Suzanne & Bill Torkildsen Jeanne & Richard Filip Sherise & Rex Glendenning Elizabeth & Bill Hudson Cindy & Brent Bolen




HL LADY LOVE Consignor: Hudson Longhorns • Buyer: Leonard New River Ranch




D/O MISS GRANDE Consignor: Hudson Longhorns • Buyer: Bull Creek Longhorns



HEIFERS: $25,000 – Lot 14H - DH Rowdy’s Sunshine Consignor: Rockin H Longhorns • Buyer: Struthoff Ranch $24,500 – Lot 18H - RJF Sheza Brick Consignor: Filip/Allen Partnership • Buyer: Panther Creek Longhorns $22,500 – Lot 19H - Swaggers Flower Girl HCL Consignor: Holy Cow Longhorns • Buyer: Bolen Longhorns $15,000 – Lot 22H - HR Awesome Reb Consignor: Harrell Longhorns • Buyer: Bentwood Ranch $10,700 – Lot 1H - HL Casanova’s Katie Consignor: Hudson Longhorns • Buyer: Brett Longhorns $10,700 – Lot 5H - Rangers Foxy Lady Consignor: Brazos Rose Longhorns • Buyer: Bolen Longhorns COWS: $40,000 – Lot 15 - Hicks Miss Strawberry Consignor: Brett Longhorns • Buyer: Bentwood Ranch $38,000 – Lot 43 - Hicks Lady Like Consignor: Hicks Texas Longhorns • Buyer: Sherise & Rex Glendenning $31,000 – Lot 24 - Shy Iron Consignor: TK Longhorns • Buyer: Harrell Longhorns $28,000 – Lot 9 - ECR Spanish Bloom Consignor: El Coyote Ranch • Buyer: Bull Creek Longhorns $20,000 – Lot 22 - RRR Miss Berry 052 Consignor: TK Longhorn Ranch • Buyer: Hudson Longhorns $15,000 – Lot 20 - Sittin Monika Consignor: Legend Valley Longhorns • Buyer: Justin & Julie Hansen $15,000 – Lot 32 - Hubbells Heart Breaker Consignor: Hubbell Longhorns • Buyer: Mike Crawford $15,000 – Lot 1 - Heaven Is For Stars Consignor: Hudson Longhorns • Buyer: Bentwood Ranch 32 | November 2019

















1. Elizabeth & Bill Hudson, Hudson Longhorns; Lorinda Valentine, Panther Creek. 2. Volume Buyers Bill & Suzanne Torkildsen, Bull Creek Longhorns. 3. A packed house for the sale. 4. Nancy Dunn, Rolling D Ranch; Lana Hightower, G & L Cattle Co and Kathy Kitler, Broken Spur Ranch. 5. Jeremy & Amanda Robertson, Robertson Cattle Co. 6. Josh Dinwiddie, Plain Dirt Farms; Joe Sedlacek, Lazy J Longhorns and Mickey Holder, Leonard New River Ranch. 7. Rye Davis provided the entertainment for everyone. 8. River Ranch is such a unique venue. 9. The night was filled with exciting bidding. 10. Melissa Boerst & Christopher Swanson, Silver Summit Ranch. 11. Laure & Justin Hansen, Diamondback Ranch; Johnny & Missy Hicks, Hicks Texas Longhorns. 12. Lynn & Josie Struthoff; Struthoff Ranch. 13. Timothy Timken with Chris Herron, Bar-H-Ranch. 14. Scott & Stacey Schumacher, Schumacher Cattle. 15. Dave Pace, Circle Double J Ranch; Kent Harrell, Harrell Ranch. 16. Justin & Marie Grace, Grace Cattle Co. 17. Kurt & Linda Twining, Silver T Ranch. 18. John Helm, Helm Cattle Co. with Bill Hudson. 19. Bryan & Hilary Shepard, Green Acres. 20. Tammy & Terry King, TK Longhorns.


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Longhorn Beef

Longhorn Beef: Going Beyond Ground




While ground beef is one of the most popular ways to process and sell your Longhorn beef, it is far from the only option. As related in last month’s beef feature you would be well-advised to process one for your family and try a variety of cuts, especially those choice cuts that sell well in the retail cases. The chart at the right show the vast number of cuts available along with suggested cooking method. This chart and others is available, along with recipes and more, on www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com. Missing from the chart are the wide variety of specialty products like hot dogs, sausage, soup and marrow bones and more that a processor may offer. It pays to ask your processor what all available options are when it comes time to decide how to process your Longhorn, whether it is for personal consumption or retail. If you have a desire to get started with Longhorn beef, the program information for the Registered Texas Longhorn Beef Producers is on the ad on the facing page. Remember, Longhorns are beef cattle. While their meat is leaner than most commercial breeds, the articles available online regarding beef production and beef cattle care can still contain valuable information to assist you with your program. And, while cooking times and methods may have to be adjusted, your lean Longhorn beef will work in any recipe calling for beef. For tips on cooking with Longhorn beef visit www.tlbaa.org and click on the Registered Texas Longhorn Beef Producer link.














