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Other Features 11 Braford Plus Adding More 14 Advancing the Braford Breed Sale Report 18 Adams Ranch Holds 39th Annual Sale
Feature Story 8 Walking In Both Worlds by Courtney Wesner
In Each Issue 2 President’s Notes by Robert Mills
3 From the Director’s Desk by Hannah Wine
4 Association News 19 Junior Focus 20 Show Results
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Avery Ryan Savoie, Junior, Louisiana Semex Alliance, Adult, Ontario Sarah Schneider, Junior, Texas Harlie Smith, Junior, Texas Harvey J Robichaux, Adult, Louisiana Sierra Grace Womack, Junior, Louisiana Kylie Cliburn, Junior, Louisiana Allie Cliburn, Junior, Louisiana Braden Smith, Junior, Arkansas Ty James Hebert, Junior, Louisiana September
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An unusual snowy day in December for a Braford heifer at Bar A Brafords in Folsom, Louisiana. Photo by Amanda Lee.
Events January 2 Advancing the Braford Breed Bred Female Commitment Deadline January 5 Houston Livestock Show Entry Deadline January 8 Bull Development Program Delivery Date for March-May Born Bulls Targeted for the Fall 2018 Sale January 15 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Braford Show, Fort Worth, TX January 22 Dixie National Livestock Show Entry Deadline January 31 Herd Inventory and Membership Renewal Deadline February 10 Dixie National Livestock Show Braford Show, Jackson, MS March 2 UBB Board of Directors Meeting, Crowne Plaza, Houston, TX March 2 UBB Annual Membership Meeting, Crowne Plaza, Houston, TX March 2 International Braford Sale, Houston, TX March 3 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo National Braford Show, Houston, TX March 8-9 World Braford Congress, Fort Worth, TX March 22 Advancing the Braford Breed Sale, LA March 31 Late Herd Inventory Deadline
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by Robert Mills
I hope this finds everyone enjoying the change of seasons, leaving the hot summer, going into the more pleasant fall weather conditions. Our association has had many challenges and changes for members to deal with and navigate through. Two major storms created historic flooding for our coastal members to endure and then begin their journey to recovery. I am sure many of you joined Carol and me praying for the safety of their families and cattle. Be sure to continue to pray for all of them in the days ahead as they continue to return to normal. Our new registration system is in place, and the final kinks are being fixed. I would like to thank everyone for their patience during this changeover period. Change is never easy, especially when we were comfortable in the old system. The group in Kingsville is more than prepared and eager to jump in to make us feel at home with the same comfort level
UBB Board of Directors as before. Spend some time exploring the many new facets as we all begin to make ourselves at home in the new system. I am pleased to say that 11 of you took advantage of the Lifetime Memberships that were a limited time offer. This gesture has been a great show of support for the UBB. Please share the news of the “Year-End F-1 Roundup” with your friends and neighbors. Facebook and social media are a good way to inform them. The UBB Facebook page has an informative post you can easily share. Fees are greatly reduced for a limited time only through the end of December. On a more somber note, our breed and industry lost a true supporter and visionary for the Braford breed with the passing of Bud Adams. Adams Ranch is known worldwide for innovations and contributions to the beef industry as well as the Braford breed. Those of you who never had the opportunity to meet Bud Adams missed experiencing the great wealth of knowledge that he had of Braford cattle and the beef industry as a whole. This great man will surely leave a void for many years to come. Of course with fall in the air, show season is in full swing for our junior and open exhibitors. Please make plans to attend as many shows as you can to support our exhibitors’ endeavors to display our Braford breed to the masses. Your attendance is always noticed and appreciated by everyone. October brought our breed to Crockett, Texas, for the first time in many years for a Braford sale. The Advancing the Breed
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Fall Braford sale was held at the Crockett Livestock Sale Facility and was well attended by commercial cattlemen from throughout the region, as well as by Braford breeders from across the Gulf Coast region. The demand for Braford bull and female genetics was strong. The 2018 World Braford Congress is coming in March, beginning in Houston at our National Braford Show with the pre-Congress tour. The Congress itself will be held at River Ranch in the historic stockyards of Fort Worth. Congress is a meeting of cattle producers and Braford breeders from around the world who come together every three years to exchange ideas, genetics and management techniques. We all should be preparing with excitement and anticipation to host our guests. Ask where you may be of assistance in this exciting event. And absolutely make plans to attend Congress so you can see for yourself the scale and magnitude of Brafords around the world. You will be very impressed by how Brafords not only fit but also thrive in many varied environments. Of course, the finale event will be the gala at River Ranch, where we will have a wonderful evening of cocktails, dinner and a true Cowtown social send-off for our guests. You and your spouse will not want to miss this event. Hope to see you there! In closing, my family and I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! May God Bless each and every one of you during the Christmas season.
