Emmett Carroll Harrison, Friend of IBBA, Passes Away

August 19, 1931 – July 22, 2014 

Funeral services for Emmett C. Harrison, 82, of Tallahassee, FL and Whigham, GA, were at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 25, 2014, at Calvary United Methodist Church, Calvary, GA, with Rev. Wayne McDonald officiating. Interment was at the Harrison Cemetery #1, Whigham, GA. Harrison passed away at his home in Tallahassee, FL, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Active pallbearers were Dan Jones, Jerome Dixon, Mitch Harrison, Tyler Harrison, Don Lovins and Jerry Collins.

Harrison was born on August 19, 1931, in Calvary, GA, to the late Hadley Thomas Harrison and Mattie Mae Johnson Harrison.  He attended school at Fort Myers High School and graduated from Cairo High School. After completing a term of service in the U.S. Army with the 10th Special Forces Group, he enrolled at Florida State University where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He owned and operated the Credit Bureau of Tallahassee and the Credit Bureau of Grady County Georgia. He was very active in the industry where he served as President of the Associated Credit Bureaus of Florida, Associated Credit Bureaus of the Southeast, and as Chairman of the Board of Associated Credit Bureaus, the international association. After retiring in 1986, he returned to his family farm in Grady County, GA, and operated the farm until his passing. On October 14, 1983, he married Billie Pritchett Harrison. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Calvary, GA.

Survivors include: wife, Billie Pritchett Harrison of Tallahassee, FL; children, Emmett “Buddy” C. Harrison, Jr. of Tallahassee FL, Tom Harrison (Tammy) of Tallahassee FL, Tommy Norris of Atlanta GA, Greg Norris of Port Saint Joe, FL, Sherry King of Olive Branch, MS; grandchildren, Mitchell B. Harrison (Lesley) of Tallahassee FL; Tyler H. Harrison (Laurie) of Tallahassee FL, Ashley T. Harrison of Tallahassee, FL, Derek Norris (Deanna) of Gainesville, FL; Jeannie Cunningham of Olive Branch MS, John Clark of Biloxi, MS, Blake Plummer of Biloxi, MS, Dakota Page of Tallahassee, FL; great-grandchild, Audrey Dyle of Tallahassee, FL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Frank Pritchett (Betty) of Cairo GA, Jerry Pritchett (Verla) of Cairo, GA, Kay Hash (Joe) of Whigham, GA, Suellen Hester of Cairo, GA, Beth Skaja of Whigham, GA; and a host of extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Harrison’s memory to: Calvary United Methodist Church or Big Bend Hospice of Tallahassee.

IBBA 2014 Committee Members

The members for each committee are as follows and can be found on the GoBrangus website under the “Committees” section. These committees are compiled of volunteers from the IBBA membership and is open to anyone who is a member of the IBBA.

Executive Committee
President, Traci Middleton
First Vice President, Mike Vorel
Second Vice President, Danny Farris
Secretary/Treasurer, Brandon Belt

Chairman, Robert Field
Brandon Belt
Bill Davis
Danny Farris
Cody Garris
Mike Kammerer
Chuck Sword
Mike Vorel
Russ Williamson
Staff, Frances Miller

Breed Improvement
Chairman, Chuck Sword
Co-Chairman, Tracy Holbert
Garry Clem
Charles Crochet
Allen Goode
Joy Reznicek
Joshua Rivers
Dr. Randy Schmidt
Kent Smith
Vern Suhn
Dr. Milt Thomas
Brad Wright
Staff, Rosanne Sralla

Commercial Marketing
Chairman, Danny Farris
Ed Baranowski
Garry Clem
Howard Davis
Bradley Hodde
Craig Stovall
Kelley Sullivan
Buck Thomason
Staff, Jason Bates

Chairman, Brandon Belt
Steve Densmore
Craig Stovall
Milton Sundbeck
Mike Vorel
Staff, Frances Miller
Staff, Dr. Perkins