Arm Chuck Roast

Cross Rib Chuck Roast

Arm Chuck Steak

Shoulder Roast

Blade Chuck Roast

Shoulder Steak*

Blade Chuck Steak*

Ranch Steak

7-Bone Chuck Roast

Flat Iron Steak

Ribeye Steak, Boneless Strip Petite Roast

Chuck Center Roast

Top Blade Steak

Ribeye Cap Steak

Denver Steak

Shoulder Petite Tender





Ribeye Roast, Bone-In

Porterhouse Steak

Top Sirloin Steak

Ribeye Steak, Bone-In

T-Bone Steak

Top Sirloin Petite Roast

Back Ribs

Strip Steak, Bone-In

Ribeye Roast, Boneless

Strip Steak, Boneless



Ribeye Petite Roast




Strip Filet


Tenderloin Roast

Top Sirloin Filet



Coulotte Roast

Coulotte Steak

Tri-Tip Roast

Tri-Tip Steak

Top Round Roast*

Top Round Steak*

Bottom Round Roast

Bottom Round Steak*




Bottom Round Rump Roast







Eye of Round Roast

Eye of Round Steak*



Shoulder Petite Tender Medallions

Chuck Eye Steak

Short Ribs, Bone-In

Country-Style Ribs

| LEAN These cuts meet the

government guidelines for lean, based on cooked servings, visible fat trimmed.

A cut of cooked fresh meat is considered “lean” when it contains less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 mg of cholesterol per 100 grams (3½ oz) and per RACC (Reference Amount Customarily Consumed), which is 85 grams (3 oz).

Ribeye Filet



Tenderloin Steak (Filet Mignon)


Petite Sirloin Steak

Brisket Flat

Sirloin Bavette Steak

Brisket Point

Stew Meat


Cubed Steak

Ground Beef and Ground Beef Patties


Shank Cross-Cut


BRISKET Chuck Eye Roast



Skirt Steak*

Flank Steak*


Short Ribs, Bone-In*

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Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow



I hope everyone is enjoying this cooler weather and that y’all are resting up in between all of these shows. I know my month of November is FULL of shows! Now that it is November, there is a special holiday coming up. Thanksgiving is a time we become aware of who and what we are thankful for. As Thanksgiving is approaching, think about who you are thankful for and love them. I know I have been Blessed with so many amazing people through showing Longhorns. I have met some of the kindest people through the Longhorn circuit. Various breeders who give these youth countless opportunities, the show chairmen who put on some great cattle shows, the parents who have raised us and taught us their ways and, even if they didn’t grow up showing cattle, they still spend their dollars for us kids and support us anyway. I want to say thank you to all of the amazing, generous, and supporting adults out there who would do anything for us youth to be successful in the show ring. It’s you who sees a great future in us and believes in us when we don’t believe in ourselves. Happy Thanksgiving to all and I hope everyone has a wonderful Fall break!

Gabby Curtis

TLBT OFFICER SPOTLIGHT: TLBT Officer Position: Intermediate Director Age: ? 1.) Why did you join the TLBT? I love showing and I love Longhorns. 2.) What is your favorite Longhorn show, and why? East Texas because they give out cool buckles and different ones every year. 3.) What is your favorite Longhorn color and pattern? Brindle 4.) Where did you earn your first award? What type of award? Autobahn, a belt buckle. 5.) What is your funniest TLBT moment? When I accidentally grabbed the wrong cow.

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CADE NOLEN 6.) What has been your biggest challenge showing Longhorns? Trying to beat Gabby’s cow Gala. 7.) Do you enjoy showing Longhorns? Why? Yes,it is just so much fun. 8.) What person has influenced you the most? Gabby Curtis 9.) What is the best part about being a TLBT member? Sometimes I get to get out of school. 10.) What advice would you give a newcomer to TLBT? Always keep your eye on the judge. 11.) What would you like your future career to be? An anesthesiologist 12.) If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? A dog, they are so spoiled.


TLBT MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: 1.) How old are you? I am 15 years old 2.) How long have you been in the TLBT? I have been involved in the TLBT since I was six, which would be nine years. 3.) What is your favorite Longhorn show? My favorite Longhorn show is the Tulsa State Fair. It is close to where my two best friends live, and I know I will get to spend time with them there. Also, when this show comes around, I know fall is about to begin! It is hot and humid, but this show is a lot of fun, and I will always get excited to go. 4.) What is your favorite book? This changes often, as my taste is constantly changing and I am finding better books, but right now, I am in love with a book called ‘Warcross’ by Marie Lu. I cant wait read its sequel ‘WildCard’! 5.) Who is your role model? My role model would have to be one of my best friends, Gabrielle Davis. She may not be the best show girl, but she is kind and generous. She never fails to make me smile, even on our worst day. She is smart and a wonderful leader. One of my memories with her is when she bartered with a sweet salesman and got us a free cinnamon roll due to her skills and determination. It may seem small, but that inspired me to join my debate class, where I learned so many valuable life skills. She is an inspiration for me in so many ways. 6.) What do you think the most important trait to look at in a Longhorn is and why? I think the best trait to look for in a Longhorn is its conformation. A heifer needs strong legs and a stable topline to support calving and to be able to protect her calf. Bulls need to be tall and strong, and they need to have strong legs. This is so they can track a cow and breed her with no trouble. Overall, conformation is vital to the Longhorns- and any breed- for longevity and production. 7.) Who is your favorite longhorn and why is he/ she your favorite? My favorite Longhorn is a now retired showmanship champion we named ‘Little Darling’. For those that know her, this name was extremely oxymoronic- she was huge! But despite her big size, she was very sweet, and would let practically anyone come up to her and pet her. She was a natural in the showmanship ring, and knew exactly what to do. I will miss having her in my show string.