President - Robert Mills 15535 C.R. 1123 Athens, TX 75751 Office: 903.489.0837 Home: 903.489.0869 Mobile: 903.676.8930 Email: email@example.com Vice President - Bill Rainer P.O. Box 243 Union Springs, AL 36089 Alabama: 334.738.2205 Texas: 800.729.7790 FAX: 903.683.9830 Mobile: 903.780.6455 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary - Scott McCullough 3226 C.R. 3115 Greenville, TX 75402 Mobile: 903.274.7799 Email: email@example.com Treasurer - Larry Stanberry LS Brafords 996 VZ C.R. 1805 Grand Saline, TX 75140 Home: 903.962.7219 Mobile: 214.924.9202 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Region 1 Director - Will Moncrief Running M Ranch 10006 Journeys End Tallahassee, FL 32312-3710 Office: 850.385.4489 Mobile: 850.566.6070 Email: email@example.com Region 1 Director - Zach Adams Adams Ranch Inc. 25501 Orange Ave. Fort Pierce, FL 34945 Mobile: 772.215.6268 Email: ZachAdamsRanch@gmail.com Region 2 Director - Chris Herpin Herpin Cattle Company 20102 Herpin Circle Kaplan, LA 70548 Mobile: 337.652.8125 Fax: 337.643.3382 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Region 2 Director - Heather Green 3313 Trailer Town Rd. Jennings, LA 70546 Mobile: 337.540.1748 Email: email@example.com Region 2 Director - Corey Doucet 120 Tans Road Lake Charles, LA 70607 Home: 337.598.5190 Mobile: 337.802.5528 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Region 4 Director - Paul Harris Greenview Farms 334 K-Ville Rd. Screven, GA 31560 Mobile: 912.294.2472 Fax: 912.586.6991 Email: Greenviewpaul@yahoo.com Region 4 Director - Jim Smith JS Land & Cattle Co. P.O. Box 487 Magnolia, MS 39652 Home: 601.783.7045 Mobile: 601.551.7045 FAX: 601.276.7675 Email: email@example.com
From the Director’s Desk
Looking Back Before We Look Ahead by Hannah Wine UBB Executive Director
s we near the end of 2017, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon the challenges and the opportunities that have faced the members of the United Braford Breeders. This year the cattle industry lost a legend when founder of our breed Bud Adams passed away in September. Bud had a brilliant mind and was recognized by many as one of the best ranchers they ever knew. He was always proud to say that if you purchased a bred Braford female from him, she would take care of the calf with no help needed from anyone. What could be more true for the Braford breed? The Braford cow’s inherent maternal traits are what make her the queen of cow country. Bud’s words are a testament to the Braford breed, but he also hit on the importance of a breeder’s commitment to customer service. Whether you’re a
seedstock producer or a commercial cowman, the success of your customers is imperative to your success. You want your customers to turn a profit and come back to you year after year. If we produce cattle that meet the needs of the customer, cattle that are efficient, calve unassisted, can survive in all types of environments and wean a heavy calf with as little input as possible, those customers will continue to return. They will return when the market is at its highest points and, more importantly, they will return when the market isn’t as favorable. Whether you raise Braford cattle because of their can-do attitude, their inherent maternal abilities or their impressive longevity, it is likely that 2017 has put all those traits to the test. Particularly for those of our members who faced and battled Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. It seems it’s not only our cattle that can survive the worst weather and harshest environments, but also our members. As we near the start of 2018, we are putting the finishing touches on our new online registration system. If you have not already done so, please visit brafords.org and make use of the “Member Log-in” link on the top left-hand corner of the web page. From there you’ll be directed to the member login page, where you can register for a new member log-in. Your log-in from the old system will not work with the new platform, so you will have to click
Visit brafords.org and make use of the “Member Log-in” link on the top left-hand corner of the web page.
Your log-in from the old system will not work with the new platform, so you will have to click register to get a new log-in setup.
Be sure to use the email address that is on file with your UBB account.
register to get a new log-in setup. Please be sure to use the email address that is on file with your UBB account. Once your log-in credentials are approved, you’ll be able to navigate all the tools of the new system. You will see that there are many new features that can save you phone calls to the office and trips to the post office. With an
online account, you have the ability to edit details about an animal you own, including name, horned/ polled status, and disposal information, as well as the option to complete an online transfer (which will come in extra handy for those tight ownership deadlines for junior shows!). Happy holidays, everyone! Be safe.
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Association News 2018 Herd Inventories Due January 31
Bull and Heifer Development Program Sale Accepting Commitments for Registered Braford Females The UBB Bull Development and Sale Committee will be accepting registered bred Braford females, including bred heifers and cow consignments, to sell at the Spring Advancing the Braford Breed Sale. Commitment forms and $25 commitment fees due January 2. Forms available at brafords.org > Genetics > Bull and Heifer Development Program > Spring 2018
International Sale of Sales | March 2, 2018
United Braford Breeders is holding the International Braford Sale on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the East Arena. Join us for good food, great fun, and even better Braford genetics!
UBB Board of Directors Elections
Ballots were mailed to the membership in early December for the 2018 UBB Board of Director elections. This year the current three-year term for the following directors will come to an end: Region 1, Florida: Will Moncrief Region 2, Louisiana: Chris Herpin Region 3, Texas: Robert Mills Region 4, All Other States: Jim Smith
The nominating committee has put together a slate of nominees for the 2018 election. Please note that ballots must be returned by mail. Postmark deadline is January 5, 2018. Region 1, Florida: Will Moncrief Region 2, Louisiana: Bryan Alleman Region 3, Texas: Robert Mills Region 4, All Other States: Toni Meacham
In early December the UBB registration office mailed out existing herd inventories and worksheets for all members to update for the coming year. Beginning in 2018, all UBB members, regardless of herd size, will receive a herd inventory that must be updated and returned to the UBB office along with the appropriate activity fees by January 31. Note that these activity fees can go toward your registration, transfer, AI and ET fees throughout the year. For complete details on how activity fees work, visit www.brafords.org > Records > Forms > Inventory Structure. As you are reviewing your herd inventories, please note that the UBB has recently transitioned to a new records system. Should you find that an animal is erroneously missing from your inventory, make a note on your Section C worksheet, and we will review to ensure that it was not an error made during the transfer of data. Don’t hesitate to contact our registration office at 361.296.4415 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Why Herd Inventories?