Membership and Education
Chairman, Mike Vorel
Garry Clem
Grady Green
Chris Heptinstall
Shiloh Hall
Bill Morrison
Vince Roberts
Staff, Brittni Drennan

Chairman, R.L. Robbs
Ron Flake
Don Cox

Chairman, Cody Gariss
Co-chairman, Cheramie Viator
Mike Coggins
Wade Fisher
Sara Green
Vern Suhn
Kelley Sullivan
Jerry Vige
Staff, Jason Bates

Show Advisory
Chairman, Russ Williamson
Co-chairman, Sharee Sankee
Kourtney Gardner (Junior)
Quinn Carter (Junior)
Ed Baranowski
Don Cox
Denny Douglass
Chip Gibson
Allen Goode
Shawn Knox
Joe Lingg
Joshua Rivers
Stephen Roop
Myron Saathoff
Bob Savoie
Staff, Tyler Dean

IJBBA Advisory
Chairman, Mike Kammerer
Staff, Tyler Dean

Chairman, Bill Davis
Chip Gibson
Adam Graven
Richard Hood
Darryl McDonald
Kelley Sullivan
Buck Thomason
Dustin Valusek
Staff, Dr. Perkins

101 Ranch Brangus Cows Find New Home at Lake Majestik Farms

Submitted by Stacie Cooper
Ni Cornelison

Nic (pictured) and Royce Cornelison are the owners of Lake Majestik Farms in Flatrock, Alabama.

Royce and Nic Cornelison, owners of Lake Majestik Farms, announce their purchase of 50 registered Brangus lots from the historic 101 Ranch in Palo Pinto, Texas. Lake Majestik Farms is committed to providing the finest genetic offering of Brangus cattle. These purchases will ensure their ability to continue their commitment to the beef cattle industry.

“We are so excited to be able to offer calves and embryos from these great genetic leaders in the near future,” Nic said. “These cows will produce superior genetics that breeders from around the world will want to acquire.”

Obtained directly from the Camp Cooley Ranch dispersal sales by 101 Ranch, the cows are foundation bred Brinks cattle known to possess incomparable qualities for calving ease, growth, maternal and carcass traits. Check out Lake Majestik Farm’s website at http://www.lakemajestikfarms.com to see what is next for the herd.

Brinks Brangus at Westall Ranches Purchases 101 Ranch Brangus Cows

Submitted by Cheramie Viator
Ray Westall and Tate Pruett

Ray Westall and Tate Pruett

In his continued effort to build upon the history of the legendary Brinks Brangus herd, Ray Westall, owner of Brinks Brangus at Westall Ranches, has announced the purchase of 250 registered Brangus females from 101 Ranch at Palo Pinto, Texas.

“We are excited about this addition to our herd,” Westall said. “101 Ranch purchased many of the Camp Cooley Ranch core donors and many young performance standouts in their dispersals. These females will move to our ranch at Arabela, N.M., and help us to continue our progress in developing Brangus cattle that work for commercial and registered cattlemen across the U.S.”

The historic Brinks Brangus herd was built on performance fundamentals and has genetic influence worldwide. Today, many of the Brangus breed’s trait leaders for calving ease, growth, maternal and carcass traits are either Brinks sired or trace to Brinks sires.

On October 11, 2014, Brinks Brangus at Westall Ranches will host their first bull and female production sale. The all-video sale will be hosted in Ruidoso, N.M., preceded by cattle viewing and a field day at the ranch in Arabela, N.M. Details will be available on www.brinksbrangus.com.

Texas Brangus Association Elects New Officers

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Texas Brangus Breeders Association (TBBA) announces four new officers to serve on the TBBA Board of Directors. The officers were elected at the TBBA meeting May 3, 2014. They will be charged with providing strategic guidance and overall leadership for Texas Brangus breeders.