SHYANNE McCLENDON 8.) What do you like to do outside of showing Longhorns? Most of what I do involves agriculture, actually. I show Braunvieh cattle and lambs, and I participate in public speaking events in the Elysian Fields FFA and Harrison County 4-H. I participate in UIL, and advanced to regionals my first year. I also volunteer often, and I am no stranger to community service. Our 4-H has recently volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas, TX, and I volunteered to work at our local livestock show. 9.) What is your favorite thing about Texas? Ah, there is so much to love! Honestly, probably the spirit. It seems everyone who lives in Texas has pride in their state. Pride in its beauty, its history, its people. We are proud of the pioneers that drove cattle through miles and miles of rough terrain through the midwest, braving extreme temperatures, cattle rustlers, and fierce predators. We are proud of the fact that we functioned as our own country, if only for a little while. We are proud of the Battle of the Alamo, and of the many soldiers who died fighting there. That is my favorite thing about Texas- the pride we have in it. 10.) Why do you show Longhorns? I show Longhorns for one reason- I enjoy it! It’s fun, even when you don’t win. The community is so tight-knit, despite its exponential growth. So even if you loose, you get to watch a friend’s face light up as they are handed that first place ribbon. And when you do win, it makes all the hard work worth it. And then after the show, or once you have no work to do, you can laugh and play with friends, without having to worry about competing with them. And no matter what you need, someone will almost always help. Also, the animals you raise become your best friends. They listen when you’ve had a bad day, and they love you no matter what! (Though that may have something to do with you feeding them every day.) I am so lucky to be a part of this growing community!


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Affiliate News

AFFILIATE UPDATES This hasn’t been our best year and as a group of breeders we have had some challenges. Our annual spring sale was delayed because of a very long winter and we were unable to follow up with any association activities for the summer months.  Many of us were looking forward to Ron Walker’s Annual Production Sale in early November, but due to unplanned circumstances, he had to cancel the sale for 2019. We are certainly DEB LESYK hoping we can see that sale happen in 2020.  An early heavy snow storm September 30th PRESIDENT 306-867-9427 for breeders in Alberta and Saskatchewan, has affected our entry deadline for Agribition as many of our members could still be trying to bring in crops during November and not be able to participate in the show and the other planned events.  We are hoping that some of our southern neighbors might help our numbers, but the concern is always hauling cattle into Canada in the latter part of November with the unknown weather. We do want to thank our sponsors that have stepped up and helped us with class premiums and banners for Agribition.  We will acknowledge each of them in future news reports and on our website.  We are hoping we haven’t seen the last of fall, as we really didn’t get a chance to enjoy it, and our winter forecast isn’t looking very positive.  We will do as we always do, keep moving forward, support each other during the difficult times and hope that 2020 will be a better year for the CTLA.


Teri and Travis Adolfs are typical of many GPTLA members. They are expanding their herd and discovering the joy and benefits of Texas Longhorn Cattle. Travis and Teri, of the Double T Ranch got into Longhorns in 2016. They bought their first Longhorns GORDON HOWIE from a guy that was selling out and going into buffalo. PRESIDENT GKHOWIE@YAHOO.COM They were just going to be a hobby (famous last words), but they fell in love with the breed. After doing lots of research on the health benefits of longhorn beef they decided to start trying to improve their herd and raise good quality cattle for beef and with good horn. Their beef marketing is paying off. They are sold out for 2019 and have a waiting list for meat in the spring. Their expanding herd includes 2 bulls, DBA Red Iron (son of Drag Iron) and Clear Sailing (Clear Win/Over Kill bred) and 26 cows. They drove to the Top Hand Invitational Longhorn Sale in August on their motorcycle, thinking that they would be “Longhorn Safe” if they didn’t bring a trailer. That didn’t work. They ended up being one of the volume buyers. They travelled back home to North Dakota to get their trailer and retrieve their new Longhorns. Producers from across the country are discovering this growing market in the Upper Midwest, and enjoying the new opportunities it presents. The GPTLA is determined to promote Texas Longhorn Cattle. Our goal is simple… expand our market and help producers become more profitable. It would be great to have you join us in our journey (everyone can join). Annual membership dues are $25.00 for Active, $5.00 for Jr., or Lifetime membership $250.00 Please send a check for your membership, along with your name, address, phone and email address to Great Plains Texas Longhorn Association, 15372 Antelope Creek Rd, Rapid City, SD, 57703