The UBB inventory system was designed to provide the herd management services desired by Braford breeders, while also ensuring the long-term financial stability of the UBB. The UBB’s Budget and Finance Committee established an inventory-based activity fee structure to meet the goals of both breeders and the association. The initial inventory and activity fee structure was approved by the UBB Board of Directors on April 17, 1998, and it has been implemented with minor modifications since, most notably small price increases in 2012 and 2017. This system not only results in a method of association support that is fair and equitable for all active members, but also serves as the platform for more complete and accurate reporting of performance data, ultimately resulting in greater accuracy in the Braford genetic evaluation.
January 2 Advancing the Braford Breed Bred Female Commitment Deadline January 5 Houston Livestock Show Entry Deadline January 8 Bull Development Program Delivery Date for March-May Born Bulls Targeted for the Fall 2018 Sale January 15 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Braford Show, Fort Worth, TX January 22 Dixie National Livestock Show Entry Deadline January 31 Herd Inventory and Membership Renewal Deadline February 10 Dixie National Livestock Show Braford Show, Jackson, MS March 2 UBB Board of Directors Meeting, Crowne Plaza, Houston, TX March 2 UBB Annual Membership Meeting, Crowne Plaza, Houston, TX March 2 International Braford Sale, Houston, TX March 3 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo National Braford Show, Houston, TX March 8-9 World Braford Congress, Fort Worth, TX March 22 Advancing the Braford Breed Sale, LA March 31 Late Herd Inventory Deadline
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2018 Houston Livestock Show and UBB Annual Membership Meeting
2018 UBB membership meeting slated for Friday, March 2, at 2 p.m. at the NRG Center on the grounds of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. 2018 Houston Braford Events Schedule Thursday, March 1, 2018 7 a.m.: Cattle move-in Starts 3 p.m.: must be in place at Airport Blvd 5 p.m.: must be checked in at the Superintendent’s Office Friday, March 2, 2018 2 p.m.: UBB Annual Membership Meeting, NRG Center, 2nd Floor Room 603 7 p.m.: Braford Sale, East Arena Saturday, March 3, 2018 8 a.m.: Braford F1 Female Show followed by the National Braford Show Sunday, March 4, 2018 12 p.m.: Release Braford Cattle NEW Headquarters Hotel: Holiday Inn Express New hotel built in 2017 and located just one mile from the barn! 9300 Main St, Houston, TX 77025 (832) 371-9300 Group Rate: $195/night Group Name: United Braford Breeders
New 2018 Dixie National Show Schedule Entry Deadline: January 22, 2018 Arrival Deadlne: Friday, February 9, 5 p.m. Braford Show: Saturday, February 10, 12 p.m. Headquarters Hotel: Holiday Inn 110 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl, MS.39208 (601) 939-5238 Group Rate: $119/night Group Name: UBB
Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr. 1926-2017
A cowboy’s cowboy passed from this earth, September 22, 2017. Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr., surrounded by his family, died peacefully at his home on Adams Ranch in Ft. Pierce, FL. Mr. Bud was born in Ft. Pierce on April 4, 1926. For the next 91 years he lived a life everyone could envy, but only a few could handle. A Christian man, he taught his family and friends by example. He always had a firm handshake, and his word was his bond. His love for the outdoors, especially the Florida prairies and woodlands, were evident in not only his holistic approach to land management, but also his talent for photography. Mr. Bud could find God’s beauty in plants, animals and people, and was able to capture these images on film for the rest of us to enjoy. We are all grateful for his generosity and grace. Bud traveled to Tallahassee and attended Leon High School while his father served on the Florida Supreme Court. At 18, he joined the US Navy at the end of WWII, and was part of our greatest generation. He graduated from the University of Florida. While a career in law or politics could have been in his future, Bud chose the life of a cowboy. He had fond memories of working alongside many of the founding families of modern day Florida, as well as of the many Seminole Indians he befriended as a young man in the days before fences. His father Judge Alto Adams, made him a partner in the ranch in 1937, and Bud ran the ranch from 1948 on. Bud was a proud member of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, serving as President in 1958. For the last 59 years he had been a fixture at most every gathering of past-FCA Presidents, always offering kind advice to upcoming FCA leadership. There are many things Bud was responsible for that will be around for generations to come. One is the Braford breed of cattle. Adams Ranch in Ft. Pierce is home to the foundation herd of this hearty breed. These 5/8 Hereford and 3/8 Brahman red cattle quickly showed
tolerance to Florida’s tropical climate, and flourished in the heat and rain. Mr. Bud was proud to say that if you bought one of his bred cattle, she would take care of the calf with no help needed from anyone. He was a founding member of the United Braford Breeders Association, located in Tyler, Texas. Another monument to Bud’s life in agriculture is the land he bought, developed, managed and cared for. He was a pioneering advocate of conserving and protecting this land for future generations. His efforts and leadership have received national awards. More importantly, when other landowners saw Bud endorsing and leading these conservation efforts, they were drawn to do the same owing to his trustworthy and honorable reputation. Bud wrote three books describing his career as a rancher and steward of Florida lands. Bud leaves behind his wife of 67 years, the former Dorothy Snively. When Ms. Dot’s health took a turn for the worse with a battle with Alzheimer’s disease 12 years ago, Bud was home with her daily, personally feeding her and showering her with love that never wavered or faltered. Bud and Dot raised three sons: Alto Lee, III (Cindy); Michael (Rachael); and Robert (Cindee). He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Bud was held at Adams Ranch Headquarters, in Ft. Pierce on Friday, September 29th. Donations be made in his memory to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997 and the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation, 800 Shakerag Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744.