The newly elected officers include:

President Doug Muenchow is the owner and operator of Muenchow Farms in Flooresville, Texas. Somewhat new to the Brangus breed, Doug has a thorough knowledge of the cattle industry and chose to incorporate Brangus genetics into his operation to produce more heat tolerant cattle that could thrive better and more efficiently in the hotter, more humid environments prevalent in South Texas. Doug is very involved in the Bexar County and Wilson County junior livestock shows and is on the livestock committee for the San Antonio Livestock Exposition (SALE). When he is not working as a cattleman, Doug is an outside salesman for Alamo Crane in San Antonio.

First Vice President Kelly Grissom is the owner and operator of 8G Brangus in Stephens County, Texas, located west of Fort Worth. Kelly’s passion for cattle stemmed from spending extensive time on her grandparents’ ranch east of Fayetteville, Ark., where they began raising cattle in 1963. After receiving her master’s degree from Tarleton State University, she taught biology and chemistry for high school and two local colleges for 20 years. Along with business partner Jackie Grissom, 8G Brangus’ primary focus is producing fertile, functional, sound, quality Brangus cattle. Now in her third year as a TBBA Director, Kelly previously served the board as secretary and firmly believes there is no better bovine than Brangus. 

Second Vice President Brandon Belt from Gatesville, Texas, received a J.D. from the Baylor School of Law after attending Tarleton State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. After a period in private practice in Gatesville, Brandon was elected County Attorney of Coryell in 2005. The main purpose of his registered Brangus operation is raising range bulls for commercial producers. He has been involved in many local, regional and state associations within the cattle industry and is currently serving as secretary/treasurer for the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Board of Directors.

Secretary/Treasurer Steve Densmore has been involved in the Brangus breed his entire life. For almost 15 years, he has been the cattle manager of Circle X Land and Cattle Co. near Bryan, Texas, where he oversees more than 1,400 head of commercial cattle and a purebred Brangus cow-calf program. Steve has served on the TBBA Board of Director for numerous years and has held leadership positions on the TBBA board as well as on the IBBA board. He is a profound supporter of the International Junior Brangus Breeders Association (IJBBA) and received the IBBA Breeder of the Year Award in 2013.

The IBBA, located in San Antonio, Texas, strives to increase the demand for Brangus cattle domestically and internationally. It was founded as the American Brangus Breeders in 1949 and has since evolved into the IBBA. The purpose of the IBBA is to enable members to serve the commercial cattle industry. For more information, visit www.gobrangus.com.

Southeast Brangus to Host Annual Field Day

By Kayla M. Wilkins, Agricultural Communications, Texas Tech University

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS–The Southeast Brangus Breeders Association (SBBA) will be hosting a field day at the Draggin’ M Ranch in El Dorado, Ark., Aug. 22-23, 2014. All SBBA and International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) members are encouraged to attend.

The event will kick off Friday, Aug. 22, with a social and dinner. Evon Crooks, president of the SBBA, said this will be the ideal opportunity for Brangus breeders to meet and exchange ideas on cattle programs.

“This is an opportunity to learn about other genetics that are available,” Crooks said. “It’s also an opportunity to network with other breeders, and an opportunity to look at other facilities. I would say those are the three primary things an attendee would get out of attending the field day.”

The Saturday program will give breeders the opportunity to listen to speakers discuss how to utilize EPDs more effectively, breeding programs, sire selection, and nutrition.

“Nutrition is one of the big issues that is always on the breeder’s mind,” Crooks said. “How can they get more pounds for the same amount of feed…because that is what it’s all about.”

In conjunction with educational material, the participants will have the opportunity to tour the Draggin’ M Ranch and evaluate seedstock, particularly sires.

“We’ll have calves by sire groups, so they will be able to see what those bulls can do,” said John Milam, owner of the Draggin’ M Ranch.

Milam and Crooks both agree this event will be beneficial for breeders to gain a social network and exchange management techniques to improve Brangus genetics as a whole.

Milam said he was looking forward to having the field day at his ranch. The Milams began utilizing Brangus genetics in 2004 and have since grown to 440 registered Brangus cows and 900 total cows in his commercial operation. Milam said he utilizes artificial insemination and embryo transplant to help him raise the best stock he can.