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The Texas Longhorn Breeders of New Mexico proudly held their 21st Annual TLBAA World Qualifying Texas Longhorn Show at the NM State Fair in Albuquerque, NM on September 14th and 15th, 2019. If you missed this one, you missed a GREAT show. It was a huge success. This was the biggest show we have had in years. A big THANK YOU to All the people involved! DUSTIN BREWER PRESIDENT It is the volunteers that make these shows possible and when the visitors jump in and 505-660-3061 help, it makes it a longhorn event. We really could not have done the show without any of them. THANK YOU AGAIN. We filled the beef barn and many of the tie-out racks with 98 magnificent longhorns which made for some great competition. There were many exhibitors from Texas with the West Texas Longhorn Association showing up in force and what a wonderful group they are. It is always good to meet longhorn enthusiasts and make new friends. We truly appreciate their support of our show and hope to see them again next year. Weldon & Kyla Lovejoy, Lovejoy Mini Longhorns, came to our field day in July and immediately became members of the TLBNM and offered to support our show and requested that we include their minis. We were unable to arrange for separate mini classes but they came anyway and competed in the same halter classes as ours. It was a new experience for the TLBNM. The cattle were on-site by Friday at 5pm and after everyone was settled, they were given their TLBNM Thank you bags with a few goodies inside. This year, Linda McNamee handmade the amazing bags with everyone’s brand on the back and they were a huge hit. They are beautiful and will be used with pride. Thank you, Linda, for the time and love that you put into them. Both shows began with the posting of the colors with Raina Bailey on Black Bart carrying the American flag and Fred Balmer on Festus carrying the New Mexico State flag while the National Anthem played over the intercom. It is always a sight to behold. God Bless America!! God Bless Our Longhorns & God Bless All Longhorn Breeders/Owners Saturday began with open halter then non-halter and youth. On Sunday, the youth went first. The classes were all good sized with very few single entries. Our distinguished Judges were: Aaron Wilson Saturday 9/14/19-Open Haltered and Non-Haltered; Sylvia Johnson Saturday 9/14/19-Youth; Lonnie Shan Sunday 9/15/19- Open Haltered and Non-Haltered; Mark Dixon Sunday 9/15/19-Youth. The TLBNM thanks our judges for sharing their knowledge and dedication to the breed. All of the youth also chose to show in the open so the open halter classes were the biggest we have ever had. Everyone did a great job exhibiting their longhorns and they are all to be commended. The non-halter classes are always appealing to the audience. There is something about seeing the longhorns loose in the arena that everyone enjoys. The class for steers born 2017 thru 2018 had 17 entries. The steers were so happy to be out of their pens running and playing. I’m not sure who experienced the most excitement, the men in the alley trying to get them all in, the men Back row: Gage Burns, Lincoln Alcon, Savannah & Rowan Bingham, Gabby Curtis, Andrew in the ring trying to keep them apart or the Montgomery, Jacob & Allison Lowrie and Aubrey Redecop. Front row: Cole & Kate Burns, CJ Lopez-Bailey, Mason Smith, Colton Wood, Sarah Danley, Alissa Butler and Zoe Robertson judge trying to do his job in all the chaos. It was certainly fun to watch all the action. Again, this year Dennis & Judy Urbantke and Steven & Ruby Retzloff, both of San Angelo, TX, generously provided some of our youth with halter animals. Their dedication to the success of our youth is unsurpassed. Thank you for giving these kids the opportunity to show. We had 13 youth exhibitors and 3 peewees. Some with a lot of experience showing and some with only a couple of shows under their belt. Regardless, these exhibitors were absolutely amazing. We had a few uncooperative animals but the tenacity of these kids outweighed that of the longhorns they were showing. Their dedication to their longhorns and showing and their determination to get their animals setup correctly was not only noticed but admired. You all did a great job and we are all proud of you. Thank you all for coming.



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Detecting Signs of

Disease in Cattle cine for 36 years and is now in Canyon, Texas doing A conscientious stockman learns to tell the differranch and feedlot consulting work. “In a feedlot, for ence between a healthy animal and a sick one. It helps instance, it’s crucial to be able to identify the calf that to be able to detect subtle signs of early disease; early doesn’t feel well. Usually your first impression is cordetection and early treatment can often make the difrect. I’ve seen people try to talk themselves into thinkference of life or death, quick recovery or prolonged ing the calf is ok, when in reality it is not,” says Deyhle. treatment and convalescence, for that animal. It’s hard to describe or quantify symptoms in a calf Disease is a term that refers to any condition resultthat doesn’t feel well. Even if he doesn’t feel good, he ing in impairment of normal function. We tend to think may become more alert of a disease as something just because he sees you. caused by infection with The sick calf might go to the feed bunk Cattle are prey animals, bacteria or viruses, but and that calf’s goal in life poor health can also be with his buddies because he feels safer is to not let you know that the result of parasites, with the group and wants to be where he doesn’t feel good. He malnutrition, congenital they are, but he may just stand there doesn’t want to be singled defects or injury--anyand not eat much by a predator. Quietly obthing that interferes with serve the herd or group proper body function. of cattle from a bit of disThe best way to betance at first—before they become aware of your prescome a good judge of health and a reader of subtle signs ence—in order to detect the ones that are a little dull. of early symptoms of disease is to spend time with your Signs to look for are cattle off by themselves, deprescattle. Seeing them on a regular basis (whether feedsion, ears drooping instead of up and alert. “On closer ing them during winter, or in a feedlot, or just walking, inspection look for sunken eyes, moist cough, or lack driving or riding through a group of cattle frequently) of gut fill. We usually say that sick cattle don’t eat, and enables the observant stockman to recognize the signs cattle that don’t eat get sick. This may be influenced by of health or sickness. what you are feeding them, but most cattle go off feed Dr. Charlie Deyhle has practiced veterinary medi-