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Lifetime Members The United Braford Breeders is pleased to present a listing of our new Lifetime Members and thank them for their continued support. These memberships of $1000 aid in the new endeavors of the UBB and helps to ensure the success and production of Braford cattle for years to come. The United Braford Breeders appreciates you!
Thunderstorm R Cattle Co, Nacogdoches, Texas* Will Moncrief, Tallahassee, Florida
Alleman Cattle Co, Rayne, Louisiana S5 Farms, Iowa, Louisiana
San Gregorio Ranch, Laredo, Texas
Bill Rainer Cattle, Union Springs, Alabama Greenview Fdarms, Screven, Georgia
Purdy Braford Ranch, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Granger Cattle Enterprises, LLC, Bell City, Louisiana Shannon Harrington, Iowa, Louisiana Harvey Ranch, Okeechobee, Florida
*Denotes a second lifetime membership purchased by this member
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Walking in Both Worlds An interview with Farm Manager and Geneticist, John Genho By Courtney Wesner, Freelance Writer Recently the UBB made the strategic decision to move its genetic evaluation from the Australian based company ABRI to Livestock Genetic Services (LGS). John Genho is the owner and geneticist at LGS. Genho and his team will now perform the genetic evaluation for UBB. They have also started work on a user-friendly platform that can be found by visiting brafords.org, and clicking on the “Member Login” tab in the top left corner of the home screen. Through this new platform, users will have access to up-to-date EPDs, an animal search function, member search function, and much more. In its new partnership with LGS, Braford joins the overwhelming majority of Bos Indicus-based breeds that currently trust Genho to perform their genetic evaluations. Braford is hopeful to remain on the cutting edge of technology for its current breeders, new breeders, and potential customers alike and is happy to introduce you to John through this article.
eneticist and farm manager or farm manager and geneticist? With John Genho it’s hard to tell which should come first. Genho is currently the farm manager at Eldon Farms in Woodville, Virginia. He is also the geneticist and owner of Livestock Genetic Services, LLC. It’s an unlikely mix of occupations, but it has proven to be a most successful marriage of science and real world practice, something that is not always easy to create in the livestock sector. This odd coupling has not only lead to his success as a science-based farm manager, but it has also allowed his fresh and practical approach to genetics to grow. “There are probably some better geneticists out there than I am, and there are probably some better ranch managers out there. But I am one of the few that walks in both worlds. I think that that helps because I understand what commercial producers want. I understand the challenges that they face. Ultimately, I understand the customers. I am a commercial bull-buying customer myself. I have to go to sales and buy bulls. I sit there and have to think, what do all these numbers mean, even though I am the one that calculates them at times,” says Genho about putting his work as a 8 BRAFORD news l Volume 32 • Issue 4 • 2017
geneticist into practice at his job as a farm manager. Growing up on Deseret Ranch and then working on the King Ranch as a teenager, Genho has a star- studded commercial cattle ranching résumé. Little did he know in his youth that he would be making his employment path back to both of those outfits, just in different form. Genho received his Master’s Degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University. Upon completion, he was hired to manage Eldon Farms in Virginia. It was a job that he gladly accepted. While at Cornell, Genho had completed his thesis on King Ranch cattle data. “Dave DeLaney, manager at King Ranch, called me and said, ‘Hey, John, we don’t have anyone to run our numbers for us. Would you do that in the evenings?’ I did that for a year or two, and then somebody else called, and somebody else called, and somebody else called, and pretty soon I realized that I could make more money being a geneticist than a farm manager,” says Genho lightly. John never quit his day job of managing the ranch, and by word of mouth Livestock Genetic Services, LLC (LGS) was born in 2005. John went ahead and hired a few employees and garnered a few more contracts. “We had good steady growth. Nothing phenomenal, not doubling in size, just good steady growth. We do our best to take as good of care of them (the customers) as we can.” At the start of Livestock Genetic Services, the company
weaning weights that they have recorded. “The minimum strictly ran EPDs, and John wore the hat of geneticist in weaning weight recorded is normally 1 or 2 and maximum the business. It didn’t take Genho long to realize that is 9,000 or 10,000 pounds, and those two are obviously if he was going to calculate EPDs, he also had to have a incorrect. There’s so much error in these big databases that database. Without it, he was missing something to make gets accumulated like that. the information accessible. “If We know it’s bad data, so you are going to be a geneticist, Zach and I are constantly you have to have a database. “We understand these cattle, and we putting checks in place to Otherwise, all of your valuable understand how to run the EPDs, and say this is the window for data is just sitting there in a that’s what we have done since the weaning weights, these are bunch of excel spreadsheets; it’s the windows for times. We impractical,” says Genho. beginning. This isn’t new to us. We had are constantly trying to It took Genho time to learn the first set of genomically-enhanced think of ways that we can how to build a database, how to find those errors as they go get the platform up on the web, EPDs for a breed association that in, instead of after they are and to make it user- friendly so was based on the single step genomic in and incorrect information that breeders could load and model,” Genho says. is provided in output. Our extract data. Today he has a main goal is to help people full-time database manager on to make sure that things are staff, Zach Johnson. “I would correct. In theory it seems love to have two of Zach. It easy, but in all reality it is a constant ongoing process,” comes down to data integrity and making sure that the explains Genho. structure is right to make analysis good. He helps me to do Today Genho runs not only the closed genetic that,” says Genho. With this addition of knowledge and staff, evaluations for both Deseret and the King Ranch, but also for LGS now not only runs EPDs but can sets up registries as multiple other commercial entities. Currently he also has 10 well, and assists breed associations with DNA testing. different breed associations that he serves as clients. Those Even as John adds clientele and handles a larger include Santa Gertrudis, Brangus, Beefmaster, Brahman, volume of data, he continues to stick to his roots and is an South Poll, Akaushi, a Black Hereford group in Texas, and avid believer in data integrity. When he first meets with an the Braunvieh Associations. Livestock Genetic Services has association, Genho likes to get the minimum and maximum