“I always strive to improve on techniques, management on any endeavor that I ever involve myself in,” Milam said.

The IBBA, located in San Antonio, Texas, strives to increase the demand for Brangus cattle domestically and internationally. It was founded as the American Brangus Breeders in 1949 and has since evolved into the IBBA. The purpose of the IBBA is to enable members to serve the commercial cattle industry. For more information, visit www.gobrangus.com.

West Coast Brangus Hosts Field Day in California




Provided by Pam Doiron, President of the West Coast Brangus Breeders Association

WCBBA Field Day Group_72On a beautiful spring day in Northern California, the West Coast Brangus Breeders Association (WCBBA) hosted their Spring 2014 Field Day May 3, 2014, at the University of California at Chico’s 800-acre Paul L. Byrne Agricultural Teaching and Research Center.

Jason Bates, IBBA’s Director of Field Services and Commercial Marketing, represented the association and introduced the expansion of IBBA programs. Of particular interest were reporting of genetic conditions. He also introduced the expansion of programs to increase premiums on commercial calves along with registered cattle. Everyone received samples of new ads, brochures, and pamphlets that are part of the newest promotional campaign. His participation and the support of IBBA was very much appreciated.

Dr. Patrick Doyle led the group through the Beef Unit, introducing his students who explained the various cattle research studies. Of particular interest was the study on feed efficiency using the Gro-Safe feed tracking system. WCBBA members peppered the students with questions — probably a great prep for finals! The group moved from the feed bunks to the computer analysis station where every aspect of the cattle and their feed could be viewed and analyzed.

The Meats Laboratory put the members to the test as Dr. Doyle had prepared two carcasses for evaluation. He led a lively — and cold in the freezer — discussion on yield and grade in light of the changing tastes and preferences of the American consumer. Dr. Doyle’s background in beef performance programs, animal breeding and genetics, and EPD development brought a broad appreciation for the “pasture to plate” concept as the group performed tenderness tests on meat samples.

Photographer Wes Schultz, the official photographer for WCBBA and volunteer photographer for CalFire, gave the luncheon presentation on ranch photography. He emphasized the need to use an easy point-and-shoot camera that you can carry in your pocket to capture special moments or to take “beauty shots” of bulls for sale. Not everyone has a professional photographer who can come to the ranch to take those spectacular pasture photos, and with a little planning the rancher can take some pretty good shots anyway. He recommends: take lots of shots and choose the best one, read the manual and make sure your camera is set for optimum use, turn off the flash and use the highest resolution possible.

Dr. Paul Mennick, owner of Pacific International Genetics, Los Molinos, CA entertained the group with stories about his work around the world. Dr. Mennick not only treats cattle, but horses and other large animals, as a specialist in reproduction and embryo transfer. He led an extensive discussion on the value and practicality of sexed semen in the nation’s cattle herd in anticipation of eventual herd expansion. Members appreciated his recommendations on maintaining fertility in the herd while enduring this extensive drought. Special attention to mineral supplementation topped his list of must-haves at a time when both the quantity and quality of feed is compromised.

With “sustainability” as the new buzzword, a group of WCBBA members continued the meeting at the 50-acre Sierra Nevada Brewery which sends its spent brewer’s grains to feed the CSU Chico cattle, and in turn, serves the CSU Chico beef in its restaurant. Virtually everything at the brewery is recycled or reused including the C02 from the brewing process and the cooking oil from the kitchen. It is a model of sustainability as the 90-minute tour demonstrated. By using solar energy, only 21% of the total power must be bought from outside. Sierra Nevada is a model for sustainability ideas from composting and biodiesel from its own facility, to tending its Estate Garden for kitchen herbs and landscape plants. All of that beef talk made everyone hungry, and the meeting concluded with — what else? Dinner!


For more information about the West Coast Association, visit the WCBBA website.