NUTRITIONAL OR PARASITE ISSUES MAY BE INVOLVED Sometimes poor health is due to nutritional deficiencies or parasites. This can be a herd-wide problem rather than just an individual case of disease. “We have had a little more moisture recently in this part of Texas, east of I-35, and this may change the picture for parasites in calves. Pastures that have been pretty intensively grazed now have some new green growth—so this summer we may have an increase in parasite transmission,” says Deyhle. During hot, dry weather the parasites don’t live very long outside the host animal. If cattle are confined in small areas or short on grass and grazing it down to the ground there is also a higher incidence of transmission. “In southeast Texas the parasite issues will be major, this summer and fall. It won’t be as big a risk for the young calves on their mamas, but more for the stocker cattle and older animals,” he says. Good health also depends on adequate nutrition. Cattle must have enough energy, protein and trace minerals to develop a strong immune system. “Keep track of the cattle regarding feed supply (pasture resources or the feed being fed) and feed intake. Are they full or are 40 | November 2019

they empty? What does their fecal material look like? Is it red, brown, black, transparent and horizontal (watery diarrhea shooting out in a stream), or normal?” The color and texture/consistency of calf feces or cow manure can tell you a lot about what the animal is eating and the health of that animal. “Since the summer of 2011 we’ve had severe health issues in young calves. Much of this has been linked to failure of passive transfer,” says Deyhle. The cows were thin and didn’t provide adequate nutrients to the developing fetus to create a strong immune system, and didn’t provide adequate antibodies via colostrum. Calves that were born to drought-stressed cows were not as healthy. Calves that don’t have good passive immunity often have problems. Even if cattle are vaccinated, they may not mount a good response if they are malnourished. “There is a difference between vaccination and immunization. A lot of people equate the two, but they are not the same. Vaccination is the procedure, and immunization is what we hope to achieve. The animal must be in proper position to respond,” explains Deyhle.


By Heather Smith Thomas if they are sick. A calf might nibble a little, but isn’t con- with sunlight on them,” says Deyhle. In a cow/calf herd, pay attention to any cow with a suming enough nutrition,” says Deyhle. The sick calf might go to the feed bunk with his buddies because he full udder. If her calf hasn’t nursed recently, the calf may feels safer with the group and wants to be where they be ill. Often the first sign of sickness in a young calf— even before he shows obare, but he may just stand vious signs of pneumonia there and not eat much. It always helps to be very familiar with or breaks with scours—is “If you can determine your own cattle, and to have a good that he doesn’t feel like whether or not a calf feels nursing. good or feels bad, you can feel for what is normal behavior for “Pay attention to any pick out the ones that are them. Then if there is something a little animal that’s alone or off sick.” It helps to know outside that “normal” perception, you by itself. You can also look your cattle, and their eatneed to take a closer look. at how the animal moves. ing/grazing habits—and Moving slowly or relucwhat’s normal or not for certain times of day. There are times they graze or eat, tantly can also be a clue. If you can determine that a or go to water, or rest and chew the cud. If an individual calf feels bad, and there’s no specific reason that he is resting when the others are grazing, this might be a should feel bad (recent dehorning, branding, castrating, clue that it isn’t feeling well. etc.) there’s a chance he’s sick. There may or may not The stockman will know what’s normal and what be something you can see, and it often entails the use is not normal, for his/her cattle. “We have to consider of another sense (what we might call a gut feeling that breed disposition and general attitude. If you look at there’s something not quite right with that animal) to them early in the morning when they are waking up, detect that the animal feels bad.” It always helps to be this can give clues about how they feel—when they are very familiar with your own cattle, and to have a good just getting up and stretching. We see most of the signs feel for what is normal behavior for them. Then if there of nasal discharge and congestion early in the morning is something a little outside that “normal” perception, before they have been up and moving and warmed up you need to take a closer look.

Calling all TLBAA Members! There will be a general membership meeting during Texas Longhorn Weekend. We hope to see you there. See pg. 12 for more information.


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In The Pen

We thank these folks for kindly droppin’ in at the TLBAA office. 1. Ray Franklin - Halfway Creek, NSW 2460, Australia • 2. Fred Wood - Fort Worth, TX 3. Terry Roden - Santo, TX 4. Ryker Fairchild (Russell’s grandson) Destiny Carl (Ryker’s mom) with Russell Fairchild - Stephenville, TX




The next time you visit Fort Worth, Texas, be sure to check out the historic Fort Worth Stockyards District. While you’re here, stop by 221 W. Exchange, Ste. 210. The TLBAA staff always enjoys seeing members!