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targeted the Texas and Gulf Coast associations as its major clientele. Very recently the United Braford Breeders also joined the mix as a client of Genho’s. Genho first ran Braford EPDs for a commercial ranch 14 years ago. Today he handles the bulk of all Indicus genetic evaluations in the county. “We understand these cattle, and we understand how to run the EPDs, and that’s what we have done since the beginning. This isn’t new to us. We had the first set of Genomically enhanced EPDs for a breed association that was based on the single step genomic model,” Genho says. Livestock Genetic Services has been using the latest technology and continues to push in that direction as hard as it can. “We aren’t stuck in a 25-year-old model that can’t adjust very fast,” explains Genho as he describes the nimble nature of his systems. The genetic evaluations that are run at Livestock Genetic Services are designed to service the breeder or breed association with a way to summarize information. “If you had 100 pedigrees spread out in front of you, weights and measurements, ultrasound records, and everything else on those animals, it’s impossible to put that all together in our minds, to weigh everything properly and come up with a prediction of which animal is the best. That’s all that I am doing—summarizing information for you so that you don’t have to wade through all of that. It’s taking 100 numbers and stats and turning them into a handful to comb through,” Genho further explains. One of the biggest opportunities Genho sees for the Braford breed within his ever-changing, current system is the utilization of genomic technology. “We all hear it and we all talk about it, but I actually think that one of the most basic advantages of DNA technology that we don’t always talk about, is firming up the pedigree. And just being able to say this is the sire for sure,” says Genho. Genomic testing is something that Genho simplifies as he talks about it. “Sometimes we think of genomics as way out there; that it’s something that is beyond what we should be thinking about as commercial cattle breeders,” explains Genho. He presents genomics in his practice as just another piece of information. “You have the pedigree, that’s one piece of information, performance data and traits that you measured, that’s another piece of information. If you just think about a DNA test as another piece of information, it’s adding a little bit more accuracy to the genetic predictions that you are making,” he explains. “Geneticists get together and we present an alternative statistical model and we talk about the theory and we put a bunch of Greek symbols and equations and those kinds of things up, but ultimately what it comes down to is: Can I better predict how bulls will perform with DNA than without DNA? I have asked that question over and over again because I was a naysayer for some time. I wasn’t quite sure if it was all going to work right, but I am confident now that the models
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that we have and the way that we are using the genetic test allows me to better predict how animals will perform. And not just perform in theory, but perform in the real world,” further explaines Genho. Now as a full-believer, Genho utilizes genomics in his personal farm management at Eldon Farms. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the farm makes its home in fescue country with heat and humidity to contend with during the summer months. Within the 1,000 herd of mother cows, Genho runs a smaller herd of SimAngus cows, in which he DNA-tests everything born within the group. “I run a small scale genetic evaluation at Eldon
Farms. In theory, this was done with hopes of developing a line of SimAngus cattle that work well on fescue grass, and they have done so with the help of genomics testing. I have developed a line of cattle that fit my environment with the help of technology,” says Genho. John lives on the farm with his wife Lynnie and their five kids, ages 13 down. “They are as involved as we can get them in agriculture. We have a flock of sheep, own calves and cows on and off, and my five-year-old daughter wants to get into the hog business so we are building a hog pen now,” Genho says with a laugh. “We try to keep them as involved as we possibly can in agriculture. To me all of this, being a geneticist and building databases and all of those kinds of things, is really a way for me to keep my family on the farm and have them with their feet in agriculture. That’s what I love, that’s what my wife loves and we are hoping that that’s what our kids love too,” Genho concludes.
+ PLUS Adding More
The Braford Plus Program Developed with Design in Mind
The Braford Plus program was designed to allow producers the opportunity to register cattle that perfectly mix the maternal strength and built-in longevity of the Braford with the earlier maturing, carcass-driven strengths of the Angus and Red Angus breeds. The end-product is cattle that combine the best of three worlds — cattle that exceed all expectations in terms of longevity, with innate mothering ability, heat tolerance; and that suit the feedlot and packers ever increasing standards for efficiency, rate of maturity; and ultimately land on the right side of the grid. The advantages of the Braford Plus program will be seen in a better ability to market these composite cattle to all sectors, whether it be the commercial cowman, the backgrounder, the feedlot, the packer and ultimately the consumer.
What is Braford Plus?