Call For TLBAA Logo Submissions Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America is seeking to update the association logo and is accepting submissions for consideration. In order to include the membership in this endeavor, members are welcome to submit their ideas and will get to participate in voting once finalists are chosen. Non-members and professionals are welcome to participate as well.

LOGO REQUIREMENTS: • The logo should convey who we are, and should in some way include an element recognizing the unique feature that sets us apart - the horns. A modern look with a nod to our western heritage. It does need to include the full name of the association in some way, not letters only. • It needs to be unique, not copying the style of any other Longhorn industry logos, brands or ranch advertising • The logo must work at any size and in black and white as well as full color TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: • The chosen logo must either be created as a vector file (outlined and scalable to any size) or easily converted to one. • If unable to submit as a vector, minimum size submitted needs to be 8.5 x 11 300 dpi sent at maximum size. • If you have a vision for the logo but not the means to create final artwork that meets the specifications, submit it anyway and we can help get it in the correct forRegistered Texas Longhorn Beef mat. Producer brochures available to all  SELECTION PROCESS: active members for .25 cents each • After the plussubmission shipping. deadline (below), all logos will be presented to the Board of Directors anonymously to down Texas the field to the top three choices.  Joinnarrow the Registered Longhorn Beef Producers program and will receive • The top three choices be published in Trails along 150with brochures free of charge, ad-will also be e-blasted and a ballot. The Ballot ditional for centes each. posted on.12 Facebook to allow as many TLBAA members as possible to vote for their choice. All ballots SimplyINCLUDE call to get started. MUST TLBAA NUMBER and NAME and the 817-625-6241, membership cannot be expired.

• If the Board deems that there are no submissions that are acceptable in the first round of submissions, there will be a second call for entries.  IF SELECTED: • The chosen logo becomes the sole property of the TLBAA and the creator relinquishes any and all copyright to the TLBAA. The TLBAA may modify the logo at any time, from time of acceptance forward and may discontinue use at any time it sees fit. • Credit and recognition will be given to the winner as the logo is presented to the public, along with a full page ad in Trails Magazine and a banner, when applicable, at two upcoming TLBAA events following the selection of a winner. • The winner may use the logo as a part of their portfolio.  SUBMISSION TIMELINE: • Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. January 3, 2020 • Board members will view submissions during closed session at the January 17th Board meeting and, if there are enough acceptable entries, choose the three they feel best represent the association. • The three chosen finalists will appear in February Trails Magazine as well as in e-blasts and online to allow members to vote. • Votes must be submitted by March 9th and winner will be announced in April Trails Magazine. • In the event that a second call for entries is required, a new timeline for submissions and selection will be announced. Photo Courtesy of Brett Krause

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


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918-855-0704 • Sallisaw, OK



FMB Land & Cattle LLC Custom Hauling...Shows....Sales

Reach Texas Longhorn enthusiasts with a classified ad for just $25/month! TEXAS LONGHORN TRAILS

8ft wide Trailer for Longhorn Care Ron Bailey 254.534.1886 Rodney Brown 682.220.8501

Advertising Index —A—


AA Longhorns............................................. 44

Hudson Longhorns.....................................19

A & S Land & Cattle.....................................45

Hudson/Valentine Auctions........................3

Anderson, Frank Jr. and III...........................9

Husky Branding Irons.................................34



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Arch Acres.................................................... 44 Astera Meadows......................................... 46

Jack Mountain Ranch.................................46


J.M.R. Cattle Co...........................................45

Bar H Ranch................................................. 44

J.T. Wehring Family Ranch....................... 46

Beadle Land & Cattle............................. 9, 44 Bennett Longhorn Cattle Co......................9 Big Valley Longhorns................................. 44 Bentwood Ranch........................................ 46

—K— Kourtis Family Farms LLC...........................45 —L—

Buckhorn Cattle Co................................... 44

Lightning Longhorns................................. 46

Bull Creek Longhorns...................................5

Little Ace Cattle Co.......................................9

Butler Breeders..............................................9

Lodge Creek Longhorns........................... 44

Butler Museum..............................................9

Lone Wolf Ranch........................................ 44

Cattle Baron’s Premier Longhorn Sale...........23

Lucas Ranch................................................ 44 —M—

Caballo Bravo Longhorns......................... 44

McLeod Ranch...............................................9

Cedar View Ranch...................................... 44

Midwest 25th Anniversary Sale...............IBC

Champion Genetics....................................41

Moriah Farms...............................................45

Christa Cattle Co...........................................9 Crazy Cattle Co...........................................45 —D— Dalgood Longhorns......................................9 Danley Enterprises, Inc............................... 15

Send your photo with caption to: Texas Longhorn Trails, Attn. Myra, • P.O. Box 6030 • Fort Worth, Texas 76164 or myra@tlbaa.org (Email entries should include address.) Photo may be used in a future issue due to number of responses

King, Terry.................................................... 44

BPT Longhorns..............................................9



“Ok, now take a silly one!” Thanks to Becky & Jim Rombeck of Lyons, KS for the submission.

—N— Northbrook Cattle Company....................45 —O— Oliver Longhorns.........................................45

—T— TLBAA Beef Producers...............................35 TLBAA Longhorn Weekend......................BC

DCCI Equipment.........................................37


Triple R Ranch (TX)........................................9

Diamond Q Longhorns............................. 44

R 3 Hilltop Ranch.........................................41

Triple S Bar Ranch.......................................45

DK Longhorn Ranch.................................. 44

Rio Vista Ranch..............................................9

TS Adcock Longhorns............................... 46

Double A Longhorns................................. 44

Rockin Hil Longhorns................................ 44


Doug Hunt Longhorns.............................. 46

Rockin I Longhorns.................................... 46

Walker, Ron.................................................. 46

Rocking P Longhorns...................................9

WB Longhorns.............................................45

Rocky Mountain Longhorns.................... 44

Westfarms Inc................................................9

Rolling D Ranch.......................................... 44

WI Longhorns & Leather............................45

Ross Ranch Horns.......................................45

Wichita Fence Company...........................34

—E— Eddie Wood Cowtown Classic................. 13 El Coyote Ranch............................................ 1 —F— FHR Longhorns.......................................... IFC Flying D Ranch.............................................45 Flying Diamond Ranch.............................. 44 Fort Worth Herd.......................................... 31 Four Color Press..........................................41

Running Arrow Longhorns........................37 —S— Safari B Ranch............................................. 44 Sand Hills Ranch..................................... 7, 44 Singing Coyote Ranch.............................. 46 SS Longhorns...............................................45


Star Creek Ranch........................................ 46

G&G Longhorns........................................... 11

Struthoff Ranch........................................... 46



Hickman Longhorns.................................. 46

Thate Cattle Co.............................................9

Hired Hand............................................26, 33

The Longhorn Project................................29

Hubbells Longhorns.................................. FC

Thurmond Longhorns............................... 46


UPCOMING ISSUES: December: TLBAA Horn Showcase January: Cash Cows February: Herd Sire Edition November 2019 | 47



Coming Events

MARCH 2020

NOVEMBER 7-10 • State Fair of Louisiana, Fairgrounds, Shreveport, LA. Entry deadline 10/10/19. Contact Jessica Wade at 903-948-5194 or dubosejessica@ yahoo.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free, Youth, and Trophy Steers.

MARCH 27 • YMBL South Texas State Fair, Ford Arena, Beaumont, TX. Contact Jessica Wade at 903-948-5194 or dubosejessica@yahoo.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth.

NOVEMBER 9 • Texas Longhorn & Ranch Horse Fall Select Sale, Crossroads Centre, Oyen, AB. Ron Walker, 403-548-6684, Cell 403-528-0200, walkersu7texaslonghorns@gmail.com, www.walkerslonghorns.com.

MARCH 27-29 • OTLA Spring Shoot-Out, Payne County Expo Center, Stillwater, OK. Contact David Edwards at 918-557-0364 or dledwards.texaslonghorncattle@ gmail.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free, Youth, Youth Points Only & Trophy Steers.

NOVEMBER 15-17 • Kaufman Police Association Longhorn Show, Henderson County Fairgrounds, Athens, TX. Joel Norris, 972-533-4945 or joel1983@ embarqmail.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free, & Youth, Miniatures & Trophy Steers

MARCH 28 • Texoma Spring Classic, Red River Sale Barn, Overbrook, OK. Sale hosts: Bob & Pam Loomis, Dale Hunt & Sherrill Caddel, and Chris & Christina Clark. Contact Dale Hunt at 402-214-4851.

NOVEMBER 25 • Canadian National Texas Longhorn Show, Agribition, Regina, SK. Contact Deb Lesyk 306-867-9427 or halters.buckets@yahoo.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Trophy Steers.


APRIL 2020 APRIL 4 • Longhorn Opportunities Spotlight Sale, Contact Justin Rombeck 816536-1083 or justinthelonghornman@gmail.com or Joel Lemley 325-668-3552 or jlem@camalott.com.

DECEMBER 6-8 • NTLBA Holiday Extravaganza, Contact Dr. Justin A. Sabio (940) 902-3244 or drjustinsabio@gmail.com.

APRIL 10-11 • 7th Annual Blue Ridge Longhorn Sale, Contact Bubba Bollier at bollier7572@yahoo.com or 325-247-6249.

DECEMBER 13-14 • Edna Weekend Festival, Breckenridge Event Center, Edna, TX. Sandi Nordhausen, 512-750-1350, sandi.nordhausen@gmail.com or Merrilou Russell, 361-781-4221, crose@cactusroselonghorns.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free and Youth. Trophy Steers. Miniatures.

APRIL 24-26 • Great Western Trail Days, Goree Expo Center, Coleman, TX. Contact Ashlee Miller, slickrockdesigns@gmail.com, (325) 669-2292 or Catherine Morris, morriscatran@taylortel.net, (325) 829-9219. Qualifying Haltered, Trophy Steers, Youth & Youth Points Only.