Braford Plus refers to the offspring of the mating of a purebred Braford (3/8 Brahman, 5/8 Hereford) or F1 Braford (1/2 Hereford, 1/2 Brahman) to a registered Angus or Red Angus. Braford Plus cattle can be registered as multi-generational breeding of Braford Plus cattle (i.e., the resulting offspring of a registered Braford Plus bred to a registered Braford Plus). All Braford and F1 sires and dams must be registered with the UBB, and all Angus and Red Angus sires and dams must be on file with the UBB.
By the numbers, a Braford Plus is a 3/16 Brahman, 5/16 Hereford and 1/2 Angus or Red Angus if the result of a mating of a purebred Braford to an Angus or Red Angus or, if the Braford Plus is the result of mating an F1 Braford to an Angus or Red Angus, the Braford Plus is a ¼ Brahman, ¼ Hereford and ½ Angus or Red Angus.
Why Braford Plus?
The function of crossbreeding is to optimize heterosis and it is important to utilize breeds whose genetics will complement each other. Braford Plus is the convenient way to capture heterosis and value. This crossbreeding system has the ideal balance of maternal and carcass traits. No two breeds offer more commitment to profitability and function in the southeast and southwest United States than the Braford x Angus or Braford x Red Angus mating. Braford Plus cattle are registered with documented parentage and EPDs. Braford Plus offer a simple and powerful way to optimize hybrid vigor. Use Braford Plus cattle to take advantage of management convenience and hybrid vigor in a single package while producing cattle that fit the pasture, the feedlot, and the meat case.
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MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THE 2018 WORLD BRAFORD CONGRESS
SC H E D U LE
Thursday/Friday, March 1-2 Delegates arrive in Houston Sleep in Houston
Friday, March 2 International Braford Sale, Houston Livestock Show Sleep in Houston Saturday, March 3 International Braford Show, Houston Livestock Show Sleep in Houston Sunday, March 4 MORNING Delegates attend Livestock Show Alternative: Visit NASA Space Center AFTERNOON Rodeo attendance for all delegates Sleep in Houston
Carlos Ojea Rullan — Genetica Global — Argentina Marty Lill — Chadwick Downs Brafords — Australia Jill Harvie — Canadian Cattlemen’s Association — Canada Ambassador Eric Bost — Borlaug institute — Texas Cliff Lamb, PhD — Head of Animal Science — Texas A&M Dusty Abney, PhD — Cargill — Texas Dr. Michael Bishop — Agrigenomics — Wisconsin Dr. Joe C Paschal — Texas A&M — Texas
Friday, March 9 MORNING World Braford Congress Seminars — River Ranch Stockyards Genetics Herd Management (Refreshments and cattle displays) Nutrition Animal Health
Lunch at River Ranch Monday, March 5 MORNING Visit V8 Brahmans, Hungerford, TX AFTERNOON Visit Bauer Ranch, Winnie, TX Dinner at Bauer Ranch, Winnie, TX Sleep in Houston Tuesday, March 6 Visit Graham Land & Cattle, Gonzales, TX Visit Sexing Technologies, Navasota, TX Sleep in College Station Wednesday, March 7 Visit Texas A&M University, College Station, TX Visit Rock Crest Ranch, Athens, TX Sleep in the Fort Worth Stockyards 12 BRAFORD news l Volume 32 • Issue 4 • 2017
Thursday, March 8 MORNING Tour of the Fort Worth Stockyards and Shopping Meeting of Country Presidents AFTERNOON Individual Country Reports Longhorn Saloon Party Sleep in the Fort Worth Stockyards
AFTERNOON Marketing Budgets & Record Keeping (Refreshments and cattle displays) Soil & Pasture Management Human Capital Braford Gala evening — River Ranch Stockyards “Braford — Champion of the World” Awards Presentation Saturday, March 10 Delegates leave from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport
Houston — March 2-5 ($129 Crowne Plaza River Oaks) College Station — March 6 ($115 Hyatt Place) Fort Worth Stockyards — March 7-9 ($169 Hyatt Place/$179 Courtyard) Houston Rodeo and Concert – $25 Bauer Ranch Tour and Dinner – $30 NASA Space Station Tour – $30 3-Day Tour from Houston to Fort Worth – $250 (Tour stops include Graham Land & Cattle Feedlot, Sexing Technologies, Texas A&M University, Rock Crest Ranch, V8 Ranch, Bauer Ranch) World Congress in the Stockyards – $750 (Includes seminars, lunches and teas, final banquet and evening at Longhorn Saloon, per person) Registration available online at www.worldcongress.org For more details, contact PJ Budler email@example.com US World Braford Congress Chairwoman, Carol Mills firstname.lastname@example.org
Danny Boudreaux 337-905-2330 Cell 337-249-9066 3475 Grand Chenier Hwy. Grand Chenier, LA 70643 email@example.com
Michael Boudreaux Cell 337-303-4167 162 Eugene Rd. Lake Charles, LA 70607 firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on sale cattle, see our website at
www.redoakbraford.com Joe, Marshall and John Ellis 1676 Anderson C.R. 323 Palestine, TX 75803
Joe 903.876.3334 903.330.1257 Cell email@example.com
F1 BRAFORD CATTLE
Quality genetics for the Braford and commercial industry Owners Bryan and Roxanne Alleman Cell 337.278.2586 Office 337.334.9322 firstname.lastname@example.org
A lleman Cattle Company R egistered UBB Brafords
2709 Abbeville Hwy. • Rayne, LA 70578
Owner Neil J. Alleman 337.581.3171 email@example.com
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Advancing the Braford Breed Sale Held in Crockett, Texas
• 48 Braford Bulls grossed $147,600 to average $3,075 • 76 Registered Braford Heifers grossed $116,250 to average $1,530 • 18 Commercial Braford Bred Heifers grossed $26,295 to average $1,461 • 65 Open Commercial Braford Heifers grossed $86,875 to average $1,337