JANUARY 2020 JANUARY 17-21• Texas Longhorn Weekend, Fort Worth, TX. Pam Robison 817-625-6241 x 106 or pam at tlbaa.org Jan 17 - Affiliates Presidents Meeting, Board Meeting, Annual Membership Meeting, Awards Presentation Jan 18 - Eddie Wood Cowtown Classic Sale Jan 20 - TLBT Youth Show at Fort Worth Stock Show Jan 21 - TLBAA Open Show at Fort Worth Stock Show JANUARY 24-25 • National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO. Entry deadline 11/20/19. Contact Lana Pearson 719-740-0741, lana14338@gmail.com. Qualifying Free, Haltered & Youth.

FEBRUARY 2020 FEBRUARY 14-16 • San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo, San Angelo Fairgrounds, San Angelo, TX. Entry deadline 1/15/20. Contact Dennis Urbantke 325-656-9321, dennis@thlonghorns.com. Qualifying Haltered, Youth & Youth Points Only. FEBRUARY 22 • Matagorda County Fair, Matagorda County Fairgrounds, Bay City, TX. Entry Deadline February 7th. Stephen Head 979-549-5270 or headshorns@ hotmail.com. Qualifying Youth.

MARCH 2020 MARCH 6-7 • Cattle Baron Premier Longhorn Sale & Winchester Futurity, Navasota, Texas. Rick Friedrich 713-305-0259, Rick@RiverRanchLonghorns.com or www.TLBGCA.com. MARCH 13-15 • NTLBA Spring Show, Hopkins County Civic Center, Sulphur Springs, TX. Entry deadline 2/26/20. Contact John Oliver 972-268-0083, joliver210@yahoo.com or Brenda Oliver 972-268-0031, boliver84@yahoo.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth, Youth Points Only, Miniatures & Trophy Steers. MARCH 14 • Pineywoods Marketing Longhorn Sale, West Auction Barn, West, TX. Contacts: Keith DuBose (979) 277-2161 or kwdubose@gmail.com; Russell Fairchild (254) 485-3434 or fairchildranch@yahoo.com; Joel Lemley (325) 668-3552 or jlem@camalott.com. MARCH 14 • Rodeo Austin, Travis County Expo Center, Austin, TX. Contact Kathy Bruner, kathy@therockingbranch.com or 512-689-8624. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth, Miniatures & Trophy Steers. MARCH 20-21 • Texas Longhorn Legacy Sale, Grapevine, TX. Contact Chase Vasut, chasevasut@yahoo.com or Bear Davidson, beardavidson@ymail.com.

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APRIL 24-26 • STLA Spring Show, Rockdale show moved to LLANO in 2020! – John L. Kuykendal Event Center, Llano, TX. Sandi Nordhausen, 512-750-1350, sandi.nordhausen@gmail.com or or Merrilou Russell, 361-781-4221, crose@ cactusroselonghorns.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free, Youth (x2) & Points Only Youth. Haltered Trophy Steers. Miniatures. APRIL 25 • Midwest 25th Anniversary Sale, Winfield, KS. Sale Host Debbie Bowman. Contact Joel Lemley 325-668-3552 or jlem@camalott.com.

MAY 2020 MAY 1-2 • Red McCombs Fiesta Sale, Johnson City, TX. Alan & Teresa Sparger 210-445-8798 or dodgeram52@yahoo.com. www.redmccombslonghorns.com MAY 1-3 • TLBGCA Spring Show, Miracle Farm, Brenham, TX. Entry Deadline April 22nd. Stephen Head 979-549-5270 or headshorns@hotmail.com. Qualifying Haltered & Youth, Trophy Steers, Miniatures. MAY 7-9 • Millennium Futurity, Somervell Expo Center, Glen Rose, TX. Entry forms available at www.millenniumfuturity.com. Christy Randolph 713-7038458 or lpinesranch@aol.com

AUGUST 2020 AUGUST 7 • Rocky Mountain Select Winchester Futurity, Latigo Trails Event Center, Colorado Springs, CO. Marlene Reynolds 719-510-2151 or cowgirlmama83@gmail.com. AUGUST 7 • Semper Fi Banquet and Select Heifer Sale, Latigo Trails Event Center, Colorado Springs, CO. Marlene Reynolds 719-510-2151 or cowgirlmama83@gmail.com. AUGUST 8 • Rocky Mountain Select Texas Longhorn Sale, Latigo Trails Event Center, Colorado Springs, CO. Start time 11 a.m. Charlie Searle 719-649-0058 or charliesearle02@gmail.com AUGUST 21 • Regional Horn Measurement Competition, Central States Fair, Rapid City, SD. Scot O’Bryan (605) 344-2263 or Gordon Howie (605) 381-3998. AUGUST 22 • 2nd Annual Top Hand Invitational Longhorn Sale, Central States Fair, Rapid City, SD. Scot O’Bryan (605)344-2263 or Gordon Howie (605) 381-3998. AUGUST 23 • 5th Annual World Qualifying Longhorn Show, Central States Fair, Rapid City, SD. Scot O’Bryan (605) 344-2263 or Gordon Howie (605) 381-3998. Affiliates: Please submit a completed show application to pam@tlbaa.org in order to have your TLBAA World Qualifying show listed. All other events, sales, field days or other activities may email your information directly to myra@tlbaa.org.



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November 2019 Trails Magazine  

Official Publication of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America

November 2019 Trails Magazine  

Official Publication of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America