43 registered buyers from nine states gathered in Crockett, Texas, at the East Texas Livestock for the ninth Advancing the Braford Breed Sale. The new sale location was met with enthusiastic response from a new group of buyers from the East Texas area. Alders Ranch, Midway, Texas, purchased the day’s high selling lot when they paid $6,300 to own Lot 219, TR BE Echo D109S ET, a first-generation Encore son. This powerful bull was consigned by Thunderstorm R Cattle Company, Nacogdoches, Texas. Bill Rainer, Union Springs, Alabama, purchased the day’s second high selling bull at $6,250. He paid the bid price for Lot 216, TR RV Restart D104P ET. He was among the sales highest ADG herd sire prospects and a first-generation son of Revolution. He was also consigned by Thunderstorm R. Lot 221, TR Twenty Sixteen D114S ET, was the third high selling bull of the day at $6,000. He is another first-generation 14 BRAFORD news l Volume 32 • Issue 4 • 2017
son of Twentytwelve consigned by Thunderstorm R. He was purchased by Alders Ranch. Bartley Cattle Co, Tatum, Texas, purchased the day’s fourth high selling bull when they paid $5,200 to own TR BE Consensus D110P ET, another first-generation son of Bennett Encore. He was among the highest weight per day of age bulls in the sale offering and was consigned by Thunderstorm R. The high selling pen of Registered Bred Braford heifers were consigned by Adams Ranch, Fort Pierce, Florida. Asian Cajun Cattle, Abbeville, Louisiana, paid $1,650 per head to own these fancy heifers. The high selling pen of open heifers was consigned by McFaddin Enterprises, Victoria, Texas. They were extremely well received and sold for $1,450 to Alders Ranch, Midway, Texas.
The United Braford Breeders Bull Development and Sale Committee would like to thank the following buyers from the fall sale Alders Ranch Bill Rainer Bartley Cattle Company Allen & Myra Heard Haynie Ranch Fairfield Farm Brad Metzner Charles Barton
Johnson Ranch Jack Callen Ashley Livestock C J Livestock TP Farms Preston Lee Helmcamp Land & Cattle Shane Martin Farm
Paben Cattle Company Red Oak Ranch Asian Cajun Cattle Jerry Rater Robert Broussard Rater Ranch Joyce Forrest
Make plans to attend Advancing the Braford Breed 10 in March of 2018 in Louisiana. Look for all the details to come at www.brafords.org/sale.
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THE FUTURE OF OUR BREED! Wade and Lynette Granger 675 Grangerville Rd. • Bell City, LA 70630 337.598.2759 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goal is to produce maternal, moderate framed cattle with lots of growth at weaning and yearling ages. We do not creep feed. We keep replacement heifers from those that were born in the first 60 days of our calving season. We look for structural soundness and use our records, EPDs and ultrasound in making mating decisions. We would like to show you our cattle!
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Call for more information
Payne Midyette Will Moncrief Kit Storey 850-566-6070 850-544-5195 850-464-0893
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Adams Ranch Holds 39th Annual Sale By Robbie Adams of Adams Ranch
dams Ranch held it 39th Annual Cattle Auction on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the ranch headquarters in Fort Pierce, Florida. The auction this year was dedicated in memory of Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr., who passed away September 22, 2017. The annual field day was a morning of ranch and cattle tours, Florida Braford Breeders meeting and a 1/2 lb Adams Ranch burgers. The Braford meeting touched on attending the Cattlemen’s Institute in Arcadia in January. Hannah Wine brought the group up to date on the World Braford Conference in March. Participants will be welcomed to Florida. The afternoon program was kicked off by John Arthington and Joe Vendemine, who talked about their current work at University of Florida Beef Cattle Research Center at Ona. Mike Adams reported on some statistics for a group of Braford composite cattle that produced 263 lbs of weaned calves/acre. This was based on Florida pasture conditions. Don Quincey of Quincy Cattle Company took the floor to discuss feeding Adams Ranch cattle in Florida for the Florida market. He has found that the Adams cattle were both high performance and finished high quality with 80% USDA choice or better. On sale day there were approximately 400 people in attendance. A total of 109 animals were auctioned off, which included 40 bulls and 69 bred heifers. The bulls averaged $3,310.00 and the bred heifers averaged $1,645.00. The highest price bull sold for $6,100.00. The St. Lucie County Cattlewomen auctioned off their homemade cakes and pies, and raised a total of $2,300.00 for the local cattlewomen’s Association. They hold promotional and educational events throughout the year and support youth activities focused on agriculture and beef production. Adams Ranch would like to thank all the sponsors and buyers who continue to make the sale a success every year.
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Hayden Hyman NJBA President
he National Junior Braford Association Officers would like to thank the following members, volunteers and businesses for their support of the 2017 junior Braford events. We’re certain we’ve forgotten someone — please forgive us in advance and know that while we may have missed your name, we still greatly appreciate all that you do for us!
NATIONAL JUNIOR BRAFORD ASSOCIATION
Midpoint Feed and Seed
Bar A Brafords
Miller Animal Hospital
Boudreaux and Son Brafords
Mississippi Beef Council
Okeefe Feed and Seed
Community Coffee Crimson Kowboy Ranch
Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 60
Rock Crest Ranch
David Huval Trucking
Running M Ranch
Folsom General Store
Steves Folsom Hardware
Granger Cattle Co
Jim Harvey Brafords
Thunderstorm R Cattle
Kent Wood Co-op
Wanda and Craig Lee
Weaver Leather and Livestock
2017-18 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OFFICERS President Hayden Hyman Fouke, Arkansas Vice President Kylea Mansfield Katy, Texas Secretary Brynlee Boudreaux Grand Chenier, LA Reporter Ashlee Primeaux Bell City, LA DIRECTORS Gene Natall Louisiana Logan Vest Louisiana Brady Harrington Louisiana Audreanna Richard Louisiana Amber Lee Staltzman Louisiana Mallory Hobson Arkansas UBB AMBASSADORS Jamie Davis Pearland, Texas Hayden Hyman Fouke, Arkansas Kylea Mansfield Katy, Texas Mallory Hobson Arkansas
Save The Date: July 5-7, 2018
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Reserve your hotel rooms today! Headquarters Hotel Holiday Inn Texarkana, Arkansas, Convention Center 5200 Convention Plaza Dr, Texarkana, AR 71854 (870) 216-2000 Group Rate: $69/night includes complimentary breakfast buffet Group Name: National Junior Braford Association Cut Off Date: June 20, 2018 Located just 2 miles from the fairgrounds and next-door to the waterpark!
• Entries Close June 1 • Entry checks must be postmarked by June 3 • Fairgrounds open for early arrivals on July 3 and 4
Hosted by Nathan, Perri, Katelin and Hayden Hyman of Fouke, AR
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Show Results 2017 Four States Fair
September 12, 2017 Judge: Chase Groves of Garland, Arkansas
Braford Female Show Results
Grand Champion Braford Female WB DC Mila 622, Ryan Danos
Class 1: RCM 9182 Selena 729 exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Class 2: 4D Ms Winnie exhibited by Hannah Doucet Class 3: S5 DC Ms 701 exhibited by Ryan Danos Champion Heifer Calf: S5 DC Ms 701 exhibited by Ryan Danos Reserve Champion Heifer Calf: RCM 9182 Selena 729 exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Class 6: WB LG Prom Queen 70 exhibited by Hannah Doucet Class 7: RCM 9182 Emma 6174 exhibited by Hayden Hyman Champion Fall Heifer Calf: WB LG Prom Queen 70 exhibited by Hannah Doucet Reserve Champion Fall Heifer Calf: RCM 9182 Emma 6174 exhibited by Hayden Hyman Class 12: RCM 9182 Emma 6174 exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Class 13: WB DC Mila 622 exhibited by Ryan Danos Champion Yearling Heifer: WB DC Mila 622 exhibited by Ryan Danos Reserve Champion Yearling Heifer: RCM 9182 Emma 6174 exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Class 16: DD 40119 Jewel 1501 exhibited by Clayton Owens Champion Senior Yearling Female: DD 40119 Jewel 1501 exhibited by Clayton Owens Grand Champion Braford Female: WB DC Mila 622 exhibited by Ryan Danos Reserve Grand Champion Braford Female: S5 DC Ms 701 exhibited by Ryan Danos
Braford Bull Show Results
Grand Champion Braford Bull RCM 8105 Chandler 61, Rock Crest Ranch
Class 22: PBR OD White Lightning exhibited by Hannah Doucet Class 24: TR GT Red Zone 734P exhibited by Thunderstorm R Cattle Company Champion Bull Calf: TR GT Red Zone 734P exhibited by Thunderstorm R Cattle Company Reserve Champion Bull Calf: PBR OD White Lightning exhibited by Hannah Doucet Class 27: TR Thor 2.0 714P exhibited by Thunderstorm R Cattle Company Champion Fall Bull Calf: TR Thor 2.0 714P exhibited by Thunderstorm R Cattle Company Class 31: RCM 8105 Chandler 61 exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Class 32: RCM 9182 Creed 6189 exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Class 33: HB Mr Cookie Monster exhibited by Gene Natali Class 34: DD 2300 Daddy’s Money exhibited by Clayton Ownes Champion Yearling Bull: RCM 8105 Chandler 61 exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Reserve Champion Yearling Bull: RCM 9182 Creed 6189 exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Class 39: RCM 9182 Classified exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Champion Senior Bull: RCM 9182 Classified exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Reserve Champion Senior Bull: RCM 9182 Stealth 513 exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Grand Champion Braford Bull: RCM 8105 Chandler 61 exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch Reserve Grand Champion Braford Bull: RCM 9182 Classified exhibited by Rock Crest Ranch
Braford Base Female Show Results
Class 1: 1659 exhibited by Hayden Hyman Class 2: GV Pro 729/4 exhibited by Hannah Doucet Class 3: CT MS Teaux 3/6 exhibited by Circle T Cattle Company Class 4: Entry 2282 exhibited by Mallory Hobson Grand Champion Braford Base Female: CT MS Teaux 3/6 exhibited by Circle T Cattle Company Reserve Grand Champion Braford Base Female: GV Pro 729/4 exhibited by Hannah Doucet Grand Champion Braford Base Female CT MS Teaux 3/6, Circle T Cattle Company
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Reserve Grand Champion Braford Bull RCM 9182 Classified, Rock Crest Ranch
Reserve Grand Champion Braford Base Female GV Pro 729/4, Hannah Doucet
Printed December 2017 Official publication of the United Braford Breeders